Celebrating Five Years of Big Bar

I’m not gonna lie, I love the Alcove. The big patio with the grass growing between the brick & the mismatched garden seating just screams Southern California and reminds me that we have better weather than, well, anyone. And tucked in the corner of ...Read More

In Defense of the Apple-Tini

I know. The Sour Apple Martini is like the ex-boyfriend with the acid washed jeans, you ditched 10 years ago. But, trust me, this Apple-tini is not like the Sex-In-The-City-artificial-kiddie-colada you drank in the Cocktail Dark Ages. This Apple-tini got an au natural facelift ...Read More

The Business of Booze

A Panel on Alcohol & Entrepreneurship Do you think you have what it takes to make it in the Booze Industry? If you missed it, I had a lively discussion with some industry insiders on a panel entitled “The Business of Booze: Alcohol & ...Read More

Angels Among Us

We all know an angel, someone who goes above and beyond, thinks of others before themselves, and generally makes the rest of us look like selfish and horrid people. But that’s why it’s important that we treasure these people, so that we have role ...Read More

May Mix Off Competition

A stately glass structure rising above LA Live, the JW Marriott watches over all the hottest events downtown. The JW, if I may deign to be so familiar, is home to many world class dining establishments, including Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 & Nest, Ford’s Filing ...Read More

Prom + ComicCon = PromiCon

What better way to celebrate the self imposed season of love – Valentine’s Day – or Single Awareness Day – with the most awkward memory of your adult life, Prom. For 5 years now, Big Bar in Los Feliz has been dusting the mothballs ...Read More

Golden State of Cocktails

It’s here! Part cocktail education, part cocktail celebration, all California Dreamin’ – it’s the Golden State of Cocktails (GSC), the 2nd annual festival to celebrate that hallowed beverage we all know and love: the cocktail. On January 26 through January 29th, the Los Angeles ...Read More

What are you doing for Repeal Day?

If Drinking had a high holiday, that holiday would be Repeal Day. On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was fully ratified in our Constitution which effectively repealed the 18th Amendment, the very malefactor that had brought about Prohibition in the first place. Thus, drinking ...Read More

Holiday Cocktails for TheLip.TV

Some Cocktail Inspiration for Holiday Entertaining I had the pleasure of sharing some of my favorite Holiday Cocktails with Leslie Durso and TheLip.TV! The Holidays can sometimes be stressful, so I wanted to help take the edge off with some easy cocktail ideas that ...Read More