How a Polish immigrant built a vodka brand that’s supporting relief efforts in Ukraine

Dariusz Paczuski’s early memories of vodka at the dining table are a throughline to his Polish heritage, with shots of vodka serving as the de facto beverage pairing and perfect foil for the salty, rich and meat-laden cuisine he grew up around. Decades later, Paczuski and his business partner, Ukrainian immigrant Dmitry Lipkin, are channeling their memories of Eastern Europe as they lead fundraising efforts for Ukrainian relief organizations through ...

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The Peninsula’s cure to cocktail conformity: Tiki Thursday at Timber & Salt

Let the master of obscure syrups, sticky citrus and rare rums take you to a faraway island. Brian Matulis strains a mai tai at Timber & Salt in Redwood City. (Photo by Adam Pardee) Every Thursday, Brian Matulis, the bar manager at Timber & Salt in Redwood City, offers his customers a “vacation in a glass.” For one night a week, on “Tiki Thursday,” Matulis serves cocktails of his choosing from the ...

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Beyond margaritas: How San Agus in Palo Alto is crafting a new Mexican cocktail experience.

Beverage director Eusebio Pozos has curated a drink menu featuring spirits made from ‘a diversity of agave,’ a desert spoon shrub AND an edible fungus that grows on corn. A selection of cocktails currently featured at San Agus (from left:) Xochimilco; Central De Abastos; La Merced. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The vibrant flavors of Mexico City are making their way into your cocktail glass. At San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails, beverage director ...

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