May 31, 2015

Food Thread: Bourbon, and thoughts on drinking [CBD]
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Yesterday's bourbon post evolved into an informative longbow vs. crossbow discussion....but it made abundantly clear what I have thought for years: it doesn't matter what you drink, as long as you like it.

There were a fair number of comments mocking one of my favorite drinks (Laphroaig) as nothing more than bourbon with added cigarette ashes and charcoal briquettes. There were Morons in good standing who like stuff I find vile.

Worst Scotch whisky: The Laphroaig. It took two days, and I am not exaggerating, to get the taste of smoke, charred filth, and burnt tar out of my mouth. It took weeks to forget that taste as it lingered in my nightmares.
-- Pastafarian

The point is that no matter what the reviewers say or the bottle proclaims, as long as you like what is inside, you are drinking the good stuff. And if that stuff is $15/1.75 liter bottle? Then you are very lucky!

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Wow....restaurants are not perfect, even in the enlightened socialist republic of Boston! Health code violations are not unusual anywhere, and a careful observation of even the best and cleanest restaurants will reveal deficiencies. But we are a resilient species and can handle suboptimal food preparation. Sometimes. The trick is to be good with the big stuff. Hot stays hot, cold stays cold, and keep the prep area spotless.
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This has nothing to do with a rapidly increasing minimum wage.
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This is Mark Bittman's recipe from The New York Times. It is a bit pompous (mature Stilton? What an ass), but it is a nice base for easy pasta dishes that are just subtle attempts to get rid of the strongly flavored cheese in your refrigerator.

Farfalle with Gorgonzola, Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes

Summary
Buy a creamy piece of cheese that will ultimately melt into the pasta, and a variety with strong flavor: blue d'Auvergne, Maytag blue, good Roquefort or mature Stilton are all good substitutes for Gorgonzola. Because you turn the sauce into the pasta over heat, slightly undercook the pasta at first.

Ingredients


  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup half-and-half, cream or milk
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or other good blue cheese
  • 1 pound farfalle or other pasta
  • 2 cups arugula trimmed of very thick stems, washed, dried and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • Freshly grated Parmesan to taste, optional

Method

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. In a small saucepan gently warm the half-and-half and Gorgonzola just until cheese melts a bit and mixture becomes thick; chunky is O.K.

2. When water boils, cook pasta until it is just tender but not mushy. Drain and return to pot over low heat.

3. Stir in Gorgonzola sauce along with arugula, tomatoes and a healthy dose of black pepper. Stir to combine, taste and add salt, if necessary, then serve immediately, with grated Parmesan if you like.

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1 You'll put an eye out with that thing.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at May 31, 2015 10:58 AM (PMlgt)

2 Carbs'll get ya.

Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at May 31, 2015 11:03 AM (yxw0r)

3 ARUGULA!!! Seriously though, if there's Gorgonzola I'm there. When this baby is born I'm having Gorgonzola Mac and cheese and bourbon.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 11:05 AM (pspWL)

4 "...it doesn't matter what you drink, as long as you like it."


And I almost always like what I drink, if there's enough....

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 31, 2015 11:11 AM (AC0lD)

5 >>>Carbs'll get ya.

Posted by: Bob's House of Flannel Shirts and Wallet Chains at May 31, 2015 04:03 PM (yxw0r)<<<



Yeah, but there are creams for that... oh, you said c-a-r-b-s... nevermind.

Posted by: The Clenis at May 31, 2015 11:11 AM (b3v0W)

6 And if that stuff is $15/1.75 liter bottle? Then you are very lucky! --White Wolf Vodka, 80 proof, $10 for 1.75 L. *HIC* (Staying dry today to donate tomorrow)

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:11 AM (hdy+0)

7 I completely missed that bourbon post! I'll have to go back & read the whole thing... Hope everyone is having a pleasant Sunday.

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 11:12 AM (WHeuv)

8 Only two kinds of people- Jack Daniel's or Jim Beam. Jim Beam ftw. Jack is just awful. Oh that IS the gauntlet there on the ground.

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at May 31, 2015 11:13 AM (pxMbm)

9 Never liked the strong cheese and pasta routine. Way to cloying on the taste buds. Better to put it on top of a rate piece if meat and dress the pasta in something lighter.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 11:13 AM (mmRvP)

10 So a Moron informed me a couple weeks ago that Mila Kunis is the Jim Beam babe. In the ads, though, they say that a "small percentage" is the Angel's Share, but IIRC (it's been six years since I took the Jameson tour) it's pretty significant, ~12%. But then Jameson is probably not aged as long as Jameson, so maybe it's around 4%.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:15 AM (hdy+0)

11 The Angel's Share is trapped in Mila's panties.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 11:16 AM (mmRvP)

12 Isn't Farfalle the vetriloquist dog that used to make Nestle's Quik commercials?

Posted by: bergerbilder at May 31, 2015 11:16 AM (w5PSP)

13 I like Jack and Jim both, but Jack is almost always more expensive. I like the Red Stag; it turns the coke mixer into cherry coke.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:18 AM (hdy+0)

14 Ugh, I meant Jim Beam is probably not aged as long as Jameson.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:19 AM (hdy+0)

15 >>Never liked the strong cheese and pasta routine. Way to cloying on the taste buds. Better to put it on top of a rate piece if meat and dress the pasta in something lighter.

Best pairing with blue cheese I've ever had - at the advice of my chef brother - was blue cheese with sauternes wine (sweet dessert wine), just take a bite of cheese and a swig o'wine. Skip the cheesecake good.

I like blue cheese on a salad w/fruit, such as strawberries or dried cranberries and pecans.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 11:19 AM (UJir/)

16
This has nothing to do with a rapidly increasing minimum wage.


Soon, they'll have order (and pay) by app.

Posted by: Pappy O'Daniel at May 31, 2015 11:20 AM (oVJmc)

17 #9 I concur, Jim Beam ftw.

Posted by: Saar at May 31, 2015 11:20 AM (EDN2/)

18 For bourbon it's Woodford Reserve, but for scotch it's Glen Morangie port aged 12 year single malt. Yum!

Posted by: Diogenes at May 31, 2015 11:20 AM (08Znv)

19 Sometimes Quantity can make up for Quality, although the equation may change the next day when you wake up!

Posted by: Hrothgar at May 31, 2015 04:13 PM (ftVQq)


That's where the heavy training came in....


But that is true now...

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 31, 2015 11:20 AM (AC0lD)

20 Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 04:13 PM (mmRvP) I love the unctuousness of a cheese sauce. Although a chunk of Gorgonzola on a steak is a mighty fine taste sensation.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 31, 2015 11:21 AM (Zu3d9)

21 My favorite is $11.25 for a handle, tax included. I like it even though my buds make fun of my preferred tipple I am always drinking at the end of the month, when they are very often not.  It is called living within your means!

Posted by: jack at May 31, 2015 11:21 AM (E7i+5)

22 >>I like blue cheese on a salad w/fruit, such as strawberries or dried cranberries and pecans. This. With a perfectly roasted bird.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 11:21 AM (mmRvP)

23 I like Crown Royal, not so much of a drinker as I used to be, got real tired of three day hangovers. I still on special occasions will toss back two or three but they are rare times these days.

PS, JD & JB are drinkable if someone else is buying.
So sue me.

Posted by: Gmac- Pulling in feelers in preperation... at May 31, 2015 11:22 AM (4CRfK)

24 As you (CBD) know, today we'll be cooking up some fiddleheads and morels. Probably in a pasta dish. I don't think I've ever had fiddleheads, so it should be a fun adventure.

Posted by: Y-not at May 31, 2015 11:22 AM (RWGcK)

25 Better a bottle in front of me...

Posted by: Frontal lobotomy at May 31, 2015 11:22 AM (wn5T8)

26 A Texas Rising ad I just saw makes me wonder: What percentage of high school students today know what the Battle of San Jacinto was? I have a suspicion the average public HS student (at least outside of Texas) knows more about Sojourner Truth than Sam Houston.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:22 AM (hdy+0)

27 I saw Unctuous Cheese Sauce open for The String Cheese Incident at The Cow Palace back in 92!

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 11:23 AM (mmRvP)

28 CBD is an antisemite who hates anyone who does not believe in cheese sauce!

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:24 AM (hdy+0)

29 I used to like Laphroaig @ $28.50 per bottle; now that it is around $70 I'm not so much in love with it. Pretty much all single malts (and a lot of bourbons) have seen their prices ascend into the stratosphere, although occasionally I find Macallan 10 yr. for around $37 and that's not bad. In the Jack vs. Jim debate, I will drink both although Jim Beam is a more traditional bourbon in terms of process and it is reflected in the taste. Occasionally I'll pick up a Wild Turkey 101 on sale, or Knob Creek. Early Times is also OK, especially when I am looking for a "lighter" flavor, making mixed drinks, or am cooking/marinating something.

Posted by: A. Guy at May 31, 2015 11:24 AM (1EJIj)

30 25 I like Crown Royal, not so much of a drinker as I used to be, got real tired of three day hangovers. I still on special occasions will toss back two or three but they are rare times these days. PS, JD JB are drinkable if someone else is buying. So sue me. Posted by: Gmac- Pulling in feelers in preperation... at May 31, 2015 04:22 PM (4CRfK) --You got that right. Have you tried Crown Royal Black? Pretty good neat.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:25 AM (hdy+0)

31 I have a suspicion the average public HS student (at least outside of Texas) knows more about Sojourner Truth than Sam Houston. I thought they were pretty good together in The Bodyguard ...

Posted by: Adriane the Sense of Humor Critic ... at May 31, 2015 11:26 AM (nSOh+)

32 O/T to Bourbon, but if you open a bottle of Chardonnay and it's brown, can you use it as a sub for vinegar? Asking for a friend.

Posted by: olddog in mo [/i] [/s] [/b] [/u] at May 31, 2015 11:26 AM (BGCet)

33 I once mixed Jack with blue Gatorade in college. It shall forever more remain on my skip list after that. *gag*

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 11:27 AM (pspWL)

34 ...it doesn't matter what you drink, as long as you like it. People who drink because they like it problems.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at May 31, 2015 11:27 AM (DL2i+)

35 25 I like Crown Royal,

Posted by: Gmac- Pulling in feelers in preperation... at May 31, 2015 04:22 PM (4CRfK)



I paid $150 for a bottle one time in South Korea. My co-workers boyfriend was in the Air Force and was heading back to the US.


And the female bartenders at our bar were always incredibly nice to me and I was there a lot and Crown Royal is made around my hometown...so what the hell....


It came with a large plate of cut up fruit which was nice. They stored the bottle. Each time back, you paid $10, got a plate of fruit and your booze. I think it lasted 2 nights.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 31, 2015 11:28 AM (AC0lD)

36 Brown Liquor and Blue Gatorade? You weren't an art student, were you?

Posted by: Zombie Bob Ross at May 31, 2015 11:29 AM (mmRvP)

37 30 CBD is an antisemite who hates anyone who does not believe in cheese sauce! Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 04:24 PM (hdy+0) I'm sure it all traces back to his childhood in the jungles of New Guinea.

Posted by: eman at May 31, 2015 11:29 AM (MQEz6)

38 Gorgonzola is that chick with the snakes on her head, right?

Posted by: Joe Biden at May 31, 2015 11:29 AM (2AlPN)

39 Woodford Reserve, although there's a "small batch" bourbon called Jefferson that's tasty. Not spending the extra money to buy the "ocean aged" stuff.

Posted by: Phil Laicheaux at May 31, 2015 11:29 AM (AjVZP)

40 The new Barrista9000 is awesome, dude. The condecending smirk is spot on.

Posted by: eman at May 31, 2015 11:30 AM (MQEz6)

41 Do you morons have any idea how much I've spent on cheese in the last week? And I'm not talking the stuff that comes in the aerosol can.

Posted by: Mr. Poo Poo at May 31, 2015 11:32 AM (2AlPN)

42 Blanton's. That is all.

Posted by: fly gal at May 31, 2015 11:32 AM (sKq6w)

43 "38 Brown Liquor and Blue Gatorade? You weren't an art student, were you? " Haha no, although my school was right down the street from an art college so we interacted with them a lot. I believe the theory was that the Gatorade would help prevent hangovers. It did not.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 11:33 AM (pspWL)

44 And we have our first Joe Biden joke. Are the "CBD is an anti-Semite" jokes still a thing, or past the expiry date?

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:33 AM (hdy+0)

45 BTW, has anyone here tried the whiskey from Mt. Vernon that follow's George Washington's recipe?

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:35 AM (hdy+0)

46 Memes only get better with age, Prof.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 11:35 AM (mmRvP)

47 Speaking of drinking, Secretary of State John Kerry (c'mon - don't tell me that doesn't make some of you want to drink) apparently broke his leg in France according to zerohedge.


They shoot horsefaces, don't they?

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 31, 2015 11:36 AM (AC0lD)

48 You got that right. Have you tried Crown Royal Black? Pretty good neat. Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 04:25 PM (hdy+0) Word. Though it has on occassion snuck up on me and kicked my a**.

Posted by: tbodie at May 31, 2015 11:36 AM (HdZcn)

49 MEMES ONLY GET BETTER WITH AGE????

Posted by: The Rev Al Sharpton at May 31, 2015 11:37 AM (nSOh+)

50 Haha no, although my school was right down the street from an art college so we interacted with them a lot. Just mention modern art, civil rights or folk music, and you're in like flint

Posted by: Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman at May 31, 2015 11:38 AM (2AlPN)

51 "47 BTW, has anyone here tried the whiskey from Mt. Vernon that follow's George Washington's recipe? " Ooh that sounds like a fun gift for my friend who's a polisci professor.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 11:38 AM (pspWL)

52 47 BTW, has anyone here tried the whiskey from Mt. Vernon that follow's George Washington's recipe? Posted by: logprof ---------------------------- I believe it's Vendette that gets some every year. I have heard it's pricey, but very very good. I think you may have to get on a waiting list for it. And whoever mentioned Knob Creek - used to be my favorite top shelf stuff 'til I discovered Bulleit. Now, if I have extra nickels to splurge, that's what I go for. Usually, it's bottom shelf Beam imitation, tho.

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 11:39 AM (UDxzb)

53 Well, your Sojourner Truth is barrel proof, while Sam Houston got cut back in the 80's to the standard 86. So there is that. Sam may have the more balanced mash-bill, though.

Posted by: [/i][/b]Stringer Davis at May 31, 2015 11:41 AM (xq1UY)

54 I'm mean enough to be happy about Kerry breaking his leg. What I've read it seems that God called the decent Biden to heaven early. I'm blessed with beer taste even now when I could swing an occasional champagne, budget wise.

Posted by: PaleRider at May 31, 2015 11:41 AM (iA/+T)

55 Stumbled across this yesterday and now I need an excuse to make it:

Lemon icebox pie: http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/lemon-icebox-pie/

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 11:44 AM (UJir/)

56 Ooh that sounds like a fun gift for my friend who's a polisci professor. Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 04:38 PM (pspWL) I believe it's Vendette that gets some every year. I have heard it's pricey, but very very good. I think you may have to get on a waiting list for it. Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 04:39 PM (UDxzb) --Cool. I wouldn't be surprised if you could buy miniatures of the whiskey if you visit Mount Vernon in person. Maybe they have free samples too? The last time I visited there I was not even of legal drinking age.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:45 AM (hdy+0)

57 All restaurant snobs should be required to read 'Down and Out in London and Paris' To my surprise, I mentioned an inclination for J&B yesterday, and took no flak.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 31, 2015 11:45 AM (F2IAQ)

58 If you're not drinking, you're not paying attention.

Posted by: America 2015 at May 31, 2015 11:47 AM (wn5T8)

59 http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=56916 Not about drinking per se, but...

Posted by: Ira Weatheral man of few words at May 31, 2015 11:47 AM (85ldL)

60 Thought on drinking?

In these times, necessary.

Posted by: Jukin, Former Republican at May 31, 2015 11:50 AM (TV9BR)

61 I'm enjoying some spiced apple mead out of a goblet right now. Everything is better out of a goblet hoisted high. Well, the ultimate would be a skull chalice, but not before 6 p.m. I mean I'm not a savage.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 11:50 AM (jR7Wy)

62 I prefer Bulleit rye over Bulleit bourbon.  I know I've said this a bajillion times before but if I'm drinking bourbon straight, it's Eagle Rare.  For my Manhattans, Maker's Mark and Noilly Prat vermouth.


In cooking news, not much going on.  Made a batch of strawberry jam yesterday.  Dinner tonight is simple, BBQ chicken.


I dislike strong cheeses like Gorgonzola.  The only time I like a blue cheese is maybe sprinkled on a salad, but not a lot of it.

Posted by: DangerGirl and her 1.21 gigawatt Sanity Prod (tm) at May 31, 2015 11:53 AM (q20+R)

63 Well, the ultimate would be a skull chalice, but not before 6 p.m. I mean I'm not a savage. Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 04:50 PM (jR7Wy) Skol!!

Posted by: Teh Danes at May 31, 2015 11:53 AM (hdy+0)

64 Pastafarian wouldn't know a good scotch if it rained on him. What's a fucking cocksucker.

Posted by: Al Swearengen at May 31, 2015 11:54 AM (6tUZ5)

65 Since I can only drink small amounts of hard liquor at a sitting before my stomach rebels, I drink only for taste. That means for me: neat and sipped very slowly. This tales the pressure off the booze budget. Fortunately, my preferences usually don't go for the high priced stuff. I could afford Lagavulin single malt but at over a hundred bucks they can stick it in their Highland ear. Laphraiog is almost as good and much less costly, at least for now. I should probably look for a good blended scotch in case Laphraiog and Glenmorangie go out of sight. In a disaster, I can muddle through with George Dickel #12 and Wild Turkey Rare Breed.

Posted by: JTB at May 31, 2015 11:55 AM (FvdPb)

66 You guys seem to have whiskey on the brain lately, which makes sense for this time and crowd, I guess.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at May 31, 2015 11:56 AM (rwI+c)

67 Ugh, these Air Force ads with the black chick talking about her dreams and potential are annoying. The military is wasting millions trying to be "hip" and "diverse." The Air Force Academy is a prestigious institution and should not be wasting money begging suboptimal candidates to apply, but just choosing from the best of the best.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 11:57 AM (hdy+0)

68 Well now I'm craving gorgonzola and walnut ravioli with walnut butter. Good thing I stuffed my maw with a salad. Don't h8, but it had edamame, cubed firm tofu, sunflower seeds, field greens, and cut up teriyaki chicken, with a sesame oil and soy sauce vinaigrette. Very substantial and had a nice tooth to it.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 11:59 AM (jR7Wy)

69 They are almost mandated to be diverse these days and I don't know that they are begging sub-optimal candidates -have not seen the ad, but probably the academies and the top colleges are all vying for the pool of candidates that meet the trifecta of being top level minds as well as minority and female.

Posted by: PaleRider at May 31, 2015 12:02 PM (iA/+T)

70 Anyone try Darby's Rye?  Any good?

Posted by: DJ Jazzy Mel at May 31, 2015 12:04 PM (BLFGI)

71 *ring* John Kerry, Secretary of State, Purple Heart Recipient: "Hullo?" THK: "John, what the fcuk were you thinking?" JKSoSPHR: "Whoaa..., who is this?" THK: "Cut it out John" JKSoSPHR: "No..., really, who is this?" THK: "It's Teresa, you idiot." JKSoSPHR: "Oh. Hi Teresa. You'll never believe what happened. This morning I was out for a bike ride, and about a furlong into the ride...." THK: "Shut UP, John, just shut UP." JKSoSPHR: Well...., I mean, I broke my leg.." THK: "John, do you realize that you are the laughingstock of the entire civilized world? Not just D.C., John, not just the Vineyard, not just the U.S., but the ENTIRE fcuking world." JKSoSPHR:"Oh, hold on a second Terry, I've got another call coming in..." * three minutes pass* JKSoSPHR: "Ok..., I'm back. That was James Taylor. He insisted on singing 'You've Got a Friend' over the phone. Damned thoughtful of him." THK: "John.... JKSoSPHR: "Look Terry, would you call the servants at Majorca house, and tell them that I'm going to be staying there for six weeks or so? I gotta stay off of this leg." THK : *click*

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 31, 2015 12:04 PM (F2IAQ)

72 Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 04:57 PM (hdy+0) --- Annoying? Yes. But to be fair, in my day (loops thumbs in suspenders and puffs pipe) it was all about seeing the world and adventure. Not, "keep the sea lanes open for democracy", but "let us cart your carcass around the globe's fleshpots on Uncle Shug's dime".

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 12:05 PM (jR7Wy)

73 Blame it on the vodka Blame it on the Henny Blame it on the blue top Got you feeling dizzy Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol

Posted by: T Pain at May 31, 2015 12:05 PM (hdy+0)

74 Meh, I am not so sure about the absolute truth of whatever you like is all that matters.

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:06 PM (kCLGY)

75 Has no one got a good word to say about my beloved Pappy? I only drink once every few years, but I do love to sit and sip some Pappy Van Winkle.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 12:07 PM (d70lZ)

76 Meh, I am not so sure about the absolute truth of whatever you like is all that matters. Posted by: yankeefifth --------------- Wait..., is this a vodka comment? I'm confused.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at May 31, 2015 12:07 PM (F2IAQ)

77 you should always drink whiskey neat, everything else is blasphemy.

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:07 PM (kCLGY)

78 Black lesbians with Hispanic surnames are golden to the Diversity Recruitment Officer! Posted by: Hrothgar at May 31, 2015 05:05 PM (ftVQq) ---- I keep trying to market myself as a Proud Latina of Color who drives a Subaru Forester. I want some of that sweet, sweet grievance cash!

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 12:08 PM (jR7Wy)

79 Has no one got a good word to say about my beloved Pappy? I only drink once every few years, but I do love to sit and sip some Pappy Van Winkle. Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 05:07 PM (d70lZ) well his prices are a little steep so once every few years is enough.

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:08 PM (kCLGY)

80 Yay! Getting my first buzz of the evening. Thank you, booze! Everything has that warm golden lens flare...

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 12:10 PM (jR7Wy)

81 71 They are almost mandated to be diverse these days and I don't know that they are begging sub-optimal candidates -have not seen the ad, but probably the academies and the top colleges are all vying for the pool of candidates that meet the trifecta of being top level minds as well as minority and female. Posted by: PaleRider at May 31, 2015 05:02 PM (iA/+T) --I get the mandate to be diverse (don't like it but I know it's there). But that pool of bright, motivated minority females is a puddle, and when you consider that the service academies also put a premium on athletic achievements, it's just to small for everyone to draw from.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:11 PM (hdy+0)

82 Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 05:08 PM (kCLGY) HEY YOU! Is it expensive? I know the one I like is hard to find for some reason, and Thor chugs it. Annoying. How have you been?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 12:12 PM (d70lZ)

83 and another thing, regarding yesterdays bourbon thread, anyone misleading about the origins of a bourbon and or its manufacture should literally be tarred and feathered.

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:13 PM (kCLGY)

84 81 you should always drink whiskey neat, everything else is blasphemy. Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 05:07 PM (kCLGY) --Nah, some of the cheap stuff is worth mixing. And my dad insists that Scotch is better on ice (he say that as the ice melts, it "unlocks" some of the flavors in the Scotch).

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:13 PM (hdy+0)

85 HEY YOU! Is it expensive? I know the one I like is hard to find for some reason, and Thor chugs it. Annoying. How have you been? Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 05:12 PM (d70lZ) Hey you yourself! it is expensive and it is not easily acquired, however, some a lot has to do with hipsters. hipsters, as hippies, ruin everything. hipsters even spiked prices on pbr, not that that was a problem for me. are you well? are you in ar?

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:15 PM (kCLGY)

86 you should always drink whiskey neat, everything else is blasphemy. Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 05:07 PM (kCLGY) It sure as hell ruins Co-cola.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 12:16 PM (d70lZ)

87 >>Has no one got a good word to say about my beloved Pappy?

Vince Vaughn loved it "The Internship"

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 12:17 PM (UJir/)

88 Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 05:15 PM (kCLGY) Yep, well indeed and in Arkansas. Practically sprouting gills and our lawn and deck are growing mushrooms.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 12:18 PM (d70lZ)

89 I hate hipsters.

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 12:18 PM (d70lZ)

90 >>It sure as hell ruins Co-cola. Apparently it ruins blue Gatorade, too.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 12:19 PM (mmRvP)

91 Shut up, everyone! John Kerry is a stud!

Posted by: SJP at May 31, 2015 12:19 PM (hdy+0)

92 Houston had 'slime in the ice machine ' news reports by Marvin Zindler, RIP.

Posted by: Cruzinator at May 31, 2015 12:20 PM (XX9+E)

93 Nah, some of the cheap stuff is worth mixing. And my dad insists that Scotch is better on ice (he say that as the ice melts, it "unlocks" some of the flavors in the Scotch). Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 05:13 PM (hdy+0) your dentist is wrong, you should always drink a whiskey neat, at least when you first start drinking a whiskey so you are able to determine what it tastes like before you start messing with its composition. it is like adding a seasoning before you even taste a meal. as for those that insist water or ice unlock a whiskey, well it may be true but I feel anyone making a claim like that should begin by stating "listen, I am something of a nancy boy and I really cannot handle a full strength whiskey so I weaken it so I can focus upon the flavor and not get distracted by all the coughing and choking."

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:20 PM (kCLGY)

94 I am thankful our rains have stopped and I believe GOD sent ETEX sunshine yesterday and today. I also believe Mrs. E is making a blackberry cobbler which will go wonderfully with some previously unopened Bluebell Home Made Vanilla. And a nice double shot of Buffalo Trace. Of course, this is after I get back from church.
A bit off topic, but I am a tad worried about Open Carry.  I am told, however, that badge-toters (we) will have a right to ask folks if they have a Concealed Carry License. Anxious to see how that goes.

Posted by: Eromero at May 31, 2015 12:21 PM (go5uR)

95 >>John Kerry is a stud!

He looks like Frankenstein's brother thanks to the botox or whatever the hell he's been doing to his face.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 12:21 PM (UJir/)

96 The Mt Vernon stuff is ok. They put it up at an old property of George's up the road from Mt Vernon. Prefer High West Rye myself. And the 12y Jameson's.

Posted by: Jean at May 31, 2015 12:21 PM (ztOda)

97 Would somebody please come and get your Secretary of Sate out of here? He's insufferable!

Posted by: The French at May 31, 2015 12:22 PM (hdy+0)

98 Okay if we are admitting we like what we like, I like a real cold draft beer filled to about an inch from the top with the remainder filled with cranberry juice.

Posted by: Cruzinator at May 31, 2015 12:23 PM (XX9+E)

99 I enjoy Laphroaig but reserve it for when I am a very contemplative mood. I love the peat and smoke of an island Scotch.

Posted by: Retired Buckey Cop is now an engineer at May 31, 2015 12:23 PM (8+0sF)

100 John Kerry is a stud! ---------------------------- Well, I hope nobody is will to pay the stud fees. I say it's past time for the glue factory. Or Ikea meatballs.

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 12:23 PM (VXOfH)

101 57 Stumbled across this yesterday and now I need an excuse to make it: Lemon icebox pie: http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/lemon-icebox-pie/ Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 04:44 PM *sends an excuse thru usb port*

Posted by: olddog in mo [/i] [/s] [/b] [/u] at May 31, 2015 12:25 PM (BGCet)

102 as for those that insist water or ice unlock a whiskey, well it may be true but I feel anyone making a claim like that should begin by stating "listen, I am something of a nancy boy and I really cannot handle a full strength whiskey so I weaken it so I can focus upon the flavor and not get distracted by all the coughing and choking." Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 05:20 PM (kCLGY) --Nah, my old man's been drinking the stuff for decades. He loves his stogies as well, and (at least to me) *those* make me cough and choke a lot more than Scotch but he loves the two together, even though his doctor's told him to do both less.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:26 PM (hdy+0)

103 OT but it's past 100 entries: today I saw Colander Face Mask World in 3D. Anybody who has been avoiding "Mad Max: Fury Road" from fear of Overt Propaganda Poisoning is doing themselves a disservice. Max was still the center of the film around which everything spun crazily - bald-headed bastards, metal-armed Amazons, gorgeously barren vistas, rock 'n' roll savagery, and some of the most dynamic car chases I've seen on film. It's a harsh world where a dictator is exploiting everyone under his rule -- for their muscle, their blood, and their wombs. It's your standard post-apocalyptic villainy, no PoMo crap being foisted on the viewer that I could see.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 12:27 PM (jR7Wy)

104 I bugged out of the bourbon thread because I had things to do and I don't drink bourbon.

I do however wander away from drinking white rum once in a while, and I recently bought a fifth of Cachaca. (has that "c" with a tail that pixie hates because it is Portuguese and isn't pronounced Ka-sha-sah, but that is as close as I can get)

It is actually worth the $21 I spent on it. 

My other guilty pleasure is Aguardiente for the anise flavor.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 31, 2015 12:29 PM (t//F+)

105 " Apparently it ruins blue Gatorade, too." Even the memory of blue Gatorade.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 12:30 PM (kzA81)

106 the hell? why would anyone mix a whiskey with coke?

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at May 31, 2015 12:31 PM (Cq0oW)

107 Admiral Nelson rum. About half the price of Captain Morgan and much smoother.

Posted by: Nikkolai at May 31, 2015 12:32 PM (aEfC9)

108 Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 05:27 PM (jR7Wy) --Good to get the straight dope on that movie. BTW, I'm convinced now to give Ray Donovan a try. I of course like Jon Voight as an actor and a Hollywood conservative, and his character reminds me a little of Jonathan Banks as Mike in Breaking Bad. I didn't know Ian MacShane was in it as well. Any input on RD from Morons who have seen it is welcome.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:32 PM (hdy+0)

109 --Nah, my old man's been drinking the stuff for decades. He loves his stogies as well, and (at least to me) *those* make me cough and choke a lot more than Scotch but he loves the two together, even though his doctor's told him to do both less. Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 05:26 PM (hdy+0) I've been drinking the stuff for decades ase well - I started young. It is common sense, start with it neat if you have to add something in. However, adding water, ice, whatever is gonna complicate things since you never get the same water, ice proportions. Simply giving yourself 10 minutes to nose the whiskey and breathe is better than messing with additives.

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:32 PM (kCLGY)

110 Yep, well indeed and in Arkansas. Practically sprouting gills and our lawn and deck are growing mushrooms. Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at May 31, 2015 05:18 PM (d70lZ) heck, you may have gators in a few days.

Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 12:34 PM (kCLGY)

111 I like Sailor Jerry's rum. I have no idea if it's considered "good" or not.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 12:35 PM (kzA81)

112 >>>>>because I had things to do and I don't drink bourbon "....and when they drank for me, no one was left to pour" Martin Niemoller

Posted by: Bigby's Knuckle Sandwich at May 31, 2015 12:36 PM (Cq0oW)

113 I've been drinking the stuff for decades ase well - I started young. It is common sense, start with it neat if you have to add something in. However, adding water, ice, whatever is gonna complicate things since you never get the same water, ice proportions. Simply giving yourself 10 minutes to nose the whiskey and breathe is better than messing with additives. Posted by: yankeefifth at May 31, 2015 05:32 PM (kCLGY) --I would also not discount the additional sensory experience. A lot of people subconsciously probably enjoy the sound of ice clinking in the glass while they tipple.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:36 PM (hdy+0)

114 I suppose my $9.50 fifth of Black Velvet and 2 liter of Faygo cola (the combined cost) would be frowned upon by you uppity bitches.

Posted by: JD at May 31, 2015 12:37 PM (TzeLs)

115 Mmm, got a hunk of sharp salty mimolette cheese and it's so, so good with the sweet apple mead. We really live the life of royalty. I was thinking how lucky I was, as I was tooling around on a beautiful day with the A/C cranked and baroque music blaring in my personal chariot.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 12:38 PM (jR7Wy)

116 >>I have no idea if it's considered "good" or not. Rum is good intrinsically. Only thing better is more rum.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 31, 2015 12:38 PM (g1DWB)

117 The amazing thing about the McD's thing is that it's been in the wings for a while, they kept putting it off because the value of the face to face interaction (and the upsell potential) always outweighed the savings for McDs. But government seems intent on changing this. Turst me, I worked there for 5 years or so, McD's (provider of jobs to the young and down on their luck) are experts at automation. Do not poke them liberals ore you'll see what that means.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) rogue bioethicst[/i] [/b] [/s] at May 31, 2015 12:40 PM (s92xH)

118 117 I like Sailor Jerry's rum. I have no idea if it's considered "good" or not. Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 05:35 PM (kzA81) --Upper mid-shelf. It is my favorite; it's also a little stronger and pricier than most.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:40 PM (hdy+0)

119 117 I like Sailor Jerry's rum. I have no idea if it's considered "good" or not. Posted by: Lauren ---------------------------- Isn't that Aotearoa like Cap't Morgan's? Is it better? My favorite'Ette drinks the Cap't, but I just can't do rum. Ever since that "incident" @ the 1982 World's Fair... (I was 15, the rum was 151)

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 12:41 PM (U0xP5)

120 >>But government seems intent on changing this.

The same government who blamed a poor economy on ATMs a few years back.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 12:42 PM (UJir/)

121 * a lot like... I have no idea where that strange word came from. Damn autocucumber!

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 12:43 PM (U0xP5)

122 I am told, however, that badge-toters (we) will have a right to ask folks if they have a Concealed Carry License. Anxious to see how that goes. The open carry people are still protected by the 4th. You still need probable to search. I doubt the criminals will be open carrying. There isn't blood running in the streets for the other 40 something states that have open carry already. Look at Phoenix the other night. The protesters were heavily armed and it was heated but no one got hurt. Why do they always assume the worst in people?

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 12:43 PM (xVgrA)

123 120 I suppose my $9.50 fifth of Black Velvet and 2 liter of Faygo cola (the combined cost) would be frowned upon by you uppity bitches. Posted by: JD at May 31, 2015 05:37 PM (TzeLs) --Obligatory: https://youtu.be/tT4d1LQy4es?list=RDtT4d1LQy4es (And she's Canadian to boot!)

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:44 PM (hdy+0)

124 If any of you live in or near a big big city like NY or LA or any others identified as "trendsetting" burgs, you should be aware that liquor companies -- big, small, from huge corporations down to little micro-distilleries -- are ALWAYS trying to outdo each other with promotional events and product launches and branding parties and so forth. If you know how and where to tap into the insiders' info-stream, you can attend these events where generally the highest-end liquor flows freely and without charge to anyone clever enough to know how to attend. Often, the events are supposed to be limited to media, consultants, major buyers, and celebrities (I fit somewhere in one of those four categories), but not always; it's not uncommon to see "bloggers" or just good-time clever party-crashers conning their ways into such events. That could be you! Seriously, some of most lavish open-bar events are hosted by the world's best liquor brands; and sometimes not only can you you drink yourself silly on outstanding product, but they hand out take-home sample bottles for later consumption as well. If I was younger, lived closer to the action and had more gumption I could find my way to events like these every single week of the year; but alas, it doesn't always seem "worth it" simply for the hassle of transporting oneself to the location and taking time away from family... But even so, I've been to plenty, and had some seriously outrageously top-shelf whiskey, gin and more in recent years. Brands that aren't very well-known in the US, but which blow everything else out of the water. Get with the scene!

Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 12:44 PM (jBuUi)

125 OK, I haven't read the comments yet, but since this is sort of a food thread, thought I'd throw this out.

I was grocery shopping this morning. Feeling kind of 'bleh', which doesn't help when you need to buy food. As opposed to shopping when you are hungry which really doesn't help with the food budget.

Anyhow, I came across something I've never seen before and decided "What the hell" and bought it. Hot dogs with built in chili. Called 'No Mess Chili Dogs'.

Something tells me I may regret this...

Posted by: HH at May 31, 2015 12:44 PM (Ce4DF)

126 Rum is good intrinsically. Only thing better is more rum. Posted by: JackStraw at May 31, 2015 05:38 PM (g1DWB) Cruzan Blackstrap and Myers's's's Dark are both good, in the dark rum category.

Posted by: A. Guy at May 31, 2015 12:44 PM (1EJIj)

127 There were a fair number of comments mocking one of my favorite drinks (Laphroaig) as nothing more than bourbon with added cigarette ashes and charcoal briquettes. There were Morons in good standing who like stuff I find vile. Drinking Laphroaig is like licking a hospital ashtray.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 31, 2015 12:44 PM (ynQIy)

128 And then there's this unintended consequence: Sacrament restaurants solved problem of increased labor cost by taking a portion of the waiters tips.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 12:45 PM (UJir/)

129 The same government who blamed a poor economy on ATMs a few years back.
Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 05:42 PM (UJir/)


Pshaw, denier.  The poor economy is caused by extremely cold winters impeding production and globally dampening demand.  It is caused by global warming.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 31, 2015 12:46 PM (t//F+)

130 Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 05:43 PM (xVgrA) Probably cause to search, but IIRC only "reasonable suspicion" (which is basically nothing) to stop and ask various questions.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) rogue bioethicst[/i] [/b] [/s] at May 31, 2015 12:46 PM (s92xH)

131 >>I have no idea where that strange word came from. Damn autocucumber! Posted by: chi's sandwIch

Thought maybe you were from New Zealand.

Posted by: Aviator at May 31, 2015 12:47 PM (sQzB6)

132 I watched my favorite bartender pour a Woodford Reserve yesterday and then squirt some Pepsi in it by order of the customer. We both had a tear in our eye.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at May 31, 2015 12:47 PM (on01m)

133 My friend from Jamaica will bring back Jamaican rum when he goes down there. I believe he says it's about 100 proof.


He mixes it with some other ingredients to create a Jamaican rum punch which is quite good over ice and has a kick to it.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 31, 2015 12:48 PM (AC0lD)

134 Often, the events are supposed to be limited to media, consultants, major buyers, and celebrities (I fit somewhere in one of those four categories) I knew it! Our zombie is Bub, from Day of the Dead. Well, I'm honored.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 31, 2015 12:48 PM (ynQIy)

135 "I have no idea where that strange word came from. Damn autocucumber!" I thought it was some booze word I was too dumb to know about.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 12:49 PM (kzA81)

136 But even so, I've been to plenty, and had some seriously outrageously top-shelf whiskey, gin and more in recent years. Brands that aren't very well-known in the US, but which blow everything else out of the water. Get with the scene! Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 05:44 PM (jBuUi) --Now I hate you, zombie.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:49 PM (hdy+0)

137 >>Anyhow, I came across something I've never seen before and decided "What the hell" and bought it. Hot dogs with built in chili. Called 'No Mess Chili Dogs'. Did they come with a free roll of TP?

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 12:50 PM (mmRvP)

138 high octane ruins the flavor of bourbon I.E. 100 proof Knob Creek

Posted by: Tobacco Road at May 31, 2015 12:50 PM (on01m)

139 Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 05:44 PM (jBuUi) So...Uhh Zombie, are you going to share any invites to these? (I have a relative who a liquor seller actually. But then I'd have to go talk to him )

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) rogue bioethicst[/i] [/b] [/s] at May 31, 2015 12:51 PM (s92xH)

140 Speaking of Food Shopping. When did all the fucking yogurt go Greek? You can't find anything but the shit, anymore.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 12:52 PM (mmRvP)

141 139 I watched my favorite bartender pour a Woodford Reserve yesterday and then squirt some Pepsi in it by order of the customer. We both had a tear in our eye. Posted by: Tobacco Road at May 31, 2015 05:47 PM (on01m) --See, I have no hang-ups about mixing coke with the bar's well pour; but shit like that is just tragic.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:53 PM (hdy+0)

142 Get with the scene!

Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 05:44 PM (jBuUi)


I posted this yesterday on the Bourbon thread. A major liquor store near me often has tastings by various companies. Lot's of fun, and you get to sample all this stuff for free.

Can't go wrong, and you get to taste stuff that you normally wouldn't try. Win win.

Posted by: HH at May 31, 2015 12:54 PM (Ce4DF)

143 >>Cruzan Blackstrap and Myers's's's Dark are both good, in the dark rum category. Yes and yes. Was drinking Mount Gay yesterday, a personal favorite, but Myer's is very good.

Posted by: JackStraw at May 31, 2015 12:54 PM (g1DWB)

144 I like the hot dogs with cheese built in, but chili just sounds too much.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 12:55 PM (7P0BI)

145 --Now I hate you, zombie. Posted by: logprof One really made an impression: At an event sponsored by Auchentoshan (a small Scottish distillery) they offered samples of their 21-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch. Oh my dear dear dear. I went from "I don't really like scotch" to "This. Is. The. Best. Thing. I've Ever. Tasted." in about three seconds.

Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 12:55 PM (jBuUi)

146 I like Myers Rum when I crave that pre-diabeetus-Type II hit of sugar rush. With fresh lime, and decent cola? I'm back in the Caribbean, mon. Also, the fact the drink is called, Cuba Libre (free Cuba) gives me a minor chub. It's funny, not in a ha-ha way, but in a 'you hafta put one foot on the floor to sleep' way, that it costs some Caribbean resorts more to put cola in your drink then rum. So it pays to be weary and watch the barkeep. Most sane people figure that out the first night. Those who never figure that out are probably liberals, who'll spent their entire vacation sick as a dog.

Posted by: SE Pa Moron [/i] at May 31, 2015 12:55 PM (xQX/f)

147 "In the Heroic Age, our fore-fathers invented self-government, the Constitution and bourbon; and on the way to them they invented rye whiskey. And that shows our proper place in the international order: NO other nation ever gave mankind two whiskies." __ Bernard de Voto

Posted by: Solaratov at May 31, 2015 12:56 PM (tmwKr)

148 So...Uhh Zombie, are you going to share any invites to these? (I have a relative who a liquor seller actually. But then I'd have to go talk to him ) Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) rogue bioethicst Sadly, I can't post any sorts of clues or details in a public forum. Occasionally, they will crop up online in "events listings" when someone lets the cat out of the bag. But only rarely. It's more like "who you know." But, yeah, a good place to start is to ask your relative. He might have a toe in the door, and let you get a toe in too!

Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 12:58 PM (jBuUi)

149 >>I like Myers Rum when I crave that pre-diabeetus-Type II hit of sugar rush. With fresh lime, and decent cola? I'm back in the Caribbean, mon. Also, the fact the drink is called, Cuba Libre (free Cuba) gives me a minor chub.

I think it does make a difference if the mixer is made with cane sugar. Around here you can buy Coke bottled in Mexico. No fructose.

Posted by: Aviator at May 31, 2015 12:59 PM (sQzB6)

150 I went from "I don't really like scotch" to "This. Is. The. Best. Thing. I've Ever. Tasted." in about three seconds. Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 05:55 PM (jBuUi) --That Scotch sounds good. Also sounds pricey.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:00 PM (7P0BI)

151 It's 6:01! **brings out skull chalice** ---- Somehow, I don't think you are an impartial viewer/reviewer because I bet they had lots of edged weapons in there! Posted by: Hrothgar at May 31, 2015 05:45 PM (ftVQq) ---- Femur dagger FTW!

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 01:00 PM (jR7Wy)

152 I posted this yesterday on the Bourbon thread. A major liquor store near me often has tastings by various companies. Lot's of fun, and you get to sample all this stuff for free.Can't go wrong, and you get to taste stuff that you normally wouldn't try. Win win. Posted by: HH Excellent! See, people, HH can do it! Why not you? HH, at these events, chat up the "liquor ambassador" pouring the stuff. Give him your business card. Often, all you need to do is represent yourself as a trendsetter, and they'll add you to the invite list. Seriously!

Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 01:00 PM (jBuUi)

153 Fiorina on FNC now. I want to like her, but after that lackluster Senate campaign she has a ways to go. She'd be a nice foil to Hitlery at least.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:01 PM (7P0BI)

154 'Ray, ripping the copper out of your trailer for liquor money is f**ked!'

Posted by: Bubbles at May 31, 2015 01:01 PM (wn5T8)

155 "I like the hot dogs with cheese built in, but chili just sounds too much."


Yeah, I know. But will probably try one or two tonight just to see.

Hey, someone has to be first...

Posted by: HH at May 31, 2015 01:02 PM (Ce4DF)

156 I used to like Laphroaig @ $28.50 per bottle; now that it is around $70 I'm not so much in love with it.

Posted by: A. Guy at May 31, 2015 04:24 PM (1EJIj)

http://www.internetwines.com/pa60004.html

You're welcome.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 31, 2015 01:02 PM (Zu3d9)

157 We only buy the Mexican Coke, it's getting better than the Columbian Coke. Heh. Seriously, that's all we buy but it's more than a case of beer. $20 a case at Costco or Sam's.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:02 PM (xVgrA)

158 I'm enjoying some spiced apple mead out of a goblet right now. Everything is better out of a goblet hoisted high. Well, the ultimate would be a skull chalice, but not before 6 p.m. I mean I'm not a savage. Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 04:50 PM (jR7Wy) combine that with an ample wench of heaving bosom and you got something, right there.

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah at May 31, 2015 01:02 PM (7RXcs)

159 *stops by briefly* Logprof, I bought some of the GW Original Recipe about 2 years ago. They make unaged whiskey available twice a year and aged whiskey once a year. 375 ml bottles, limit 2 per person. It's unavailable the rest of the year. No samples. The day of sale at the estate and the grist mill they hand out tickets starting around 8 am and start selling bottles at 10. If you have a ticket you must purchase your bottle(s) sometime that day. Any leftover bottles are sold first come, first served the next day. As for the taste: I bought the unaged stuff. It's clear, obviously, and went down smooth. Tasted awful. I still have some left.

Posted by: Vendette at May 31, 2015 01:03 PM (Ms7mf)

160 I went on a taste testing binge this winter with both scotch and bourbon. I sampled maybe 6-8 varieties of each. My liver is not happy, but I have a great attitude! Anyway, I got tired of the smoky, peaty varieties of scotch real quick, and I am a scotch drinker. Bourbon? Anything over 90 proof seems to ruin it.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at May 31, 2015 01:04 PM (on01m)

161 "Often, all you need to do is represent yourself as a trendsetter" If you knew me you'd understand why I'm now laughing uproariously. Although I just read an article about how having a huge family is now the it status symbol in Manhattan so maybe I *am* a trendsetter.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 01:04 PM (kzA81)

162 --That Scotch sounds good. Also sounds pricey. Posted by: logprof I never looked it up before, but at your behest, I just did so, and you are correct: According to this site, http://tinyurl.com/oszn5ee, it costs "Approximate Price: $196" per bottle. Yipes!

Posted by: zombie at May 31, 2015 01:05 PM (jBuUi)

163 Fighting Cock Kentucky Bourbon. Distilled by Heaven Hill...no kidding THE best straight-up drinking bourbon. EVER.

Posted by: The ruse aint what it used to be at May 31, 2015 01:06 PM (7GI9v)

164 We both had a tear in our eye.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at May 31, 2015 05:47 PM (on01m)

The liquor Gods will be very unhappy with him.

Seriously, that's what well liquor is for....mixing drinks that don't showcase the booze.

Give me tequila that is just okay for my margaritas, and gin from Minnesota for my Gin and Tonics is fine.

Manhattans and Old-Fashioneds, on the other hand, put the booze front and center, and I want a good quality rye whiskey.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 31, 2015 01:06 PM (Zu3d9)

165 I like the Greek yoghurt, by the way.  It is better with canned fruit, so I tend to eat a lot of it over the winter. 
I did myself some serious damage once and would eat greek yoghurt and fruit and jam smoothies for breakfast to push bone growth and offset getting bound up by the pain pills.

The regular old yoghurt is OK but it needs more sugar to.. well cover up the yoghurt taste.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 31, 2015 01:07 PM (t//F+)

166 Thanks, Vendette!

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:07 PM (7P0BI)

167 Lauren, When are you dropping that baby? I'm leaving Tuesday for a two week RV trip. When I get back I'll make some meals for you.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:08 PM (xVgrA)

168 161 'Ray, ripping the copper out of your trailer for liquor money is f**ked!' Posted by: Bubbles at May 31, 2015 06:01 PM (wn5T Way she goes, Bubbs.

Posted by: Ray at May 31, 2015 01:09 PM (7P0BI)

169 We only buy the Mexican Coke, it's getting better than the Columbian Coke. Heh.

Seriously, that's all we buy but it's more than a case of beer. $20 a case at Costco or Sam's.
Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 06:02 PM (xVgrA)


Pepsi makes a cane sugar Pepsi. 

Posted by: Kindltot at May 31, 2015 01:09 PM (t//F+)

170 I am currently addicted to Liberte brand Coconut Yogurt. The stuff is ridiculously good.

Posted by: Garrett at May 31, 2015 01:09 PM (mmRvP)

171 I think it does make a difference if the mixer is made with cane sugar. Around here you can buy Coke bottled in Mexico. No fructose. Watched a cool nutrition show recently. They explained the difference between HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and corn. You take a coca leaf leaf, you can make a really pleasant tea out of it. You refine, combine, concentrate, and perform other magic on it you end up with a line of coke, or worse, crack cocaine. HFCS is the crack cocaine from an ear of corn.

Posted by: SE Pa Moron [/i] at May 31, 2015 01:11 PM (xQX/f)

172 Any input on RD from Morons who have seen it is welcome.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 05:32 PM (hdy+0)

It's great. Lots of flaws, but the characters are a hoot.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 31, 2015 01:11 PM (Zu3d9)

173 Posted by: Diogenes at May 31, 2015 04:20 PM (08Znv) You sir, are a man of fine tastes. I wholeheartedly concur. And Eagle Rare or even Rebel Yell make the cut for bourbon. Of course all should be accompanied by a good cigar. As I am partaking even as I tap this out on my phone.

Posted by: CrotchetyOldJarhead at May 31, 2015 01:12 PM (gOixe)

174 I've been eating the Dannon Oikios triple zero Greek yogurts. Nice and thick, sweetened with stevia, and no fat. I really don't miss the fat and I buy almost everything full fat.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:13 PM (xVgrA)

175 Noosa (Australian) Tart Cherry yogurt w/ toasted pecan pieces.

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah at May 31, 2015 01:13 PM (7RXcs)

176 "174 Lauren, When are you dropping that baby? I'm leaving Tuesday for a two week RV trip. When I get back I'll make some meals for you. " Hopefully not for another few weeks at least! Based on my other kiddos I'm thinking the 3rd week of Juneish. We shall see.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 01:14 PM (kzA81)

177 Where are y'all headed on your cross country adventure, Linda?

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 01:14 PM (kzA81)

178 Watched a cool nutrition show recently. They explained the difference between HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and corn. You take a coca leaf leaf, you can make a really pleasant tea out of it. You refine, combine, concentrate, and perform other magic on it you end up with a line of coke, or worse, crack cocaine. HFCS is the crack cocaine from an ear of corn. Posted by: SE Pa Moron at May 31, 2015 06:11 PM (xQX/f) --Yes, coca tea is good; had it in Peru. Just pour hot water over the leaves, add some cane sugar, and voila, instant remedy for altitude sickness (which I had). A guide told us not to do so much as stick a coca leaf in a guide book when returning to the States because the drug dogs just think of them as cocaine.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:15 PM (7P0BI)

179 Ok, I'll touch base when I get home.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:15 PM (xVgrA)

180 Zombie FOPB Free Other People's Booz is always better. Like when other people cook.

Posted by: just saying at May 31, 2015 01:15 PM (wkuqO)

181 Isn't the Pepsi "throwback" product made with real cane sugar? I don't drink dark cola anymore, so I never check. Now if I could only get my local Food Lion to carry Vernor's ginger ale, I'd be a happy man.

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 01:15 PM (U0xP5)

182 Nor really a yogurt connoisseur - just have to eat it w/fresh fruit (hate the kind that comes w/fruit already in it) and/or homemade granola.

http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/crispy-sweet-pecan-granola.aspx

Posted by: Lizzy at May 31, 2015 01:16 PM (UJir/)

183 Well, the ultimate would be a skull chalice, but not before 6 p.m. I mean I'm not a savage. Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 04:50 PM (jR7Wy) combine that with an ample wench of heaving bosom and you got something, right there. Posted by: ghost of hallelujah at May 31, 2015 06:02 PM (7RXcs) ---- Got that covered too!

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 01:16 PM (jR7Wy)

184 Sounds great, Linda. Thanks for thinking of me, I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 01:16 PM (kzA81)

185 Thanks, CBD.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:17 PM (hdy+0)

186 yoghurt??

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 31, 2015 01:17 PM (NLm3u)

187 181 I've been eating the Dannon Oikios triple zero Greek yogurts. Nice and thick, sweetened with stevia, and no fat. I really don't miss the fat and I buy almost everything full fat. Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 06:13 PM (xVgrA) Do you put that stevia crap in your chamomile tea?

Posted by: Heisenberg at May 31, 2015 01:18 PM (hdy+0)

188 http://www.internetwines.com/pa60004.html You're welcome. Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 31, 2015 06:02 PM (Zu3d9) That's a good price. Even the not-on-sale price is about $15/bottle better than here. Unfortunately (and not at all coincidentally) my state does not allow shipments of hard liquor from outside the state.

Posted by: A. Guy at May 31, 2015 01:18 PM (1EJIj)

189 Yogurt, pudding, jello, and soup. All Sick People food. It's hospital food. Old People food. Baby food.

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 31, 2015 01:19 PM (NLm3u)

190 >>Now if I could only get my local Food Lion to carry Vernor's ginger ale, I'd be a happy man. Posted by: chi's sandwIch

We have one store here that carries it, but it can be ordered thru Amazon.

Posted by: Aviator at May 31, 2015 01:19 PM (sQzB6)

191 The Pocono's for a family reunion type thing and then slowly making our way home by way of Fort Knox, some state park, an aquarium & water park, and Diamond crater park to dig for gems.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:19 PM (xVgrA)

192 You goin to the caves?

Posted by: Soothsayer at May 31, 2015 01:21 PM (NLm3u)

193 Well zombie, not sure I'm a trendsetter, but I've found talking to the vendors to be quite an enjoyable experience. You taste their wares, they tell you about the product, and usually talk about the place that they work at.

So for me, a lot of fun, get great information, plus free booze.

Hell, what more can you ask for?*


*answer: free stuff. Vendors are good on that. You don't even have to ask.

Posted by: HH at May 31, 2015 01:22 PM (Ce4DF)

194 Nood.

Posted by: [/i][/b]andycanuck[/s][/u] at May 31, 2015 01:23 PM (kivUY)

195 Nood

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at May 31, 2015 01:23 PM (pxMbm)

196 Nood

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at May 31, 2015 01:23 PM (pxMbm)

197 Do you put that stevia crap in your chamomile tea? No, I normally don't like it since it tastes bitter/ licoricy to me. But it's fine in the yogurt. Like I said I usually avoid non fat no sugar things but I got one by accident when I grabbed the wrong container so I went ahead and tried it.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:24 PM (xVgrA)

198 Now if I could only get my local Food Lion to carry Vernor's ginger ale, I'd be a happy man. Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 06:15 PM (U0xP5) Trader Joe's ginger beer and Cock n' Bull ginger beer are both pretty good, if you can find either in your area you might give one or both a try.

Posted by: A. Guy at May 31, 2015 01:24 PM (1EJIj)

199 What caves? I think we're hit some on the way back. I can't recall which ones, mammoth??? or something like that.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:26 PM (xVgrA)

200 So I'd like to thank the angels organization for giving us Josh Hamilton who just pinch hit in a walk off double that somehow scored Fielder from first.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 01:26 PM (kzA81)

201 RE: Hastert Some TV talking heads still don't know the distinction between blackmail and extortion.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:26 PM (hdy+0)

202 I am sure most of you know this, but I discovered the best way to cook acorn squash:

Wash the outside, stab a hole in it, maybe two, and then cook in the microwave for 10 - 12 minutes.

Cooks perfectly.

For years I have been sawing them in half and scooping them out and baking them either face up with butter or face down in a pan of water, but the microwave works much better.

Posted by: Kindltot at May 31, 2015 01:27 PM (t//F+)

203 Yogurt, pudding, jello, and soup. All Sick People food. It's hospital food. Old People food. Baby food. Posted by: Soothsayer at May 31, 2015 06:19 PM (NLm3u) --You were obviously deprived of the childhood joy of a grilled cheese sandwich dunked in tomato soup. And lindafell has been deprived of the joy of watching Breaking Bad.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:30 PM (hdy+0)

204 After about the 3rd or 4th drink, do you really taste anything anymore?


Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at May 31, 2015 01:35 PM (zRby/)

205 Logprof, Yea, sorry I don't watch TV and only rarely watch movies. No time to sit around here. Besides I'd rather read a good book of this damn blog.

Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 01:35 PM (xVgrA)

206 Ginger ale? I like Barritt's ginger beer (diet is good too). Has a potent spicy kick.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 01:36 PM (jR7Wy)

207 212 Logprof, Yea, sorry I don't watch TV and only rarely watch movies. No time to sit around here. Besides I'd rather read a good book of this damn blog. Posted by: lindafell is cruzin' at May 31, 2015 06:35 PM (xVgrA) --Think of the whole Breaking Bad series as a novel in video form. The character development, intrigue, and twists are *that* good.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:38 PM (7P0BI)

208 Thanks for the ginger ale tips. Next time I hit a different store, I'll look for some of those.

Posted by: chi's sandwIch (previously shredded chi) at May 31, 2015 01:41 PM (U0xP5)

209 Ginger beer seems to be popular in Jamaica.

Posted by: logprof at May 31, 2015 01:44 PM (hdy+0)

210 For years I have been sawing them in half and scooping them out and baking them either face up with butter or face down in a pan of water, but the microwave works much better. Posted by: Kindltot at May 31, 2015 06:27 PM (t//F+) --- How many years have I almost sliced my hand trying to cut these things? Thanks for the tip.

Posted by: All Hail Eris at May 31, 2015 01:52 PM (jR7Wy)

211 Anyhow, I came across something I've never seen before and decided "What the hell" and bought it. Hot dogs with built in chili. Called 'No Mess Chili Dogs'.Something tells me I may regret this...Posted by: HH at May 31, 2015 05:44 PM (Ce4DF) You'll be fine. Just buy the top shelf antacids.

Posted by: tbodie at May 31, 2015 02:07 PM (XtR0g)

212 Posted by: tbodie at May 31, 2015 07:07 PM (XtR0g)

I wouldn't put THEM in the microwave.

Splodey dogs is messy.

Posted by: Bitter Clinger and All That at May 31, 2015 02:10 PM (zRby/)

213 allow me to say that Glenfiddich scotch is very good. Other than stuff like like, I'll stick with vodka

Posted by: mallfly at May 31, 2015 03:12 PM (qSIlh)

214 I inadvertently stumbled up on a quick way to make cheese sauce. So now this is how I make broccoli w/ cheese because I'm lazy and there's no way in hell I'm going to clean a pot I made cheese sauce in before it sets up like caulk. Microwave the veg of choice for 2 minutes and pour off most of the water. Remove the veg and add 1-2 tblsp of butter, grated parmesan and shredded cheddar to the bottom. Place the butter in thin slices all around the bottom. Put the veg back and add same amount of butter, parmesan and cheddar. Heat it up in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, stopping 1-2x to mix everything together. This is probably the way broccoli cheese is made around the world for all I know. All I'm saying is I'm often indolent and hungry and this is what I worked out on my own.

Posted by: CozMark at May 31, 2015 03:16 PM (aKWBd)

215 Ardbeg's Uigeadail is an unbelievable good scotch and is even better with a good cigar.

Posted by: Budahmon at May 31, 2015 03:19 PM (vcSri)

216 BTW...Ron Zacape Centenario Rum is better than any Bourbon I have ever tasted. Better than any scotch also...

Posted by: Budahmon at May 31, 2015 03:22 PM (vcSri)

217 So sorry I missed the bourbon thread yesterday; I must learn to pay more attention on the weekends. By a strange coincidence, I just stocked up our depleted liquor cabinet on Friday. Wow, Maker's Mark has skyrocketed lately! But the old standby Old Forester is still quite a bargain for its quality; my Dad's favorite, I hoisted a shot of it to his memory on his birthday (the reason I restocked). Plus, to my great delight, I found a long-absent friend, I. W. Harper, back in the store; that was my Mom's favorite, though, ever the lady, she drank it sparingly. It's a little pricey for our cabinet, but I'm happy it's represented there once again.

Posted by: Otis Criblecoblis at May 31, 2015 04:41 PM (IAe6t)

218 Gorgonzola was Emile Zola's incredibly ugly sister.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 31, 2015 05:10 PM (mwzXN)

219 As you (CBD) know, today we'll be cooking up some fiddleheads and morels. Probably in a pasta dish. I don't think I've ever had fiddleheads, so it should be a fun adventure.

Posted by: Y-not at May 31, 2015 04:22 PM (RWGcK)



Fiddleheads are very tasty, remind me of asparagus. Which I hated as a child, love now.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 31, 2015 05:13 PM (mwzXN)

220 I like Sailor Jerry's rum.

I have no idea if it's considered "good" or not.

Posted by: Lauren at May 31, 2015 05:35 PM (kzA81)



Sailor Jerry's is spiced rum. I tried a bottle and wasn't impressed. My favorite brand of rum is Flor de Cana, from Nicaragua. The seven-year aged stuff is very smooth, and the 12 is even finer. But I usually buy the 7, suits me fine. The 12, goes down fine, straight.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 31, 2015 05:25 PM (mwzXN)

221 Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at May 31, 2015 10:25 PM (mwzXN)

There are Venezuelan rums that are spectacular.....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at May 31, 2015 05:29 PM (Zu3d9)

222 I think Laphroig tastes like road asphalt in a glass. And if you don't like it, find another road but let me have mine!

Posted by: Les hardie at May 31, 2015 06:04 PM (d6s75)

223 Gasp! Laphroaig is one of my favorites, especially the quarter cask. I've got some more expensive stuff (21 year Glenlivet... good, but not worth the cost), but my very favorite--and the stuff I broke out when it was announced that we'd bagged bin Laden--is the 14 year Oban. I can't detect half the flavors it's supposed to have (never really noticed the orange peel or sea salt), but I've been to the distillery twice and would gladly do so again given the opportunity.

Posted by: menoichius at May 31, 2015 06:15 PM (/NYw8)

224 On the other hand, my regular drink is the much less impressive Black Velvet. So... there's that.

Posted by: menoichius at May 31, 2015 06:15 PM (/NYw8)

225 On New Year's Eve 1999, I was visiting a friend in London. He had a small gathering which included a very well-to-do Harley St. physician. This Doc brought a special gift to the gathering, a 40-year old Macallan. This is the single malt aged in oak casks previously used for sherry. I had not sampled a lot of single malts, but my host, a Glaswegian, had been teaching me about them. The three of us had an amazing evening exploring the complex flavours. It sold me on single malts.

Posted by: SingleMaltConvert at May 31, 2015 06:21 PM (YRU8w)

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