Drinks & Drabs

Weaponized Curiosity by Andrew Collins When I queued up Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast last summer, I expected the show would be a hit. We’ve given his books the RedFence stamp of approval, and it seemed the versatile journalist-turned-pop-sociologist would have no trouble donning a few more hats as historian and podcaster. To no surprise, but […]

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in our new essay series Holes in the Wall, highlighting independent restaurants whose craft achieves the level of genuine artistry. The Good Life by Jack H. Simons “Chicago, Chicago, that Toddling Town” Frank Sinatra had it right. “They have the time of their life in Chicago.” A Chicago pizza and […]

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Best Tea for Leap Day by Abigail Beck I’ve never been one for celebrating Leap Day. I’m not a leapling, nor the daughter of one. But when my friend and I both had the afternoon off on the day the calendar happened to be catching up with the rotation of the earth, we decided to […]

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Podcasting hit RedFence’s radar about 15 minutes after it came into existence. Since then, the art of the digitally downloadable audio show has exploded in prevalence, quality and cultural penetration. Minds have been tickled. Funny bones have been blown. Fortunes have been . . . Well, some people are making a living. A few have […]

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The Best Tea for Poorly Laid Plans by Abigail Beck Good old Robbie Burns warned us about mice and men and the laying of plans, but the schemes that go the most “agley” are the ones we fail to lay at all. Which is how I ended up in a car with my grandmother, turning […]

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Tea: Lychee Black

by Abigail Beck on August 19, 2015

in Best Teas, Featured

Best Tea for Remembering Chinatown by Abigail Beck I’d forgotten about San Francisco’s hills. Not that I’d been to that golden city before, but from the movies I really should have remembered. Evening was descending when we finally edged into a parking space at the intersection of Chestnut and Hyde — tilted up at a […]

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Podcasting hit RedFence’s radar about 15 minutes after it came into existence. Since then, the art of the digitally downloadable audio show has exploded in prevalence, quality and cultural penetration. Minds have been tickled. Funny bones have been blown. Fortunes have been . . . Well, some people are making a living. A few have […]

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Best Tea for Surviving Chiberia (and other cold places) by Heather M. Surls Chiberia, n. a term coined by NWS meteorologist Ricky Castro (on his way to work) before the 1/6/2014 polar vortex outbreak. The City of Chicago and greater suburban areas reached air temperatures around -15 degree Fahrenheit, combined with wind chills down to -50 […]

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Tea: Forever Nuts

by Abigail Beck on November 4, 2014

in Best Teas, Featured

“It is important that I have my tisane punctually.” ~David Suchet as Hercule Poirot in The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly Best Tea for Solving Mysteries by Abigail Beck Agatha Christie’s portly detective is notorious for drinking his herbal infusions, so I suppose I was in good company when I got up in the middle of […]

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The Best Tea for… Making Friends by Heather M. Surls  “Come, Heather,” Malika says, the first syllable of my name rough with Russian, “come drink tea.” We are walking through the parking lot of our apartment complex after taking her son to kindergarten. She is not feeling well today—something about her heart (and she’s only […]

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