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How to Taste 50 Gins

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American Gin

© Antonis Achilleos

Tasting 30 or 40 wines in the course of an afternoon is no big deal for me anymore, but when faced with tasting 50 gins (for “An American Gin Renaissance” in the November issue), I had to take my time. I found that at most, I could taste about six different gins in one sitting—the alcohol was too strong, the juniper too palate-walloping. Read more >

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Kitchen Trash

Pippa Middleton's Kooky Halloween Party Tips

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Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

© David Malosh

“It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom,” admits Pippa Middleton in her new book Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends, which will be released next week. Also a bit surprising: the socialite's kooky Halloween party tips.>>

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Wine Wednesday

Wines for October Breast Cancer Awareness

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Courtesy of Peju

Courtesy of Peju

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Though that's not normally a wine-related subject, in fact several wineries have made commitments to help fight breast cancer. Some donate profits to help fund mammograms, some help support medical center, and some contribute to breast cancer research—no matter which route they've chosen, it's a good road to take. Here are four that are doing their share »

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Dining Debates

Presidential Food Fight: Boston vs. Chicago

Boston vs Chicago: Jamie Bissonnette & Stephanie Izard
Boston vs Chicago: Jamie Bissonnette & Stephanie Izard

Jamie Bissonnette © Marie Wu. Stephani Izard © Chris Buck.

With the presidential election looming, it’s not just the two candidates engaging in rivalry. President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's Boston (the site of his election night party) have joined in the fight. It’s the Chicago dog versus the grinder, deep-dish versus thin-crust, the South Side versus the North End. In Boston’s corner we have Jamie Bissonnette, the chef and partner of Coppa and Toro, who champions Boston’s vibrant, casual epicurean attitude of “eat often, drink often and have fun.” Representing Chicago is Top Chef season 4 winner and chef-owner of Girl and the Goat, Stephanie Izard, who believes that Chicago’s explosion of new restaurants and chefs will take her city over the edge. “It’s a really exciting time in Chicago,” Izard says. “I can hardly keep up.” Here, the chefs square off in a categorical comparison of the two great cities. >

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Kitchen Trash

Cooking Your Wife and Other Food Crimes

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© Quentin Bacon

© Quentin Bacon

Is it my imagination or is food-related crime on the rise?

Not that criminal activity involving food is a brand new thing. Here’s an AP dispatch from July 2004, featuring the activities of Michael Monn, who was arrested on his 23rd birthday in Maryville, TN, while "drunk, nude and covered with nacho cheese." Take it away, AP:

"Monn was detained early Sunday as he ran toward a Jeep in the parking lot outside a swimming pool snack bar. According to police, he was stark naked and was carrying a box of Frito Lay snacks and a container of nacho cheese. 'The male had nacho cheese in his hair, on his face and on his shoulders,'" Here now, more recent crimes—some much more serious than others—from the culinary world. »

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