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Calvados Boulard Trou Normand Challenge!

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO NORMANDY TO VISIT CALVADOS BOULARD

BY CREATING YOUR OWN TROU NORMANDE

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“In the midst of the feast, Monsieur Villieu poured stiff shots of his award-winning Calvados. ‘For le trou Normand, yes?’

‘The Norman hole?” Mallory translated dubviously.

‘Oui,’ he beamed. ‘We Normans have the long tradition. We drink Calvados in the middle of a meal such as this. It makes the hole, you understand, for more food to follow.’

. . . The Calvados slid down her throat like buttery apple cider. She tasted a hint of vanilla and rum raisin and started to smack her lips. Then the brandy hit her belly.

‘Whoa!’ Breathing fire, she fanned the air and regarded her empty shot glass with awe. ‘That is some potent stuff!’”

Stranded with a Spy by Merline Lovelace, 2007.

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Le Trou Normand

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO NORMANDY TO VISIT CALVADOS BOULARD

BY CREATING YOUR OWN TROU NORMANDE

PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

“In the midst of the feast, Monsieur Villieu poured stiff shots of his award-winning Calvados. ‘For le trou Normand, yes?’

‘The Norman hole?” Mallory translated dubviously.

‘Oui,’ he beamed. ‘We Normans have the long tradition. We drink Calvados in the middle of a meal such as this. It makes the hole, you understand, for more food to follow.’

. . . The Calvados slid down her throat like buttery apple cider. She tasted a hint of vanilla and rum raisin and started to smack her lips. Then the brandy hit her belly.

‘Whoa!’ Breathing fire, she fanned the air and regarded her empty shot glass with awe. ‘That is some potent stuff!’”

Stranded with a Spy by Merline Lovelace, 2007.

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You are Just Making this Situation Worse, British Airways

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Oh dear, British Airways, you could have settled this matter so easily, so quickly, and without any cost to you whatsoever, but you chose to keep ignoring my complaint, and making up stupid Tweets that, for some inexplicable reason, you thought would quieten down my outrage.

I made a complaint in which I noted that if the man about whom I was complaining was having personal issues on the day in question (I used “if his dog had just died” as an example), then I was ready to completely forget this matter.

Do I sound like I’m an unreasonable man?

My original complaint, plus BA’s initial response to same, can be seen below, but before you read that, please allow me to say:

ALL I EVER WANTED WAS AN APOLOGY FROM BA THAT ADDRESSED MY SPECIFIC COMPLAINT, WITH AN EXPLANATION AS TO HOW THE SITUATION HAD BEEN HANDLED WITH THE MAN IN QUESTION.

Instead, I received the following Tweets:

  1. Hi Gary. Any feedback we receive of this nature is passed on to the Airport Manager to be handled internally. We’re..
  2. …sorry if you weren’t made aware of this. Thanks for letting us know however. 2/2 ^Lolly

Well, Lolly, I was not made aware of this, and I don’t believe you. Not for a nanosecond.

And even if that WAS true, it would not be satisfactory.

Let me say this one more time:

ALL I EVER WANTED WAS AN APOLOGY FROM BA THAT ADDRESSED MY SPECIFIC COMPLAINT, WITH AN EXPLANATION AS TO HOW THE SITUATION HAD BEEN HANDLED WITH THE MAN IN QUESTION.

Your shenanigans, BA, have now changed my mind about your company.

I started out thinking that one bad apple was tainting BA’s reputation.

Now I’m realizing that everyone I’m dealing with at BA is being super defensive.

The question is, why?

I loved BA prior to this, and I still loved BA after the incident, but that’s no longer the case.

Just in case I didn’t make myself clear, let me repeat, for the last time:

ALL I EVER WANTED WAS AN APOLOGY FROM BA THAT ADDRESSED MY SPECIFIC COMPLAINT, WITH AN EXPLANATION AS TO HOW THE SITUATION HAD BEEN HANDLED WITH THE MAN IN QUESTION.

Do you have anyone in the office that might be able to actually address my issue?

My case reference is:15885430

Below, please find my original post, including my initial complaint, and BA’s Response

I have been flying with, and loving, British Airways for over 40 years, and their staff has always treated me admirably. Until October 21, 2016.

My wife and I were checking into our flight at Manchester Airport, and as is usual for me when I approach the check-in desk, I wore a wide smile on my face and asked the agent, “How are you doing today?”

He never even looked up from his monitor. He just mumbled something that might have been, “Okay.”

I retained my cheerfulness, and we handed him our passports which he held for a couple of minutes before giving them back to us. He continued working on his monitor for a minute, then he said, “I need your passports back.”

Mine was handy, so I just handed it over, but Amy, my wife, had put hers back into her handbag and was rummaging therein to find it when he raised his voice and said, “I NEED YOUR PASPORT, TOO.”

We didn’t get upset, Amy found her passport and handed it over, and the agent carried on checking us in. My suitcase was tagged, then I placed Amy’s suitcase onto the conveyer belt. The agent asked me to change the bag’s position so that the handles were on top.

As I was bending over, adjusting the suitcase, he once again shouted at us, “I NEED THE HANDLES ON TOP.” He yelled.

We STILL didn’t get upset, and in all honesty, the only reason I didn’t complain there and then was that I was afraid that this guy might send our bags to Tokyo or Cape Town if we upset him.

When I wrote to BA to complain about this, I detailed the incident as above, and I added something to the effect that, if the agent in question had had a traumatic personal incident that morning (such as his dog had just died), I was willing to forget the matter.

I was trying to be reasonable. We all have bad days, after all.

Part Two

I waited over a week for a response to my complaint, and when it did arrive, I was sorely disappointed. Apart to a reference to the date and location of this event, the rest of BA’s letter to me was obviously a form letter. There was no sign whatsoever that anybody had even bothered to read my letter to them.

Here is what BA wrote:

Dear Mr Regan

Thanks for letting us know what happened when you and your wife were travelling from Manchester on 21 October.  I apologise for the delay in replying to your email.  You’re clearly disappointed with the service you received at the airport and I absolutely agree we let you down.

Our staff are highly trained and we’re really proud of the service we offer.  So, I’m sorry to hear our staff weren’t as helpful as we expect them to be.

I’m concerned to learn that our staff were behaving unprofessionally and this must have disappointed you.  I’m sorry for the inconvenience caused, as you don’t expect such services when travelling with us.

It’s only through your comments we’re able to focus on areas where we need to improve.

Thanks again for getting in touch with us.  We appreciate your support as a Bronze member of our Executive Club.  I hope we can welcome you and your wife on board again soon.  Please feel free to contact me directly by using the blue link below if I can help you with anything else.

Best regards

Divya Master
British Airways Customer Relations
I’m disgusted with British Airways now, and I intend to take my business elsewhere in future.  You, of course, can make your own mind up.  Virgin, here I come!

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Cocktails in the Country: Cock in the Morning by Lisa Paulino, Fiddlers Elbow Country Club, Bedminster, NJ

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Cock in the Morning

Lisa Paulino, Fiddlers Elbow Country Club, Bedminster, NJ

“Great breakfast cocktail to enjoy… preferably with the gentleman of your choice.”

1.5 oz (45 ml) Chase Marmalade Vodka

.5 oz (15 ml) Del Maguey Vida Single Village Mezcal

1 oz (30 ml) Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur

1 oz (30 ml) The American Juice Company’s Harriet Peacher Stowe

.5 oz (15 ml) fresh lime juice

2 dashes Bittermens ‘Elemakule Tiki® Bitters

1 orange wedge

1 orange wheel, as garnish

Shake over ice vigorously, to break up the orange wedge. Strain into a collins glass over fresh ice and add the garnish.

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Cocktails in the Country: The 2016 Adventure is about to Begin

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

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The First Mindful Bartending Master Class

of 2016 Starts on Monday, April 18, and

One of the Ten Worthy Bartenders Below

Will Receive a Check for $250

Courtesy of The Hanna Lee CitC Scholarship Fund

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We’re Looking forward to Welcoming

Christofer Moustakas
Juliette, Williamsburg NY
Hannah Morris
Tender Bar + Kitchen, Pittsburgh, PA.
Meagan Schmoll
The Rose / Pink Garter Theatre, Jackson WY
Abby Ehmann
Lucky, 168 Avenue B, NYC
Erick Castro
Polite Provisions, San Diego, CA
Amelia Castro
Polite Provisions, San Diego, CA
Olivia Hu
Sunrise/Sunset, Brooklyn, NY
Joann Spiegel
Mace, New York
Nicole White
Oregano Ristorante, Newburyport, MA
Nolka, South Berwick, ME
Jefferson Oatts
Fork Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

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101 Best New Cocktails: The App & The Book

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

101 BNC App

The App contains all of the recipes for cocktails chosen to be included in 101 Best New Cocktails since 2011

And every few weeks, as new recipes are added, the app gets automatically updated

See More Here      

Buy the App ($9.99) from iTunes by following this link

See Individual Cocktails in my Blog Here

Review from BarLife UK Here

 

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The 101 Best New Cocktail Books, and many Other Fine Cocktailian Masterpieces, can be found HERE

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101 Best New Cocktails: Bloody Gazpacho by Amalia Santi, Bistrò Lounge bar, Sestri Levante (Genova), Italy

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Bloody Gazpacho

Amalia  Santi, Bistrò Lounge bar, Sestri Levante  (Genova), Italy

60 ml (2 oz) Patron Anejo tequilaOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

120 ml (4 oz) gazpacho*

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

3 splashes Worcestershire sauce

2 grams (.07 oz) celery salt

2 dashes   TABASCO® brand Habanero Sauce

Bamboo skewer with cherry tomatoes, pieces of celery, and cucumber slices, as garnish

Muddle the celery salt with lime juice in a mixing glass then pour in the rest of the ingredients and add ice.  Throw the drink by putting a julep strainer over the glass and, holding the glass as high as possible, strain it into a shaker tin that’s held as low as possible in the other hand.  Repeat a few times, then strain the drink into an ice-filled highball glass over fresh ice.  Add a little ground white pepper, and add the garnishes.

*Gazpacho:  1/2 slice of white bread soaked and squeezed, 125 grams (4 1/2 oz) ripe tomatoes, 1/4 cucumber pulp peeled and seeded, 1/4  yellow pepper, roughly choppe, 1/2  spring onion (scallion), 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, 20 ml (.66 oz) Williams & Humbert Jalifa Solera Especial Aged 30 Years Amontillado Sherry.  Liquify in a food processor until very smooth. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Gaz sez: It’s a great idea to use gazpacho in a tequila-based Bloody-Mary-style drink, and it’s also a great idea to throw this one, rather than shaking it.  Throwing drinks is so much fun!  Nicely done, Amalia!

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Pink Your Drink USA: Sunday, Oct 12, Dead Rabbit, NYC

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

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Pink Your Drink 2014 includes the US – and continues to run in the UK and Sweden

Pink Your Drink (PYD) is not only a charity that supports the Pink Ribbon and female entrepreneurs, it’s also an all-female bartender competition with global ambitions. PYD was created in 2011 by Rhuby Liqueur’s founder and owner, Ylva Binder, who is now taking the competition now in its third year, to the US – after huge success in both the UK and Swedish markets.

The first PYD competition kicked off during London Cocktail Week at Raymond Blanc’s London Cocktail Club, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2012. Judges included Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero – founders of Speed-Rack. The 2013 event was held in Stockholm. This year’s event will be hosted in USA, Sweden and the UK simultaneously. And judges will include Ivy Mix, Sean Muldoon, Jolene Cadwell, Sarah Mitchell to mention but a few.

The PYD competition particularly highlights female talent behind the bar. And this year, PYD will be touring the USA, to not only create awareness around the event, but also introduce the Rhuby brand to the US market. As such, high profile female guardians, who have made a huge impact in the drinks industry have been selected to support this year’s event.

Confirmed guardians for PYD 2014 include:

Ann Tuennerman – Founder of Tales Of The Cocktail (USA)

Kayleigh Kulp – Author and blogger of boozeforbabes.com (USA)

Jaclyn Foley – Founder and publisher of Bartender Magazine (USA)

Christine Deussen – Founder Deussen PR (spirits PR Global)

Sandrae Lawrence – Founder of Cocktail Lovers (UK)

Lynnette Marrero – Head of LUPEC and founder Speed-Rack (USA)

In conjunction with the competition (always held in October for Breast Cancer Awareness), the PYD team has evolved the PINK THE BAR and PINK THE MENU concept where more venues can partake and create specific menus to drive awareness and raise funding throughout the month of October.

Partaking venues choose a price for the ‘pinked concoctions’, which is up-charged vs. standard cocktails, so margins can be donated to a chosen Breast Cancer Charity by the venue.

Rhuby, of course, maintains a close relationship with the finalists after the competition. Past finalists have not only become judges in future competitions, but also get the opportunity to become brand ambassadors for Rhuby. The winner of each competition also wins a trip to Rhuby’s homeland – Sweden – to see how the liqueur is made.

“My long term goal is to grow PYD into a global female support group to inspire, mentor and even provide financial ‘angels’ for business start-ups, pro-bono work, etc for other wannabe female entrepreneurs,” says Ylva Binder. “Rhuby was one of the first to drive the female only platform forward and we are proud to continue growing it.”

We look forward to hearing from bartenders and owners of venues interested in participating in the competition.

For further information on the Pink Your Drink 2014 competition, send an email to info@nullrhuby.se

In NY we are delighted The Dead Rabbit will host our PYD final. It takes place 12th October and for those wanting to stand in front of one of the most acclaimed judging panel, be a finalist in the bar at Dead Rabbit in support of female entrepreneurship and the Pink Ribbon – please make your submission on www.rhuby.se and go in through PINK YOUR DRINK USA

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101 Best New Cocktails: Martini de Minas, Raul Faria, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill, Las Vegas

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Martini de Minas

Raul Faria, Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Martini de Minas Raul Faria

“My goal was to utilize cachaça in a different way. I tried to utilize the salt and lime oil to balance the sweetness of the Licor 43 that I was using to elevate the vanilla notes I get from cachaça while at the same time keeping a dryer, diner time cocktail profile.  Saude!” Raul Faria

60 ml (2 oz) Leblon CachaçaMartini de Minas

15 ml (.5 oz) Licor 43

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Dolin Dry Vermouth

3 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

pinch of sea salt

1 lime twist

1 lime-peel spiral, as garnish

Stir over ice, then add lime oils from the twist, and discard the twist.  Strain into  a chilled cocktail glass, and add the garnish.

gaz sez:   This is one very weird mother of a drink, but it works very nicely, indeed.  Hope that Raul’s boss appreciates what a great bartender he has on board . . .

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