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Service changes - temporary labor dispute

Service changes

I received the following email earlier this afternoon to advise me that 1) the local liquor monopoly that marks up Bordeaux futures by as much as 70% as compared to the identical futures listings in France and which restricts choice is currently in a labor dispute, and 2) they regret not being able to provide […]

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Haw-Di-I Bull Head "Original" BBQ Sauce

Water spinach

It appears that someone doesn’t like my writing about Cheetos. In the past I would have ID’d the IP address and written a reply which would have ended with “… and the horse you rode in on”, but I’m above that now, so I’ve only deleted the narrow-minded comment and will stick with saying “I […]

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Peter Michael Winery is actually named after Peter Michael, a British engineer who apart from starting the winery, also founded Cosworth and won a knighthood from the Queen. My friend Butter Boy introduced me to the Peter Michael wines when we had dinner together before he decamped from the Big Croissant. The winery is  based […]

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Les vins d'Alsace

Chinese food

I’m back baby! Yes, after the election of the Cheeto, I changed select service providers to European ones and brought down the server to harden the software. It’s not like the NSA has this site on the list of to-dos, but given the Vault 7 data burps and the subsequent wannacry and petya issues, it’s […]

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Inaugurating 2016

Happy 2016!

Happy 2016! It’s the start of Gregorian (solar) New Year (also known as “not the good one”) today so health and prosperity to those who come to this site that aren’t ‘bots. Yes, there are some actual readers out there. I still don’t have a good image of a drunk robot to commemorate the start […]

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Macarons from Le Salon du thé de Joël Robuchon (Hong Kong)

The Good Stuff

The Good Stuff. The way to describe the better things one might have or want to have, be it booze, food, booze and food… It’s the secret stash of the items that you don’t schlep out for the unwashed masses, but rather that you save to share with those who 1) might matter and 2) […]

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Price gouging on wines

Price gouging

Did you know that in the United States, price gouging is apparently illegal following a declared state of emergency? I actually never would have guessed because the last time I was caught in a declared state of emergency was during the lead-up to Tropical Storm Fay, and I could’ve sworn that those normally 99-cent bottles […]

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Get Lucky Solo

Get Lucky

Ah, that quintessential phrase, “get lucky.” It means a lot of things depending of course on context. Of course, for those of you with minds in the gutter, there’s the Urban Dictionary definition of get lucky. Depending on where you work, you might want to look up that link either on your smartphone or other […]

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How To Win The Lottery!


Did I ever mention that I know a couple that routinely buys lottery tickets as part of their planning to save up for a down-payment on a home purchase? No joke – it sounds like idiocy on their part because you could save the cost of that lottery tickey, but then I tell you the […]

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Goose foie gras made by Éric Moinaud


Right now I’m seriously irked about AYCE restaurants and waffles but I need to set my irk aside because it’ll ruin the mood. Anyway, do you remember Sideways? the movie? It has been a decade since its release and subsequent decimation of Merlot sales in the mid-Noughties, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since […]

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