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On Cocktails: A Properly Made Mai Tai Can Serve as an Old-School Escape From These Troubled Times

On Cocktails: A Properly Made Mai Tai Can Serve as an Old-School Escape From These Troubled Times

Jun 18, 2020 12:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Anyone else feel like an escape right now?

I have written about Tiki here and there in this column. Cocktails from Bootlegger Tiki in Palm Springs have been featured occasionally, and my colleague Patr...

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Vine Social: Lodi Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves as One of the World's Most-Significant Wine Regions—Yes, Really

Vine Social: Lodi Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves as One of the World's Most-Significant Wine Regions—Yes, Really

Jun 15, 2020 17:30  |  Katie Finn

July is the month when we celebrate our independence—the time of year when we come together in sweltering heat to grill up hot dogs and wait patiently for the sky to illuminate with a dazzling display...

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Caesar Cervisia: Our Beer Writer Has Spent the Pandemic Dreaming of Travels to Experience the World’s Best Beer

Caesar Cervisia: Our Beer Writer Has Spent the Pandemic Dreaming of Travels to Experience the World’s Best Beer

Jun 11, 2020 16:10  |  Brett Newton

All right, that’s it. I’ve had enough. I have to break free.

No, you’ll still find me wearing a mask when I’m out; I am merely talking about finding things to write about related to the lockdown. I nee...

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On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

On Cocktails: Bars Aren't as Important as Lives—but They're Definitely Important

May 22, 2020 08:00  |  Kevin Carlow

Remember that episode of Cheers —the one where Norm, Cliff and Frasier all sit at tables six feet apart?

They order from tablets that have been carefully sanitized after each guest. A single empty seat i...

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Vine Social: Zoom Wine Parties Have Been a Stay-at-Home Life-Saver—but They Can't Replace Real Togetherness

Vine Social: Zoom Wine Parties Have Been a Stay-at-Home Life-Saver—but They Can't Replace Real Togetherness

May 17, 2020 17:00  |  Katie Finn

I have kids, so I therefore watch a lot of Disney movies. In the movie WALL-E , the Earth has been destroyed by pollution, so all the humans have been put on a spaceship and blasted out to a far-away ga...

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Caesar Cervisia: The Pandemic Has Made It Easier for Beer-Lovers to Get the State's Best Brews

Caesar Cervisia: The Pandemic Has Made It Easier for Beer-Lovers to Get the State's Best Brews

May 15, 2020 17:15  |  Brett Newton

In these strange times, the last thing you might be pondering is: "How do I get my craft beer, though?"

However, there are options for California craft-beer aficionados. In fact, the pandemic has made it...

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Pandemic Stories: One Dish at a Time—How Three Coachella Valley Restaurateurs Are Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis

Pandemic Stories: One Dish at a Time—How Three Coachella Valley Restaurateurs Are Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 27, 2020 15:50  |  Kevin Allman

Selling takeout meals—with a side of hand sanitizer. Cooking for the health-care professionals who are fighting COVID-19. Or just hunkering down and waiting for it to be over.

These are a few of the st...

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On Cocktails: Listen in as Two Bored Bartenders Talk About Martinis, Margaritas and the Best Bar Snacks

On Cocktails: Listen in as Two Bored Bartenders Talk About Martinis, Margaritas and the Best Bar Snacks

Apr 21, 2020 14:00  |  Kevin Carlow

One advantage of living where I do is that I have access to a bartender.

Actually, our household has two (very bored) bartenders: Myself and longtime Coachella Valley barman Neil Goetz, the head barten...

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