I’ve recently been re-watching ”The Cornetto Trilogy.” It’s a terrific series of farcical British genre spoofs from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. One thing I love about the series is the feeling that I’m getting a small taste of authentic British culture, a great deal of which comes from ubiquitous scenes set pieces anchored to a corner pub.
What’s better than wine? Wine with bubbles, of course! The sparkling wine trend is booming. In 2015, Americans consumed over 21 million cases of wine, according to the Wine Institute. For winemakers, this means two things: First of all, there’s a much bigger reward in focusing on producing excellent sparkling wine, since consumers are clamoring […]
The British have a pretty fantastic track record when it comes to keeping their armed forces buzzed: the British Royal Navy got rations of overproof rum in the 18th century; there were floating breweries for World War II-era British navy stationed in the Pacific; and to this day, Naval officers who’ve failed the Submarine Command […]
England might have gotten a few things wrong recently. Or right? Or wrong. Anyway, the British have absolutely gotten a bunch of shit right in the long run. (Aggressive empire-building not included.) Among said gems: Monty Python, the contagious ebullience of Twiggy, Ab-Fab, and the cocktail hour.
Winston Churchill was famous for his love affair with booze. He reportedly drank Champagne at every meal and enjoyed scotch throughout the day followed by nightcaps of brandy. Suffice it to say, this was a man who would not react well to forced abstinence.
There are plenty of English phrases we don’t understand. Sorry, don’t mean “English.” We mean “English English,” like in Austin Powers. Some are more or less familiar. “Bob’s your uncle,” basically meaning “Ta-da,” or “voila, all’s good!” “Knackered,” meaning exhausted. “Taking the piss,” meaning—chill—making fun of something. But then there’s that “Mind your Ps and […]
The Pimm’s Cup don’t get no respect. Not in the States anyway, where it’s bested by warm weather drinks like the Mint Julep, Margaritas, and ubiquitous Sangria. But in the UK, especially around Wimbledon time, the fruity, fizzy Pimm’s Cup is adored by many. And we think it’s time the States got in on the […]
There’s nothing more American than an unseemly fascination with the British royal family, and a delusional conviction that their lives are brimming with luxury. Surely, the thinking goes, selections of the Grand Crus de Bordeaux must accompany even the most casual meal at which royals are present. But in reality, the Royal Family’s (RF) palates are […]
October 17, 1814 started as a day like any other in London. Most of the men in the parish of St. Giles, a poor working-class London neighborhood, were off to work. A group of women were holding a wake to comfort a friend who had just lost her two-year-old son, and a mother and daughter were having tea. […]