Over the last few months, Craig LaBan has been souping it up in Pho-ladelphia. Home to the third largest Vietnamese population on the East Coast, this city has long been a destination for many great renditions of the deeply warming and aromatic noodle soup. Few meals in the world deliver more satisfaction for $10 or less. And since the winter chill settled in, slurping through a steamy pool of exotic broth, rice noodles, Thai basil, and sundry cuts of meat has been the equivalent of hitting the "defrost" button.
One key to a great bourbon cocktail is the ability to embellish the spirit at its core - the whiskey - without burying it beneath too many flourishes. I'd have natural concerns about oversweetening any concoction, especially one with a name like Honey Bea
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