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  • Drinks of the Year

    published December 26, 2007

    We didn't officially take over the helm of the Drink of the Week booze cruise until mid-June this year, after the column's founder, Randall... More >>

  • Yule Tide Latte

    published December 19, 2007

    The jagged circumflex accent over the "e" in "City Coffeehouse & Crêperie" reminds us of the angry eyebrows we seemed to encounter at every... More >>

  • Jakes Fault Shiraz

    published December 12, 2007

    Crack. Crack. Pop-pop-pop. A playful tap on the back of our hand and a mock stern warning: "Hey!" he says. We snap out of it. "Oh, right," we say.... More >>

  • Asian Persuasion

    published December 5, 2007

    Today our apartment has transformed into Biosphere where we will dwell for at least the next four months. One day each fall — when we resign... More >>

  • Yogi DeTox Tea

    published November 28, 2007

    In the weeks between the gastro glut of Thanksgiving and the financial glut of Christmas, we're pausing for a bit of detox. In two weeks, we'll... More >>

  • Pearberry

    published November 21, 2007

    A Beefeater on the rocks is staring at us from our table. The pair of pimento-stuffed green olives that sit atop the ice look like the eyes of an... More >>

  • 2006 Black Opal Cabernet Merlot

    published November 14, 2007

    When the woman seated across from you at dinner reveals she's a nurse at a Supermax prison, you've got a couple options. You can look at her... More >>

  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest

    published October 31, 2007

    Lemon drop, buttery nipple, kamikaze, mind eraser. Three wise men. Cement mixer, prairie fire, lunch box, purple hooter. Tequila. Jäger bomb.... More >>

  • Caramel Apple Halloween Milk Shake

    published October 24, 2007

    If we were heretofore unfamiliar with Steak n Shake, we'd probably write them off entirely because of that awkward "N," the same way we'd shun... More >>

  • Absolut Stress

    published October 17, 2007

    Blackpoll warblers take to the sky from their homes — as far north as Alaska — bound for South America, to nosh on an exotic spread of... More >>

  • Beermosa

    published October 10, 2007

    It is nice to know someone reads this column besides our parents. The best affirmations of that are the helpful drink suggestions from readers who... More >>

  • 2005 Innocent Bystander

    published October 3, 2007

    Tonight we are not having dinner or drinks with Alice Cooper. We did not have dinner or drinks with Alice Cooper last night, and the chances of... More >>

  • Ruth's Classic Cosmo

    published September 19, 2007

    When it comes to drinks, we tend heavily toward the simple, non-gimmicky ones. Glasses coated in chocolate then rimmed with sugar and adorned with... More >>

  • Effen Black Cherry Vodka

    published September 12, 2007

    "Hello, Clarice." These are the two haunting words that mentally echo every time we leave our flat. Our door faces our new neighbor's, and often,... More >>

  • Big T Chardonel

    published September 5, 2007

    The moon and crazies are linked to the very root of the words themselves: lunar — of, or on the moon — is derived from Latin's luna.... More >>

  • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Shiraz

    published August 29, 2007

    We hadn't been to the mall on a weekend evening for ages. But we headed to Macy's at the Saint Louis Galleria on a Friday and made a beeline for... More >>

  • Gekkeikan Sake (Hot)

    published August 22, 2007

    After we first read about them in Charlie Brown's ‘Cyclopedia, Volume One: Featuring Your Body, we surmised wisdom teeth only popped... More >>

  • Glen Ellen Merlot

    published August 15, 2007

    Here's a snippet of the hushed conversation we had with our friend during Les Miserables' final song at the Muny: "Who's that back there in the... More >>

  • Infierno

    published August 1, 2007

    El Scorcho, 7356 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-5566 More >>

  • Lakeside Lemonade

    published July 25, 2007

    We dont particularly like taking orders from decorative paper towels that instruct us to tiptoe through the tulips or count our blessings. We... More >>

  • Que Pasa's House Margartia

    published July 18, 2007

    On our way back down the mountain, a scorpion sunk its venom into our leg. We were sure of it, though we'd never before encountered one and didn't... More >>

  • Snapple Nectarine White Tea

    published July 11, 2007

    Snapple Nectarine White Tea Schnucks, 60 Hampton Village Plaza; 314-353-5060. We don't remember much... More >>

  • Perfect Margarita and Apple Juice

    published July 4, 2007

    Perfect Margarita and Apple Juice We rang Applebee's an hour ago: "Do you guys serve apple juice? Like for little... More >>

  • Fiji Natural Artesian Water

    published June 27, 2007

    Convenient Food Mart, 5253 Mattis Road, south St. Louis county; 314-729-7336. More >>

  • Rum and Coke

    published June 13, 2007

    Is this seat taken? No, no. We're not trying to hit on you; we're new here. We've driven by a few times and have always been intrigued by both the... More >>

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