An island is just an island is just an island.  Until it isn't. And this isn't just any island.  Anguilla is a special place.  One of those rare spots to visit that leaves you planning your return trip before you've even left.  And once you go, you too will understand.  This is not just any old island surrounded by many islands that seem similar.  It is a special place that will take your breath away. First things first, Anguilla is a British territory where everyone speaks great English

Los Olivos, CA

People have a tendency to picture a small town in similar ways.  Where everyone knows each other, the diner is the center of gossip, and not much happens on a daily basis.   Well, Los Olivos is in some ways like this.  If said small, bucolic town was surrounded by some of the most fertile vineyards in all of California. It is quaint.  The locals all do know each other. They do meet up, but at the R-Country Market, and actually a lot happens on a daily basis. It is the perfect get away, if you

Mammoth Food and Wine 2014

Hey all!!  Just so as you know, this year the Mammoth Food and Wine Fest is bigger and better than ever!  Hopefully I will get to see many of you up there this year.  If you've never been, Mammoth Lakes, CA is amazingly beautiful in the summer.  (some say even nicer than the winter, but that is up for discussion).  If you have never been, this is a perfect opportunity for a visit.  There are many dining and housing options, and even the local brewery, Mammoth Brewing Company.  AND the road

Santorini and Wine

Santorini, Greece Traveling to a foreign land, especially an island is always an exciting proposition.  But your mind usually pictures the tropical islands of the Caribbean or the South Pacific.  But an island like Santorini is a whole other ball of wax.  Hot, dry and absolutely stunning.  A postcard view nearly everywhere you look.  It is the perfect storm of history, leisure, food and wine.  There is literally something for everyone.  Especially when it comes to Food and Wine!  And


As you've all known, I've been studying with Dionysus, the god of Wine, and it's all not filled with fun.  There is some studying and a lot of reading to do.  And plenty of blind tastings.   Which is what you should try sometime if you have an affinity of enjoying wine.  Why not kick it up a notch?? I mean, Wine is one of the world's great beverages that has been around for centuries.  All across Europe there is evidence that people have been drinking wine for as long as there have been cultures


Yes, most Americans live and breath with their morning cup.  What, pray-tell, are most of them actually drinking???  Mostly hot caffeinated swill.  Just look at the lines at a Starbucks every morning.   No offense meant.   Well actually ya, offense meant.  I mean seriously, people still go there?  Just shows you how little respect people have for this magic black elixir.  I've had a better cup of black coffee, and cheaper, at 7-11.  And if you bring your own cup in, the coffee is 99 cents. 

Vesper Martini

Yes, I am going to tell you about one of my most favorite, and least known about drinks; the Vesper Martini. As many people know, Ian Flemming wrote about a little spy called James Bond, or 007.  And Mr. Flemming had an affinity for Martinis as did his character, Mr. Bond.  In Casino Royale James asks for a Vesper Martini.  When the bartender does not what it is he replies: "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet.  Shake it very well until it's ice-cold,


Yesterday attended the Craft Beer Bash outside the Blue Palms Brew House ( and it was Epic. Great Divide Colette Farmhouse Ale. This is a fantastic Beer, and loved it.  It is very smooth Ale with a nice crisp citrus finish.  Very very drinkable on a nice sunny day. That is the one and only Brian Lenzo, owner of the aforementioned Blue Palms Brew house.  A pure genius in the Beer World.  He started Blue Palms years ago and in my opinion he helped start the

Bison Grass Vodka

Yes my lovelies, time to tell you all about my new favorite cocktail and one that is picture perfect for summer.  And now BevMo in Southern California carries it, Bison Grass Vodka from Poland.  It sounds kitschy, but trust me, it has a very mellow flavor and is quite good, for Vodka. Now first and foremost, I am not a Vodka drinker.  And think that all those frilly flavored Vodkas are well, for the frilly.  And Vodka for the most part is a rather dull uninspired drink.  I will only have


Well being that is a holiday and all, after we gorged ourselves on our Tam Brisket sandwich we thought a proper whiskey drink would be in order. So close to home is a great whiskey bar with all the bourbons, scotchs, whiskeys, ryes ect that you can shake a stick at. It is the Thirsty Crow.  The bartenders there will hook you up with anything that you could ever want.  Some great beers, like Scrimshaw Pilsner. And the wall of whiskey.  They make all kinds of Manhattan's amongst their famous