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A Conversation With Dave Eggers and Mokhtar Alkhanshali About 'The Monk of Mokha'
One day I walked into a specialty coffee shop and had a cup of naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region. I tasted blueberries, honeysuckle, and it had a sweet lingering aftertaste. The barista spoke to me about where it was grown, the elevation, varietal, how it was processed — but most of all, how their direct relationship to these growers make it possible for the farmers to make more money and live a better life. That part of it really became my entry point into the world of coffee.
coffee  drinking  africa  food  farming  culture  writing  nonfiction  books 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Gay Bar: Is it dying? - By June Thomas - Slate Magazine
In his much-cited 1989 book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg celebrated so-called third places, which he defined as "the core settings of informal public life." Not the home, not the office, the third place is a space like the Viennese coffee shop, the French cafe, or the British pub, a venue for "regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home and work." You've probably heard Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz name-check this theory as a justification for his coffee empire. But it also helps explain why gay bars have been so vital to gay culture. Oldenburg valued these spots because the ease of association fosters community life and satisfies individuals' need for communion. This urge to find community is especially strong for gay people, who may be rejected by their families or shunned by their co-workers. The third place is even more precious when places one and two are hotbeds of homophobia.
drinking  alcohol  gay  public  business  community 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The hardest part about quitting drinking? Dating - Life stories -
Most people you find attractive are not necessarily people you can spend a lot of time around. Getting drunk has the effect of turning any occasion into a party, though, and looking back, it can also do that with people. I always knew that alcohol made me feel so much more interesting. What I hadn't fully realized is how it made other people so much more interesting. When I think about successful dates from the past now, I wonder whether we were just fooling each other.
drinking  alcohol  dating  love  relationships 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Burghound, For the Love of Port, and other great niche wine sites. - By Mike Steinberger - Slate Magazine
It is one part opportunity, one part necessity. Thanks to this global quality revolution, there are more wine-growing areas than ever that merit undivided attention, and the Internet has given wine journalists a cheap and easy platform from which to peddle that kind of particularized knowledge. But because of the Internet, there are also probably more people than ever writing about wine. Anyone with a computer and a corkscrew can be a critic now; offering regional expertise is a way of standing out in an increasingly crowded field.
wine  socialmedia  beverages  attention  blogging  social  drinking  alcohol 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sobriety and Maggie Dammit: What It's Like Now | BlogHer
And yes, I get angry -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get scared -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get brutally honest -— new, and scary, but clean. Because I also get happy, now, joyous, even, and while terrifying, it’s the cleanest I’ve ever felt, a spick-and-span soul, a core clicked into place, an energy whirring and humming along as it should be, through no doing of my own. My life a beast that cannot, should not, be wrangled, tamed, steered, one that’s happiest if I simply let it run as I hold on tight, but not too tight, close my eyes against the force of it and ride.
drinking  alcohol  health  behavior  sobriety  writing  nonfiction 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Karaoke industry may be facing the music -
For what was supposed to have been a flash in the pan, the karaoke phenomenon has had a long run. Musician Inoue Daisuke created the karaoke machine in 1971 using a car stereo, a coin box and an amplifier; the first karaoke "box" venue opened in 1984 in a converted freight car in a Japanese rice field.

The 1990s brought a surge in popularity for karaoke, which means "empty orchestra" in Japanese, not "tone-deaf" as urban legends have it.

"In the beginning, karaoke was kind of a gimmicky thing," said Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine. "But it's worked its way into all the cracks in the culture."
karaoke  music  drinking  losangeles  ritual  public  alcohol  entertainment  leisure  recession  publishing 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Women Who Drink Gain Less Weight - Well Blog -
Dieters are often advised to stop drinking alcohol to avoid the extra calories lurking in a glass of wine or a favorite cocktail. But new research suggests that women who regularly consume moderate amounts of alcohol are less likely to gain weight than nondrinkers and are at lower risk for obesity.
alcohol  women  drinking  health  men  nytimes 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
When Cocktails Were Office Supplies -
When it comes to choosing a character’s poison, Ms. Perello said, many people have input, starting with the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner: “Matt will say, ‘I want them to have a brown liquor.’ And I’ll go, ‘Let’s do a nonblended Scotch, because this is a person who would appreciate that.’ ”

The cocktail historian David Wondrich, 48, thinks an old-fashioned is a conservative choice for the young Draper, but considers his preference for Canadian Club “exactly right. We’d had years of destruction of the American whiskey industry up until then. So the Canadian stuff was viewed as being pretty good.”

“The big Scotches were Bell’s, Black & White, Teacher’s, White Horse,” Mr. Rea said. “When you’re drinking Canadian Club, you’re showing people you drink a better brand” of whiskey. He and Mr. Wondrich also said Betty Draper’s taste for Tom Collinses and vodka gimlets was spot on.
liquor  story  television  cable  drinking  alcohol  1960s 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge - We plead the 21st.: The Guide to Your Home Bar: Part 1
This makes me want to clean my kitchen. I mean thoroughly. Bless you,!
drinking  alcohol  diy  beverages 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Media has heaviest drinkers, poll finds | Media | The Guardian
Media workers are the heaviest drinking professionals in England, consuming the equivalent of more than four bottles of wine or more than 19 pints of beer a week, according to government research. People in the profession drink an average of 44 units a week, around double the recommended limit, a Department of Health survey finds. The NHS recommended maximum alcohol consumption for men is 21 to 28 units a week – three to four units a day. For women, the maximum is 14-21 units a week – two to three units a day.
alcohol  newspapers  journalism  media  drinking  beer  wine  television  radio  uk  europe  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Consumers skip Starbucks for plain ol' joe - Crain's New York Business
Coffee drinkers who have scaled back the most since the beginning of the year, according to the online survey of 500 Americans conducted between Jan. 14 and 15, are consumers aged 45 to 54, with fully half (50.4%) saying they have "cut back a lot" on fancy or expensive takeout coffee. That was followed by consumers 35 to 44 (37.5%) and 25 to 34 (33.3%). As might be expected, those who had trimmed the expense the most were in the lower of the survey's income brackets (48.6% earned between $20,000 and $39,000, and 33.6% earned below $20,000; the latter presumably included college students, who are a sweet spot for Starbucks).
But salary didn't appear to be that big a factor among the 92% who said they are cutting back on back on expensive coffee to save money: The percentage was close to even across all income levels, including $75,000-plus.
coffee  drinking  economics  beverages  caffeine  work  finance  research 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under the Needle: The old drinks are here with him in spirits
"J.P. Morgan drank a Manhattan at the market's closing every day," Clarke said after a slow sip. "What did his Manhattan taste like? That's what I want to know -- what history tasted like."
drinking  alcohol  seattle  history  beverages 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brew a Good Cup of Joe - US News and World Report
"Making great coffee at home requires only a few basic steps. First, buy great beans. Most connoisseurs recommend Arabica beans, which tend to be milder and sweeter than other commercial varieties. Next, use the correct ratio of water to coffee. For drip coffee makers, this means a rounded tablespoon of coffee for every two cups of water. Last, serve while hot and fresh."
coffee  caffeine  beverages  drinking  water 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Me and My Girls - The Night of the Gun - David Carr -
"I now inhabit a life I don’t deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon."
drugs  drinking  alcohol  minnesota  memory  writing  recovery 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
El Oso » Blog Archive » Thoughts on Media Attention, Development, Ninjas, and Chivas
"We should be learning new languages, we should be introducing our friends in one country to our friends in another. And we should always drink at least three mojitos when we do."
world  nigeria  japan  ninjas  media  attention  identity  war  drinking  cinema  film  africa  globalization 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Desert Island: Q&A with Willy Vlautin - Screening Room
"[I]t's a really bad habit to sit there and beat the shit out of yourself. And I've done it. I'm really good at it. I'm trying to be better at that, but fuck man, that's like trying to change who you are."
writing  fiction  creativity  health  drinking  nevada  interviews 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Life: Pairing wine with Asian and Hawaiian cuisine -
"Two things make Riesling the most versatile wine with our style of food: great acid profile and a little bit of sweetness – it's an off-dry wine. How many dishes do you know that aren't enhanced by a squeeze of lemon or a squeeze of lime?"
wine  beverages  food  asian  hawaii  drinking  cooking 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On being unmarried for forty years, by Lisa Gabriele -
"That's why most relationships crack under pressure, I think — they're not built to fix us. We're supposed to fix them."
relationships  marriage  love  identity  friendship  alcohol  drinking  sex  religion  essay 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Willy Vlautin
"Writing at the track is the best. You're surrounded by horses and weirdoes and gamblers and drinkers. All of those things relax me to no end. Plus, whenever you get tired or burned out, you can always bet a race."
books  interview  interviews  portland  creativity  fiction  writing  novels  nevada  drinking 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What's on Tap: Which pairs better with fine food - beer or wine? - San Jose Mercury News
"The truth is that the majority of beer drunk in the United States is some variance of a light lager. But craft beer is different. It has as much presence and body as good wine, and these days can contain as much alcohol as wine."
beer  wine  alcohol  beverages  drinking  food  california  riesling 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A history of the hangover. - By Inigo Thomas - Slate Magazine
"The Scots, the Irish, the Welsh, and the English seem to have special relationships with the hangover. Why do societies drink? The answer is obvious, in a way, but not entirely."
drinking  beverages  alcohol  wine  health  uk  social 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Gerard Woodward
"The troubled attitude of the English to alcohol seems often to stem from an anxiety about lack of supply. [...] Managed well, the drinking of alcohol is a beautiful experience — socially cohesive, possibly even enlightening."
alcohol  drinking  beverages  beer  wine  uk  writing  food  families  fiction  social 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Tell Her Story: Lesbian Bars in the San Francisco East Bay
A great essay revealing historical ley lines across the local landscape
gay  oakland  eastbay  bayarea  cities  drinking  alcohol  community 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Amy Winehouse in "Is Kanye West headlining this year's Glastonbury?" | News | Guardian Unlimited Music
"There are certain instances where I'll be out and I'll be drunk, and I'll come to work and I'll be shattered. Then there are other days where I'm like, 'Listen, if you want to have a nice day, please get me some alcohol.'"
alcohol  work  jobs  uk  music  addiction  drinking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Why booze and cigarettes are essential for good journalism. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
"The wise editor understands that quality journalism requires a bad attitude, foul words, a brawl, and sometimes a drink afterward."
alcohol  drinking  journalism  media  newspapers  writing  identity  beverages  speech  philosophy  editing 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Last call - The Boston Globe
"I went to Fritz to watch a World Series game this year, and it was fun to be in a room with a bunch of gay men enjoying a sports event in the way gay men would. [...]"
gay  social  public  boston  massachusetts  cities  urban  identity  demography  society  culturalstudies  drinking 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How to dial back a Starbucks habit --
"[I]f one were to direct that $900 (or five lattes a week for a year) annually into an investment with a 5 percent return rate, 'after 30 years, you would have $59,794.' "
economics  money  coffee  beverages  caffeine  drinking 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Crackdown on middle class wine drinkers-Life & Style-Health-TimesOnline
"We know from international evidence that it’s measures that tackle price and availability where one can really make a difference. There is a very clear link between price and consumption. It’s never been cheaper in real terms than it is now."
wine  beverages  drinking  uk  health  government  economics 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Increasing Popularity of Sex in Public Places -- New York Magazine
"[Y]ou can split arousal into two categories: danger arousal, which is a call to arms or to action, and sexual arousal, which is a call to reproduce. They’re two sides of the same coin, but the brain doesn’t always know the difference [...]"
sex  relationships  nyc  public  men  women  psychology  anonymity  behavior  drinking 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Times Online: We’re too boozy to be cafe people, says Blears
“I don’t know whether we’ll ever get to be in a European drinking culture, where you go out and have a single glass of wine. Maybe it’s our Anglo-Saxon mentality. We actually enjoy getting drunk. I think there is a bit about risk-taking."
alcohol  uk  drinking  law  leisure  public 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #39
"And I found myself wishing, while it was playing, that I could be Kate Bush sitting at a piano. This, instead of playing air guitar to Page's solo on 'Stairway to Heaven.' What could it mean?"
aesthetics  popmusic  rock  teenagers  music  memory  men  children  friendship  gender  detroit  school  uk  drinking 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Ideology of Taste
"A free society is one in which you can't make people do what they should, even what is demonstrably good for them, until they are ready - ideally, at least. And I had a good deal of idealism with regard to myself."
food  politics  cooking  aesthetics  drinking 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Drink, Don't Drink. Drink, Don't Drink.
"There are these really ambiguous messages about alcohol that you end up receiving from the leadership of the country. The messages end up being very mixed up and very confusing. And this ambivalence has been around a long time."
alcohol  wine  beverages  politics  kansas  christianity  drinking 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: A brush with crush / Wine writer learns what it's like to pick, pump and polish
"In my poor Spanish, I had been able to explain that I am a journalist and am working on a story. The men understood that, but they're telling each other, 'He is a writer; that's why he needs to make extra money.'"
wine  work  jobs  california  alcohol  writing  journalism  newspapers  farming  beverages  drinking 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Drinking It In
"[B]oth are dedicated to altering human consciousness -- churches by exalting it, bars by pickling it -- they tend to engender a sense of mystery and wonder."
alcohol  spirituality  drinking  christianity  leisure  books 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Starbuckless Syndrome?
"If you stop drinking coffee, you get irritable, get a headache. That doesn't mean you're mentally ill. Anytime anybody ever suggests a new category should go into this three-pound DSM, we should ask if there's a drug company connection."
caffeine  drinking  drugs 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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