March 12th, 2008

Boozing with the Dig

Weekly Dig 5 Drink Minimum

“The prospect of drinking with Lauren Clark, booze journalist and walking alcohol encyclopedia, is daunting.”

So begins an article in the latest Weekly Dig. It’s part of a twice-per-year feature called 5 Drink Minimum, where the Dig sends its writers out to report as much as they can remember of a long evening at a local bar. This year, some of the writers paired up with various, um, industry professionals at the bar of the latter’s choice. That’s how I wound up drinking at Deep Ellum with News Editor Cara Bayles. We had a bang-up time, and I have to say she did a nice job with the piece considering what her notebook looked like at the end of the night.

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2 Responses to “Boozing with the Dig”

  1. Scortch

    Not to curry favor with our blog Mistress, but in reading the whole Dig feature this AM, I thought that the piece with Ms. Clark a bit fared better than the rest. Don’t get me wrong, overall it was neat idea, I just thought it needed a bit of tightening in the concept. Part of what i liked about Cara Bayles piece was that there was a bit more of a sense of the person she was with and their take on the bar and the drinks than some of the others.

    I’d love to see a similar piece with perhaps just one or two writers (too, too many voices in the Dig piece), taking several evenings each with different, very key local bar/cocktail/scene personalities and really REALLY discussing each drink in theories historical, technical, and philosophical. I’d love to get more of a sense of the bar, the interviewee, and the drinks than I did from the pieces as they stand now. Maybe that’s just the cocktailian-nerd in me.

    Still, overall, a very fun feature from the Dig and very worth my time!

  2. ljclark

    Curry away, Scortch!

    I think Cara did a nice job, too. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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