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• “a woman walks into a bar…” with über journalist & author, Lisa Napoli

“a woman walks into a bar…” with über journalist & author, Lisa Napoli

You’ve heard her dulcet, seductive voice on public radio. Whether talking tech, the economy or lifestyle interviews, you are happily lulled into listening to every word Lisa Napoli has to say. Lisa has also been an Internet correspondent and columnist for MSNBC plus an early chronicler of the dawn of the World Wide Web for […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at Next Door Lounge in Hollywood

“a woman walks into a bar…” at Next Door Lounge in Hollywood

There’s some serious cocktailing going at at The Next Door Lounge. Zac Henry got his bartender stripes working his way up the Marriott hotel chain, an autodidact bartender who learned from the best, starting with JB Bandy who was responsible for training and choreographing the bartending sequences in the 1988 movie “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise. […]

• Whisky & Poetry Salon Proves You Can Drink In Culture

Whisky & Poetry Salon Proves You Can Drink In Culture

I love whisky. Poetry, however, doesn’t move me the way, say, Marvin Gaye does but, put them together, and you’ve got a delicious evening of booze and culture. Big huzzahs to Kim Ohanneson and Karolyn Kiisel, of Literary Libations, who came up with this idea of “A candlelit evening of decadent debauchery, Scotland’s finest whiskies, […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” a gin bar, to be exact, at The Flintridge Proper

“a woman walks into a bar…” a gin bar, to be exact, at The Flintridge Proper

What’s a girl to do all alone on her birthday? Go to a gin bar would be the correct answer. But wait, don’t cry for me…this is what I wanted to do.  If I smoked, it would be gin and cigs, a louche night out swigging shots with which to face the age demons. As […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe: Part Deux

“a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe: Part Deux

Picking up where we left off leaving Sonny’s Hideaway and after several top-drawer drinks, once again, we pile into John’s boat-long Mercedes and float over to Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, about a 2 minute ride. You gotta love Colombo’s which calls itself an ‘Italian Steakhouse & Jazz Club’. What it doesn’t say is that it […]

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• “a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe

“a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe

Here’s what going out to drink with John Rabe is like. Wait, let me first introduce you. If you met John Rabe in life, you would probably have to look up. He is very tall. And has the kind of looks that could be in GQ or a moody ad for time-sharing a jet. I […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” with Mary Milliken, kickass Reuters journalist

“a woman walks into a bar…” with Mary Milliken, kickass Reuters journalist

Here’s a prescription to liberate yourself from boring people. Find yourself a journalist who has been all over the fucking globe covering emerging markets in South America and Southern Europe and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a stellar evening that also, sadly, highlights how circumscribed your own little life has been. Not really really, […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” to chat with Kern River Brewing brewmaster, Kyle Smith

“a woman walks into a bar…” to chat with Kern River Brewing brewmaster, Kyle Smith

I WON THE LOTTERY!!! As if. Well, I did win a BEER lottery…the lottery that Kern River Brewing had to make distribution of their cult favorite beer, Citra, available on a, sort of, equal basis. About a thousand people took part in the lottery and there were 380 lucky winners and, yours truly, was one […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” Chilean wines at Chaya downtown

“a woman walks into a bar…” Chilean wines at Chaya downtown

Let’s just start here. Chilean wines rock! And you can thank Concha y Toro, one of the world’s three leading wine producers, and virtually a quarter of Chile’s total wine production, for that…so, kudos to Concha y Toro. We were lucky to taste a range of  affordable, delicious Casillero del Diablo (“Stored in hell, made […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” with Tess Vigeland

“a woman walks into a bar…” with Tess Vigeland

UPDATE: Tess took another leap and now travels without a net! She lives in Bangkok, Thailand and writes often about her experiences plus the added value of her terrific photographs. You can follow her on Facebook Who do you call when you want to hang out with someone über interesting, someone who’s taking life by […]

Don Melchor Chilean wines…something to write home about!

Don Melchor Chilean wines…something to write home about!

Do yourself a favor. Go here: http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/don+melchor/1993 and order this wine immediately because it may be the last one and you don’t want to miss it. Seriously. Only 15,000 cases of the world-class Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 1993 were made and 2% of that was saved for the Concho y Toro library at the winery. Don’t pay […]

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• “a woman walks into a bar…” at Hal’s in Venice one afternoon

“a woman walks into a bar…” at Hal’s in Venice one afternoon

Having just finished up a wine and spirits tasting of Double Gold Winners from the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition & the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, I needed a little extra somethin’…you know how it is, to round off the tasting. So, being in the Marina (del Rey, California), I wandered into […]

• The Awesomeness of the LA Food & Wine Festival 2013

The Awesomeness of the LA Food & Wine Festival 2013

Oh, my my. This year’s LA Food & Wine Festival really kicked it up to the next level. The venue was changed from LA Live, last year, to, well, they took over Grand Avenue between First and Second right under the watchful towers of Disney Hall. And the entire street was red carpeted. All the […]

An American Gin To Be Proud Of And Other Boozy Musings

An American Gin To Be Proud Of And Other Boozy Musings

Nothing like going to your favorite local for a little uplifting booze tasting. I was happily informed that the bar at Messhall was stocking Letherbee gin out of Chicago. I first had it in a barrel-aged Negroni at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, a bit of a mouthful of a name but one of […]

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Crossroads Isn’t Just Vegan Heaven. The Bar Rocks, Too!

Crossroads Isn’t Just Vegan Heaven. The Bar Rocks, Too!

Crossroads, the terrific new restaurant that just happens to be vegan, and is surprisingly touted as having ‘white tablecloths’ and nice flatware because as everybody knows, of course, vegans have only recently emerged from their pods to live beside us carnivores in peace and respectability and no longer eat with their filthy gardening hands. Hence, […]

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