San Francisco has the Only Bay in the World with an Olive in it

by Gaz Regan · Monday, December 23rd, 2013 · Quotes

herb caenWELL, NO NEED to stagger on. Maybe “martini” simply came from Martini & Rossi Vermouth, since the early cocktail was made with Italian, rather than French vermouth. (Even the origins of “cocktail” are cloudy, although it is known that the word “coquetel” for a mixed drink was current in Bordeaux in the 18th century.) The point, if any, is that these latter-day attempts to establish San Francisco as the martini’s birthplace go along with our general reputation for constant inebriation. As Jim Murray, the L.A. wit, once observed, “San Francisco has the only bay in the world with an olive in it, ” and the average San Franciscan is thought of as the reincarnation of W. C. Fields, who said, “I always keep a supply of stimulants on hand in case I see a snake, which I also keep on hand.” The rumors that Mr. Fields is alive and drunk in Oakland may be laid to rest.” Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/15/1994

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