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Timothy B.

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  1. I went to see Opaline last night. How did it go down? Good entry. Complex on the palate with an excellent mouth-feel. Unfortunately still has the finish of a different cocktail. The Garage is a tiny theater (25 seats?) with in-the-round seating for this production. The friend who attended with me commented on the quality of the acting. The cast of eight all did an excellent job. It's been so long since that reading that I didn't remember the plot. It starts out as an English murder mystery and then the absinthe kicks in with more mystery. I greatly enjoyed the first 80%. Allen said they were trying to do something with the ending in this production, and it's much improved over my memory, but still a bit weak.(*) (It reminded me of how David Brin's The Postman changes in the middle.) Absinthe-wise, it's not badly done. The character Opaline warns of absinthe addiction as she is sipping during the green hour. Addiction is part of the historical gestalt of absinthe, so that's fair game. There's also an instant of British smugness that they never made it illegal. I would recommend it both to absinthe aficionados and theater lovers in general. Good acting (including statues with individual attitude). Good staging in an intimate venue. A fitting sound track (need to investigate the string pieces they used) (*) This may be because I am not a fan of capriciousness and am more a devotee of Jane Austen's novels.
  2. Years ago, back before I had tried absinthe, I'd gone to a reading of a play called Opaline. And now it is being performed in Long Beach, CA. (My friend Allen is the leading man.) I think I heard that the playwright is also doing a workshop on it in New York. The play is currently being performed at The Garage Theater, 251 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA. It runs TH, FR, and SATs at 8p.m. through March 26th. The plot is that it is essentially a mystery, with elements of feminism, comedy, magic, and oh, yes – absinthe. I intend to see it this weekend. My memory from the reading was that I very much enjoyed the first 80% of it. Then the author suffered a psychotic break or a really painful breakup. The last portion devolved into pointlessly unrelenting man-bashing. (That's the advertised "feminism".) I'm told that they've tried to fix the ending. I'll post a review once I've seen it. The theater site is http://thegaragetheatre.org/
  3. Last night I attended a murder-mystery dinner hosted at the Next-Door Lounge on Highland. The bar had four brands of absinthe: Kübler, St. George, Mata Hari and Pernod(?) I had a Kübler and a St. George. They were server in a Pontarlier glass with an auto verseur on top. The see-saw part was missing, so they just put a sugar cube there so the stream of water would melt it into the glass. I was away from my table when the first one was served. By the time I returned, the auto verseur was empty and the glass was filled almost to the top of the side cuts. But something was wrong - the contents were still completely transparent! I'm thinking, "I know Kübler louches. Could they have put a different booze in my glass? No the scent is right, and, besides, the other choices here are vertes." "Could it need more water?" There was a small low-ball glass of water on the table. I poured some into the auto verseur and shortly - as the glass became very full - the drink began to cloud. Moved the auto verseur to on top of the lowball and have a taste. Yowza! It's Kübler, but at least at double strength. For the sake of science, I order a St. George to check my findings. Yes, it's a double dose - almost triple to my light pours at home - I have to ask the barman for an extra glass of water. Even so the louche was so thick and creamy the other guests noticed it - and the aroma - and asked about it. With somewhere between four and six doses of absinthe inside me, the mystery dinner was very entertaining.
  4. It was a letdown after all this build-up. It was James, a former colleague of mine, who remembered my getting various couriered shipments of Absinthe at the office. (Notably a leaky bottle of Un Emile Sapin.) Anyway, his "friends" thought giving him Mephisto, straight was the thing to do. I'll see what I can do to rehabilitate him at my birthday party.
  5. I called the number back. It rang with no answer, until a message played that indicated that the number was for some sort of google-phone. I hung up and then my phone rang - it was that number. Hello TimothyB. Do you know who this is?
  6. So there I was, minding my own business - when my phone beeps and a text arrives from an unknown number. I just tried Mephisto Absinthe Classique. Let's just say I'm sticking to wine. ;-) Then another: Also tried St. George absinthe Verte This was followed by a picture of a hand holding a low-ball glass containing some suspicious, greenish transparent liquid, next to a bottle of Mephisto. Possessed by the same instinct that makes people watch train wrecks, I called the number back.
  7. Coincidentally, I noticed this last night: It was in Hawaiian Gardens, CA - one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles county. (That was a phone-camera - I'll see if I can get a better shot of it sometime.) --- T
  8. The verdict was "Yum!". Sparkling lemonade from Trader Joe's may not be quite the same as Schwepps, but mixed half and half with Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, it apparently does the job... Thanks again! --- T
  9. Brian, Erik - Thanks for the tips. I bought some sparkling lemonade to try out. (Now I just need a woman over here to get drunk... err... to help me test recipes.) So there is a brand of vermouth called "Martini"? Hmmm... Yeah, I see how it could be the Brit equivalent of Jack and Coke. Now I have one bottle clear vermouth that's labeled "dry" and two bottles of red vermouth, one of which is labeled "sweet". (Toddles off to wikipedia.) Wow - it's named after wormwood! --- T (p.s. I just tried half and half sparkling lemonade and dry vermouth. For me it was okay - much like the mango lemonade and sake that I would take to ren faire. Will have to see how herself likes it.)
  10. While living in England, my friend was introduced to the "Dry Martini with Lemonade". It became her cocktail of choice. (I start taking 3rd-person dictation for the following...) Since she's moved to California, she has been sadly disappointed to find that American bartenders obviously don't know their business. She has nearly abandoned the search. The quest. For the dry martini with lemonade. (That's what I get for trying to mix a martini for her!) Anyway, she says the British version is sweeter and yummier. Is it because dry means more vermouth in one country and less in the other? Any suggestions for a recipe? Or a clue? Thanks, --- T (I've tried searching the forum, but no luck.)
  11. Peridot, thank you both for spearheading the two albums and for causing me to discover Kunaki. I've finally republished an album I made back in 2005. --- T
  12. Ook! It's December 1st here - is it soup yet? -- T
  13. It shows... Sorry I'm late - getting a new PC put together. I've put up the .wav of the last version I'd submitted for review and sent an email - let me know if I need to do something else with it. --- T
  14. Thank you all! Going to be celebrating on Saturday. Having a party with wine tasting, absinthe tasting and music tasting. -- T
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