Laren Spirer

I'm yet another lawyer obsessed with food. When I'm not eating, drinking, cooking, or thinking about what to eat, drink, or cook, I can often be found cycling, running, or swimming, likely in preparation for a triathlon.

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  • Location: NYC
  • Favorite foods: Lobster (but mostly when eaten outside), truffle butter, homemade raspberry jam, comte and other cheesy things, lamb, dark chocolate, potato chips (my achilles heel), a perfectly ripe tomato, all things porky.

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Mix It Up: A la Louisiane at Eleven Madison Park

Yes -- you'll notice that in both recipes, the glass has been washed with absinthe.

Serious Eats Goes on a Juice Cleanse: After The Juice

Had a very similar experience (, but all in all it drove home how central eating/drinking is to my social life, and how doing a cleanse like this made it very difficult to keep up both social and work obligations. In the future, like you, I'd consider a veggie-heavy/vegan diet for a short period in lieu of all-juice. Maybe something like this ( Congrats for making it through in once piece!

Mix It Up: The Joey Ramone at Peels

My mistake!! Jeffry Ross Hyman was his given name.

Meet and Eat: Jason Littrell, Bartender, Rising Star Award Winner

Actually, yes, I have. I don't find him to be pretentious at all, but rather excited to share knowledge and make sure you're having a good time on the opposite side of the bar!

Mix It Up: Tuesday the 13th at Cienfuegos

Thanks for asking, Kathryn -- I was going to ask the same. Also, if you read carefully, I never said that Charlotte was a bartender, for the record.

Mix It Up: The Thistle Hill Cocktail at Thistle Hill Tavern

Yes!! I'm so Manhattan-centric that the Rob Roy didn't come to mind when I wrote it. I need to start drinking more Rob Roys. :)

Meet & Eat: Marc Murphy, Chef, Restaurateur

Didn't know -- thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Mix It Up: The Pig & Pepe at Maialino

Light and refreshing! But with a slight essence of pork . .

TGI Fry-Day: French Fry Salad at The Grocery

This salad is delicious -- had it as part of the chef's tasting menu once.

Is Your Pet Named After a Food (or Food Critic)?

I had a hungarian sheepdog (a Puli) named Paprika.

Mix It Up: Booze You Can Use

@resolutejc -- will see what I can do for you (and BTW, it's Laren, not Laura!)

@moffett & @NWCajun -- a perfect example of differing opinions! Taste, after all, is subjective.

Mix It Up: Booze You Can Use

@resolutejc -- you don't care for those particular spirits, or those particular cocktails? If you let me know what you like I may be able to come up w/some suggestions!

Mix It Up: Booze You Can Use

@resolutejc There are actually four recipes!! Follow the links in the article for recipes for a Manhattan and two variations of an Aviation. Cheers!

Mix It Up: Booze You Can Use

@SPS Thanks for pointing that out. My understanding is that Creme Yvette is a proprietary version of creme de violette.

Meet & Eat: Adam Roberts, The Amateur Gourmet

Yes - Adam used "Photo Booth," which is why the image looks flipped.

Best Tiki Bars in NYC?

Joe Swifka, who used to create tiki drinks at the now defunct Elettaria, is working at Flatiron Lounge serving tiki drinks on the weekends, I believe. You might want to call to double-check his hours.

Mix it Up: Stocking Your Home Bar

Is there a Mexican market that you'd suggest in NYC?