Last week, just for fun, I flew out to San Francisco to putter around on their trolleys and trains and busses and so forth. If you’ve never been to the Bay Area, or even if you have, I’d like to tell you some of the things they have out there, because I was frankly pretty […]
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Every year around June 21, Iceland natives and tourists gather for the three longest days of the year. The sun sets just after midnight and rises just before 3 a.m., but even when it’s “night time” it’s never really dark. Which, naturally, means festivals, endless partying, drinking, and rolling naked in the early morning dew […]
If you care about wine, you’ve probably noticed that when you go to a restaurant, red wines and whites come in different-shaped glasses. There’s a huge industry built on the idea that different wines — down to the varietal, in some cases! — need differently shaped glasses to show their true colors.
There’s a wine region you don’t know about but definitely should. Introducing Macedonia, the rocky, mountainous region of northern Greece. Brimming with steep slopes and bustling port cities, Macedonia is a wine producing mecca, with bottlings ranging from crisp, refreshing whites to heavy, bone- dry reds. The region is broken down into four parts: Amyndeon, Epanomi, […]
Gazpacho isn’t one of those “craving” sorts of dishes. It’s rare to hear a friend bemoan, “Oh man, I could really use some gazpacho right now.” And yet gazpacho is an ideal summer party food. It involves no cooking, you can make a big batch in minutes, and yes, you can spike it.
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 […]
Coffee — it’s a beverage most of us need in the morning in order to start the day. But do we actually know why we need it, and what it’s doing to our bodies? The need has a lot to do with the chemical effect caffeine has on our system, and it impacts us for hours […]
The majority of the world’s quality wine is dry, but interestingly, some of the most famous, long-lived, and expensive wines are, in fact, sweet. Wine lovers rave about vintage port from decades ago and clamor for a taste of the celebrated d’Yquem. Tokaji’s mythical essencia is traditionally served not from a glass but from a […]
My friend always eats the garnish, even if it’s a leaf of basil. Is this weird? The garnish is edible, so while this is quirky of your friend, it’s not really that weird. We eat olives and maraschino cherries, and they are technically garnishes, so if your friend wants to eat the garnish, power to […]