Searching for Fahrvergnügen

February 26, 2016

Remember that marketing slogan for Volkswagen? Fahrvergnügen meant the enjoyment of driving. But that seems to be fading, as a recent study show fewer adults are getting driver’s licenses (why bother when you have Uber, Lyft, and, in due time, “autonomous” vehicles?). A friend’s husband recently told me he couldn’t wait for driverless cars for […]

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Eating Oysters with Scalia

February 22, 2016

There’s nothing more annoying than an ostensible obituary that screams, “Hey, I knew him, too!” Actually there is something worse than that, which is the obit that’s more about the writer than the deceased. But when Justice Antonin Scalia died, I immediately thought back to the time he and I (and several others) judged a […]

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Coffee Brake

February 9, 2016

I’ve lately become a fan of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the web series hosted by Jerry Seinfeld. The comedians we see are almost always understated. They spend the time talking about honing their craft. For instance, in the episode with Jay Leno, the former Tonight Show host tells Seinfeld he used to sharpen his […]

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McBride & Sinatra—Brand Ambassadors?

February 1, 2016

At I write of two interesting developments in the booze world: Brown-Forman is selling of Southern Comfort to Sazerac and the $379 bottles of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century have sold out. SoCo brought in Danny McBride to endorse the brand, but sales of this liqueur continue to sag. Will Sazerac keep on Kenny Powers? […]

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When Taco Town Shuts Down

January 20, 2016

On February 8, Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants across the country will be closed for lunch. Employees will get a pep talk and learn about better food-handling procedures. Better late than never: Since last summer, more than 500 people have gotten sick eating at Chipotle locations on both coasts. The culprits have been e. coli, salmonella, […]

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For AB InBev, It’s Miller Time

January 14, 2016

I discuss the AB InBev-SABMiller merger at Two things I left out: What does SAB stand for? South African Breweries. This is significant as it conveys the global extent of this potential multibillion-dollar merger. So even if the new company sheds Miller (which could end up with Molson Coors), it’ll still have plenty of […]

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Smirnoff Dance Party!

December 28, 2015

I have my doubts this gambit will pay off, but Smirnoff’s new strategy to reverse declining market share involves sponsoring electronic-dance festivals. I mean, maybe if they were selling glow sticks, too. (Okay, fine, I know I just dated myself with a 90s rave reference. But didn’t Go! just come out a couple years ago?) […]

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Did He Just Call Me ‘Kim’?

December 22, 2015

A funny thing happened on the way to the theater. Or maybe not so funny. My dad and I were going to purchase tickets for Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Marquee Cinemas Orchard 10 in Toms River, NJ. It’s 2 in the afternoon and no one’s around. In fact, the box office is […]

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A Nation of Boozers

October 26, 2015

Over at the Washington Free Beacon, I review Susan Cheever’s latest work, Drinking in America: Our Secret History. It’s a mostly entertaining read on how American history has forever been entwined with alcohol—a love/hate relationship that began with the Pilgrims (lovers of beer) vs. the Puritans (guilt-ridden over intoxication). We drank more than anyone in […]

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Singular Sensation

October 15, 2015

Earlier this week I attended the launch of a new single malt from George Washington’s distillery in Mount Vernon. There were lots of Scots on hand and rightfully so: The barley used for the Distillers’ Reserve and Limited Edition came directly from Scotland. Three Scotch whisky distillers added their expertise to this three-year project. And […]

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