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Be my Hanky Panky Valentine

Be my Hanky Panky Valentine

I’ve found people have a love/hate relationship with Fernet, much like some of us have with Valentine’s Day. Personally, I had a strong aversion to it until little by little I fell in love with it. It being Fernet. Fernet is coy. The intense dark liquid captures the eye with hints of gold that lure you in. A first sip hits your … Continue reading

A Cocktail Bitters Love Affair with Angostura

Bitters are to cocktails what proper seasoning is to food. You can make a drink without them but once added the difference is remarkable. Angostura bitters are one of the most well-known cocktail bitters. They are an extremely concentrated botanically infused alcoholic mixture made of water, alcohol, herbs and spices by House of Angostura in … Continue reading

A Paso Robles Quick Step

Despite the pre-departure snafu we were able to maintain our departure time and headed out for a couple of days in Paso Robles wine country. The drive took us through some beautiful countryside and we stopped for lunch at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe. Lunch was tasty if nothing spectacular and afterwards we stopped in at the … Continue reading

It was a blurr

Hard to believe its been over a month since I last blogged but it has. Apologies to any regular readers. Life just sort of took over [ie: work] and having resolved to go to bed earlier / not start new tasks after 11pm meant my blogging took a hit. So this is what happened… I … Continue reading

A Perfect Weekend. In Good Company

I’ve never been a fan of the Hamptons, a part of Long Island where every summer a large contingent of seemingly moneyed New Yorkers spend their summer.  To me, it’s like Manhattan-at-the-Beach. The scenery is beautiful, the houses huge (who needs that many rooms!) but the idea of spending my weekend in towns where Main … Continue reading

Inspired by Good Spirits

Last night was the 2013 edition of  Good Spirits which though sponsored by Edible Manhattan could have just as easily been sponsored by Edible Brooklyn as the mix of restaurants/distillers/bars did seem to skew to Kings County. No matter, it rocked. I really do love Good Spirits because unlike other food/cocktail events in NYC they seem to have … Continue reading

A Side Tracked Weekend

Wrapping up a 3-day weekend which I’d planned to spend cooking and crossing things off my to-do list, you know like filing my taxes… well let’s just say I got side tracked. After Friday’s insanity of a long day at work and an interesting cab ride home, I slept in. Though I did manage to … Continue reading

Iced Apple

We’re having a snowstorm. The weather people insisted on calling it Nemo… weather people’s kids must get picked on a lot. Predictions were for the hardest snow fall to hit the City of New York between 4-10pm.  Its 10.30pm, there are maybe 4 inches on the ground but its meant to snow till 1pm on … Continue reading

A commuter’s need or right?

Walking through Penn Station many of the commuters whether coming or going had beers from or for their train ride home to Long Island. For reasons unknown (to me), the MTA allows consumption of alcohol on the LIRR but not on the Subway. They operate both services and both are in subject to NY’s open … Continue reading

Wine Tasting Notes.

Wine tastings. Probably one of my favorite activities. I enjoy the diversity of the offerings, getting to try new wines and sometimes even extraordinary ones. Some people are intimidated by tastings they get overwhelmed by the whole process and by what they perceive as pomp & ceremony. Here’s the simple truth: tasting events are about figuring out if … Continue reading