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Ten Foot Polecats
Ten Foot Polecats | I Get Blamed For Everything I Do
There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston, but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi.
Hillgrass Bluebilly (2010)
| April 23, 2010
Bistro du Midi
Bistro du Midi purports to serve "authentic Provençal" cuisine, but Midi actually refers to all of southern France.
Fine, but not necessarily French
| February 12, 2010
Keep up with the Mad Men
Don Draper and his ad men swig whiskey all day like it's no thing, but some of you daintier folk may think scotch and bourbon are too harsh.
A whiskey primer to get you in the door
| December 11, 2009
Drink like Don
If Mad Men has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't go to a 1960s advertising executive for health advice.
Whiskey drinks for people who don’t like whiskey. Yet.
| December 11, 2009
If you’ve got special reason to drown or celebrate this fall, Portland’s mixologists offer several autumnal elixirs that take advantage of the flavors and clean-slate feeling of fall.
Fall cocktails at local restaurants
| October 16, 2009
Where everybody knows its name
In describing the changes that have shaped the South End since Jeremiah J. Foley poured his first glass of whiskey there one century ago this month, one need not look far for metaphors.
J.J. Foley's Celebrates its 100th
| September 11, 2009
The Felice Brothers | Yonder Is the Clock
You want to believe that an album like Yonder Is the Clock is conjured rather than recorded
Team Love (2009)
| May 01, 2009
Slice of Heaven
Like mama used to say, don't fix what's not broken. In the kitchen, after requisite recipe fine-tuning and repair, after you have it tasting wonderful, slowly step away from that mixing bowl.
All this and bagels, too
| April 10, 2009
Although he's an MIT astrophysicist, John doesn't use science to go at the mystery so much as pints of whiskey and lunatic calls to the FBI.
The plot is a sham, and Proyas's slick visuals do little to dress it up.
| March 18, 2009
Patrick, the potato, and pork
In just a few short days, the life of Saint Patrick will be celebrated the world over with his namesake holiday, Ireland's most visible mark on the global calendar.
An affordable Irish dinner
| March 04, 2009
Review: Craigie on Main
While culinary fads have come and gone, Chef Tony Maws has stuck by his sound principles.
Local, fresh, and fantastic
| January 28, 2009
On the 10th drink of Christmas
Seen through the right lens, Christmas looks like a season of devilish malevolence — a time of gloomy cold, bad movies, gift anxiety and consumer hoards, inane music repeated indefinitely, and family, hour after hour, day after chatty day.
Navigating the holidays with seasonal stagger
| December 08, 2008
Don José Tequilas
With the restaurants on Federal Hill packed bruschetta to osso buco, competing in slow-mo culinary combat, it’s good to see one old favorite survive and even thrive.
A great Mexican outpost on the Hill
| September 10, 2008
Red Roses and Petrol
A parody of stereotypes
| September 09, 2008
The West Deck
Shame on us. There we were, scratching our heads over which Newport restaurant to choose as the destination for an visitor, and we didn’t think of the West Deck until last.
Not to be forgotten
| August 27, 2008
Why drink organic booze? There might be a practical reason: fewer, or less-aggressive, hangovers.
| June 11, 2008
Platters such as “catfish pâté” can be visually hilarious, but also really delicious.
Beverly Hillbillies food goes to Paris
| May 21, 2008
Garden at the Cellar’s All-Day Egg Sandwich
Anyone with a passion for whiskey knows it’s easy to argue until closing time about the respective merits of Scotch and bourbon.
No, it’s not two for $3, and yes, it’s worth every extra penny
| April 30, 2008
Don't let Portland come in second
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’ll lose to Boston.
Twin city tournament
| March 12, 2008
Lowell is known for Kerouac, its historic canal system, and the Industrial Revolution, not the “high and lonesome” sound of bluegrass.
The rootsy routes of Hot Day at the Zoo
| January 22, 2008
Great Scotch is nothing new
In 1969, in Ballindalloch, in the Speyside region of Scotland's north coast, the master distiller at Glenlivet filled 10 wooden casks with raw and fiery whisky.
Put a bow around the water of life this Christmas
| December 10, 2007
Nixon being Nixon
Nixon’s Nixon is to Richard Nixon what Dante’s Inferno was to Satan, though less sympathetic.
Gamm’s funny night at the White House
| October 30, 2007
Razzy’s infused vodka
To me, non-infused vodka reeks of hairspray, while infused vodka reeks of pretentious cocktails and strained conversation. But...
| October 17, 2007
A man walks into a bar.
Rebecca Barry’s bar stories
| October 09, 2007
Ronan Noone is flummoxed.
Brendan introduces the American Ronan Noone
| October 01, 2007
Around the clock
Any drink with which you can, reasonably and tastefully, both begin your morning and end your evening, is my kind of drink.
Savor sambuca and its siblings from morning until night
| July 27, 2007
I was working on the Russian paradox, when it slapped me right in the column!
Russian around for decent Siberian food
| July 18, 2007
A toast to the Good Life
The Russian word “vodka” translates as “little water.”
so many vodkas … can’t we have more time?
| July 13, 2007
Born in the USA
If you’re like most Americans, you’ll celebrate Independence Day with a backyard barbecue and a few brews.
Celebrate Independence Day with a classic American cocktail
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| June 29, 2007
All alcohol, all the time
Who needs mixers?
| June 18, 2007
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