DT #303, 30 October 2014 (Bin 99 Cabernet Franc)   Leave a comment

Bin 99 Cabernet Franc

 

There’s so much pressure
In my sinuses that hair,
Teeth, cheeks, and eyes ache.

Name: Bin 99 Cabernet Franc
Type: red wine
Recipe: Roast chicken.  Salt and bake the bird.  I don’t know what temperature, do I? I need to lay back down.
Venue: house/Ebola ward

Review/notes: The only good thing about this case of the flu (or whatever this shit is…regardless, my first truly debilitating illness since the 1990’s) is, erm, NOTHING.  This shit sucks.I’ve been to work with it all week (I think everyone that is getting infected already has it or has recovered) in the vain hopes that occupying my time will make me feel better but instead I think it has just prolonged the agony.

We planned on soup for today and Jackie, also sick, bravely trudged to the grocer for a bird but couldn’t face chopping veg or prepping the meat.  I picked up the wine and a Halloween bowl full of cold medicine varieties on the walk from the bus, and upon arrival rinsed the carcass (the chicken’s although I could probably have used a shower, too) and stuck it in the oven.  When we smelled it, we stumbled back in, hacked off some chunks, threw them on some spinach to wilt it slightly and crumbled some mouldy Stilton over the top then ate in silence, like condemned souls awaiting judgement.

 

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Posted 2014/10/31 by 1pumplane in Daily Haiku, Daily Tipple, food, wine

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DT #302, 29 October 2014 (Marston’s Oyster Stout)   Leave a comment

Marston's Oyster Stout

 

Don’t like to trespass
But sometimes you find yourself
Just over the line.

Name: Marston’s Oyster Stout
Type: stout
Venue: Four Candles, Oxford

Review/notes: Just missed the bus so had about 20 minutes to kill…despite misgivings, I was back in the Fork Handles.  A good, little visit this time despite the continuing lurgy and the disappointingly simple stout.

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DT #301, 28 October 2014 (Taylor’s Select Reserve Port)   1 comment

Taylor's Select Reserve Port

 

Two new Americans
Are not sick while illness runs
Rampant through the group.

Name: Taylor’s Select Reserve Port
Type: port
Venue: house

Review/notes: One of the bosses claims that he is probably Patient Zero (likely, he travels more than most) but I’m more suspicious that the healthy imports smuggled this shit in.  Sore throat, body aches, chills, fever, congestion, nausea…delightful.

Just as it is the start of cold and flu season, early nightfall comes with our switch back to GMT last week.  Brown liquors appear and soothing sips of port finish every meal (or, when you don’t feel like eating, precede an evening of tele).

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DT #300, 27 October 2014 (John Lee Bourbon)   1 comment

John Lee Bourbon

Breakfast

 

Lottery numbers:
The Adver has future news!
Going to be rich.

Name: John Lee Bourbon
Type: booze
Venue: house

Review/notes: The Swindon Advertiser has ‘Stories from the Past’ in an insert today.  As the rest of the paper is static, none of those are stories of the present so by simple elimination the bulk of the journal is predictive.  I’ll drink to that.

Stories from the Past

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DT #299, 26 October 2014 (Belhaven Black)   Leave a comment

Belhaven Black stout

 

“Frank and the Captain”
Reads the chalk drawing’s caption.
I don’t think Frank posed.

Name: Belhaven Black
Type: stout
Venue: Beehive, Swindon

Review/notes: It’s always a pleasure to go to the Beehive.  Of late, I keep hearing tales of the house philosopher they hired (yes, an actual academic…some eastern bloc dissident) twenty-five years ago.

Today, I a ‘buh-LAY-vern’ Black stout, part of their line of Scottish beers for the month of October (theme ‘Bitter Together’ in honour of the failed Scottish Independence vote).  The beer had the least character of anything else in the pub, and definitely didn’t merit the 4 quid price tag.

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Swindon Beer Fest Food Tent, Chippy Challenge #108   Leave a comment

2014 Swindon Beer Fest cod and chips

[The Chippy Challenge: to eat more fish and chips in 2014; see original post for details.]

Fish: cod
Sides: chips
Evaluation: probably lousy, but I was at a beer fest…ballast is ballast
Days since last: 1 (William Morris, Cowley)

2014 Swindon Beer Fest food tent
Map link.

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DT #298, 25 October 2014 (Plain Ales Inncognito)   Leave a comment

2014 Swindon Beer Fest Inncognito

 

The Swindon Beer Fest:
I could have spent £16
On frivolousness.

Name: Plain Ales Inncognito

Type: stout

Venue: 2014 Swindon Beer Festival

Review/notes: All the notes are in the Beer Fest Review (linked above).

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