Food

Ian McNulty

Mardi Gras is a celebration in motion. Today, I’m giving a shout out to some unsung heroes who help keep the wheels turning.

For beer lovers who are cutting back on their alcohol intake, there is a new wave of non-alcoholic options available that don’t fizz out on the flavor. Regardless your reasons for seeking out an NA beer, there are definitely other benefits beyond presence of alcohol which include fewer calories, fewer carbs and less sugar. For these reasons the NA beer market has seen an uptick in the past few years.

Mark and Brian Canlis are brothers and the third generation of their family to run Canlis, a nearly 70-year-old restaurant in Seattle and a true landmark. But even beyond the restaurant, what’s extraordinary about the Canlis family is how thoughtful they are at helping people to connect. And for years, in the basement of the restaurant, they had a very special barrel of whiskey. But, you couldn't buy yourself a taste of it - not with money, anyway.

The language of wine is a mix of science and poetry

Feb 14, 2020

Esther Mobley
Photo: Russell Yip

We don’t know if there are any songs written about when a bar opens for the night, but there are plenty of them dedicated to the moment before it closes. "Last call" isn’t just a public service announcement, it isn’t just a call to action - buy another drink or get outta here - it’s a ritual, it’s an intimacy, it’s the moment the night changes.

If you step into a cool cocktail bar today, chances are they have drinks made from mezcal, a Mexican spirit with an intense, roasted, smoky flavor. But just a decade ago, barely anyone in America had heard of it. You could call it the hot new thing in bartending, except that it’s hundreds of years old. And in Oaxaca, it’s much more than that. Bricia Lopez, who’s been called the Mezcal Queen of Los Angeles, is the owner, with her family, of Guelaguetza restaurant in Los Angeles.

Photos above: Jordana Rothman (left) and Julia Bainbridge

Ian McNulty

Valentine’s Day might be our most manipulative holiday. I say it’s high time we start manipulating it back and take the day on our own terms.

Ian McNulty

King cake can be a symbol of home. Just ask anyone who grew up with the Carnival treat as a natural part of their own New Orleans culture.

Or maybe, ask someone making a home here, blending different cultures along the way.

A Hubig's Pie from circa 2012, before its New Orleans pie factory was destroyed by fire that year.
Ian McNulty / Where Y'Eat

Hubig’s Pies and Dixie Beer, together again at last?

No, I’m not talking about a sweet and sudsy flavor pairing. Instead, the two old New Orleans brands, Hubig’s and Dixie, have both been in the news lately, each on different parts of their own return. What unites them is an everyman appeal tied to place, particularly this one.

Pages