Photo of the Day: April 11, 2019

I had Duke Bourbon a few years ago and thought it was great, and not because I’m a fan of its namesake. I just had to get a picture of this set-up. Okay, I also had my picture taken with “him” as well. Saving that for another time!

No More Booze on Sandy Hook

We all know about the smoking ban that went into effect on all New Jersey beaches, but now, Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook has gone a step forward and banned alcohol. Citing more than 300 alcohol-related incidents over the last three years, the Chief Ranger has said this ban will keep Sandy Hook…

That’s the Boldest Scotch I’ve Ever Had

The other night, I cracked open a bottle of Laphroaig 10. It was a Christmas present from my mom. Though such a gift would normally be a sipping Scotch after dinner, something inside of me just wanted to have it while I was eating. From the first sip to the last, I was utterly blown…

Restaurant Review #225: Kelly’s Pub (Carteret, NJ)

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Well, when you are about to walk into a bar and read a sign near the door saying, “Pledge allegiance or get the hell out!”, I think your mind would begin to¬†form certain images. I was expecting to see a raucous crowd of old, white men…

2018 Holiday Buying Guide: Kamora Coffee Liqueur

There are some knock-offs that truly taste like their inspiration. Others are fruitless wannabees that tried in vain to be something they could never be. Kamora Coffee Liqueur manages to avoid the latter and taste almost identical to Kahlua. I was never a big drinker of coffee liqueur, but then Justin really got into White…

Photo of the Day: November 14, 2018

Tonight at Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library, I will be giving a talk on Bootlegging on the Jersey Shore. This was a shot of some of my research.

Photo of the Day: May 19, 2018

The night before my “History of Liquor” lecture, I had to get in the zone with some absinthe, the history of which is a large chunk of the class.

Photo of the Day: April 25, 2018

A “bar caddy” I picked up at an antique store in Keyport to hold the stirrers that neither myself nor anyone else ever use.