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You Can Now Get WASTED At These Barnes & Noble Bookstores

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With Amazon shipping you pretty much anything you could want in a matter of days, it’s kind of understandable that book retailers are getting harder and harder to find. Seriously, we miss you Borders. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, considered the one of the last major book retailers in the United States, has devised a plan to get more customers in the doors and away from online shopping: Booze.

CNN Money reports that the bookstore chain will open four new concept stories that will begin serving food, beer and wine. While some locations already have little coffee cafes, the concepts will more than likely lean towards something a little more gourmet than pastries and coffee.

The four locations will be in Eastchester, NY, Edina, MN, Folsom, CA, and Loudon, VA.

Our only concern is a bunch of drunk people in a bookstore. Kinda feels like throwing a bull into a China shop. Ah well, we’re sure they’ll figure it out. It’s not like it’s a library.

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4 Candy-themed Cocktails To Make For Negroni Week

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For the last 4 years, Imbibe and Campari have brought the bar industry together under one cocktail umbrella to be able to stand together and support the many charitable needs in the world.  The event is called Negroni Week.  For the third year in a row, Inspire Artistic Minds is one of the most selected charities in the world, partnering with some of the most reputable bars in the country like Death & Co., Vaca, Sassafras Saloon, and The Blind Rabbit.

Every year the bar partners of Inspire Artistic Minds come up with new and innovative creations to help push sales during Negroni Week, since $1 of every Negroni sold goes to the charity of the bars choice.  This year, the candy themes in these Negroni’s are sure to cause a splash.  Available from June 6 – June 12 you can get a piece of these creations at The Blind Rabbit located at the iconic Anaheim Packing House.  You can also treat yourself to a tasting of Negroni’s at the Inspire Artistic Minds’ Opening Celebration at Mesa on June 6th from 6 – 9 (www.inspireartisticminds.org/tickets )

Everlasting Gobstopper

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Vanilla infused Campari, Bourbon, Ruby Port, Orange Bitters
Flavors: Vanilla, oak, port, dry

Flavors of oak, and port with the bitter enhancement of Campari. A wonderful cocktail with layers of experience.
Garnished with homemade Campari sucker

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Coffee Negroni

Appleton Especial Rum, Punte Mes, Campari, Koloa Coffee Rum
Flavors: Coffee, bitter, spice

Great flavors of Sugar Cane and Coffee, complemented with Campari and finished with a fine Aged Rum. Garnished with grated coffee bean.

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Negroroni

Montenegro Amaro, Campari, BlackStrap Rum, Black Walnut Bitters
Flavors: Maple, Chocolate, Bitter

Aromatic Montenegro Amaro worksbeautifully with Campari, the addition of BlackStrap Rum, Black Walnut Bitters make this a chocolate maple dessert cocktail that’s not to sweet and a wonderful sipper.
Garnished with shaved chocolate

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Negronilada

Peanut Fat-washed Bourbon, Pineapple Juice, Campari, Martini Rossi, Coconut Cream,
Vanilla Tincture
Flavor: Peanut, Coconut, Sweet

A pink snow cone that is a sweet treat on a hot summer day. Peanut fat-washed bourbon, fresh pineapple juice, Campari, sweet vermouth, coco lopez and a finish of vanilla. A true dessert drink.
Garnished with homemade layered “Negroni Gummy Bears”

Photos: 100eats

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20 Alcoholic Drinks And How To Pronounce Them Properly

I know full well that I’m not the only person that thought Curaçao was pronounced “cure a cow,” and anybody that says otherwise is a liar. God knows that the more you drink the harder some of these drinks become to pronounce anyways.

Thankfully, somebody put together this helpful collection of pictures depicting different beers, liquors, cocktails and wines and the phonetic pronunciations to go along with them. Some of them you already knew, and some of them will come as a big surprise to you.


 

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Meet The Man Who Improved Irish Coffee

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When I first met Jerry DeFazio, in 2012, he was one of a very small number of guys who could drink me under the table. A year later, when he told me he was working on a small-batch, coffee-infused whiskey, I didn’t bat an eyelash.

I remember his description like it was yesterday: “I was pouring whiskey into my morning coffee and thought ‘there’s gotta be a way to do this without all this water in the way.’”

I prepared my face — you know, that face you use when your friend makes you listen to their band’s EP or check out their artwork in their presence — and took a double on the rocks. With a distinct cold brew smell and a gentle fire going down my throat, Fliquor Bean (yes, that’s what it’s called) brought out a genuine look of awe.

The Road to Fliquor Bean

Born in Troy, New York, but raised across the Northeast, DeFazio’s wanderlust would take him to Australia, Austin, and, eventually, the city of Angels. He found stability wherever he roamed behind a camera, though he could easily leave any gig behind for his next big adventure.

 

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Yes, on top of everything else, DeFazio may or may not be part of a collective (that shall remain anonymous) which puts on some of the best underground concerts and shindigs L.A.’s seen in years. I wish I could tell you more, but snitches get stitches.

At first, in 2013, DeFazio juggled camera operating at a film studio, the burgeoning concept of Fliquor Bean, and the warehouse parties (which exclusively served Fliquor). He was presumably running on fumes and his own product. Following a steady increase of media coverage and the studio going under, he decided to undertake his small-batch liquor business full-time.

Considering you only need two ingredients to make Fliquor — coffee and whiskey — it wasn’t long before he rolled out his first official batch.

Where Can I Get Fliquor Bean?

If you don’t live in California, fear not, you can get your hands on this magical elixir online. If you’re in the L.A. area, however, chances are one of you favorite haunts or brunch spots already has Fliquor on the menu.

Recently, I broke mac and cheese tots with DeFazio, 26, at Home Restaurant in Los Feliz and enjoyed a craft Fliquor cocktail — a huge jump from the Fliquor on the rocks I experienced three years ago.

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I love Fliquor, but these tots were super distracting.

He had taken a break from driving all over town, pitching Fliquor to bars and restaurants, to enjoy and talk about his product.

“This is the first place to pick me up,” De Fazio said. “I’m very thankful to these guys, especially because the got the whole idea that Fliquor Bean is for brunch.”

Evidently, he’s watched several people kick back numerous Fliquor cocktails at a single event, a feat that’s sure to keep you awake until the day after next. (The first time I had Fliquor Bean, I was up until 4am, contemplating my existence and watching cat videos on YouTube. And I only had a couple glasses.)

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When he stopped waxing poetic about bars with patio, the passion he holds for his company started to shine through. From production to advertising, DeFazio does it all with little to no assistance.

But even though it’s taken a lot of elbow grease for this sleeper to get L.A.’s attention, its simplicity is what truly wins the day. DeFazio’s business card says it best:

Fliquor Bean: replacing water with whiskey since 2013.

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Humor

Why Dragon Ball Z Characters Should NEVER Drink [HUMOR]

If you ask any guy between the ages of 19 and 32, I assure you they would be able to tell you what Dragon Ball Z is.

Hell, even the people that were subjugated to watching that (sisters, girlfriends, younger cousins with no say in what we watch on TV during the annual Easter party) still know a handful of the characters’ names.

In any case, the worst thing you could do is get a super-powered being drunk and this video outlines exactly why.

Imagine having near-infinite power at your command and you’re just…wasted.

It’s not pretty.

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Guide To Drinking Like A Motherf*ckin’ Pirate

Set sail for the high seas with these contemporary takes on classic pirate cocktails, based on your swashbuckler level.

If you’ve seen every Pirates of the Caribbean movie:

Daiquiri

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The Daiquiri gets an undeserved reputation for being a weak vacation drink — mostly due to its slushy sister — but this cocktail is essentially a modern interpretation of grog. Pirates often mixed rum, sugary water, and lime juice to make the alcohol easier to drink, rid their casks of water of bacteria, and stave off scurvy.   And that’s exactly what you tell people the next time your order one.  

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum

 

  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup

 

 

  • 1 oz Lime juice

 

 

 

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass.

 

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Yet another oldie, but goodie, the Bumbo is another health-conscious cocktail created by pirates of yore, but can be surprisingly sweeter than daiquiris.     

  • 2 oz Dark Rum

 

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

 

 

  • 1/2 tsp Grenadine

 

 

  • 1/4 tsp (grated) Nutmeg

 

 

 

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

If you’ve always had a fondness for treasure maps and scavenger hunts:

 

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This drink didn’t surface until the mid-20th century, but its Caribbean roots and seafaring imagery made it worthy of joining this list. The ginger beer takes the warming bite out of the rum while maintaining the integrity of the spice.

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum

 

  • 5 ounces ginger beer

 

 

  • Lime wedge

 

 

 

Pour the rum over ice in highball and fill with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

(Nouveau) Sangaree

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This is not Sangria. Though there are several variations, sangarees are typically less involved than their Spanish counterparts.

  • 2 oz Beaujolais nouveau wine (you may substitute another red wine)

 

  • 1 ½ oz apple brandy

 

 

  • ½ oz gin

 

 

  • ¼ oz dark maple syrup

 

 

  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

 

 

  • thin apple slices

 

 

  • grated cinnamon

 

 

 

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and grated cinnamon.

 

If you’re wearing a hook and eyepatch right now:

 

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This is one of those “I’m mostly alcohol and you’re about to call your ex” cocktails. If It’s good enough for 19th century San Franciscan sailors, it’s good enough for you.

But you should probably give your phone to someone else beforehand.

  • ¾ oz. scotch
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz. cream
  • grated nutmeg

 

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Fog Cutter (Trader Vic’s version)

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“After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.”

These are terrifying words from the Fog Cutter’s creator, “Trader Vic” Bergeron. This cocktail bullied the Long Island Iced Tea in middle school. You can swap out the sherry from grenadine if you want to lessen the alcohol content, but this will still hit you where it hurts without apologizing the next day.

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 2 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz Pisco (a strong, colorless grape brandy)
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sherry float

 

Place all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and float sherry on top.

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7 Of The Most Ridiculous Flasks Money Can Buy

From a young age, we begin to keep things from our parents. Broken vases, bad report cards, and, eventually, our first bottle of cheap, rubbing alcohol vodka. Adulthood brings us certain rights, but kicks us out of bars because we’re not 21. By the time we reach our coveted 21st birthday, there’s such a pent up desire for legally sanctioned alcohol poisoning, we set out to live the most dangerous year(s) of our lives.

Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, your new parents are security guards and bouncers. Modern screening processes require an upgrade from the shoebox under your bed. In no particular order (because the flask chooses you), here are 7 of the most ridiculous, functional flasks your money can buy:

1. GLASK

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The Glask is a baseball glove that accommodates an eight-ounce disposable pouch. Though you might feel ridiculous reenacting this photo, take solace in the creators’ business acumen that will have you buying packs of disposable pouches until it corrupts your love of baseball.

This flask also has limited uses, but if you want to try to take it to a nightclub, no one’s stopping you.

Cost: $35.99 (+$5 after each three uses)

Get it: Glask

2. VSSL Flasklight

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If you like to drink in the woods and prefer not getting lost, the Flasklight should be your best friend. Not your actual best friend who will hold your hair while you puke on an 80-year-old tree, but the one with a cap that doubles as a compass and a battery powered flashlight in the base. It holds 10 ounces of alcohol while housing two collapsible shot glasses and a bottle opener in a secret compartment.

It looks like a water bottle, but “FLASK” is printed on the side, so you should consider some kind of sticker if you try to make it more suited to your urban needs.

Cost: $55 Pre-order; $65 Regular Price

Get it: VSSL Gear

3. Flask Bangle

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This patented Cynthia Rowley accessory has a nautical chicness to it that doesn’t make up for high price tag. Each bangle only holds three ounces and is made from stainless steel. Patent be damned, a similar bracelet with lower capacity is available at Urban Outfitters for a small fraction of the cost.

Cost: $225; $365 24k Gold Plated

Get it: Cynthia Rowley

4. Drink Caddy Driver

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Golf is a loooonnnggg game and no one knows that better than the fine folks at Drink Caddy. Thermally insulated and boasting a 1.6 liter capacity, this flask is the most inconspicuous (assuming you don’t have extremely high-end golf clubs).  A less attractive putter version holds marginally less alcohol, but both types are battery-operated dispensers.

Cost: $99 Driver; $69 Putter

Get it: Drink Caddie, Brookstone, and Hammacher Schlemmer

5. StashPad

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From the guys who brought you iFlask comes a larger, somehow less streamlined gadget flask. While it won’t pass as an iPad up close, the StashPad looks like a generic tablet and holds 12 ounces as well as a compartment for “cigars.” 

Cost: $39.95 Retail; $19 Kickstarter

Get it: StashPad’s Kickstarter

6. Booze Books

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Everyone has that one friend who takes a book with them everywhere. Now, you can seem intellectual and diffident with this old-fashioned flask concealed in a fake copy of Sherlock Holmes. You can also get what looks like a complete anthology of Edgar Allen Poe stories. Neither book has actual words on their pages, so relax bibliophiles.

Cost: $34.95 Retail; $28.95 Pre-Order

Get it: Bender Bound

7. The Drinking Jacket

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Okay, this is not a flask. The Drinking Jacket is for all the die-hard alcoholics who want to be comfortable and have excessively deep pockets (literally). The people who want this jacket already have a traditional flask, need room for beer, and desperately want to open bottles with their zipper.

Cost: $85

Get it: Missing Ink Shop/Zane Lamprey

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This Bowling Alley Strikes Your Taste Buds With Its Jaw-Dropping Menu

Bowling alley food in general has a bit of a reputation. For me, it usually falls into that sweet spot where awesome meets disgusting. It’s salty burgers, fries that are somehow over-crisped and soggy at the same time and light beer in bowling-pin-shaped bottles. You can’t help but love it and hate it all at once. But one chain of bowling alleys is redefining the bowling culinary experience — or maybe it’s more accurate to say they’ve created a bowling culinary experience where previously we had none.

Bowlmor, which has locations around the U.S., was founded in 1938 in New York, did brisk business through the bowling boom of the ’70s and ’80s and barely made it through the ’90s, when Tom Shannon, an entrepreneur with a vision, took over and implemented game-changing ideas that made the business take off again, eventually merging with some of the industry’s biggest names, like AMF and Brunswick.

One of the big changes, as mentioned, was the idea that the food and drink selection at a bowling alley doesn’t necessarily have to be all about microwaved tater tots and overdone corn dogs (though, again, I have a soft spot in my stomach for the sorts of foods that grease up your fingers just right when you’re trying to make a comeback in the eighth frame). Bowlmor’s menus include all kinds of amazing-sounding gourmet foodie options that don’t feel too ostentatious for the bowling alley setting. Let’s have a look at a few of their selections that we are dying to try:

Pizza Cake

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Just look at that thing. One of Bowlmor’s great ideas was to improve upon some of our favorite foods with giant, gourmet, shareable portions. More to come below, but this pizza cake definitely has what it takes.

Pizza Cupcakes

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And if you’re more of a cupcake fan, they’ve got you covered there as well. I, for one, am in favor of a pizza version of every dessert.

Wings

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Bowlmor’s selection of wings is nothing short of comprehensive, with something for everyone: classic buffalo, garlic parmesan, cajun, sweet chili, lemon pepper, honey BBQ and mango chipotle.

5-Pound Burger

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There are many things in the running to be declared the modern equivalent of breaking bread, but my vote’s on sharing a burger, and what better way to do it than with this monster, which you can share with several friends without sacrificing a full serving. And hey, if you’re feeling especially ambitious and hungry, take it on solo — we’re not here to judge.

2-Foot Hot Dogs

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Ditto for Bowlmor’s monster dogs, which take the classic footlong and double it. These come in two flavors: The Coney Mega Dog, which comes topped with mustard, Coney sauce, and onions and is beautiful in its simplicity. They also serve up the Chi-Town Mega Dog (pictured above) topped with peppers, onions, pickles, tomatoes, neon relish, and mustard.

The Breakfast for Dinner Burger

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Putting a fried egg on a burger is a delicious move, but it’s nothing new. Bowlmor’s version, however, has sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, and maple ketchup on it. They’re not messing around. Breakfast for dinner never sounded so good.

Cocktails

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And last but certainly not least, Bowlmor’s gourmet selections include a range of house cocktails that sound like a dangerously good time. A couple highlights: The Madhattan is described as a cross between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan that’s made with whiskey, Cointreau, sweet vermouth, and bitters and is served in a cocktail glass. The Liquid Courage is gin, lemonade, club soda, and elderflower liqueur. Who knows? It might just help you land that strike.

Overall, Bowlmor sounds like a place I’d stop for dinner that happens to have great bowling and games. Go for the food or the fun, but stay for both.