WALDORF ASTORIA BAR BOOK
Behind The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book's Brand New Update
There are few cocktail guides with as much history as "The Old-Waldorf Astoria Bar Book" by Albert Stevens Crockett. The original source material, “Old Waldorf Bar Days” (1931), also by Crockett, was penned during Prohibition but the author rewrote...
San Francisco Fog Water Turned Vodka
Despite a "miracle March," as we all know, California is still in the midst of a severe drought. For San Francisco-based Hangar 1 vodka, this presented an opportunity to think outside of the box—and sustainably. When looking to the sky for answers...
Craft Coffee promises grocery store prices; Blue Bottle at Home (which actually acquired fave subscription service Tonx in 2014) can deliver freshly roasted beans to your door within 48 hours; Angel's Cup adds an educational factor by encouraging...
Four Creyente Mezcal Cocktail Recipes from Cosme
It's safe to say that the popularity of mezcal owes a lot to the bartenders who began to use the agave spirit in signature cocktail creations early on. It make sense, then, that for the US debut of newcomer Creyente Mezcal they would seek out a destination...
FOOD LOVES TECH
FUTURE OF FOOD
NYC's Food Loves Tech Expo
There's a lot to discuss regarding the future of food: sustainability, development, distribution—and technology factors into all of it. The inaugural Food Loves Tech Expo—presented by the team behind Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East...
FRENCH PRESS COFFEE
Simpli's Redesigned French Press
There's a richness to French press coffee one doesn't really find from a lot of other coffee makers. There's also a general ease to brewing with one. It's simple. It's fast. But ultimately, it's messy—with grounds needing a place to go and relentlessly...
GORDYS FINE BRINE
GORDYS PICKLE JAR
Three Gordy's Fine Brine Cocktails
Pickle juice might not be the first mixer that comes to mind in the cocktail world, but the folks at Gordy's—who produce their range of pickles and more in Washington DC—have introduced a Fine Brine in a can for exactly that. Tangy and refreshing...
BROOKLYN NAVY YARD
Creative Time's Spring Gala Cocktails
Whether or not you're familiar with public art nonprofit organization Creative Time, you've likely heard of their large-scale commissions. Recently, these have included Kara Walker's "A Subtlety" at Brooklyn's Domino Sugar Factory and Nick Cave's Grand...
CREATIVE CONCEPT DINNERS
THE FIFTH HOUSE
Creative Concept Dinners at Marcy North, Brooklyn
NYC is in no short supply of speakeasies or pop-up dinner clubs, many of which are certainly worth the time and effort to visit. That said, Marcy North, a semi-secret gathering spot in Williamsburg's The 5th House building, makes for something...
SOUTH ASIAN CUISINE
Khe-Yo Celebrates Lao New Year
NYC restaurant Khe-Yo has been serving Laotian-inspired cuisine in TriBeCa for almost three years now, led by Chef Soulayphet Schwader, or "Phet"—whose family escaped war-torn Laos when he was three, eventually relocating to Wichita, Kansas. This...
Mouth-Made's Three Debut Chocolates
With all of the time and effort we put into scouting out quality new chocolates, it was quite the relief to find some superb options so close to home. CH favorite Mouth—a hub of independent, carefully selected food and drink items, with a webshop...
THE GARRET EAST
dinnertable: A 20-Seat Speakeasy-Style Restaurant
The sign beside the interior door reads "Press for Food." If you're in front of it, you've just walked through the bustling East Village cocktail bar The Garret East, beyond a curtain, into a petite corridor. A push of the analog button sends a...
TREEHOUSE CHOCOLATE COMPANY
Treehouse Chocolate's Four Drinking Chocolates
Winter may be officially over in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn't mean hot chocolate has to disappear from people's radar until temperatures cool again. For some of us, it makes for a viable alternative to coffee in the morning—with some...
Galvin at Windows, London
The 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane sports more than a stunning, unobstructed view of Hyde Park and the city. Galvin at Windows bar makes unique cocktails worth peeling your eyes away from the panorama. Bar manager Boris Ivan cites Japanese...
Quality Eats, NYC
TGIF—and what better way to treat yourself after a week of hard work than a steak and martini? Making this reward easy on the wallet and perhaps even a regular occasion, NYC restaurant Quality Eats (opened last November) has a surfeit of affordable...
UPSTATE NEW YORK
Smart Beer: New York State's First Organic Brew
Regardless of the merits of organic ingredients, if upstate New York's Smart Beer didn't taste good, it wouldn't warrant coverage. The company's debut product—an Organic Golden Ale—tastes refreshing and zesty. It's lighter bodied but not too light...
BEAN TO BAR
DIRECT TRADE CHOCOLATE
SINGLE ORIGIN CHOCOLATE
Askinosie Whiskey Dark Chocolate
Former criminal defense lawyer Shawn Askinosie found his second career in chocolate. His family-run Askinosie Chocolate makes bean-to-bar deliciousness in Springfield, Missouri and they have consistently made some of our favorite treats (coLABoration...
WOODY CREEK DISTILLERS
Colorado's Woody Creek Distillers
Only last week a panel of expert judges convened for the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition—arguably the most prestigious and analytical booze assembling in the States. While the complete results won't be formally announced until 4 April...
THE LOT RADIO
Brooklyn's Luft Coffee
About five years ago, Blair Smith's twice-a-day coffee pitstop at NYC's Kaffe 1668 led to him striking up a friendship with barista Justin Rodriguez behind the counter. Smith then met mobile developer Aaron Sutula in a coffee seminar held by an espresso...
CHEVAL DES ANDES
Exploring the Mountainside Vineyards of Cheval des Andes Wines, Mendoza
The oldest Malbec vine on the 35-hectare Cheval des Andes estate—located just outside the town of Mendoza, Argentina—dates back to 1929. Once, the Malbec grape flourished in Bordeaux, France. An insect known as the phylloxera would decimate it in the...
Five Drinks from Aspen's Apres Ski Cocktail Classic
For its fourth iteration, the Aspen Après Ski Cocktail Classic saw an array of global drink-making talent descend upon the mountain city to mingle with their already strong crop of cocktail creators. The event—sponsored by William Grant & Sons—takes...
MADE IN SPAIN
Teruel Extra Virgin Olive Oil
There's tremendous variation in olive oil flavor profiles—impacted by the olive varietal used, the ensuing process of extraction, and the time from harvest to press. Many high-end olive oils utilize Empeltre Olives (which also make for great table...
COCKTAILS FOR DRINKERS
EAT YOUR DRINK
A Collection of Exciting New Booze Books
It seems like just about everyone has a cookbook, cocktail manual or spirits' history guide out on the market. A lot of superb ones cross our path with regularity—from new to old—but some really set themselves apart. Most recently we've been digging...
WHOLE LEAF TEAS
P&T's New Master Blends
Augmenting the tea experience since it opened in December 2012, Berlin-based P&T (short for Paper & Tea) has been a place of discovery and education, sans the snootiness. Freshly added to their beautiful range of whole loose-leaf teas and herbal...
Louis Pretty Serves Up Design and Pastrami in Berlin
Restaurateur trio Oskar Melzer, James Ardinast and David Ardinast (behind Stanley Diamond and Maxie Eisen in Frankfurt) have just opened their latest venture, this time in Berlin. Like its predecessors, Louis Pretty takes its name from a historic...