Archive for March, 2008

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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March 6th, 2008

Get your Imbibe inscribed

Imbibe - Wondrich on ThomasIf you’re a fan of Esquire magazine drinks writer David Wondrich, and you bought his recently published book, Imbibe!, perhaps you’d like to get the book signed by the author himself. On Monday, March 10, Wondrich will be in Boston signing copies of his biography of Jerry Thomas, the father of American bartending. The signing happens from 12:30-2:00 at Stir, chef Barbara Lynch’s demonstration kitchen and cookbook library. Wondrich will join John Gertsen, who works with Lynch at the famed No. 9 Park, later in the evening to teach Stir’s monthly cocktail class. This installment of the class, Winter Warmer Cocktails (aka Who Needs Ice?), is sold out, but there are plenty more in the works — just click on “Calendar” at the Stir website.

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March 6th, 2008

Restaurant Week — drinkers welcome

Restaurant Week map

A little secret about Restaurant Week: while people who own restaurants may love it, people who work in restaurants don’t. They complain about the hordes of newbie customers who expect a level of dining and service for their $30 that may be a bit unrealistic, and who then leave a modest tip on their modest bill. Hmm. I suspect that these hordes are actually a few bad apples who tend to stick in a server’s memory until it all happens again next year.

Personally, I like Restaurant Week (March 9-14 & 16-21). A particular friend of mine and I take advantage of it every year and visit a restaurant we’ve never been to. We’re always happy with our food and service. And, because we feel we’re getting such a good deal on dinner, we start the evening off with cocktails and then order a bottle of wine with our meal. In short, we end up spending more on drinks than food, which is exactly what the establishments who participate in Restaurant Week are seeking out of this whole deal. So, if you’re a drinker, start making your reservation now. Wherever you end up, your server will likely treat you with gratitude after dealing with all those menu tourists.

Check out’s Unofficial Guide to Boston Restaurant Week for an A to Z list of participating restaurants. Several drinkboston profilees are on the list, including Bin 26 Enoteca, the Blue Room, Chez Henri, Eastern Standard, Les Zygomates, Mooo, Rialto and the Summer Shack. I will also recommend three other restaurants that happen to be workplaces of some of the ladies of LUPEC Boston: Flora, Toro and Tremont 647. Speaking of LUPEC Boston and Toro, they are teaming up for a March 30 event marking Women’s History Month. Check their blog for details.

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