Negroni Week Finale: A Pair From Hinoki & The Bird

On this final night of May and final night of Negroni Week, why not conclude with a pair of winning Negroni variations from the restaurant reviewed on this site today, Hinoki & The Bird? After all, bar director Sam Ross and chef/owner David Myers have concocted a menu that includes a whole category of Negronis.Continue reading “Negroni Week Finale: A Pair From Hinoki & The Bird”

Negroni Week Thursday: The Power of Punt e Mes

Thirsty Thursday of Negroni Week brings the power of Punt e Mes to the table. What in the world is Punt e Mes? Does it have to with football special teams or rowing in British terms? Punt e Mes is a common substitute for sweet vermouth in cocktails, both Negroni inspired and not. It’s aContinue reading “Negroni Week Thursday: The Power of Punt e Mes”

Negroni Week: Aged, On Tap, or the Boulevardier

Negroni Week continues with an experimental Wednesday if you will. You’ve made the Negroni as smoky as Kansas City BBQ and made it molto Italiano by replacing sweet vermouth and Gin with Cynar and Fernet Branca. Now let’s head to the lab/ barrel room. Of the many liquids Portland, Oregon is known for excelling atContinue reading “Negroni Week: Aged, On Tap, or the Boulevardier”

It’s Negroni Week! Start with the Bottecchia

It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not referring to the fact that with Memorial Day yesterday the summer grilling season is (un)officially upon us. Our friendly bartenders across the country who are as obsessed with the Negroni as I am have officially deemed this final week of May as Negroni Week. Why not?Continue reading “It’s Negroni Week! Start with the Bottecchia”

Plat du Jour Thursday May 23, 2013: Writing on the State of Food Writing

Food writing and writers have been the topic of choice this week for an industry that usually focuses on what’s on your plate or in your glass. Layoffs have been everywhere in this continuing to downsize and outsource economy. The media is no exception, including food and drink print media. On this pre- Holiday weekendContinue reading “Plat du Jour Thursday May 23, 2013: Writing on the State of Food Writing”

Spring Cooking: Fava Beans with a Nice Chianti (Or Quinoa)

Over the past few weeks we’ve examined all sorts of spring produce, from rhubarb to strawberries to artichokes to asparagus and beyond. You haven’t heard much in the way of ramps over here since the West Coast doesn’t have them. We aren’t so, um, rampant about ramps if you will, like in the Midwest orContinue reading “Spring Cooking: Fava Beans with a Nice Chianti (Or Quinoa)”

Plat du Jour Tuesday May 21, 2013: Film and Television Cocktails…Illustrated

  The folks at Pop Chart Lab have the poster for all cocktail aficionados: 49 illustrated recipes of the most legendary television and film cocktails. Don Draper’s Old Fashioned. Carrie Bradshaw’s Cosmopolitan. James Bond’s Vesper Martini. What will I try first? Why of course, Roger O. Thornhill’s Gibson from “North by Northwest.” Who knows whatContinue reading “Plat du Jour Tuesday May 21, 2013: Film and Television Cocktails…Illustrated”

Bites of Spring: And For Dessert…

And now on this Mother’s Day, we’ll wrap up our look at the memorable bites of spring for dessert. Expectations were thru the roof when I learned that Essence’s owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos once worked at Paris’ renowned LenĂ´tre and a Phoenix restaurants writer dared me to say that these macarons weren’t superior to those atContinue reading “Bites of Spring: And For Dessert…”

Bites of the Spring: On the Road

Continuing on a look at the memorable bites from the first half of spring, we hit the road outside Northern California. At a restaurant with a more tenacious PR staff seeking flashy menu descriptions, this would probably be known as “Beets Five Ways” or “Textures of Beets.” Who knew that beets thrive in Kauai’s soil?Continue reading “Bites of the Spring: On the Road”

Plat du Jour Tuesday May 7, 2013: 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards

It’s been 24 hours now since the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony in New York, the “Oscars” of the food world. Hearing about the extensive after-parties across New York last night and this morning, it seems like now the winners can finally pause post-hangover and reflect on last night’s ceremony. If you can getContinue reading “Plat du Jour Tuesday May 7, 2013: 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards”