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    April 29, 2013

    10 Favorite Summer Cocktail Tips from Chow Bella's Resident Bartender, JK Grence

    For more than a year now, Shady's bartender and regular Chow Bella contributor JK Grence, has been providing invaluable advice to the alcohol-infused masses with his "Last Call" column. Considering this grand milestone, we decided to take a look back at some of his best tips as we head into the summ ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Dwayne Allen of Rum Bar Gives a Tasty Tutorial on Rum

    If you've ever been inclined to dismiss rum as a legitimate spirit because of slushy vats of hot pink strawberry daiquiris, flaming tiki drinks or frat boys chugging Bacardi and Coke, hang on one little minute. Dwayne Allen, who co-owns The Breadfruit and Rum Bar with his partner Danielle Leoni, is ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    The Tale of Two Suffering Bastards

    Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column. See Also: Trader Vic's original Mai Tai, from yours truly. This coming ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Sipping Rums: Beyond Bacardi

    After working at Trader Vic's for its entire five-year run at the beautiful Hotel Valley Ho, I developed quite an appreciation for rum. Most people's familiarity with rum is limited to a mere two brands: Bacardi and Captain Morgan. Sometimes people are also familiar with Sailor Jerry. It's a crying ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Recipe: Mai Tai from Trader Vic's

    Lauren GilgerThe Mai Tai at Trader Vic's.​When J.K. Grence is working behind the bar at Trader Vic's at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, he imagines himself to be playing Penn to the other bartender's Teller. "I'm standing there talking constantly," he laughs, "while he's just standing the ... More >>

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