i have a basic rule: try everything twice. however, twice sometimes just isn’t enough, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. i’ve always been quick to judge, often opting for sparkle (read: shiny boy toy) over box turtle (the safe, stable bet) but upon urging from a friend, i opted to try again. drinks topped our agenda at herb & bitter, and the waiter described something like a blood & sand, with the cherry heering swapped out for a foam of éphémère cherry. whaaaa? so here’s the buzzkill…they don’t carry éphémère cherry anymore. womp womp. there were however promises made and the gauntlet was thrown: the cocktail would be crafted if i produced the prize ingredient. challenge accepted…next date denied.