Tag Archives: cocktails

Tippler’s Delight in Santana Row

Fancy cocktails and tasty food are a winning combo at Roots & Rye in swanky Santana Row, a popular hangout for younger patrons.

(Published by South Bay Accent magazine in October, 2017.)

Historically, bars have been dimly lit places dedicated to the flow of booze while offering minimal, forgettable edibles.  Some older drinkers can recall that dubious snack mix in their favorite watering holes possibly dating from the Reagan administration.  Well, that was then.  In our modern era with its relentless reinvention of  food and drink, distilled spirits have been overhauled and up leveled, with fine whiskies having become particularly trendy.  But no self-respecting proprietor would serve stale pretzels and petrified popcorn so the bar food accompanying high-end hootch is often a draw all on its own these days. Continue reading

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Barhopping in the South Bay

(Note: This article was published in South Bay Accent in September 2005)

It all started with Carrie Bradshaw.  Before the lassies from HBO’s “Sex and the City” turned the cocktail into the newest fashion accessory, this retro libation was mainly seen in some trendy lounges of a few big cities.  Now martinis and all those other recherché drinks from back in the day are a must-have across the country and far beyond. And that definitely applies to the South Bay.  No hot local restaurant worth its fleur de sel would be caught without some fancy cocktails on the menu. Continue reading