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Monday, March 03, 2008

Getting Down to Business

First order of business:

I believe that most people, when they say they like scotch, really mean they are TRYING to like scotch. I mean there definitely ARE people who like scotch but if you press these people, at least half of them will tell you they are really more into the idea of scotch than the actual experience. I learned this at the Scotch and Whiskey Fest at Luke's Liquors this past Saturday.

Over the course of the afternoon, Adam and I sampled about 20 different kinds of scotch in the hopes of finding one we really loved (or can simply tolerate, as it were). We ended up with the Glenlivet 15 Year Single Malt. It's not half bad. Anyway I really just like being able to say to a guest "May I offer you a glass of scotch?".

Second order of business:

Has anyone read My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult? If you have, I say this to you: OMG. This is the first time in a l-o-o-n-g time that a book has made me cry. Jeez luiz.

Final Order of Business


That's all I got. This weekend was crazy busy and took a lot out of me (in a good way). I will say that think I may have discovered a way to go to The Christmas Tree Shops and not buy a bunch of random crap. Shocking, I know.

UPDATE: Ok so I realize now that the above statement is not true. On Sunday I left the Christmas Tree Shops a little amazed that I had ONLY bought the things I went in there for (mats for the front and back entryways, those marinades Adam loves and some front door decor) but upon further examination I also just remembered that I bought this random glass bottle with twine wrapped around it because it had a picture of a rooster on it and I have a kind of pitiful rooster theme going on in the kitchen. So you really can't leave the Christmas Tree Shops without buying at least a LITTE random crap. My mistake!

20 comments:

Perfectly Plump Preppy said...

My Gramma was an avid scotch drinker. Everytime I had an ache or pain she was always offering. Rarely was I taking.

I am reading that book on my vacation in two weeks. My bff is totally obsessed with Jodi Picoult.

Ladybug's Picnic said...

My husband SAYS he likes scotch and does order it but in my honest opinion I think you are right - most people (him included I would say) are TRYING to like scotch.

Did you end up really liking it?

Sarah said...

Haha I know I am waiting for some scotch drinker to come on hear and rip me a new one but seriously? How can anyone say they love the taste? Have you had it?

The one we purchased was the most tolerable of the bunch...on the cusp of pleasant I might even say...which is a ringing endorsement if you ask me!

Suz said...

That is totally me! I'm dying to "like" scotch but every time I try to drink it I think it tastes like nail polish remover.

Sasky said...

Every house in my family has a bottle of Dewars for when my Nana comes over. She takes it over ice with a little water.

As for My Sister's Keeper... I read it while on a trip to Denver. Thank GOD I waited to read the end until I was in the privacy of my hotel room. I was a blubbering mess and my whole face swelled up. Ugh.

roxy said...

I also am in the camp of trying to like scotch -- but I haven't quite gotten there yet. And somehow I can justify this to myself because I didn't like beer when I first started drinking it (college), and now there are beers that I really do like. So, I am convinced that scotch is like beer. Although I have yet to not make a funny face when I drink it.

Also -- that book totally made me cry, too.

Amanda* said...

I was looking at "My Sister's Keeper" at B&N just yesterday afternoon!! I've never been into that author before, but I'm seriously tempted to read that one.

Nicky said...

Scotch seems so old-school to me. Like, you should offer Bogie a scotch.
I have to admit I'm not brave enough to think I can do those types of drinks. I'll stick with my wine, thanks. Lol.

Stephanie said...

My Sister's Keeper is definitely a tear jerker! They're actually in the process of making it into a movie right now.

Jodi Picoult is one of my guilty pleasures--I've read every book she's ever written.

La Vida Cocina said...

Sarah, first off, good call on the Glenlivet 15. I think my hubby purchased and drinks that very same one, but I do not [yet] profess to be scotch-a-licious (I subscribe to the idea of scotch more than the taste of scotch, apparently) to know for sure. The sips I've had, though (while not super tasty to me) warmed me verrrry nicely from the inside out.

I recommend My Sister's Keeper to anyone I meet...from Jodi Picoult's amazing writing style to the personal significance it had in my life. I was reading it on a beach in Cozumel a couple years ago, sobbing loudly. Who sobs on a beautiful beach? Jodi, well done.

I'm headed to the Boston area for work next week and staying through the weekend pre-St. Patty's. If I wanted one fab bar stop over that weekend, where should it be??

Sarah said...

Hmm I don't know if I can pick just ONE fab bar stop so I will give you a few:-)

28 Degrees in the South End is one of my faves - great wine list + ambience!
http://www.28degrees-boston.com/flash.html

As for Back Bay I like Vox - fantastic cocktails and if you snag a seat near the window it's great for people watching.
http://www.voxboston.com/

If you can get over to Harvard Square in Cambridge definitely check out Noir in the Charles Hotel
http://www.noir-bar.com/

Sitcomgirl said...

I keep meaning to pick up that book, I've really liked the others she's written.
Have you really come up with a plan to not buy random crap there? Or do you think maybe they have less fun crap now? I went to the one in Marshfield a few weeks ago and didn't buy a single thing. That's pretty much unheard of for me.

Also, I second Noir. I love that place.

Jenny said...

I just discovered Jodi Picoult recently - I read Plain Truth & Salem Falls and LOVED both books. Now I want to read My Sister's Keeper. Thanks for the recommendation!

Sarah said...

Jenny, if you haven't already, you should check out the Lifetime Movie version of Plain Truth (starring one Ms. Mariska Hargitay!).

Ladybug's Picnic said...

I also forgot to comment that I read My Sisters Keeper once discovering that I was pregnant with a second girl and as a mother of two daughters (wow, that's weird to see typed out) HELLO SOBBING MESS.

Also OMG NOIR.

Amber T. said...

I read that book a few years ago...but it didn't make me cry. It made me kind of pissed, actually. I have no idea why. Picoult does that to me sometimes!

Krista said...

We are both big scotch drinkers here Matt is the lagavulin (wicket peaty) and I like a softer Glenkinchie.

you should have a tasting party and invite us (crass much?) I'll bring lagavulin!

Krista said...

oh! I just read your comment to E, le sigh, scotch drinkers are few and far between! Hey, if you hear of another tasting lemme know, sounds like fun.

Amy Dev said...

OH MY GOD!! My Sister's Keeper. Granted, I finished that book during a hellish week for me, so I was already a bit emotional, but I was crying so hard, my boyfriend came into teh room to see what was wrong!! I had two ties to it anyway...my cousin was going through kidney failure and dialasys--he is now great after a transplant and got back from a make a wish trip to hawaii last week!! And I had a student who was born for that reason...to save her sister with cancer!!

On another note, I just read 19 minutes by jodi Picault about a school shooting...REALLY makes you think (especially me as a teacher!!) Read it!

Kathy said...

Try Bushmill's Black Bush....Its a whiskey that is left in oak casks that had been used for sherry so it gets this sweeter flavor rather than the smokiness of the scotch...You can try it with ginger or diet ginger...and its irish so timely.....