COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: Snap-Pea-Irinha Edition

Once again I’m back with yet another cocktail, courtesy of Organic, Shaken, and Stirred by Paul Abercrombie. This time I come to you with a curious yet wonderful beverage named the Snap-Pea-Irinha, which employs — you guessed it — snap peas as its surprise ingredient. I actually made this latest concoction last week with my […]

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: Jessica Rabbit

Last week, after having purchased Organic, Shaken, and Stirred by Paul Abercrombie, I decided I would slowly make my way through the book, endeavoring to make at least one new cocktail a week. I started with a delicious basil margarita, which I’ve since made two more times to equally rave reviews. For this week’s cocktail, […]

ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: Basil Margarita Edition

As readers of this blog may know, my friends and I are ardent fans of gathering and making drinks together, specifically of the handcrafted variety. It’s a ritual we creatively call “Fresh Cocktail Hour.” I’ve only documented a few of these forays into mixology on this blog (see examples here, here, and here), but I […]

ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: Slow Cooker Galbi Tacos

Not too long ago, I received a slow cooker from CSN Stores (who have a lovely variety of table lamps, I should note), and I was quite excited to put it to use. Sadly though, I totally messed up my debut dish after attempting to execute a dutch oven recipe in my new device. The […]

ADVENTURES IN VODKA: Blue Angel Edition

One of my favorite perks of having a blog is when I get free stuff. And one of my favorite free things to get is booze. I’ve been on a good run, as of late: I’ve received free tequila, free shochu, and now free vodka! When it comes to sampling these fine spirits, I usually […]

ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: The Taste of Victory!

As part of my ongoing series of reviewing my free purchases from CSN Stores, I must now move on to my most needed addition to the kitchen: a citrus juicer. My friends and I often convene for what we like to call “Fresh Cocktail Hour,” in which we whip up a batch of beverages totally […]

Shochu? I Hardly Even Know You!

About a month ago, the people behind Haamonii shochu emailed me about reviewing their product, and given that I’m sort of a sucker for free booze, I told them I was more than happy to give it a whirl. A few days later, a box arrived at my doorstep, and ta-da! Free booze! Can’t go […]

AMERICAN IDOL RECAP: Who Needs Charisma Anyway?

If you’re like me, you sat and plodded patiently through this past, awful season of American Idol knowing that at the very least we’d receive some sort of consolation in knowing that Crystal, the immensely talented busker from Ohio, would win it all and thus preserve the one thing this franchise had left: a thread […]

ADVENTURES IN DOMESTICITY: Jalapeño Cocktail Hour

Yesterday, I posted photos of an epic grocery trip here in Los Angeles where my friend Malibu Judie and I procured thirty-three pounds of fresh produce and two pounds of shrimp to be cooked over the course of the weekend. Well, on Saturday of this past weekend, we put many of those purchases to use […]