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Drink Wed Feb 14 2007

Cocktails Are Good for You?

I grabbed drinks with a friend from out of town at South Water Kitchen on Monday night; she was staying at the Hotel Monaco upstairs, and as she worried whether her 6am flight would be canceled due to the snowstorm bearing down on the city, we enjoyed some well-mixed if questionably named drinks.

After a page of cocktails named after neighborhoods (my friend had a "Wrigleyville" martini), the drink menu listed several "healthy libations," including one with "a pinch of echinacea (to help boost the immune system)" in with its Rain organic vodka, carrot and tangerine juices. While the actual health benefits of such a concoction are dubious at best, South Water gets points for recognizing the silliness of the premise: the first drink under the title is called "The Oxymoron."

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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