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Drink Fri Dec 30 2011

The Aviary's Porthole: Coming Soon to Your Home Bar?

Blueberry, verjus, sweet vermouth, rye

Photo by Kathryn Yu

"The Porthole" is arguably the most picturesque of The Aviary's cocktail vessels. The cocktail chefs at Grant Achatz's bar unscrew the side of the shallow, circular teapot-like flask to compose beautiful arrays of fruit, fresh herbs and other botanicals that flavor both hot and cold drinks. It's currently being used for an apple brandy cider flavored with fresh apple slices, white verjus, orange peel and cinnamon, among other ingredients.

Crucial Detail, the company that makes most of the specialized contraptions, silverware and vessels for Alina, Next and The Aviary, sells some of those items directly to the public. It has gotten enough inquiries about purchasing the Porthole that it has decided to acquiesce and make it a consumer edition. If you're interested, email with "Porthole" in the subject line to be notified when it's available. No word on price, but Crucial Detail expects it to be ready to ship in early summer 2012.

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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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