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‘Nervous nerd’ Peter Jackson talks about finishing another Tolkien adventure | The Star

<b>Since you had this strong vision for The Hobbit</b><b>trilogy from start, did you feel frustrated over criticisms that you took a single small Tolkien novel</b> …

A No-Heat, No-Filter Technique for Making Cocktail Syrups

So you've decided to try your hand at stirring up a few classic cocktails at home. Maybe you started with the Manhattan—a drink that requires only three ingredients, all simply dispensed from shelf-stable(ish) bottles. Then you probably moved on to sours and started juicing fresh citrus. But you're …

Jim Meehan's Tips for Developing New Cocktails

Jim Meehan opened <b>PDT</b>—the secret/famous cocktail lounge accessed through a phone booth in the East Village's Crif Dogs—in 2007. Since then, we've loved his drinks and his work on Food & Wine's annual cocktail guide. His <i>PDT Cocktail Book</i> is one of our home bar essentials. Meehan is schooled in …

Ask A Bartender: What's One Cocktail You're Really Proud Of?

Many of the best bartenders are constantly designing new drinks, revisiting old ones, and revamping the bar's menu. But every once in a while, there's a concoction that feels truly exciting. We asked our bartender crew about their best ideas in drinks and the cocktails they're truly proud of.<p>Here's …

What's Your Favorite Manhattan Variation?

Some drinks just seem to invite variation—maybe it's because the cocktail has a simple formula, and each element has a number of possible substitutes. Or maybe it's because the name (and a drink or three) just gets the creative juices flowing. The Manhattan is one of these drinks.<p>It's not that the …

The Best Gin for Negronis

The Negroni might look simple on the surface. The classic cocktail is an equal-parts blend of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, but there's much more going on in this drink than you might imagine. As the story goes, the drink was invented in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni wanted a little muscle in …

Why I Love Hotel Bars

<i>"The rooms and stables spacious were and wide, And well we there were eased, and of the best."</i> —Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales<p>You probably remember the part of high school English class where you slogged through Chaucer's medieval epic about the Wife of Bath, the Pardoner, and all their …

A Beginner's Guide to Belgian Beer Styles

More<p>BEER!<p>We love it. And you've voted. See which is the best American beer city.<p>How can you not love a country known for its love of waffles, chocolate, French fries, and beer? Belgium is my version of Guns 'n' Roses' Paradise City, where the grass is green and the beers are plenty.<p>And not only are …

Classic Drinks: If You Like Negronis, Try the Quill

Like Negronis? Fan of absinthe? Try mixing them together in this classic drink.<p>Some cocktails have a well-known (or well-debated) history. Others just seem to appear in a book without any comment. And then there are those that give you a sense that there's a little more to the story, but you just …

Boulevard's Brewmaster Steven Pauwels on the Future of Craft Beer

More<p>BEER!<p>We love it. And you've voted. See which is the best American beer city.<p>Whether you're considering opening your own brewery or not, it can be interesting to hear about how craft brewers got their start. Steven Pauwels' path began in Eeklo, Belgium, but he's found his way to the position of …

Great New Affordable High-Rye Bourbon: Tincup American Whiskey

Bourbon has long been our go-to for reasonably priced whiskey, but as demand continues to grow, more and more producers are jacking up prices to cash in on the trend. That's part of what makes Tincup American whiskey such a refreshing change of pace: it's a delicious whiskey at a reasonable …

Just 1 Bottle: 15 Cocktails to Make With Gin and a Trip to the Grocery Store

There are a number of ways to stock a bar: you can go out and buy one of everything (not really recommended), you can go out and buy what you need for your one or two favorite cocktails (better), or you can wait and hope that a well stocked bar magically appears in your living room (and actually …

Make This Now: Rosemary-Tangelo Shrub

March marks that transition period in the seasons where spring is in sight and winter's chill is starting to fall behind. While baby vegetables are starting to pop up, the last crops of winter citrus and a bounty of hardy winter herbs are still hanging around.<p>We're ready for sun (and strawberries) …

What to Drink This Weekend: Cocktails for Every Weather Forecast

Your weekend drinking plans are something of a conundrum. Daylight Savings has given us another hour of evening sunlight, but if it's snowing come happy hour, you might not be feeling super happy. Here's our advice on what to drink this weekend, depending on the weather where you are.<p>Still Snowy?<p>If …

Spiked Coffee Goes Pro: 6 Fantastic Coffee Cocktail Recipes

A cuppa joe. Java. The elixir of life. The humble coffee bean has many names, but one thing's for sure: a lot of us consider it the best part of waking up or the only way to get through a long day. But coffee isn't just for the a.m. hours. Its savory-chocolaty-fruit-and-nut flavor blends well with …

Drink This Now: The House Old Fashioned at Trou Normand, San Francisco

Here's the thing about brand-new restaurants. They're exciting. There's that build-up, the anticipation of a new favorite, the breathless excitement of another possible destination when your go-tos are starting to feel a little too familiar.<p>But then, there's the other side. The hype side that leads …

Tiki 101: A Beginner's Guide

Imagine an entire subculture of cocktails named Adam.<p>"What do you want to do tonight, honey?"<p>"Oh, maybe we can try that new Adam bar that just opened in SoHo! I hear they have the coolest Adam decor and mugs."<p>In a sense, that's what tiki is. The word is derived from Māori mythology about the first …

Meet the Nymi Authentication Wristband

The onslaught of wearable devices is hit or miss right now. Most of the ones I’ve seen are of dubious value, but Bionym’s upcoming Nymi wristband has enormous potential to improve our lives.<p>The Nymi works by using your unique electrocardiogram (ECG) signals to act as a biometric authentication …

Sony Won’t Use Android Wear Yet, Will Instead Focus On Its Own Android-Based Smartwatch Platform

Sony isn’t going to be one of Android Wear’s OEM partners, at least not in the foreseeable future. The company’s head of U.S. mobile operations Ravi Nookala told CNET in an interview that it will forge ahead with the Android-based OS that powers its SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2 wearables for the …

Why Apple’s dream for television keeps falling apart

Three years after Steve Jobs said he had “finally cracked” it, Apple’s vision for the future of television isn’t much closer to reality.<p>Apple’s pursuit of TV has included talks with seemingly every major player in the industry. Sources confirm at least preliminary discussions with Comcast, Verizon, …

Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It

New software and gizmos are revolutionizing police work, with social media scanners, facial recognition and other high tech items. As it turns out, though, the single most valuable new police tool is your smartphone.<p>Rolf Norton, a homicide detective in Seattle, says when he's talking to a suspect, …

What bitcoin needs next: education and an ecosystem, says Marc Andreessen

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Biz Carson/Gigaom<p>Since its introduction in 2009, bitcoin’s had a bumpy ride — and that should come as no surprise. …

Google blows up cloud pricing; your move, Amazon

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p>So the most commonly heard comment at Google Cloud Platform Live was: How will …

Snowden: Obama's NSA Reform Proposal Is a 'Turning Point'

U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to end the NSA's bulk collection of telephone records has gathered one noteworthy endorser: Edward Snowden.<p>The …

The IRS labels bitcoin an asset

<i>The Internal Revenue Service ruled today that Bitcoin would be treated like an asset for tax purposes. Here to explain what that really means is our New York editor, Paddy Hirsch, autho</i>r of "Man vs Markets."<p><b>What just happened?</b><br>As soon as bitcoin started to appreciate in value, the IRS decided it …

David Moyes: 'I'm at Manchester United for the long term'

David Moyes insists he will be Manchester United manager for the long term, with the Scot revealing there are plans in place for "many seasons to come", despite a dismal first campaign in charge.<p>Under Moyes United's faltering title defence has left the team 18 points behind the leaders, Chelsea, …

Why Google has the best shot at a useful smartwatch

Last week, Google unveiled its vision of the smartwatch, the elusive Next Big Gadget. It takes the form of Android Wear, a new version of the mobile …

25 Percent Of People In Mississippi Can't Afford Food

Twenty-five percent of Mississippi residents struggled to afford food last year -- more so than any other state -- a new Gallup report found.<p>For the sixth straight year, Mississippians were the most likely to have problems putting food on the table, according to the report. Those who revealed that …