Holiday Sips and Nibbles!!  Great Wines to Try and Snacks to Pair with Wines!
Nov28

Holiday Sips and Nibbles!! Great Wines to Try and Snacks to Pair with Wines!

YES!! It’s the big cooking day of the year and I am here to give you some great wine choices. Generally there should be a big liquor store near you that is open. If not, then hopefully you have a wine or too that will fit into this bill. Here in Southern California there is typically a market or two or a large convenience store with an array of wine, spirits and snacks that can do the duty. Given that I started stocking up about...

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Get  Into the Holiday Spirit! Cocktails  for the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday & More!
Nov22

Get Into the Holiday Spirit! Cocktails for the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday & More!

Whoever said it was too early to have a cocktail? Not Me- particularly when it’s so close to a slew of holidays and holiday events! Here’s a sweet array of great and diverse cocktails that are sure to give you something to sip at Thanksgiving, that weekend or post Cyber-Monday! Salted Karamel Martini 1 ¼ oz. Sobieski Karamel Vodka ¾ oz. coffee tequila 2 oz. half & half ½ oz. simple syrup 1 oz. caramel syrup (set aside...

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Put a Little Effort into Tasty  Labor Day Cocktails!
Sep02

Put a Little Effort into Tasty Labor Day Cocktails!

It’s a holiday- and it’s the end of “summer” except we all know (at least here in California) we could have summer for another 2 months. But for those of you who are already looking at weather changes, I want to give you some fun things to indulge in for cocktails. I know that I tossed you a couple of cocktails yesterday but I gave you a ton of great treats to make as well. So make sure you did make something...

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Sweet, Tart & Tasty Treats  & Drinks for Labor Day! Hustle to Make Them!
Sep01

Sweet, Tart & Tasty Treats & Drinks for Labor Day! Hustle to Make Them!

Making certain kinds of cocktails, desserts and treats can be difficult if you can’t find the right ingredients. I used to have both a black coconut salt and a pink Hawaiian salt and both went “poof” -gone- and there went my unique and very tasty way of working with meat, fish, fresh veggies and lots more. So finding exactly the right ingredients is pretty crucial. Here in Southern California, you might have to drive...

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VMA Weekend: Here’s the Swag in the Gift Bag for Celebs to Take Home!!
Aug23

VMA Weekend: Here’s the Swag in the Gift Bag for Celebs to Take Home!!

Yesterday MTV unveiled the contents included in the official “2013 MTV Video Music Awards” Talent gift bag for attending musical talent, nominees, presenters and performers. Ensuring no star walks away empty-handed, each celebrity taking part in this year’s show will receive some of the industry’s most coveted items including some really “wish I could” items: – a stay at the JW Marriott Essex House New York,...

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Out to Lunch (or Dinner)!! Where Do You Go? Here’s a HAUTE Place to Hit in So. Bay/Long Beach. The Federal Bar “Smokes” as the New HAUTE Place to Go!
Jul16

Out to Lunch (or Dinner)!! Where Do You Go? Here’s a HAUTE Place to Hit in So. Bay/Long Beach. The Federal Bar “Smokes” as the New HAUTE Place to Go!

Drive up Pine Avenue from Ocean Blvd and look at all the vintaage buildings, particularly after you cross First Street. Pine is rife with great restaurants and it’s spreading across to the East Village. What you might not notice is this demure building set back from the street a bit– quite large actually. It was once a bank that close and then morphed into a high-end eatery called Madison. Madison soon died due to very...

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