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Another birthday in the family had me looking for a new restaurant to try and Littlefork was at the top of my list. Littlefork is the new restaurant in Hollywood from Jason Travi (formerly of Fraîche and Mesa) and David Reiss (owner of A-frame, Sunny Spot, the Alibi Room and the Brig). The menu is influenced by Travi's New England roots but also by the southern reaches of Canada, as reflected by the prevalence of smoked meats and poutine on the menu. We started with a few selections from Bar Manager Dino Balocchi's cocktail menu. Dino comes from the Michelin-starred Longman & Eagle whiskey bar and gastropub in Chicago and has created a menu of bitters-intensive variations on sours, daisies and Manhattans. Thai Town Mule (gin, lime, thai basil, peppercorn, house ginger beer) - a refreshing drink to start with but the peppercorn adds a little kick Kentucky Daisy (rye, cynar, rosemary, mint, lemon, barrel aged bitters) - if you like the bittnerness of cynar, this herbacious cocktail is a good choice Georgetown Swizzle (darm rum, jamaican rum, EXR, lime, demerara, mint) - sweet/spicy/bitter flavors coupled with the strength of the rum and the mint adds a lightness
"You think you know Dickel?"  Why? Because they're raising the bar in more ways than one and they came to San Francisco to show us. 8566728957_705ba0a0d6 At a recent event in San Francisco, Master Distiller John Lunn came to introduce one way they are raising the bar, by introducing George Dickel Rye Whisky. The new rye-based spirit is based on a 95% rye and 5% malted barley mash, which is chilled and then charcoal-filtered prior to aging for 5-6 years in new oak barrels. 8566727283_48e451690c
Portland is a small city filled with great restaurants and bars (as well as the most strip clubs per capita, as my taxi driver pointed out).  It may be more like a big town but the number of great cocktails bars can rival some larger cities. While in Portland for the first time for Portland Cocktail Week last October, I went through the list of bars and was able to visit many of them.  Here is a quick summary of some of the best spots!