Beverages, Cocktails & Wine

Authentic Pisco Sour ~ Nat Geo Amazon River Cruise Cocktail of Choice


It’s the beloved foam-topped tart/sweet cocktail of South America. Pisco Sour – the featured drink on our Upper Amazon Rainforest Cruise on National Geographic Adventures.

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Postcard From the Land of Juan Valdez ~ Colombia


Some TV commercials stick in my memory for decades. JUAN VALDEZ, remember him? He taught us about “the richest coffee beans in the world.” Sort of cartoony, he did his thing hand-picking coffee beans in the mountains of Columbia, always accompanied by his donkey.

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How to Make a DIY Bloody Mary Bar


Blogger Michael of South Bay Foodies rolled a serious-sized ice chest into our potluck meeting of the Food Bloggers LA (FBLA) today. And in a flash, he set up an impressive Bloody Mary Bar. Which, obviously, made the meeting a whole lot more lively (Saturday, 10 AM – yeah baby)!

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Guest Post by Carly Wray of Snooth ~ 7 Wine Emergencies & How to Fix Them in a Pinch


Carly Wray from Snooth here.  Patti asked me to provide you with my top tips to help get you through a summertime of wine emergencies! You can’t tell by looking at it that your favorite wine is about to betray you. You didn’t do anything wrong. You fought your way through rush hour crowds to […]

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One Glass of Fresh Meyer Lemonade


Too many lemons. I was telling friend, Sandy, about a giant box of Meyer lemons that showed up on my doorstep, catching me off guard. They were a prize for my Glazed Lemon Poundcake post; a recipe that totally ROCKS. Sandy grew up in Orange County (where orange and lemon groves took up the majority […]

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Big Bucket o’ Lemonade


Once a week, I volunteer at Project Angel Food as a kitchen helper.  Very rewarding, good fun, and an important community service, the organization cooks, packs and delivers meals every day to homebound, terminally ill clients.  Sometimes as many as 1700 of them, at no cost to the client.  That, alone, is pretty heartwarming. As […]

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