A reader sends in menus and information from recent cruises to Havana with Norwegian Cruises and updated info from Princess Cruises.
Ten new drink books covering bourbon, aquavit, global booze and global bars, plus recipes for prosecco and Instagrammable cocktails.
A dozen new drinky reads for fall including books on the Bay Area, New York cocktails, 3-ingredient drinks, cocktails on the road, Canadian whisky, Champagne, and drinks of movie spies.
One of my favorite bartender-visionaries Thad Vogler released a book about learning/purchasing spirits by going to where they're made. While Vogler owns Bar Agricole, Canada's Jen Agg owns Agrikol in Montreal, and also has a book out from a very different owner's perspective, called I Hear She's a Real Bitch. Like Vogler, Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown travelled to Cuba to write their latest book (I think it's their third on Cuba cocktails and bartenders), while Brad Thomas Parsons wrote no doubt his most fun book to date, starring cats that live at distilleries. New Orleans rum legend Brian Rhea finally wrote a book that should be full of tales from his many years in bars, while for newbie drinkers we have Drink Like a Bartender and for sci-fi fans there is a whole book of out-of-this-world cocktails awaiting. Beyond that there's an American history and booze book, a book that tells bartenders how to win international cocktail competitions, a book on cider (and shrubs and vinegars), one on bar cart styling, and finally a brand book from Fever Tree Tonic Water.
I set out to sample nearly all of the new drinks on the menu at PCH in San Francisco.
Y'all are going to feel super duper sorry for me, but I had to go to a nine-cocktail lunch at Mourad, the very fancy Downtown SF Moroccan restaurant last week.
A look at the new Cold Drinks bar inside China Live in San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the cocktail program is all about scotch whisky. Have a look.
If you're the sort of (messed-up) person who likes to feel up-to-date on the cocktails at bars San Francisco, you've got your work cut out for you this month. I'm counting at least eight bars that have changed over their menus recently.