Monday, September 14, 2009


When my beloved cat Fino went to live with "that nice young couple on a farm" last month, I resolved to create a cocktail in his honor.

Like its legendary namesake, the "Fino Cocktail" had to be cool, sweet, strong and, above all...a striking blue. Prrrrrr...

Last night, with the help of a sharp palate and a Telfon liver, the Fino Cocktail was perfected. And I have to say, it's a damn good cocktail. Here's the recipe:


2 oz. light rum

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Blue Curacao

1 dash Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

Silver Dollar-sized Lime peel

Step 1: Add rum, Simple Syrup, Blue Curacao and Bitters to a shaker.

Step 2: Add abundant ice to shaker, stir until ice cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Step 3: Twist lime peel over drink to float the oils, and discard.

Step 4: Drink, purr and make love. That's what Fino would do.

Note: To make Simple Syrup, add 1 c. sugar to 1 c. boiling water. Off heat, stir until sugar is completely dissolved, cool and refrigerate.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Take fifty food fanatics, thirty-four varieties of bratwurst, a vacuum-sealed bag of homemade proscuitto, a Holmesian hot dog named "The Big Wally," four Weber kettle grills, three waffle irons and a man named "Boney Dog." Drop them onto a field in southern Wisconsin for seven hours. What do you get?

You get Boney Dog's First and Last Annual Bratwurst Smack-down...which you can read all about HERE.

And was I who brought the Ream's.

Here we have the infamous Boney Dog nearly cracking under the pressure of grilling the same damn sausage for five and half continuous hours.

Eating the same damn sausage for five and a half continuous hours was a much easier feat.

Contrary to appearances, we did take time to eat our vegetables. Pictured above is Mrs. Boney Dog's German Potato Salad. Teeming with grilled potato slices, bacon and vinegar, it was the best I've ever had.

Thanks again, Dog. It may not have been much fun for you, but it was a day on Fantasy Island for the rest of us. A really, seriously fabulous day.