Scenes from San Francisco

I’m wrapping up a busy week in the Bay area — here are some quick snaps and stories to share.

Chronicle Books Store

The Chronicle Books Store - I didn't realize my publisher had standalone stores - very cool.

Book Display

The drinks books display at the Chronicle Books store. Spice & Ice, baby!


Visiting with the dapper Tim Stookey at Presidio Social Club. What a fabulous, old-world vibe the place has. So does Tim, don't you think?

Presidio 2

Tim made this lovely "Hoop-La" aperitif. I think it was equal parts gin, brandy, and Lillet.

Presidio 3

Check out the stainless steel apothecary cabinets lining the back bar (did I mention that marble bar top is 35 feet long?) And what's that splash of hot pink in the cabinet with the antique bar books and bottles? Spice & Ice, baby!


The effervescent Celia Sacks, owner of Omnivore Books. What an amazing bookstore.

Omnivore 2

Celia's collection of 1930s miniature liquor bottles, above the wine & spirits book display.

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.