Beer, Wine & Spirits
Recipe for Summer Cocktails - Vodka Slushies or Vodka Punch Southern-style

Recipe for Summer Cocktails – Vodka Slushies or Vodka Punch Southern-style

Growing up in the Southern US, punch was a “thing.” By that I mean, it is a special category of beverages that is served on special occasions and in social gatherings, often with sweet treats like cake or cookies. It even had its own special bowl and serving...
5 Things to Know When Buying Organic or Biodynamic Wines - Read Chubby Hubby

5 Things to Know When Buying Organic or Biodynamic Wines – Read Chubby Hubby

You may have been hearing more and more about organic and biodynamic wines. And you might be wondering, like many, what is the difference? Is it worth the premium? How many chemicals are really in regular wine anyway? Is this just a marketing gimmick? Some studies have shown...
3 Lychee Cocktail Recipes

3 Lychee Cocktail Recipes

One of the things I love about living in Asia is the tropical fruit. Some of them I had never even heard of until I came to live in this part of the world – now mangosteen, mango, passion fruit and lychee are regular items on my shopping...
Meet the Brewmaster - Leon Mickelson from The Brew in the Kerry Hotel, Shanghai

Meet the Brewmaster – Leon Mickelson from The Brew in the Kerry Hotel, Shanghai

                (Leon Mickelson and his team above) The craft beer trend has made it even to Shanghai, China. In a country where beer is fairly commoditized with low priced local brands dominating the market, it might be surprising that craft beer...
Read Chubby Hubby - for Surprising Champagne and Casual Food Pairings

Read Chubby Hubby – for Surprising Champagne and Casual Food Pairings

                    I am studying to get my degree as a sommelier…did I mention that? Perhaps not. One of the aspects of this training I enjoy most is food and wine pairing And being a self professed lover of bubbles,...
Beer Festival in Shanghai - Kerry Beer Fest 22 September 2012

Beer Festival in Shanghai – Kerry Beer Fest 22 September 2012

If you haven’t been to The Brew at the Kerry Hotel in Shanghai, you should beat a path there. I’ll be honest – I don’t make it out to the Pudong area of Shanghai much but this is one place that is worth the schlepp from Puxi. You...
Read Chubby Hubby - A Beer Lover's Guide to Shanghai

Read Chubby Hubby – A Beer Lover’s Guide to Shanghai

Chubby Hubby was long one of my favorite “go to” food blogs. The founder of Chubby Hubby, Singapore-based Aun Koh, is known worldwide for his award winning food blog and I even remember seeing him on an episode of Top Chef when it visited Singapore.  (yes, I am a...
Leave it to the Japanese to Invent a "Cooler" Beer - Kirin Frozen Beer

Leave it to the Japanese to Invent a “Cooler” Beer – Kirin Frozen Beer

I am consistently surprised by the Japanese culture of innovation. From having the world’s most advanced public transport system decades ahead of others -to- cell phones so advanced you can use them (not cash) to purchase a soda at a vending machine, the Japanese always seem to be...
Craft Beers and Microbrews in Shanghai at Cheers-In

Craft Beers and Microbrews in Shanghai at Cheers-In

One of my many laments of living in Asia has been the lack of access to craft beers, otherwise known as microbrews - the other laments are silly things like missing multigrain breads, the price of wine, and truly high-speed internet, but I guess this is a relatively small price to...
Epicurean Concept of the Week – Koshu Japanese Wine

Epicurean Concept of the Week – Koshu Japanese Wine

No, this is not some new form of sake or plum wine. We are talking about a wine made from grapes that has been produced since 1877 when Masanari Takano and Tatsunori Tsuchiya returned from France after studying winemaking. But now for the first time it is approaching...
Great Chart Visually Guides You Through the Various Styles of Beer

Great Chart Visually Guides You Through the Various Styles of Beer

Wow, I want this poster. If I had a pub, drinking room, pool room, or any room at all that regularly featuring drinking I’d have this up. Not only is it a beautiful design, but I love the breakdowns and quick visually summaries of the different families and...
Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting in Singapore

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting in Singapore

Bubbly wine tasting debunks the ‘has to be expensive’ and ‘has to be French’ myth We were invited to a blind bubbly wine tasting by our friends at The Local Nose.  The idea of the event was to taste both champagnes and sparkling wines of all price points...