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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (And Speaking of David Foster Wallace...)
Here's a meme from miketroll:


  1. Drink a Manhattan. I've accepted the fact that I hate vermouth, and nothing's going to change that. My hatred might extend to sherry, too, but I'm not going to write that off just yet.
  2. Wear sparkly eye shadow. I had no idea how hideously glitzy it was until I made the mistake of wearing it in daylight. The horror.
  3. Play volleyball. I spent enough traumatic hours playing this cursed game in middle school to last me a lifetime. Bump this!
  4. Buy a book just because it was well reviewed in the Washington Post. I've finally finished clearing my shelves of all the dreck I bought on the Post's recommendation. Never again. I'm looking at you, Jonathan Yardley.
  5. Spend money or time on a trip to Disneyworld or any other Disney. I took one earnest trip there when I was eight, and one ironic one at nineteen. I've given enough of my life energy to the Mouse.

Current Music: who says the Brandenburg Concertos can't be an earworm? Thanks a lot, WBJC!

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xiphias From: xiphias Date: September 17th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
. . . but I make AMAZING Manhattans!

Okay, it's true, if you don't like really sweet alcohol, though, the Manhattan just may not be for you. We did a side-by-side tasting, and demonstrated that sweet vermouth is sweeter than grape soda, and has a very similar cloying-ness. Properly mixed, the bourbon or rye is SUPPOSED to cut that, a bit, and the bitters help, too -- but, if it's just not for you, no matter HOW well I make it, It Won't Help.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: September 17th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe you, xiphias, I just don't think I'm capable of enjoying anything with vermouth in it. Maybe it's because I'm in the bad habit of drinking whiskey with nothing but ice or maybe water (when I do drink which is practically never), but there's something particularly foul to me about the taste of vermouth and sherry. I like bitter drinks, and I respect a sugary liqueur if it's upfront about what it is (and as long as it's not Irish cream), but something about the aromatic herbs in vermouth tastes to me like bad fake meat, or imitation mushroom flavor, or something.

Sorry, that's probably more information than you needed. Just consider it continuing education on consumer tastes, maybe?
xiphias From: xiphias Date: September 17th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hunh. So there's something umami in there that is distasteful. I wonder if it's the particular brand (in which case, I'd want to know in order to avoid it) or if it's general to all sweet vermouths. That almost sounds like MSG, which could taste like bad fake meat or imitation mushroom flavor.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: September 18th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
How interesting that you said umami, because I usually consider umami to be my favorite flavor. But there's something fakey about the taste of vermouth, and I don't think I've only ever had cheap nasty vermouth. It would be really bizarre if it had MSG in it. Usually I can't resist the taste of MSG, but at the same time it makes me feel awful. That could explain why I got sort of semi-sick after one Manhattan a few months ago—I'm a lightweight drinker, but I'm usually not that bad. Maybe one of the aromatics is a natural glutamate source? Wow, the more I think about this, the less I know.
miketroll From: miketroll Date: September 18th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure I believe in umami. I like dry vermouth, but only in moderation!
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: September 18th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right, Mike, the dry vermouth is marginally more tolerable. It's the sweet stuff I really can't stand.
b_and_m_81 From: b_and_m_81 Date: September 18th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea who says the Brandenburg concertos can't be an earworm. Whoever they are, they are wrong.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: September 18th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
B and M! Good to hear from you. And thanks—now that I've got validation from an actual musician I know I'm right.
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