Manhattan Cocktail Bars

Over three evenings in New York City, Alan and I visited our favorite cocktail bars—The Dead Rabbit in the Wall Street neighborhood and Amor Y Amargo and Death & Co. in the East Village. The Dead Rabbit is a world-renowned Irish pub. We went for drinks and fell in love with the food. A personal favorite: […]

T.C. O’Leary’s

My husband loves Guinness, so that’s what he’ll be drinking on St. Patrick’s day. I don’t drink beer, so I’ll opt for a wee bit of whiskey. We’ll imbibe at T.C. O’Leary’s, our neighborhood Irish pub, the spot for the best built Guinness in Portland. Owned by Thomas Christopher O’Leary, an actor known for the […]

Furmint February

Happy Furmint February! Wait, what? My spell checker has no idea what Furmint is, nor did I before my wine course. Now I know that it’s a white grape variety of Hungary, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite wine regions. To celebrate, my husband and I headed to our favorite wine bar, Les […]

Black Manhattan

I love a good cocktail. Not because I like getting drunk, but because I love experiencing the art form. The blend of complex ingredients. The balance. The depth of flavor.   For years, my favorite cocktail was the Manhattan. With only three ingredients (whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters), it’s both simple and complex. My son, who has […]