The right wines for pork rinds, Sno Balls and movie popcorn
September 23rd, 2011
11:15 PM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant - and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Previously – The right wines for Slim Jims, doughnuts and Spaghetti-Os

I admit to it: I work for a well-known culinary magazine (that’d be Food & Wine), I was at a fancy restaurant the other night, and I kept thinking, boy-howdy, I sort of wish I had a carnitas burrito right now. Now, I’m not sure that burritos counts as junk food, per se, but the hunger for no pretension and lots of fat and salt consumes us all from time to time.

So, to that end, here are a few more suggestions for those times when you’ve scored your package of Hostess Sno Balls and are casting about for a tasty wine to go with them. Happens all the time, right?
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Oktoberfest beercation: confessions of a first-time beer taster
September 23rd, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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One of my biggest irrational worries right now is of somehow becoming incapacitated, forcing authorities to barge into my apartment all movie-style and come face-to-face with the large number of full and empty beer bottles that I currently have scattered around the place.

What was going on that brought so much beer into her apartment? Either serious problems, or serious partying.

But I assure you, it's all in the name of science. And there really is such a thing as too much beer. Really.
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For German Bier, it’s all in the glass
September 23rd, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Ein Bier Bitte! This time of year, these three simple German words are, perhaps, the most spoken in the world. They are, after all, the linguistic key to survival for millions of beer lovers who’ve made a pilgrimage to Bavaria for Munich’s famed Oktoberfest.

Having lived 10 years in Munich myself, I’ve lost count of how many German Biers I’ve ordered. But in sampling many of the best brews Bavaria has to offer, I learned something that’s often lost on the casual Oktoberfest visitor: German Bier is more than just a thirst-quenching elixir brewed with a distinct balance of malt and hops. It’s also about the glass or mug that holds it – so, that giant, one-liter Oktoberfest Maßkrug? It was designed that way for a reason - not just to become an over-sized souvenir.
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September 23rd, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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The hefty last meal ordered but not eaten by an executed Texas inmate brought a complaint from a state senator and the end Thursday to the practice of special menus.

Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote Thursday that he opposed the practice of providing a last meal of choice to the condemned.

"It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege. One which the perpetrator did not provide to their victim," Whitmire wrote.

The Democrat, who represents Houston and parts of north Harris County, said "enough is enough" after Lawrence Russell Brewer ordered two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet with other ingredients, a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream and a pound of barbecue with a half-loaf of white bread.

Read Texas drops special last meal for death row inmates

Previously - Last orders: death row menu



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