I see you in your yoga pants, carrying your grocery bags. I see you sitting there reading a book on your stoop, raising an eyebrow. I see the corner of your mouth curled upward with the smug pleasure of superiority, your eyes darting from me to my beer, then to your watch. I know what […]
Ban kids from boozy brunch. No, not the “boozy brunch” places that just threw a ”bottomless drinks” option on the menu to attract 20-somethings. I’m talking about music-thumping places with tables so close together you can smell the stranger next to you. I’m talking places that have to set a time limit on ”bottomless” because […]
Full disclosure: I’ve already come to a conclusion about whether being a pregnant bartender is bad form or badass. It’s definitely badass. Perhaps there remains a stigma surrounding bartending while pregnant because alcohol, long hours on your feet, and having to deal with stress are not ideal pregnancy pairings. But for expectant mothers who have spent years […]
It starts off innocently enough. After a long day at work, I find myself wanting to wind down. What could be more relaxing than a drink at the bar? Sitting down, I contemplate the menu and try to figure out what I’m in the mood for.
Okay, look: Everyone loves a bit of citrus in the right cocktail or beer. It makes it come alive, adds a bit of bite, and, when the citrus is served as a wedge, allows you to control the drink’s acidity. Squeeze a little or squeeze a lot, the final product’s flavor is up to the consumer. […]
For some reason, whenever an alcoholic beverage is marketed directly to women, it’s not a beverage. It’s a lifestyle. “Oh, you thought that was wine in your glass?
In the midst of the Cecil The Lion debacle, I stumbled across this Vox article revealing that an animal psychic was weighing in on the whole thing. After rolling my eyes, I sent the article to my friend Chaim, head bartender at The Up & Up and also someone I frequently rely on for cocktail […]
It’s fair to say we live in a commitment-phobic culture. While you might think this phenomenon pertains only to your relationship, it’s also playing a role in something much more important: how you buy your beer. Commitment-phobia has become a pervasive theme in dining out. Think about it: how much hipper have snacks, appetizers, and tapas […]
It happens like this almost every time. I’ll have a friend over and offer a glass of Rosé. The friend glances skeptically at the offering. “No thanks, I prefer red.” Sometimes I’ll get desperate–“But it’s not sweet,” I’ll counter. “You know, ROSEAY, not ZIN.” And yet still: “No thanks.” Rosé began its rise in popularity […]