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" Anyone with a fondness for intricately flavored, carefully measured cocktails and entertaining at home knows how poorly the two mix. "
" Aside from the martini, the mint julep may be the most iconic cocktail in America. "
" Havana is one of the great cities of the world, sublimely tawdry yet stubbornly graceful, like tarnished chrome - a city, as a young Winston Churchill once wrote, where 'anything might happen.' "
" Technically, fish can last up to half a year in a freezer, but their quality starts to slide after the first month. "
" I once stumped Jimmy Buffett by calling him a saint. "
" David Benioff can hardly be classified as an underdog. The 2002 film adaptation of his first novel, 'The 25th Hour,' was directed by Spike Lee and starred Edward Norton. "
" It drives me crazy to throw something out. I find planned obsolescence revolting. "
" I find airports to be purgatorial in many ways. I mean, even from the basics of the design: you know, this sort of - this muted gray and the fluorescent lights. "
" A hot, deep bowl of venison chili is as close to manna from Heaven as you're likely to find in deer camp. "
" The perfect way for an angler who loves to cook to show off his fish is serving it whole, fresh off the grill, with crispy skin and moist flesh. Problem is, that's not usually how it happens. "
" Young men feel they have much to prove; older men, as a very general rule, tend to feel more comfortable in their skins. "
" Ask any deer camp old-timer for a foolproof recipe, and you're likely to encounter a lot of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup. There is a reason for that: Mushrooms plus cream plus game meat adds up to a perfect trinity of flavors. "
" For me, alcohol has this endless fascination that there's this substance that can enhance life so beautifully and destroy it so completely. "
" Think schnitzel, and you usually think veal or pork: pounded into tenderness, battered, and fried to a golden magnificence. "
" If you're trout fishing in the lochs of Scotland, your catch may end up like this: batter-crusted with that ubiquitous Scottish staple, oats; and served beside a generous mound of stovies, Scottish slang for stove-roasted potatoes. "
" The spectacle of a good bar fight, properly executed and healthily ended, is not merely annoying boorishness. The best of them - an admittedly minor slice - are shaded with the elements of high art. "
" I first encountered fish jerky during a marlin tournament in Kona, Hawaii. It was steeped in the island flavors of ginger, soy, and pineapple. "
" You can't rent a car in Bermuda; about twenty miles long and two miles wide at its fattest, it deems itself too small for surplus traffic. "
" Grilling grapes may sound crazy, but the smoky, blistered char they get from a few minutes on the fire gives them a deep, winelike character. "
" Without strenuous preplanning, road food is almost always bad food, sad food, chain food, clown food. "
" So much magazine writing is playing to an empty room. You work like a plow horse, your words get printed on a half-million or more copies, and then it often just disappears into this national vacuum. "
" My childhood was basically divided between fishing and roaming the woods and hiding out in my bedroom. Maybe things would've turned out differently if I'd had a TV in there; who knows. "
" For me, there's something likable but not quite lovable about poached fish: the ultraclean flavor, the melt-away texture, the no-fat virtuousness. "
" The rich flavors of duck meat have always attracted sweet, fruit-based sauces. "
" Vitello tonnato is a classic dish from Italy's Piedmont region that, frankly, sounds patently insane: veal slices dressed in a creamy sauce made from canned tuna and capers. The brain may say no, but the mouth disagrees. "
" Dry rubs are as integral to downhome barbeque as smoke. "
" With the notable exceptions of rum drinks, black beans, fat brown cigars, the smiles of pretty girls, hot yellow sunlight, and fat men with guitars and bongos playing mambos, rumbas, and boleros late into the night, nothing in Cuba comes easily. "
" The angle we give the bathroom mirror is always meant to flatter. "
" Of course, there's nothing wrong with deer burgers and venison chili, but with a little gusto, those stalwarts can go from satisfying to sublime. "
" There is a mammalian side to all of us; on occasion, it rears its head, snarls, makes a mess, acts the fool, howls at the moon, gives or gets a black eye. "
" Not long ago, in an excruciatingly remote village in the Australian Outback, I was startled to see a bartender in a cowboy hat measuring out a classically proportioned French 75 - something he'd picked up on the Internet, he told me. "