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Kitno


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Posted: 2022-03-27 15:38
Waitrose in the UK are doing some great deals the last few months*.

I drink 2-3 bottles a week. Usually with caviar sometimes with Saumon Rilettes.

Veuve Clicquot wins it. Rounded etc. Then by order (blancs, NV):

1. Laurent-Perrier
2. Pol Roger (great creaminess)
3. Bollinger
4. Pommery
5. Piper-Heidsieck
6. Monopole

Yes I know I miss off Tats and Moet etc.

Dissenting thoughts?

*They cut 25% off the Offer; hence great value. My tormentor (mentor) from when I was a kid: "nothing matters but the bid".

It's just about taking every single dollar...and more.

deeds


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Posted: 2022-03-28 01:14
agree with your ranking, though would not buy 5 or 6, go to cava or prosecco at that point
though now in ny, spent 99-10 in uk, bought many bottles of each at waitrose as i had discovered couldn't drink red

nikol


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Posted: 2022-03-28 15:35
With oysters I prefer more white wine like Tokaji/Furmint with sweety flavor.
However, my adoration is with vodka as an appetizer before borscht cooked by my wife or oukha (Russian fish soup) cooked by myself. "Absolute" is pretty good. 40-60 ml at once is enough.
For desert, we make 3-4 bottles of cherry liquor from berries collected from our backyard tree.

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

Kitno


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Posted: 2022-03-31 19:43
@nikol I detest borscht. Oukha I have not heard of but like the sound of it over Borscht.

There is a Russian restaurant in London called Zima and I keep meaning to imitate their Seabuckthorn berries infused vodka.

@deeds, yes Waitrose is amazing for NV and the odd Vintage (like LP 2008).

I suspect I have crept into a mid-life crisis recently. I sometimes sit in my study at home eating caviar from my hand drinking chilled champagne at midnight on a Friday because I can. That's in the last 6 months. I have no challenge in life. If anyone else wrote this I'd think they were a massive dick. Ergo.

NB. I always like travelling to other countries and visiting their off licenses/liquor stories. It tells you so much about their tax/historic linguistic/colonial relationships. In the UK you get Commonwealth, France, Italy, Germany and West Coast. Go to France it it's France + a bit of Italy and Spain. Go to the US and it's US + South America and a bit of France/Italy.

It's just about taking every single dollar...and more.

nikol


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Posted: 2022-04-01 20:19
> I have no challenge in life

This sentiment negatively correlates with imagination. There are so many things...
Challenge yourself. e.g. 10 math problems of the century or something... Write the book about those "tax/historic linguistic/colonial relationships". Start with notes.

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)

Maggette


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Posted: 2022-04-02 11:21
Pick up a combat sport. Being humilated by a 16 year old girl does something to peole.

BJJ is a great "entry drug".

Ich kam hierher und sah dich und deine Leute lächeln, und sagte mir: Maggette, scheiss auf den small talk, lass lieber deine Fäuste sprechen...

Kitno


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Posted: 2022-04-02 14:34
@Nikol you make a very logical point. I should rephrase as: "I am abundantly comfortable and have lost my drive".

It's a psychological/emotional issue. Need has gone. It's quite sad because while I am lacking drive and comfortable or 'achieved' what I always wanted it's not enjoyable. Jordan Peterson would say I am missing life's necessary struggle.

I need to Hitherto my entire life I have been insanely driven.

It's just about taking every single dollar...and more.

nikol


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Posted: 2022-04-03 14:03
@Kitno

I had it as well. Still not 100% out.
One of my current challenges is to understand General Relativity. I had never any courses in it, so I thought if I can. First, I started to build intuition behind by inventing all kinds of "Gedankenexperimenten". In addition to learning GR It quickly brought me back into fundamentals of quantum mechanics, black holes, causality dynamics and thermodynamics. Nowadays I am sucked into differential geometry and everything around (Riemann, simplectic geoms). The most important result for me is that this process of learning helps to generate ideas. Making numerical links (to make sense from those intuitive constructions) is still a struggle and challenge for me as I m not trained theoretician. Suddenly, after these 2 years I found myself performing scientific research and asking "why's" (scribbled ~100 pages of notes) with a great pleasure. Just for hobby.

In similar situation, I know couple of people who took off for a year to climb mountains. Some go volunteering to help people in need. Maybe challenge yourself with starting orthodox business.

Drinking along every Friday is the way to become alcoholic.

Start "Western beverage history" as a tourist guide by writing routine notes. Everyday a bit will make a book in a year. Writing stories for potential collectibles is an immense business. One of my friends collects old family photos, packs them into published stories about time and photography and hence makes his collection more valuable. People buy stories about artifacts, not artifacts.

... What is a man
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? (c)
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