Mommy Needs A Cocktail: Champagne Edition

by Kristin Nichols on January 31, 2011 | Comments Off on Mommy Needs A Cocktail: Champagne Edition |

It’s just about February, the month for chocolate, lovers, and all things romantic.  In my world, though, it will mean that the pace of the last few weeks will calm. On Saturday, February 5, 2011 my husband Elton will launch a new project with fellow sommelier friend Patrick Okubo; a radio show to be exact, […]

I love Big Eye IPA, even if it is named after a fish

by Justin D'Olier on January 28, 2011 | Comments Off on I love Big Eye IPA, even if it is named after a fish |

In one of life’s great ironies, I do not particularly care for seafood and one of my favorite breweries names all their beers after fish. Ok, it’s not a particularly great irony, in fact, it’s probably more of a coincidence. Regardless, the incongruity of my aversion to consuming marine life and my love affair with […]

Did we really just pay $119 for a bottle of beer?

by Kristin Nichols on January 26, 2011 | (1) Comment |

I think it was about six months ago, around the time little dude came into existence, that Elton introduced me to Brew Dog Brewery. I recall very clearly standing in Whole Foods, looking at the beer selection while our very small baby slept, and listening to Elton as he told me about this brewery in […]

Can Budweiser make a decent beer?

by Justin D'Olier on January 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Can Budweiser make a decent beer? |

Budweiser is the king of beers. Depending on your opinion of cheap American-style lager, it may be the king of watered down moose urine masquerading as beer, however, it’s presence in the American beer universe is undeniable. Almost any bar in the United States that serves beer will serve the Anheuser-Busch flagship. Because of its […]

A Cubic Zirconia in the Rough

by Victoria D'Olier on January 21, 2011 | Comments Off on A Cubic Zirconia in the Rough |

Per the outstanding suggestion of Mr. Chuck Braden I returned to Costco with a revised agenda, Cavit Pinot Grigio.  I needed some white wine for risotto and figured, I’d have a glass while preparing dinner.  With a solid chill previously imparted upon it and a balmy night, it was really an unexpectedly lovely surprise. Now, […]

Beer Me.

by Victoria D'Olier on January 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Beer Me. |

Beer and I have a unique and troubled relationship.  I love it. I find it hearty, refreshing, and downright gluggable.  It is unique in its exceptionally multi-faceted nature.  Beer can be heavier than any monster cab yet lighter than the breeziest of Pinot Grigios.  In my very humble opinion, while untrue for nearly any other […]

A Poor Man’s Margarita

by Justin D'Olier on January 14, 2011 | Comments Off on A Poor Man’s Margarita |

The margarita is an incredibly simple beverage: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. That’s it. It is easy to prepare, comparatively low in calories because of its lack of sugary mixers, light, refreshing and delicious. Unfortunately, this simplicity also forces you to use high quality ingredients, because no one wants to sip on a glass […]

Where to find me on Wednesday Nights

by Justin D'Olier on January 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Where to find me on Wednesday Nights |

I have a new Wednesday night tradition: Family Night at Wahoo’s Kahala. Happy hour drink specials all night for adults. Balloon animals for kids. It is, essentially, young parent nirvana. Good food, cheap drinks, family-friendly entertainment, and a couple of big screen TVs locked into the sporting event du jour, all in a clean, comfortable […]

Resolutions

by Elton Nichols on January 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Resolutions |

January has dared to show its head again and it’s time to come up with some goals for the New Year.  Before you all go out to buy Shake Weights and practice your sexually suggestive fitness skills, I have a few different suggestions for you.  (Keep in mind that the prices quoted below are from the […]

The Panty Tosser

by Justin D'Olier on January 5, 2011 | Comments Off on The Panty Tosser |

Big, slutty, Napa Cabernets are often described as panty droppers, so sinfully declicious that they inspire the taster to remove their undergarments. If that is true, then the 2005 Shafer Hillside Select – Stags Leap District is a panty tosser. You can confidently assume that any wine adorned with the powerful, minimalist black Shafer label […]

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