the barista

Trying to beat the heat by sipping The Barista (8.5% ABV) from Clown Shoes Beer (Ipswich MA), a breakfast brown ale brewed with espresso and oatmeal. Malty with nice coffee flavors. Highly recommended. And thanks to Grant & Trish for the great father’s day gift of nice beers. 

wine in the air

Had a chance to try a new white blend on our Southwest flight from San Antonio today. The Whistling Thorn Chenin Blanc and Chardonay blend (South Africa) was ok, would be best very cold on the patio or by the pool…in a proper glass.

celebrating with a cab franc

We are in Helen, Georgia, celebrating 41 years of marriage and enjoying a bottle of a 2015 Cabernet Franc from The Cottage Vineyard & Winery (Cleveland, Georgia). My wife and I both agree, The Cottage produces some of the best wines in the state.

perfect Arizona evening

Perfect Arizona weather for sipping rum on the patio. Sipping Ron Zacapa Centenario (Guatemala)  

thoughts on trump related boycotts

Unless you are in it for the long haul, store boycotts are pretty stupid. I see people calling for a boycott of stores because they carry Trump branded products and others who call for a boycott because the stores stopped selling Trump branded products. Both sound like a useless exercise when it could all be…

the epilogue

Sipping on The Epilogue, a 2012 Petite Sirah dessert wine (18% ABV) from Lawrence Dunham Vineyards. 100% estate grown in Cochise County, Pearce, Arizona. Aged for 40 months, 50% in new American Minnesota oak barrels and 50% natural oak barrels.  

Road Trip: Chicken on the Run, Yuma, AZ

Stopped in at what proclaims to be “the best chicken in Yuma.” Well I didn’t have the regular chicken, I went with chicken livers with hush puppies and cole slaw on the side. Delicious

Road Trip: Dateland, AZ

When travelling west on Interstate 8, heading for California, a must stop is Dateland, about 60 miles east of Yuma. You can try a date milk shake if you are so inclined but at the very least, try the free date samples.

Roasted Tomatoes with Harissa

Just finished roasting some grape tomatoes with harissa olive olive (and testing a new phone app for posts) WordPress for Windows app.

Martini Wisdom

Some wisdom from the patio in Arizona: Everyone has an opinion on the perfect martini – how dry, dirty or not, favorite gin, olive, lemon twist or cocktail onion, etc. We should just follow the advice of the great Noel Coward (a true man among men), “A perfect martini should be made by filling a…

Steak and Whiskey

Grilled a beautiful T-Bone for dinner and sipped on Beat Single Malt Whiskey (Djinn Spirits, Nashua, NH – batch 1, aged for one year in 15 gallon barrels). Nice smokiness and spice, paired great with a medium rare steak. (Djinn Spirits in the news)