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The Best Beer I Ever Had – Vol. 8

Long ago, a young Irishman clued me in on an essential truth. To truly grasp the greatness of Guinness Draught, you must travel to the source. In Ireland, the world-famous stout tastes even better. It’s fresher and creamier – “like an angel pissing on your tonsils,” he said. He meant this in the best possible way.

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New York’s Jewish Delis Are Becoming An Endangered Species

When it closes at year’s end, the fabled Carnegie will join a long list of bygone Jewish delis in NYC — a once ubiquitous part of city culture, now struggling for survival in a highly competitive, highly diverse restaurant scene.

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NYC Chef of the Year Angie Mar Will Rekindle Your Love Of Meat

In part two of Thrillist’s year-end look at the best of New York City’s food and drink scene in 2016, I sit down with chef Angie Mar, who makes incredible, eye-catching dishes that run counter to the defining trend of the moment, all while undertaking the monumental task of revitalizing a classic.

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Pittsburgh BYOBBQ: The Extra ‘B’ Doesn’t Stand for Bocce (Yet)

You don’t need a backyard to have a backyard barbecue. This once vacant lot in a gritty industrial section of Pittsburgh will do just nicely. Read more about the Bayardstown Social Club in my first dispatch for Station to Station here.

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Cicadas Are Coming! And They’re Ready For Sex

The East Coast is bracing for the largest swarm of cicadas to arrive since Brood X surfaced in 2004. Time to look back at the definitive article on the impressive sexual habits of these periodical insects: “Love Bugs: Cicadas fuck like they haven’t gotten it on in 17 years“—a classic B-feature from the Washington City Paper archives,… Read more »

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Some Praise For a ‘Well-Crafted Barb’

Hearty thanks to the Huffington Post for including yours truly in its rollicking roundup, “10 Of The Most Scathing Restaurant Reviews.” I can tell you that chef José Andrés noticed the Denny’s line, too. (Read my full review, “Cooking the Books: Choking Down History at José Andrés’ America Eats Tavern,” at Washington City Paper.)