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Joe LaPenna
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Plus, updates on his recent brain aneurysm and the future of the Silly Pink Bunny statue.
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What's up with the Spanish Gin Tonic? If you are vaguely aware of European cocktails or are a juniper fiend you are probably up to speed on Spain's obsession with the Gin & Tonic. The Spanish "...
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Finally, a decent brandy suggestion. My homemade Vieux Carre is very drinkable!

Also excited to try the Plantation 5 rum I picked up. ('tis the season for Dark and Stormy's, after all) 
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Quicky version 3 is out. Now with Android 5 styling and support for San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Thanks for using Quicky and lemme know how it works out for ya.  Note, SF Muni's big route changes last weekend made things a little bumpy right when I was pushing this version out, but hopefully the kinks are all worked out now.
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Bars across America celebrated with special SCOTUS-themed cocktails.
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Tales of the Cocktail is kicking off in about one month and 3 weeks and here are the top ten finalists in 23 categories for the 2014 Spirited Awards which will take place at the Sheraton New Orlean...
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I'm puzzled that the Boulevardier cocktail hasn't found wider fame in the current fast-moving mixology environment, where old and storied is as revered as bitter and brown. Ask most mustached bar wags what their favorite cocktail is and a strong percentage would cite either the Negroni or the ...
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Was talking with a friend about the n-bottles game and this drink came up.
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My team just launched a new "Always-on" Android Wear API at Google I/O. Try it out!

https://io2015codelabs.appspot.com/codelabs/always-on#1
When you buy a watch you want it to, well, tell the time. So most Android Wear watches include an always-on screen—no tapping, twisting or shaking required to see what time it is. With Android Wear 5.1 or higher, we have expanded this option to apps so that they can stay visible as long as you ...
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I wish in Android Wear, that while apps are open if it would still display the time at the top or something like that
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Love this!
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I want this "chance of rain and sunroof is open" notification! 
Wonderful little study of designing for Android Wear!
1. DISCLAIMER: Tesla Motors Inc. was not involved and did not endorse neither the authors, nor Eleks Ltd. in the experiments and the application described in this article. When our Apple Watch Tesla App spreaded out, we were asked by Google, some Tesla drivers and lots of other folks to perform ...
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My favorite Japanese place in SF. Order every skewer they have and then a bowl of ramen to share for the table, to finish.
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Unauthentic but delicious Thai food.
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A pleasant ride through loch ness with all the kitche you'd expect about the monster.
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