The Best of 2015

UnknownWhat is it about life that keeps us coming back for more? Since Genesis in the Garden of Eden, man is doomed to living by the sweat of his brow. We are gluttons for punishment. Still, in the face of a meaningless existence, “we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”  

Why? Because it is both a sad and beautiful world at the same time. It’s incumbent upon us to extract the beauty. Our duty is to seek out and savor satisfaction. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yes. For some, a liverwurst sandwich is repulsive. To others, like me, it is an art form accompanied by raw onion, rye bread and Düsseldorf mustard.

So here is my take on the best and wurst of 2015. These are the reasons I’ll be coming back for more:

Best Campaigns:

  1. Arby’simages-2
  2. DirecTV ( Rob Lowe)
  3. DirecTV (Cable World)
  4. Geico
  5. Honest Tea

Wurst Campaign: Obviously, Volkswagen

Best Agencies:

  1. BBDO/NYUnknown-1
  2. David&Goliath/Santa Monica
  3. 22squared Atlanta/Tampa
  4. Made Boulder, CO
  5. Droga5 NY

Wurst Agency: CP+B for the way they whacked Andrew Keller

People of the Year:242243bb59ac0c2e71897dd0db1cfdf4

  1. Pope Francis
  2. Jimmy Fallon
  3. Amy Schumer
  4. Raul Castro
  5. Lorne Michaels

Wurst Person of the Year: Donald Trump

Best Tech Toys:

  1. VisiblUnknown
  2. Sprinklr
  3. Zoove
  4. Uber app
  5. MLB At Bat app

Wurst Tech Toy: The Apple Watch

Best Comebacks:

  1. Arby’simages-3
  2. Sinatra
  3. Springsteen
  4. Sarge’s Deli
  5. ARod

Wurst comeback: Tiger Woods

Best Restaurants:

  1. Marcel Atlantaimages-1
  2. Eventide Portland, ME
  3. Nebo Boston
  4. Milo’s Birmingham
  5. Kimball House Atlanta

Wurst restaurant: Village Tavern, Winston-Salem, NC

Best Bars:

  1. Manuel’s Tavern Atlantaimages-4
  2. The Pittsford Pub Rochester, NY
  3. Fanelli Cafe NYC
  4. Carnegie Club NYC
  5. Jimmy’s Corner  NYC

Wurst Bar: Ink & Elm Atlanta (closed)

Best Albums:

  1. Ryan Adams 19891401x788-d'angelo-121514
  2. Taylor Swift 1989
  3. D’Angelo Black Messiah
  4. Bob Dylan Bootleg Series #12
  5. Adele 25

Wurst Album: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection  Bruce Springsteen

Best Cigars:

  1. Ramon Allones 2014 Specially SelectedHUP_Monarcas_TUB_OUT
  2. Juan Lopez Selección #2
  3. H. Upmann Sir Winston
  4. Cohiba Behike 52
  5. Herera Esteli Piramide

Wurst Cigar: Any fake Cuban your golf buddy hands you

Best Wines:

  1. Sea Smoke Ten 2013Unknown-2
  2. Produttori del Barbaresco 2010
  3. Melville Pinot Noir 2012
  4. Cornerstone “The Cornerstone” 2009
  5. Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Wurst Wine: Most Chiantis and Cabernets

Best Fried Chicken:

  1. Publixthe-colonnade-restaurant
  2. Church’s Chicken
  3. The Colonnade Atlanta
  4. Mary Mac’s Tea Room Atlanta
  5. K&W Cafeteria NC

Wurst Fried Chicken: KFC

Best Sandwiches:

  1. “The Stack”  Marcel AtlantaUnknown-3
  2. Lobster Roll Eventide Portland, ME
  3. Roast Beef  The General Muir Atlanta
  4. Double Filet-o-Fish McDonalds
  5. Smokehouse Brisket  Arby’s

Wurst Sandwich: Corned Beef The General Muir (too fatty)

May the Schwartz be with you in 2016





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