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Editor Bios Jeff Sylva

Jeff and his wife Stephanie are retired English and Social Studies high school teachers who have been freelance travel writers for over 24 years. They live in Bergen County, New Jersey and had a monthly travel column with the North Jersey Newspapers for 15 years. In recent years they have had articles published with Gallagher’s Travels, JustSayGo, Family Travel Network, Family Travel Forum, The Parent Paper, Bergen County: The Magazine, The Asbury Park Press, Bergen County Kids Magazine and Family Destinations. Jeff and Stephanie love the outdoors and enjoy tennis, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing, snowshoeing, and of course, traveling.

By Jeff Sylva


Catch the “spirit(s)” at SoHo Playhouse’s “The Imbible”

A few laughs, some a cappella music, a lot of history, and even some tasty cocktails. Do these sound like the ingredients for a successful theater production? They are if you experience “The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking” playing… (more)

Craft Breweries, Distilleries Flourishing in Charlotte

Craft breweries and distilleries – have you noticed them popping up in neighborhoods near you? They seem to be everywhere – and they are drawing crowds of people looking to enjoy craft beer and creative spirits produced by local entrepreneurs.… (more)

Sensational Summertime Sangrias

Long days, warm nights – sitting out on the deck or porch sipping a cool glass of sangria. What a perfect way to enjoy the summer months. You might even imagine yourself relaxing at a café in Malaga, Spain or… (more)

Whiskey – or is it Whisky?

Of course, everyone knows what whiskey is – but are you ever confused about the different kinds of whiskey? And why is it spelled two ways? There are Scotch, Bourbon, and Rye – most people are somewhat familiar with these… (more)

A surprise night of cocktail creations

My wife Stephanie and I attended a reception presented by Ski Vermont in New York City recently. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Ski Vermont had arranged for a cocktail contest conducted by three mixologists from some of the… (more)

Dogfish Head: strange name, even stranger ales

I guess you could call me a beer geek. It seems that I have always loved the taste of beer – even as a child I would relish a sip of my dad’s beer. Once in college my fondness of… (more)

A Night of Bourbon, Blues, Bar-B-Q, and Billiards

While at a party with some friends, we began discussing the kind of spirits we prefer. When a couple of friends said that bourbon was their choice, I suggested that we have a bourbon tasting night – a kind of… (more)

Do you know where the best American vodka is made?

So, just where is the best domestic vodka made? California? Oregon? Would you believe in Jeffersonville, Vermont?  The small, country village of Jeffersonville is home to a world-class distillery – Smugglers Notch Distillery, whose vodka received the nod as… (more)

Winter Warmers to Weather the Cold

As the temperatures drop and the snow begins to pile up, nothing can be cozier than enjoying a warm winter cocktail in front of a blazing fireplace. Here are a few suggestions for some kicked-up coffees and a couple for… (more)

Savvy South American Cocktails

Many people have never heard of Brazil’s most popular cocktail, the caprihania. Simple, yet distinctive. Also, Peru’s signature liquor, Pisco, makes for some very interesting mixing. The Caipirinha This cocktail features the Brazilian rum-like spirit Cachaca. Only distilled rum made… (more)