I just returned from a birthday trip to the gorgeous Maroma Resort (an Orient Express property) in the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, which was eye opening in many ways. While the upscale property’s food and beverage program–led by award-winning Chef Juan Pablo Loza and the iconic “Freddy The Bartender” (pictured below)–is [...]
One of the many outlets I’m proud to write for is the EscapeHatchDallas blog of my friend and colleague Mike Hiller… •How’s Your Drink: An Interview with Cocktail Expert Charlotte Voisey •Eating the Road: Aureole Las Vegas’ Wine Weekend •“Tequila Certification”: One of Our Vegas Editors Becomes a Tequila Sommelier •Bottle Envy: Exploring Sake at [...]
The upper echelons of the mixology world may turn up their collective nose at Nightclub & Bar, the annual Las Vegas convention and trade show, but NCBS remains a barometer and almost unpredictable cross-section of the liquor service industry across the US–a solid reminder that ultra-premium ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails and original recipes are not necessarily [...]
Bar Magic bigwig Tobin Ellis assembled his latest Social Mixology (number four) summit last week at perhaps the most unexpected location yet: a strip club. Well, not just any strip club, but Sapphire Las Vegas, which claims to be the world’s largest (and at 70,000 square feet, how could you argue?). And well, not really [...]
Buried in the Spring 2013 issue of VEGAS magazine was an item in which “The Modern Mixologist,” Tony Abou-Ganim, picked (reluctantly) his five favorite Las Vegas bars. The influential bar consultant, who just released a new book on tasting vodkas, is not only a longtime Vegas resident, he’s also responsible for spearheading the cocktail revival [...]
If you’ve wondered why restaurants are moving to iPad based beverage menus, it isn’t just because it looks cool, but because it improves wine sales, in every sense… I don’t typically just repurpose press releases, but this one deserves a quick read… Santa Rosa, CA – Tastevin, a new tablet wine list, is now providing [...]
Still need to upload photos from this successful event, for which I enlisted contributions from the William Grant portfolio and crafted original and classic cocktails to match food tasting stations throughout the party. What a night it was!