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We’re a group of food-loving ladies who write about the art, design, and culture of food and drink. We’re the kind of girls who know how to butcher a whole pig, take our bourbon straight-up, build chicken coops in our backyards, and throw an occasional ladylike tea party. We seek inspiration everywhere we go and in everything we see - on design blogs, at a speakeasy’s cozy corner banquet, wielding our knives in our own kitchens, in the city’s graffiti, and on the inked limbs of our subway-riding compatriots.


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Anthony Bourdain Interview: Craft and the Virtues of Doing Things the Hard, Slow Way

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Anthony Bourdain - Photo by Brent Herrig

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Bourdain to discuss his latest project, the short film series Raw Craft and his role as lead juror for the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship...

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Common's Advice for Up-and-Coming Creative Talent at the Tanqueray Trunk Show

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Photo Courtesy of Team Epiphany

New York City is deep in the throes of Fashion Week - designers are hustling to put the finishing touches on their collections, fashion bloggers darting from one presentation to the next, and the clinking of cocktail glasses...

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Empire Oyster: A Hedonistic Oyster Feast

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 4:28 PM


Last weekend I was invited to the Empire Oyster event at the Maritime Hotel - a hedonistic feast of all you can eat oysters for New York's Oyster Week. The event was hosted by Thrillist, and featured restaurants such...

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The Glenlivet Winchester Collection: Vintage 1964 and Vintage 1966

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Last month, I had the privilege to be one of the first to taste The Glenlivet Vintage 1964 and the Vintage 1966, the first releases of the The Winchester Collection, a series of 50-year-old single malts named after master distiller Alan Winchester.

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The American Whiskey Trail: Booming More Than Ever

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:47 PM

The last time I traveled to Kentucky was in 2008. I was in graduate school and decided to take a spring break trip along the Bourbon Trail. At the time, I knew very little about Bourbon. I knew that I liked it - and it's fair to say that was...

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala 2014: Highlights and Highballs

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:20 PM

This year marks the five-year anniversary of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York's largest and booziest celebration of the mighty cocktail.  Events include industry seminars, tasting events, cocktail and cuisine pairings, distillery tours, but the highlight of the week is the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala.  On Friday May 9, the...

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Bertha González Nieves: The Beauty and the Brains Behind Casa Dragones Tequila

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Tequila has grown up, and you, have grown up too. Tequila no longer holds a place in your heart for cringe-worthy shots served with lime and salt, nor syrupy sweet Margarita Mixes.


Tequila is quickly becoming understood as a new luxury spirit...

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Cocktail + Cuisine Pairing Tips With Tom Colicchio

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 9:12 AM

You've heard of wine pairings designed to highlight the flavors between a wine and the dishes it's served with. Beer pairings have become increasingly popular with the rise of craft beer in recent years, but what about cocktail pairings? Yes please!

I sat down chef Tom Colicchio, Top Chef...

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013 -- The Most Decadent Cocktail Party in New York

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 4:32 PM

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala is a celebration of one of civilization's simplest creations -- varying combinations of alcohol, ice, sugar, and juice -- transformed through stirring, shaking, and sometimes finger twirling, into the mighty cocktail. Year after year the gala continues to be one of New York...

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A Night Out: Jazz And Fried Chicken At MONO+MONO New York City

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 4:30 PM

For those of us who tend to be nostalgic, this modern world breaks our hearts a little bit. While the convenience of the digital has proven to be popular and efficient, we miss the days of musty smelling libraries, rotary phones, and the analog technology of a needle hitting a...

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2012 - More of the Excess

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 11:10 AM

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The Manhattan Cocktail Classic has come and gone, and with 5 days of events, seminars, tasting bars, celebrations, and revelry, we fit in as much as our bodies would allow. These kinds of events present a special kind of...

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The Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2012: A Hedonistic Night Out At The New York Public Library

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 4:18 PM

While traveling to Rome on more than one occasion, we would find ourselves often wondering, how did those Romans live in ancient times?  We've heard the rumors: wildly decadent, epic festivities that carried on for days, rich with leisure, food, and of course, libation.

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Traditional Diets

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 11:30 AM

As the seasons change and the weather gets cold, it's time to fire up the stoves. Families are coming together, meals are prepared and shared, and the promise of a New Year allows reflection on the one past. For many, managing illness -- from diabetes, to allergies, to cancer --...

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Louis Royer: Just Like Honey

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 10:11 AM

Earlier this week we were invited to a fête for a cognac tasting at Daniel Boulud's legendary four star restaurant, Daniel. The event was hosted by Louis Royer, a cognac distillery founded in 1853, and located on the banks of the Charente River in Jarnac, France....

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Hot, Bitter, Spicy : Campari and Padma Lakshmi at The Box

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 7:52 PM

Sunday night we were invited to attend another Manhattan Cocktail Classic event - the Campari "Spirited Fête for the Senses Inspired by Padma Lakshmi" at The Box in the Lower East Side.

We should probably preface this post with three things. One, we...

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Manhattan Cocktail Classic Aftermath

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 11:43 AM

Ah yes, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala. An annual blow-out of extremes, excesses, and lots and lots of cocktails. 40,000 cocktails to be exact. With 3,000 guests celebrating and drinking - thats 13.3 cocktails per guest!


We, unfortunately did not have...

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The Year of the Negroni

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 1:10 PM

As the weather warms, we shed our jackets, open the windows, and we search for a new spring cocktail. This spring we've been craving something refreshing after a long winter of sipping on bourbon and that oh-so-black stout.

Recently our eyes turned to the Negroni. A longtime favorite of...

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Spring Cleaning: 5 Kitchen Tools Every Amateur Chef Needs... to Throw Away

(114) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 12:58 PM

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Getting Chatty at Tupper Club with Marea's Chef Michael White

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 10:14 AM

By Miss Gemma Gray
Our mothers have always been ladies with the utmost in social graces - why, they taught us genteel Gastronomistas everything they know. But sometimes we wonder how on Earth they did it without modern technology - how do...

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