Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Book of Esther or How I Got Lunch Today






My buddy down the street left a gift for me on my door this morning: chili and cornbread. I'm assuming it was prompted by Purim, a holiday where, among other things we are admonished to drink until to drink until they do not "know the difference between 'cursed be Haman' and 'blessed be Mordechai,'" according to Jewish doctrine. (Haman is the name of the official in the story, and Mordechai is Esther's cousin.)

In that vein, I will raise a glass this evening of the apple vodka. L'Chayim!

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  1. I don't know the tradition at all, but here's to gift-giving friends.

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    1. You ever listen to 'Prarie Home Companion'? The guy's shoe star band, Richard Dworsky? His sister is a rabbi, David dated her for some time a few years ago, she talks about it, had a couple gigs on the program. Like most Jewish celebrations, a good one.

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  2. Apple vodka, eh? Sounds like a good religion.

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    1. Yeah, don't trust religions that invoke the WCTU. Look for the paean to the 24 year old scotch.

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  3. The best chili comes with cornbread.

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    1. He does his in cast iron, grinds his own corn (from Montana, natch), adds hatch chili, and it's a thing of beauty.

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  4. Hey, I'll drink to curses and blessings...even to apathy for both as long as whiskey's involved.

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  5. Here's mud in your eye! Apple vodka? Based on how large the vodka section has become at my local market, I'm sure it will eventually be as large as the wine section.

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    1. Right back atcha, Pat. Pretty much tastes like vodka with a splash of apple juice thrown in for good measure.

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  6. L'Chaim!

    :-)

    Hey -- where's my drink??

    Pearl

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    1. You were late to the party, Pearl. One of the Bitey's was there, didn't catch a first name......also my wallet is missing.

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    1. Barkeep! Set 'em up! Jono's buying......

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  8. coincidentally, I just came from another place where the gin and tonics with three limes were all courtesy of some phat cats hanging out at the VIP table.

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  9. Chicken. Chicken, chicken, chicken........that's a teaser. We don't do teasers here, without some promise of future enlightenment. So put up, chicken dear. We're all waiting......

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  10. Catching up here today. Your "Bemused" post made my day today. I liked it's factual authenticity. As to apples converted to hard liquor I'm reminded of Normandy famous apple brandy Calvados which a group of elderly tourists I was with was under the impression it was something "light and fruity" and chugging together choked or hard a hard time catching their breath...:)

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    1. I had a memorable evening in Calais once, drinking Calvados. At least I think I did; parts of it are somewhat blurry.

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