You probably have noticed by now that we have a lot of new faces regularly posting on the Mutineer blog. We recently recruited [read: brainwashed] some young, fresh and talented fine beverage revolutionaries to “Join The Mutiny.” And instead of letting these wild kids hide behind their tiny avatars, we decided to put them in the spotlight.
Impressionable minds beware, Arianna Armstrong is more than just a wine and food vixen, she is an expert of mind manipulation and slight of hand, as evidenced by her Bachelors in Theatre and Film and super fancy Masters degree in Psychology. She is the Madam X of all things food and wine in Los Angeles, CA.
MUTINEER BLOG CONTRIBUTOR Q + A
Mutineer: When did you “Join The Mutiny”?
Arianna: July 2010.
When you are not contributing to the Mutineer blog, what occupies your time?
As much as I can, I try to eat, drink and be merry. And then blog about it (check it out Grape Smart and Food Truck Times!). When I’m not channeling Hemingway, I’m hanging with my kid, doing a bad impersonation of Nigella Lawson. With a martini.
What was the last thing you drank?
A freakin’ fantastic cocktail at Revolution, in Durham, NC. They call it Agave in Bloom: it’s a blend of tequila, elderflower liqueur, cranberry juice and sour mix.
What is your go-to fine beverage of choice?
Champagne, s’il vous plait
Where do you call home?
Lost Angeles. So you see it’s not really a drinking problem, it’s a coping strategy…
What is your favorite local watering hole?
Depends on my mood! I’m always up for a dive bar, but I love the folks at Westside Tavern and they’re always very, very good to me. Copa D’Oro is amazing (nobody beats their happy hour), and The Edison makes me feel fancy. I also have to give a shout-out to Intelligentsia in Venice; if you don’t know why, I’m not going to tell you.
What is your favorite food and beverage pairing?
Doesn’t matter, as long as it’s with good friends. Although I do love me some brie, fig jam and Pouilly Fume…
You can only drink 3 fine beverages for the rest of your life, go:
How about 1990 Pol Roger Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill, Ketel One or Hangar One vodka (apparently I like my vodkas with olives and “ones”) and iced mochas from Intelligentsia. I think I could live with that.
In your own words, why should everyone reading this “Join The Mutiny”?
Learn about cool drinks to make new friends at parties. Get the magazine to allow us to buy cool drinks to make new friends at parties. Everybody wins!
Follow Arianna on Twitter at @AriannaLA.