Monthly Archives: March 2013

Impact of Paid Sick Leave Act on the Restaurant Industry

In New York, roughly 38 percent of private-sector workers are employed by companies that do not provide paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave Act, if passed, would require firms with fewer than 10 employees to provide up to 40 … Continue reading

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Special permits provide a little fun this summer

As the weather warms up – eventually – we can look forward to the many county fairs and farmers markets that are sure to liven up any summer day/night. Many of us over the age of 21 enjoy having the … Continue reading

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Minimum wage debate in the restaurant industry

The issue of raising the minimum wage is controversial. The arguments on both sides are compelling, leaving me lost for answers. Raising the minimum wage will have a disproportionate impact on industries that rely on low-wage workers, like the hotel … Continue reading

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Hot dog and vodka please

I am a huge advocate for the underdog. When I go to state or county fairs or farmers’ markets and I see samplings of beer and wine available, I really start to feel sorry for liquor, which has been prohibited … Continue reading

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Glass shape affects alcohol consumption

In an article called “Glass Shape Influences Consumption Rate for Alcohol Beverages” (PLOS ONE, August 17, 2012), Angela Attwood et.al.published the results of an experiment measuring whether the rate of consumption was affected by the shape of the glass. They … Continue reading

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The skinny on skinny drinks

In this diet-crazed culture, “skinny drinks” have gained a lot of popularity. Whether it’s a trendy SkinnyGirl® Cocktail or replacing a traditional mixer with its diet counterpart, consumers are on the lookout for ways to enjoy a night out without … Continue reading

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Wine cork alternatives: yay or nay?

Corks are the traditional closure for wine, especially for red wines in need of aging. Wine afficionados expect to see high-grade natural cork when they open a bottle of wine; however, there have been newer advances in closure technology that … Continue reading

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Meet Bartendro, the Robot Bartender

Punch your favorite drink into the iPad interface and Bartendro will mix it up for you. Microcontroller-based liquid dispensing is possible with the Raspberry Pi processor and peristaltic pumps equivalent to those used in medical apparatuses. Food-safe, non-yellowing tubes deliver … Continue reading

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Drunken Treasure: the aquoir wine aging process

Following several European wineries, Mira Winery, a Napa Valley winery launched in August 2012, has undertaken an unusual experiment. It submerged several cases of wine in the Atlantic waters off South Carolina to test how ocean conditions affect the wine’s … Continue reading

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Bringing your alcohol stock over the border when you move

You are moving to the US and you are certain you have thought of everything. You have your moving truck, furniture, clothes, and all your travel documents. Many think about all the essentials and even understand the required claim form … Continue reading

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