I think I need to go on the wagon for a while. My last two experiences with alcohol have been mixed blessings at best. This was underlined yesterday after a tasting the offerings of a nearby winery and a distillery during the afternoon. Following this experience with sharing a bottle of oak free chardonnay and some pinot grigio during dinner left me a little green at the gills. I did not get sick (like last time) thank goodness.
The distillery tasting was very unique. The product line consists of several fruit flavored "eau de vie" (flavored brandies) and several more flavored vodkas. I don't know how many shots were in a tasting glass but after three brandies, four vodkas, a malt whiskey, a zinfandel grappa, and two liqueurs, the phrase "liquored up and laquered down" comes to mind. All of these concoctions were excellently made, though the pear brandy, citron, lime, and tangerine vodkas, and the malt whiskey were standouts. The rest presented flavors that were new and usual to my pallet. They could be future friends, but I still need to get to know them.
Today is all about re-hydration. I went into yesterdays little tasting exercise without adequate water consumption ahead of time. No wonder I was put under rather abruptly. Of course, it may also just be that I am a "light weight" these days. Though as Mrs. Geek points out, this is not such a bad thing.
The rest of the weekend was also pleasant. Mrs. Geek babysits for a nice couple that live about 20 minutes away from us about once a week. After hearing about some of my prior experiments with fried chicken (here and here) I received an invite to "test" the results of any further fried chicken trials. Both members of the couple have Southern roots and both were enthusiastic about the chicken I brought over. I even heard "that's better than what my mother used to make." High praise, indeed. As this fried chicken feast took place on Saturday night, the start of Passover, the meal will be henceforth known as the "Southern Fried Soul Food Seder." Mazel tov!
In a rather odd aside, I inadvertantly opened the freezer in the kitchenette near my cube here at Company O. In it, I found:
This begs two questions. Who left these items here and what were they planning on doing with said frozen veggies in a kitchenette that has a microwave, a coffee maker, a sink, and a copier in it?
- one family size package of frozen sliced okra,
- one family size package of frozen brussels sprouts, and
- one family size package of frozen brocolli flowerets.
on 2005-04-25 at 3:34 p.m.
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