Simo, Milroys of Soho, London

Before anyone else even knew about drinking single-malt whisky, except the Scottish of course, Jack and Wallace Milroy were in their van traipsing across the wilds of Islay to bring it back down to London. Originally opened in 1964, Milroy’s of Soho grew into a mecca for those looking to sip the angel’s share. After a turbulent few years, it is now back from the ashes.

Along with his companion, Chester, a Jack Russell, who really runs the show, Simo brought Milroy’s back to the glory of its former days. Not only do people come from around the world to buy hard-to-get whiskeys from Scotland and abroad, but old customers who knew it “when” are returning to Milroy’s in droves.
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May 23rd, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide|0 Comments

A Bit of UK: Ferries are the way to go!

I can’t comprehend why the adjective “Jet Set” still equates to being cool. I admit the idea of grabbing a jet to parts known and unknown still has some caché. The reality of air travel is quite the opposite, as we all know. Even if you’re flying first class, it can still be a hassle. No frills or furbelows when leaving from Stansted Airport in London, that’s for sure.

A day trip to the Isle of Wight, with a bunch of my favorite bloggers, confirmed that we have it all wrong. “Ferry Set” is how I want to be described from now on! It’s so simple. In fewer than two hours, you can pop a train to Southampton, grab a cab to the port and be […]

May 18th, 2017|Destinations, United Kingdom|5 Comments

John Ennis & Matt Farrell, Graffiti Spirits Group, Liverpool & London

Garnering the title of Mezcal-eria (tequila’s smoky sister) is no easy feat, but they did it. El Bandito was one of the first UK bars to be awarded this status by Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. Hidden below the Drunken Monkey restaurant on Broadgate, steps away from Shoreditch High Street station, John & Matt are converting the neighborhood to 100% Agave and Mezcal.
Their menu consists of flights of three tequilas and three mezcals for those just dipping their toe in the smoky water or six different mezcals for those who want to jump right in. Don’t worry – there are margaritas on the menu – both Tommy’s and Frozen – or a Kale Mezcaleria, if you want something in the wellness category!

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May 16th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide|0 Comments

The Art of Seeing

“I don’t want to spend part of my holiday standing in front of a painting!” Having spent practically my entire college career studying art from the world’s great scholars, A little part of me died when my dinner partner uttered those words last week.

Then I took a deep breath and realized maybe he was right. Why stand in line at the Louvre, then fight the crowds to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa  – when you could see it stress free online?

Even David Sedaris, the humorist, author and New Yorker contributor, whom I adore, said: “(The Louvre) just doesn’t interest me. I mean, I think so many people come here, and they feel like they have to do certain things because somebody told them […]

May 12th, 2017|Destinations, Paris, Rome, Venice|2 Comments

Jonathan Zammit-Tabona, Global Brand Ambassador, Langley’s Gin

As Brand Ambassador for Langley’s Gin, he can finally embrace his heritage; the brand strives to be quintessentially English and for the discerning & sophisticated. Made from a single distillation in a 1960-English-produced copper pot in Langley Green, UK, it couldn’t be more English.
Thanks to the hard work and effort of Jonathan and the whole team, they’re already in twenty markets and selling Englishness all around the world.

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John, Paul, George, and Ringo aren’t the only Liverpudlians to set their sights on conquering the world. Our next guest, John Ennis, has come to town with an LP full of Tequila. His bar, El Bandito, was one of the first UK bars to be awarded ‘Mezcaleria’ status by Del Maguey Single […]

May 9th, 2017|Best Sips Worldwide|0 Comments
Croatia

A Bit of Croatia: 5 Best Bits of Dubrovnik

Last year, I was invited to stay at the Villa Dubrovnik in Croatia’s charming city of the same name. What a perfect summer weekend it was – the weather perfect, the food incredible and the hotel a dream.

Of course, the town is undeniably one of the most atmospheric in Europe. As you walk through the gates of the walled, terra-cotta city, you can’t escape the feeling of being whisked back in time. Its 15th C self has been perfectly preserved and its position, smack down on the Adriatic, has been making it a tourist sight for the past 600 years.

Although, now it feels as if the Game of Thrones has claimed its hold on the city, Dubrovnik was owned for a short time by the Venetians (yay!) […]

May 5th, 2017|Croatia, Destinations, Dubrovnik|0 Comments