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  • HOLIDAY HOT CHOCOLATE

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    image002I am not a huge fan of winter..never have been..But one of it’s few perks besides cozy sweaters and boots is HOT CHOCOLATE !!

    I adore a good cup of Hot Cocoa ..good being the key word. Here are a few places you can get your hands on a FABOOSH cup..Cheers

     

    The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

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    The annual holiday Hot Chocolate is offered now until January 3. From 11am-7pm in the historic lobby, guest can enjoy the Philadelphia tradition, a favorite of children and adults alike!

    The hot chocolate is made from Callebaut, the Belgian manufacturer of luxury chocolate and will be available in two options, ‘Nice’ traditional hot coco for $8 and enhanced hotel coco for $10. This Enhanced Hot Chocolate will be served with a selection of toppings and candies.

    If you’re feeling naughty, spike it with booze for an additional $6 (which includes a shot of liquor).One Dollar from each hot chocolate sold benefits Philabundance.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

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    Savor the holiday season with five indulgent hot chocolates from around the world with your choice of toppings and an added ‘kick’ at the Westend Bistro’s outdoor patio. Guests can sip on the Cherry Blossom which has a blend of dark and light milk Madagascan chocolates and is garnished with sesame tuple and spiked with Clear Creek Cherry Brandy. Guests can also indulge in the Westend Classique served with lavender infused premium chocolate garnished with whipped cream, orange zest, chocolate crumbles and spiked with REmy Martion VSOP Cognac.

    Step off of the energetic city streets and into The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. in downtown, a majestic environment steeped in the history, culture, and spirit of our nation’s capital.

    Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa- Hamptons, NY

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    Situated atop the Seawater Spa roof, patrons can ice skate with views of the Atlantic Ocean while sipping on spiked hot coco from the bar. Guests can indulge in Gurney’s signature spiked coco served with Corso chocolate, light cacao chocolate, garnished with a block of marshmallow, sprinkled in nutmeg and topped with a shot of vanilla-flavored vodka.
    Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, this year-round spa destination is where you will find the serenity winter brings to the Hampton’s experience.

    Spur Restaurant & Bar | Jackson Hole, WY

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    The Faceplant cocktail is a popular choice after a long day on the mountain. Served in a hot drink glass, the Faceplant includes infused bourbon, hot chocolate, cinnamon and is topped with whipped cream to warm the body up.
    Recipe:
    Served in a hot drink glass
    1 1/4 oz of infused bourbon
    Fill with Hot Chocolate
    Top with whipped cream
    Shake some cinnamon on top
    Located in the AAA Four Diamond Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Spur Restaurant & Bar has established itself as the leading destination for apres ski and dining and offers numerous handcrafted Jackson-themed cocktails to choose from.

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  • GREAT AMERICAN WHISKEY TRAIL…WASHINGTON EDITION

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    I don’t often write about Whiskey. Not sure why, possibly because it is something I have not developed an appreciation for.  I do however write about travel so when I had the opportunity with the American Distilled Spirits Council to learn more about American Whiskey and visit the places where it is made…How could I say no!

    The new hot travel trend right now is Distillery Travel …Wineries have long been hot travel destinations, but with the rise of the cocktail culture people are flocking to see where there favorite spirits and beers are made. Just ask Forbes who posted this great article on “The top 10 American Whiskey Distilleries to Tour Now…”

    First stop…

    Washington DC!

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    I head to George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon to see how they made whiskey back in 1797.

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    Over time this distillery fell into disrepair and was closed. That is until 2005, with a two year rebuild. Including an archaeological dig to uncover actual artifacts and the historic placement of the distillery back in 1797, it once again open it’s doors in 2007. Walking through the buildings and the grounds you would think this place has been standing and untouched since 1797. The rebuild is AMAZING and the fact they still make the whiskey the same way they did in 1797 is more so.

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    I even got to mash up some mash myself, not an easy job.

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    The amazing people at Mount Vernon not only rebuilt the historic distillery, they rebuilt the “Gristmill”.

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    Mount Vernon’s master miller, Steve Bashore, describes the 18th century milling process used by Washington in his gristmill on his plantation.

    There is something very different about doing a spirits tasting when you are in the place where they make it. All your senses are alert, you now know the process, the ingredients, the history. It is unlike any other tasting you will experience guaranteed.

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    Every few months Mount Vernon produces a small batch of whiskey from this historic one of a kind distillery. Needless to say it is in very high demand. So much so they have created a “Whiskey Notification List”…So if you are interested in tasting some of that history you need to sign up!

    You can read 10 fun facts about this amazing distillery here.

     

    If you have made your way to George Washington’s distillery you are absolutely not aloud to leave until you visit Mount Vernon itself and it’s incredible grounds.

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    I learned so much about the history of this amazing space and the amazing women who saved it.  

    I have never been a history buff, hell I am not even American. However, there is always something very special special going on at this place that is sure to fascinate anyone no matter your interest. Not to mention the killer views off the back lawn.

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    When your tours are done and your head is about to explode with all the amazing sights and learning it is time to EAT!

    Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant is the perfect end to the perfect day. The menu us vast, well priced and appointed and offers everything from braised lamb, roast duck to shrimp and grits.

    And my favorite part…I got to wash it all down with Mount Vernon’s own beer!

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    The only thing wrong with this visit to Mount Vernon, was that I wanted more time to explore it! I can not wait to plan a Washing trip with my family and go back and spend more time in this amazing space.

    To find out more about Mount Vernon and George Washington’s Distillery be sure to check out their website. It is full of amazing history, videos, trip planners and of course beautiful pictures. From amazing wine festivals one of a kind artifacts to being able to trick or treat at the mansion on Halloween. There is something for everyone.

    If you are a spirits enthusiast like me, shake on over to the Distilled Spirits Council of Americas website and check the amazing things they are doing to preserve the history of spirit making in the United States and the American Whiskey trail.

    When planning your next vacation be sure to do some research and see what is made in the area you are visiting. You will me amazed and the unique tours you will find. It is always a good thing to think outside the bottle.

    Cheers happy travels.

    On a Whiskey side note. After all that is the main reason I was there. I happen to find a whiskey I really enjoyed during our tastings.

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    Wigle Craft  Whiskey is an American whiskey that was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However it has a great Canadian connection as the idea for it came about during a family visit to the Shaw festival in Niagara on the Lake back in 2010.

    This grain to bottle distillery produces amazing flavored whiskeys using organic grains and also a selection of deevine organic bitters perfect for any cocktail. They also get my vote for the prettiest labels.

    Be sure to check them out and read their story here…

    Cheers

     

    Here is my Fave Whiskey recipe from the Wigle Whiskey recipe page…

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    Cheers and Party Safe…

     

  • MY BARTESIAN JOURNEY…

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    Over the past 8 years I have had the pleasure of working on some amazingly cool and fun projects. I have worked with incredible brands, celebrities and in many different places all over the world…As many people tell me… I have a pretty cool gig…

    This past spring I received a call from an unlikely source. A couple of engineers from the University of Waterloo wanted to talk to me.

    Ummm…do they know that I don’t do MATH?

    Turns out this odd voicemail has turned into one of the funnest (it’s a word)…Most creative projects I have every had the opportunity to work on.

    Co- Founders Bryan and Jason were a world away in China with an idea, an ugly prototype and the dream of creating a single serve cocktail machine… There was only one problem…

    They had no idea how to create a delicious cocktail…

    I don’t do Math and they didn’t do Cocktails…

    After many 4 am texting, email and skype sessions…At this time we had never actually met and they were a ‘day away’ in China with sketchy internet so it made for some fun brainstorming sessions…..Along with the lovely Nadia our flavor development guru…we have created something FABOOSH and unique.

    Combining the world of technology (the ‘Math’ doers) with the world of Mixology we created Bartesian… The Ultimate Cocktail Machine…

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    Bartesian is a single serve cocktail machine that makes a fresh, FABOOSH tasting cocktail every time…

     

    For the record..I did A LOT of MATH…

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    Nadia and myself worked in the Lab for weeks, measuring, mixing, tasting, tweaking, perfecting the flavor profiles for these cocktails…

    It was a tough job but somebody had to do it. Let’s just say that we were very popular with her co-workers …It was not hard to find tasting volunteers…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    In the end…We created 6 FABOOSH Bartesian cocktails…all of which I am proud to put my name on and would serve to any of my guests. If you know anything about me or what I do…If they tasted like ASS..I would have no part of it.

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    It was really important that each cocktail tasted fresh and “REAL” every time. We used all fresh juices, the capsules are NOT powder. We sourced all natural flavors and premium bitters. Don’t believe me? Come on over and we can do a blind taste test…We may have to do it several times to make sure we get it right and it’s always more accurate with Disco music playing in the background…

     

    Just ask Amy one of our many taste testers…

     

    If you want to know more about this FABOOSH new project I am a part of..feel free to email me or comment below. Check out Bartesian on Kickstarter !!  You will find all the information there along with some more really cool videos and how to become a backer…

    HUGE CONGRATS to the amazing Bartesian Team… Everyone , math doers and cocktail doers alike are so very excited and proud of everyone for all their hard work..

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