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

glass half full: 7/26/2017

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

If you work on the floor of a restaurant, you may soon have to help pay the salaries of cooks, dishwashers and anyone else the owner is too cheap to pay.

The Department of Labor is poised to end an Obama-era restriction on mandatory tip pooling:


Add some zest to your balsamic vinaigrette.

Pot-infused farm-to-table olive oil (from San Francisco, of course):


Barbara Lynch charged with driving under the influence.

Simply because I love to see celebrity chefs fall on their ass:


News flash: Working in Breastaurants is bad for the mental health of female servers.

And they looked so happy:


Don’t buy that Chipoltle stock just yet.

In case you were waiting for it to hit bottom before jumping in:


So the craft cocktail revolution is over. Now what?

A fascinating look at where the bar industry is heading:


                     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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