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

Bartenders and Sales Reps: Kissing Cousins

Bartenders and Sales Reps: Kissing Cousins

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  We could say the same about running a bar.  Sure, the bartenders are the front line, but there is aContinue Reading

Bubbly Blackberry Mojito: Add Sparkle to a Summer Classic (Guest Post)

Bubbly Blackberry Mojito: Add Sparkle to a Summer Classic (Guest Post)

Mint has grown like wild flowers in my backyard for years. So with my favorite drink’s main ingredient at my disposal, the Mojito is my go-do drink of choice toContinue Reading

DeToxTails: Buzz-Worthy Drinks Without Booze

DeToxTails: Buzz-Worthy Drinks Without Booze

Lower-alcohol / nonalcoholic options are being integrated into cocktail lists around the world.  Offering quality drinks without liquor is not only a thoughtful way to offer healthier (and profitable) optionsContinue Reading