You can find me at Betty Lou’s Library in Calgary

If you appreciate an exquisite cocktail made from a concoction of specially gathered fine ingredients, many locally sourced, and mixed into a unique vessel, just for you, then you’ll love Betty Lou’s Library. Add a cozy setting with plush velvet seating, and some live Jazz band playing in the background, and I’ll never leave. It’s […]

Celebrating a Milestone Birthday at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui

How do you celebrate a Milestone birthdays? Everyone is different, and different milestones are greeted with different regard. But whether 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, or 80, or whether quietly or splashy, we often remember those milestone days. If you want to create an unforgettably, special occasion stay, whichever your milestone, the Fairmont Kea Lani […]

First Batch – Getting my Makgeolli On Vancouver 막걸리

Today is day 9 of my first batch of craft Makgeolli home brew. It’s fremented. It’s bottled. It looks good. It’s ready to drink? …Well, yeah, but it isn’t White Lotus Makgeolli, that’s for sure. Makgeolli is a low alcohol (6-8%) rice wine made from ground rice and a fermentation agent. It has a soy […]

Bar Hopping Belltown Seattle – Guide to Belltown’s Best Bars

Bar Hopping Belltown Seattle: The List It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Seattle’s Belltown has a reputation that is expanding with superb restauranteurs (notably, Tom Douglas), and brilliant and unique bars. During a recent trip, I set out to sample the top Belltown Bars in one night. Taking the top rated bars […]

Makgeolli Gangnam Style

Making Friends with Makgeolli 막걸리 Makgeolli is a low alcohol (6-8%) rice wine made from ground rice and a fermentation agent. It has a soy milky texture and a sweetness, and is served chilled. Sometimes it is carbonated. It’s a ‘common’ and cheap low-alcohol beverage traditionally made by farmers. But it’s come a long way […]

Finding Fabulous Hot Chocolate in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Best Cups of Hot Chocolate As Vancouver starts to feel the winter chill, hot cocoa is a perfect way to warm the spirit, indulge is something luxurious, and share a moment. After the initial seasonal egg nogs, I turn to something less cloying, something more earthy and complex.  Cacao has a long history, considered sacred […]

33 Acres Brewing Co. – Now Serving Excellent Beer

33 Acres Brewing Co. opened in July 2013. One of a number of New Craft Breweries Opening in Vancouver. Their space is at 15 W. 8th Avenue. I dropped in recently after work on a Thursday early evening, as the tasting room was rapidly filling. The servers were very helpful and sincere. The tasting room […]

House Without A Key – True Classic Hawaiian Elegance

No matter your budget, one evening in Waikiki should be enjoyed at House Without A Key. It is unencumbered, peaceful, delicious and simple Hawaiian elegance. Waikiki can be a concrete jungle. It can be super crowded, and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be anywhere else in the world. If you want to capture a little bit […]