On Wine & Food Fests
You'll have to forgive me if I seem inebriated. I spent much of the late afternoon at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, and am in the middle of the transition from feeling heartburn to feeling hung over.
I like wine and food festivals. They give me a chance to sample food offerings I otherwise wouldn't do in normal life, and try drinks I normally don't have access to. This year they were celebrating "the wines of France," but I found myself more attracted to the California pavilion.
A few observations:
1. Some condiments can be real tests of manhood. I tried a mustard labelled "XXX-Hot" (nothing really salacious about the label) and I must have put too much on the pretzel stick, because it had a real strong effect on the sinuses.
2. Old Scotch whisky does need water.
3. Pernod on bacon-wrapped scallops can make for a spectacular display as long as you have a fire extinguisher on hand.
4. Caribou meat works nicely as a paté.
5. Lobster meat tastes much better hot than cold.
6. White wine washes oysters down better than beer.