Oh Cynar, how you’re misunderstood. No one can pronounce your name (chee-nar), people hardly even know you, and when they do, they assume you taste like artichokes. Not surprising, I suppose. It might be time for an outfit change . . . just a thought. more →
Anyone from the Bay Area can tell you that the fog is as much a part of daily life as the California sun, perhaps even more so. Born and raised here in Berkeley, I feel a particularly strong connection with the fog. Like an ocean wave it rolls over the coastal hills, across the bay, and engages all of my senses. Growing up, my friends and I used to explore the Berkeley paths, trying our best to get lost in the cool, dense fog. Countless times have been spent wandering the misty hills with my pup, and more recently exploring the Tilden Park trails with Fiona. more →
Soooo, I've been on a serious margarita kick lately this year. It's hard for me to pass up that frosty lime and tequila combo, especially on a warm Friday evening. And still, every now and then I'm in the mood for something a bit more serious - something spiritous. This week was one of those times. more →
Check out this green bloody mary!! Instead of going the tomato route, I went with tomatillos + some other green goodies for this outlandish brunch concoction. The result is a bright, vegetal, peppery blend that just begs for a little vodka. And of course, don't forget the garnishes! I admit I went a little over-the-top, siding for a couple crispy carnitas tacos, elote, grilled shrimp, avocado, and even chicharrones. That skunk smell must have gotten to my head! more →
Valentine's Day is a bit different with a toddler in the house. Any/all romantic candlelit dinners have been replaced by wrestling matches on the living room floor - the three of us feasting from Fiona's lunchbox, while Grizzly circles for scraps. I suppose there is one thing that hasn't changed . . . Audrey and I will enjoy a cocktail or two. In fact, it will surely feel more deserved than years past. Have I mentioned that I think my daughter is part howler monkey?? Anyway, this year's cocktail was inspired by our honeymoon in Kauai. more →
Pomelos look like large grapefruits, but they're actually sweeter, and milder in flavor. Plus, check out that giant pith! Given their subtle flavor, I wanted complimentary ingredients that would still let the pomelo shine through. Like elderflower, vermouth, and vodka. more →
Back in college, a close friend gifted me a bottle of Campari he'd picked up while in Rome. At the time I wasn't familiar with the beloved Italian bitter. Embarrassingly, in those days my knowledge of alcohol revolved around the beer pong table. My friend insisted this stuff was the real deal. more →
What I particularly love about these recipes is that they're simple enough to make on a casual weeknight with friends, but also festive enough to justify serving at your NYE bash. It's amazing what a little extra sparkle will do for a party! Once again, thank you for another fabulous year. Here's to many, many more. Cheers!! more →
It's hard for me to get out these days. It's not that I don't have the opportunity. After Fiona goes down around 7:30pm, I'm a free man. You see, the nights have always been relatively smooth. It's the mornings that really take it out of me. Two or three consecutive 5:30am wakeup calls, and an evening out is the last thing on my mind. I'd rather bring the bar to me! That's why I've been stocking up on my cocktail book collection. The latest addition: Death & Co. One of my alltime favorite bars, Death & Company has been a constant source of inspiration throughout my career. more →
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