Tag: ginger

AlcoHOLidays | Devil’s Food Cake Day | Cocoa Diablo

Does chocolate cake sound good to anyone else right about now? This coming Sunday, May 19, is National Devil’s Food Cake Day and I’m pretty much sold on the idea, truth be told. Might have to squeeze in some baking between appointments on Saturday. What makes Devil’s Food cake different from other chocolate cakes? Good […]

AlcoHOLidays | Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival | Moonrise Reunion

Welcome, friends, to another installment of our AlcoHOLidays series, where we take a moment to raise our glass in celebration for a local or not so local holiday. This coming weekend (September 3o, in the States, September 29, in China) is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Moon Cake Festival. Like many harvest festivals, it’s […]

AlcoHOLidays | Mexican Independence Day | The Caliente

Raise your hands, all of you who think (thought) Cinco de Mayo was Mexico’s Independence Day. Okay, put your hands back down. For the record, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Fifty-two years earlier, however, Mexico began it’s fight for independence from […]

Arabian Nights

The metamorphosis of this week’s cocktail was a bit of a long and winding road. A road, in point of fact, that begins France or thereabouts* and ends somewhere in or near Morocco. Neither place I’ve been but both I’d like to visit one of these days. At any rate, it started back when I […]

Lunch with Ginger, Inspired by Canton French Liqueur

Lunch with Ginger It all started when my friend Ditte Lokon gave me a bottle of Canton ginger-infused French cognac from Domaine for my birthday. I didn’t drink it at the time but decided to invite a few friends over for an Asian-inspired lunch to launch the liqueur. After much thought (one of the fun […]

Sips & Shots: 50 Shots of America–Maryland

You know, if Maryland was a person, I think they’d be pretty confused. Take, for example, this scattering of facts: Founded as a haven for English Catholics, Catholicism has been banned at least twice within it’s borders! Still, it boasts the first cathedral in the United States (the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed […]

Sips & Shots: 50 Shots of America–New Jersey

Of all the things that come to mind when I think New Jersey (Miss Congeniality, The Sopranos, the Turnpike and my aunt who lives there to name just a few), light bulbs are not one of them. Seriously, I don’t know where I thought Thomas Edison lived when he was inventing up a storm, but […]