Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Expectations Upended

So what’s that word when you go into a situation thinking you know the basic ground rules, then find that what you think you know might not be the complete picture? Mis…something. I can’t think of the word. You can’t either? Drat…I thought you’d help. When my girls were young and I’d drive them to… Continue reading Expectations Upended

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I’ll Have That On The Side… (Part II) Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 3

Clotted cream is something I think of that is so part of the High Tea tradition, so British, that I always assume it will be provided with the scones. You know, as in “here are your scones with clotted cream and jam.” It just rolls off the tongue. However, in the US clotted cream is… Continue reading I’ll Have That On The Side… (Part II) Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 3

Scotch Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon

Run for the Roses…and Bourbon

Last weekend was the Kentucky Derby. How do I know this? Every restaurant I went into on Saturday had it on their TVs. How much do I know about it? Not much. My husband asked me which horse I would bet on (if I bet, which I don’t), and I replied, “The brown one.” Other… Continue reading Run for the Roses…and Bourbon

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I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

What do you like to eat with scones? How about Lemon Curd? But before I begin, you might be wondering about the title of this post. Let me explain...I love series, especially books. I love knowing that something is coming next, that I’ll be finding out what happens to these characters. Part of my current… Continue reading I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

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Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

The wonderful thing about whisk(e)y in general, and scotch in particular, is the great variety that can be achieved by in what (and how long) the distillate is aged. I’ve already written about how the scotch industry reuses casks (See What’s old is new again for that riveting discussion). Indeed, much of what I’ve tasted in my… Continue reading Fancy Finishes and a Chance to Pair

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It’s but a Trifle

When I think about layers, several different images pop into my head. The scientist part of me immediately goes to sedimentary rock…layers upon layers of compressed silt and mud from ancient sea beds, trapping and fossilizing plants and animals alike. Southern California has many places where those rocks were thrust up into hills and mountains,… Continue reading It’s but a Trifle

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Where there’s smoke, there’s…PEAT!

I few weeks back I was lucky enough to attend the Whiskey Weekend event at Julio's Liquor’s in Westbourgh, MA. They had a series of tasting events that lasted over several days, but the one I was most interested in was a tasting presented by Simon Brooking, US Beam Suntory Brand Ambassador. I have attend… Continue reading Where there’s smoke, there’s…PEAT!

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In a Jam

There was an old song, "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake!"...the idea being that having a tasty dessert on hand for last minute guests was a daunting challenge. Well, I'm here to tell you that's not true...with a little prep work. Yes I understand that "last minute" and "prep work"… Continue reading In a Jam

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Hurry up & wait

Walking around Boston between September and June you'd think the city is overrun by 18-22 year olds, and you'd be right...there are about 65 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area and those students are everywhere. The funny thing is that when I'm out walking around and see all these kids around me, in… Continue reading Hurry up & wait