Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bling Bar - Chilled Magazine

Calling all magpies!  My first story for Chilled Magazine is live, and it's all about shine.  I've included some of my favorite bar accessories, including the Tom Dixon Plum Shaker, The Coupe Stack, the Bull in China Mixing Glass, Vintage Brass Pineapples, and more.  Read on>>

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thank Yous - End of 2014!

The end of 2014 brought some amazing and wonderful surprises!

I was beyond honored to be featured in Die Zeit Magazin for their "Sonntagsessen" column that features prominent bloggers.  In the story "Cocktail o'Clock" I presented a cocktail menu for a perfect New Years Eve celebration featuring some of my favorite recipes including the Blood Orange Negroni, Scotch Ice Cream, Artichoke Negroni, and of course, champagne! 

I'm really excited because this is my first international press!  The story is in German, and as a result, there have been some amazing google translate moments.  This is my favorite:

The evening begins with Wells champagne . She says, "a bit of pathos is attached to this evening." Therefore, it is advisable to open the bottle with a saber - like a Napoleonic officer.


Read the Story Here >>

I was also honored to have my Apothic Rose Spritz featured in the 31 Days of Christmas Cocktails on The Food Travel Company!  Thank you!

Read the Story Here >>

Finally, Design*Sponge selected my Stolen Negroni as one of their Favorite Food & Drink Stories of 2014!  What a tremendous honor!!

Read the Story Here >> 

Huge thank yous are in order to Die Zeit, The Food Travel Company, and Design*Sponge!  And even bigger thank yous to all of YOU for reading Gastronomista and supporting me along the way.  All of your emails, comments, tweets, instagram-likes mean the world to me, and they make all the hard work worth it.  2014 was a fantastic year filled with lots of change, and I'm beyond excited to see what 2015 has to offer!

Happy New Year!

Photo by Samir Osman


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Champagne Gift Guide 2014

In my opinion, the holidays demand champagne.  And while you're at it, you might as well make it a fabulous bottle of champagne! 

This year there were many wonderful releases - iconic mainstays, limited edition artist collaborations, and adorable little minis that come with a straw and a wristlet.  Seeing that it's 5pm on Christmas Eve, I'm already itching to start popping bottles, so let's get started!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Cocktails - A Perfect Evening According to Gastronomista

This time of year I receive numerous emails asking me what to serve for the holidays, so I figure I should write a post with all my boozy recommendations!

Drink Responsibly, Y'all

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gift Guide 2014 - Scotch

We are down to the wire for holiday shopping ladies and gentlemen, and if you're anything like me, you're waiting until the last possible minute before you run to the liquor store to buy gifts for everyone you love.  In my opinion, you can never go wrong giving someone a bottle of scotch.  Never.  Especially if the recipient is a lover of things delicious, savory, and boozy.  This year I've tasted some amazing scotch, and herewith, are some of my holiday selections for 2014:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wild Turkey Behind the Barrel

Just a Lady and a Big Turkey
Earlier this fall I was invited to Kentucky to be one of two journalists to check out Wild Turkey's new Behind the Barrel program.  The program hosted 30 bartenders selected from over 400 applicants, and flew them to Kentucky for 3 days to have a unique behind the scenes look at how Wild Turkey is made.

Let me begin this post with the basic fact that I love Wild Turkey.  Wild Turkey was the first bourbon I ever had, and after a few trips along the American Whiskey Trail, I have always found their approach to be refreshingly honest.  You can read the story I wrote this Spring, The American Whiskey Trail: Booming More Than Ever for more of my notes on many of the changes happening on the Whiskey Trail right now.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Coffee Gift Guide - and a Nespresso VertuoLine Giveaway!

In honor of today's Gift Guide, I'd like to quote my best friend who so eloquently says, "I like myself on caffeine".  And I do.  I like myself on caffeine very much.  In fact, it's the only way I ever get anything done.  But coffee is so much more than a vehicle to help us all get our work done, it is a ritual, and there is an art to making a great cup of coffee from the beans to the mug it's served in.  I've rounded up some of my favorite coffee gifts to the coffee lover in your life - for the people who like the ritual of a morning brew, to the coffee cocktail aficionados, to the people who need their caffeine quickly (ahem, me). 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wonka Vision - A Raspberry Chipotle Chocolate Old Fashioned


Gastronomista Wonka Vision - A Spicy Chocolate Old Fashioned

This cocktail was inspired by the Tabasco Smoke Chipotle Dark Chocolate Ice Cream created by Denise Woodward from Chez Us.  Denise was on the Tabasco Tastemakers trip with me in March.  She was an absolute delight to get to know, as were so many of the other bloggers.  But her Chipotle Chocolate ice cream had my mouth watering and got me thinking about a smoky chocolate cocktail.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday 2014 Gift Guide - Copper

One of this year's biggest trends is copper, from copper bar tools, to copper pineapples, to copper jewels - and I could not be more thrilled!  To kick off this year's holiday gift guides, I've pulled some of my favorite copper accoutrements for your bar and for you!  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Spirit of Gin Book Giveaway! - CLOSED

Happy Weekend!  I've got a series of great Giveaways for you this holiday season, and I'm kicking it off with a signed copy of The Spirit of Gin - A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival by Matt Teacher.

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