Labor Day – Keep Summer Alive

Somehow the calendar got set to fast-forward and now Labor Day weekend is soon upon us. It is widely believed that Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer but I’m not having any of that. Before the winter scarfs are taken from storage and the snow blower is tuned for winter I have more summer living to do. It’s time for new traditions...

In Praise of Rum

Rum is a chameleon-like spirit; light or dark, silly or considerable, pure and “enhanced.” It is also an amazingly versatile spirit, mixing well and often with nearly every soft drink and juice and is likely responsible for a wildly disproportionate number of blender blade rotations and burn-outs, not to mention those lovely little cocktail umbrellas. The history of rum begins with its source ingredient,...

Fish & Chips, Uncompromised Simplicity

Some seek incomparable pieces of art, or rare historical treasures, or perhaps something abstract like the meaning of life. I applaud these lofty pursuits but often I get engrossed with pursuing the simpler things; although if you can tell me where all of my single socks have got off to I will pay you almost anything. Often, simple pursuits don’t live up to their...

Navigating the Corkage Fee Conundrum

The subject of corkage fees in restaurants has been a topic of great debate, for both restaurateurs and patrons alike, for many, many years. In fact the circumstance of navigating the corkage topic has been the source of some of my most uncomfortable moments – from both sides of the negotiating table. In truth, I rarely bring wine to a restaurant other than those...

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