• Location: Miami
  • Favorite foods: raw cheese, local produce, anything sour/pickled, all things lamb, cocktails,

Ask a Sommelier: The Best Wines for Daytime Drinking

You can't go wrong with an ice cold Pinot Grigio.

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

Water or coconut water along with a multi-vitamin and an ibuprofen or naproxen before bed. Tea, saltines, ginger ale and egg drop soup in the morning.

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for Tacos

Knife Skills: How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

I know it's cheaper to buy the ones with bone and skin, but by weight, which is a better deal. What I mean is, how much does the bone and skin weigh on an average thigh? Sure I could make soup with the bones and trimmings, but is is worth it just to buy the boneless?

Ask a Bartender: The Bartender Secrets Customers Don't Know

If you start a tab with a credit card and then leave without signing it, I may throw an extra round on there, either to give to regulars, or just as phantom drinks to help the liquor cost.

Ask a Bartender: What's the Worst Part of Your Job?

Ugh! Miami Vices are the WORST! (not to mention the idiots who send them back cause they can't taste the booze in their frozen drink)
For me, it's having to go to the bathroom in the middle of a rush.

Show and Tell: Your Favorite Novelty Mug

Remember the glass World mugs Nescafe had during the 70's and 80's? I think you sent in proof of purchases or something. I have 2 left over from my mom's efforts and a few years ago I saw some on eBay.

The Science of Jello Shots

I just use the standard recipe on a box of Jello or Royal gelatin (about half the price). I always try to use the sugar free varieties, as they dissolve much faster and the alcohol masks the artificial sweetener taste.
Stir one cup of boiling water into one pack of powder. Let cool. Add one cup of booze. Pour into little cups. Chill.

Ask a Bartender: What Do You Sip During Your Shift?

Water with fresh lemon juice or decaf iced tea with a little brown sugar.

Supermarket Sweets: We Try the New Gingerbread Twix and M&Ms

I've seen the Twix but not the M&M's. Heard those are only at WalMart, a store I have not been to in YEARS.

Ask A Bartender: What's the Strangest Drink You've Ever Encountered?

Margarita made with Absolut Peppar instead of tequila.
Blue Curaco on the rocks.
Patron and Baileys
Johnny Walker Black and OJ
Pina Colada with blackberry brandy
Strawberry (or Mango) Daiquiri with Hennesy
Cuervo and Water
Goldschlager and Coke
Jager and Coke
Jack on the rocks with no ice!

Ask a Bartender: Tell Us About Your First Bartending Gig

I was waitressing in a crappy faux Irish pub. The bartender walked out and I was behind the bar for about a half hour before the owner noticed. It was easier to replace a waitress (I trained my replacement) than hire a new bartender.

Bread Baking: Stuffing Buns

And then you could make sandwiches on them with leftover turkey and....STUFFING.

Ask a Bartender: What Bar Gadget Do You Covet?

An Island Oasis machine, a wedgemaster, and a CO2 cream whipper.

Why Have I Never Tried: GooGoo Clusters?

I had a dorm mate in college whose grandmother would send a big box of Goo Goos whenthe weather in Tennesee cooled down. Unfortunately, she was sending them to Miami which never cools down. They were still good melted and re-hardened.

Taste Test: All the Nut-Based Milks from Three Trees

Those would be good to alternate with the green drinks for a cleanse.

We Try Hood's Latte Iced Coffee Lineup

And I wish for a decaf version. There was a decaf frappucino version in bottles a few years ago. DISCONTINUED! Has anyone tried the other one in cartons- think it's International Delight.

Your New Favorite Brunch Drink: How to Make Northern Spy's Celery Tonic at Home

How about a shortcut using Dr Brown's Cel-Ray?(Do they even make that stuff anymore?)

Food Halloween costumes!

A sexy rutabaga and a slutty turnip. Winning combo, as Halloween costumes have reduced themselves to what can make the wearer skankiest.

Crockpot Convert

Rice pudding- I use short grain rice, equal parts rice and sugar, 4X that measurement of milk, a cinnamon stick. Cook it on low about 5 hours. Sometimes I stir in some chopped chocolate while it's hot.

Avocado Crop in Jeopardy Due to Low Rainfall

The Florida avocados in my neighborhood look fine, better than ever in fact.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Boxed Mix Trick?

Swap out the liquid for dark rum- Kraken, Goslings, Meyers, or Rhum Barbancourt.

Would You Try Water Made from Juice?

I wouldn't try water made from juice but I might try juice made from water.

Use Fresh Basil in These 5 Delicious Drinks

Basil, cucumber slices and lemon wedges muddled together, addd gin, top with soda water. Not my first choice, but very popular with the right crowd.

Ask The Food Lab: Why Does My Noodle Soup Thicken As It Sits Overnight?

I use whole wheat pasta and it does not get mushy as fast.

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