New year, new challenges! In 2013 I will be conducting experiments on myself to test whether aspects of the paleo/primal lifestyle suit me. Here’s the first instalment as I chronicle the journey, on my new blog, Revenge of the Caveman:
I have pieces in these three magazines, available now: Just remember stocks, Gosling, rich people; big numbers on the covers. I don’t think you can read any of these online, so you’ll have to buy magazines made out of paper, or else maybe downloading apps could work (?).
• In Canadian Business, I have a decently long feature about why introverts might make the best leaders, contrary to prejudices. This one’s for all my semi-secretly introverted homies out there (woot, Susan Cain).
• Got a last-minute booze gift to buy? Readers of MoneySense are privy to my cash-saving choices. Save yourself nearly five grand and get Appleton Reserve instead of the 50 Year Old, for example. Glad I told you, right?
• In Sharp magazine, I offer cocktail party hosting tips. It’s short, but useful, I hope.
I don’t ordinarily use my blog for actual blogging but today, the day of the ludicrous National Rifle Association press event — during which a grown man seriously suggested shootouts at schools as a solution to shootings at schools — it’s the only forum to get something off my chest.
Like the NRA, I believe there is a connection between shootings and Hollywood. Movies perpetuate the idea that guns shoot bad guys. They foster the myth, the illusion, the fantasy that a gun is something you use to empower yourself and keep you and your loved ones safe. Continue reading
On Dec. 4, my first e-book will be released.
UPDATE: Here’s where to buy it:
Drink Different: A Refreshing Guide to Home Mixology is based on my columns in the National Post, but I rewrote stuff and added to it so that it functions as a primer on making cocktails at home. That’s fun and easier than you might think.
As a teaser, you can read the first chapter here.
Anyway, if you have a thirst, a thirst for knowledge, and an e-reader …
Imbibe is a quality magazine about drinks based in Portland, Ore.; in my opinion, it’s the most important publication on the subject of drinks that are not wine. Why? Because if you’re a good bartender or booze geek in North America, it’s how you keep on top of the trends, simple as that.
In the current issue, my Destination Toronto piece talks about the great things that have been happening for cocktail and beer drinkers in this burg over the past couple of years. I’m pretty proud of us, so it was really gratifying to do the story. Pick the issue up if you see it! There’s other great stuff in there, including a DIY spiced rum recipe that I plan to make very soon.
Do you like Scotch? Do you think you would enjoy reading a tantalizing tale of one man’s whirlwind tour around Scotland to drink crazy delicious whisky, complete with an explanation of what it is and how it’s made? Scotchey Scotch Scotch?
Then pick up the fall/winter edition of Sharp’s Book for Men. No, you can’t read my piece online. But if you buy a copy, you’ll also learn about knifes and tuxedos and watches and stuff like that.
By way of short update, I have a piece in the August 2012 issue of Toronto Life about the lengths to which we booze nerds must go in order to drink what we want. It’s about living with the LCBO and Beer Store while also trying to slake a connoisseur’s palate. So why not go out and pick up a copy today?
When Eye Weekly transformed into The Grid suddenly in 2011, I was initially skeptical. But the new entity has proven to be quite attractive, a pleasure to read and the subject of a lot of professional admiration from fellow journalists. They’re doing a good job, in short, so I’m happy to be involved in some small way.
When I caught wind of some changes happening at the Revue Cinema — a Roncesvalles institution I wrote about a few times circa 2006-7 — I took the story to The Grid because I thought their readership would appreciate the heads-up. This is the result:
As of this week, I’ve joined HuffPo as a blogger, specifically on the subject of booze. I’m still not sure about the whole writing for free thing, but people who think a lot more about branding and self-promotion than I do assure me that raising my profile/traffic/whatever is a good thing. OK then.
Only one post so far, but it’s a start … here’s an idea: You could subscribe to the RSS and check regularly.