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My skål shot finally went up on the French Culinary Institute's blog Cooking Issues. It's part of Dave Arnold and Nils Norén's Skoal/Skål Project. I'm in good company. Cheers!... More

How to Skoal with Style and Grace

Alan Richman, "GQ" magazine food writer. Visiting Sweden? Hope to impress a Swede? Just want to appear worldly and stylish? The French Culinary Institute's Cooking Issues blog has been posting an ongoing series of photos it calls the Skål!/Skoal! Project that can school you in one small social custom. The series includes such food-world luminaries as Jeffrey Steingarten, Harold McGee, Wylie Dufresne, and Alan Richman (above), who has perhaps the most extreme skål to date. More pix after the jump.... More

Writer Gives Up Wine for a Month as a 'Sobering Exercise'

Photograph from TheBusyBrain on Flickr Somewhere in between alky and non-drinker, there's a community of social sippers that could have another but typically knows when to say nah. Nina Caplan, part of this group, decided to give up wine for a month and write about it for Intelligent Life, a quarterly magazine by The Economist. It’s not difficult. Just dull. I felt unsociable. I missed the glow of self-satisfaction that alcohol brings, and the clear division it offers between work and recreation. I would cook dinner for a friend, watch her down half a bottle of wine and feel guilty for not joining her. Her conclusion: stone-cold sobriety is overrated. She was still tired, lazy, and guilty of overeating... More

Moderate Drinking May Help Build Bone Density

People who drink a glass or two of wine or beer daily have denser bones than non-drinkers, according to a Yahoo! News report. But it's not as easy as the more you drink, the better your bones—those who downed two or more servings of hard liquor daily had significantly lower BMD. The study was originally published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.... More

Jeeves, and the Art of Curing the Hangover

Jeeves, valet to Bertie Wooster, is one of the most renowned characters of English fiction. How did he garner fame and notoriety? Well, it all began on the day that Bertie hired him in the first of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves stories. Jeeves confronts Bertie's wretching hangover with his magic potion: raw egg, Worcester sauce, and red pepper. As Jeeves puts it: "It is the Worcester sauce that gives it its colour. The raw egg makes it nutritious. The red pepper gives it its bite. Gentlemen have told me they have found it extremely invigorating after a late evening." Lo and behold, the hangover vanished. Bertie attests: "I would have clutched at anything that looked like a lifeline that morning.... More

Massive Keg Damage Causes College Town to Install Rubber Sidewalk

Photograph of kegs from ©iStockPhoto.com/Lagui; photograph of sidewalks from rubbersidewalks.com Damage caused by excessive unloading of beer kegs on Chamberlain Street in Ames, Iowa, has caused the city to install a rubber sidewalk this week. "Over time, heavy kegs hitting the pavement damaged the concrete, causing impact damage points, and then larger cracks formed throughout the sidewalk." Rather than repair the damaged concrete over and over again, they looked to Rubbersidewalks Inc. to provide a surface made of recycled tires, able to stand up to keg beatings for years to come. Assuming that local Iowa State University students will continue drinking beer for a long time, the rubberized sidewalk should pay off. [via Super Punch] Related: Group of College... More

Group of College Presidents Wants to Lower Drinking Age to 18

©iStockPhoto/pederk College presidents from some well-known U.S. universities are lobbying lawmakers to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. The current restriction, they say, encourages binge-drinking, which has become a problem as of late in college towns. The thinking is that exposing students to alcohol consumption at a younger age will allow them to acclimate to drinking before they get to campus and "freak out," as one student quoted in the article put it. MADD, unsurprisingly, opposes the whole idea, citing studies that show that raising the age from 18 to 21 actually saved lives, albeit from drunk-driving accidents rather than the alcohol-poisoning deaths administrators are trying to curtail.... More

'The New Yorker' Explains Everything About the Hangover

The New Yorker's Joan Acocella spends more than 5,000 words dissecting the hangover. As she eloquently points out, "it is a preventable malady: don't drink." But beyond abstinence, other popular cures include peanut butter in Africa, chilies in Mexico, pickle juice in Russia and greasy, fried whatever everywhere else in the world. Read what triggers the bed spins and tummy aches in the Annals of Drinking. Or just scan our favorite shots of wisdom from the piece, after the jump.... More

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