Impulse buys at the supermarket can be dangerous. Black and white cookies from the bakery, premium ice cream, or even over-priced filet mignon or lobster tails are guilt-inducing purchases. But impulse buys can be healthy choices, too. Baby arugula, fresh bright green leaves in a big 11-ounce box for only $5 had me at “hello”.Continue reading “What To Do With A Big Box Of Arugula”
I’ll have the bright green drink! The “Best New Cocktail” of 2008, the Gin Basil Smash.
In Search Of…The Mai Tai. Rum, orange curacao, orgeat, and lime = tiki heaven.
Discovering an unfamiliar grape varietal, reading about a wine region, or being intrigued by a winemaker’s philosophy is often a catalyst to trying a new wine. Uncovering a hidden gem, especially one that I can buy locally, gives me a thrill.
Inspired by years of reading food and wine articles, to experience a many-course tasting menu like those offered at some of Manhattan’s famous restaurants such as Daniel or Jean-Georges has been an item on my must-do list for quite a while.
Working hard making several visits to Taco Caballito Tequileria to get through a significant portion of the tequila menu. Pour me.
Making Old Fashioned cocktails with three different bourbons turned into a Goldilocks and the Three Bears kind of story. First Goldilocks muddled two orange wedges and 2 maraschino cherries way too hard. Too fruity! Next Goldilocks used an orange slice and cherries as garnish with no muddling. Not fruity at all! Finally, Goldilocks muddled gently and the Old Fashioned turned out just right, the perfect balance of fruit, bitters, and bourbon.
The Hard Rock Café pays homage to Jimi Hendrix with a cocktail named Purple Haze. Wanting to make a home version, I looked up the recipe online only to discover there are drastically different drink recipes going by the name Purple Haze.
We’ve chosen the Capescrew and the Classic Cosmopolitan for tonight’s drink lab. The Capescrew is a mash up of a Screwdriver, made with vodka and orange juice, and a Cape Cod, made with vodka and cranberry juice. The Cosmo is classic cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and a splash of lime.
For Cranberry Juice and Rum Cocktail Lab, I’ve selected two drinks from Shane Carley’s The Home Bartender – Logan’s Rum and Caribbean Cranberry Twist.