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This picture might not be the greatest, but I did feel the need to mention this Bloody Mary I had at Local Edition here in San Francisco last night. It’s one of the best I’ve had in recent memory, thanks to the fact it’s created with homemade beef pho broth!
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More cocktails at the Bumbye Bar yesterday…
Mutsumi went with lilikoi lemonade spiked with vodka, and I tried the Blush Baby, which is Appleton’s aged rum, white rum, lemon, demerara syrup, blackberry, raspberry and rose champagne.
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I’m so impressed with the cocktail program here at the Andaz Maui! Created by bartender Julie Reiner, the bars try and source every ingredient locally and make every juice, syrup and mixer from scratch. True handcrafted boozy beverages!
Here’s a look at a few of the liquored-up libations we enjoyed at the Bumbye Beach Bar yesterday…
The Lokelani Swizzle - White rum, rosehip, lemongrass & hibiscus tea,
lime juice and lilikoi…
Pimms Rangoon - Pimms, gin, ginger, lemon, cucumber, strawberry and mint…
Pisco Punch - Peruvian Pisco, pineapple & lemon juice, sugar cane syrup, Fee’s Aromatic Bitters and clove…
BUMBYE BEACH BAR
Inside the Andaz Maui at Waliea
3550 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea, Maui, HI 96753
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A “Hawaiian Rainbow” from Huggo’s On The Rocks… Midori melon, 99 Bananas, Malibu coconut run, light rum, pineapple juice and grenadine.
I love how the tiki torch in the background makes it look flames are shooting from the straw!
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Scratching my “Kona Itch”! Bourbon, Lahaina Silver rum, Grand Marnier and lilikoi…
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The Halekulani Sunset at the Hanekulani hotel… fresh guava, pineapple, rums and “few added touches”!
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Rum-fueled fun at Frankie’s Tiki Room last night!
Killer cocktails!! My favorites were the Thurston Howl and Three Rum Scum.
A bit off the Strip, but worth the cab ride…
FRANKIE’S TIKI ROOM
1712 W Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
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I have mixed feelings when it comes to Michael White’s restaurants and food…
Love the pasta at Marea, but dislike the crudo.
Love the food at Osteria Morini, can’t stand the ambiance.
Love the concept behind Nicoletta, didn’t like our experience there.
But I will always give his eateries a try, which is why we headed down to The Butterfly when it opened earlier this summer. And yet again, the evening was a mixed bag for me.
I loved his appetizers, like these pork rinds with pecorino cheese and pepper…
Delicate and delicious!
However, I found the main courses here to be simply run-of-the-mill “classics” that I’ve had better versions of at Midtown diners. If you’re only offering a limited menu of well-known comfort foods, I expect a chef of White’s caliber to knock them out of the park. Do with these blue plate specials what you do for pasta! Unfortunately, his patty melt and fried chicken were both bland and boring.
The cocktails at Butterfly, on the other hand, were simply OUTSTANDING! Easily some of the best drinks I’ve imbibed all year. But at $14 to $16 a pop, they cost almost as much as the entrees! Eben Freeman is the best at what he does, yes, but the bar prices here are really pushing acceptable limits, even for NYC!
Like I said, I went opening week and maybe they still had a few kinks to work out, but I at least wanted to give you a look inside and tell you what I thought. If you go and have a different experience, please let me know.
225 West Broadway
NY, NY 10013
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We had the foresight to buy booze at the duty free shop in Malayia, so have been able to save cash by concoting our own drinks here in Thailand! It also allows us to experiment with the absolutely amazing selection of local fruit juices here, like this rum cocktail Mutsumi mixed up with fresh pomelo, pineapple and mangosteen juices!
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