Me, and how to contact me

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I’m journalist and sometime broadcaster based in Toronto. I’ve written about just about everything, from Canadian news and politics to food and cocktails to subatomic physics. I prefer not to get pigeonholed, I suppose.

Formerly an editor at and a reporter and editor at the National Post, I’ve been freelancing on and off since 2011. My work has appeared in publications including Toronto LifeThe Globe and Mail, the Toronto StarCanadian Business, Maxim, Sharp, Chatelaine and The Guardian. (And in 2009, McSweeney’s published this.)

My book Drinks: A User’s Guide  was published by Tarcher Perigee in September 2016 — but I’m not really writing about drinks anymore. And my wife doesn’t want me to write this, but please don’t send me booze samples.

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Contact: amcdo {dot} TO {at} gmail {dot} com

Phone: 647- five hundred – six seven two two


  1. Hi Adam,
    Thanks for your article “Why the world needs more introverts.” We too interviewed and featured Susan Cain, author of Quiet, in our December Toastmaster magazine, and appreciate your reference to Toastmasters International as an organization that helps introverts and others improve their communications skills. We hope you will continue to call upon Toastmasters locally as experts in the field of public speaking, communications and leadership.

    Angela Burrell, PR Specialist – Toastmasters International

  2. Nice item on Robbie Burns and Malt. You are wrong, not all Scotch is matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Some use former sherry casks, others former wine wood

    • I’m quite late replying to this, but yes, you are correct. I knew this and somehow mistyped. I did run a correction of this in the column the next week. I genuinely appreciate eagle eyes on what I write — it’s better to be kept on one’s toes

  3. Your segments on “The Social” are great! I’m lookng forward to diving into your “Drink Different” book.

  4. He Adam.

    I was wondering if we could use this quote:

    Just as former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani combatted images of dangerous, grimy New York with his famous broken windows policy, Toronto can fix its ho-hum image with a conspicuous pro-fun policy: Extend last call to 4 a.m., scrap pointless, anti-fun regulations and generally encourage the city to let loose.

    From this article:

    On our website? Email me if it’s alright with you.


  5. Hi Adam,
    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your article about the Tyranny of the Chicken Finger. My wife and I are raising our 11 month old son and we hope to use your advice.
    Josh in Portland, OR

  6. I found your article on the phone, in the Saturday Post – an interesting look at the phone then and now.
    Being Deaf I have been using email and text more.
    There is a book you might find of interest by Harry G. Lang: “A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell”

    We don’t answer the phone, due to large number of marketing calls, unless there is both name and number on the call display, on Saturday afternoon, received a call that just had our home phone number on the display with unknown name.


  7. Hello Adam, I recently enjoyed reading your article on “Fix My Drink: Spirits that have risen from the dead”. Following on in a similar theme, I thought you might like to take a look at the Lost Distillery Company. Drop me an email in case you would like to chat. Cheers, Ken

  8. Enjoyed your whisky column in the Post today. I was, however, disappointed you chose to ignore Craft Distillers like Still Waters towards the end. They make some fine bottles, including 100% Rye and a 100% Corn offerings. You might want to check them out. the gentleman you quote in your article rates them highly. Cheers

  9. Hi Anthony, I didn’t choose to ignore craft distillers; I had a tight word count and only so much room to explore different facets of the issue. And while over in your comment at the Post site itself you assumed that I hadn’t “bothered’ to try them I have: I try different products virtually every week and yes, I have plenty of experience with craft whisky. I just can’t bring it up every week or in every context. Again, word restrictions.

  10. Hello Adam, Good article on whiskeys! I still have a 1968 unopened bottle of Crown Royal with unbroken date tag that was given to my father in the Laurentians many years ago.IMG_1613.jpg

  11. Hello good sir,

    I just read your “drink em while you got em” in the Post. As a very junior scotch/whiskey drinker, I find the disappearance of older casks a big concern, but let me expand…

    While I hold heartily agree with your sentiments on the GF 15yr, my general adolescents on everything whiskey/scotch leaves me with very little knowledge on what to invest in. Perhaps you could assist me in finding a bottle that will suit my current tastes as it is very difficult, and costly to go the hands on route of trial and error in tastings. I also did not enjoy any of the Macallan series.

    I am looking for a bottle in the $100-200 range (price does not matter, taste does but at least we can keep it in the ball park). I want something sweet, smokey and on the vanilla side of the spectrum rather than the light, citrus side of things. While the GF15yr hits some of these notes, I want to go a step darker, more complex. Do you happen to have any suggestions?

    Thank you for taking the time! Always happy to learn!

  12. I’m really enjoying your new User’s Guide and plan to get a copy to have as a reference tool and gift for that certain friend one comes across. I was so pleased to see you mention my favorite spirit in rotation, Becherovka. As someone who is anise/licorice averse, this drink is a connoisseur’s option without the standard licorice flavor too common to digestifs or aperitifs. As much as I like the beton, I prefer a Czech Mule to that cocktail, if I don’t drink it straight. As I overheard another customer describe the taste to the clerk in the liquor store when the clerk ran the bottle through, “…it tastes like Christmas in a glass…” I never thought of it that way, but I have always enjoyed the cinnamon/spice flavor core to Becherovka.

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