LOCATIONS & EVENTS
Part of what I intend to do with this site is have fun, and to share experiences I have which may very well make it into my writing. Here are some great places I have been and encourage you to visit, as have the characters in my books.
Saturday at the Anaheim Packing House
My lovely wife Cynthia and I met Mac MacMeekin and his wife Chris along with Nikki Ann for a spectacular food and drink extravaganza at the above mentioned Anaheim Packing House at 440 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA. (714) 533-7225. We started at the Hammer Bar where we met a woman who must be one of the premier professional mixologists in Orange County. Casey (pictured here) understands the true meaning of Sazerac, the renowned New Orleans cocktail and makes a series of tasty but potent concoctions. By the way, if you are a Tom Collins fan...
Here's the Yelp link for The Hammer Bar at the Anaheim Packing House:
After that it was a very satisfying lunch at The Blind Rabbit downstairs, well hidden behind the Japanese Saki barrels. Dark, cool, old school, drinks and food worthy of inclusion in a novel. Look for a more elaborate description on these pages soon. Thanks to Ying and Robert for a great time, see you again soon. Everybody go there.
Bull O' the Woods Tavern, Red River New Mexico
Red River New Mexico reminds me of Lake Tahoe Calif. In the 60’s. A place where you can find skiers, drinkers, tourists, forest hippies, souvenir junk shops and of course fine restaurants and bars. Bull O’ the Woods is certainly one of the latter. Featruring music, a Saturday pig roast and perhaps the finest bloody mary anywhere (who thought of combining pickled okra, a dill pickle, pepperoncini and olives…is that all?).
Go there. Drink it. Eat it. Say hello to bartender Chris while you’re at it.
Also say hello to my little friend any Saturday at 5:30pm
And here's that Bloody Mary I was talking about
Hotel Andaluz Albuquerque New Mexico
This historic and elegant hotel first opened in 1939 and was the fourth in the Conrad Hilton chain. It was remodeled in 1984 and was renamed the Andaluz in 2008. It features a second story “rooftop” bar, the Ibiza and a world class tapas restaurant and bar called Mas. My wife and I pretty well slaughtered their supply of crispy fried brussel sprouts and dates wrapped in bacon).
There is also a world class mixologist behind this bar. Meet Lauren with her acceptional martini skills, great conversation, and a one of the few bartenders I know who is able to concoct a Boulevardier. Shown below, this drink is a variation on the Mad Men style Manhattan. Some of my favorite people are bartenders and my favorite bartenders are the ones who take their profession seriously and create a great and memorable experience. Lauren is one of those.
Look for a more thorough description of this classic hotel in one of the key scenes from my upcoming novel "Stages of the Con" the second book in the Harry Parnes Series.
Original Fish Company
Los Alamitos, CA
The freshest gourmet seafood, a friendly staff and a well stocked bar. Chase is the Sunday afternoon mixologist at this great restaurant & bar in Los Alamitos, CA. Go there.
Views inside Hotel Andaluz
Bartender Joshua at the Hacienda restaurant in old Town. He saved our lives in the 100 degree heat with Magaritas lemon water & nachos.
(His unbelievably beautiful sister works at the Andaluz)
I didn't get to do this but believe me it's on my list for the next trip!
Yss, there is a "Breaking Bad RV Tour".
Click on this link (or the picture to the right) to find out more: