Archive for April, 2009

Pomegranate Wine – Tree of Life

April 28, 2009

Certain products are ridiculously odd and leave you wondering what the point behind them is. Like the philips norelco shavers with counter-intuitive blades or for that matter, the quasi-luxury acura cars. This week, I happened to buy an organic wine made from pomegranates. It was neither like the tasty pomegranate juice nor like red wine. It was bland, tasteless and worst of all, even at 14% abv, there was no bodhai to be had.

Notes — dilute pomegranate juice, mildly tangy and sour.

To sum up, for a wine from Yerevan, it is surprisingly like the famous Radio Yerevan Joke.

Q: Is it true that Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov from Moscow won a car in a lottery?
A: In principle yes, but:

  1. it wasn’t Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov but Aleksander Aleksandrovich Aleksandrov;
  2. he is not from Moscow but from Odessa;
  3. it was not a car but a bicycle;
  4. he didn’t win it, but it was stolen from him.
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Pineapple Express

April 24, 2009

Probably the best movie ever made. It shows the kind of utopian world that I long for. Full of cool people with loose morals and where slacking is a virtue.

Just as I feared

April 22, 2009

The jerkface morons at Cricinfo have started their foolish rants at the “fake IPL player” blog. This one has all the marks of fake punditry — a few factual assertions followed by irrelevant and tangential observations resulting in an astounding conclusion. Now, only a column by Mukul Kesavan or Ramachandra Guha involving test cricket, hindu fundamentalism, friendly pakistanis, slumdogs, beluga whales and kim kardashian’s ass to conclude that everything is wrong with us will satisfy my itch for masochism.

Kisu Kisu

April 21, 2009

Reading a well written kisu kisu can stimulate your brain well. Trying to figure out who the kk is about is an exercise that is infinitely more interesting than say dumb charade or pictionary. I always thought vaaramalar’s thunukkumootai to be the benchmark in kisu kisu writing. The new benchmark is here.

This is a quick one A little birdie just told me that the Sheikh of Tweak tried to get over yesterday’s defeat by diving into 3 pairs of mammary land. As per reports, the 3 angels surrounded him after the opening ceremony and the 4 left together for the Sheikh’s hotel. The Rajputs, Sheikh’s team, didn’t train today morning and the Sheikh wasn’t seen at breakfast either.

Shit. Now, I have to follow IPL to follow this blog.

Oh, just to stimulate your brain, try go guess who “Appam Chutiya” is. He has funny break dance moves, colored hair and is bespectacled.

Chianti

April 21, 2009

Given the number of years I have been drinking, I have never had a Chianti before. However, I made up for that this week by having two simple and wonderful Chiantis. First, my wife wanted to go to a rather exclusive San Marinese restaurant that required you to dress in a certain way. The items on the menu had content listing and the method of preparation in place of a name . Like braised sea weeds in scallop sauce. I asked the waiter to suggest a wine to go with our vegetarian order and he brought me a glass of Chianti Placido. It was cheap at about $10 a glass, uncomplicated, bit sour and dry.

The second instance was serendipitous and the wine was much better. Looking to get a pizza delivery phone number, I turned to google local serch. Instead, it directed me to a pizzeria hardly a stone’s throw away. It was a small place centered around the pizza oven. The chefs were showy, tossing the dough up in the air and they had a no-frills wine bar that was well stocked. The wine was served in dull tumblers and the bar tender was cool enough to offer me three different wines to taste before choosing one. I chose Chianti Ruffino. It was fruity, spicy with hints of pepper and dry. Overall, excellent.

The case against web2.0

April 17, 2009

Apart from this blog of course. Here. An excerpt,

Even as she was doing Engineering, Kanika was also making waves as a beauty pageant and pop singer. She was crowned Miss Madurai in 1999 and she later emerged as 2nd runner-up in Miss Chennai in 2001. On her crowning of Miss Chennai, she was the cynosure of all eyes during the competition and attracted director Susi Ganesan so much that he was so insistent on her performing the lead role in his dream movie Five Star. She eventually accepted the offer and gave a good account of herself.

I guys guess half the guys who edited the page were her classmates. Anyone willing to bet?

Clos Du Bois Merlot 2005

April 13, 2009

The long weekend is gone. I planned on a drink-read-eat-sleep routine but it never materialized. My wife had a laundry list of things to do and as if by some evil design, they were evenly spaced to cover every day – going to Costco, dressing up to get our portrait done and rearranging the furniture. However, I had the perfect medicine — a bottle of merlot.

I have zero knowledge of wine and I am good with any wine as long as it is not watery. I tend to go by a) the ratings pasted on the shelves b) name — European sounding is better and c) the cost must be sub $25.

Clos Du Bois 2005 Merlot North Coast. Clos Du Bois wines consistently score 85+, cost 15-25 and with a French sounding name, one of my favourites.

Notes — Fruity and a bit watery at first, but had a good dry finish. Woody. Strong like fortified wine. Seems to go well with spicy food.

Kaadhal na summa illa

April 6, 2009

Rather good movie, but a few scenes appear to be dubbed from Telegu. But there is one scene that is redeeming. I simply can’t get it out of my mind.

Character #1 – Ela naan yaar theriuma le, singa kutti le.

Silent observer – Anne, singam unga veetukku vandhuchha, illa, unga amma kaatukku ponalaa?

Update – aww fuck, the movie appears to be based on motorcycle diaries or something. On the one hand Ayn Rand’s heroines require that you develop motors that run on air to sleep with you. OTOH commie heroines want you to understand squalor and alleviate poverty. Slackers are screwed.

Glenmorangie Lasanta

April 6, 2009

A series of unfortunate events this weekend led to rationing of my liquor supplies. About two weeks back, my wife was rummaging the house to locate her passport when she stumbled on an unopened box of Microsoft Money software. Ever since she has been pestering me to install and configure it it so that she could keep track of our accounts. I finally relented this weekend. The idiotic software popped up a pie chart of my expenses with a significant slice under the category “liquor”. An audit of the liquor inventory followed – 8 bottles of beer, 3 bottles of wine, a bottle of Glenmorangie Lasanta and half consumed bottles of all that I have written about so far. Now I am supposed to finish all these before I can buy new ones.

Glenmorangie Lasanta is their sherry wood finish.

Notes — For 46% abv, it is very pleasant and fragrant to the nose. Nutty and Sweet. Almonds and honey like breakfast cereal.