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  1. My stuff from LdF also arrives via USPS and gets to me in 4-5 days, so the postal service isn't at fault.
  2. The Green Villain isn't listed on the web site (under "Spirits") so I assume it's gone already. Anyone have an idea when more will be available and if it can be mail-ordered? btw, I like the dark color... Soixante-cinq is like that too
  3. I brought 3 bottles back from London last April with no trouble. They did open my bag to inspect (I found a note inside the bag when I got home) but I had always assumed it was to make sure the bottles weren't bombs. One of the bottles I brought back was an open one and another was a flask size... not sure if that mattered. Maybe if you open and drink a little of each before packing (reclose securely with lots of tape!) they'll let it slide. I know I would have FREAKED if I got home and found my treasures had been confiscated!
  4. You don't even have to go to that trouble, just buy one of those water bottles that have those pull-tops... whatever they're called... you know, the ones made for runners that you have to squeeze or suck on. Makes a perfect dripper when traveling. I use one at home too when I want a quickie and don't want to bother loading up the fountain.
  5. As I read it this is only a temporary measure and only for hard booze, nothing like Prohibition in the US. The reasons for it are totally different. The other option they have is to let the booze continue to be sold and more people get sick and die. I am not a fan of government regulation, but sometimes it's just the best option.
  6. Welcome! Do NOT try King of Spirits... it was a joke (I hope!). The reviews section is invaluable, and if you can't get anything good where you live, check out the recommended vendors to have the good stuff shipped.
  7. At first this news seemed incredible to me... and awful, but after reading a couple of articles I understand this to be a temporary measure to protect the public from illegally made booze that is making people sick and even killing some. Knowing that, it seems reasonable. And hopefully short-lived.
  8. Oops, sorry looks like I posted in the wrong thread. Sorry!
  9. Today I finished a novel by a young new writer, Brian Martinez, who up until now has been self published. I believe he just got a contract to have one of his books made into a film. Anyway, the book I was reading, A Chemical Fire, is a post-apocalyptic thing jam-packed with zombies and gore but done in a most unusual way and extremely well-written. I know that sounds unlikely but it's true. The last two chapters are titled, "Wormwood" and "Lucid." I assume the guy is an absinthe drinker, and I've sent him an email to ask. Last time I wrote to him he answered quite quickly, but that was before he got this movie deal. In case anyone is interested, his work is available on Amazon and Smashwords, free or cheap. I actually preferred the other book I read of his called The Mountain and the City, a serialized novel which I think is only available electronically in five parts. First part is free, the others are 99 cents. If you like this kind of stuff, I highly recommend him. The stories, though zombie-infused, are superbly written.
  10. Bistro Bis has a nice fountain but only Lucid. Rasika has Ridge V on their digestifs menu but at $16 I passed and got Mango Kesar Kulfi with Kiwi Compote. Went to Circa at Dupont Circle. As soon as I walk in I see Vieux Carre on a shelf behind the bar. Yay! We sit at the far end of the bar and when I ask the bartender if they have absinthe he says no. Omg, here we go again. I whisper to my daughter that I'd seen some behind the bar, and she gets a panicked look in her eye. So now I'M the asshole because I have to point out to the bartender what he has behind him. While the others are ordering (from a different bartender) I get up from my seat and go over to where the VC is sitting. I ask the we-don't-have-it bartender what that is next to the Tia Maria. Oh! You were right! I ask him if he could make me a mojito using the absinthe instead of rum. Well... he picks up the bottle reluctantly.... this might be our last bottle, only enough for one drink. ??? Um, OKAY. (WHY do I come out as the bitch on this?) And I catch him whispering to the other bartender and looking at me as he makes the drink. WTF??? He hands me the drink (it was delicious) and says he finished the bottle and he'll have to go look to see if they have another one. Round two comes along: Did you find another bottle of the Vieux Carre? No, sorry. (Of course not do you really think I was going to take the time to look? Bitch.)
  11. Fells Point: I read that The Wharf Rat, Spirits Tavern, and Rye all have absinthe but the only place I could confirm was Rye, nice place right on South Broadway near the docks. They had Grande Absente and Vieux Carre. When I asked the waitress if they could do an absinthe drip she said something about it being a Friday night so the bartender might be too busy. This puzzled me, but then she came back and said the bartender said it was okay. We were sitting at a table in the back room and the bartender himself came back. Placed an empty glass in front of me with spoon and sugar in place. Brought out a small brown dropper bottle and proceeded to very slowly drip ABSINTHE onto the sugar. I wondered why he was doing that, and agreed (to myself) that this was very time consuming for a busy bartender. Then I realized there was a box of matches on the table. Told him I didn't want it lit. Oh really? I told him to just pour the absinthe into the glass and get me a glass of ice water. Oh! Okay! When he poured the absinthe into the glass it looked a bit louched already and when I asked him about that he said to chill the absinthe he had stirred it up with a bit of ice, so it was partially louched. By this time I had a sense that I was embarrassing my daughter so I just told him to bring me the ice water. Next round the waitress had it down pat... at least the absinthe in the glass, ice water on the side part. At least they had Vieux Carre.
  12. Any DC or Baltimore people out there who know where a girl can score some decent absinthe (bar/restaurant) in Fell's Point or near Camden Yards? I'm going TOMORROW. I heard the Wharf Rat does an absinthe night once a month, but I think we may be talking Lucid only.
  13. Welcome! Have you thought about which absinthe you'll try first?
  14. Louched Ridge V then Butterfy with Newman's Own Limeade, added cuke slices and a massive sprig of mint from my garden. On ice. Played whiffle ball with my daughter and my neighbors' grandchilden visiting from Italy. Lovely all around.
  15. Gives me an idea... I think today I'll try louching with limeade and add a couple of basil leaves, or maybe mint leaves. YUM!
  16. crow

    Wanna trade?

    Does it involve a gaudy silk tie?
  17. crow

    Wanna trade?

    D Did you mean STRANGLE a parrot? Is that like choking a chicken, but more colorful?