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Food for Thought: James Beard Foundation’s Taste America to visit Austin

As I always promise, when I receive exclusive foodie news and event information, I’ll pass it along to you as soon as possible! Today’s press release is certainly one that will get your tummy rumbling. The James Beard Foundation’s cross-country culinary series is traveling to Austin. From November 15 – 17, the series will be featuring cooking demos, a one-of-a-kind benefit dinner, and ‘Smoke Session’ to kick-off the festivities. And you can actually attend! Get all the details below… AUSTIN, TX (September 5, 2018) – The James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Taste America® cross-country culinary series will visit Austin from November 15-17 for a weekend of …

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Patrón’s Platinum Margarita

We have been on a cocktail and wine streak lately, so why mess up a good thing?! Let’s continue our good fortune of fantastic drinks with a ridiculously decadent recipe from Patrón.  My lovely friends at the company have sent me today’s physics-bending cocktail and I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you all. Personally, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Created in NYC by the head mixologist, Rael Petit, at Delilah, this beauty comes with a whooping $100 price tag. Yeah, you heard me right… 100 buckaroos, my friends.  At this point, it’s natural to wonder who …

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10 Reasons To Go Indie For Your Whisky

Whether you consider yourself new to the whisky world or you are looking to cement your peaty love by establishing a scotch cult, you’re going to love today’s guest writer. The Whisky Foundation’s head caskologist, George Koutsakis, has put together an exclusive list of why you should go Indie for your whisky. So without further ado, I’ll let George take over… Having long been the beverage of old gentlemen in suits, sipping from cut crystal glasses in a fusty bar in the Scottish Highlands, the whisky industry is undergoing a revolution. Stylish cocktail and whisky bars are opening in major …

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Patrón Tequila Margarita of the Year – Part 2

Want to have the best Margarita recipes of the year in your grubby little hands?! Yeah, me too. We’ll your in luck, my friends. In Part 1, I introduced your to the fabulous annual competition where Patrón Tequila searches the globe for the ‘Margarita of the Year’. Now, it’s time for the seven recipes, so let’s get right to it! Here are the finalists for this year’s global search… High Plains Margarita Inspired by the flavors of Jalisco, Mexico, the drink features muddled sage, smoky charred pineapple, Patrón Silver, Patrón Citrónge Orange mix, fresh juices, and a chipotle salt rim. Make …

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Patrón Tequila Margarita of the Year – Part 1

There are some contests that just seem like a waste of time and resources, like professional hotdog eating. Seriously, why would you dunk a perfectly good hotdog in a bucket of water and try to eat as many as you can in as little time as possible?! Useless. Then there are the contests that actually accomplish something spectacular… like Patrón Tequila’s annual Margarita of the Year contest. Pitting some of the world’s best mixologists against each other to create the best tasting margarita recipe?! Whoever came up with this idea is clearly a genius. Last year I personally introduced you …

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The Cocktails of Turtle Inn

  Is it just me or are you also willing to travel for a good cocktail? Now, I am not talking leaving your cozy suburb and make the 30 minute trek into downtown to a trendy bar. I am talking hop on a plane, don your most tropical bathing suit, and get your drink on by the beach… sort-of-travel. If you think this sounds completely insane, then let me direct you to your local Yelp directory here. Still reading? Alright, you are clearly my sort of person. Now that all the non-adventurers have moved on, let’s get down to the …

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The Pomegranate Kiss Cocktail

Food and travel go hand-in-hand. Part of the cultural and exploratory experience of visiting a new place is trying the local fare. When you think of Texas, barbecue comes to mind. Maine, lobster. Vermont, cheese. And Vegas? Clearly the cocktails. Today’s post celebrates the boozy destination with my signature cocktail recipe, The Pomegranate Kiss, and some charity. To honor the city’s upcoming fundraiser, For the Love Of Cocktails, I’m giving up my top secret, go-to killer drink recipe, The Pomegranate Kiss Cocktail. Now, before I get to the recipe, let me tell you about the lovely event that inspired this …

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Mixologist Spotlight: Micaela Piccolo

Some people in life shine bright like a beam of light on a misty, dark day. Micaela Piccolo is one of those people. A warm, happy presence, she lights up the room and instantly commands the attention of all those around. She is a rising star in the mixology world with a positive attitude and classic sensibility that comes across in her inventive drinks. Micaela is one to watch and thus, the first subject of our new Mixologist Spotlight series. After moving to New York City 6 years ago and signing with a modeling agency, Micaela became disheartened by the harsh realities of …