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Nixing the Mix

  We’ve been put on notice about our diet, and now our drinking pleasures are assaulted. But it’s all rightfully so. New Orleans is a tough town for healthy living. Maybe eating and drinking in a healthy fashion makes some…

Wild Night of (Halloween) Hops

  We are not going out on a limb here, but it’s safe to say that Halloween in New Orleans is not like the celebration anywhere else. We take this date seriously. The surface frivolity that other places commemorate All…

Airplanes and Fine Wine

  We live in confusing times. Simplicity does not seem to be a goal of any endeavor. And the more complicated the approach, it appears, the better the outcome. Or so it would seem. I am trying to avoid using…

Authenticity

  Today’s word, students, is “authenticity.” It is one of my favorite answers to the question, “What makes New Orleans different and special when compared to other American towns?” Or “Why are we this way, and they are that way?”…

Adult Drinking Games

  When most of us first started drinking, and in New Orleans that seems to have happened at a very early age, it was all about quantity. Many was the morning we awoke after not-enough sleep time to an ugly…

Not So Fast: Cool Cocktails For The Continuing Heat

  It’s right about now that summer fatigue begins to set in and take hold. We’ve “tolerated” hot, humid weather now for over two months and we are ready for something a bit cooler. It’s’ not like we have much…

Wine Confusion Squared

  Many consumers would probably like to enjoy and understand wine. People who make wine seemed bent on making understanding as difficult as possible. There are all kinds of bottle shapes. Labels are not easily deciphered. Smelling and tasting seem…

Tales of Saving the Party!

  Sometimes a festival, no matter how much fun they are to attend, is just a lot of drudge work for organizers. I am sorry to break your fairy tale impressions of how these massive and involved events unfold, but…

Cocktail Condiments

  The recent annual gathering of Tales of the Cocktail is finished, and the last hedonist has returned home. We are left with fine memories and new ideas. It happens this way every year, and when the final ice cube…

Wine Conflicted

  All is not well in Wine Land. At the national level, consumption is statistically flat. Little or no sales growth. Prices are on the ascension, most not reverting to lower levels noted when the costs went up even when…

Simple Summer Cocktail Recipes

Easy construction? Obtainable ingredients? Speed to build? The portable party we know as summer presents its own set of challenges when it comes to creating a drink that satisfies. This time of year, tackling a build-your-own-cocktail project with too many…

Uniquely New Orleans: Daiquiris and Wine Series

  Occasionally, I show evidence of a less-than-cordial personality streak. Yes, it’s true and I admit it. It can come out at times when I should be more respectful and gracious. One of those times can come whenever I meet…

Don’t Complicate the Cocktail

  Looks like the corner, finally, has been turned. And not a moment too soon. We went through a period of ego and self-congratulations in the Cocktail World of the early 1990’s and into the new century where crazy drink…

Crescent City Cocktail Classics

  Prior to the birth of the current cocktail era, which made a first appearance around 1985, no city on the planet could claim the birth of more styles of cocktails than New Orleans. Even now, those classic cocktails invented…

Overlooked and Under Appreciated

We know what we like. Basically, we are all born with a penchant for stuff we like and a disdain for stuff we don’t. Those in-bred preferences pretty much stay with us all of our breathing days. There are changes…

To Like, Perchance to Love

  When you think about all of the wines and spirits you have enjoyed over the span of your life, there actually have been darn few that stick out in the memory bank. Something may still live on because of…

Soaking Up Education

The axiom we have all heard since we were 10 years old, or thereabouts, is that learning is a lifetime experience. It never ends. Those of us who have been present for the dawn and unfolding of the Digital Age…

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A look ahead to St. Patrick's Day

It’s Complicated

Please indulge me for just a bit today. I want to stretch beyond my usual editorial boundaries for this effort. Then afterwards I will bring thoughts to bear that are about adult beverages. To note that New Orleans is not…

King Cake Cocktails

  If you are fortunate enough to live within a 100-mile radius of Jackson Square, you, no doubt, have multiple opportunities just about every day to enjoy a cherished and delicious Carnival custom, King Cake. The usual is still the…

Yes, Try It!

  There are a lot of folks out there, and you may be among them, who claim not to like cognac. And there may be a lot of reasons for why these folks (again, maybe you) don’t care for the…

Party On, NOLA!

  Most places around the world have thrown in the towel. Christmas and New Year’s are now both in the rear-view mirror. But here, we did our best to give those two seasons their due, and now we go into…

Re-Gifting Yourself

  Right after the holiday season, with the pressures and chaos of the day melting away, there is an attempt to return to normalcy, or what passes for normalcy in an abnormal place.  For many of us, and you really…

Ch-Ch-Changes

  If there is one constant in life, it’s change. Okay, so that’s trite and pithy, but it’s also true – which makes it no less trite and pithy. Still, there are so many aspects of life that are no…

Something New

  In a city like ours, celebrating 300 years of existence, “new” does not hold the allure for us like it does to citizens of, say, Dallas or Houston or Los Angeles. We tend to be more deliberate and not-so-quick…

A Few Dribbles

  Just Completed... The New Orleans International Wine Awards and Consumer Tasting. During a day-long evaluation, a dozen professional wine judges from all over America pondered the qualities of more than 550 entries from all over the wine world. Discussion…

Something (Completely) Different

  The logical topic for today is pretty obvious. But by this time, you are likely either fully planned for Halloween, are well into your celebrations and costuming, or have decided to just go about your routine, well tired of…

Doing Well and Doing Right

  There’s an old expression we hear too little of these days. No, it’s not “It is what it is,” which has become trite and way overly used. I would prefer to focus on the expression, “A rising tide raises…

More Than You Could Know

Buckminster Fuller, one of the few human beings to whom the title “Renaissance Man” really fits, created the Rule of Knowledge-Doubling Curve. The Curve is a statement that until 1900 all of human knowledge approximately doubled every century. At the…