During the holidays many of us will journey to far-flung hometowns to share meals with our families, and drink regrettable Jack-and-Cokes with our high-school classmates at townie dives. If, like me, you hail from one of the 14 states that still permit smoking in bars (real cigarettes, not those undetectable Juuls), you’ll need to accommodate […]
I was recently greeting people at one of my restaurant spaces when a young woman walked into the shared communal space with her head down, her smart phone guiding her. She was more fixated on the small celluloid device in her hand than the environment around her. “Hi! How are you today?” I asked her. […]
When I was in my 20s, and even my early 30s, I never drank alone. It wasn’t a stance on my part or anything like that. I thought drinking alone was perfectly fine. I just never really felt an urge to do it. As a young person living in a city, I went out a […]
I have all the tools to make great wine. I live on a vineyard surrounded by grapevines. I’ve planted, pruned, and picked grapes. I’ve helped vinify both small and large lots of wine. I taste and smell finished and unfinished wines almost every day.
I have a dear, dear friend. She is abundantly clever and endlessly empathetic. She is someone with whom I would always choose to spend time, because I’ve never been bored in her presence, because she reminds me to question the status quo, and because she makes me feel like my favorite version of myself. We […]
Late last Friday night, I approached the front door of my apartment after an evening out. As my key hovered just short of the lock, I stopped, checking myself. Do I seem drunk? Will I sound drunk if I have to say anything during the long walk from the front door to my bedroom? Half-trusting my answers, […]
Coffee grounds. Everclear. Blue Gatorade. Spurs. No, this isn’t the beginning of a crude joke! These are all things you may find in the traditional army grog bowl. Intrigued? Here’s a bit more. The Navy lays claim to the grog, which originally referred to a drink of water and rum.
It starts off innocently enough. After a long day at work, I find myself wanting to wind down. What could be more relaxing than a drink at the bar? Sitting down, I contemplate the menu and try to figure out what I’m in the mood for.