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Pale Ale and the Indiana Banana, Together At Last

Pale Ale in Kentucky Taking a break from a long interstate journey for a small libation, we walked into Ethereal Brewing Company in Lexington, KY. The building is an old distillery that went under. Now, the industrial décor fills a brick-walled space and a big chalkboard announced the typical offerings: some IPAs, some stouts, a pilsner or two. I found ...

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In Defense of Bad French Coffee

Espresso in Paris It’s the bit of trivia I share more than any other: that France’s former colonial ties mean that over half the country’s coffee is still made from the lower quality Robusta beans. It forms part of my response to a common complaint visitors have about the French capital. Australians are the worst. As a friend’s brother from ...

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Never Attribute to the Supernatural That Which Is Adequately Explained by a Golden Retriever

Pan de muerto in Mexico It was mid-October when Fernando bought a fresh pan de muerto in a nearby bakery for the first time this year. It was warm and soft, lightly sweet, and smelled of orange zest and roasted sesame seeds: a familiar smell that would guide deceased relatives to the house two weeks later. While my daughter was ...

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Never Attribute to the Supernatural That Which Is Adequately Explained by a Golden Retriever

Pan de muerto in Mexico It was mid-October when Fernando bought a fresh pan de muerto in a nearby bakery for the first time this year. It was warm and soft, lightly sweet, and smelled of orange zest and roasted sesame seeds: a familiar smell that would guide deceased relatives to the house two weeks later. While my daughter was ...

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Never Attribute to the Supernatural That Which Is Adequately Explained by a Golden Retriever

Pan de muerto in Mexico It was mid-October when Fernando bought a fresh pan de muerto in a nearby bakery for the first time this year. It was warm and soft, lightly sweet, and smelled of orange zest and roasted sesame seeds: a familiar smell that would guide deceased relatives to the house two weeks later. While my daughter was ...

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Never Attribute to the Supernatural That Which Is Adequately Explained by a Golden Retriever

Pan de muerto in Mexico It was mid-October when Fernando bought a fresh pan de muerto in a nearby bakery for the first time this year. It was warm and soft, lightly sweet, and smelled of orange zest and roasted sesame seeds: a familiar smell that would guide deceased relatives to the house two weeks later. While my daughter was ...

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No Matter How Old You Are, Chilled Butter-Cream Was Best When You Were Young

Makkhan-malai in Lucknow Growing up in Lucknow, a city in the north of India where winters were always bone-chilling, there were only two things that would make us crawl out of our cozy blankets—catching up on the morning sun and the cry of makkhan-malai on the streets. I have feeble memories of an old guy, standing at the doorstep with ...

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Will Someone Please Make Us This Yemenite Pancake Hybrid Stat?

Lachuch in Tel Aviv The first time I met Irit, she was running around her tiny hole-in-the-wall café, blistering aubergines and squeezing oranges, chopping salad and plonking plates onto tables. All the while, she screeched Hebrew greetings and orders to her customers. Her long grey hair was scraped into a messy bun and she wore a t-shirt with the words ...

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