Drinking Well: The Trident

After so many years working in the culinary business, I cannot say how much I relish the incredibly broad, diverse, fascinating, inspiring group of colleagues I've had the pleasure to interact with over the years. And it is so very satisfying to cheer them in their accomplishments and milestones, tip [...]

2020-01-24T00:22:11+00:00October 7th, 2016|Cocktails, Culinary Community, Spirits|

Gin & Tonic’s Time to Shine

Ready for a gin and tonic revolution? Well. Maybe revolution is a bit overboard. But it's time for a movement of some kind to elevate the glories of the beloved G & T. A campaign maybe? Sure would beat the other brand of campaign we're being pounded with these days. [...]

2020-01-24T00:39:57+00:00May 5th, 2016|Cocktails, Food and Drink, Spirits|

Lots and Lots of Gin

What a terrible state of affairs: a gin backlog! To clarify, it's a backlog of reflections on gin rather than bottles of the stuff itself. I wish the latter were true too. I've been a fan of gin for a good while now and went through a peak gin phase [...]

2014-05-15T20:29:34+00:00May 15th, 2014|Spirits|

Sipping Olympic History

Having had a fabulous trip to Vancouver, BC earlier this year, which included a cocktail or two (plus an amazing dinner) at Yew in the Four Seasons Hotel, it grabbed my attention to read about the Olympics-themed cocktails recently unveiled for the restaurant. The Games will be starting in 127 days, and [...]

2009-10-08T09:06:12+00:00October 8th, 2009|Food and Drink, Spirits|

Homemade Gin — an experiment

And no, to answer your first question: a bathtub was not involved. Having written and spoken as much as I have about gin over the years, it seems somewhat sacrilegious to suggest that I "made" gin. I've been to too many distilleries, sampled too many quality gins, and studied too much the art and [...]

2015-05-19T21:39:08+00:00December 31st, 2008|Spirits|

Seattle-Portland Synergy

I know the whole "sister city" concept is meant to bridge different cultures and countries that share a common thread. In fact, I was pretty active in the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association back in college. But in reality those civic relationships seem more cousin-like than sisterly. Particularly after thinking recently [...]

2008-12-03T10:26:57+00:00December 3rd, 2008|Restaurants, Spirits, Travel|

Gin Dandy

One of the best monikers that's ever been given to me is that of "gin connoisseur." I wrote a review of a really engaging, informative little book called The Joy of Drinking by Barbara Holland, which appears in the current spring issue of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. My friend and [...]

2016-05-04T14:26:35+00:00June 4th, 2008|Food and Drink, Media, Spirits|