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Old 12-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #22651
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Ah, no self control at all. Me, using all the will power of a flat wallet, resisted the urge to splurge and came away with McClelland's Islay Single Malt. Can't say it has the same great taste as Lagavulin, though....darn. But it's nicer than Johnny Walker Red (or Black).
OTOH, if anybody has a spare bottle of Lagavulin or Laphrohaig (Spelling? been a looong time since I had a bottle in hand) they (plural!) could PM me and I'll send them my shipping address
I checked all my cabinets .... and found no spares .... sorry .... *hic* ... maybe Santa will slide one into your stocking! Unless the reindeer run on high octane fuel!

Regardless of the price - it's the Islay that counts!

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #22652
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:40 AM   #22653
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:20 AM   #22654
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Yes .... I was weak .... I did it ... after reading earlier entries here [the guilty party shall remain unnamed] ... I went out ... and purchased a bottle of 16 year old Lagavulin .... my credit card screamed in pain ... it was worth it ....
A sip or two of the Lagavulin should take care of the pain. Ah, so very, very nice...

I went for the last of my Bowmore 18yr last night. Delicious, though not up to the Lagavulin IMHO.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #22655
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I'll try to make the vegetarian. I welcome some new things to my non-meat/fish menu.
I was thoroughly surprised at how good these vegetarian tamales were. For 3 dozen tamales, you'll need 4-5 Poblano chilles, roasted, peeled and diced, a large onion sautéed to just beginning to show some colour, a cup of corn kernels, and a cup or so of Feta cheese crumbled and mixed in. And, of course, the masa. Made with butter or Crisco since these are vegetarian, though honestly, we still use lard for the masa. Since, for us, the point is not vegetarian or not, but flavour!
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #22656
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I was thoroughly surprised at how good these vegetarian tamales were. For 3 dozen tamales, you'll need 4-............ Since, for us, the point is not vegetarian or not, but flavour!
thanks, C Russel, I'll try it after Christmas. ( falafal for me). I can use some new ideas.

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Old 12-23-2012, 06:31 PM   #22657
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A sip or two of the Lagavulin should take care of the pain. Ah, so very, very nice...

I went for the last of my Bowmore 18yr last night. Delicious, though not up to the Lagavulin IMHO.
I'm saving the Lagavulin for Christmas eve - to make it very very special! So more of the Talisker tonight .....
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:43 PM   #22658
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I'm saving the Lagavulin for Christmas eve - to make it very very special! So more of the Talisker tonight .....
Hardly a step down. Talisker is one of my favourites.

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Old 12-24-2012, 05:27 AM   #22659
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:28 AM   #22660
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Finished my preparations for three Christmas dinners.

In my cup: blackberry liqueur.......to taste if it is good enough for my guests ( yes, it is almost noon here.)
In my hand: Christmas cookie and chocolat
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:06 AM   #22661
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In my hand: Christmas cookie and chocolat
I admire the leghths you will go to to ensure your guests are well catered for.

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Old 12-24-2012, 06:20 AM   #22662
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I've just finished a delightful Chinese Vegetable soup with Tofu and Oyster Sauce, and I'm stuffed to the gills! (But only consumed about 250 calories.) Now drinking an after-dinner cup of Keemun tea while my wife does the dishes! I cooked... she washes. She cooks...I wash. Then we'll settle in with a movie and a bit of popcorn for the evening. Merry Christmas to you all!

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