Category Archives: Food and Drink

Against Aioli

Now that we’ve figured out the existence of God and the reality of time, let’s get down to the important issues: please stop putting aioli on hot dogs. Recently, a casual restaurant called the Dog Haus opened right on the … Continue reading

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Shaken v. Stirred

Seth MacFarlane will probably do a good job hosting the Oscars, although he’s bound to rub some people the wrong way. Indeed he’s already started, with this little jibe at James Bond. Not that anyone really objects to poking fun … Continue reading

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Inaugural Cosmic Variance Whisky Tasting

One of the consequences of having a blog is that people occasionally offer to send you free stuff. Not out of the goodness of their hearts, for the most part; rather, because they’d like some free publicity in return. Usually … Continue reading

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Making Coffee

My new-espresso-machine wave function has not yet collapsed. In the meantime, via Cynical-C, here are two videos from Intelligentsia Coffee in Venice (CA, not Italy). Making espresso, and making siphon (or “syphon,” apparently) coffee. Suffice it to say that my … Continue reading

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Coffee Rituals

We’re long overdule for an open-type thread around here, so let me provide the excuse by asking one of the world’s great questions: what’s the best way to make coffee? I’m an eclectic coffee drinker; I like espresso but also … Continue reading

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Engineer’s Guide to Drinks

It’s Friday and science keeps getting in the way of blogging, but here’s one of the more useful posts you’ll ever get from us: via FlowingData, the Engineer’s Guide to Drinks. Yes, there is a full-sized pdf at the original … Continue reading

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Splitting the Bill

Continuing the end-of-year purge of things I don’t have time to properly blog about: be sure not to go to dinner with this guy. He might lash out at you as everyone is heading home. “We’re going to split the … Continue reading

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Candied Bacon Martini

Noelle Carter at the LA Times offers up some holiday bacon recipes, including one for a candied bacon martini. Now, we all know this is not a martini at all. But it looks pretty good. I just wanted to post … Continue reading

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The Omnivore’s Hundred

I’ve never been a big fan of those book-memes where you are supposed to highlight the ones you’ve read, etc. But here’s a list that I can’t resist — food! Very Good Taste (via Postbourgie and Ezra Klein) has a … Continue reading

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Wish List

In case anyone is wondering what to get me for Presidents’ Day, I’d be interested in a nice bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc. Not necessarily a whole case, or even a magnum; an ordinary bottle would be fine. In Slate, … Continue reading

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