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November 19, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Stumped over what to get a cocktail fan for the holidays? Here's a fun book with incredibly detailed drawings called “The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up” by Amy Zavatto, with illustrations by Melissa Wood (Race Point Publishing, New York, 2013, $16). Wood draws each of the 75 cocktails herein that make the book. White on black, they show in what order and in what proportion each element of the cocktail should be added.
November 15, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 3 Ohio State (9-0) at Illinois (3-6) 9 a.m., ESPN If you sleep in until noon you will have missed Ohio State tying the school record with its 22 straight win and Illinois losing its 20th consecutive Big Ten Conference game. The Buckeyes are 21-0 under second-year coach Urban Meyer and needing one more victory to match the winning skein posted by the great Woody Hayes teams of 1967-69.
November 8, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Turkeys will eat just about anything. Just ask Joe Morette. In 1993, the New Hampshire farmer and his workers popped open a few cans of beer after work one summer day. When one his birds knocked over a can, it quickly began guzzling the spilled suds. Ever since, Morette gives his flock of turkeys beer and swears the grain-based diet improves their taste, the Associated Press reports . "Oh, yeah, it's noticeable," Morette told the wire service. "It's not a strong, gamey flavor, it's a nice turkey flavor.
November 5, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
You may have seen mixologist Gabriella Mlynarczyk behind the bar at Ink , where's she's been working for almost two years. Before that, she was behind the bar at the now-shuttered Eva in mid-town. You may have even tasted one of her cocktails made with shrubs, maybe her gin cocktail with beet and opal basil shrub finished with a dose of sparkling rosé. The drinking vinegars actually go back to colonial times in this country. And if you're as intrigued with shrubs as she is, sign up for the shrubs class she'll be teaching Nov. 24 at Bar & Garden in Culver City.
October 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The French newspaper Le Monde reports a new homegrown term for binge drinking: beuverie express . According to the French daily, binge drinking is defined as downing four or five glasses in less than two hours. Always on the lookout against Americanisms and slang encroaching in their language, the French have announced their equivalent for binge drinking in a official bulletin from . As of the 28th of July, beuverie express becomes part of the vocabulary for health and social medicine, defined as “massive absorption of alcohol, generally in a group, with the object of provoking drunkeness in a minimum of time.
October 24, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
In the annals of politicians behaving badly, Douglas F. Gansler, the Democratic attorney general of Maryland who is running for governor, is fast becoming a category of his own. Here's a tip: When seeking the top elected position in a state, it's probably not a good idea to show up at a wild, alcohol-fueled teenage party and simply take pictures. Just as it's probably not a great idea to order your protection detail to break traffic laws as they transport you around the state. The latest brouhaha to envelop Gansler arrived in the form of a Baltimore Sun story Thursday.  It detailed Gansler's attendance at the party held in June in nearby South Bethany, Del. The house was jammed with teenagers, some of them dancing on table tops.
October 24, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
It's hard to believe it could have gotten worse Thursday for Maryland Atty. Gen. Douglas F. Gansler, but somehow it did.   The Democratic candidate for governor started the day accused of looking the other way as teenagers drank at a Delaware beach party in June - no small thing given his public stance against teenage drinking. Not to mention the fact that he's the state's chief law enforcement officer. But any day in which the candidate ends up discussing “twerking” - sexually suggestive dancing, for those who missed the whole Miley Cyrus saga - is surely destined to go downhill.
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Singer Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman while dining at a downtown L.A. restaurant, but prosecutors declined to charge him with raping the woman while she was intoxicated, citing insufficient evidence. The 38-year-old judge on NBC's "The Voice," whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, appeared before an L.A. County Superior Court judge as his attorney, Blair Berk, entered his plea and waived his right to a speedy trial.
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