C’mere, I want to show you something.

See that handsome man over there? Go over and introduce yourself. Ask him about his family, his job, and his hobbies. Make him laugh. In other words, get under his impressive facade and see what he’s all about. How else are you going to know if he’s worthy of a stunning creature like you? What…

Why Teachers Drink

Ever wonder where your tax dollars are going? Clearly not to education. Here are some reasons why teachers drink. 1. Explain why phosphorus trichloride is polar. God made it that way. 2. What type of attractive force or bond holds the sodium ions and chloride ions together in a crystal of sodium chloride? James Bond….

My favorite Bloody Mary

People always ask me, “What’s your favorite Bloody Mary?” A smart PR person would advise me to come up with a snappy comeback to deploy at times like these. But since I have neither a PR person or a snappy comeback, I flounder around not knowing what to say. I mean, that’s like asking, “Which…

A better body, the Bloody Mary way

My mom and I haven’t always agreed on everything, but we are very closely aligned on this point: having a good body depends on excellent physical and mental health. A lot of her views on the subject came from a book that she got from her mother. It said, “There can be no development of…

And I thought I knew everything.

A while back, I was out with some friends, and we ended the evening at Wilf’s listening to jazz. I presumed this was because it was too cold out to walk anyplace where we might actually have fun, but my companions actually seemed to be enjoying themselves. Let me be clear: the group included my…

What does your cocktail say about you?

James Bond has his martini, shaken not stirred. Homer Simpson has Duff beer. Donald Draper has scotch, and lots of it. In these cases, each character’s signature drink helps define them even before they’ve said anything. If you’re a Bloody Mary drinker, what does that tell people about your character? * You’re not in a…

Ginger: It’s Not Just For Snaps Anymore

When I go to mixology conferences around the country, I am fortunate enough to meet dozens of bartenders, distillers, and other dignitaries of the spirits world. Bloody Marys, literally and figuratively, are always on everyone’s lips! The latest buzz in the industry, at least as far as Bloody Marys are concerned, is ginger. I didn’t…

7 Things I Never Knew About Tequila

When my daughter graduated from college, I took her on a trip to Cabo San Lucas. We did all the touristy things, including riding camels on the beach, buying cheap silver jewelry, and learning about tequila from the local experts. Did you know tequila has the lowest residual sugar of any distilled spirit, and is naturally…

Minimal Magnetism

Have you read the book, “The 100 Thing Challenge?” It’s written by a man to comes up with a way to declutter his life, to the point where he can live with only 100 objects for an entire year. Talk about minimalism! I was so inspired by this guy that I decided to get rid…

Salt: the forgotten food group

Portland Bloody Mary Mix is very low in sodium, but  your garnish (bacon? olives?) may not be. If you’re worried about ingesting too much sodium, you might be surprised to learn that there is a lot to be gained from a little indulgence now and then. As always, though, consult your health practitioner before you make…