Palate

A good mix.

On the quiet end of East 6th Street in Austin, Texas sits Easy Tiger: a bake shop, eatery, and beer garden. The multi-purpose establishment, cloaked in wild ivy and overlooking quaint Waller Creek, invites in those curious about its seemingly contradictory offerings and encourages them to relax, stay awhile.

Black magic.

When it comes to purifying water, the general process focuses on filtration and removal, so it’s peculiar to consider putting something in it instead—unless it’s Japanese water-purifying charcoal from online general store Kaufmann Mercantile.

Sea salt licks.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: To preserve, to enhance, to welcome. Salt does it all. Side by side comparisons emphasize differences. Fleur de sel sparkles like a dish of diamond chips. Sel gris is moist and looks a bit grubby.

Top tier.

If you’ve ever been in the market for lavish cakes you’ve likely heard the name Sylvia Weinstock. Heralded as the “Leonardo da Vinci of cakes”, Weinstock has created edible masterpieces for everyone from Oprah Winfrey to the Kennedy family.

Bringing quality wine to (the) heel.

The easiest way of locating Puglia (it’s the way it’s done there) is to say it’s the heel of the boot-shaped Italian peninsula. Wine has been made there for thousands of years.

Great expectorations.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: It was at a wine festival, with over 700 wines being poured at various booths, and it was my job to taste through as many as possible in a planned, methodical manner. And survive to tell about it.

Competition Cointreau.

Cointreau is in search of a Canadian muse—the country’s most creative female bartender. Each competitor has been tasked with creating a unique recipe centred on Cointreau, specifically the classic Cointreau Fizz cocktail.

The classic amaro.

As far as world cultures go, no one does dinner quite like the Italians. Sitting down to the table is not just a gathering but also a sport. It’s no wonder those food-loving Italians also created one of the world’s most recognizable bitter digestifs, Fernet-Branca.

Liquid sunshine.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Many of the most famous dishes and drinks of a region are born out of a simple desire to use up a singular ingredient that is in abundance. Limoncello was born on the Sorrento-Amalfi coast south of Naples thanks to a constant generous supply of lemons.