The Bloody Mary Garnish Gets Garish

Sobelman's Pub and Grill

The subject of today’s A-hed in the Wall Street Journal is the Bloody Mary garnish boom—and I’m not talking about four olives instead of three.

Cribs: Papal Edition

Pope Francis

“Benvenuto, giornalisti!” That’s how our group of journalists was welcomed into Vatican City last week. Previous participants on this pilgrimage were booked at the Paul VI hotel, but not us. For the first time we nonclerics would be staying at the Domus Sanctae Marthae—the home of Pope Francis.

A Taste of Taiwan

It was an honor to be invited to a dinner hosted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (for all intents and purposes, the embassy of Taiwan).

Rampage and the Rock (New Substandard)

On this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, review, tell your friends), we discuss Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his latest movie, Rampage.

Natalie Portman, Oscar Predictions, Xbox (New Substandard)

In this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review!), we discuss the sci-fi-horror-drama Annihilation. Sonny gives the big boy review, another reviewer was left angry and confused, and JVL thinks Natalie Portman’s better acting days are behind her. Yes, we do get into the Portman oeuvre. No, no one mentioned Mr. Magorium’s Wonder …