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Barfly: A toast to getting in the mood

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and with it comes a lot of heightened expectations. Along with overpriced flowers, heart-shaped chocolates and prix-fixe dinners comes the real possibility of amorous activities. But what if one is not actually in the mood when the moment arrives? […]

By | February 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barfly: The holidays bring out the amateurs

It was last year or maybe the year before, or even the year before that. It doesn’t really matter because this sort of thing happens every year. I took one look at the rumpled gentleman in his untucked tuxedo shirt and plastic New Year’s Eve top hat and knew exactly where this was going. “I [...]

By | January 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Not just another tequila sunrise for the Rolling Stones

Perhaps you’ve seen the TV commercial: A shapely flight attendant delivers tequila sunrises to the hangers-on aboard the Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour plane while the Stones’ song “Miss You” plays in the background. The caption reads: “In 1972 the Rolling Stones brought Jose Cuervo on tour. Rock ’n’ roll would never be the same.” I know that story. In fact, I wrote that story. […]

By | October 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barfly: Polite society is often neither

It was as innocuous as a day could be; a late morning, a poolside visit. There are some times when working the night shift is the best thing in the world. To complete my sweet summer day I swung by the deli counter at the local market before heading into work. When you work in [...]

By | July 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Backhanded compliments for alluring wine

'WHAT DO YOU think of the (insert mass-produced wine name here)?" a man asked as he took a seat at the bar. The wine in question was the cheapest wine by the glass that we had. In fact, it was the absolute least-expensive option in the entire restaurant. It was so inexpensive that it actually cost [...]

By | May 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barfly: Ode to the waning days of the lime

THE STORM CLOUDS are gathering on the horizon. The air of change hangs heavy, pregnant and far reaching. Things are going to change in the cocktail world, probably for good, and not necessarily for the better. The coming month will be one to remember, especially with Cinco de Mayo only four weeks away. Mark my [...]

By | April 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barfly: There is harm in asking if the request is out of line

HE ARRIVED EARLIER than most. He carefully selected a seat facing the TV, adjusting his position several times. He then sat down and ordered dinner, carefully and well planned. "In 10 minutes can you put the game on?" he asked politely. It seemed to be the beginning of a perfect evening. He, by virtue of [...]

By | March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barfly: ‘Be like water’ holds true for much in life

I NOTICED the couple immediately, but it wasn't because of her chestnut eyes or his stylish suit. It was because both of them appeared to be in their early 20s. How early remained to be seen. In a busy bar, things don't always break down to first come, first served. "Be like water," Bruce Lee [...]

By | February 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Complex order vs complex people

'A BELVEDERE, dry, twist of lime, super cold; a Ketel One, wet, three olives; two Bombays, one on the rocks, one with a twist and one with a blue cheese-stuffed olive; a Makers Mark old-fashioned, no sugar, add extra bitters and a lemon; and a Don Julio," the man said without taking a breath. "Are [...]

By | June 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

To agave, or not to agave

'YOU KNOW WHAT you should do?" a man I had never seen before asked me, unsolicited I might add. "What's that?" I said, looking around at the milling Wednesday night crowd that indicates a bar doing well. "You should use agave nectar in your margaritas." "We have agave nectar if you want it." "No," he [...]

By | June 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments