Wednesday, May 18, 2005
- A Maine House Bill has been approved to make Moxie™ the Official State Drink [via Trish Wilson's Blog] Speaking of odd regional soft drinks (which I personally call "soda," not "pop"), one of that post's commenters tells us of the Southern specialties Cheerwine (a cherry-flavored beverage) and Cool Moon (whose ingredients sound awfully close to Mountain Dew™ and its ilk). It seems that Cheerwine is actually available in a narrow geographic swath of Illinois, just not in Chicago.
- My favorite Midwestern "wierdo soda" is Canfield's 50/50, a blend of grapefruit and lime along the lines of Fresca™ or Squirt™, but less sweet. Oddly enough, there is another product called Canfield's 50/50 - a brand of specialty solder.
- "The FBI has found a long-lost transcript of the 1955 murder trial of two Mississippi men accused of killing Emmett Till, one of the most infamous crimes of the civil rights era." [CBS2.com Chicago]
- I've really come to love Google Maps; and Chicagoist has a post listing some of its handy Chicago-centric features like "Chicago crime stats from February through last month on Chicagocrime.org, [a] live map showing three companies' taxi locations in Chicago on Ridefinder, [i]ntegration of Traffic.com into a live Chicago traffic map, [and the ability to] [v]iew a CTA map as part of Google Maps."
- Vino & Veritas; Harvard Law School's Record has a useful guide to buying wine in a restaurant:
Restaurant tip #4: What to do when the bottle comes. This is the most intimidating part of the process and where the real test begins. The key is to relax and not take it too seriously.
First, the waiter will present the bottle. You should quickly check the label to make sure it's the wine you ordered; sometimes the vintage will be wrong, for example, or the waiter will just have selected the wrong wine. Both have happened to me. If it is the right one, simply nod and say "Yep" (or "Boo-ya," if that's more your speed). If it's the wrong wine, just say so.
The waiter will then open the bottle and "present the cork." Do not sniff it. It just smells like cork. You could fondle it, if you're into that sort of thing, but otherwise just ignore it. (One exception: If you see that it's soaked through with wine, that's generally not good, as it means air probably got into the wine and could have ruined it. More on that below.) [read full article, via Kottke]