Category Archives: BARS

EDOBOX MODERN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, SANTA MONICA, CA

Disclaimer: Scott Manlin is my nephew. As far as I can remember, he has always appreciated fine food and good restaurants. When he was barely an adult and living in Chicago, and I was a James Beard Foundation restaurant judge and couldn’t get to all of the nominated Chicago restaurants, I asked Scott for advice. […]

MOLLY WELLMANN, JAPP’S, HEMINGWAY DAIQUIRI

What a spark! What a charmer! What pizzazz!  Molly Wellmann is bar none the most spirited woman I know. And it’s not just because this Cincinnati local won the Nightclub and Bar Media award for Best Bartender/Owner in the Nation and that Bon Appetit magazine says her bar is the best in Cincinnati or that […]

BEST EVER LAMB BURGER

Mary had a little lamb And spinach topped with cheese. She also had some buttered bread And seconds on the peas. She had some cream of celery soup,  And fluffy mashed potatoes, And lots of Roquefort dressing On thickly sliced tomatoes. She had a wedge of apple pie, A piece of chocolate cake, A slice […]

3 BEST COCKTAILS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

I’m getting sloshed on New Year’s Eve. It’s the only way to end the terrible, horrible, no good, really bad 2020. I’m loading up on cocktails. But not just any cocktail. My cocktails must be spunky enough to chase away doom and gloom and usher in the light and bright.  I’ve come up with three […]

GÖRLITZ, LUCIE SCHULTE AND TRIFLE

Görlitz, in Saxony, Germany, attracts the international film industry. Over 100 movies have been shot in the village, and the restaurant Lucie Schulte serves the cast and crews with a great deal of style. One of the restaurant’s best dishes is Poppy Seed Trifle–and here is the recipe…

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DESERT: ODD, OFFBEAT AND WEIRDLY WONDERFUL

Visit the Salton Sea, Bombay Beach, Salvation Mountain, Slab City, East Jesus and Galleta Meadows Estate in the Southern California Desert area to find weirdly wonderful art and other unique attractions.

MELROSE UMBRELLA COMPANY AND MEZCALI ME BANANA COCKTAIL

The recipe for a luscious mezcal based cocktail from the Melrose Umbrella Company cocktail bar/restaurant on Melrose Ave. In Los Angeles.

THE PANAMA HAT COCKTAIL 

The Panama Hat cocktail brings on the happiest of happy hours. Here’s a recipe invented by master bartender Policarpo for Salsipuedes Restaurant and Bar in the hotel Bristol Panama.

WHITE WINE SANGRIA HEADS-UP TO HAPPY HOUR

Recipe for Mita’s White Wine Sangria as a heads-up to happy hour.

21c Museum Hotels and Granola Recipe

The 21c Museum Hotels offer guests style, comfort and a museum packed with fun, interesting, thought-provoking art.