Lots and lots.....
I've spent lots of time in the city lately. Here, it looks lonely and quiet, which is never the case...well, maybe the lonely but not the quiet. The closed street is actually because of the recent NYC marathon--I was lucky to get there just as the gates were being placed across the avenue feeding into it. We went first because of Matt's birthday, which was last week, and I just returned from a work trip. Matt felt let down by his day; he wanted to go to the Natural History Museum, which was closed for a kid's Halloween party, and the Jets lost on Sunday. Or maybe, in general, birthdays get less exciting as we get older. Picking out the perfect matching plates and napkins and figuring out who you're going to invite and what favors you're going to have isn't as much fun as when you were five years old.
The purpose of my work trip was to taste whiskies...lots of them.And taste I did, elbowing my way through a progressively sweaty and inebriated crowd to try to get a pour of what I wanted to try. Single malts are very unique products. The best of them fall into the hand-crafted category where some of my very favorite other products (namely tea and cheese) reside. I also tried a bevy of unusual spirits, like a single malt vodka, some stunning Cognac by Pierre Ferrand, and a few interesting blended whiskies from Compass Box. All in all, very enjoyable...but next year I'll need to beef up my aggressive crowd clearing skills to more easily get what I want.
Wed, November 11, 2009