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August 2008

Spilling over with commentary

Vodka spill staggers traffic on Highway 101 (08-28) 11:31 PDT SUNNYVALE -- Traffic on Highway 101 in Sunnyvale is slow because of an overturned big rig that spilled vodka over the roadway. The crash happened about 7:50 a.m. on southbound Highway 101 at North Matilda Avenue. The California Highway Patrol... Read more →

Busting out in Boston reports on Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park's new venue Drink. The story has a few details that don't seem to align- classic drinks, 1950's food, molecular gastronomy, cocktail party vibe, vintage glassware, Funyuns- but all of the elements sound fun. Except I think she's saying there will be... Read more →

Slow drinks

It turns out this Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco is kind of a big deal. I hadn't been paying attention because I generally think of food as the stuff that garnishes drinks. But it turns out there will be a lot of drinks there too. In the Taste... Read more →

To do: rum, rum, rum. To do: rum, rum.

Rum is a big, giant, looming category of spirits that's intimidating to newbies and more experienced drinkers alike. That's because the only thing that brings brands of rum together is that somewhere at some point sugar cane was involved. The thing that's distilled, how and where it's aged or not,... Read more →

Bad barhavior

Surprisingly, this was not a quote about journalists on press trips: "They scream, they sing, they fall down, they take their clothes off, they cross-dress, they vomit," Malia's mayor, Konstantinos Lagoudakis, said in an interview. It's a story about ill-behaved Brits on vacation. I've certainly seen my share of alcohol-introduced... Read more →

Items: National edition

Eric Felten disses the gun and takes on boutique tonic and Italian sodas. Also, a history of drinking and the Olympics. Darcy at The Art of Drink finds an early historical reference to falernum- and a recipe. A New York bar opens that serves only absinthe and beer. Oh Gosh... Read more →

Vodka for dinner

Last night I went to the Square One Vodka and summer barbecue pairing dinner at Orson in San Francisco. I've been to many cocktail pairing dinners before, but this one worked especially well. Why? Because it's vodka. Unlike stronger flavored booze like tequila or scotch, vodka is more adaptable to... Read more →