I constantly seek interesting cocktails that combine some of my favorite spirits, such as tequila, in new and creative ways. Dining at Fore Street, which specializes in locally sourced and hand-crafted food in Portland, I came across a unique combination of flavors in their Distant Afternoon cocktail.

Walking into the Lower East Side’s Ludlow Hotel, the lights are dim with a roaring fire warming the rustic, yet refined Lobby Bar Lounge on this cool spring night.  The atmosphere is easygoing with a design aesthetic that feels slightly old-fashioned under the exposed wooden beams. An abstract painting of a James Dean-like character with […]

What happens when you mix cold Maine winters with Covid indoor dining restrictions? For most restaurants it would mean shutting down until warmer temperatures arrive in the spring, but not Kennebunk’s Batson River Brewing.

Can’t Miss Cocktails On the Coast of Maine Nestled in a rocky forest of balsam and birch trees, only a few miles from Goose Rocks Beach In Kennebunkport, Hidden Pond feels like a remote, luxury summer camp for adults. In the midst of the tranquil wilderness, you’ll find modern and stylish bungalows, cozy cottages, organic […]

After a long, adventurous day on the slopes of the Dolomites, there is nothing better than enjoying apres-ski in the setting sun. The longest ski piste of the Val Gardena ski area runs from the top of Seceda to Ortisei, conveniently right in front of Cafe Val d’Anna, which sits directly in the path of […]

While Pappasito’s is part of a large, Houston-based chain of restaurants that cooks up everything from pit-smoked BBQ to Louisiana-style seafood, there is no denying that their Tex-Mex is legit.  When I visit Houston, I typically find my way to both Chuy’s and then Little Pappasito’s on Kirby and order similar items each time- typically […]

Chuy’s is the very definition of Tex-Mex, but with that “keep Austin weird,”  fun and funky attitude. Since its opening on Barton Springs Road in Austin in 1982, it’s been serving authentic and fresh food in an atmosphere that has become uniquely Chuy’s. The founder’s joke that their “decorator” was a good friend of theirs, Jose […]

“Careful, man! There’s a beverage here!” Jeff Bridges in the Coen brother’s film, The Big Lebowski, immortalized Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski’s drink of choice, the “Caucasian” which he drank a total of nine times throughout the cult favorite. Now, thanks to the Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, everyone can be part of The Dude’s world with […]

If you are in Tel Aviv, do yourself a favor and have dinner and drinks at Mashya.  I typically prefer to sit at the large bar and like to start my evenings with one of Mashya’s house recommended cocktails- the Guayava.  Although I typically like to avoid large colorful cocktails that look like they are […]

Most conversations about drinking in Dublin revolve around Guinness, whisky or maybe a stop at the Temple Bar, but if you want to avoid the tourists and enjoy a creative concoction in a more sophisticated atmosphere, Dublin has an abundance of hidden speakeasies and cosmopolitan cocktail bars.  One of my favorite boutique hotels in Dublin, […]