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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)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  December 11, 2009

Seasonal sipping

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
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  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)
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009

Review: Knowing

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.
By TOM MEEK  |  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
By TODD RICHARD  |  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
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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
By JAYSON O’BRYAN  |  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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 10, 2008

Red Roses and Petrol

A parody of stereotypes
By 09/06/2008 06:00  |  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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 27, 2008

Eco-booze, eco-buzz

Why drink organic booze? There might be a practical reason: fewer, or less-aggressive, hangovers.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 11, 2008


Hungry Mother

Platters such as “catfish pâté” can be visually hilarious, but also really delicious.
Beverly Hillbillies food goes to Paris
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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

By KENJI ALT  |  April 30, 2008

Don't let Portland come in second

Thankfully, it doesn’t look like we’ll lose to Boston.
Twin city tournament
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 12, 2008

Northeast newgrass

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
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  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
By MIKE MILIARD  |  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
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  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...
Defying expectations
By RACHEL NOLAN  |  October 17, 2007

Thirsty nights

A man walks into a bar.
Rebecca Barry’s bar stories
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 09, 2007

Bye-bye blarney

Ronan Noone is flummoxed.
Brendan introduces the American Ronan Noone
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  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
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  July 27, 2007



I was working on the Russian paradox, when it slapped me right in the column!
Russian around for decent Siberian food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  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?
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  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
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 29, 2007

All alcohol, all the time

Who needs mixers?
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  June 18, 2007