On the Right Time for a Stiff Drink and the Bitter Aftertaste of Prohibition

An afternoon ounce of single malt in the bar at Hawksworth | Photo: Scout Magazine

In the face of the loss of one of the greatest culinary icons of our time, The New Yorker’s Helen Rosner found a way to put into words what so many of us felt about Anthony Bourdain.

Emails like this from Bourdain to comedian Patton Oswalt make it hurt even more:

In a way, I suppose, we’ll always what Bourdain gave us. The depth and breadth of his travels and culinary explorations were vast, as unforgettably demonstrated in the body of work that is Parts Unknown.

So if you are anything like me and you feel like you might need to eat your feelings this week, these mac ‘n cheese-stuffed waffles might do the trick.

Or perhaps you’re more in the mood for a meandering food and drink tour from East Van to Gastown, in which case check out local musician Robbie Slade’s turn at doing The Dishes.

And if you could use a stiff drink as well, consider heading to L’Abattoir to try the Edith Piaf-inspired Little Sparrow cocktail.

The Smithsonion does a deep dive into the bitter aftertaste of Prohibition in the United States.

The Supreme Court’s decision on a same-sex wedding cake case in the US was indeed a blow to LGBTQ rights, but in a tiny glimmer of hope it appears the ruling does not set a legal precedent as of yet.

“On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 decision in favor of the baker in the emotionally charged Masterpiece Cakeshop case. While this may seem like a major blow to LGBTQ patrons, the holding is quite narrow, and does not decide the most significant issues in the case. Nowhere in the opinion does the Court address the underlying constitutional questions of whether baking a cake is an act of expression protected by the First Amendment, nor does it hold that the religious freedom claims of a baker outweigh a state’s public accommodations laws.”

A look back at Chinatown’s Green Door, an infamous underground restaurant off of East Pender that served up delightful fair for more than 60 years.

The long list of ethics violations facing EPA Chief Scott Pruitt is nothing to laugh at but the fact that he’s been asked to stop dining at the White House mess hall kind of is.

Folks, when it comes to food I can get on board with a lot of things but beer ramen ain’t one of ‘em.

In a follow-up to last week’s news about Canada’s national food waste, here’s some simple suggestions for reducing waste by keeping your fruits and veggies fresh.

In honour of Negroni Week, Imbibe has shared a collection of stunning photos of the classic cocktail being enjoyed from coast to coast.

Speaking on Negroni Week, our Drinking via Instagram honour this week goes to @marketjg_van and their creative riff on the classic

Things we already knew: Richmond is home to some of the best Asian food in North America – The New York Times reports.

With a reported four out of five female farm workers experiencing sexual violence at work, these women are taking to the streets to have their voices heard.

The strange controversy over a ‘bleeding’ veggie burger and a questionable ingredient that has the food policy folks in a tizzy.

Check out the substantial lot of pre-batched cocktails at Juke Fried Chicken in the most recent instalment of “Bartifacts”.

As Vancouver moves to ban plastic straws in the coming months, it’s important to consider how this ban affects people with disabilities for whom the straw is not a luxury.

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