Some of the World’s Best Gin Comes From…Spain?

Gin-tonic-obsessed Spaniards are distilling some exceptional spirits; here are five gins so good you’ll want to sip them neat Sometime in the past dozen years, bartenders in Spain stopped asking what you wanted to drink. They didn’t have to; everyone wanted a gin tonic. (The Spanish drop the “and” for a smoother phrase.) A G&T in… Continue reading “Some of the World’s Best Gin Comes From…Spain?”

Are These the World’s Best Refried Beans?

From the Saveur archives: Unearthing the legendary refritos from Austin’s Las Manitas The beloved refried beans, recreated from the recipe shared with us by Austin’s Las Manitas Matt Taylor-Gross Archives are imperfect. Anyone who’s ever cleared out a long-neglected basement or garage knows how easy it is to accidentally toss out cherished keepsakes, like a family… Continue reading “Are These the World’s Best Refried Beans?”

Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas

On Christmas in America, Jews eat Chinese food. So the story goes. According to the food blog First We Feast, the New York Chinese food restaurant Shun Lee West books 1,300 reservations on Christmas Day, as of 2014. The Atlantic reports that the tradition was well in place by 1910. The assumption many people might make… Continue reading “Why American Jews Eat Chinese Food on Christmas”

Beautiful midcentury book covers in ‘The Illustrated Dust Jacket’

“The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970” by Martin Salisbury; Thames & Hudson (200 pages, $39.95) ——— What makes an outstanding book cover? The Book Jacket Designers Guild of the 1940s and ’50s defined the art as the “successful integration of concept with graphic means … and expression of the spirit of the book.” In other words, a… Continue reading “Beautiful midcentury book covers in ‘The Illustrated Dust Jacket’”

US cheese-making states to enjoy tariff boon

US cheese-producing states, especially Wisconsin, the nation’s largest producer, will benefit from China’s recent move to reduce tariffs on cheese from 12 percent to 8 percent. The tariff reduction on US cheese was one of 187 US product categories that China cut tariffs on by 17.3 percent to 7.7 percent. In 2016, Wisconsin was the fourth-largest… Continue reading “US cheese-making states to enjoy tariff boon”

Is that Manischewitz? The Kosher wine is a hit in some Caribbean communities.

Just over a year ago, I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw a picture of a billboard in Haiti advertising Manischewitz wine. The kosher wine has been a constant in Jewish homes for Passover seders and sacramental occasions. In Jewish circles, Manischewitz has a certain nostalgic value, but it’s not exactly considered a fine wine.… Continue reading “Is that Manischewitz? The Kosher wine is a hit in some Caribbean communities.”

Travel to Auberge Peter Pan in Madagascar To Find Your Own Neverland

Photographer Tanveer Badal recalls munching on fresh fish and goat at the island oasis built, as a refuge, by two Italian expats A meal to remember Tanveer Badal Dario and Valerio wanted to create a place of their own. Growing up in a small, conservative Italian town, the 30-something gay couple never felt they truly belonged… Continue reading “Travel to Auberge Peter Pan in Madagascar To Find Your Own Neverland”

The Best New Cookbooks of 2017

This year, we turned to cookbooks to inspire, entertain, and educate us—here are our favorites of 2017 2017 was a strong year for cookbooks, from essential tomes capturing underrepresented cuisines to debut projects from celebrated chefs and one unpublished manuscript from a legendary fashion magazine designer. Through the good times and the bad, we turned to… Continue reading “The Best New Cookbooks of 2017”

These Livestock Portraits Were the Ultimate Displays of Wealth in 19th-Century Britain

The exaggerated paintings of landowners with their oversized cows, pigs, and sheep were the Instagram status-symbol photos of yesteryear Portrait of the Short-Horned Bull ‘Patriot’, 1810 Yale Center for British Art A smiling selfie with a brand new set of wheels, the perfectly-composed shot from a tropical resort getaway, faux-candid snaps on a private jet: these… Continue reading “These Livestock Portraits Were the Ultimate Displays of Wealth in 19th-Century Britain”

How to Drink Your Way Down the Craft Beer Trail of Newfoundland, Canada

The island’s jagged coasts and rugged landscapes have long drawn adventurous travelers, but now, Newfoundland is making a name for itself in the craft brewing world Sonja Mills, one of the founders of Port Rexton Brewing, in their school house converted tap room that also doubles as an art gallery for local artists. Michelle Heimerman In… Continue reading “How to Drink Your Way Down the Craft Beer Trail of Newfoundland, Canada”