Sunday, May 28, 2006


One or two of you probably noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet lately. That’s because I was in Chicago, where my employer—Acme Low Carb Tongue Depressors, Inc.—was holding its global Legal Department pow-wow.

I’d love to tell you about it, but am going to wait a day or two. The all-night, no sleep flight across seven time zones has turned my brain into haggis for today.

But in the meantime, you can peruse my scholarly dissertation on sweet, red vermouth—which was published in The Spirit World last Friday. The essay also includes a poem that is guaranteed to touch your heart...or bring a tear to your eye...or something like that.

Check it out by clicking here.

And now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll return to sitting on the sofa and staring at my knees.


At 6:06 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I love the red, sweet vermouth! But I'm not sure about the olives in there. I've never thought of adding them to it, but I'll have to try. I will let you know.

At 6:21 PM, Blogger christina said...

Welcome back! And Happy Jet Lag.

I don't drink much, but I've had the sweet red vermouth and it's great.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

If you have time between recuperating from the Jet lag and the vermouth, check out Orange's recipe for risolles :-)

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Radio Maria said...

I agree, it takes a lot to beat an ice-cold 'vermut' on a hot day...but wasn't it also always the last bottle to be left undrunk at student parties in the UK?
Maybe it's a weather thing..

At 11:01 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Hmmph, I can't believe we weren't informed ... I would have told you I was going awol ;)

Hope the knee-staring went well. I couldn't write first time I read that ... it felt too much like I was writing to Garfield the cat.

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

CSwiss: The saltiness of the olives goes well with the sweetness of the vermouth. Salty and sweet is a good combination. Just look at Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Christina: You really should drink more.

Radio Maria: I was a student in the UK for a semester in 1988, but nobody invited me to any parties. It's a pity, because I would've finished the vermouth. I suspect that the bottles remain untouched because it's only 50 proof. College students like their poison to be at least 80 proof.

Lady Di: My sister tells me that you've acquired quite a fan base at her school. I wouldn't be surprized to learn that the students are now dipping their fries in mayo instead of ketchup. BTW...of course I couldn't warn you in advance that I was leaving for a week. Every thief in Spain would've flocked to my front door.

BTW...I'm no longer staring at my knees. I've moved up a few inches. :-O

Off to bed, now. See ya tomorrow.

At 8:08 AM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Okay, so you're not Garfield. I take it back ... read a book now :o

I'm enjoying Flat Stephanie, I almost sent her to London with Clare but things fell through due to the London workload.

At 12:53 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I agree that sweet and salty go very well together. I think I'll pick up a bottle of Vermouth and some olives on my way home tonight :-)

At 8:12 PM, Blogger cream said...

I thought it was a post about Ghosts! I'm glad it's only about the spirit world ...

At 11:14 PM, Blogger christina said...

I see ghosts if I drink too much. But those olives are sounding pretty good right now.

At 7:12 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

I LOVE chicago! No fair! Hope you have a chance to catch up on your jet lag, but you better post some pictures of the city soon!

Welcome back!

At 7:38 PM, Blogger traveller one said...

I love Martini Rosso.... but I'm just so into Prosecco at the moment!


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