Last week I served as a judge for an international whiskey competition, to which friends and colleagues expressed all manner of encouragement. “Lucky you!” said one. “Lucky bastard,” joked another.
Last month I went down to Mount Vernon, Va., the home of George Washington. But I wasn’t touring the mansion and gardens, where busloads of visitors were milling around. Instead I drove further down the road to the distillery. Yes, aside from being a farmer, general, and our first president, George Washington was a distiller of whiskey.
As reported on NBC News, Vice President Mike Pence has been in regular communication with former vice presidents Joe Biden and Dick Cheney.
Earlier this week Politico profiled Keith Schiller, President Trump’s former “body man,” who recently testified before the House Intelligence Committee.
On this latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review, tell your friends), we discuss Thor: Ragnarok, which, over the weekend, smashed the competition.
Eight years ago I asked Christopher Kimball point-blank if he had any interest in cooking with yuzu, a small citrus fruit popular in Japan that’s become trendy in this country. Kimball, who at the time hosted America’s Test Kitchen and edited Cook’s Illustrated, did not mince words:
“No. I have no interest, zero interest in talking about things our readers are not going to actually do. What’s the point? Unless we give people stuff they really want to use, we wouldn’t be in business.”
Due to technical difficulties, this week’s Substandard is less than stellar. I know, that’s not exactly saying much. But if you care to listen to what we are calling the Bootleg Episode, we apologize in advance for the inferior sound quality.
Following yesterday’s federal elections in Germany, one thing is clear: Angela Merkel will have a fourth term as chancellor. Unfortunately that is the only thing that is clear.
A class-action lawsuit is alleging Poland Spring Water and parent company Nestle have been deceiving customers for decades. But do the claims, ahem, hold any water?
In the latest episode of the Substandard (tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss Stephen King’s It, which was a demon at the box office, slashing its way to more than $117 million over the weekend.