Give a Crap Report VIII: From big pours to ‘He shoots, he scores’

Pour size matters…


As with the previous seven editions of the Give a Crap Report, these are things that would happen in the Beijing bar and restaurant scene if only people listened to me, me, me!

59. Wine promotion outfits like California Wine Institute and Wine Australia would consider teaming up with Modo to use its two card-based enomatic machines, each of which can keep eight bottles of open wine fresh for up to three weeks. Maybe they could rent a machine for a month or two and stock it with more expensive and atypical wines than are usually seen in promotions. Seems like a low-cost low-risk way to promote a country’s wine, make distributors of that wine happy, and give customers access to samples — pours start at 25ml — from better bottles.

60. Given its positioning as a Canadian bar, The Box would replay the 2010 Olympic gold medal hockey game between Canada and the United States on February 28, the one-year anniversary of that epic face off, with a special on Moosehead and more poutine than you can shake a stick at. (Now that I know how it ends, I could watch it without risk of ulcer when the Americans tie the game with 24 seconds left in regular time.)

61. It would be also great if The Box held a euchre tournament.

62. This one comes courtesy of The Wise Bartender, namely, that more bars state on their menus the size of their pours when it comes to spirits, wines, and draft beers. Is that whiskey pour 25ml or 50ml: nice to know before we order.

63. A downtown Korean restaurant would have a regular Korean street food night that includes dukpukki (sticky rice cylinders in red pepper paste with fish cake, onions, and other stuff), kimbap (steamed rice, egg and veggies rolled in seaweed), mandu (dumplings, especially kimchi stuffed ones), hoduk (pancake with brown sugar and cinnamon), and more. Korean street vendors make some of the world’s best late-night eats and we need them downtown.

64: This thing where employees are armed with walkie-talkies… please stop it. Why submit customers to loud static and garbled messages every few minutes in your otherwise quiet cafe or restaurant? Lots of places survive without such noise: so can yours!

65. The Jing Fling at Mao Mao Chong is among the best baijiu cocktails I have tasted and it might be even better if the baijiu were infused with plums rather than mixed with plum-infused vodka. Sounds like a worthy experiment…


See also:
Give a Crap Report VII
: Give a Crap Report VII: I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus, and more
Give a Crap Report VI
: Modo, Q, Bean’s, Fubar, Bang! Bang!, and more
Give a Crap Report V:
Blue Frog, Erlitun, Le Petit Gourmand, Prima Taste, and more
Give a Crap Report IV:
Tun, Er, Hex, All-Star, Stadium, and more
Give a Crap Report III:
This blog goes ballistic
Give a Crap Report II:
Tun, Q, Maison Boulod, Press Club Bar, and more
Give a Crap Report I:
Bookworm, Klubb Rouge, Maggie’s, All Star, Luga’s, and more

Here’s another one for The Box: hold a euchre tournament. That should be part of the baptism of every overseas Canadian bar.

2 thoughts on “Give a Crap Report VIII: From big pours to ‘He shoots, he scores’”

  1. 61. It would be also great if The Box held a euchre tournament.

    this. this times infinity.

    —one homesick michigander

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