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    Respond to reputation comments

    Or just broadcast them if they're particularly interesting.

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    Ok I lol'ed. I'm almost tempted to say it's true, let the INTP complex drama begin! (kidding....also, person who left it--good you're here. Been too scarce)

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    They shouldn't be anonymous here... or is that the point of this thread, to make everyone else play the guessing game? ha.

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    No, I could see who left it, so they are not anonymous. But I've gotten some funny reps, and I'm sure others have, and having a thread for it to have the option of sharing with the forum at large might encourage more activity. Or discussion. Or something.

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    I've always enjoyed these sidebar discussions - whether being a part of them, or reading those of others.

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    :/
    it's true.

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    Spit take worthy - lol
    I had no idea what this meant.
    God bless Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spit-take


    oh, and stickied

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    Damn, I gotta taste absinthe!
    The key is to do more than taste, you experience it. It has a prepping ritual, which most drinks do not.

    You want a glass which can hold a nose. A snifter or large wine glass will do well. They make special absinthe glasses, but that's just for being fancy, and they're likely a pain to wash. You can use a whiskey tumbler if you must, but it lacks grace.

    The next thing to do is make sure you have ice cold water ready. The colder the better.

    The last things you will want are a sugar cube and either an absinthe spoon, or one of those things you use to make Vietnamese style coffee. It would normally hold the grounds over the cup and allow you to make drip coffee sort of manually.

    I use a Vietnamese coffee maker.

    The sugar cube is optional, it's just a way to sweeten the beverage if you wish.

    The magic happens when you slowly add the ice cold water. One of the constituent parts of absinthe is anise. The cold water knocks it out of it's bond with the alcohol and causes the drink to go from a pale greenish yellow (chlorophyll!) to a luminous sparkling and vibrant pearl--exactly what colours you will get vary from absinthe to absinthe. It will also cause the fragrance to bloom. A good absinthe can fill a room when when in full louche.
    Sadly, my favorite, which was locally made in small batches using a traditional copper alembic, is no longer in production. Or, if it is, I haven't found where it's being sold now that the liquor laws have been shuffled around. It practically glowed.

    It's one of the few spirits commonly diluted before drinking--but seeing as generally weighs in at 60-70% ABV, you're still looking at a pretty serious beverage even after diluting it 1:1 with cold water.

    A good absinthe wont contain artificial colours. Because people have such strong expectations of green colour from legends, some makers have taken to adding food dyes to make sure people are satisfied that what they have is green.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    The key is to do more than taste, you experience it. It has a prepping ritual, which most drinks do not.
    Ha ha, I have to relate my absinthe tasting experience.

    I was in the French Quarter with some friends of mine. This was about two months after Hurricane Katrina. We were all a little buzzed at that point, but not too badly. We were wandering around the Quarter, which was as deserted as I've ever seen it. Suddenly we passed a little hole in the wall bar that had a big sign over the door which in Ye Olde Typephace read simply "ABSINTHE". I stopped in my tracks and gawped through the door. Inside, I saw a grizzled and hard bitten looking bartender standing behind the bar in front of an enormous collection of bottles.

    I went inside, and my friends followed.

    "Guys, we GOTTA order some absinthe from this dude."

    "What's that?"

    "Trust me. It's this evil green drink that killed Shelley and Byron's livers or something."

    "Who were Shelley and Byron?"

    "You're illiterate."

    "Fuck you. No I'm not. I read USA Today."

    "That's what I said. BARTENDER, WE'LL HAVE THREE ABSINTHES."

    Dude whipped out three little glasses, absinthe spoons (looking all "Ye Spoone") and sugar cubes. He set them up with practiced speed and slowly poured our drinks. He held the bottle up high so we got a good look at the yellowish liquid pouring down on to the sugar cube and then dripping into the glass, its color transformed into a striking brilliant viridian.

    "Oh man, Oso that's cool. What do we do now? Do we light this on fire or something?"

    "No. Wait ... it's doing something."

    As we watched the aromatic fluid started getting cloudy.

    "Is it supposed to do that?"

    "I think so. This dude on the Internet said that's called the Louvre. The luge? The douche? It was French."

    "You're sure that doesn't mean it's like curdled or something?"

    "Pretty sure. Drink yours."

    "Why I gotta go first?"

    "Because this was my idea. When you suggest drinking something crazy next time, I'll go first."

    "But this is like 100 proof. What if I don't remember?"

    "Fine you pussy, I'll go first."

    I downed the little glass in a single gulp and they followed suit.

    "Okay, it tastes like licorice. Now what?"

    "Umm ... now we enjoy a licorice aftertaste?"

    The bartender looked at us blankly, and we paid for our drinks plus a tip.

    "So ... you were acting like this was kind of a big deal. Was that it?"

    "Yeah, sorry guys. I thought this would be cooler for some reason."
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    Six centuries ago, the pre-Colombian natives who settled here named this region with a word which in their language means "the Mouth of Shadow". Later, the Iroquois who showed up and inexplicably slaughtered every man, woman and child renamed it "Seriously, Fuck that Place". When French explorer Jacques Marquette passed through the area he marked his map with a drawing of a brownish blob emerging from between the Devil's buttocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    [Absinthe story]
    But how could you miss the whole flambéing part?!



    Edit: Just kidding. I'm well aware this is uncivilised.

    Edit 2: WTF, just mixed up page 1 with page 13. Apologies if this is a little late.


    Quote Originally Posted by chobani View Post
    cool! How does the real life version compare/contrast to the photographed version?
    It looks pretty much the same. Such antique stores selling classical records, old tomes and newspapers from any date since the 1800's are actually quite common in Vienna. If you know how to read Fraktur fluently, you can pick up some real treasures there.

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    Forget pie: perfect strudel!
    I'm far too suggestable. Just the word strudel makes my mouth water. Also, I think I'm dough challenged. You could do a comedy sketch of me trying to get raw dough to fit into a pie pan and still have enough left for the top. Dough hates me. I imagine it's easier with a strudel. Hopefully! Like an apple pie, but cheating by skipping the dough to pan challenge.
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    my crime is that i disrupted the echo chamber

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