Category Archives: cocktails

Talking Cocktails on KPCC Radio

Want to know more about how the classic cocktail scene gained so much steam here in L.A.? Or maybe you just want to know what types of drinks you need to be able to mix to wow the pants off a your date. No matter what your motives are, you’ll definitely enjoy my segment with…

Bourbon banana bread and Old Fashioneds, a match made in heaven

I have a punishing sweet tooth, and last Thursday it was panging hard. As I sifted through what ingredients I had on hand, all I could think of were some frozen, overripe bananas. “Ah, yes,” I thought. “Banana bread! I can make a healthy version with some coconut oil or flax meal or something. And…

Chicago, the out takes

A few weeks back my story on Chicago’s flourishing cocktail scene was published in the Los Angeles Times Travel section. The piece was so well-received that it was the in the top 3 most emailed stories on the entire LA Times website! Apparently the readers found the Second City as inspiring as I did, which…

Tiki throwbacks at 1886 Bar in Pasadena

For my last issue at the Times Community Newspapers, I wrote up a piece about the new tiki cocktails that are featured on the summer menu at 1886 in Pasadena. Consultant Marcos Tello believes that you’ll be seeing a lot more of these throwbacks on bar menus around town, so keep an eye out. “I…

Spirits of the Times mescal and tequila panel

Back in July, the LA Times launched a new series of events dedicated to the art of drinking. (That’s right, my ultimate vice is now considered “creative!”) For the first installation of Spirits of the Times, the focus was on tequila and mescal, which are certainly having their moment in the local cocktail culture these…