13 East Bay Bartenders to Know, Thrillist

Jenny Schwartz
Hopscotch (address and info)
Uptown Oakland
It may look like a diner, but this spot has serious street cred when it comes to its food and cocktails, earning it a recommendation from Michelin this year. GM and bar manager Jenny Schwartz is one half of the operation behind this delightful American-Japanese fusion restaurant. Find her working the room or infusing cocktails with Japanese sensibilities and flavors in creative ways.
Signature cocktail: Islay Tart, featuring Armagnac, Caol Ila 12 year, Cynar, and Carpano Antica served up in a glass half-rimmed with smoked Okinawan sea salt and seasoned with yuzu
Where she drinks when she’s not working: “Pretty exclusively one of the following: wine at very casual dinner parties at friends’ houses; Prizefighter, where my go-to drink is a Cynar Boulevardier; Nido for the great food and mezcal margaritas; and the Aloha Club on Fruitvale Ave (where I drink Negra Modelo and shots of Herradura Blanco) for Warriors-watching at its best.”
What she loves about Oakland: “I grew up in Southern California, lived in DC for many years, have worked all over SF and the Bay Area, and I have never ever loved the guests I serve as much as those here in Oakland. Diners at Hopscotch are sophisticated, adventurous, laid back, diverse, and happy. I accept the struggles that come with being in our neighborhood and embrace the positive impact that we get to be part of. Crime is down, additional tax revenue is noticeably improving schools, and local non-profits have more funding and are making greater impact. It feels good and it’s mostly sunny!”

Get to know 12 other awesome Oakland ‘tenders over at Thrillist! 




Marijuana as a Painkiller: What You Need to Know, High Style Mag

When the US surgeon general (finally) concedes that marijuana helps some health conditions and twenty-three states (and DC) allow for medicinal pot use, it’s more than a pass of the medical-marijuana peace pipe. It’s a long overdue concession of what many chronic pain sufferers have known for a long time and CNN’s chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta plainly stated: “With regard to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and simultaneously decrease the number of accidental painkiller overdoses, which are the greatest cause of preventable death in this country.” In other words, the stuff works—and it won’t kill you. But how does it work and what pain does it relieve? This is an important question to know the answer to, especially if you’re in pain, need help, and are considering turning to marijuana.

Read the rest at High Style Magazine

Edibles 101 for High Style Magazine

edibles 101When New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd tried edibles for the first time in a Colorado hotel room, she didn’t feel anything. So she did what many novices do: She ate more. Soon, she was curled up in a hallucinatory state for eight hours, convinced that she was dead or that the hotel was going to have her arrested for not being able to handle her high.

Although her “bad trip” became click-bait legend, her story isn’t new or surprising. Unintentional overindulgence has been happening in dorm rooms and living rooms for decades because of three simple truths: An edibles high is often far more of a intense, mind-altering experience than the high you get from smoking marijuana. Second, unlike smoking weed, which imparts an immediate and more short-lived high, cannabis’s full strength takes a lot longer to feel—and ride out—when you eat it. And third, and perhaps most important, edibles, especially of the homemade or unregulated variety, are famously inconsistent in potency, effects, or both: Eat one chocolate and you might find yourself dancing through the grass with a perma-grin; eat another from the same batch and you could be cowering in a corner with your eyes rolling back in your head.

Read the rest at the new High Style Mag!