by Steven Doyle
With a charge led by one Wayne B. Wheeler and Andrew Volstead, Americans met with the Great Experiment of Temperance, or the National Prohibition Act (the 18th Amendment) at midnight on January 17, 1920. Although the bill was vetoed by then president Woodrow Wilson, it was overwhelmingly passed both in House and Senate. This Amendment prohibited the manufacturing, sale and consumption of alcohol. Within minutes of the enactment of Prohibition, the first crime erupted when $100,000 worth of whiskey was stolen from a train in Chicago. Prohibition then gave birth to a new industry gripped by grizzly mobsters and bootleggers. Average citizens were lured by the siren song of the speakeasy.
Prohibition called for trials for anyone charged with an alcohol-related offense, and juries often failed to convict. Under the state of New York’s Mullan-Gage Act, a short-lived local version of the Volstead Act, the first 4,000 arrests led to just six convictions and not one jail sentence. Prohibition was deemed a failure and was dismantled by the Twenty-first Amendment which was ratified on December 5, 1933. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
The best thing about my religion (The First Church of Immediate Gratification) is that the period from Thanksgiving thru’ January 1st is one long party. It beats learning long liturgical passages, self-denial, parsimony (and other root vegetables) and (most forms of) self flagellation. While participants of other faiths are burning candles, I’m burning them at both ends.
Top juice for the season is definitely sparkling wine. Recently I had a Skype conference with Julius Angel, Owner of Angelini Wine. He helps make my religious activities possible. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Plenty of food news spawning from Mexico this week. First we hear tales of the beloved Mexican Coke possibly going the way of its American counterpart by using high fructose corn syrup. This is due to an excise that the Mexican government is placing on liters of the cola, giving cause for the Mexican bottler to go the cheaper and less healthy route. The reasoning for the peso tax per bottle is the higher obesity rates in Mexico.
When will the bottlers learn that we simply do not wish to consume high fructose corn syrup, and would pay a small premium for real sugar. Perhaps it is best we stay clear of the sodas altogether.
Today we have happier news in new study published by the Universidad de Las Américas de Puebla (UDLAP) in Central Mexico explaining that tacos are actually healthy. We knew this, right? Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
If you are in North Texas at the moment, you might be enjoying the cooler weather. AccuWeather tells me that it is a cool 52 degrees as I write this, and will drop into the low 40′s tonight. This could only mean it is time for a warm bowl of soup, and of course I have a few suggestions.
Richard Chamberlain, chef and proprietor over at Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill sends word that he is making a mighty fine cioppino, which is basically a fish stew that originated out of San Francisco. The Italian-American dish is kissing cousins to bouillabaisse, and differs due to its tomatoey wine sauce. Bouillabaisse is made from a selection of Provençal herbs and spices in the broth, typically using bony Mediterranean fish. A cioppino will feature whatever the catch of the day might be, including dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish and should be served with the requisite slices of sourdough bread. This is a eatured special at Chamberlain’s in Addison. Continue reading
Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House goes all out to support Movember throughout the month of November. Last year, the Goodfriend team raised almost $5000 and their goal is to raise even more money this year. They will put together a team consisting of employees, family, and regulars to grow mustaches to benefit the Movember movement. They have enlisted the help of The Boardroom, Breckenridge Brewery, Sailor Jerry Rum, Puro Verde Tequila, Patron, and fantastic live music.
Movember is a global charity that uses the power of the mustache to raise “funds and awareness … to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.” Starting the month off clean-shaven, men grow mustaches while gathering donations from their friends and family for their efforts and “prompting conversations wherever they go.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
It’s haunting that there are so few weeks left in 2013. This means cooler temps, Fall parties and terrifying romps through DFW’s best haunted houses.
Most haunted houses have two prices, one for regular admission, and a second speed pass price to exit through the long lines that you will surely meet. Jump in the haunted pit of horrors for a list of our local favorites. Continue reading