Vegan Wine?

Why isn't  wine vegan?  I write about it here....more

How to Make and Use Simple Syrups to Add Sweetness, Flavor

Incorporated into cocktails, or simply mixed with soda, seltzer or sparkling water for a refreshing non-alcoholic libation, simple syrup is an easy way to add sweetness and flavor to beverages. It's an easy, affordable ingredient to make and keep on hand, and can be used for more than just drinks....more

Melissa, it definitely solves that problem, and perfectly!

Mama Murtz, a cardamom variation ...more

How Much Is That Wine In The Restaurant?

I almost never order alcohol in restaurants because I have to drive home afterward (and cabs are expensive). That is a good thing, because I recently learned that wine is marked up 300% in restaurants over the wholesale price or 200% over the retail price (see WSJ article on wine pricing formula)....more

After seeing the very same wine on a menu that I had at home - I said to a waiter: "Man, you ...more


I am 21. I have been for one full week now. Today I find myself sitting at my father's house, watching One Tree Hill, eating spaghetti o's, and drinking an apple martini. And constantly missing my boyfriend. For some reason, I feel that this is a constant in my life. That maybe, this isn't going to be the last time that I will be doing this (preferably without the spaghetti o's next time though). Comfort food, comfort drink, comfort entertainment, but no company. Welcome to the fabulous life of being 21....more

I think a lot of us find ourselves doing this, at all sorts of ages. And, I don't necessarily ...more


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Those pickles do look tasty! And pretty too, I will give those a ...more

New Years Eve Cocktail Recipes

Tomorrow's the big night, and what are you going to be drinking when you ring in the new year? Check out some of these fabulous cocktail recipes for an elegant and bubbly New Years Eve!New Years Eve Cocktail RecipesDo You Love Champagne Cocktails?...more

The Best Sparkling Holiday Cocktails

Years ago, as I was developing the set of tenets by which I live, I put in place a very firm piece of my personal code of ethics: My refrigerator shall always contain a chilled bottle of sparkling wine. It doesn't have to be French champagne (in fact, often, it's quite-affordable Cava or something produced locally), but it has to have bubbles, and it has to be ready. In this world, we spend so much time preparing for the worst that this small gesture, to me, is a way of shaking my fist in the face of everything bad in the world and preparing for the best.The only time there isn't a bottle of sparkling wine in my refrigerator? The morning after the celebratory stand-by has been popped, of course....more

You're welcome, Stephanie -- and thanks for reblogging! Wishing you a very happy New ...more

Public Speaking and The Holidays

The Holidays are a time to celebrate the many joys of the season and to enjoy the company of those you cherish. In addition to my wonderful family, relatives and friends, I am grateful for my colleagues and clients and the many new connections that I’ve made this year through my blog.   ...more