Saturday, November 23, 2013 Pop-up Shop with Nigel Barker and Bombay Sapphire hosted an event by Fashion and Celebrity photographer, Nigel Barker and sponsored by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin at its new pop-up shop location in downtown San Francisco, near Union Square.

Nigel Barker shared the inspiration behind his photography collection during this intimate meet-and-greet, which included cocktails (see below for recipes).

Nigel Barker has been a creative force in the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment for the past 20 years. He is internationally renowned for his photography, and his career has been punctuated by an array of fascinating projects. Nigel's work has included commercials, spokesperson roles, books, photograph exhibitions, international editorial assignments and the creation of his own show, The Shot on VH1. After 17 seasons as a judge on the hit show, America's Next Top Model, Barker is now the host of the Oxygen Network's The Face, alongside Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha. 

WHERE: Pop-up Shop
117 Post Street (at Kearny Street)
San Francisco, CA 94108 

Gin & Tonic Reimagined:

1 ½ parts Bombay Sapphire East
3 parts Fever-Tree tonic water
Lime slice
Lemongrass stalk
Black peppercorns
Build all with cubed ice in large, Spanish-style wine glass. Squeeze one lime slice and add garnishes as desired.

*This preparation prevents the tonic from overpowering the natural botanicals, bringing the flavors of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East to the forefront. When using this method, one can choose to highlight any of the 12 botanicals already found in the gin.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Walking Vine, and Winter in Venice in Vegas

This lovely photo by TasteTV of "DiVine the Living Vine" (actually a ballet dance on stilts) was taken at a luncheon to celebrate the Winter in Venice culinary festival taking place in Las Vegas at the Venetian and Palazzo resorts.

The Venetian and The Palazzo® Las Vegas are home to Winter in Venice™, the third-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip, called “A Gift of the Venetian.” With 49 days of seasonal experiences throughout both resorts, Winter in Venice is the ultimate destination for a holiday getaway, running Nov. 18 through Jan. 5, 2014.

The schedule of Italian-inspired experiences will include a new nightly entertainment spectacle, whimsical character performances, a stunning 3D light projection show, a romantic skating rink, and an elaborate Winter in Venice fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens. New this year, there will also be several weekend events featuring world-class experiences for “foodies,” including the new La Cucina Italiana Food and Wine Festival (Dec. 5-8) and the Culinary Clash Weekend (Dec. 13-14). For more:

Divine the Living Vine provided by Living World Entertainment

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Intro for "TASTEABLE: California" Episode 14

Intro for "TASTEABLE: California" Episode 14.

On this episode, the host of TASTEABLE: California takes viewers on a weekly tour of California food and wine creators and destinations. This episode includes recipe for oven roasted squid at Jackson's Bar and Oven in Santa Rosa, cocktails at Bluestem Brasserie in San Francisco, a tour of JDV's Citizen Hotel and Grange Restaurant in Sacramento, ChocolatRouge chocolate red wine, a taste of rose wine from Bluxome Street Winery, and a recipe for goat cheese stuffed pancetta wrapped dates at Bluestem Brasserie in San Francisco.

"TASTEABLE: California" is produced for and airs on KRCB public television, Ch. 22/722 on cable and dish), reaching over 2.5 million households in the San Francisco Bay Area from Santa Cruz to Napa/Sonoma, from San Francisco and Oakland to Livermore and Walnut Creek.

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