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Pok Pok (Portland)

What visit to Portland is complete without a meal at Pok Pok?  Although Los Angeles has more than a handful of well-known, authentic Thai restaurants, I had to try this one in Portland. At first, I was a bit skeptical about a non-Thai cooking Thai, but after tasting his food, Andy Ricker is legit. We [...]

Hot Kum Toddy

A few days ago, my old co-worker Ken-ichi (who’s now devoting more time to iNaturalist) remarked that I rarely write about cocktails anymore. I told him it’s because since I moved, I haven’t been filling the ice-cube trays, so whenever I do feel like a drink, there’s no ice in the house to make one. [...]

Cocktails @ The Tasting Kitchen

Although I still have tons to say and lots of pictures to post of my trip to Asia, let’s go back to our regularly scheduled programming for a bit. A few weeks ago, I finally made it to The Tasting Kitchen on that trendy strip of Abbot Kinney in Venice thanks to a write-up about [...]

Mr. Kazuo Ueda

Mr. Kazuo Ueda, bartender at Tender Bar in Ginza, inventor of the hard shake. What a classy guy.

Cocktail: Blue Moon

The release of the highly sought-after Creme Yvette finally made it into our hands tonight. Despite its name, a Blue Moon is not blue. Instead, at least the way it’s made in the picture above, it’s a pleasant pink color that’s not at all garish. The cocktail is delicate with a soft touch of sweetness. [...]

Cocktail: The Dirty Sanchez

The BF’s recipe: 2 oz Sweet Vermouth (I used Vya) 1 oz Old Tom Gin (I used the Ransom one, which is great) – if you don’t have the Old Tom, might want to add some symple syrup 1/2 oz Cynar 4 dashes Boker’s bitters (maybe unnecessary with the Cynar, but I used them anyway) [...]

Seville Orange Cocktails — 2 ways

An experiment with seville orange juice led to this gin sour.  It sounded like a good idea at the time, and it was certainly drinkable, but it was lackluster.  No flavors really stood out, and it just tasted smooth and sweet.  Maybe next time, leaving out the simple syrup would let the seville oranges stand [...]