July 15, 2019

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A beautiful journey back to Ireland with Lambay Irish Whiskey this past week led me to the magical island of Lambay where they age their whiskey. I stayed on the island near the family castle and returned to Dublin and County Wicklow for more food, drink and music adventures.

After 3 continents in 3 weeks, I’m thrilled to be home the rest of this month (yes, I am missing Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this week, though I am a Tales Spirited Awards judge again; I need to be home a bit!) — other than short overnight research trips near home in ever-gorgeous Tomales Bay, Boonville and Mendocino. Home sweet home.


Jessica Rabbit cocktail at LSXO, Huntington Beach

Top TastesTasting Menu Or Not to Tasting Menu? In San Francisco, 4 Michelin-starred restaurants offering more affordable dining options and 3 mid-range restaurants with unexpected fine dining-esque tasting menus.
Wandering TravelerNew Orleans Dining Guide: 15 of my New Orleans food recommends in Google Area 120’s new Touringbird guides. 
Imbiber9 Bars/Restaurants With Standout Vodka Cocktails: Creative vodka drinks on menus in SF, OKC, Chicago, Baltimore, New Orleans, Phoenix, Louisville and Huntington Beach.
On the Town Recapping American Distilling Institute’s 2019 Conference and Expo in Denver.

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