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Blogs : David Savona

A Smoke With Rocky

On Saturday afternoon I dropped by the Cigar Inn on Second Avenue in New York City to see Rocky Patel. He was there for the entire day, greeting...more

Posted: June 1, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

A Song For Smoking

Remember protest songs? They have a fine tradition that stretches back for centuries of using music as a means of dissent whenever and wherever...more

Posted: May 29, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Memorial Day

What a great weekend. I swam, I fished, I barbecued and I had an extremely relaxing time. I think I spent all of ten minutes inside. The highlight...more

Posted: May 26, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

How The Nanny State Is Destroying My Brain

Before the legislatures of New York (where I work) and Connecticut (where I live) decided without consulting me that it was a good idea to limit the...more

Posted: May 25, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : James Suckling

Sometimes They Get it Right

I hung out with a cigar buddy of mine in Chicago last week when I was in the Windy City for Wine Spectator¹s Grand Tour, a super wine tasting event...more

Posted: May 22, 2009   


Blogs : David Savona

Notes from Don Carlos

Details are key in the magazine business, and sometimes one word can hold you up for hours. I’m not talking about a frustrated writer hunched over...more

Posted: May 21, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Brews For All Seasons

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but this month hasn’t been very May like in the New York area. Rain, cloudy skies and temps that...more

Posted: May 18, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : David Savona

Derby Day

Memorial Day might be the traditional kickoff for outdoor activities for most people in America, but the Kentucky Derby is my personal clarion call...more

Posted: May 6, 2009    By David Savona


Blogs : Gordon Mott

Opening Day

The hand signals across the crowded dining room were unmistakable. Two fingers held up to my friends’ lips—the gesture that clearly asked, “Are...more

Posted: May 4, 2009    By Gordon Mott


Blogs : Jack Bettridge

Derby Day Picks

I always get a lot of calls during Derby Week asking for my picks, and this year among my top contenders is a controversial choice: Colorado.  No,...more

Posted: May 1, 2009    By Jack Bettridge


Blogs : James Suckling

Best Wishes for Mexico City

I don't envy anyone in Mexico City right now. It looks bad. I would be freaking out. I have a few friends there. One is the BBC correspondent Stephen...more

Posted: April 30, 2009   


Blogs : David Savona

A Smoky New York City Restaurant

I had dinner Thursday night at a great New York City restaurant. The food was lovely, but the best part was the cigar (two, in fact) that I puffed...more

Posted: April 27, 2009    By David Savona


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