Category Archive: booze

Santa Ana: Aquavit from Blinking Owl Distillery

  Orange County’s first distillery after Prohibition is the Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana. I visited when the distillery first opened with the initial three offerings; vodka, orange vodka and aquavit. They… Continue reading

Chicago: Dinner at Avec

  My favorite meal in Chicago this year was at Avec. We had one more night to really go all out and a Chicago bartender friend said Avec was his fave spot. I’ve… Continue reading

Chicago: Drinks at Billy Sunday Bar

  After drinks at Longman and Eagle, one of my favorite bars in Chicago, we hopped over to nearby Billy Sunday. I had heard about this bar for years and made a mental… Continue reading

Chicago: Dinner at Parachute

I visited Chicago in August and was meeting up with a friend from Kansas City. She picked out Parachute for dinner. I trust her taste so I didn’t read the menu before heading… Continue reading

Chicago: Tiki Drinks at Lost Lake

  I’m on a tiki bar phase right now. Along with craft bars, dive bars, hotel bars, neighborhood bars, etc, I do love a good theme bar. Ever since I heard about Lost… Continue reading

Whisky Extravaganza Comes to DTLA On November 16

  Whisky Extravaganza comes to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, November 16. The four-hour whisky tasting begins at 7:30 p.m. (registration opens at 6:30 p.m.). There are also several interesting masterclasses being… Continue reading

Armenia Adventures: Making Brandy with Ararat

  In late September, I traveled to Armenia. I was immersed in a rich history and culture for about a week. We flew from Los Angeles to Yerevan, Armenia. We had a stop… Continue reading

Mid-City: The Vestry at Tom Bergin’s

  My ears perk up whenever I hear about new whiskey bars. I was invited to check out The Vestry when it opened a few months back. It’s located above Tom Bergin’s.  … Continue reading

Mid-City: Brunch at COD

  COD or Catch of the Day restaurant brings fresh seafood and colorful drinks to West Third. The newish Mid-city restaurant has an upstairs patio, something its neighbors lack. You’ll find lively evening… Continue reading

The Minty’s Mega SF Bar Crawl

  I was in San Francisco for four nights so I thought that would give me enough time to check out one or two bars… a day. In actuality, I went to 14… Continue reading