Saturday, October 11, 2014

Absolut Vodka - Ethos & Execution


gastronomista andy warhol absolut vodka
Portrait of a Bottle - Andy Warhol - 1985
In today’s cocktail scene, vodka has a bad rap.  Vodka is often joked about amongst bartenders for “paying the bills”, and is not even served in some cocktail bars.  Despite what the naysayers say, Vodka is the backbone of the spirits industry, dominating over a third of the sales in 2013 (DISCUS).

Friday, October 3, 2014

Empire Oyster - A Hedonistic Oyster Feast

Gastronomista Thrillist Empire Oyster

Last weekend I was invited to the Empire Oyster event at the Maritime Hotel - a hedonistic feast of all you can eat oysters for New York’s Oyster Week.  The event was hosted by Thrillist, and featured restaurants such as the BLT Fish Shack, The Blue Water Grill, Crave Fishbar, Soju Haus, The Liberty NYC, and The Monarch Room.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cointreau + Eye Swoon Rooftop Soirée

Photo by Winnie Au
I was recently invited to the most gorgeous rooftop soirée hosted by Athena Calderone of the lifestyle blog Eye Swoon and Cointreau liqueur.  The event was hosted at Ms. Calderone's Dumbo rooftop that overlooks the Manhattan skyline, and delicious edibles were provided by Franny's of Brooklyn.  Chef John Adler put together a lovely menu of seasonal, elevated-yet-rustic cuisine.  For those of you who have not yet visited Franny's - run, don't walk, to this gem of a neighborhood eatery.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1964 and 1966 - and A Distillery Tour

Gastronomista The Glenlivet Winchester Collection
The Glenlivet Winchester Collection - Vintage 1964

Welcome back to part 2 of my trip to Speyside with The Glenlivet!

So you're probably reeling with anticipation wondering what was this special whisky that I went all the way to Scotland to taste?

I had the privilege to be one of the first to taste The Glenlivet 1964 Vintage and the 1966 Vintage the first two releases of the The Winchester Collection, a series of 50 year old single malts named after master distiller Alan Winchester

Friday, September 19, 2014

Speyside Scotland with The Glenlivet

Last month I was invited on a gorgeous trip to Aberdeen Scotland to visit The Glenlivet distillery, and to taste an exclusive product launching in October.   

Going in, I knew that this trip was going to be a special one.  I was one of three journalists from the United States invited to be one of the first to taste this new whisky!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Summertime Champagne Punch

Gastronomista Summertime Champagne Punch

A good friend of mine recently reached out to me to ask for a punch recipe I made last month, so I figure I would share it here as well!

I got this recipe from somewhere, but of course, I did not save the link and now have no idea who to credit for this delicious recipe.  As always, I recommend buying provisions for at least two rounds of punch.  For some reason the punch bowl always goes dry much sooner than I anticipate!  Plan ahead and keep your guests happy!

Summertime Champagne Punch

12 oz Fruit Punch
10 oz Frozen Strawberries
2 C Fresh Strawberries
1 Package of Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
24 oz Ginger Ale
3 C Water
1 Bottle of Champagne (can substitute sparkling white wine or prosecco)
1 Lemon
1 Large Ice Block

Freeze your ice block the day before.  Extra points for freezing strawberries or lemon slices into your ice block!  (Note: I used cubes because I foolishly did not plan ahead)

Add ice block to punch bowl.  Add all of the ingredients, and stir gently.  Slice the Strawberries and Lemons into thin slices and float on the top of the punch.


Monday, September 15, 2014

21 Club Wine Cellar with Tanqueray Old Tom

gastronomista tanqueray old tom gin

I recently went to the most gorgeous dinner in the legendary wine cellar in the 21 Club in Manhattan - hosted by Tanqueray to celebrate one of their new limited edition releases, Tanqueray Old Tom.  For those of you who are not familiar with the 21 Club, just know that it is a New York institution.  The website lists the preferred tables of celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Rod Stewart, George Clooney, and Bill Clinton, so pick your table wisely.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Help Gastronomista Become a Quarterly Curator!

I have exciting news!!!

I have been asked to curate a cocktail tools and toys box for Quarterly!!!

But FIRST I need YOU to sign up and show your support!!!  I need 1500 people to say they are interested in Gastronomista becoming a Curator for Quarterly.

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Ideas for the box:

-Exclusive Bottle Opener designed by yours truly
-Stylish Cocktail Picks
-Gastronomista designed cocktail napkins
-Selections of some of my favorite products, including bitters and brandied cherries!
-Emergency Cocktail Kits!!

So much more!!!

Please go to - and show your support by this Friday 9/12!!!

Let's make this happen!!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Indian Summer Wines

All the kids might be back in school, but I stand by the calendar - summer is not over!!  We've got two solid weeks until the official start of fall, and I plan to maximize every second of it!  Which means, lots of grilling, eating garden fresh veggies, and of course, drinking lovely summery wines. If you're looking for a great wine to serve with a burger, or just to sip outside on the porch, look no further, here's my list of my favorite wines for the Indian Summer!

Gastronomista Wines for the Last Days of Summer

Friday, August 29, 2014

Survival Guide: The Dog Days of Summer

I can't believe it's Labor Day weekend already - summer really flew by this year!  Even though Labor day is considered the finale of summer - we technically have a few more weeks of glorious summer to enjoy!   Celebrate, we must - break out the pool toys and the pineapple rum!

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