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Shayrose

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

Manner Matters: Can I Bring My Own Tonic Water?

I go to a bar that has an adjoining breakfast and lunch restaurant. At night they close the door between them. The cafe has a sliding door cooler with canned and bottled beverages in it, which is accessible to the public but is for the staff to use. In other words, this cooler is not in the kitchen or behind a bar, but patrons generally do not open it. This cooler has the Holy Grail of bar mixers- V-8 in 12 oz cans, which 99% of the time is served for breakfast in the cafe. I go in to the bar and ask for vodka and V-8, but the bartender does not stock V-8 behind the bar, so I would volunteer to get it (less than 15 feet from the service well, but the bartender was stuck behind the bar). Now, on my way in, I just stop at the cooler, reach in (middle shelf, left side) get my can and proceed to the bar for my vodka-rocks-tall glass.

The Secret Lives of Honeybees: How Honey Gets Made

I live in South Florida and have a year round view of bees. I don't use any chemicals on my lawn or yard. I have had hives removed from inside my house 3 times in the last 6 years. I would love to harvest honey from the hives in my trees but am overwhelmed by the equipment and expense involved.

A Closer Look at Your Italian Bakery's Cookie Case

years ago, my ex gave me a huge bag of pignoli. I made cookies using the Toll house recipe and subbing pine nuts for the chocolate chips. He never stopped talking about those cookies.

The Best Drinks We Drank in June

I make my own milk.

Meet the Italian Ice Cream Sandwich: Brioche Con Gelato

In Italy, I saw a sign for "Pan Con Panna" and it turned out to be cream inside a roll. Kind of a whipped cream sandwich. It was good but a bit strange. The roll was a little like a croissant, but not quite.

Chinese Greens 101: Shanghai Baby Bok Choy With Black Bean Sauce

I like Shanghai Bok Choy much better than the "regular" kind. I also like On Choy- a seasonal green.

Taste Test: The Best Spicy Brown Mustards

Publix brand deli mustard with horseradish. Very similar to Koop's horseradish mustard, but cheaper.

Supermarket Sweets: We Try the New Cherry and Red Velvet M&M's

The raspberry M&M's are actually very good.

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for People Who Don't Like Beer

How about a fruity Lambic?

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.

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