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Paddy BeeSting Irish Honey: “Sting” Is Right

by TK July 22nd, 2014
When I was a child of elementary school age, I was fond of walking around shoeless in the summer grass of my parents' yard.  I loved how I could really feel the warmth of the ground between my toes.  For a young kid, this was a great way to feel alive.  All of this connecting with warm mother earth came crashing down one warm summer day, when I stepped on a honey bee that was wrapped up in some clover.  The piercing bee sting on the bottom of my foot was followed by a swelling and the tears of
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Beer

Driftwood Pale Ale: Balm for a Hot Tiring Day

by Charles Wangersky July 21st, 2014 | Beer
Beer The north end of the West Coast has been suffering, if you want to call it that, through a long and unusual period of hot weather. Normally this doesn't affect me much, because my main job is working with computers, and it's important to keep computers cool after all. People can simply be told to deal with it, computers can't. Of course, it is a bit of a shock leaving work in the evening; and the weekend, and those days when I have to work from home, can be . . . interesting.

So today, as I write, was a
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Cocktails

Blueberry Pie Martini

by Michele July 18th, 2014 | Cocktails, Martinis
Cocktail Shall I continue with my regular mantra about how I don't like heavy, creamy drinks nor overly sweet drinks?  My best friends like to harass me about it, it makes my husband smirk, but it is true.  So, you may be looking at the title of this cocktail and wondering why I would be sharing a recipe that has any similarity to a pie.

There are several reasons for this.  First, I adore blueberries.  In fact, I adore all berries that I ever have met: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and so forth.  Second, blueberry pie isn't cloyingly sweet.  Sure, there's
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Bar Destination

Bars to Boast About in Nevada

by R. Carnavale July 17th, 2014 | Bar Destination
Given Nevada's best known for Sin City, it'll come as no surprise that the state has excellent bars -- and many of them are open 24 hours a day, every day!!! From sleek casino bars on the Strip to dive bars off of it, Las Vegas alone has nearly 900 bars to serve locals and gambling-minded visitors. Here are some of the Silver State's best bars:

Las Vegas

Frankie's Tiki Room
Frankie's Tiki Room is not your run-of-the-mill
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Wine

Masi, Masianco Pinot Grigio e Verduzzo, 2012

by Jason Lightner July 16th, 2014 | Italian Wine, Wine
Wine Masi

Italy, Pinot Grigio e Verduzzo, 2012

$15.99

There's something special about blends. The artistry, the level of detail, the expert awareness of subtle changes based entirely upon slight variations in the recipe ... It's an incredible balance which must be struck in the pursuit of not only a drinkable wine, but an enjoyable and memorable wine. This is why I tend to avoid blends from lesser renowned wine producers — you honestly can't be sure they really give a damn about consistency and quality. When I find a reputable source, however, that's when I feel as though I've won the lottery.

From the textured, egg-shell
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Spirits

Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

by TK July 15th, 2014 | Liquor
Spirits I am child of the 1970s and 1980s.   Those two decades are the cultural references that I usually understand.  The movies I know, the songs I can sing, and the pop culture icons I gravitate to are all from that 20-year period.  So when I think of Jim Beam bourbon, my mind thinks of of a dingy bar and setting right out of a George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers song.  Cheaper whiskey that is in every bar and serves the purpose of reducing the pain of life for the consumer.  So when I visited my local
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