So after spending two hours with Mad Men’s John Williams, I am convinced that he is a man of purpose, and that purpose is swindling free surfing lessons from Mad Men star John Slattery. Beyond that, he is an experienced bartender, an up and coming Hollywood actor, and a partner in www.themonkeybox.com, a sketch comedy site that is getting the attention of more than just John’s Monkey Box cast members. See the full post »
Thirteen years. That was how long Prohibition lasted in the United States as a result of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I am thoroughly convinced that this generation could not handle it. It was a brutal war.
For example, a woman named Carrie Nation would go into saloons and start breaking bottles with a hatchet. She described herself as “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what he doesn’t like.” See the full post »
What is it?
Ginger beer is one of the best kept non-alcoholic secrets in beverage. You are probably familiar with ginger ale (an airline favorite), but ginger beer is a very different beast. Ginger beer is typically made using natural ingredients in an artesian way, whereas ginger ale is produced using industrial processes. Ginger ale ends up tasting like Sprite with ginger syrup added, whereas ginger beer can be very complex, bursting with ginger flavor, and often with small pieces of ginger floating in the liquid visible to the human eye. See the full post »
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Everyone knows that feeling. You wake up around three hours after your alarm has given up trying to wrestle you out of bed. Your hair’s a mess and your face is caked with make up from the night before. This is truly alarming as you don’t usually, or ever, wear make up to nightclubs. Having spent the night in your clothes has left that brand new suit you just got back from the tailor yesterday covered in cat hair and down-comforter lint. It’s ruined. Rising from the bed (is it even yours?) you stub your toe on an empty RU-21 box and mumble an obscenity. You should not have gotten so drunk last night.
In theory, every night has the potential to cause the above morning after. Standard hangover victims ought to consider themselves lucky, as they’ve most likely narrowly avoided the truly disastrous aftermaths that these “holidays” can cause. See the full post »
Beer • Spirits • Wine
The number one killer of Americans today is heart disease from obesity. So, when a mutineer talks about being fat it’s not a laughing matter… Okay, maybe the “truffle shuffle” is a laughing matter, but Jeff Cohen’s childhood obesity is merely a rare exception. Suffice it to say that us Californians undoubtedly place a heavy emphasis on staying light. See the full post »
Number 5 – ASPARTAME
Okay, so aspartame isn’t really gross tasting or smelling. In fact, it’s pretty sweet… Until you have BRAIN TUMORS growing out of your eyes from its ill effects. Aspartame has long been a favorite substitute for more natural sweeteners like, well… sugar since its discovery by James M. Schlattler in 1965. Originally an anti-ulcer drug candidate, Aspartame’s sweet taste was actually an accident. Nowadays, consumers ingest a lot of the drug on a daily basis. Huge culprits are Sugar-Free Red Bull and Diet Coke. See the full post »
It’s 11 pm in a crowded bar. Feel free to insert the name of the bar in the city of your choice, but the scene is somewhat similar anywhere you go. That is, you are in a bar or club that serves some of the latest and greatest martini-styled drinks. You know the ones I’m talking about… The Cosmos, the Lemon Drops, the Apple Martinis. They all come from the bartender’s hand in a fancy stemmed martini glass. After a feeling of appreciation, you are now left to make your way through the crowded bar without spilling the contents on your shoes, the floor, or even worse, on somebody’s freshly laundered clothes. Unlike the “Angel’s Share,” which winemakers (especially Cognac producers) respectfully accept as the part of the wine lost to evaporation and other elements during the production and aging processes, I refer to this spilled portion of my martini as the “Devil’s Share”. Damn him. See the full post »
I was chatting with some friends down in Pacific Beach yesterday, when it occurred to me that I had it all wrong. I thought Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was going to be this summer’s blockbuster, runaway hit. No. Hell no. Everyone, well more specifically, every girl in the country it seems, is going to be lining up this weekend to be the first to see the hugely anticipated Sex and the City movie.
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