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Dallas Tiki Week: Everything Tiki you ever wanted to know or buy

If you love all things Tiki, you will love  the annual event celebrating Tiki Cocktails, Mid-Century Kitsch, and All Things Vintage. Tiki Week is a series of events hosted by the Dallas chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild… (more)

El Silencio Mezcal Debuts Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

While mezcal is typically a sipping spirit, El Silencio Mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico is driving to change that in featuring mezcal in cocktails. This Cinco de Mayo they have released three classic cocktails adding their mezcal to replace the traditional… (more)

Enjoy Southern Hospitality in Johnston County, North Carolina

Visiting Johnston County in North Carolina offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s history, along with a large serving of southern hospitality. The best way to explore this area is with a local tour guide, like we did recently. We… (more)

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)

The Waldorf Beijing has a Forbidden City and Forbidden Cocktails

One of the newest luxury hotels in Beijing is the Waldorf. Who would have thought that the Waldorf Astoria, that iconic New York City hotel, would go global. The Beijing hotel is the second Waldorf Hotel to open in China.… (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)

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)

The Waldorf Beijing has a Forbidden City and Forbidden Cocktails

One of the newest luxury hotels in Beijing is the Waldorf. Who would have thought that the Waldorf Astoria, that iconic New York City hotel, would go global. The Beijing hotel is the second Waldorf Hotel to open in China.… (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)

El Maguey y la Tuna has memorable Mexican cocktails

El Maguey y la Tuna is named after the Tequila/Mezcal and Prickly Pear plants. (Nothing to do with fish). And that gives you a hint that the best cocktails to be found in this New York City restaurant are the… (more)

Masq: New Orleans spicy with terrific wine pairings

“Masq” is an experience beyond its signature New Orleans cuisine. But isn’t that what New York restaurants are supposed to be these days! The name comes from the masquerade of Mardi Gras. Masked figures decorate the walls, including Mona Lisa,… (more)

Sampling Portland’s Artisan Foods

Shoppers snacked on pickles and chocolates and sipped vinegar and whiskey at Portland’s fourth annual Season’s Eatings event last Saturday. The get together in New Deal Distillery hooks up local producers with local consumers—and traveling consumers if they’re lucky enough… (more)

Trick or Treat Yourself

Remember when you were a child and looked forward to trick or treating? You could show off your costume and get a huge bag of candy and goodies. You are an adult now. You can choose exactly what treats you… (more)

Pumpkin Eaters guide to Dallas Dining and Drinking: Plus a few treats for liquid pumpkin lovers

I can never get enough pumpkin I think chocolate is  the only other flavor that makes my serotonin  level rise before I even take a bite. Some people keep a split of champagne on hand for emergenices. I… (more)

Minus5: A Bar on the Rocks

Finding a chill spot in NY is hard enough, especially when the summer heat turns buildings into saunas and can offer three-egg omelettes on the sidewalk. But at Minus5 at the midtown Hilton, bar-goers seeking a cold one are in… (more)

Make Dad’s Day special with things he’ll continue to enjoy

It’s gotten a lot easier to buy Dad’s day presents. There are so many specialized products no matter what his interests and desires. And if your Dad is like my Dad, he will appreciate whatever you get him. Make a… (more)

Muy Rico at Mercado

The modest facade doesn’t prepare you for the wonders of Mercado. We started with the cream of lobster, Tuesday’s soup of the day.  Not what you would expect from an upscale Mexican restaurant. Chef Jose Acevedo  was raised… (more)

Valentine’s Day for Vegetarians

Vegetarian Valentine ideas As a new vegetarian, I was looking for valentine dinner  ideas. The best place I found was Central 214 at the Palomar Hotel on Mockingbird in Dallas.  Each course offered at least one vegetarian choice—and… (more)

Naughty or Nice Valentines

Naked and Naughty Valentine’s Fantasies Naked RebelNew wine brand. Naked Rebel Winery began where the winemakers started bootlegging their wine in the dorms of Cal Poly. Now they are barely legal and making a pretty solid Oakville Cab/Syrah… (more)

How do I love, you Valentine. Let me count the ways.

1.Something special for your honey: Burts Bees. This gift set boasts some of the most beloved Burt’s Bees pomegranate products, which you can enjoy with a signature Burt’s Bees Spa Pouf included for indulgent pampering.  Burt’s Bees® Pomegranate Gift… (more)

SUPERBOWL101:cocktails and commercials

With the Super Bowl just a few days away, it’s time to finalize your party plans! Instead of serving the traditional beer, why not toast each touchdown with a triumphant cocktail? Cruzan Rum has you covered regardless of which team… (more)

Therapy: Drink Your Shrink

In the glittering heart of Hell’s Kitchen sits one of the reigning queens of the midtown gay bar scene. Giving patrons nothing but pleasant shrinkage since 2003, Therapy is a two-floor haven for a tryst of any length…or duration.  … (more)

Spirits of the Season 2012

Everyone is in the best of spirits during the holidays. Whether you serve it at parties, give it for gifts, or even drink it yourself, here are a few of my favorites: NEW CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR TEMPTS YOU TO “DRINK WHAT… (more)

Veritas:This is Dallas’s Destination Wine Bar

Destinations always seem to be somewhere else. Somewhere special so you plan your excursions around them.  I don’t know about you, but when I have a world traveler with me, it always seems that no matter where you go,… (more)

Black Friday is now 50 shades of Gray

While Black Friday my not have been as successful as some retailers hope, the whole holiday season racked up great retail numbers. Because Black Friday is no longer one day. It starts the weekend before Thanksgiving, enticing consumers to get… (more)

Limoncello your way

The first time we went to Italy, we asked for limoncello.  It was December.  In  Milan.  Ridiculous turistas, the waiter guffawed….  We broke the rules:  no cappuccino after 11:00 am; no limoncello in the… (more)

Bucket List Adventure: Taste your way along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Tradition, limestone and a little bit of magic. These are the key ingredients needed for good Kentucky bourbon and Kentucky, being the place where 97 percent of the world’s bourbon is made, has lots of good Kentucky bourbon. They’ve been… (more)

Right on the rocks

Right on the rocks by Darryl Beeson One of the biggest trends in spirits, over the past decade or more, is the desire for smoothness. This means no flavor sometimes. Vodka distilled so many times that it has no taste. (more)