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May 27, 2010
EVENTS Legendary comedian Dan Aykroyd ("Blues Brothers," "Ghostbusters") is bringing a product to the market that will rival the Trout-o-matic 5000! This time, though, the product is real. And though the back story might sound like a joke — vodka that's triple crystal-filtered through Herkimer diamonds, which supposedly embody positive energy and goodwill — the Newfoundland-made Crystal Head vodka is sure to please anyone with a taste for the clear liquor. Aykroyd will be on hand to sign the distinctive, skull-shaped bottles, and discounts will be given.
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NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
With an estimated one in three people trying to cut gluten from their diets, awareness of products that can contain it has risen. And efforts to make products without it have too. Two vodka makers recently announced their gluten-free spirits. Now that might make you wonder: Where does the gluten come from in potatoes, from which vodka often is made? Potatoes don't have any gluten. The protein that can make some people severely ill is found in wheat, barley and rye. However, not all vodkas are made with potatoes.
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NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
With an estimated one in three people trying to cut gluten from their diets, awareness of products that can contain it has risen. And efforts to make products without it have too. Two vodka makers recently announced their gluten-free spirits. Now that might make you wonder: Where does the gluten come from in potatoes, from which vodka often is made? Potatoes don't have any gluten. The protein that can make some people severely ill is found in wheat, barley and rye. However, not all vodkas are made with potatoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Police said they found an empty vodka bottle in the car of former Los Angeles news anchor Bree Walker when she was arrested this week in Anaheim on suspicion of drunk driving. Walker, 61, was stopped at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, said Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt.  Police   told the   Orange County Register   that Walker could not produce a driver's license and looked "disheveled" when she was stopped.
NEWS
July 23, 1996 | Associated Press
The mayor decreed Monday that vodka may no longer be sold near schools, child-care centers, health clinics or churches in the Russian capital.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Real vodka can be made only from grain or potatoes, and vodkas made from anything else must say so on the label, the European Parliament decided. But lawmakers stopped short of banning the use of the word "vodka" for spirits made from other ingredients, a move that experts said could have provoked trade disputes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
Police are looking for trio who allegedly stole 16 bottles of Ciroc vodka from a Vons store in Glendale. Officials released surveillance video footage on Friday that showed a man grabbing bottles of vodka off the shelves inside the Vons in the 2000 block of Verdugo Boulevard at 9:40 p.m. on Aug. 5. He quickly removed security caps from the bottles. Surveillance video shows the man handing the bottles to two females, who concealed them in large handbags. VIDEO: Man and two women steal vodka from Glendale Vons Police estimated the cost of the theft at $560.
NEWS
January 25, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Officials today announced that the Soviet capital will ration meat, grain, vodka and wine in a stark acknowledgement that they expect the local economy of nearly worthless money and empty stores to worsen this winter. President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's decree taking 50- and 100-ruble notes out of circulation disrupted banks and commerce for a third day, and rumors swept the government of impending increases in state-controlled prices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1991 | AL MARTINEZ
The end of that brief attempt to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev has had an impact in L.A. Everything has an impact in L.A. Americans of Russian descent flocked to telephones, churches and banquet tables in response to alternating chaos and hope in the Mother Country. They telephoned to see if everything was OK among relatives still there, prayed to thank God that Boris Yeltsin was around when needed and are now eating like hell, between shots of chilled vodka, to celebrate the ultimate victory.
SCIENCE
January 30, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
"Vodka is our enemy, so we'll utterly consume it!" goes the old Russian proverb. That love-hate relationship is thought to have helped send 37% of Russian men in 2005 to the grave before they had toasted their 55th birthday. And a new study finds that, despite fitful campaigns to stem heavy drinking, vodka continues to exact a huge toll on Russian men. Among male Russian smokers, 35% of those in the hardest-drinking category -- those who consumed more than a liter and a half of vodka per week -- died between the ages of 35 and 54, the study found.
SCIENCE
January 30, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
"Vodka is our enemy, so we'll utterly consume it!" goes the old Russian proverb. That love-hate relationship is thought to have helped send 37% of Russian men in 2005 to the grave before they had toasted their 55th birthday. And a new study finds that, despite fitful campaigns to stem heavy drinking, vodka continues to exact a huge toll on Russian men. Among male Russian smokers, 35% of those in the hardest-drinking category -- those who consumed more than a liter and a half of vodka per week -- died between the ages of 35 and 54, the study found.
FOOD
August 30, 2013
Candied bacon martini Total time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 Note: The candied bacon recipe is adapted from "The Gift of Southern Cooking: Recipes and Revelations From Two Great American Cooks" by Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock. Candied bacon 8 slices smoked bacon 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, shiny side up. Dredge the bacon on both sides in the brown sugar and arrange the slices so they do not touch on the sheet.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Vodka will join the long list of spirits, food and wine being celebrated during this year's Hawaii Food & Wine Festival in Honolulu. The third annual festival  begins Sunday and will continue through Sept. 9. It will bring participants face-to-face with 75 world-class master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. The festival was founded by Hawaiian chefs Alan Wong  and Roy Yamaguchi. This year's lineup will include Tony Abou-Ganim , who bills himself as the Modern Mixologist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
Police are looking for trio who allegedly stole 16 bottles of Ciroc vodka from a Vons store in Glendale. Officials released surveillance video footage on Friday that showed a man grabbing bottles of vodka off the shelves inside the Vons in the 2000 block of Verdugo Boulevard at 9:40 p.m. on Aug. 5. He quickly removed security caps from the bottles. Surveillance video shows the man handing the bottles to two females, who concealed them in large handbags. VIDEO: Man and two women steal vodka from Glendale Vons Police estimated the cost of the theft at $560.
WORLD
August 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Gay rights groups have been ceremoniously dumping Stolichnaya vodka into gutters from West Hollywood to Manhattan in protest against a Russian law banning gay pride events and other public displays of homosexual “propaganda.” The problem with the North American boycott, known on Twitter as the #dumpstoli campaign, is that the vodka is distilled in Latvia and owned by a Luxembourg company controlled by a Russian billionaire driven into exile...
NEWS
July 31, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Gay bars across the country are doing away with Stolichnaya vodka, for the time being, in reaction to a slew of recent anti-gay legislation in Russia. As a gesture of protest, boycotters in West Hollywood even plan to empty Stoli bottles, filled with water, into a gutter Thursday. The boycott began, in large part, because Dan Savage, who forever changed Rick Santorum's reputation on Google, encouraged it in a blog post as a way to show solidarity with Russia's LGBT and allied communities and to bring international attention to their harassment.
HOME & GARDEN
April 13, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Sadly, I'm here to report that even vodka has its limitations. To lap it up much before 7 a.m. still carries a certain Victorian stigma, and the better octanes seem beyond my pocketbook. I consider it both a health food and a holy water, and it bothers me to see vodka used recreationally, as it so often is these days. It is also overpriced, raising my innate sense of injustice and causing me to rant at two of my favorite targets: farmers and politicians (both dirty). Now what do I do with my life?
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Vodka will join the long list of spirits, food and wine being celebrated during this year's Hawaii Food & Wine Festival in Honolulu. The third annual festival  begins Sunday and will continue through Sept. 9. It will bring participants face-to-face with 75 world-class master chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirit producers. The festival was founded by Hawaiian chefs Alan Wong  and Roy Yamaguchi. This year's lineup will include Tony Abou-Ganim , who bills himself as the Modern Mixologist.
NEWS
July 30, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Protesters in West Hollywood plan to dump the contents of Stolichnaya Vodka bottles into a gutter this week to raise awareness about recent anti-gay laws in Russia. The protest is planned for Thursday in front of Micky's, a gay bar on Santa Monica Boulevard, said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran, who has been encouraging gay bars to boycott the vodka, which is made from Russian ingredients. Protesters will use bottles filled with water, not vodka, Duran said. Numerous gay bars in the city have removed Stoli vodka from their shelves and stopped ordering it from distributors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
West Hollywood may be home to a thriving Russian community, but at least one import is no longer welcome at the city's gay bars. After Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed anti-gay laws, bar owners decided to say nyet to Stolichnaya vodka. Numerous bars have removed the brand - made from Russian ingredients - from their shelves and stopped ordering it from distributors. Bars in New York, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco are planning to do the same. "Nobody was buying it," said Bob Yacoubian, owner of the Mother Lode bar in West Hollywood.
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