A Series Of Liquids

A while back my gorgeous other half made a comment about my drinking habits. While my personal tastes for food are all over the map I realized I generally keep my sips within a very small comfort zone. I then realized they consist of very few things, but oh, how important they are to me! I decided to put the camera down for this post and pick up a paint brush and well, the results ain’t pretty. Go with it. Ladies and gentleman, I give you the most important liquid treasures in my life…







And yea, I realize the percentages don’t add up. I’m many, many things but mathematician I am not.


  1. says

    I wish I could paint/draw half as well as you! And I share your hate of water – but when my doctor recently complained about my wine drinking (which I’m not concered about) and my lack of water drinking (which showed up in my kidney function tests) at the same appointment, I decided I’d rather add more water than cut back my wine!

  2. says

    lovely illustrations! i’m mostly tickled that the O in OF is a cup ring. and my wine + coffee percentages are the same. (:

  3. says

    this is a wonderful bright start to a week. You have me laughing very hard. And fantastically well drawn. Love the art direction. I have yet to try Soda Chanh Muoi, and completely agree on your wine choice. Gimmie Rhones, beaujolais and bordeaux.

    I agree with Deb, you need to frame this.. or t-shirt it! heck, I would have it on a mug too.

  4. says

    You are so talented and I am in awe. It would be great if you did this more often. I would love to see more!

    I’m with you on the water thing. I don’t drink as much as I should.

  5. Kelley Burrus says

    Inspiring effort. Love this multi-media shout-out. It transformed the mundane to art.

  6. Khanh says

    Not sure if you’ve tried this but I prefer bo la lot with mam nem, traditionally served as part of Bo 7 Mon. It’s more pungent than nhuoc cham but oooooooooooooooh soooooooooooooo yummy.

  7. says

    I actually really like your handpainted type! Nice. And I agree… tap water is just fine. Especially if you happen to live in Oregon (their water tastes so much better than ours here in LA).

  8. says

    This is awesome, Matt! :) I’m right there with you on the coffee and water %’s! I’d have add Cafe Sua Da to my list as well. Positively ADDICTED!

  9. Katie in Berkeley says

    Now THAT’S quality blog content. I love it. Thanks for keeping things creative; you’re an inspiration.

  10. says

    LOL, what a fun post Matt. You did a great job. I think you should follow Deb’s advice and frame it up for the kitchen. :~)

  11. Sarah says

    “An Illustrated Guide to the Fluids of My Life”

    Damn you! That was going to be the title of my fetish porno picture book 😉

    It’s late and I’m punchy. Sorry if I offend, but I think it’s funny.

    No beer of any kind? Not a Belgian with mussels or a cold Ale with a burger at a summer BBQ? No cocktails either? Yikes! Not even a citron presse on a really hot day? And I get the no soda thing, but what do you drink at In and Out? Are you kind of like Paul Giamatti in Sideways, do you bring your favorite Cote du Rhone and drink it from their paper cups along side a Double Double with Animal Style Fries? Because that meal screams Coke or even more ironically Diet Coke to me.

    And I love you even more now that I see your math skills.

  12. Andy says

    Long time listener, first time caller…

    These paintings are delightful! Your visuals never cease to impress me. Math be damned!

  13. says

    you so funny!

    love this.

    up your water, man! it’s good stuff. or try boricha, chilled roasted barley tea. thirst-quencher to the nth.

  14. says

    I saw an ad today that said “Nesquik, the official drink of your happy place.” I thought it was a cute slogan, but I also thought, “Not my happy place. MY happy place is filled with coffee and wine. With an occasional Arnold Palmer thrown in for variety.”

  15. says

    I love the illustrations Matt and agree with others, I would buy them framed and on mugs, t-shirts, etc… I can also see a trendy kitchen calendar in the making. You know, the kind with a monthly quote and recipe and the final image created in paint not pixels. Put me on the waiting list for your 2010 issue!

    I fear though that when I reveal my %’s I may be banned from ever leaving another comment on a food/wine/coffee blog. Although I love the smell of red wine and freshly ground coffee, alas, I don’t drink them. My % chart would look something like: Water 85%, Fruit juices 10%, Milk 3% and Hot chocolate 2% (slightly higher in the colder months). There it is folks, confessions of a wateraholic. 😉

  16. says

    Seriously. You paint too? I’m glad you’re not a numbers person (like me)…And really, who is? Okay, okay, most people…but we’re ARTISTS! I think I need to work in some of your Vietnamese beverages into my liquid diet. I know nothing about them. Must get T&D’s advice and shopping tips.


  17. says

    I’m with you Matt~ Mojitos , Soda, Peach Drinks! No beer I love your blog

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and your art:) ~~~~~

    “Join our growing food community and submit your heirloom recipe for all the world to share:)~~~~~
    And if you can visit me I can visit you :)

  18. says

    Wow had I taken a brush to paint everything would have looked like mud. Job well Done. Funny thing the wine glass came out the best-86% better. Loves it!:)

  19. says

    Love the artistry~ didn’t know about either of those Vietnamese drinks. Thanks for the lesson! Boo on water though…I’m a HUGE water drinker :)

  20. says

    This is absolutely hilarious! Thanks for the big smile that your blog often gives. I love to keep coming back to see what new you have posted, and you never fail!

  21. says

    Love love those amusing illustration. I totally agree on coffee (although I love Vietnamese coffee!), nuoc cham and soda chanh muoi. 😀

  22. says

    Oh, I love this! Funny and unique. I think I’d be about 85% diet coke, 10% marmite, and 5% chicken stock/vermouth mix. I love the artwork, by the way.

  23. JD says

    I love love LOVE this! I believe that if a day starts with a strong cup (or 2) of coffee & ends with a lovely glass (or 4) of wine, anything that occurs between can be tolerated. Love the blog, Matt.


  24. says

    How beautifully creative – and funny. Gorgeous too. Just stumbled upon this post and glad I did. Also, it’s good that the math didn’t add up. If it had, I’d have been confused…

  25. Annie says

    Hey Matt,

    As a Vietnamese, I love it and am very proud when the most famous drink (Chanh muối) and sauce (Fish sauce) appear as parts of your life.

  26. says

    Love it Matt! and totally NOT badly drawn – charming and aesthetically pleasing (without being prissily polished), as we have come to expect from you! x

  27. says

    This is so beautiful. I like your penchant for fonts. I am a font fanatic myself.

    I am probably 25% wine. I wish I were 37% coffee, but we don’t have a coffee maker in Santiago. :-( We are headed back to Buenos Aires on Wednesday, so I’m hoping to hike up that percentage with daily doses of cafe con leche.

    Loving your work, as always. Beso.

  28. says

    So creative! I love the illustrations and, being at least 45% coffee myself, want to steal that one to hang on my wall. Have you thought to sell prints on Etsy? I’d be buying. . .


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