Love in the Time of Pink Wine & Donuts

On Valentine’s Day I can think of few things better to do than sitting around a beautiful table with some lovely, talented ladies eating ridiculously good desserts and drinking pink wine. I could have overdosed on pretty…and I know I at least came close to a sugar coma.

Joy the Baker, The Kitchy Kitchen and I teamed up for a “Gal-entine’s Day” sweet feast for The Chalkboard Mag. If you want to see more pics, all the stellar recipes and what wines I brought along- head over here.

If you just can’t get enough, Claire made a darling little video of our pink girly extravaganza too!

Happy Valentine’s Day you loveable people you! Remember: don’t hate the player, hate the game. Or whatever.

Wine Wear Daily: Ludo Style

As you know, I’m guest somm’ing at LudoBites 8.0 for the next month. So, in addition to wearing my camo apron over at my usual gig, I’ll be wearing this 3 times a week:

It goes without saying, but my work attire tends to be more casual than your average sommelier.

Clothing: Ludo apron (long and with generous front pockets), Ludo 8.0 t-shirt and black Gap skinny jeans. Accessories: JP Brun Terres Dorées “L’Ancien” Beaujolais. Shoes? These TOMS and/or black Sam Edelman flats. BUT- in an ideal world with more shoes in my closet, I would would pair this LudoBites 8.0 ensemble with some Bensimon sneakers and try to look like these really cool French girls.

How about these? I totally chose them because the folks at Bensimon call that color wine. It’s meant to be. And these would work too.

Change of subject! Guess what I just bought on sale from ASOS?

A dress. With GRAPES ON IT. That’s right. It could end up being hideous, we’ll just have to wait and see.


Photo credits: pic of me by the keeper of the LudoBites bar, Michael Nemcik // pile of Bensimon shoes // girls by la plage

What’s For Sipper, Kris Yenbamroong?

Hello everyone! Introducing Kris, the chef/owner of Talesai and the still new-ish Night + Market. Go there to get your Thai street food on. For real. Kris is one talented young dude who has a healthy appetite for hip hop, the Loire Valley, bourbon and Arianna Occhipinti. I knew we were meant to be friends.

Name: Kris Yenbamroong  Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Current location: Los Angeles

Favorite summertime beverage: Budweiser in a can, cold water or either of the following slightly chilled: Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais, Puzelat Telquel. Also anything pink from the south of France.

Favorite cocktail or spirit: Blantons neat. But if I’m at a dance party and feeling slutty, then vodka with anything will do (that’s right, I said it!). I’m not really into crazy drinks, bow ties or waist coats.

Favorite place to grab a drink: My restaurant–at least that’s where i can most frequently be found with glass in hand. I don’t like going out, and I hate people. But if I’m forced to go anywhere: Lou‘s never let me down and if I’m not feeling so high brow, I’ll take my butt to the Mandrake and drink some tequila shots with college girls. If we’re talking Paris, Le Verre Volé is the only way to go. I’d recommend it over Le Baratin and Les Racines– just my take.

Favorite toast: “We can run more than corners, B!

Favorite post-dinner quaff: Montenegro Amaro (before, after or sometimes in place of dinner), Borges 10 yr Malmsey.

Favorite food & beverage pairing: chieng rai grilled sausage and fried chicken (both my own) with Pierre & Catherine Breton Nuits d’Ivresse.

If you could travel to one region of the world right now for its food and/or drink where would you go? Pouillé / Touraine / Loire for the notorious Laurent Saillard‘s boudin noir, no question!


What’s for sipper? When i finish prep for dinner service, I’ll probably hit some Beckman grenache rosé then a glass of Muhlenhof portugieser. A few hours into service and I’ll switch to Singha. For the finale, I’ll polish off a half-drunk bottle of SP68 while watching episodes of something, naturally.

It appears, Kris,  that you also like Budweiser in a bottle. And that your friend REALLY likes it. A LOT.