Category Archive: alcohol education

The Minty Mixes: Hot Toddy for the Cold/Flu Season

The first drink I had in 2018 was a hot toddy I had to make myself because I was miserable with a cold/flu. I didn’t go to a doctor to find out what… Continue reading

Mid-City: New Winter Drinks at Roger Room

  I sought refuge at Roger Room a few weeks ago and discovered they had a new drinks menu for the winter. But I couldn’t resist my fave Japanese Maple shown here with… Continue reading

Mid-City: Drinks and Appetizers at Cal Mare

Cal Mare recently opened at the newly renovated Beverly Center. Taking the space of an old chain restaurant, Cal Mare has completely revamped it and there’s not a trace left of the chain… Continue reading

Beverly Hills: Cocktails at Bibo Ergo Sum

  Bibo Ergo Sum opened a couple of months ago in Beverly Hills. It’s a beautiful bar that reminds me of both the past (art deco) and the future (movies like Blade Runner).… Continue reading

The Minty’s Best 2017 Meals

  In 2017, I had a lot of wonderful meals. Some so memorable, I want to build a time machine to go back to that meal. Here’s a list of my faves this… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Ascendant Spirits in Buellton

  I’m quite familiar with Ascendant Spirits from their whiskey to their vodka in cocktails at bars across Los Angeles. My favorite is the Semper Fi corn whiskey. I was then quite excited… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Hot Chicken Bao and Drinks at Sama Sama

  After bar hopping along State Street in Santa Barbara, we checked out Sama Sama Kitchen for a snack and nightcap. I wasn’t too happy about our sushi dinner earlier in the evening… Continue reading

Santa Barbara: Barhopping from Hotels to Tiki Bars

  I took the train up to Santa Barbara for my birthday trip. It was supposed to be a pleasant two hour ride. Instead, there were delays. Someone had jumped in front of… Continue reading

Highland Park: Just Three More Nights of the Nightmare Before Christmas Popup at Good Housekeeping

  Good Housekeeping┬áhas a Wednesday night popup celebrating the film, Nightmare Before Christmas. The drinks are inspired by the Tim Burton classic animated feature. The popup has been running since Halloween and will… Continue reading

How to Drink Whiskey: from Events to Clubs in Southern California

  Recently I was talking to my uncle who has been getting into whisk(e)y about tasting events. He was curious about the ones I talked about; Whisky Live, Whisky Jewbilee and Whisky Extravaganza.… Continue reading