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An Insider's guide to restaurants, wine, spirits and culinary travel

glass half full: 7/05/2017

A roundup of the most interesting food, wine and spirits stories on the web (because even Al Gore, who invented it, doesn't have time to read them all).

Why Food Has Become a Target for Nationalists

If you seek to ban kebabs, are you a passionate defender of native culture or a simple bigot?

https://www.eater.com/2017/6/30/15892900/italy-ban-ethnic-foreign-food-immigrants-kabab-nationalism

Lost Dogs Return Home When Owners Cook Sausage

Their master’s voice:

http://newsok.com/article/5554584

Michelin is Launching a Bangkok Guide

"It's hard to say if the judges will be able to appreciate the flavors and complexity of Thai food."

https://www.eater.com/2017/6/30/15883516/michelin-thailand-guide-2017-reactions

The Alinea Team’s First NYC Bar is Officially Open

You’ll have to make a reservation, though (and bring piles of cash, of course):

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/06/the-office-opens-in-nyc-tonight.html

The World’s Most Wanted Wines?

A glimpse into the limited imaginations of wine collectors:

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/06/the-worlds-most-wanted-wines

                     great wine for under $15?

It’s not a typo, oxymoron or stupid question. There’s a lot of very good wine at very low prices, but discovering it is a challenge---particularly when you’re strolling the wine aisle of your local supermarket or beverage superstore, staring at a tsunami of unfamiliar labels.

The answer is Mark Spivak’s Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest, available as an e-book for $7.99. The book profiles 43 producers and contains hundreds of wine reviews, and gives you a clear-cut view of the good and the bad. The criteria are simple: What does the wine taste like? What kind of food does it go with? Is it worth the money?

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