Summer Harvest Happy Hour: The Four Aces

Just like with food, cocktails are better with fresh ingredients. So I’m always curious as to what’s coming in to season and what might make good ingredients for a tasty drink. For example, this spring, we had a great mint crop and so there were lots of mint juleps and newcomers like the Añejo Smash. Well,…

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BlogFestivus, Day Six: Party Time

Blogfestivus is a creative writing challenge issued by that nefarious elf Blogdramedy. Twelve days of 144-word stories based on the popular “Twelve Days of Christmas” song. Day Six is “six geese a laying”. Party Time Lixin had heard of Christmas, of course, but had never participated in it. Having only arrived three weeks ago as an intern…

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Your Home Bar: Keep It Neat

One night last week I had an interesting night out – I went with a couple of friends to a single-malt scotch tasting and dinner at a good, new restaurant in Carlsbad. This seemed like an interesting proposition, considering there were seven different whiskies* to taste.  I mean, wine-tastings are pretty easy – you can…

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Special Thursday Happy Hour – Hot, Dirty and Bleu

It’s a holiday weekend, so why not start a little early, right?  A couple of weeks ago, while we were at Lola in Cleveland, we tried one of their signature martinis — Hot, Dirty & Bleu — and really enjoyed it. So, continuing the apparently recurring themes of reconstituting other restaurants drinks and a new…

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