Monday, December 10, 2007

Here's a link to a new website - if you're interested.

Friday, December 07, 2007

If you're interested in learning something about copyright (especially with the new proposed legislation), you might want to buy this book.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Believe it or not, there are actually more foodie books coming before Christmas. You can start with these, though.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Canada by the Book (Association of Canadian Publishers) has this great website up.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Here's a link to a recent article in the National Post about great bars in New York city. Highly recommended places.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

My apologies go out to my one reader for posting so rarely. Regular blogging is a lot more time-intensive than it appears. Of course, my reader, being a blogger herself understands this. Aside from semi-regular work for a couple of dailies and monthlies and my teaching duties, I also have a monthly newsletter called Al's Hidden Gems. (Anyone who wants to subscribe can drop me a line at sismondo AT yorku DOT ca.) These duties often prevent me from scouring the interweb for hours to find interesting stories to comment on.

However, occasionally I glance away from my Word documents long enough to note something of interest, like the recent proposal to close the Matador or, today, this more disturbing news. It's distressing that Toronto can't support a proper bar culture - I mean grown-up spaces with really good drinks and no flashing lights - but can support another vile mega-club in that improperly named area of town which promises entertainment but, I'm sure, delivers no such thing.

I'm writing a story on the New York bar scene (which I'll link to when it appears). I also have thoughts on smoking bars which, perhaps, are appropriate for this forum. For the record, while I am a smoker (and always will be), I never smoke cigarettes anymore. I do have a cigar once in a while, though.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

This is my most recent screed to the City of Toronto.

The proposed plan to close the Matador to erect 14 parking spaces is an outrage. Once again the current Toronto administration receives a failing grade in my household. I will never vote for anybody involved with this plan.

Small-minded urban bureaucrats rarely understand what makes a city work. Guess what? Cultural and historical landmarks like the Matador are an important aspect of our lives. Cars, on the other hand, add nothing but pollution.

Thank you for working so hard to make Toronto a worse place to live. At least I know my outrageous property taxes are bring put to good use.


You should consider sending these soul-lacking bastards a letter, too. Check out their website here.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

I found a link to this article at Arts and Letters Daily and felt people coming here might enjoy.
I really liked this book. You can probably tell from this.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

This headline is about exactly right - how much do we really need (or want) to know about our food?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Since there are no articles of my own of late (don't worry, plenty coming - up to my neck in deadlines), I'll post to the sort of article I should be writing.

And speaking of smoking, reading and writing, have a look at this CNN piece about reading. What I found most bizarre was not that one in four haven't read a single book this year but that lady smoking (gasp) in what seems to be a public place. Where in the world can she possibly be?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

This is scary. It's not as if there aren't plenty of dry areas in the United States, it's just that so many of them are holdovers from the Volstead Act - not new alcohol-free zones. Anyhow, strike Athens off the list for summer getaways.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

This started out as a Pic1000 (the idea being a picture and a thousand words) to go along with Chris Jordan's image of jet trails. It sort of changed along the way. In a way, it could just have easily been accompanied by this picture.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

To really get a feel for what happened at Tales of the Cocktail, you MUST visit Spirits and Cocktails. Jamie's come up with a pretty brilliant idea - featuring everyone's cocktail, with photos and an anecdote about the person. More than almost anything I've read, it really gives the reader a sense of the event.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

The last line of this article could actually refer to me today.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Again, if you're in the area on Friday night, you might want to hit the Hotel Monteleone Queen Anne Ballroom at 8:30 pm for movie night. The following day we'll discuss what we learned at this.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Should you be in the New Orleans area this week, consider going to a spirited dinner Thursday night at Anatole. Raymond Toups has designed a fantastic dinner menu and James Meehan has concocted the drinks. Now, I'm sure all the spirited dinners will be amazing but, our drinks are bound to be the best - Meehan is widely considered the best mixologist in America today and I've seen his plan for the evening. Impressive.

I will also try my best to be an entertaining host.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I can't imagine anything worse than this. Why don't they ever announce there's a cure for people taking all these pills all the time? Oh, I guess there is, namely, drinking and smoking.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

And this, too!
This, from the Sunday Star. There wasn't enough room to address this but, speaking as a person who likes her tuna, it's shocking that the government won't address mercury emissions from coal-fired plants on the grounds that scrubbers won't do anything to prevent global warming. Toxic lethal pollution can now take a permanent backseat to the fear over CO2 emissions.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

This is a fun little article by Marion Kane. I think the reason he shared the lamb kebobs was cause they were overcooked. I'd had a lot of Zuidan - my favourite Dutch gin of the evening - by the time I got around to the bbq. Plus, it was dark by that point. The beef was better.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

From the Saturday Globe, in case you missed it. And this from the Sunday Star.


Saturday, April 21, 2007

I'm not sure I should post this but here goes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The most recent online edition of The Peer Review is up. The more recent print version should be on its way to you in the mail (if you're a subscriber). It seems somebody said something very nice about us recently:

For wit, wisdom, knowledge and know-how, The Peer Review has no peers."
-- GEORGE ELLIOT CLARKE, Governor-General Award Winner and EJ Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A little more about the exhibit here.

Also, I was sent two links today by some alcohol enthusiast types about places to drink. The first is great bars around the world. The second mentions at least one of the same bars. I particularly like the idea of "grey" bars in New York.


Sunday, March 11, 2007

The layout in the Sunday Star for this article is lovely. Of course you can't see all that online and have to go out and actually buy the paper. If you check out the back page of the Ideas section, there are excerpts from text panels from the exhibit - as well as a nice image from the Silver Rail. While you're out buying the paper, you might want to head to Steam Whistle and check out the actual exhibit, Bottoms Up: A Spirited History of Drink in Canada. There are, of course, more lovely images down there. I'll add a link to the website very soon. Like, now.

Scroll down on the main page and you'll see a link to the virtual exhibit.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hey, what do you know, a Wikipedia article about it! I found it looking for something else and have to ask around regarding the author - kind of exciting to be mentioned there. I hope people will add to it after the exhibit opens (March 7th).

Everyone should make some time to get to this. The graduate students at University of Toronto's museum studies department have done a fantastic job pulling it together.


Monday, February 19, 2007

You might want to spend a few days at this site. Cocktail podcasts are a pretty brilliant idea - something suggested to me about a year ago which I decided I didn't have any time for. (I still don't - so I'm not too upset.) What really upsets me, however, is the fact that they seem to be able to get Buffalo Trace in Copenhagen when I have to scour the southwest and bribe Kentuckians to bring it back for me.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

A little Sunday morning food reading. It might influence what you have for breakfast.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

In case you're looking for that perfect activity on a cold Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and which drinks I first started drinking, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap. If you really do want to hear about it, I suppose you should attend this.

Of course, if you'd like to hear a real professional you might want to head here instead. He's had more experience (speaking to the public, that is).

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

This is quite funny. If you aren't already in the habit of reading Nick Pashley's newsletters, you should get into it now.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Well I really am pretty bad at posting here, aren't I? My excuse is that I've been busy investigating reality television. And not just by watching Blind Date, like I usually am. Incidentally, if you're interested in cocktails in New Orleans, there's another piece in the National Post you might enjoy today. All in all, good day to buy the Post.