What do you taste?

I recently completed the WSET Level II Wine & Spirits course and while I learned a tremendous amount about wine, one of the most important things the class did was solidify ‘why I like, what I like’. I’ve always just liked certain wines and spirits without ever thinking about the […]

Down on the Farm

My earliest memories of the outdoors? Being at grandma and grandaddy’s house: picking up pecans with my cousins from under the pecan tree, eating ripe watermelon on the picnic benches, learning to drive the tractor and slop the hogs. My family owns a 125 acre farm — now a non-producing […]

Restaurant & Bar Review: Little Saint

On a quest for a satisfying vegan meal, a handcrafted per-prohibition cocktail or two, and a quaint atmosphere with outstanding staff? If you’re like me, you are, so look no further than Little Saint. Tucked onto a side street in a part of town once known as the Devil’s Triangle […]

Affordable Drinks on Wealthy Street

At first I was hesitant to venture beyond the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Grand Rapids on what was only a whim. A whim that happened to be named Donkey Taqueria. While they didn’t come up first on Yelp and there weren’t any write-ups in the local foodie mags, Donkey Taqueria is […]

Cocktail Artistry With a Side of Tomfoolery

Po’ boys and jambalaya? Maybe, a little jerk chicken? Nope, neither. A year ago this month, 928 U Street was reborn as a craft cocktail oasis aptly named Service Bar. And, a Happy (non-belated) Birthday goes out to y’all! It’s quaint. Somewhere around 25 to 35 seats with another seven […]

Where to Visit the Next Time You’re in Napa

Breathtaking views, quaint wineries nestled in amongst the vines, dining at world renowned restaurants, pampering yourself with a mud bath, or satisfying the adventurer in you with a hot air balloon ride; these are but a handful of the things that make Napa Valley simply heaven on earth Located about […]

San Fran’s Thirst-Quenching Experiences

Located about an hour north of both San Francisco and Oakland, sits Napa Valley – one of the wine capitals of the world. So, if you’re planning a trip to the West Coast, here are some people, places, and things you should definitely try to enjoy before you head up […]

San Diego’s Cocktail Pharmacy

While I might only be a part-time cocktail blogger, I’m most certainly a full-time cocktail lover. Late last year I started hearing rumblings about a new cocktail bar, Polite Provisions, which had recently opened to much fanfare in San Diego. A few months later the bar and one of its […]

New York’s Thirst-Quenching Experiences

Welcome to New  York… New York City is a mecca for good eats and great drinks, with a tremendous helping of sightseeing and people-watching on the side. From over-the-top diners and celebrity chef owned bakeries to budget conscious hotels and free tickets to live tapings; there’s something for everyone no […]

Travel to Paris

Ever wanted to visit a city that is steeped in history, beauty, romance, and great food & drink? If so, Paris should be your next travel destination! With countless chocolate shops, authentic restaurants, and even the occasional cocktail bar; Paris has so much to offer the traveling foodie and/or cocktail […]

Travel to Tequila

If tequila is your thing, you have to make time to visit Guadalajara (specifically Tequila), Mexico. Full transparency, I was pretty nervous about my most recent trip to Mexico. Between the State Department alerts and news reports of drug activity, robberies, and kidnappings; I was a little unsettled. Looking back, […]

Virginia is for {cocktail} lovers

100 miles south of the nation’s capital you will find Richmond, VA; home to the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood, the tree-lined avenues and architectural noteworthiness of The Fan, and the rapidly gentrifying Church Hill district. Having visited the Richmond area on numerous occasions, I finally decided to check out the […]