Scotch:  A helpful multi-media pronunciation guide
Drink / Spirits

Scotch: A helpful multi-media pronunciation guide

For many people, learning to drink scotch is a lot easier than learning how to pronounce the names on the bottles.  Have you ever wondered whether “BAL-ven-ie” or “Bal-VEN-ie” is the correct way to say The Balvenie?  Or perhaps you didn’t know Glenmorangie is supposed to be pronounced “Glen-MOR-an-gie.” Let’s not even get started attempting … Continue reading

Finally, a chance to enjoy killer drinks and tasty food at Michael Voltaggio’s “ink.”
Drink / Food / Mixology / Reviews 2012/2013

Finally, a chance to enjoy killer drinks and tasty food at Michael Voltaggio’s “ink.”

One of the joys of living Los Angeles is having a plethora of wonderful places to eat. The challenge, however, is finding time in one’s schedule to make your way across town to try the latest place, and that is IF you actually can get a reservation for a day/time that fits your schedule.  If … Continue reading

Starting the new year off with a bang:  Grubinger, Eschenbach, and LA Phil dazzle with Tan Dun’s new percussion concerto
All Reviews / Beer / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2012/2013

Starting the new year off with a bang: Grubinger, Eschenbach, and LA Phil dazzle with Tan Dun’s new percussion concerto

A new composition for a new year.  Seems rather poetic, doesn’t it?  Often such gestures work better in concept than in practice, but thanks to Martin Grubinger‘s virtuoso performance of The Tears of Nature, Tan Dun’s new percussion concerto receiving its U.S. Premiere last Friday night care of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this one worked … Continue reading

Farewell for now, foie gras — and many thanks to Michael Cimarusti, José Andrés, et al, over the years
Drink / Food / Wine

Farewell for now, foie gras — and many thanks to Michael Cimarusti, José Andrés, et al, over the years

I don’t remember the first time I had foie gras, but I definitely know when and where I fell in love with it:  it was at Water Grill in Downtown LA, right before the turn of the New Millenium.  Michael Cimarusti had taken over the kitchen from Allyson Thurber a year or two before. On this … Continue reading

Books / Drink / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical / Spirits

Is “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” mis-named?

I’m killing time before this evening’s Los Angeles Philharmonic concert by drinking an old fashioned — a really good one, BTW, care of the bartender at the Omni Hotel near Walt Disney Concert Hall. Anyways, I started thinking about tonight’s world premiere of The Gospel According to the Other Mary, a modern bit of social … Continue reading

Classical music marketing:  Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)
Beer / Drink / Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Classical music marketing: Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)

Back in 2007, long before All is Yar was a mere Fig Newton of my imagination, Victoria Bitter (VB) beer company teamed with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria — playing together as the “Victoria Bitter Orchestra” — to create a unique commercial:  it featured the combined orchestras playing VB’s jingle using variations on a theme … Continue reading

Drink / Mixology / New York / Spirits / Travel

Visiting the speakeasies of New York: Please Don’t Tell (PDT)

At first blush, Please Don’t Tell (or “PDT” as it is often called) takes the nouveau speakeasy concept of Milk & Honey — nondescript entrance leading to bar with limited seating manned by a mixologist — up a notch or two.  Despite those similarities, a visit to the two venues feels completely different:  where Milk … Continue reading