Miss Vanjie - The Food Lens

Miss Vanjie - The Food Lens

Poor Miss Vanjie. The aspiring drag queen, who was the first contestant to be eliminated during the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, is best remembered for her awkward exit.

In homage to this viral moment, Banyan Bar + Refuge bartender Justin Leclair has attached her name to a hard-to-classify cocktail made with agave spirits and a Mexican palate cleanser called verdita.

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Shawmut Street Sour - The Food Lens

Shawmut Street Sour - The Food Lens

Coppa’s Shawmut St Sour is a variation on a variation. Its roots go back to the New York Sour, an old-school cocktail that kicks up the classic Whiskey Sour formula (whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup) by adding a red wine float. Now this South End trattoria has lent its own twist—and address—to the drink with the inclusion of a few ingredients more in line with its Italian focus: Lambrusco and Bruto Americano.

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Cotswolds Gin Review - Bevvy

Cotswolds Gin Review - Bevvy

The name “Cotswolds” may sound like the name of a cartoon penguin dressed as a butler, but it’s actually an area of southern England famed for its rolling hills, bucolic landscape, and quaint cottages. The team behind Cotswolds Dry Gin has endeavored to make a London dry-style spirit enhanced by local Cotswolds lavender, plus bay leaf, grapefruit, lime peel, black pepper, and cardamom.


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18 restaurants that serve up serious lobster rolls - Boston.com

18 restaurants that serve up serious lobster rolls - Boston.com

As far as quintessential Boston experiences go, biting into a lobster roll ranks up there with watching the Pops on the Fourth of July. We may never reach a consensus on what constitutes the perfect roll — lettuce or no lettuce remains a hot-button issue, let alone cold-mayo versus hot with butter — but those debates are a testament to the special place lobster rolls hold in our hearts. From the oldest of the old guard to the young guns pushing the envelope, here are 18 worthy venues for getting your lobster roll fix.

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Modern Wedding Suit Colors - Blank Label

Modern Wedding Suit Colors - Blank Label

The traditional rules for selecting a wedding suit are simple enough: navy or grey, perhaps black or white if it’s a formal affair. While there’s nothing wrong with adhering to these classics, it’s worth noting that there are other, more modern colors you can choose to add an extra bit of personality to your own big day, whether you’re committed to going casual or dressing way up.

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Beet It - The Food Lens

Beet It - The Food Lens

Theater District newcomer The Ghost Walks has earned a buzz for serving drinks with attention-grabbing presentations that can’t be easily replicated at home—with some exceptions. Beet It, a frothy vodka sour with a latte-art-worthy surface design, is one of them.

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A Short History of the Cocktail Umbrella - Bevvy

A Short History of the Cocktail Umbrella - Bevvy

It takes a heart of stone not to be amused by that tiny, semi-functional umbrella perched on the side of your Mai Tai (and, if you’re not, enough of the latter will eventually do the trick). But its existence isn’t as easy to explain as natural garnishes like citrus slices or mint sprigs. Someone had to consciously choose to add a micro-umbrella to their drink, and someone else had to manufacture it. Who was that person, and who was that manufacturer?

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Garrett Harker and Jackson Cannon on Boston, Bars and Hospitality - Bevvy

Garrett Harker and Jackson Cannon on Boston, Bars and Hospitality - Bevvy

I sat down with Garrett Harker and Jackson Cannon, the respective restaurateur and bartender duo who profoundly changed Boston’s cocktail and hospitality scene with the opening of Eastern Standard in 2005. In the years since, Harker’s restaurant group has opened numerous other Boston-area bars and restaurants, including The Hawthorne, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Branch Line. Together the group employs some 650 people, and its alumni have gone on to pollinate the regional and national hospitality scene.

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Kirk Originals - The F.E.C. Diaries

Kirk Originals - The F.E.C. Diaries

Kids can be cruel. A select few possess a preternatural gift for it. In hindsight, the first revelation of this truth was when a student entered the classroom with newly prescribed glasses. In the early 90s, few things could be as socially damning to a prepubescent as a prescription for corrective lenses.

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The 12 Best Bars in Portland, Maine - Bevvy

The 12 Best Bars in Portland, Maine - Bevvy

If someone says “Portland,” and “bar” together in the same sentence, there’s a good chance you immediately think of the largest city in Oregon. And that’s a shame, because 1) Portland, Maine, took the name first by a factor of 219 years, and 2) it hosts a vibrant, eclectic cocktail scene that can compete with towns 10 times its size.

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