Archive for May, 2009

Guinness Draught

May 31, 2009

A perfect Friday — lazy lunch paid for by the employer with the rest of the afternoon off. We went to the nearby P. F. Chang’s and not wanting to expirement with the Japanese and Chinese beers, I stuck to Guinness. And I regret. The beer they served wasn’t optimally cold, so I wonder if that has anything to do with the taste. The waiter tilted the bottle upside down and poured it from a height, but the famed froth was nowhere to be seen. It stayed kind of like the one in the picture.

Notes — Flat and thin with hints of herbs, much like kashayam. Not very bitter.

The last time I had one, I remember it to be rich and chocolatey with hints of vanilla and very bitter to taste. That was also from a bottle with nitro widget or rocket or whatever they call it.



May 30, 2009

Europe’s primary achievement in the last half-century is: it is on the way to the New World and has airports for transit. In particular, I don’t think the Dutch did anything useful or consequential in the last two centuries. They almost make up for it with Heineken.

Notes:  Initially, mustard and pepper. Then, grain, corn and malt. Then, touches of citrus and sourness at the finish. Medium body and goes well with almost any food.

May 29, 2009

Overheard a conversation between two retired UAW workers at a Chrysler dealer that is shortlisted for closure. After one guy told the other guy that shortlisted dealers were GOP contributors, the other’s wife asked if they thought Obama would win a second term. Both were emphatic that he won’t. Good going.


May 27, 2009

When I was relatively new to North American beer, I liked Miller Genuine Draft. Back then, I had a simple formula:  beer bottles which opened with a twist of the cap were bad beer and the ones that needed an opener were good. Well, we live and we learn.

Notes: Grain, corn and cereal. Distinct sweetness. Weak and boring. One can taste the carbonated water almost throughout. Careless usage of carbonated water in brewing beer yields trash and most American beer.

Chivas Regal 12 yo

May 26, 2009

The first time I went to India as a visiting NRI, I was smuggling three bottles of Chivas Regal and a bottle of wine. I had come up with a brilliant idea to fool Indian customs: tucking the three bottles full into my unwashed Wal-Mart jeans. Ha Ha. Since then, I have delivered several bottles of liquor into India and several more Chivas Regals  into my gut.

Notes: Initially, smells and tastes of caramel, fruits and chocolate. Then, wood, oak and charred vegetable till the finish. Very diverse, complex and mature.

unsolicited advice

May 23, 2009

Obama wants to revive the US automakers and lower tailpipe emissions and pollution. Given that a new SUV is less polluting than a battered sedan, I propose

1. Institute a emission-certification program for vehicles that needs renewal along with registration plate renewal every year. Vehicles that fail the emission certification will not be allowed on the road.

2. For owners of vehicles that fail the certification, provide subsidies/tax credits/low/zero interest loans if they choose to buy a GM or Chrysler vehicle.

The process of certification will generate jobs, GM and Chrysler could purge excess inventory and everyone is happy that emissions are lowered.

Glenfiddich 15yo

May 23, 2009

The last time I had a bottle of Glenfiddich 15yo was quite eventful. Missing a flight home from work, a friend of mine flew to my house instead. Coming from a parched place in Arkansas he was quite thirsty. So we drank a good three-fourths of the bottle all night, reminiscing on the past and generally bitching about common friends. It must have been four in the morning when he dropped a bombshell – that he had to catch a 6AM flight to his home. I dropped him at the airport, came back home and caught a few hours of sleep when the other writer of this blog called saying he was in town. We had the remaining whisky for starters, went out bought more booze and smoke and started on the binge right away

Anyhow that was then and I only wish I could have the same level of metabolism now.

Notes — honey and almonds. Creamy, sweet and spicy with dry finish.


May 20, 2009

The site of the Battle of York in the War of 1812 is the city that hosts the most number of Thamizhs outside South Asia. No thanks to another war spanning three decades. When I was living in the Madras of the West, I was regularly warmed by the instant affection Sri Lankan Thamizhs show for Indian Thamizhs. I also get cooled by a beer that is locally brewed and named after a cousin of the Tiger tiger. Cheetah.

Notes: Honey, old grain, malt and corn. Smooth and crisp at some moments, weak and  flat at others. Better than many North American beers, I’d think.

poondu rasam

May 17, 2009

My satellite radio subscription expired which means I am back to using the CD player. I had a CD which my friend burned for me sometime back. The lyrics for one of the songs

cigarette a style a thooki pootta … heroism da

kedachadha vechu sandoshappatta … realism da

idhu edhuvume puriyaama pona poondu rasam da

There were more such “ism”s in the song including communism and socialism. I couldn’t comprehend most of it. Probably this is the singing equivalent of writing cursive when you are unsure about the spelling.

economics explained

May 15, 2009
Re: hipocrats
by KRISHNAN DURAIRAJ on May 15, 2009 06:56 PM  Permalink
Before DMK government I bought rice at Rs.20 per KG. Now I am buying rice at Rs.32 per KG. Yes, GOD only can save TN people from DMK govt

Re: Re: hipocrats
by George Samson on May 15, 2009 07:10 PM  Permalink
I assume u might be 30 years of age today, Mr KD. When u were small propably yr parents bought Rice for Rs 5/- per KG now the rice is Rs 32 per Kg, the price hike is not due to any govt. but due to the overall inflamation all over the world. Wake Up Sucker and dont blame a single person or party. Be realistic in LIFE