Wednesday, August 25, 2010

California's gay marriage ban continues until December

As published on The Examiner August 16, 2010

According to a court order issued late Monday, California’s ban on gay marriage will continue until at least December.

The decision came from a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. court of Appeals. California’s gay marriage ban is remaining in effect until oral arguments are scheduled.

District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling earlier this month invalidating the California law, known as Prop 8, was a huge victory for gay rights supporters. Monday's order puts that decision on hold but there's a clear indication from the Ninth Circuit that there may be a serious problem with the appeal.

The two page order directs Prop 8 supporters to address whether they hav the legal ability to challenge Judge Walker’s decision. The order states, “"In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing,"

In December, the Ninth Circuit will have to determine if Prop 8 supporters will be harmed if Walker's ruling takes full effect, or to put it simply, will supporters be injured if homosexuals are allowed to marry. Supporters of the measure argue that California state law precedents give them the standing right to challenge Judge Walker’s decision.

Lawyers for the Prop 8 defenders argued in their brief to the Ninth Circuit that California courts have “repeatedly allowed proponents to intervene to defend initiatives they have sponsored.”

The lawyers representing the gay couples who are defending Judge Walker’s ruling point to a 1997 Supreme Court decision which casts “grave doubts” on the courtroom rights of ballot initiative supporters.

They claim that Prop 8 supporters lack standing to file an appeal and note that none of the state’s key lawmakers, like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger or Attorney General Jerry brown, who normally have standing to file suit have done so.

Betel offering late-night menu inspired by Thai hawker food stalls

As published in The Examiner on August 24, 2010

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Betel Chef Adam Woodfield

West Village restaurant Betel, a modern Southeast Asian spot inspired by the Australian take on the hawker food stalls of Thailand, is launching a late-night menu Night Market.

The underground late night menu is inspired by the Asian night markets and is all about serving steamed buns. Starting at 11pm, when the kitchen is closed for dinner, Betel will be serving plates of buns to fix late night, post-cocktail carb cravings.

 And, just like the real night markets of the far East, patrons can test their luck haggling for the price of the buns. Order 3 and it might be $10, it might be free, depends how good the customer’s bargaining skills are.

Betel’s Night Market buns and drinks specials are available for a limited time, through October, from 11 pm until close, everyday. Haggling for buns is welcome every Monday night only.

 Chef Adam Woodfield is showcasing his favorite takes on late night food with his menu of Betel’s signature steamed buns:
  • Steamed Pork Belly Buns (3 for $10)
  • Steamed Wagyu Buns (3 for $15)
  • Steamed Curried Chicken Buns (3 for $10)

Enjoy these buns with drinks at happy hour prices – half price on all cocktails and beer, and select wines for $8 per glass.

Mixologist Mary Zayaruzny offers an extensive list of cocktails, all are made with fresh muddled fruit and seasonal ingredients. Betel’s most popular cocktails include:

  • Nashi Citrus Fizz (Three Olive Citrus Vodka, Prosecco, Naghi Pear, lemongrass syrup, lemongrass powder)
  • The Blackberry Passionfruit Caipiroska (42 Below Passionfriut Vodka, Lime, Blackberries, Palm Sugar)
  • Southeast Julep (Lucas Bols Genever, Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka, Cucumber, Vietnamese Mint, Lime, Palm Sugar).

A little about Betel:
After moving from Sydney to New York City in 2008 Chef Adam Woodfield (Public NYCand Jimmy Liks Sydney) and entrepreneur Luke Fryer sought to create an experience that is at once adventurous, fun and seductive. The Australian natives based their vision based upon the hawker food stalls of South East Asia mixing of bold flavors, elegant style and casual with Sydney’s own strong Thai food culture. The restaurant is named after the betel leaf, which is used in Asian cultures for its range of curative properties.

 *Betel is located at 51 Grove Street, between Bleecker St. and 7th Avenue.