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

glass half full: 9/26/2017

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)

Mario Batali is not a fan of the minimum wage.

No surprise there, since he also doesn’t believe in compensating servers for the tips they rightfully earn, and has been on the paying end of a $5 million settlement at one of his restaurants:


Convicted wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan loses second appeal against conviction.

My grandmother was right: Everyone gets what they deserve.


The innovative Anheuser-Busch immigration plan: Stay in Mexico and sell beer.

They advise potential illegal immigrants that smuggling yourself into American can cost up to $20,000, while you can open a beer store back home for $5,000.


Grand Theft Bourbon.

Finally, the masterminds behind the Pappy Van Winkle heist are brought to justice:


It’s only money, after all.

Visiting Dubai? Treat yourself to a $68 cup of coffee.


It’s high time we wished you a Happy New Year.

A Canadian Rabbi approves kosher pot for the High Holy Days:


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