On Bill Murray’s Latest Bar, Eating Carolina Reapers, and the Persistence of Tiki


The Daily Beast looks at the birth, death and rebirth of tiki bar culture.

Ever wonder what it’s like to live off of those emergency preparedness kits? Munchie’s gave it a shot and provides a full rundown of the seven day experience.

ICYMI: Scout digs down into the story behind Tacofino’s religiously-inspired logo.

This week in ill-advised choices: a gentleman enters a hot-pepper-eating contest and lands himself in the hospital after consuming a Carolina Reaper.

A familiar longing for more small, intimate and affordable spots in Vancouver. Case in point: the recently reopened La Taqueria on West Hastings.

This past week saw the release of the annual list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants with our very own Kissa Tanto coming in at number 10!

And for the first time, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants has also released a list for the 50 Best Bars. Huge shout to Keefer Bar for taking the number two spot in Canada. Well deserved!

On the increasing struggles of the Vermont milk industry in comparison to their thriving Canadian counterparts: NPR reports.

The strange tale of a misdelivered but much appreciated microwave.

The CBC reports on the City of Vancouver hosting an open house last week to explore solutions to single-use waste items including plastic bags, straws and coffee cups.

“Each week, more than two million plastic bags and two million disposable cups are thrown in the garbage in Vancouver. Single-use items cost Vancouver taxpayers about $2.5 million per year to collect from public waste bins and to clean up as litter, the city estimates.”

Chefs Felix Zhou of Heritage Asian Eatery and Mark Singson of FAM Inc are representing the city on this season of Top Chef Canada.

Food and Wine talks to seven female bartenders about their experiences with gender discrimination in the workplace.

From lamb popsicles at Vij’s and queso fundido at La Mezcaleria, Montecristo Magazine shares their picks for a few bucket list food items across the city.

You know that Dawson City bar that serves a cocktail with a human toe in it? Well good news! An ex-marine who recently lost three toes to frostbite is donating his severed digits as back-ups!

Last week it’s coffee. This week it’s alcohol. Listen up science! Make up your mind! Can we drink our favourites or not?

“The research found that drinking more than 100 grams of alcohol per week — equal to roughly seven standard drinks in the United States or five to six glasses of wine in the UK — increases your risk of death from all causes and in turn lowers your life expectancy.”

Looks like it’s time for a trip stateside! Food and Wine shares their picks for the best restaurants of 2018 with Seattle’s Junebaby coming in at number 9.

And in possibly the best news of the week, Bill Murray and his brothers are preparing to open a second Caddyshack-inspired bar in Chicago.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to @lisaposatska. For those moments you need a little sweet in your life, these orange polenta tea cakes would certainly hit the spot.

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