It’s been almost a year since my boyfriend and I set off from under the shadow of Croagh Patrick in rain coats and padded shorts, laden down with homemade soda bread and a tent, to cycle the width of Ireland all the way back to Dublin, just days after both the centenary of the Easter Rising and St. Patrick’s Day. My boyfriend is pretty Irish. Both sides of his family are from the same county in the West of Ireland, his hair turns to copper in the sun, and his mother drinks Guinness when she’s ill instead of taking tablets. But it was my idea to cycle the width of the country, with nothing but a variety of rubber and[…]

Sure, a good argument could be made that the executive branch of the federal government is now being run by someone with a tenuous grasp of the truth and an unhealthy love for conspiracy theories.  But are our local governments run by, well, a bunch of drunks? That’s what Rhode Island state representative Moira Walsh says is happening in the legislature there. She has reported on an “insane amount of drinking” in the state house and says that lawmakers have “file cabinets full of booze.” Walsh says Rhode Island’s eminent legislature even took shots on the floor of the House of Representatives recently—to celebrate the independence day of the Dominican Republic. You know, as one is wont to do. In short,[…]

In almost every corner of Los Amantes mezcalería in Oaxaca, there seems to be someone or something watching over you. On one wall, it’s a taxidermied goat’s head. On another, it’s a painting of a young, fully nude woman. Behind the bar, there’s a papier-mâché person crashing through a glass cabinet. Los Amantes opened in 2006, before mezcal’s exponential rise in popularity. The owners—artist Guillermo Olguin, master distiller Eric Hernández, as well as Ignacio Carballido and Gerardo Rejón—wanted to create a place to showcase their mezcal and educate tourists, both Mexican and international, about the spirit in general. The bar is minuscule; it doesn’t even have a bathroom. Los Amantes: come for the decor stay for the wild agave mezcal.[…]