I bought a stalk of sugarcane at the farmer's market and tried to extract the juice from it at home. It's not easy!
Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.
People complain that you can't get a Budweiser at Rickhouse. But do they think they should be able to get a McDonald's hamburger at Chez Panisse?
In my latest set of experiments on making clear ice in the home freezer, I try using a hard-sided Igloo ice cooler- with great success! Read on.
In my latest story for the San Francisco Chronicle, I examine how bars are now trusting consumers to make good decisions instead of putting out lists of rules about what they can't order.
I enjoyed reading this long article on alcoholic energy drinks, written by Kit Stolz for the Ventura County Reporter. After reading the long report about the sales, marketing, and consumer base of "alcopops" - caffeinated energy drinks- it seems to me that these are more like modern-day wine coolers, in a modern day world where young people probably consume five times as much caffeine as they did in the 1980's when wine coolers were all the rage. I'm not so sure that people who were sneaking Bartles & James peach coolers in high school should be rallying to ban Rockstar...
Herbsaint is an absinthe substitute introduced after Prohibition. It was important in the Sazerac and other cocktails until absinthe was re-legalized in the US in 2007. Sazerac Co. reintroduces the original recipe for HerbsaintBy Todd A. Price December 19, 2009, 3:00PM A new bottle that looks antique will appear on liquor store shelves this week. In honor of the 75th anniversary of Herbsaint, the local Sazerac Company dug into its archives for the original recipe and recreated the absinthe substitute first sold in 1934. The story says that the proof will be raised back to 50% ABV and that instead...
I recently visited Delarosa, the new restaurant in San Francisco's Marina District by the owners of Beretta and Starbelly. The Beretta connection is crucial, because this new venue seems like an expansion of the other. I'm surprised they didn't call it Beretta North. (Lane Ford at Delarosa. Photo courtesy of Delarosa.) Most of the pizzas offered are the same as at Beretta, including the Margherita with Burrata that I always get. Some of the appetizers are also similar, but at Delarosa they've added a fried food section (at least I think that's what "fritti" means), a panini section, and spiedini...
The Naked Pint is a new book on craft beer styles that I really enjoyed and can't wait to put to good use.