by Risa Nye You may be familiar with what Otto von Bismarck probably never said about “laws and sausages.” As our lawmakers in Washington continue to butt heads instead of getting things done, the notion that one loses respect for knowing how both laws and sausages are made had me wondering.
by Risa Nye Here in the Bay Area, the rain and cold weather have finally made their presence felt — and just in time for National Hot Buttered Rum Day, Sunday, January 17. Why does this particular cold weather drink deserve its own day, you may ask. Have you ever had one? If so, you […]
Dear Friends, In a matter of five days the Golden Globes gave some pretty strange awards, winners gave drunken speeches and the Academy announced the Oscar nominations with some overlap and surprises. The surprises were often in what was left out. We have asked filmmakers and other movie experts to offer their thoughts on what […]
by Risa Nye What does someone who writes about spirits and cocktails do when she goes out of town? As it turns out, she visits a distillery. Call it a busman’s holiday. But a recent trip to Los Angeles involved a trip to the Greenbar Craft Distillery, where my fellow tasters and I learned the […]
Dear Friends, Ever heard of Hitchcock or Truffaut? Most likely you have seen some of their movies—possibly more of the work they directed than by other filmmakers. Our focus this week is on the new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut as the French director’s daughter Laura and independent filmmaker Roger Leatherwood take turns writing about it. Pam Grady […]