Warm Drinks For Chilly Weather

Warm Drinks For Chilly Weather

There are many ways to warm up… from the outside, in with a warm jacket. Or from the inside, out with a warm drink!  Toddies made with hot water orContinue Reading

Smokey Chimney Toddy

Smokey Chimney Toddy

In some parts of the world, it is CHILLY right now!  In other parts, its sunny and warm but a cold or flu can strike any time of the year.Continue Reading

Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party

Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party

When temperatures dip, we are inclined to invite friends over for a cozy night in, rather than brave bar-hopping in the cold.  Not to mention, having people to your homeContinue Reading

Autumn Beet Soup

Autumn Beet Soup

I’ve always considered myself a sun-worshipper, a summer devotee, a beach traveler.  Once I moved to Los Angeles, two decades ago, I couldn’t imagine having to live through temperatures lowerContinue Reading

My Favorite Cooking and Cocktail Books in 2013

My Favorite Cooking and Cocktail Books in 2013

In 2013, my enthusiasm for the culinary arts expanded further into the kitchen.  I’ve been exploring meatless options in an effort to expand my cruelty-free approach to eating.  And, IContinue Reading

The New Beast In Venice: The “Tail” of Barlo

The New Beast In Venice: The “Tail” of Barlo

Until the late 90’s, Venice Beach remained an eclectic crossroad of hippies, gang-members, surfers and artists. It was the poor man’s Santa Monica. And, back in the day it wasContinue Reading

CoupTails: Just Enough Of A Good Thing

CoupTails: Just Enough Of A Good Thing

Cocktails are to alcohol what a slice of chocolate cake is to food.  An indulgence. A treat. Something to get excited about because you don’t have it all the time.Continue Reading

Sweet Treats: New(ish) Liqueurs (Product Review)

Sweet Treats: New(ish) Liqueurs (Product Review)

Everybody loves a little something sweet now and then.  Autumn always feels like the beginning of “indulgence season,” in other words, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years — sweets, treats,Continue Reading

Persimmon Fried Pies and Tequila Fig Cocktail

Persimmon Fried Pies and Tequila Fig Cocktail

There’s something comforting about steaming-hot fruit preserves cushioned in flakey homemade dough and simmered in hot oil until golden. At least there is to me. It’s a throwback to myContinue Reading

Martell Caractere: The Everyman’s Sip of Luxury (Product Review)

Martell Caractere: The Everyman’s Sip of Luxury (Product Review)

As any luxury brand knows, a little pomp-and-circumstance goes a long way when presenting a new product to the world… especially if its aimed at catching the eye of theContinue Reading