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January 1, 2012
I've temporarily suspended the usual ban on vodka in this space because, well, it's New Year's Day, and I'm hankering for a Bloody Mary. So, if I must choose a vodka - that transparent spirit which usually ranges from rubbing alcohol to perfectly invisible - I might as well reach for some Pennsylvanian liquor pride. Hey, I might as well choose one that even tastes like something! Boyd & Blair's potato vodka scores on both counts. Made just outside Pittsburgh, this spirit, unlike so many phony upscale vodkas (often purchased neutral grain alcohol dropped through a filter straight into a fancy bottle)
NEWS
February 2, 2012
WELCOME TO Cheap Buzz, where we eavesdrop as sommelier Marnie Old attempts to teach the joys of wine and fine spirits to Buzz, a guy with no sophistication and not much money. Here's their latest conversation: BUZZ: Hey Marnie, why do people drink vodka? Isn't it made from potatoes? MARNIE: Sometimes, Buzz, but not often. Vodka is usually a grain spirit distilled from wheat or rye, like whiskey minus the barrel aging. But it can be made from anything, really, including potatoes and even grapes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 1986 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doc was telling a sad little story about the Kirov Ballet, about friendship and politics and disappointment. A lot of the story was played out in Doc's little restaurant and bar on Sansom Street, and he was telling it with great feeling. "I was born in Russia," he was saying, "but I will never go there again. When I tell you this story, you will know why. " Abe "Doc" Ulitsky, a retired dentist, owns the Happy Rooster at 16th and Sansom Streets, an eight-table restaurant where you can order Beluga caviar at $29.50 an ounce or get a drink of rare cognac for $75 an ounce.
NEWS
December 5, 1988 | By Tyree Johnson, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
Many of the Soviet visitors here this week appear to be getting a good taste of America, at least as far as their drinks and smokes are concerned. The 170 Soviets, here for the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Emerging Leaders Summit, are choosing the American-made Smirnoff vodka over Stolichnaya, the Russian import, and their cigarette is Marlboro, say workers at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza, where the Soviets are staying. "They seemed to order more Smirnoff vodka than they did that . . . Absolut-Proof vodka," said Melisa Wolfson, hotel assistant manager.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
  B   UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw this TV ad with Amber Rose drinking whipped-cream vodka. How do you make vodka out of whipped cream? Marnie: That's easy, Buzz - you don't. What you're thinking of is flavored vodka, where a neutral base spirit gets dolled up with fancy flavors. Advertising can blur the lines of what's an ingredient and what's an added "flavor. " Buzz: And have you seen that "wedding cake" vodka? Is wedding cake even a flavor? Heck, my wedding cake was made out of beef jerky.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1989 | By Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
This makes two up, two down for the underwater "Alien" concept. Floundering in the wake of "Deep Star Six," "Leviathan" is one of the soggiest excuses for a sci-fi chiller that has been dredged up yet. It's the near future, and a big, mean multi-national has figured out how to mine silver on the ocean floor. A high-tech industrial installation has been set up 16,000 feet below the Atlantic to house eight-member mining crews for 90-day intervals. The latest batch - honcho Peter Weller (who nobody remembers from "RoboCop," since his face was covered by that helmet through most of the movie)
NEWS
June 20, 1994 | By Fen Montaigne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shortly before noon on a pleasant spring day, Granya Zagrybelnaya's husband and son joined a handful of residents from this village for a drink. The liquid in the three-liter bottle was slightly oily and a faint yellow. But the man who brought the bottle, Sergei Garanin, said he had been taking swigs for an hour and felt fine. The drinkers sat in front of a log cabin and began knocking back what they thought was grain alcohol. Within a few minutes, something went terribly wrong.
NEWS
September 28, 2000 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a tale as long as a Russian novel, as convoluted as the claims to the throne of the Romanovs. Joint Stock Society v. UDV North America Inc., known informally as Smirnov v. Smirnoff, is a case that asks a federal appeals court to cut through a thicket of international law, history and family folklore to decide who controls the lucrative U.S. market rights to the most famous name in vodka. It's enough to, well, drive one to drink, a joke not lost on anyone when Judge Edward R. Becker, chief of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, walked into court yesterday and put a bottle of Smirnoff vodka on the bench in front of him. "I don't usually bring a bottle with me . . . but I have to tell you that I have a lot of questions about this label," Becker joked, referring to the romantic Smirnoff label with its Cyrillic lettering, boasts of international medals, and appointment as purveyor of spirits to the erstwhile Russian royal family.
NEWS
March 8, 1991 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ludmilla Ivanova stood in line for six hours yesterday on the eve of one of the Soviet Union's biggest holidays - International Women's Day - to buy vodka for her weekend guests. She joined the line in front of the liquor store on Sadovaya Samotechnaya Boulevard at 10 a.m. and finally squeezed her way up to the counter at 4 p.m. By the time she made it into the fetid store, the vodka was sold out. So she bought several bottles of what was left: foul Armenian port, the equivalent of Night Train Express.
NEWS
February 16, 2012 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com
The two women who in 2010 repeatedly drove around a nightclub while drunk - striking several people with the car and killing a woman after being barred from the club - were handed prison terms today. Sharonda Cheeves, 24, who plowed a Chevrolet Monte Carlo into Alisha Moore outside Club Motivation, 8th Street near Dauphin, on Sept. 4, 2010, was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison and two years of probation after she is released. Moore, 27, died from her injures.
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February 25, 2016
After a long illness, Harry Jay Katz died peacefully early Tuesday. He was 75. This is a remembrance. He was generous to a fault, sometimes to the wrong people, capable of the grand gesture and the petty feud. Harry Jay Katz stood above the crowd, sometimes to look down on them, sometimes to lend a helping hand, usually in the form of cash. He was dashing, durable, and diplomatic, and for a half-century he lived in the limelight and spun stories like a spider. In the old days, they would have called him a raconteur.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
Lev Golinkin: "A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka" 3 p.m. Sunday at Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd., Melrose Park. Admission: Free. Information: 215-635-7399 or http://onebook.jewishlearningventure.org
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2015 | Drew Lazor, For the Daily News
It's not as if Philadelphians have ever needed an excuse to drink on the first day of a new year. But if you're in the market for fresh inspiration, Jan. 1 is National Bloody Mary Day. As arbitrary as these silly, food-specific "holidays" may be - most seem to originate with the site Foodimentary.com, whose founder pushes a date-based edible agenda - this is one that deserves sincere celebration. What an excellent opportunity to take the local temperature of this divisive cocktail.
NEWS
October 28, 2015
WEST PHILLY'S Yusaf Mack is known for his boxing. But it's his sexual prowess that has people buzzing. He appears in a new porn video that's caused a bit of a local scandal. And it's not just any porn video but a particularly graphic one that shows him engaging in a threesome with two other men. Mack, a father of 10 who is engaged to marry a woman, adamantly maintains that he's strictly heterosexual and that the whole thing is all a big mistake. "My whole life, I've been what they call a whoremonger.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2015 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Flower Show and its 2015 theme - "Celebrate the Movies" - will be a paean to Disney films. Floral and garden designers will be interpreting, rather than replicating, characters and props. Which means there'll be no selfies beside giant cutouts of Mulan's plucky Chinese heroine or Jack Sparrow, the roguish captain of Pirates of the Caribbean - or, alas, Johnny Depp himself. But you will see, in Stoney Bank Nurseries of Glen Mills' Mulan -inspired exhibit, subtle features that characterize Chinese gardens, such as a moon door; a reflecting pool with water lilies, iris, and ceramic koi; and sculptured rocks that resemble natural limestone, with their weathered holes, etched cavities, and smoothed edges.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
  B   UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw this TV ad with Amber Rose drinking whipped-cream vodka. How do you make vodka out of whipped cream? Marnie: That's easy, Buzz - you don't. What you're thinking of is flavored vodka, where a neutral base spirit gets dolled up with fancy flavors. Advertising can blur the lines of what's an ingredient and what's an added "flavor. " Buzz: And have you seen that "wedding cake" vodka? Is wedding cake even a flavor? Heck, my wedding cake was made out of beef jerky.
SPORTS
July 12, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DENNIS RODMAN, aka the U.S. ambassador to North Korea, is going into the liquor business. The former NBA star, a seven-time rebounding champion, is marketing Bad Boy Vodka, a brand that he says, is "a perfect representation of whom I am and what I am all about. " The etched glass bottle contains an image of a black bull in the logo, no doubt a nod to the three championships he won with Chicago. Jorge Olson, the CEO and president of Premier Brands, the company that developed the vodka, thinks he has a winner.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Billy Joel went through a dark period after the Sept. 11 attacks, often turning to booze to help him cope with life. "I was kind of in a mental fog. . . . My mind wasn't right. I wasn't focused. I went into a deep, deep depression," Joel, 64, tells the New York Times. "[It] just knocked the wind out of me, and I don't know even now if I've recovered from it. " Joel, who says he "used booze as medication," went further into depression when his marriage to Katie Lee ended in '09. "When I really got heavy into it, it was vodka.
NEWS
May 1, 2013
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett's push to liberalize Pennsylvania's beer, wine and liquor laws drew broad criticism from anti-addiction groups during a Senate committee hearing yesterday. The hearing in front of the Senate Law and Justice Committee was the first for senators on the subject as Corbett applies heavy pressure to get a bill to his desk by June 30, when the Legislature wraps up business for the summer. "We have issues in this commonwealth considerably more important than how convenient or inconvenient it is to buy a bottle of vodka," said David Bender of the anti-addiction group Compass Mark.
FOOD
April 18, 2013
Makes 1 cocktail 2 ounces vodka 3/4 ounces lemon juice 3/4 ounces simple syrup 6-7 leaves of arugula 1. Muddle arugula leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup in small mixing tin. 2. Add vodka to mixing tin and shake ingredients with ice. 3. Double-strain mixture into cocktail glass full of ice. Garnish with arugula leaf. - From Mike DiTota
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