Basic beer brewing is a simple enough process that long-extinct civilizations in Egypt and ancient Sumeria were able to do it. A source of starch -- beer makers use anything from malted barley to rice husks -- is steeped in hot water to extract the sugars. The liquid is strained and poured over yeas ... More >>
Florida Agriculture Literacy Day was this week and, if you're like us, everything we read about makes us think of beer. So what better time to learn a little bit about it? After all, it's made of things you grow in nature, and possibly your backyard.
Bill Manley, of Sierra Nevada brewing, lays it o ... More >>
Since ancient days in Egypt, people have been brewing their own beers and ales. That means that beer has a much longer history than most anything else humans drink. After centuries of drinking beers and ales made by monks, pubs, and fancy-pants breweries, people are finally turning back to home brew ... More >>
With every well-branded name comes an image. Abercrombie & Fitch: preppy, half naked teenagers. Lulu Lemon: hot, yoga moms. Holiday Inn: cheap. Trump: gaudy asshole. And then there's the Ritz-Carlton: special, luxurious, wealthy, 1,000-thread count sheets. It's a brand that every one can recogni ... More >>
For the first time, Egypt held a democratic election. Mohamed Morsi was named president-elect of the country, which ousted President Hosni Mubarak last February as part of the "Arab Spring" of democratic protests. Morsi is a former member of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood -- which worries some peop ... More >>
Looks at 35 years of turmoil in the Middle East, blames Democrats for all of itCongressman (and former high school history teacher) Allen West gave his Facebook followers a "comparative history lesson for America" yesterday, in which he blamed Jimmy Carter for "the resurgence of radical Islamic t ... More >>
Local conservative provocateur Ann Coulter appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher last night, sparring with the Hollywood-elite comedian at every opportunity. The two are "friends" in real life (Maher introduced Coulter as "my first wife," and the two reportedly meet up for lunch from time to time ... More >>
The psycho-killer and his assistant.Last week, Rep. Allen West was confronted at a town hall meeting by a "Qur'an-wielding" Muslim who wished to talk to the congressman about his attacks on Islam. He was shouted down. That man, Nezar Hamze, is executive director of the Miami chapter of the Counci ... More >>
Surrounded by enemies, but smiling.Tuesday on Coulter Watch, I tried defending SoFla's sexiest pundit for her Q&A performance at last week's CPAC. I stand by my defense. In those twenty minutes, she seemed to honestly wrestle with issues of concern to both her and her audience. And if she cam ... More >>
Allen WestDid I call it, or did I call it?
Last week, in this very space, I predicted Congressman Allen West would retract his feeble support of the pro-democracy Egyptian protesters when he learned how, very, very much they were disliked by the conservative Israeli punditry. And lookit this! I ... More >>
In the days when "modern medicine" meant bleeding, leeches and sacrifices of small animals, there was no little blue pill to turn a limp noodle into a Large and Terrible Shaft of Rigid, Throbbing Steel. So our primitive ancestors had to rely on more, ah. . .. natural means to vanquish the la ... More >>
Facebook.comKhaled Said, whom police beat to death.As the Obama administration calls for an incremental transition of power in Eqypt and South Florida protesters join the rallying cry to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak, it's becoming more and more difficult to understand what ordinary Egyptians ... More >>
flickr.comWhile millions of Americans get ready to watch the biggest sporting event of the year, today's match up between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, more than a hundred South Floridians will be rallying outside the Federal building in Fort Lauderdale, showing their support ... More >>
Bush and Mubarak The Republicans are now pushing the notion that the attempted overthrow by the people of Egypt is vindication for George W. Bush and his legacy of "freedom."
The Washington Post recently published a piece claiming as much by  ... More >>
The Middle East is a complicated place. Any academic expert will tell you that the region's violent, historic conflicts don't lend themselves to convenient soundbites.But that didn't stop Congressman Allen West from trying. This weekend, Mike Huckabee interviewed him on Fox News about the massive ... More >>
Photo by Riki AltmanThis beverage is blonde approved.Before we had the chance to try and explain what we thought was inside the bottle, our beautiful blonde buddy had already popped the top, sucked some of the contents down, and exclaimed, "Oooh! What an interesting flavor! What kind of soda is t ... More >>
flickr user: BetsssssyVodka and horseradish, a stellar combo.Passover is about more than matzo ball soup. Like many Jewish holidays, it's about religious freedom, eating, and...drinkingSo I was thrilled when a friend of mine brought a fantastic new culinary tradition to our seder table last week: ... More >>
There is no way of getting around the fact that Passover is my least favorite holiday. Ever.
It's sad, really, because the holiday commemorates the freedom the Israelites gained when they left Egypt like a bazillion years ago. It's actually a celebration.
But Passover is different. Starting Monday ... More >>
Egyptian mutts will enjoy all the amenitiesCarole Chapuis says the $5,000 and endless hours she spent trying to rescue five half-feral dogs in the Egyptian desert was no publicity stunt. "It was two months of living hell," she said by phone Friday, describing her ordeal. "I was on the phone with ... More >>