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Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas

December 24, 2013

“Please Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas,” written by Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, performed here by Alan Jackson. Many people think this song was written by John Denver, who first recorded it. The Decemberists also have a version:

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Spring Break

March 30, 2013

Spring Break

“Like Western democracy, Socratic philosophy, written histories, epic poetry, and every other foundational pillar of high culture, spring break began in ancient Greece.

Called ‘Anthestreria’ by the local teens, and their parents, it was a festival dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and whoopee and just about every excuse to party. For three days, people would dance, singers would perform, women would deck themselves with flowers, and Greek men would compete to see who could be the fastest to drain a cup of red wine.”

— “2,000 Years of Partying: The Brief History and Economics of Spring Break,” Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

No wonder Greek letter societies are so keen on Spring Break.

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Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?

March 26, 2013

Passover Seder: Greek Symposium?

The Haggadah (הַגָּדָה‎) is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover ritual meal, the Seder.

“There’s a reason the haggadah feels goyish: Formally speaking, it’s Greek. It’s a Judaicized version of a Greek genre called ‘symposium literature’. Plato loved the form. So did Xenophon. The symposium enshrined the most appealing traits of the Hellenic personality: conviviality, Epicureanism, a love of good conversation.”

–“Platonic Form,” Judith Shulevitz, Tablet Magazine

The ancient Greek symposium (συμπόσιον) was a drinking party; drinking four glasses of wine is a Passover obligation. Diners are supposed to recline while they do so, just like the Greeks.

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Sumerian Suds

June 20, 2012

Sumerian Suds

Peter Damerow of the Max Planck Institute recently used an ancient Sumerian drinking song in his research on the brewing techniques of Mesopotamia. The song, from the 3rd millenium BC, was dedicated to a woman saloonkeeper and glorifies Ninkasi, goddess of brewing.

Excerpts:

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Seis de Mayo

May 6, 2012

Seis de Mayo
Last night, the 5th of May, millions of people commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson: crudo means ” hangover.”

If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo tripe soup or stew.

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The Martini

March 21, 2012

The Martini

“The martini is to modern American literature and lore what mead wine was to Norse sagas or claret to 18th-century English literature.”

— “The Perfect Martini by Christopher Buckley,” Daily Beast

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New Year’s Hangover

January 1, 2012

New Year's Hangover

“Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hangover Remedies,” Access Hollywood

“Top Ten hangover remedies,”Gayle Falkenthal, Washington Times

“How James Bond Cured A Hangover (And 5 More Remedies),” Victoria von Biel, Forbes

“Can a pill cure hangovers?” William Marquez, BBC News Magazine

“New Year’s Hangover Cure: Less Booze, More H2O,” Lindsey Tanner, AP via Time

“What is a Hangover?” Kyle Hill, Science-Based Life

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Boxcar Tavern Opens Friday

December 27, 2011

Boxcar Tavern Opens Friday

Eastern Market will have a new neighbor starting Friday. Boxcar Tavern opens on December 30, 2011 at 224 7th Street SE, formerly the site of the Petit Gourmet food shop. Check out the handsome tavern website and the write-up and photos of the interior at Thrillist .

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Seis de Mayo

May 6, 2011

Seis de Mayo

Last night, the 5th of May, millions of people commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson: crudo means ” hangover.”

 If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo tripe soup or stew.

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Hardware Happy Hour

December 23, 2010

Robot bartenders give the term “Structural Unemployment” a whole new meaning.

Given recent advances in CocktailRobotics, you probably should replace those old legacy robot bartenders from back in the 20th century:

 More:

“Drinking with droids at BarBot 2010,” James Martin, Cnet News.

“BarBot 2010 Celebrates Cocktail-Making Robots and Booze Lovers,” Caleb Johnson, Switched.com

Roboexotica

 

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