Category Archives: Cocktails

Wine review: Martín Códax Albariño 2012

Albarino 2012Writing a blog can have some real perks.  Last Tuesday I joined approximately twenty food and wine bloggers for a dinner at Row 34 to try Martin Codax Albarino’s 2012 vintage.

Seated next to me was my favorite food and wine blogger, Tracey (40-Something Life Blog). For those unfamiliar, Martin Codax Albarino, is a great Spanish table wine that ranges in price between $15-$20 at most retailers (or online here).

The wine is very versatile and can (and should) be enjoyed on its own but is perhaps best with shellfish and lighter seafood options like the menu prepared by Row 34 for our dinner.  Although write ups from Martin Codax suggest fruity overtones such as apple, peach, pear and lemon zest, I don’t pick that up. Rather, I would describe this Spanish wine as light and crisp with a minerality and dry finish that I like in white wine.

Next time you head out to your local wine shop ask for a bottle, give it a try and let me know what you think.





$4 Draft beers at BoMA all day today

BoMa SignBeat the heat with a craft beer at BoMA. If I wasn’t in NYC I’d be there.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Provincetown, Ptown, BoatslipSummer Drinks that won’t weigh you down.

The season of pool parties, sunbathing and beach days is upon us and nothing compliments the summer sun like an ice cold 300 calorie margarita. So refreshing that you can’t stop after one, and 2 or 3 drinks later you’re feeling an unfulfilling buzz that cost you about 900 calories. Check out these 3 alternatives that will give you the same refreshment with less than half the calories, while minimizing your chances of a hangover.

Vodka+soda+lime:  One shot of Vodka, Soda water, and spritz of lemon, lime or both. This bubbly, light, and refreshing beverage is well under 100 calories and very drinkable pool side. Try to a glass of water between every drink to keep hydrated, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

Tequila+Half cup orange juice+tonic water+lemon and lime: Two parts tequila, one part orange juice (fresh squeezed preferred), one part soda water, spritz of lemon and lime. This option is great for a Sunday brunch or enjoy on the beach. The vitamin C will help metabolize the alcohol more efficiently, that means your co-workers won’t notice any signs of the good time you had over weekend. Depending on your ratios, this is ~150 calories.

Light Beer:  Miller genuine draft 64 is the lowest calorie option.  If you’re a beer drinker, opt for the lower calorie option of your favorite brand. With some craft beers totalling 300 calories for a 12 oz bottle, these can be detrimental to your weight loss goals.

Remember to always enjoy responsibly, and stay hydrated while drinking. Cheers!

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Opus Affair at Liquid Art House on Tuesday

Opus AffairMark your calendar, Opus Affair’s June social heads to the new Liquid Art House on Tuesday, June 24th in Back Bay at 100 Arlington Street.  Be sure to partake in the Punch Bowl Fund.

Opus Affair at Park – Tuesday, June 24th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.  More about Opus Affair here.

Happy birthday Opus Affair

The Hawthorne, BostonSix years ago Opus Affair was started by Graham Wright to bring together artists, friend of artists and those who are passionate about art and culture.  Since that time, Opus Affair has grown significantly and regularly hosts all sorts of interesting programs and events; they even recently opened a chapter in Miami.

To commemorate their 6th birthday, tomorrow – Monday, May 19th, Opus Affair will gather at The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square to mix, mingle, enjoy a cocktail or two and raise some money for three local arts charities through their innovative, charitable drinking game (a.k.a. “Punch Bowl Fund”) that you can read more about here.

The details: Hawthorne at 500 Comm. Ave from 6-9PM

No plans after work on Monday? Check out this friendly group. More information here.

Thrillist Boston MBTA map of bars

Thrillist Boston MBTA map

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Perhaps you have seen Thrillist Boston’s “T” Bar Map.  They skipped over the Silverline 4&5 that cut through my neighborhood so I created my own version and took a bit of liberty starting at the Tufts NE Medical Center because I prefer the bar at the W Hotel over Jacob Worth’s.

You can check out Thrillist’s map (complete with close ups of each MBTA line) by linking here.  Check out my list of South End watering holes near Silver Line stops in the South End.

South End Boston bars

Thought of the day: Bartender

20140421-120634.jpg I’m certain that many of my friends who tend bar might also suggest they play the role of psychiatrist with the same inventory limitations.

Union Bar and Grille: Caprice cocktail

Union Bar and Grille Caprice CocktailGin lovers are going to be happy with Union Bar & Grille’s new spring cocktail menu.

On a recent visit I had the opportunity to try a delicious gin concoction from Union Bar & Grille’s spring cocktail menu called The Caprice. It is made Brockmans gin.  You’ve probably never heard of this fragrant gin that is flavored with blueberry (you heard that correctly Brockmans is a blueberry gin).  It is new to the market and is not currently available for sale to the public and is only available at a few restaurants in the area.  Union Bar & Grille’s spring cocktail, The Caprice, is made with white lillet, Benedictine Candied Meyer lemon.  Let me know if you try The Caprice and what you think. Brockman’s could be my new favorite gin. I plan on going back to try a Brockman’s gin and tonic. #Addicted

Union Bar & Grille is located at 1357 Washington Street in the South End.

Moves & Shakers cocktail competition tomorrow

Boston cocktail competitionTomorrow evening I’ll be at the Cyclorama in Boston’s South End attending the 5th annual Movers & Shakers cocktail competition. If you love a good cocktail, you may want to check out this fun competition as some of the city’s best restaurants compete to craft a cocktail worthy being called a work of art.  Food pairings will be presented alongside these creative concoctions and best of all you get to vote to decide the favorites.

Tickets to the event that runs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, April 23rd are $35.00 an can be purchased here.

Wink & Nod opens in Boston’s South End

Wink and Nod BostonWink & Nod a self-proclaimed ‘craft cocktail speakeasy’ is located near the corner of Appleton and Tremont Street in the South End. They opened for business last month so I suggested to a colleague / friend that we pay a visit to check out the South End’s newest watering hole.

The photos which I pulled from Wink & Nod’s Facebook Page give you a glimpse into this subterranean space that has come together under the guidance of the ever present and friendly General Manager, Curtis McMillan. Gone are the mirrors and modern, clean lines associated with the former tenant, Noche, and in its place are dark and rich colors with comfortable leather banquets, large arm chairs and couches to recline and sip one of the many cocktails or nosh on some of the food chefs Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta seem to crank out quickly.

Wink and Nod BostonI have to admit I was somewhat circumspect when Curtis first told me about his vision for the space several months back, but I enjoyed my first visit. The space is comfortable and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Be sure to check out their signature cocktails – all named after notorious cougars.  On my first visit I enjoyed a mezcal mixture called the Mrs. Robinson and my friend opted for  the Joan Collins. However, if our selections don’t appeal to you fear not – there are plenty of small screen and big screen vamps to seduce you, from the Cattrall which does look tempting to the Raquel that is served in a funny looking tiki mug.

The menu looks interesting, but I didn’t explore it properly on this visit. I do plan to go back and will try some of the food on my next visit. Wink & Nod is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, and I wish it much success. Have you visited Wink & Nod? Let me know what you think.

Wink & Nod is located at 3 Appleton Street in the South End.

Movers and Shakers cocktail competition

Boston cocktail competitionLater this month The Boston Center for the Arts presents its 5th Annual Movers & Shakers Cocktail Competition on Wednesday, April 23rd.

Enjoy fabulous food pairings presented alongside creative concoctions made by some of Boston’s best mixologists.  While these restaurants will compete to craft a cocktail worthy being called a work of art, attendees get to help to decide by voting on your favorite concoction.

Here is a partial list of participating restaurants: Aquitaine, Avert at the Ritz Carlton, the Beehive, Cinquecento, D Bar, Granary Tavern, Hamersley’s, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Sorriso,  The Sinclair, Trade, Les Zygomates, Stephie’s in Southie, Stephanie’s on Newbury and Mooooo.

Tickets are now on sale for $35 and can be purchased here. 

Opus Affair this Monday

Opus AffairMark your calendar, Opus Affair’s March social takes place Monday, March 24th at Forum in Back Bay at 755 Boylston Street.  This month’s Punch Bowl Fund will raise money for one of these three arts charities: Zoe Dance CompanyTramontana, and Massmouth

Opus Affair at Park – Monday, March 24th at 6PM

RSVP – No Cost

What is Opus Affair’s Punch Bowl Fund? Think of it as a charitable drinking game where you are invited to contribute $5 (cash) to the fund. In return you recieve a drink ticket for a glass of punch and a ballot to vote for one of three featured arts organizations. At the end of the night, the organization with the most votes will collect the total amount raised that night.

Who is Opus Affair?  They are a community of artists and friends who get together each month for cocktails and to chat about the arts scene.

P.O.V. Washington, D.C.

POV view of white houseLast week I stayed at the W Washington D.C. in my review I commented on the P.O.V. roof terrace bar and restaurant that features beautiful views of The White House and Washington Monument.  While the menu is very limited and the food best described as “okay”, the view and the vibe make it a place better suited for a cocktail and conversation. Unfortunately it was so cold when I was there the patio was enclosed so I’ve included this photograph from Starwood Hotels.

W Washington D.C.Should you be visiting D.C.,  skip the grub and come here for an early evening cocktail; the sunset can be beautiful.  The subdued lighting facing the Washington Monument has more of a club vibe with the black and red decor where as the black and white checkered flooring and open terrace overlooking the White House has a more casual feel so choose the side you’d like to visit depending on your mood and preferred view.

P.O.V. is located atop the W Washington Hotel at 515 15th St NW.

Wine flow chart

Wine Flow ChartLast week I posted What kind of wines do you preferBased on the feedback I received, I assume many of you are like me and love wine so I wanted to share this funny ‘wine flowchart’ that my brother shared with me last week.

I suppose the only question left in this flowchart is what kind of wine will you pour yourself? Since it is winter, I’ll probably grab a bigger red to cozy up with this evening.

Ultimate list of cocktails

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I ‘stumbled’ upon this chart while killing time on StumbleUpon earlier this month and thought this would be the perfect thing to share for a Saturday afternoon / early evening post.