Tag Archive: bourbon

Recap: Heaven Hill Bourbon Dinner at Areal + Upcoming Dinner at Cafe del Rey

As it gets a bit chillier in the evenings, a whiskey dinner sounds pretty amazing. I was invited to Areal in Santa Monica in December to check out the whiskeys of Heaven Hill.… Continue reading

Drago Centro: Tomato & Tripe

  The tasting menu at Drago Centro has already changed from last month.  Now Chef de Cuisine Ian Gresik is offering a 6-course tasting menu of tomato-inspired dishes including this wonderful tripe dish,… Continue reading

UK: Spuntino

Spuntino opened on March 14 and I was there on March 17. Even in London, I was trying to get to restaurants as soon as they opened! One of my British pals had… Continue reading

Bourbon Fans: Cocktail Recipes

After I get to know a bartender, I might ask for a bartender’s choice. Usually a bartender will ask for some direction and I immediately answer bourbon. Results are inevitably delicious and often… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

*artwork by SLD   Growing up with immigrant parents, Thanksgiving meant a couple of days off school. Some of  my extended family embraced the “traditional” Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the side… Continue reading

Cocktalian Chicago

I’ve been to some bars in L.A. where bartenders have told me they were inspired by the cocktails at Chicago’s The Violet Hour. I’ve read some articles about this bar and it was… Continue reading

Chicago Drinks

One of the many things we wanted to do was visit Intelligentsia in Chicago. Having been to all three outposts in L.A.; Venice, Silver Lake and the new Pasadena store, I was excited… Continue reading

LA Calling Manhattan: Search for the Perfect Manhattan

Being a cocktailian means you try a lot of interesting cocktails but admire the classics. One of my favorite drinks is the Manhattan. My favorite is at Seven Grand in Dowtown LA. However,… Continue reading