Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

March 20, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 2:51 PM

I need your recommendation, gentle readers, for an excellent, even sublime, alcoholic beverage. Money is of no account. Suggestions?

Yesterday, ladypine and me attended a baby shower, which was a lot more fun than I expected. During the course of the conversation, Orna mentioned that my good friend Oleg Goldshmidt has a link to a pagan site from his homepage. Knowing Oleg as I do, I expressed disbelief at this, we agreed to check when we’ll get home, and continued talking about other matters.

Later, when we got home, Orna went to check. Before she fired up mozilla, however, we made a bet. The loser will buy the winner a bottle of the alcoholic beverage of their choice. Needless to say, I won, and now I need your help to decide!

My current runner up is Chivas Regal, but I’m open to ideas.

23 Comments »

  1. Hehe I know nuts about alcoholic beverage.
    What is a baby shower?

    Comment by ideawerkz — March 20, 2004 @ 4:54 AM | Reply

    • baby shower is not the precise term; I have no idea what is the correct term. It’s called a “brit” in Hebrew, and it’s a party people throw when they have a new baby. If it’s a baby boy, often the circumcision takes place during the party…

      Comment by mulix — March 20, 2004 @ 5:00 AM | Reply

      • Oh gosh, you mean circumcision during the party? We do have a culture whereby people throw party for their new one-month old baby but that’s all.

        Comment by ideawerkz — March 20, 2004 @ 5:12 AM

      • The more religious types usually have a Mohel who does the circumcision during the party. If I had a baby boy, he would got circumcized by a doctor, in a hospital, not by a religious functionary.

        Comment by mulix — March 20, 2004 @ 5:27 AM

      • Circumcision isn’t very much practised here except for Malays.

        Comment by ideawerkz — March 20, 2004 @ 5:36 AM

      • Well, being that in .il the majority is jewish, and the jewish circumcize their boys…

        Comment by mulix — March 20, 2004 @ 5:50 AM

      • I learnt something new today… 🙂

        Comment by ideawerkz — March 20, 2004 @ 6:37 AM

      • The Mohel isn’t a Savage pirate who’s exceptionaly capable with the knife.
        He’s having a exams, training, stag(as in doctors’ stag, after 7 years of study) which includes first-aid and Tzahevet recognition methods.

        Comment by Anonymous — March 25, 2004 @ 7:50 AM

      • fair enough. But if you have a choice between someone with “exams, training and stag”, and someone who is a doctor, who would you choose?

        Comment by mulix — March 27, 2004 @ 8:29 AM

      • I honestly don’t know who’s better for this task.
        Just like a field-medic knows much less than a doctor about general healing facilities, but if you got shot (been to a Kravi unit BTW?) he might handle the situation better than the doctor as it’s his special field of expertation, the Mohel might handle Brit complexities better than the doctor as he’s been circumstancing hundreds of kids before.
        Obviously a doctor who is also Mohel is the ideal choice.

        Comment by Anonymous — March 27, 2004 @ 10:25 PM

      • > Just like a field-medic knows much less than a doctor about general
        > healing facilities, but if you got shot (been to a Kravi unit BTW?) he
        > might handle the situation better than the doctor as it’s his special
        > field of expertation, the Mohel might handle Brit complexities better
        > than the doctor as he’s been circumstancing hundreds of kids before.
        Fair enough. And no, I haven’t been to Kravi. Perhaps I should have.

        Comment by mulix — March 27, 2004 @ 11:24 PM

  2. Suntory makes kick-ass scotch, but finding it can be difficult –

    Comment by kyburg — March 20, 2004 @ 5:42 AM | Reply

    • Thanks! I’ll see if we can find some.

      Comment by mulix — March 20, 2004 @ 11:28 AM | Reply

  3. Here’s a short list:
    Here is a short list of what I like

    Glenmorangie – one of the most famous single malt whiskeys. My personal favorite.
    Becherovka. Nice bitter.
    Jagermeister. Another nice bitter
    Absinthe – one of the most fatal spirits out there (available in TA)
    Jameson – Irish whiskey

    Comment by omerm — March 20, 2004 @ 9:56 AM | Reply

    • Re: Here’s a short list:
      Thanks, Omer! How goes?
      I have a new bottle of Glenmorangie (which I’m seeping right now), and an unopened bottle of Jameson. I’ve wanted to try Absinthe for a long time. Haven’t heard of Becherovka, and have heard good things about Jagermeister. Thanks!

      Comment by mulix — March 20, 2004 @ 12:07 PM | Reply

      • Re: Here’s a short list:
        It’s always my pleasure to be helpful to friends 🙂

        Comment by omerm — March 21, 2004 @ 9:30 AM

      • BTW: bitters are new trend
        as clearly stated in this thread

        Comment by omerm — March 21, 2004 @ 9:32 AM

      • Re: BTW: bitters are new trend
        I shall have to follow the trend, then!

        Comment by mulix — March 22, 2004 @ 2:16 AM

  4. LOL, Muli
    I am the owner of the so called pagan site you mentioned.
    First, let me say Thanks for linking my site to yours.
    Now Orna can bet that you has a link and she will win 🙂
    As for the beverage, I can recommend McKewans. It’s Scottish Ale and one of the best beers I ever tasted both in Israel and England.
    You can get it either in Molly Blooms irish pub in TA or Temple Bar in Glilot (Cinema City).

    Comment by Anonymous — March 20, 2004 @ 10:32 AM | Reply

    • Re: LOL, Muli
      Always glad to be of service 😉
      McKewans… I’ll make a note of it. Thanks!

      Comment by mulix — March 20, 2004 @ 12:08 PM | Reply

      • Mc Ewans is a nice beer
        Although not my cup of tea…
        Apropos beers:
        My humble suggestions would include:

        Staropramen (dark)
        Krusovice
        Hoegaarden Wietbier
        Beamish
        Murphy’s
        Guinness
        Zhiguli Pshenichnoe

        All of the above are available, of course in the the Nest pub in northern TA.

        Comment by omerm — March 22, 2004 @ 2:46 AM

  5. If you were on this side of the ocean, I’d say go for Wild Turkey. That’s a whiskey made in Kentucky and there’s nothing like it on earth.
    But since you’re on that side, you might try Absinthe. I hear there’s nothing quite like it, either.

    Comment by 77azkkr — March 21, 2004 @ 8:09 AM | Reply

    • both recommendations registered; much obliged!

      Comment by mulix — March 22, 2004 @ 2:17 AM | Reply


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