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The Legality Of This Restaurant's Special Pot-Smoking Section Is A Little Hazy

Owner cites 'grey areas' in state law
Jul 30, 2014 12:00 pm

A restaurant in Washington State is catching some buzz for its designated marijuana-smoking section, described as the "first of its kind." Is it legal? Well, man, that just depends on your perspective. Mint Tea chef Josh Simpson believes to be operating in "a lot of grey areas," amid the thickening fog of America's sweeping decriminalization movement. Step into the hazy issue right this way.

Learn How To Spot Fake Wine, And Other Handy Info For Oenophiles

Panel includes judge from infamous wine-fraud case
Jul 28, 2014 3:00 pm

On Aug. 6, a panel of experts notably including Richard M. Berman, the federal judge currently presiding over the high-profile trial of convicted counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan — will convene in New York City to lay out the facts on wine fraud and other legal issues of interest to oenophiles. Find out how crooks fool you with phony labels and other tricks. More intel this way.

Your Cell Phone Is Ruining Dinner Again

Restaurateurs wish you'd quit your Instagram habit
Jul 24, 2014 1:00 pm

Some restaurateurs couldn't be happier with all the amateur shutterbugs who are eating in their establishments these days. It's free publicity! Many others, though, would prefer that you left the delicate art of food photography to the pros. Even with the benefit of auto-enhancements, your images don't always make their dishes look so appetizing. Dial-in to the controversy right here.

Tickets Now On Sale For Northern Chefs Alliance 'Play With Fire' Benefit Dinner

10 star chefs cook a feast in scenic Hudson Valley
Jul 18, 2014 8:00 am

An impressive group of irrepressible chefs — including Sean Brock, Jamie Bissonette and April Bloomfield — are sharpening their knives in preparation for the Northern Chefs Alliance's upcoming "Play With Fire" benefit dinner on Aug. 17. Ten chefs from the U.S. and Canada will prepare a bountiful feast at Fish & Game Farm in Claverack, NY, featuring five open fire pits and whole spit-roasted meats from local family farms. Get your tickets here.

Cupcake Chain Crumbs Is NOT Going The Way Of The Fondue Pot

Being brought back from the dead
Jul 14, 2014 12:00 pm

You may have heard the news that national cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop went out of business, last week shuttering all if its 50 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Many wrote about the bursting of the “cupcake bubble” — something our friend Allison Robicelli has written about beautifully in the past. Others simply danced on the grave of an institution that may have simply aged out of the zeitgeist. But this weekend it appears that cupcake chains are still very much viable.

Restaurant Looks At Old Surveillance Footage To Compare Today's Diner To 2004

Guess what? We use our phones a lot more now.
Jul 14, 2014 10:15 am

A lot of things have changed in the past ten years and New York City’s dining scene is most definitely up there – we’ve all taken note as city staples have repeatedly closed their doors for good, giving way to swanky new hotspots serving small plates and in-vogue veggies. While there’s no debating that the restaurants themselves have changed considerably in the last decade, another significant question has snuck under the radar a bit more: how have the city’s diners changed? 

Winemakers, Oenophiles Say '.Wine' Websites Threaten Business

Seven U.S. wine regions oppose new domain names
Jul 7, 2014 10:00 am

Critics say the planned roll-out of .wine and .vin sites could create confusion for consumers. The new NapaValley.wine, for instance, could have as much to do with California's famous wine-growing region as the parody site WhiteHouse.net has to do with the actual Oval Office.

Scotland Pressing U.S. To Lift Haggis Ban. Trust Us, This Is A Very Good Thing.

We love ourselves some authentic sheep’s pluck
Jun 30, 2014 11:00 am

Here’s the thing about haggis. As of this writing, you have to travel to Scotland to actually eat the authentic stuff. Why? Because the United States has banned haggis from being imported to our shores. The consumption of sheep lung, a key ingredient, has been banned in the US since 1971 — while all British lamb has been banned since 1989 following the mad cow disease outbreak. But this all might change.

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