| Jan 30, 2009

An intoxicating temple in Kyoto

by Nicholas Coldicott

Evil cometh from the north, they say. Maybe it was sunlight streaming from the south that gave ancient theologians such a notion. Or perhaps the Arctic is gushing malevolence (compare and contrast: Australians and Scandinavians). Regardless, it was a fear of southbound evil that ...

An intoxicating temple in Kyoto

| Jan 30, 2009

An intoxicating temple in Kyoto

by Nicholas Coldicott

Evil cometh from the north, they say. Maybe it was sunlight streaming from the south that gave ancient theologians such a notion. Or perhaps the Arctic is gushing malevolence (compare and contrast: Australians and Scandinavians). Regardless, it was a fear of southbound evil that ...

Red Carpet treatment

| Sep 26, 2008

Red Carpet treatment

by Nicholas Coldicott

Like Da Vinci or Mozart, every bartender wants to make something that lives on after they die,” says Takahiro Watanabe of the Keio Plaza Hotel’s Polestar bar. “A bartender’s dream is to make a cocktail that appears on every bar’s menu.” Of course, Da ...

The perfect gin and tonic

| Aug 22, 2008

The perfect gin and tonic

by Nicholas Coldicott

“A gin and tonic is an entry-level drink,” said the ladyfriend recently. It’s easy to understand, she said, easy to drink. Like Kahlua milks and Moscow mules. A drink for people who haven’t graduated to whiskeys or rickeys. But enough of her snobbery. The ...