I was recently greeting people at one of my restaurant spaces when a young woman walked into the shared communal space with her head down, her smart phone guiding her. She was more fixated on the small celluloid device in her hand than the environment around her. “Hi! How are you today?” I asked her. […]
When it comes to booze, I’ll try anything once, and most things twice. It was this that led me, however late to the game, to recently try my first “frosé.” Frosé, if you’ve been living under a rock, is the highly lauded slushy version of your favorite summer wine that exploded last summer. With memories of last year’s enthusiasm for […]
For many people, Champagne is something that should be enjoyed only on very special occasions. Weddings. Graduations. Births. But not even the birth of a second or third child. No, for some, just the birth of a first, because hey, after that first one, is it really enough of an occasion to crack open a […]
It’s no secret that many beer ads aren’t exactly woman-friendly. In fact, beer companies have long gotten away with jaw-dropping sexism in their marketing. So what happens when you’re a feminist ordering a craft brew? If your experience is like mine, you spend a fair amount of time wondering where the line is between cringing […]
I’m sitting alone at the end of the upstairs bar of a Chili’s in New Jersey. It’s 7:30 p.m., and I came to taste every single one of the 12 Margaritas on the menu. Before I leave, I’ll have consumed at least 1,200 calories in drinks alone and made friends with the best bartender I […]
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 […]
It seemed as though the election results were barely in before a terrifying thought occurred to us all. Whether we were horrified by the results or enraptured by them, it seemed like we were all instantly, nationally consumed by a new dread: Thanksgiving. On top of all the usual family drama, we now have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to […]
It’s been a rough couple of years. No matter who you are or what your hopes and dreams are for yourself, your family, your neighborhood, and your nation, someone said something during this election season to make you feel unhappy, or unheard, or unrealized, or unsafe.