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On a casual and insightful episode of The Speakeasy, Damon Boelte chats with bartender Tim Miner of Long Island Bar, a Brooklyn landmark, serving food and drinks for almost 55 years. Tune in for thoughts on everything from bourbon to bar design as Damon and Tim talk shop. Find out why you shouldn't chug your craft cocktail and why sometimes the drink isn't all that matters at a bar. This program was brought to you by Michters

"I hate when people slam a cocktail in a quicker amount of time than it took for me to make it!" [17:00]

"Going to Long Island Bar is like walking into a cozy little time machine." [21:00]

--Tim Miner on The Speakeasy


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This week on A Taste of the Past we take a trip to the Abbey of Fecamp in Normandy where the Benedictine monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli created the liqueur Benedictine in the 16th century. With the help Benedictine brand ambassador Martin Duffy, learn all about the history of this ancient libation as well as some delicious holiday drinks that will keep you warm all winter long. This episode is sponsored by Heritage Foods USA

"Putting a little Benedictine in your hot chocolate is sure to 'warm your cockles'." --Martin Duffy on A Taste of the Past


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Mary Gunderson chronicles the journey and food of the Lewis & Clark expedition in her book, The Food Journal of the Lewis & Clark: Recipes for an Expedition. This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio is talking with Mary about the trials and troubles of the Lewis & Clark exploration, and how they ate along the way. Hear how the explorers reacted to seeing buffalo, and how they prepared and preserved buffalo meat. What fruits and greens were available to Lewis & Clark? Learn about the provisions that the explorers brought with them, and why modern American cuisine owes a lot to this one, special trip. Are Lewis & Clark responsible for instant soup? Check out Mary's website, History Cooks, for more information on American expedition and food! This program has been sponsored by Bi-Rite Market.

"Food was survival, and it wasn't always delicious." [22:45]

-- Mary Gunderson on A Taste of the Past


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