Peter the hermit blog
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The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies

* aka S.A.S.S, aka home of the tagline "All the history you knew but forgot, and all the booze you need to forget it again."

Not to get all press releasy on you, but we're super excited to announce an awesome new thing that we are helping to release into the world: The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies.

What is S.A.S.S.?

S.A.S.S. is a new monthly lecture series at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg. Every third Monday of the...

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What's happening this week: September 6-8

This week is busy busy, with 7 new classes in 3 days. I'm not sure what we were thinking.

Tuesday:  Soma's leading a primer on perhaps the most underloved spirit, gin. Here's a primer to get you ready, or at least to explain what oude jenever is. There are even a few spots left in class!

And though the hurricane did a number on local tomato harvests, we're going to be tasting and discussing the history and botany of tomatoes in all...

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Transletteration: Cross-alphabet typing is XOPOWO

You know and I both know that Russians write crazy. Wacky stuff like хорошо and я забыл and очень приятно, which we couldn't type if our little English-language lives depended on it. Their alphabet is called Cyrillic, and is pretty awesome, but it isn't exactly what we're going to talk about today.

Imagine you're a Russian, trapped in a stupid computer system that won't let you type in Cyrillic. What the hell do you do? Sure, you can stoop to...

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Beer street and gin lane blog
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Course Preview: Gin

This is a tiny course preview for Gin, which starts next Tuesday. Gin can get a bad rap sometimes, and it's my self-selected job to bring it back to the masses. Fun fact: My relatives went to jail for distilling during Prohibition, can you think of a better instructor?

Once upon a time the Dutch started distilling alcohol. Thing is, though, they weren't very good at it. Faced with the prospect of having to drink something that was alcoholic...

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Homemade Chutney

Our chutney-making class went awesome, and we all made some seriously delicious stuff. But all those who didn't make it to class need not be left out - here's one of the chutney recipes we made! Courtesy of our chutney teacher Drake Page, of


(Makes 4 4-oz. jars or 2 ½ pint jars. Quantities can easily be doubled!) 

½ cup vegetable or olive oil


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