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  1. Is that even physically possible?? <{POST_SNAPBACK}> shall I post the emails and upload the info from the flying monkeys? (its been a week...i dont have the flying monkey info anymore) actually, my assumption is that the email was sent at least 12 hours after the product was actually shipped....i mean it seemed impossible to me too...but, add in time zones change and all....it happened! really. I have no need to lie. I swear on my grand mother's grave this happened. figure...UK (london?) to NYC, leaves UK early thursday. Arrives NYC late thursday afternoon or thursday evening. loaded onto the flying monkey trucks and driven through NYC, accross the hudson river to jersey city. Delivered friday morning...I missed them, picked it up from the monkeys on sat, drank all day sat so I never made any follow up posts until now. Drinking yummy absinthe now.
  2. the monkeys used by Marcus will deliver on sat and sun...but I only know this from experiencing those monkeys delivering musical equipment from a US retailer, not via absinthe I just received my latest LDF shipment (after experiencing the similar delays as everyone else) and they were different monkeys than the other 4 times I ordered from LDF. These monkeys would deliver on saturday (I'm certain not on sunday)...but they were peculiar monkeys. And Ild love to bring it up and discuss this, but obviously we don't identify monkeys. HOWEVER I got the email from LDF saying my order had been shipped on THursday and the monkeys came and missed me on friday morning. I went to pick up the order earlier today and they had it in a pile to place on the truck....they would have brought it to me this afternoon had I not been there at 10:30 am to pick it up. Point being......a 1 day time period from london to jersey city, for which the only reason it took 2 was me not being home to get it after 1. Freakin' WOW.
  3. Oh, Ok. I do the cultural stuff, not the biological, and simply added the cooking tip to be humorous. I stand by everything else I said in my post. I hear eyeballs are supposed to be squishy. I wonder...if you drip absinthe over them, will they catch on fire? Could give a new twist to the czech sugar ritual.
  4. People don't eat people for nourishment. There are no ethnographic examples of eating people for nourishment, historical or otherwise. People will eat people for symbolic reasons and under highly ritualized circumstances--Iroquoi eating the heart of an honorable foe, Aztec Priests chomping down on a freshly cut out heart all in the name of Huitzlapachuli. (Note: I just spelt Huitzlapachuli incorrectly) People will also eat people under instances of extreme stress and starvation--like in Alive, but this also ooccurred on Easter Island and among the Anasazi found in the US southwest, but like 1000 years ago. Perhaps this qualifies as nourishment, but it is never done as a common dietary practice. Word to the wise, if you after have to eat another person, be sure that the brain is fully cooked. You can get a severe and fatal neurological disease if you eat undercooked brain. And you will actually die smiling due to the neurological affects. I doubt even absinthe can prevent this inevitability. --your friendly neighborhood anthropologist
  5. hey...my stepmom got me a bottle of jade verte suisse for xmas! best christmas presant of the year
  6. when telling friends and aquaintances about my new obsession, I met one dude who had had some absinthe from spain and was very interested in what I was learning about French and Swiss absinthe. The two of us joked that next we want to try laudanum. His girlfriend then told us that laudanum was absinthe and opium..... I had to explain tactfully that it was not, that it was alcohol and opium. I didn't want to insult her or the guy I had only met two or three days before. since then, a few folks I've spoken with have been convinced that absinthe was an opiate.
  7. During my first sip ever of absinthe I made sure to listen to Professor Longhair, the New Orleans pianist. It felt proper to listen to New Orleans music during my first absinthe. I love so much music and so many different kinds of music that I have no set music rituals for absinthe...but Professor Longhair does seem to make frequent appearances while Im drinking. Cyrus Chestnut is great! A bit underrated. If you like him, you should try Marcus Roberts. And Keith Jarret is one of the most significant jazz pianist of the post-Coltrane period....probably THE pianist of the 80s and 90s. Among my all time favorites along with McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Cedar Walton, Monk, Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly.......and on and on and on....
  8. Ill keep an eye out for Razzouk. While my 'hood is mostly Latino, Jersey City is one of the few places in the country with a large middle eastern/muslim community. The closest liquor store to my home caters to that community a bit more than to the latinos. I think there is a fairly wide range of araks there. and speaking of latinos...ever try agua diente, the colombian anise drink? mmmmmm
  9. I have a bottle of Al Wadi Arak that a friend brought over once. Is this considered a decent brand? My buddy and i drank it back in the summer when he came for a visit, but i had a glass last week and I found it ok, not great. It made me want absinthe...I was out of absinthe last week.
  10. um...since my friend manages the vasmay lounge....I was trying to avoid posting the name of the place without her permission Vasmay is NOT a lesbian bar. Meow Mix was. Brooke, who ran Meow Mix, ran the place into the ground, spent her lover's inheritance keeping it afloat, bailed on many of her East Village friends, opened a new bar in Brooklyn that is doing very well and she now bad mouths the east village crew she used to be so close with...IN PRINT INTERVIEWS! I didn't know her well, but I always liked her. Opaline is owned by the same guy that owns Vasmay, THe Library, Doc Holiday's, Nice Guy Eddie's and another bar or two on avenue A (never play monopoly against him). I guarantee you that Opaline DOES NOT serve absinthe. Although I did have my bottle of UE68 in my car one day to share with him to coerce him to keep a private stock of absinthe in one of his bars...he didn't show up that drinking day. I finished the UE before I saw him again. anyway...go to Vasmay, ask for Vykky, tell her you know Rob (thats me) from an online forum about absinthe. She'll call you an internet nerd and pour you a very very strong drink.
  11. my shipment from adsinthvertrieb arrived at 8:45am. Thats just wrong! Obviously this is couriers fault and not Marcus'...who I emailed and he responded "Sometimes life is hard!" I had to go into NYC for a few hours and when I got home at 2pm....I had no choice but to try some of the bottles I ordered. But then I had to teach a class at 4pm.......thank jebus for films! I got back home at 6pm and of course I had to try some others and now, I have to go out to a rehearsal at 8pm........ Absinthe amer? not great, but I bought it to share with people so i dont waste the better stuff on people who have never tried any absinthe. I can see myself drinking this when my primary objective is to get drunk. THe Clandestine? Yummy yummy Duplais? yummy with sugar, a little bitter without. It was distilled in september 2005, does that make it a new batch or updated version? I should have asked Marcus BDF? not opening it for two weeks when I stay in DC at a very close friend's home Montmarte? I have to drive in an hour and a half! I dont know if I'm getting to this one today................... How do I tell which batch I have? All it says on it is 0573/2000...I cant read german at all.
  12. oops sorry. I do know how to pronounce it and I actually can read French at an intermediate level. Im a notoriously poor speller....which is even funnier when you realize I have 4 degrees and am almost done with a PhD. I work as a college professor and often spell things drastically wrong on the blackboard. As in...I'll leave out letters and such....while sober! minor dislexia, its not just for breakfast anymore............................
  13. Well...it used to be called Meow Mix and was featured in the movie "Chasing Amy." But its got a different name now Word on the drunken streets of lower manhattan is that there is a liquor store in China town that sells absinthe if you ask for it. They keep it under the counter. There's no way its quality stuff, but Im very curious just to find out if this is true. I was told this by the same drinking buddies mentioned above. Apparently one met a guy a party who claims to make absinthe in brooklyn. "Logan Fills?" I asked "Sounds right" he replied. Scarey
  14. I did! A lovely friend of mine manages a bar in NYC and bartends on sunday afternoons. I pre-mixed a couple of VDF's and brought them in for us to drink at her bar. Shes already scolded me for staying home one friday night to drink absinthe rather than go to her bar and drink. She'ld keep a bottle under the bar for me if I wanted, but we dont really trust her other bartenders to keep their hands off of it. Im thinking of emptying a bottle of Pernod pastis and filling it with absinthe and stashing it at her bar. None of her patrons are going order Pernod, but if some of my other drinking buddies--who have only had logan fills and czech swill--find out whats in it, they'll devour it when Im not there.
  15. I've been pouring over the posts here and at La Fee Verte and its obvious that Ted causes reactions of both respect and criticism (at the moment, I only have respect). It certainly is commendable that he has devoted lots of effort in reverse engineering absinthes of the past and of course I'm dying to try the Jade absinthes..... but strictly from a media point of view, part of his minor celebrity seems to come from the tragic circumstances in New Orleans. I'm not suggesting that he is purposely manipulating this situation--in fact Ild wager that he'ld prefer to have his home in NO back and all of its contents in their pre-Katrina condition. Rather, if I'm an idiot editor or program director..... editor: "Absinthe...ok...what else you got?" journalist: "well, the guy now makes what is generally seen as the best commercial product out there" e: "yeah...thats interesting...I tried some sebor at a party in london last month.....what else you got?" J: "he's a scientist" e: "yawn" j: "well...in the USA, New Orleans was a major place for absinthe..." e: "I'm listening..." j: "and this guy lost his home in Hurricane Katrina" e: "there's your hook, go with it!" I don't mean to disparage Ted. But would he have gotten a picture in wired if it wasn't for katrina? would the article have been as lenthy? I suspect the Ted Breaux minor media phenomenon has to do with things bigger than absinthe. Now...maybe someone in the french quarter can put 3 and 7 together and find a way to at least make it legal in the eventual rebuilt NO. I'ld love to be blitzed on absinthe sitting in a dive bar on decateur street or elsewhere in the city listening to the rebirth brass band...........(I havn't been to new orleans in three years...and thinking about Katrina now simultaneously makes me very sad and really pisses me off)
  16. i meant the pastis. And I killed the FG before I had the pernod, so Im not completly sure.... But I did taste the FG and Kübler back to back and back again a couple of times. I did find them similar, but I thought the Kübler had a better flavour overall. I found myself wishing the FG was as good as the Kübler. I actually found my opinions about the bottles changing as I drank them more. At first I liked the VDF more than the UE68, but by the end I felt the reverse. Mind you, I still liked the VDF! Im really looking forward to the BDF, as the reviews I've read make it sound really good.
  17. Hi Folks I said hello over la Fee verte last week and now Im saying hi over here. Ive been lurking for a while and appreciate all the great absinthe info Ive found here. So far Ive consumed a bottle of UE 68, VDF, FG, Kübler 53 and Kallnacher (two seperate orders from LDF...they are fast!). Liked the FG and the Kalnacher less than the others. Picked up a bottle of Pernod just to see the difference....is it me, or does FG taste like Pernod? I am now anxiously awaiting a shipment of BDF, Clandestine, Duplais, Montmarte and Abisnthe Amer 72...which I was hoping would arrive today, but alas no (from absinthedistribution...I only placed the order wednesday night, so its not anything to worry about). I think I like the ones with higher alcohol content more, but I did like the Kübler alot and Im looking forward to the Clandestine quite a bit. I ordered the Absinthe Amer to share with my buddies....I didnt want to share the Kübler with my friends, and I killed the UE and the VDF without sharing with anyone except a lovely southern blonde I know.....a few friends got a glass or two of FG and Kallnacher. Im in my late 30s finishing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. THe whole growing absinthe community and phenomenon is utterly fascinating to me on its own....and the drink...I love! I also work often as a pianist...after the Xmas season and its increased work, Ill order a Jade or two. I live in Jersey City, NJ (please, save the jokes) but Im more connected to Manhattan than Jersey. So...hello everyone