Not a party atmosphere, as a close friend of mine died last Sunday, but I am raising my glass o'vino glass high in memory of my good pal.
Sorry to hear that, Jim. I'm sure your friend would be happy knowing that you're raising your glass in memory of him.
Just saw your post. Thanks loads, Graham.
As to the topic at hand, yesterday I bought some modest-priced California Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau St. Something. I pretend I'm a (low-rent) Bond villain when I'm drinking it. You know, someone from the Dalton era.
While it may be Chilly Willy around the rest of the country and elsewhere, it's a lovely 71 degrees Fahrenheit here in South Florida, so I have some Sangria that I've built for the weekend as well as some Haitian Rum, Rhum Barbancourt--a five-star stuff that's aged for eight years. I've also been in a home-bar building frame of mind and have been making a generous list of various boozes that "need" to occupy their own personal shelf space.
Despite warnings (in the press) of the UK being hit by Arctic conditions we've only had the annoying thing of a blizzard stopping everything, then melting. And repeat a couple of times, at least where I live in South Yorkshire.
But I still managed after work my walk down the village for a pints of wonderful Acorn Barnsley Gold, and Kelham Island Blondie (yes named after one of my pin-ups from the 70s/80s). Both hoppy and a little bitter.
Just how I like 'em: My barmaids sweet, my beer bitter.
Recently received a half pint of J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum from my boss (the one at work) which I may mix in with either some pineapple or grapefruit juice I have. I am also armed with some more of that "in a pinch' sangria, so the extended President's Day weekend will not be without its liver-damaging charm.
It's a cool for Miami day today and that will continue tonight. The temperature will dip to the 40s so I will make a Jamaican Haitian Coffee with 1 and a half ounces of Barbancourt--this is a nice, potent rum--hot coffee, some sugar to taste, and topped with whipped cream. My dessert for tonight.
I'm drinking some beers home alone tonight (for once), as next weekend will be party-heavy from start to finish. Plus, I have a date tomorrow, and can't afford to be too hung over.
Yeah, but this is nice weather and a pleasant a change for us here from the sweltering seven or eight months of the year we normally have. The olde electric bill drops precipitously this time of year from $150.00 to about $45.00 per month because we don't have to run the air conditioner.
For tomorrow it's sangria with some kind of Italian--stuffed shells w/ ricotta cheese and meatballs--or a Cuban meal--pollo palomilla or ropa vieja-- I'll no doubt be preparing.
OK, soon off for dinner at an Indian restaurant, followed by a huge birthday/going-away party for a female colleague of mine. I had a party yesterday, I have the party tonight, and I have another big party tomorrow.