Drink-by-Numbers

The folks at FiveThirtyEight (they of the numbers for everything) recently published some really interesting statistics on alcohol consumption by type (beer/wine/liquor) and per capita in almost 200 countries around the world. The data is compiled with the help of numbers from the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, […]

What doesn’t kill you…

Normally when I see a recipe or ingredient list if the first thought that crosses my mind is “that sounds really weird” then it’s a good bet that the second thought will be “I bet it’s either really good or really bad.” The third thought is, of course, “I kind of want to try it.” […]

7 minutes (or 2 weeks) in Heaven (Part It Doesn’t Matter Anymore)

Travelling. North it was. To a place. Seattle maybe? No wait! You weren’t supposed to know that! Professor will hit me!

Well, the narrator blew it and already told you the destination. And undermined the whole Odyssey thing even more.

Yes, I was headed to Seattle, a city already known and discovered by my […]

We are not Amused

I know, it’s a faux pas to apologize for faffing about and not writing. Particularly to the blog one resolved to write on at least once every two weeks. But, you know what, I don’t care.

I’m sorry baby, I didn’t mean it. I’ll do better next time.

Part of what has been taking up […]

Learn German by Cooking!

This summer I had the exciting opportunity to keep being employed for at least two months longer by teaching the second semester of a two-part course: “German for Graduate Reading Knowledge.” The point is to teach graduate students who might have to read texts in German how to do that without having to go to […]

Lüttje Lage, or “This beer isn’t getting me drunk and I need to fix that pronto.”

Two days after our sushi night in Köln, the Gastrognome and I found ourselves in the city of Göttingen, home to one of Germany’s most prestigious universities. But we weren’t there for the university, so when it all comes down to it, bringing that up was really quite irrelevant to this story. At any rate, […]

Ja in Bavaria, wo die Sushis aus Fisch sind!

The intrepid Gastrognome and I have a monthly tradition that dictates that on at least one day we must eschew the consuming of lunch in anticipation and preparation for a dinner which involves consuming large (okay, okay–excessive) amounts of sushi and sushi-related food items. But what to do when you’re in a foreign country and […]

Hello, Sunshine!

Are you feeling loved yet?

Is there any surer or more delicious indicator that spring is here and summer is soon to follow than the arrival of Bell’s Oberon Ale? My apologies to all the migrating birds and flowering trees, but as you can see, Oberon is just as cheery and colorful, plus it […]