Category Archives: drinks

Cleaning Out the Basement–Prohibition Punches

Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy –Benjamin Franklin It just seems hopeless when government tries to ban something that is fundamental to human culture. Of course, that doesn’t mean government won’t try … Continue reading


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CHoWline: The Rise of Tea Culture in China

This review appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of CHowline, the monthly newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC. The book is a deep and detailed look at how tea became a marker of refinement and connoisseurship in … Continue reading

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Cookies & Beer, Together at Last

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. –Mark Twain I doubt this is the book you’ve been waiting for, but I’ll bet there’s someone you … Continue reading

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Alcohol: A History

Food rules are sometimes hidden, so integral to our sense of family or culture that we’re hardly aware of them. But alcohol rules are up for constant discussion. American alcohol rules, from the Whiskey Rebellion through Prohibition and beyond are … Continue reading

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The Beef Club

I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that would have me. –Groucho Marx But I will make an exception for The Beef Club, a Parisian restaurant, inspired by American steakhouses, supplied by a British butcher, and captured … Continue reading

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and a happy new year!

Along with champagne and indulgence, this is a day for review and resolutions. Thankfully, my 2013 was filled with travel, work, and healthy and happy friends and family. My resolutions for 2014? Work harder and happier, and pursue some moderate … Continue reading

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The Fashionable Cocktail

Cocktails and high heels seem like a potentially dangerous combination, but one that is also undeniably intoxicating. In recent years, with the resurgence of cocktail culture, a signature drink or knowing how to handle oneself at a bar, is part … Continue reading

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Biscuits and Bourbon

There’s a snap in the air–goodbye nectarines, hello apples. And tun the oven back on!  UNC Press’ Savor the South cookbook series gets to the heart of Southern cooking with books on Pecans, Tomatoes, Peaches, and Buttermilk. But they may … Continue reading

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Tea Time, A Taste of London’s Best Afternoon Teas

I’ve just decided. I want my last meal to be tea. I want stacks of little cakes and sandwiches, I want to sink into a cozy corner, I want replenished cups from little pitchers and pots. But which tea time … Continue reading

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It’s a Question of Authenticity

In another intersection of my two favorite topics—cities and food—I’m sad to report that David’s Café at Meridian Avenue and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, has closed. In 1993 when they opened, Lincoln Road had not become a chain retail … Continue reading

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