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  • "Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought."
    -- Napolean Hill, author
  • "I only drink Champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it -- unless I'm thirsty."
    -Lily Bollinger of the champagne house by the same name
  • If you're going to put something in your mouth, make it good.
  • Eat locally & sustainably; Eat seasonally; Shop at farmer's markets; Plant a garden; Conserve, compost & recycle; Cook simply; Cook together; Eat together; Remember food is precious.
    -Alice Waters' fundamental guidelines, The Art of Simple Food, 2007
  • "Le Fooding: A state of mind that values atmosphere, nice food presentation, sensuality, imagination, entertainment and time as much as high quality food on the plate."
    The Paris Times, June 2006
  • “Wear black, make it tight, accessorize…you’ll look Parisian”
    Sandra Busby (quoted in Great Eats Paris)
  • “EU has ‘too much wine’; France and Italy to turn 560 million litres into fuel or disinfectant”
    Headline in the International Herald Tribune, Thursday June 8, 2006
  • “Living la vida vino”
    Colin exclaimed while wine tasting in Chateauneuf du Pape
  • "You got screwed, my friend."
    Don't order strawberries when there is chocolate to be had is Caroleigh's advice.
  • "Squiddy-boy"
    What Frederic, the maitre d' and proprietor of Hotel d'Alibert, called Colin after ordering calamari.
  • Respect the passion of wine
    A sign along the road in the Languedoc region of France. May 2006
  • "O solo mio - TNT, it's dynamite!"
    The classic mash-up of Tony Bennett and AC-DC; as sung by German tourists, La restaurante "La Grigina", Sorrento, Italy
  • "Budgie Smuggler"
    aka Banana Hammock, from Caroleigh's trashy English tabloid
  • "Poor Drinking Decisions", Colin, especially the week between April 14 and 26.
  • "Pimp my brewpub"
    Shane C, 4/10/2006; at Lompoc 5Q, North Portland
  • "Wine, not brain surgery"
    Bruce B. Proprietor of Vino in Sellwood
  • "it's going to make you feel all warm and fuzzed out"
    Dr. Chestnut, 4/1/2006
  • "There is no genetic defense against stupidity"
    Dr. Chestnut, 2/25/2006
  • "Remember the Rhubarb"
    Daniel, server at Ripe, 3/29/2006
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August 04, 2009




Chris McD

AND if you are really nutty like us you make your own sparkling water!
check out http://www.sodastreamusa.com

save the environment of all those damn plastic bottles... and still enjoy cocktail hour guilt free!

'tant Chris


You are so clever and adorable, I'm really going to have to monitor myself to keep from commenting on everything you do :) I've got so much blogging to catch up on and I love it all!


Jodie! You are so awesome... I hope your travels went well and look forward to seeing what you post.

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