Monday, January 23, 2012

Burns Night- January 25th

January 25th marks the annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. 

He is the author of New Year's tune Aud Lang Syne.

Here is Scotland's guide to traditional Burns dinner food and drink. 

If Haggis isn't really your thing, there are a lot of other ways to celebrate and The Macallan blog gives some good tips.

Maybe next year we'll have Burns Night with S&SS and stuffed sheep stomach!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

2nd Annual Meeting- success

After having some pizza with our garlic butter, we discussed the story. More important than the actual content of Without You by Del Ray, was the significance both the author and the story had to Guns and Roses. Youtubing November Rain and the rest of the trilogy led to watching the Alicia Silverstone glory days of Aerosmith and then we finally played the game. Some very serious competition led to a tie game victory for Mike and Josh. Great meeting!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

2011 Year in Review

We read another year full of great stories in 2011:
1. January 2011- The Rabbit Hole as a Likely Explanation by: Ann Beattie
2. February 2011- Paris, at Night by: Sung J. Woo
3. March 2011- Man from the South and A Dip in the Pool by: Roald Dahl
4. April 2011- The Haggadah
5. June 2011- The Capital of the World by: Ernest Hemingway
6. July 2011- Yorkshire Pud at Granny's Pad by: Alexandra Fox
7. October 2011- Non Fiction Selection: An IM Infatuation Turned to Romance. Then the Truth Came Out. by: Nadya Labi; The Chameleon by: David Grann; The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by: Mark Seal
8. November 2011- Without You  By: Del James

2nd Annual Meeting- Tonight!

Our little group has made it another year! Tonight we will celebrate with the game, go over Without You by Del James, and continue to plot how we will eventually take over the world....... one sip of scotch at a time.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Review- Johnnie Walker tasting at DAR

The Johnnie Walker tasting was boozy and had a whole lot of iPads. Can't complain about the full size drinks served at the bar before the tasting started. Choice of an Old Fashioned, a Johnnie Red and Ginger, or a Johnnie Black on the rocks. Gooood.

Since 4 of us had gone to The Macallan tasting last year with the funny Scottish guy leading it, the bar was set pretty high for the old frat boy leading this one. He wasn't bad, but the crowd sucked. COME ON DC! Crack a smile-- you're drinking for free. It's been more than 2 years and DC people still amaze me with the plethora of ways they can be boring between 5-8pm before driving back out to VA. (Sorry J, S, & L).

Anyway-- group consensus after tasting Red Label, Black Label, Gold Label and Blue Label?-- the GOLD!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shackelton's Scotch

Came across this year-old news story about a South Pole explorer. Crazy 100 year old scotch! Check it out!

Scotch, Short Stories, and Chicken Wings- Feb 2011

This month Grace picked Paris, at Night by Sung J. Woo. What's not to love about robots, memrips and the sadness of wealthy people paying for someone else's memory of love at first sight. Amazing chicken wings accompanied the classy Balvenie DoubleWood 12 year scotch from Speyside. A couple founding members made long-awaited appearances, so it is good to have the crew back together in time to decide our newest members deserve their glasses. Hopefully next week a certain someone won't start their nap at the same time the meeting beings..... until March!