Archive for November, 2008

Brillat-Savarin on Fermentation

Friday, November 28th, 2008

“Burgundy makes you think silly things; Bordeaux makes you talk about them; and Champagne makes you do them.”

— Brillat-Savarin

E Clampus Vitus

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Satisfactory “doin’s”:

“It’s a common saying that no one has been able to tell if they are historians that like to drink or drinkers who like history,” said Dr. Robert J. Chandler, a senior historian at Wells Fargo Bank and a proud member of the group’s San Francisco chapter. “And no one knows because no one has been in any condition to record the minutes.”

Fernet Bars: A Trend I’d Like to See

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In the Atlantic Monthly, Wayne Curtis explores the bitter truth of Fernet Branca–which, contrary to popular misconception, is not the older brother of Glenn.

Other than that, it’s hard to describe what Fernet Branca tastes like; it mostly tastes like Fernet Branca. But to give you an idea: in 1960, Betsy von Furstenberg was suspended from Actors’ Equity for spiking Tony Randall’s onstage drink with it. Randall believed he had been poisoned with iodine.

O’Neill on Portion Control

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

ANNA: Gimme a whiskey—ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.
LARRY: Shall I serve it in a pail?
ANNA: That suits me down to the ground.

— Eugene O’Neill, Anna Christie

Recalled to mind by the Web log of Ms. Iris Iris, who refers us to a third location, where you may watch the immortal Garbo deliver these immortal lines.