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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Conversation between the people sitting behind us at the game on Saturday night:

Guy: What's that smell?
Girl: Huh? I don't smell anything.
Guy: It smells like....black death
Me(turning around): Oh, that's me. Sorry guys!


Do I stink? Is this the point of this post? Alas, no. Today we discuss that which half the people in the world love, and half the people in the world loathe. That which smells to some of delicious goodness, and to others of, well, black death.



Black Liquorice.

I have always loved liquorice. LOVED IT. My favorite candy as a kid was the liquorice pipes my mom would get for my brother and I at the local Middle Eastern grocery store. My addiction was fueled in part by my mother, who always had a little stash of black liquorice bits stored somewhere in the house, and in part by my own predilection for sweets that are not totally sweet.

And as I got older and was introduced to the world of anise and fennel and Zambuca, well my love only grew stronger. I enjoy adding fennel randomly to dishes and seeing what a delicious difference it makes. Of course this is not the kind of thing one can do when one is having guests for dinner because most of the people who don't like black liquorice? HATE IT.

I am noticing this more and more now that I have taken to carrying a new kind of breath mint around. I saw these in Marty's a few weeks ago and HAD to have them. As someone who always must have some kind of mint on her, and as someone as I mentioned before who is wildly in love with all things liquorice, this was an easy match.


I am the go-to-girl for mints in my office and people (who should really learn to buy there own) consult me several times a week for a mint. The first time this happened, afer purchasing the liquorice altoids, I opened the tin and handed it over to a coworker. He sniffed once. "What the hell is that!?", he asked. "They're the new altoids!", I explained. He closed the tin and looked at it and then at me in horror. "Are you serious?", he asked me, obviously thinking I must not be. He then explained to me the apparently disgusting terror that is black liquorice. I found it odd that he felt so strongly about it (I also found it odd that he never buys his own damn mints but that is neither here nor there.)

As the weeks went on, I found the lines strongly divided between those who appreciated the coolness of a liquorice altoid, and those who felt I was working for the devil.

And so at the game on Saturday, when Adam and I popped an altoid and then the conversation I mentioned above took place, I knew exactly what was going on. So after I turned around in my seat and explained that the Black Death smell was in fact coming from me, I offered them each an altoid. The girl happily accepted. And the guy told her (and us) that he was not going to be touching her for the rest of the night.

It was probably worth it though.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

i am one of the only people that i know that sits on the fence about the big 'BL'. sometimes i can eat a good n' plenty or two and other times i want nothing to do with it, in fact, i want it the hell out of my face. coming from a dueling BL family (dad loves, mom hates), i guess i got a little of both. i'd say i swing more to the hate than the love though. also, the smell of BL, nasty. finally, if i may, all of this is neither here nor there. ha! <3 danielle

Sarah said...

forget "Good N Plentys". I am starting my own candy: "Here Nor Theres".

clipper829 said...

Here Nor Theres - the first alcoholic candy infused with zambuca or ouzo!

I must find these altoids, maintenant!

Anonymous said...

neither here nor theres will have BL in it. booze, definitely. maybe booze and bacon? i love bacon. <3 danielle

e$ said...

ugh - Katsumi loves those black liquorice altoids. I've banned them.

Jaime said...

i'm going to have to find some of them - i love black licorice!

Nicky said...

I am a member of the licorice HATERS. I can't stand it.
But for some reason I will happily eat a pile of licorice jelly beans. Is this weird? Maybe it's a texture thing...

Sarah said...

i think most liquorice jelly beans are not THAT liquorice-y though. they're sweeter. my brother also hates black liquorice but will eat the j. beans happily!

kim said...

i hate black liquorice. makes me gag... it started when i got drunk stupid on sambuca (and the whole crap came back the wrong way, if ya know whatti mean...) but i don't think i was a big fan before.. since then (for 12 or so years now) i've been hating it with a passion. YUCK.

san said...

i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE black liquorice...

Sarah said...

ha! my comments are proof of my theory. i love it.

Jenn said...

I am in love with black liquorice. I think my love started because it was the only candy in the house that my dad didn't eat all of before I could get to it. Thanks dad!

Frankie said...

I LOVE black liquorice! Bring on the 'buca shots!

Anonymous said...

Ugh. I HATE liquorice. Red, black or otherwise. YUUUUUUUUUUUCK.

The last bit of the post made me laugh though! You're funny!

x

Amy D said...

I HATE HATE HATE black liquorice. Always have, always will. Then there was that time in highschool where we were so desperate at a party that I actually drank Sambucca. Mind you this was at like 3am when I had already drank way too much of a lot of other things. Someone at the party said that Sambucca is good in coffee. So a pot of coffee and bottle of Sambucca later, I woke up the next morning sleeping over the toilet with some of my hair actually IN the toilet!!! This did not help my dislike for anything black liquorice!!!

Sarah said...

haha, i have been there!! my version of that story involves goldschlager. the worst mistake you can ever make at 2AM, believe me.

Rhea said...

My two least favorite flavors in the world? Licorice and mint!!

DiDi said...

You know I'll do a 'buca shot with you anytime! Ya BL!!!! Also, I feel like the BL JB's burn...in a good way, like cinnamon burns in a good way... Black heaven, not death!

Jesse said...

Have you tried salt liquorice?
*drools*
I'm just saying...

They sell some at Cardullo's in Harvard Square~ only place I've been able to find it, outside of dutchsweets.com