• Bitters starter set
    Beverages,  Cocktails

    Cocktail Spirits Elevated by Bitters

    What are “bitters?” Historically, bitters were derived from herbs, roots, fruits, infused with wine and used medicinally during Egyptian times. During the Middle Ages, distilled alcohol was included but bitters were still used as a preventative medicine. In the 19th Century, the British incorporated Canary Wine (white fortified wine imported from mainland Spain or the Canary Islands).   Sherry and Port are fortified wines, which are wines augmented with a dose of brandy or other spirit. By the early 1800’s, Americans had developed what we now know as the “cocktail,” a mixture of  liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters. Today, they are used to flavor…

  • Beverages,  Cocktails,  Foodie Adventures,  Restaurants,  Reviews

    Perfect Birthday Gift for a Foodie

    Another birthday has rolled around and although my husband did not inquire as to what I might like to do, I decided to create my own birthday celebration. Food adventures are what I love to do whenever we go on vacation or visit a new city. The culinary adventure I planned when we were in Las Vegas was one for the history books and another blog post. This extravaganza would be exciting for me and tolerable for my husband (he is not an adventurous foodie). First Stop: Downtown Greenville Farmer’s Market Having only been one time, last summer…I wanted to see what the market had to offer for 2017. Although…

  • Cocktails,  Foodie Adventures,  Reviews

    Gourmet Goodies at Vom Fass Greenville

    Ever wanted to sample a whiskey before you bought it?  Ever want to taste an aged balsamic vinegar before you invested in a bottle?  You can do both of these at Vom Fass, a 258-store franchise operation.  Originally from Georgia, I never enjoyed the Vom Fass experience; relocating to Greenville has yet another benefit.  Ms. Jeanj Brodnax-Martin owns the Woodruff Road location with her husband, Michael.  Providing “the world’s best retail-sampling experience,” Vom Fass has a practical way to engage visitors. The Vom Fass Experience You will open the front and discover alcohol is on the right, vinegar and olive oils are on the left.  Of course, I headed right. …

  • Beverages,  Desserts,  Recipes

    History of the delicious, creamy milkshake

    So today, I am not feeling very well.  Fighting a sinus infection.  So, what do I discover…it is CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY and it is my favorite food in the world! I have long since thought, sinus issues and drinking milk were a big “no-no.”  However, as I found in this article, researched published in “The American Review of Respiratory Disease,” disputes this as myth; finding no correlation with milk consumption and the increase of sinus mucus. Milk and other dairy products are often blamed for additional production of mucus that can cause sinus problems but this may by a myth. A study published in “The American Review of Respiratory Disease”…

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    Beverages,  Cocktails

    Summertime Cocktails

    Summertime is my favorite time to have a light, fruity cocktail to make my mind THINK I am on vacation or sitting at the beach. Here a few of my recently discovered favorites. Let me know if you try them. It might be a little pricey to stock your liquor cabinet with all of these ingredients, so you may want to pace yourself. QUALITY COCKTAIL TOOLS ARE A MUST: BUY A SET HERE! Buddy 16-Piece Wine and Cocktail Mixing Bar Set–Bartender Kit w/Essential Barware Tools-Large 25 oz. Stainless Steel Shaker, Ice Bucket, Muddler, Double Sided Jigger – Free 1000 Cocktail Recipes PDF Hornitos Lemonade – This recipe is from Hornitos,…