There is a romance about faraway places…a setting so different from the one you experience daily. Growing up in Southern California (in the suburbs of Los Angeles, to be exact), I took for granted the mild, relatively unchanging weather; the natural flora of scrub brush and oak trees (and the human-introduced flora of palm trees… Continue reading Go West and Sip!
I admit it freely…before I discovered Outlander (via the TV show), I knew nothing about Scotland and even less about scotch. (Wait, can you know less than nothing about something? Negative knowledge? Maybe knowledge flows out through your ears? Ok, my head is starting to hurt). When I thought of Scotland, Loch Lomond (the song,… Continue reading Taking the High Road
I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event right before Memorial Day sponsored by the North Short Whisky Club, and hosted by Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation and ImpEx Beverage (and general whisky guru). I spoke of Joshua before in relation to his One Nation Under Whisky podcast in my Expectations Upended post. Anyway,… Continue reading (Mostly) Single
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
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
I'll admit it...I'm a tree hugger. Well, not literally. Trees are scratchy and can have ants and bugs on them (ewww!), or worse, spiders (shudder). No, I'm in favor of trees in a natural setting...forests, woods, glens, glades...you get the idea. I love being in a natural woodland setting, preferably with the sound of running… Continue reading What’s old is new again
Okay, hands up...who knows what "terroir" means? I know all you wine aficionados do...put your hands down, smarty-pants. In wine making, terroir refers to the character imparted to the wine based on the environment in which the grapes are grown (like the type of soil in the vineyard, the amount of sunshine and temperature during… Continue reading Playing the Field
As I mention in my "A Little About Me" page, I love cooking and especially baking. Where else do you get the melding of magic and science? What magic, you say? Look what happens when flour, sugar, and butter are combined and subjected to heat...Scotch Shortbread appears! Voila! Well, maybe not quite "voila" but you get… Continue reading …and now to explain the “& Scones”
I am a new scotch whisky drinker. Having developed a taste (and apparently a tolerance) for alcohol at a relatively late age (early 40s), I went from the sweet to dry white and red wines, then sweet to straight gin and vodka drinks, including perhaps a margarita or two. But I only started trying scotch… Continue reading Why do this?