Literate drinking: Drink.Think heads to San Fran on Feb 5!

image courtesy Monica BhideDrink.Think is going on the road…to San Francisco!

If you’ll be in the Bay area on Tuesday, Feb 5, I hope you’ll come out to Cantina to enjoy a drink and hear an amazing group of writers read from their work about beverages.

In addition, Karlsson’s Vodka and Santa Teresa Rum will be pouring samples of their products.  (The regular bar also will be available.)

Date & Time:  Tuesday, February 5, 2013.  The bar will be open starting at 6pm – the reading starts at 7pm.

Location:  Cantina, 580 Sutter St at Mason St, San Francisco, CA

Admission: FREE admission and samples of Karlsson’s Vodka and Santa Teresa. Drinks will be available for purchase.

Featured Readers:  Curated by wine and spirits writer Kara Newman, participants include:

  • Camper English, cocktail/spirits writer for San Francisco Chronicle, andFine Cooking
  • Courtney Humiston, columnist, 7×7 Magazine and founding editor,
  • Duggan McDonnell, writer, bartender and boozy entrepreneur
  • Gayle Keck, food and travel writer
  • Virginia Miller, food and drink correspondent, San Francisco Bay Guardian and blogger,
  • Jill Robinson, travel writer, San Francisco ChronicleAmerican Way and more
  • Michael Shapiro, freelance travel writer, National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazine
  • Stevie Stacionis, wine writer and Director of Communication at Corkbuzz Wine Studio
  • Liza B. Zimmerman, editor-at-large Cheers and contributing editor to Wine Business Monthly

I hope to see you at Cantina on Feb 5 – come thirsty!

California, here I come

I’ve survived week one of the Spice & Ice promo-fest here in New York. Now, I’m packing my bags and heading to San Francisco for a few days — one of the most exciting cocktail cities in the world.

On Monday, November 9, I’ll be at Cantina (580 Sutter, at Mason Street) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Along with master mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout, who has two (!) cocktails featured in Spice & Ice, I’ll be mixing up Partida tequila drinks made with jalapenos, hot sauce, and other fun, fiery ingredients. Stop by and you’ll also have an opportunity to try your hand at making your own spicy cocktail!

On Wednesday, November 11, I’ll be at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez Street) from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. I’ll be signing books, talking about spicy cocktail trends and techniques, and YES there will be cocktails!

Also, keep an eye out for me on the View from the Bay TV show on Wednesday, November 11.  I’ll be live on the air on ABC, mixing drinks and talking about Spice & Ice.

But what am I looking forward to most? Trying out as many Bay area bars as I can while I’m in town, of course! Is Martin Cate’s new tiki palace open yet? I’ll be looking for drinking buddies, so ping me if you’re up for an adventure.