Archive for March, 2008

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

Posted by cher on March 14th, 2008

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The new craze to hit NYC: the recently legalized -in-the-U.S. alcohol called absinthe. Banned since 1912, this green drink was thought to be a dangerous, addictive hallucinogen. (Supposedly absinthe is what Vincent Van Gogh was drinking when he cut off his own ear.) We now know that it does not cause hallucinations; however, the jury is still out on the exact effect it has on the mind.

I have yet to try it (I’m such a baby with this kind of stuff) but it’s been described as “mind opening” and a “clear-headed drunkenness.”

An absinthe historian and former attorney (see pic below) combined efforts to overturn the 1912 ban by working on a recipe that would pass the U.S. FDA’s approval. Their concoction, called Lucid (124 proof), was approved and officially made absinthe legal again in the U.S.

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High end bars in the city like Employees Only are offering absinthe cocktails such as Absinthe Drip, which Parisian painters and poets supposedly drank during a period in the late 19th century known as the “great collective binge.” That period in my life was know as “college”. Ah, the good ‘ole days.

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In the Meatpacking District, STK offers the Mint Muse, a cocktail made with Lucid, pineapple juice, muddled mint leaves, lime and lemon soda.

According to the beverage director at STK, Derrick Cook, “Absinthe has been an underground hit over the past few years. Now that it’s legal and we can educate people a little more, it will be very popular.”

If you’re not ready to fork over $59.99 for a 750mL bottle just to try it, you can always go the candy route instead…

Lollyphile, a new candy company, currently has only two flavors of lollipops for sale…and one of them is absinthe. These suckers are made from real and legal absinthe and at four for $10, are a cheaper way to give this mysterious green concoction a spin.

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And for a LOT more information on absinthe (which I just didn’t feel like writing about), check out Wikipedia’s article.

Political scandals follow me everywhere

Posted by cher on March 11th, 2008

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When I lived in Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Buddy Cianci was indicted on federal criminal charges of racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, witness tampering, and mail fraud. He was found guilty of only conspiracy, but was sentenced to five years in a federal prison.

One summer while at my beach house in New Jersey, Governor James McGreevey publicly announced his homosexuality (with his wife by his side), becoming the first openly gay state governor in U.S. history. His unusually close relationship with his homeland security advisor immediately caused speculation that he was McGreevey’s secret lover.

While I lived in my home state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Mayor John Street had listening devices planted in his office by the FBI as part of an investigation of municipal corruption. It uncovered numerous corruption schemes which led to the prosecution of many members of Street’s administration. Although Street was never formally charged with any crime, it’s a well-known fact that Philadelphians couldn’t wait till his second term was up. As one Philadelphia Inquirer columnist put it: “Rare is the twice-elected mayor who is as disliked, distrusted, and dismissed as John Street.”

And as of just yesterday, my current state of New York announced that Governor Eliot Sptizer hired a $1,000 – $5,000 an hour prostitution agency and met with a girl in a hotel in D.C.

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Now the public will forever think of him as the code name given to him by the agency (Client #9) and the alias he used (George Fox). Spitzer was supposedly busted by a wire tap on his cell phone after an investigation was conducted because suspicious transactions were reported by his bank. No word yet on whether or not he will resign. Ironically, while he served as NY Attorney General, Spitzer prosecuted two prostitution rings.

Here’s the cover of the Post today:

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HAHA I love this newspaper.

I feel bad for the next state I live in; some scandal will surely arise. I apologize in advance.

Introducing the $1,000 Pizza

Posted by cher on March 10th, 2008

If you’ve got money to burn on a pie, head to Nino’s Bellissima, where owner Nino Selima has created the Luxury Pizza, available for a mere $1,000. It’s a 12 inch thin crust pizza topped with caviar, lobster, creme fraiche, and chives. Let’s do the math: when you cut it into eight slices, each piece works out to $125.00.

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You can’t just walk in off the street and order the Luxury Pizza, though. The restaurant needs 24 hours notice for this creation since the caviar is delivered fresh upon request.

Nino was interviewed on 95.5 FM last week only a couple days after the debut of his pricey pizza; he reported that he’d already sold two Luxury pies.

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Some people may gasp at the extravagance and wonder, who on earth would buy this? But I’m not surprised. There’s so many people walking around this city with  money to burn; it’s probably the only place where a $1,000 pizza would sell – and actually thrive. People in NYC will buy any latest craze just to say they were one of the firsts to try it.

Anyways, if you go to Nino’s Bellissima and are still hungry after your $1,000 dinner, you can hit up Serendipity, a midtown restaurant that offers a $1,000 dessert called “Golden Opulence.” It’s an ice cream sundae that’s covered in 23K (didn’t even know there was such a thing) edible gold leaf, passion fruit, candied fruits from Paris, marzipan cherries, rare Chuao chocolate, and yes – more caviar! The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet (which means absolutely nothing to me) with an 18K gold spoon.

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It carries the royal title of “World’s Most Expensive Sundae” and requires a 48 hour advanced reservation. So, make sure you plan your $2,000 meal ahead of time! Oh, and don’t forget: tip isn’t included.

In the famous ending words of Cindy Adams’s gossip column in the Post, “Only in New York kids, only in New York.”