Food and Wine

Fraudie Foodies Exposed

Featured image McDonald’s just turned in a lousy earnings quarter, but don’t say I didn’t warn you this was coming.  The company is promising “fresh thinking,” which will prompt all the Big Mac deniers to make the obvious jokes about offering fresh food. Except that it turns out there is no one easier to fool, apparently, than snobby foodies.  Check out this three-minute video out of Europe (it’s in Esperanto or something, »

Whopper Donut Cheeseburgers, Eh?

Featured image So Burger King is going to acquire the Canadian Tim Horton’s donut chain, in yet another tax inversion that causes so much cranial-rectal inversions among liberals. I sure hope we get a donut Whopper cheeseburger out of this merger.  With bacon.  That would be more awesome than a deep-fried Twinkie. (Lo and behold, turns out the genera already exist.) Even more delightful than finding out that liberal hero Warren Buffett »

An Important Eternal Conundrum Solved

Featured image Among those seemingly unsolvable binary arguments—Ginger versus Mary Ann, Coke v. Pepsi, Yankees v. Red Sox, North v. South, tastes great v. less filling, Catholic v. Protestant, John Kerry v. an IQ Test, etc—one of the most important is: charcoal versus gas.  For grilling, that is. Since today is the unofficial beginning of summer, or at least of grilling season, we may as well wade into this searing controversy.  I’ve »

Just in Time for Summer: Some Drinking Tips

Featured image It’s been a while since we last checked in with the Paso Wine Guy, and he’s out with this short (45 seconds) meditation on next week’s Paso Robles Wine Festival.  As luck would have it, next weekend happens to be Men’s Retreat XXV (yes, me and my pals have been gathering to goof for 25 years now), so Power Line’s video division will be there to report on highlights. Meanwhile, »

Scenes from a Power Line Christmas

Featured image Greetings from Power Line western command, this holiday season with family in Las Vegas, where, by the way, the daytime high is in the 60s.  Which means hiking on Willow Creek up in Red Rock Canyon, preparing the adobe oven for some bread baking, getting ready to grill a rib roast outside, and tallying up the haul from Santa Claus. »

This Is Just Wrong

Featured image A few years ago the Thanksgiving craze was the “turducken” abomination.  I counter-programmed pheasant and duck just to get even.  (Heh.)  But now comes this from Charles Phoenix: three pies baked inside a cake, a confection he is calling “Cherpumple.”  Either way, this egregious aggression will not stand.  I suppose the upside is that you could cover the entire Obama cabinet with just this one MIRV’ed pie.  Happy Thanksgiving everybody. »

Thanksgiving Advice

Featured image National Review Online asked for my favorite Thanksgiving recipe or tip, which I was happy to oblige, but they’ve got my named spelled wrong. In any case, here’s the complete text: My favorite Thanksgiving recipe involves lightly rinsing the chilled glass first with Vermouth. . .  oh, wait, that’s an everyday recipe.  Never mind. Thanksgiving presents a tough choice.  Should you cook the turkey on a rotisserie grill, or should »

These Zins Are a Dusi

Featured image I’ve been falling behind on many regular features these days, among them, the Power Line 100, but also the crucial subject of wine.  So here’s a quick catch up guide. Old timers of Paso Robles wines all know the Dusi name.  The Dusi family’s Zinfandel vineyards go back nearly a century.  For decades, if you wanted to find the best Zinfandels from the region, you wanted to find who bought »

The Wine Drinker’s Guide to Surviving the Shutdown [With Quibble By John]

Featured image Clearly, this is the only wine to drink.  It blends a variety of grape interests from different and extensive territories, balances all the factions of your taste buds and thereby extends their sphere, moderates the extremes of tannin, fruit, and smoky essence, and provokes deliberation about the merits of your wine-food pairing.  (NB: Some day I’ll make a short film about cabernet sauvignon, and call it “The Royal Tannin-Bombs.”  Heh.) »

Now The Gov’t Wants to Regulate . . . Dinner Parties?

Featured image I suppose it was only a matter of time before the Bloombergians of the world decided to extend their regulatory impulses to . . . dinner parties.  The local CBS affiliate in New York reports on the crackdown on “illegal” dinner parties (with my commentary interpolated): NEW YORK (CBS 2) — As you sit down to dinner, this story illustrates eating out like you have never experienced before. We are talking »

Farmers’ Market

Featured image This morning my wife dragged me along to the farmers’ market in Minneapolis. There are numerous farmers’ markets in our area; the St. Paul one is more pristine, as it does not allow any vegetables or fruits grown more than 50 miles away. There are many smaller markets, too. But Minneapolis is a free for all: in fact, a mini State Fair. This was a revelation to me. As we »

Chicken Wings and Hummus?

Featured image Oh man, our pal Remy Munasifi would pick the day I skipped lunch to roll out his newest video, about the culinary delights of chicken wings and hummus.  It even has a special Hans Blix reference in the middle.  Enjoy: »

Time for a Food and Wine Update

Featured image I’ve been falling down on the job of keeping up with the monthly installments from the Paso Wine Guy.  Below is his ode last month to Grenache Blanc (and overlooked varietal in my mind), and his harvest festival romp, which features the Wine Guy traversing the same zip line I did in May out on Santa Margarita Ranch. Meanwhile, a few of our loyal female readers, noting our fascination with »

Did Jimmy Carter Really Save Beer? Power Line Reports

Featured image Let it never be said that I can’t say anything nice about Jimmy Carter.  It’s very nice that he’s an ex-president, for example.  (Though the attack submarine is a little much.)  I look forward to being able to say the same thing about Obama some day.  But lo and behold, it turns out that Jimmy Carter didn’t just de-regulate airlines and trucking: he also de-regulated beer.  I believe it was »

What Is It With Liberals and Food?

Featured image Scott beat me to the story (yes, we often scoop each other here on Power Line) about how the conventional wisdom about salt has been turned on its head.  Memo to Mayor Bloomberg: Can we have our salt shakers back now, please?  Will overturning the conventional wisdom on soda be far behind? One thing we do know: Like Nurse Bloomberg’s dietary dictates, Michelle Obama’s school lunch fatwa is a dismal failure. »

July 4, Ashbrook Style

Featured image So I’m team-teaching an intensive (six hours a day in the classroom, which is one reason posts are erratic this week) course on the Cold War this week at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.  But all is not spies and beatdowns on the Soviet Union.  Here’s how we roll at the Ashbrook Center (at least at last night’s warm-up party at Roger Beckett’s well-stocked house): Stephen Tootle (College of »

Up in my Grill

Featured image In addition to observing our civic obligation to meditate on the Declaration of Independence, it’s also a prime day to celebrate the Great American Barbecue.  And just in time, our pal Remy Munasifi is out with a brief video (just over a minute long) observance of how the government is out to screw that up too: »