The Best Omelette I have ever ate!

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At the end of a long trip  for me begins a mew journey usually home.

On this particular, Sunday I was joined in a rusty old Diner nestled in between two antique stores in downtown Santa Rosa California by Austin Beeman and Jennifer Nelson. The three of us had just completed a whirlwind tour of Northern California wine regions and two conferences. We were gearing up for one final day of wine touring, tasting and mocking people endlessly.

This is part one of a several part post about a two week period filled with wine. So much  wine! The trip began in Amador County, in the shadow of the Sierra Foothills.

If you have not been; go!

We begin with the end!

We decided to stop and have a solid breakfast for the first time in a week so that we had a base for all of the wines we were sure to taste throughout the day. Individually we had heard that The Omelette Express was a great place for breakfast and we were greeted at the door by a man who looked like he belonged in Donnie Brasco instead of at a diner. It isn’t often you’re greeted by a bouncer at a diner first thing Sunday morning but we waited outside and watched patiently as other people walked past us to try and get inside and were stopped by Don.

It’s the type of place that you would completely expect Guy Fieri to go to and make the many ridiculous and annoying sounds and dudes that he spews on his popular television show.

When I Googled whether he had ever been there or not I was very happy to know that the customers that were there were True Believers instead of triple D’ers.

Surprisingly I am not a huge breakfast person, rarely up early enough to experience breakfast with the rest of the world and even when I am my body is not prepared to eat such a big meal so early. Yet just after 9:30 we were seated and ordered Jennifer got the number 16 , Austin got the number one and I got the number 4 and added ham and bacon.

The # 1 Bacon, Avocado, Tomato and Cheese

The # 4 Ground Sirloin, Spinach, Scallions and Cheese

The # 16 Mushrooms, Herbs, Spinach and Cheese (Come on Jenn)!


Holy shit were we impressed to get three bloggers who bloviate constantly about everything just shut up for almost 10 minutes while we devoured the best cheese meat and vegetable filled omelets that exist on this planet and possibly others. It was a monumental feat!

Decadent doesn’t begin to describe the ground sirloin spinach scallions pepper jack cheese and ham filled cloud that I consumed along with Homestyle potatoes and the thick buttery piece of toast. Huge big as your face breakfast which normally bugs me that portions are so large. but this time it was awesome!

For me it was that moment that we realized that our journey was only beginning even though we already spent 6 days nestled in Sonoma County imbibing and tasting through hundreds of wines from all over California and the rest of the world. It was well into the trip and the last before I returned home to my fiancé who joined Jenn and I for the first leg. Now we began our journey from Sonoma back east!


The bill is paid and we left stunned only leaving crumbs on our plate and half of Jennifer’s omelet in a  to-go container that filled my car already doused in whiskey and cigar soot with the aroma of breakfast.

We hit the road for our first appointment satisfied and ready for the day but also wishing for a nap and a snort of something tasty to awaken our pallets for the day to come…First Stop….



You can check Austin and Jenn out below!


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April 2018 Rules for civilized behavior

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91. Do not waste time with people who you do not enjoy.
92. Be blunt and purposeful! Censorship is for the FCC
93. Give the respect you want or get none
94. Give more and better complements and mean them
95. Not everyone is hitting on you, get over yourself
96. Driverless cars will be the death of us all!

97. By opening that bottle; it creates the special occasion.
98. Go wine tasting in Amador
99. Buy some fucking Barbera
100. Zinfandel is red, buy some and drink it with pizza, pasta or baked brie with fig jam.
101. Pay attention to people, get off your damn phone in public.
102. Get Action, Take Risks!
103. If you vote for a child rapist, then you support rape. There is no other way to put it.
104. Smoke one cigar a month at least.
105. Dear Trader Joe’s, just stop!
106. Register to vote
107. Look up at the sky one a day
108. Buy someone a drink you don’t know
109. Eat some Almonds


110. Go for a 20 minute walk each day
111. Drink some pastis
112. Learn to surf
113. Stop binging so much fucking Netflix and pick up a book
114. Check out the new Hall and Oates
115. How’d those resolutions Go?
116. Have you been to Livermore California? Go!
117. Stop procrastinating!


118. Get ready for derby day by adding mint to the garden now
119. Big rigs don’t own the road
120. Eat more fruit.
121. Drink more Rum, there are plenty of craft rums out there

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Rules for 2018 March

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  1. Listen to old people.
  2. Dear, kale fuck you!
  3. Dear vegans, my ancestors killed yours for fun and danced in the caves.
  4. Learn your fucking history morons. Pick up a book.
  5. Never yell Bomb on a plane. That’s just good life advice.
  6. Yoga pants are for yoga. If men are not allowed to be comfortable wearing boxers in public, then, why should you? OH, wait they look good. Never mind carry on. Nevertheless, seriously stop dressing for the gym at the grocery store.
  7. Men, Yoga pants are for women! No exceptions
  8. Take pride in your education and never let anyone make you feel bad for knowing the answer
  9. Stop dressing like… (Men Only)
  • A pirate
  • A steamboat captain
  • A homeless person
  • You live in your mom’s basement
  • You spend all day playing video games

  1. Men, buy her some flowers, candy or jewelry because you want to and she deserves it. Fuck Valentine’s Day just do it!
  2. Go somewhere fun for a weakened this month.
  3. Drink some fucking Merlot- Here is a list.
  4. Challenge yourself daily
  5. Trivia can keep your mind sharp.
  6. Lay in bed, pour some Whiskey and watch porn with someone special! I recommend Basil Hayden during a nice gangbang scene!
  7. Play some music daily- Take ten minutes to chill to your 3 favorite songs
  8. Or find 3 new songs a week and expand your horizons.
  9. Have a threesome; take your time and enjoy
  10. Say yes to 5 things you normally would say no to.
  11. Have one junk email address and one main one- DELETE all others. Save yourself.
  12. Drink more water; Order water every time you order a drink.
  13. Try to get a little kinky at least once a week!
  14. Drink more Cognac
  15. Go wine tasting in Temecula
  16. Use your tongue for more than just speaking
  17. In keeping with the previous rule- Learn when to shut up
  18. Get back to people with an answer even if it is no. The idea that you can ignore someone until they go away is for assholes.
  19. Love deeply and fuck like you mean it
  20. Do not surrender, or fear defeat learn from it!
  21. Call people back, stop texting someone who calls you
  22. Do not waste time in conversations you do not enjoy.


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Rules for 2018 February

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  1. Find the one who makes your life better
  2. You know you hate your job so leave!
  3. Check your credit score and report and fight back before we lose that right too!
  4. Make a new resume and be bold and yourself.
  5. Clean out the cobwebs…
  6. Join a meet up or group
  7. Read some goddamn books!
  8. Read the newspaper!
  9. Catch up on the news daily! The real news, not the Kardashian reality tv bullshit.
  10. Do you know who your Mayor is? Find out last shit!
  11. Stop shopping at Walmart!
  12. Go back to school
  13. Don’t just plan an adventure: Go
  14. Watch your damn kids.
  15. Become a hedonist and live life for the sheer pleasure.
  16. Drink more absinthe
  17. Stop ordering stupid drinks to impress people, drink what you like.
  18. Skinny jeans are STILL for Women only.
  19. Make 2018 your bitch!
  20. Eat more fruit.
  21. Stop with the fucking diets, eat smarter and better.
  22. Take this and all list or ideas with a grain of salt.
  23. Truth is not a choice, facts are not up for discussion.
  24. Thank people for what they do.
  25. Smile more, resting bitch face is not a thing.
  26. Have lots of sex!
  27. Apply for a job you have no business getting.
  28. Tipping is not god’s gift you cheap fuck.


Books to read

  • Wings Unseen by Becca Gomez Farrell with a Spirit Works gin and tonic!


Podcasts to listen to

  • Crime Writers On

Rules for 2018!

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Rules for 2018 January

  1. Learn to drive moron!
  2. Listen to a new podcast every month.
  3. The horn is your friend
  4. Drink more Water
  5. Eat more cheese!
  6. Drink more whiskey
  7. Fry some zucchini
  8. Tweet Donald Trump
  9. Spend less time online and more time outside you fucking vampires (but still visit my website and podcast)
  10. Try Malort, and good luck!
  11. Stop using coconut oil unless you are cooking.
  12. Cancel cable and screw the man.
  13. Call your Congress person and tell them they have sold our nation and next time to at least sell to the highest bidder.
  14. The left lane is for FAST cars.
  15. Fuck you if you drive a Subaru Or Prius!
  16. Cut your fucking hair guys! I can’t believe I still must say this.
  17. Only ask for one Christmas present this year.
  18. If you Are willing to wait to hours to buy a phone but not to vote please leave my country.
  19. Learn to park asshole!
  20. Hit the road and see the world!
  21. Go see America before it is used by our corporate overlords.
  22. Go vote! Early and often
  23. Get off your ass and do something.
  24. Flip a coin, you know what I mean!
  25. Pay your bills on time, and screw the man by not paying fees.
  26. Clean your closet!
  27. Stop procrastinating and go do it!
  28. Play with your kids and put down your phone, ass!
  29. Say what’s on your mind!
  30. The merge is your responsibility not traffics’.
  31. Be less sensitive to what people say, grow a thicker skin.




Books to read

      • Studs Terkel- Hard Times

Podcasts to listen to –

    • My Favorite Murder
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Make 2018 your Bitch!

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In 2018, we have some choices to make about politics, country, hope and our daily lives. Make sure that no matter you are, what you think or what you believe that you participate and let truth and facts guide you. Since so many people are dumb, I have written a list of some rules that we should all live by to make and keep ourselves happy. If you do not agree, I do not care. We all have way too high an opinion of ourselves and I have been silent for far too long. 2018 is going to be my bitch so I you want to live as a hedonist, enjoy life, drink, fuck and be a better person all in one day join me!

Check out the new Whiskey reviews on YouTube


And a always, the podcast will have some cool interviews for consumption.

Each month I recommend, wines, whiskey, beer, spirits, books and podcasts for you to try, enjoy and learn from.


Justin K.


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Small Town, Huge Personality!

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Beauty I thought only existed in nature is now being molded and tortured into the most breathtaking glass you will ever see. During my visit to the Finger Lakes, the conference I was attending had an excursion to the Corning Museum of Glass. Yes, that Corning.


Inside is a luxurious setting with blown glass everywhere with a modern feel. I had just seen a glass blowing demonstration a few months back at another conference so I snapped some shots and then took to wandering the halls.


I stumbled as I often do into the ancient wing, which possessed some of the oldest and rarest glass that was owned by king and queens, pharaohs and despots.


It was during this time alone I sat down to write and reflect on my so far short stay in upstate NY. I was floored by the hospitality, the attention to detail and even the city of Corning itself which struck me as a great town to raise a family. One could live in Corning’s rolling green hills and be content surrounded by friendly faces and quaint appeal. I have often wondered if I should forgo the big city lifestyle and move to a small town. I would like to think that if I did, Corning NY would be the type of place I might end up.

While dodging security and roaming the halls I realized I was late for dinner, which was also the awards banquet for some of the best bloggers in the world. I sat down just in time to get the appetizer and met some new friends as well. Dinner was interesting, zucchini fritters, smoked corn chowder, Beef all served with FLX wines that paired wonderfully and since we got to pick from two per course there was lively debate at the table. The overall feel I got from my visit was excitement, and taking time to enjoy the pleasures of the day. After all, that is what hedonism is all about.


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Tranqs, Lobos & Zipheads…

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Aside from the obvious perk of getting to stare at a women’s breast under the pretense of looking at their name tag (inside joke, come on people) I quite enjoyed my first bloggers conference. Held this year in the scorching heat of August in the Finger Lakes it was none the less a raving success. During the several days of speed tasting, seminars, excursions and dinners I met some amazing, hard-working, funny and eccentric bloggers; all who seems excited that they could exchange ideas and drink with their comrades in a laid back environment.


Walking the grounds with Steve Fulkerson who’s family arrived in the Finger lakes in the late 1700’s you get the feel that they know what they are doing in the wine business. Tasting the dozens of exceptional wines you know that the Finger lakes as a whole kicks ass and most likely will only get better. I have been a fan of FLX wine for years but had never been, now I cannot wait to go back. The new and hopefully continual home of aromatic whites the Finger lakes of New York are are stunning example of how far American wine has come in a short time.


I thought it would be blood sport; there is no one on earth more opinionated than a wine writer but it was tame and an noncompetitive nature seemed to dominate the while experience either by design or the caliber of attendee. The overall friendliness of everyone I met seemed unending and I look forward to next year’s conference in Lodi, CA which is 20 minutes from where I live for those who are spiritually included. (Pun intended)….
All in all Zephyr Adventures put together one hell of show and I will return as often as I can.

A personal note; I was a scholarship recipient this year and would not have been able to make the trip without it, so thank you to all the sponsors and bloggers who believed in me. I hope never to let you down.


By the way I hope you got the back to the future reference if not you should be ashamed. Much more to come on the Wine Bloggers conference 2015

Justin Koury

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The Hot Brown!

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This weekend marks the 141st Kentucky Derby and in salute to that tradition I can think of nothing better than to share my favorite thing to come out of KY second only to bourbon.
The Kentucky Hot Brown
I thought it appropriate that the first restaurant review was of my current death row meal.
In the life of every chef there comes a time when the question of their last meal is asked; also known as your death row meal. My death row meal is and has been for years the Kentucky Hot brown at the Brown Hotel in Louisville KY. My most recent trip to KY yielded a succulent juicy endeavor into the open-faced sandwich once more.

The Kentucky Hot Brown, is not to be missed it is a cacophony of unique flavor that you can only find with the Hot Brown.
Here is the legendary recipe,
Hot Brown Recipe
Ingredients (Makes Two Hot Browns):
• 2 oz. Whole Butter
• 2 oz. All Purpose Flour
• 1 Qt. Heavy Cream
• 1/2 Cup Pecorino Romano Cheese, Plus 1 Tablespoon for Garnish
• Salt & Pepper to Taste
• 14 oz. Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast
• 2 Slices of Texas Toast (Crust Trimmed)
• 4 slices of Crispy Bacon
• 2 Roma Tomatoes, Sliced in Half
• Paprika, Parsley
In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined and forms a thick paste (roux). Continue to cook roux for two minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk whipping cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 ounces of turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Next, pour one half of the Mornay sauce to completely cover the dish. Sprinkle with additional Pecorino Romano cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top, sprinkle with paprika and parsley, and serve immediately.

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Tomato Remoulade

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Tomato Remoulade-To accompany best Crab Cakes Ever!!!!
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
½ cup Diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons Fresh dill fine
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

*Blend together and plate with your favorite Crab cakes be they Maryland style or West Coast
*Pair with Wagner Vineyards Single Vineyard Riesling 2012 Caywood Vineyard

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The Chicago Indie Spirits Expo…. Event Day

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It may sound cliché but end of summer heading into fall in Chicago is one of my favorite times. The air is crisp the trees are changing construction is ending and the Chicago Independent Spirits Expo is held. This was in my mind the most successful one yet having attended every year since it came to Chicago. The brain child of David Schmier owner of Redemption rye and brought to Chicago by Marty Duffy co-producer   of the CISE.  This is the largest small production spirits show in America. This year’s event was held at the Chicago Hilton downtown and was a marvelous spectacle of the comradery that drives the craft spirits world. The show is a place where craft producers of rum, tequila, gin, vodka and of course small batch whiskey.


Usually filled with industry professionals rubbing elbows with producers this years show had a decent amount more of the public who regularly consume these goods. “Leigh Mabry of BC merchants explains that she was impressed to see more of consumer and not just restaurant people” If you love tasting small batch whiskey, gins, vodka and tequilas this is the place to go.


One of the highlights of the show was a panel moderated by Timeout Chicago’s Amy Cavanagh concerning the role of women in the craft spirits industry. Most of the women on the panel have had similar experiences with gender discrimination given that spirits is a male dominated world.  The panel discussion focused on the stories that some of Chicago’s most influential women including:

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Co-owner and founder of Koval distillery  Sonat Hart, Dejorn Huffman the spirits director at Tenzing Wine and Spirits Jenny, Kelly Kniewell – CIO, Fresh Coast Distributor,         Raquel Leduc – Brand Ambassador/Bartender, Herbsainte, Monique Huston – Spirit Specialist, Stoller/Glazer, Anne Marineau – Bartender, Randolph Tavern, Sarah Sheperd Macfarquhar – Brand Ambassador, North Shore Distillery, Jenny Solsberg – Owner, Rhine Hall Distillery, Inna Feldman-Gerber – Co-Founder & President, Premiere Distillery. Filled with the darlings of Chicago’s craft industry the panel spoke about their unique experience dealing with the landmines of the spirits world.

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Monique Huston of Stoller tells me that she “cannot wait for the day that these panels like this will not be necessary”.  It does bring up an interesting question as to why we distinguish between men and women in certain jobs when we all know women work just as hard.

The Indy spirits expo is all about bringing lovers of all things craft and small batch. “Indie Spirits brought out some old favorites that were fantastic but the exciting side was to see how far American Craft Spirits has come, and to realize we are all living the rebirth of true small batch craft distillation” Drew Larson leaders beverage. Marty Duffy says “it was a success with a fantastic turnout and both the exhibitors and attendees were we’re happy, and that’s what the expo is all about”


Just some of the many producers that were there included…


Banks Rum

Barritt’s Ginger Beer

Big Bottom Distilling


Blaum Bros. Distillery

Bunnahabhain single malt scotch

Caledonia Spirits

Caledonia Spirits

Caorunn Gin

Carpano Antica

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

Charbay Distillery


Classic Imports

Compass Box scotch whisky



Craft Distillers

Deanston single malt scotch

Death’s Door

Del Maguey Mezcal

Demerara Distilling (El Dorado Rum)

Dimmi Liquore

Distillerie de Biercée


Duncan Taylor

Edinburgh Gin

Encanto Pisco

Fernet Branca


FEW Spirits

Gabrielsen Cognac

Glenfarclas single malt scotch

Glenrothes single malt

Gordon & MacPhail

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach

Grand Marnier 1880

Great Lakes Distillery


Haas Brothers

Haus Alpenz

Heering liqueur

Jersey Artisanal Distillery

Journeyman Distillery

Kappa Pisco

Kavalan whiskey

Koloa Rum Co.

KOVAL Distillery

Letherbee Gin


Lyon Distilling Co.

Marnier Lapostolle

Martin Miller’s Gin

McClary Bros. Vinegars

New Holland Brewing & Distilling

North Shore Distillery

Old Petrero Rye

Oola Distilling

Orange V

Pacific Edge

Pig’s Nose scotch

Quincy St. Distillery

Redemption Rye

Rhine Hall Distillery

Scorpion Mezcal

Sheep Dip blended malt scotch

Shrubs & Co.

Siete Leguas Tequila

Sonoma County Distilling Co.

St. George Distillery

Tail Winds Distillery

Tequila Tapatio

Teeling Irish Whiskey

Templeton Rye


Tobermory single malt scotch

Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch

Veritas Brands

Warehouse Liquors

WhistlePig Rye 

Zaya Rum

Sadly, I was under the weather and attended to take pictures and meet with vendors, I was unable to taste anything so I went the whole day without a drop.





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