Rachel Halpren

Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails – Literary Monday

Many, many moons ago, and not too long after we started DOTW (and before the recent cocktail revolution), we made a journey to Paris. We were excited to try the Bar Hemingway at the Ritz (where we were turned away for not being dressed nice enough) and even more excited to try Harry's Bar.

Vodka Distilled – Literary Monday

Tony Abou-Ganim, one of America's elder statesmen of mixology, recently released Vodka Distilled, a masterpiece on the subject of Vodka. Vodka is America's most consumed spirit but is largely on the outs with the cocktail crowd. Mr. Abou-Ganim thinks that this is an unfortunate state of affairs, and I happen to agree with him.

Mixing New Orleans Cocktails & Legends – Literary Monday

There is probably no American city more affiliated with drinking than New Orleans.  A few come close but I don’t know if anyone can beat it.  Just because you don’t live in New Orleans doesn’t mean that you can’t have a Mardi Gras bash.  That is why we are highlighting Mixing New Orleans as this week’s Literary Monday pick.

Mixing New Orleans examines New Orlean’s cocktail culture through its favorite watering holes, drinking establishments (many, … Read more

In Search of Bacchus – Literary Monday

In Search of Bacchus is a great book for anyone interested in wine history in far flung places and wine tourism. Also, if you are interested in blueprints for exploring various wine regions, In Search of Bacchus could be a fun, yet unorthodox, travel guide.

Gumbo Tales – Literary Monday

A number of years ago, we ventured down to New Orleans for the early parts of Mardi Gras and a tour of New Orleans drinking spots.  We loved the dog parade but didn’t really love New Orleans.  It wasn’t really what we expected.  I had romantic notions of New Orleans.  I pictured myself sipping cocktails at historic bars and restaurants and gazing upon Mardi Gras parades.  I wasn’t expecting that Bourbon Street would be like … Read more

Jacob’s Creek Moscato Rose – Wine Wednesday

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. We have selected an almost perfect wine for the holiday! It's pink, it's slightly sweet with notes of grapes, honeysuckle, strawberries and raspberries and it's bubbly. The best part is that the wine is well below $10 in most markets in the United States. What is it, you may ask. It's the Jacob's Creek Moscato Rose

The Book Club Cook Book – Literary Monday

Each recipe was listed with the book that is accompanies. Each entry includes a brief overview of the book, the recipe and the reasoning behind the selection of the recipe. The recipes in the book come from the authors of the books, book club members from around the country and the authors of the Book Club Cookbook, which results in an eclectic mix of sweet and savory treats to try!

Super Bowl Party Eats

The Super Bowl is a great excuse to indulge in a little gluttony. I mean most of us have been pretty good since the beginning of the New Year. Why not have a great time on Super Bowl Sunday.

A Toast to Bargain Wines – Literary Monday

I recently picked up a copy of George Taber's book A Toast to Bargain Wines. I couldn't wait to read the book given that I am a big fan of George Tabor's Judgment of Paris book, as well as budget wine. This was a book that combined the two of them. And, I appreciated the fact that Mr. Tabor was going to champion "budget wines" or "bargain wines" as he called them.
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