Photo of the Day: January 3, 2018

This feast was devoured on the day where I weighed myself this past fall and discovered that I had dropped 22 pounds. Don’t worry…I had help.

Travel Guide MD: The Globe (Berlin)

The Globe is an old theater built in the 1900’s. It has been renovated but not to the point where you do not know its former use. After all, the dining area is broken up into two spaces: the downstairs where the seats used to be and the actual stage which you have to walk…

Photo of the Day: November 24, 2017

The perfect cocktail for this time of year, especially during or after a big Thanksgiving meal, is the simple vodka and cranberry juice. Float some frozen cranberries and a lemon rind on top to achieve aesthetic perfection.

Photo of the Day: November 21, 2017

A beautiful looking cocktail at New Hope’s Logan Inn. It’s called the Martinez: Tanqueray Gin, sweet vermouth, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. It was so good that I continue to make it at home. September 2017.

Vat 69 Gold and the Perfect Scotch Sour

Every year on my birthday, my parents would try to find me a bottle of whiskey that I had never heard of before. Sometimes, it is random. Other times, there is significance. Last year, it was the Quiet Man Irish Whiskey, named after the classic film starring John Wayne. This year on a spring trip…

My Dad’s Martini Glass

It sits on the top shelf in the china cabinet. There’s nothing special about it. No distinguishing characteristics. It’s the most plain-looking martini glass you could have. That’s the glass he chose to use every Saturday night when he had his martinis. He rarely drank during the week. Friday and Sunday nights were for beer…

Photo of the Day: August 30, 2017

With the summer coming to an end, I’m looking back to a 4th of July party which I bartended at for the second year in a row. It’s a great gig. My friend who is a chef does the cooking, his wife who is also a close friend of mine does the singing, and another…

Photo of the Day: August 23, 2017

When someone asks you if you want a Sake Bomb, you don’t even need to know what it is to say yes. We were out at Ichiban celebrating a friend’s birthday in June and her husband ordered one of these for everyone. Basically, you drop a shot of chilled Sake into a glass of Japanese…

Introducing a New Guest Column

In addition to my friend Hunter Dillon and his “Casual Crusades” guest column, I am bringing in the husband-wife duo of Gordon Bond and Stephanie Hoagland for something new. They are going to be tackling a guest column of their own, titled “Fermented Musings”. In it, they will focus on liquor reviews, cocktail recipes, and…