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    moved from @Rihana's posh-gift suggestion thread:
    [QUOTE="shravs3, post: 4163826, member: 425422”]…actually nothing related to Oregon but wine selection [/QUOTE]

    People talk much about wine selection. Most talk sound like irrational opinions. But the basic scheme is for the wine to stand out on its own in taste, and yet not overpower the taste of the food you serve with that wine. However, “the wines you like” always trump any other choice. Most Sommeliers would agree with this notion, no matter what their own recommendations be. In restaurants, if they have a special wine-person, you must ask why they recommend what they recommend. It would be an interesting thing to hear

    • If the food has nuanced gentle tastes, you serve something that is light, and flavorful ;
    • if it is very spicy, then you serve something full bodied, and lingering in the mouth (wine people call this a "tail", a taste that remains long).
    • There'd be a whole lot of variations in between.

    Rava dosa (crispy, with tastes of green chilis, ginger and cumin seeds), with spicy sambar would go well with a strong red wine. All totally vegan and vegetarian too!! You would likely serve a lighter bodied wine with regular dosa, served with a mild coconut chutney or a lightly spiced onion-tomato-chutney.

    If one were south of the vindhyas, and go by the tastes of the various cuisines, you'd recommend

    • sparlkling wines, rose, pinot grigio for udupi-mysore foods
    • c.sauvignon, syrah type heavy bodied wines for Andhra foods, and Chettinad foods
    • Less heavy merlot, pinot noirs for Palakkad, Tanjavur, Chennai tastes.

    India's own western ghat wineries are producing mostly strong (heavy bodied) wines. When you buy wines, you can lift the bottle up to the ceiling lights of the shop and see comparative light transmission through the bottle. Most bottles are greenish in color, but the light will come through some wines easily, and not through the others.

    Years ago, one MIL came to visit to stay during a post-natal period of a young mom. She (the MIL) discovered a wine shelf in the basement of the home. And through slow feelers to the son, and some visiting young people, she found out that her DiL as well as her son, DRANK !!

    After a six month stay the auntiji went back with a taste for wine coolers. Made from Fresca (a gingery, somewhat sweet soda with no sugar, zero calories), and wine in equal amounts, with a few ice cubes. She would say that a spicy bajji or mirchi pakora with a wine cooler is the best early afternoon tiffin. Poor thing... had to go home after a few months, and give up on her wine-cooler tiffins.
     
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    I was looking at some baby feet in a photo, and going "..Aawww...". The photo is of an unknown child posted on facebook.
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    And then clicked to see the few other photos on the site. Photos of parents. They are sweet too. However, I was so puzzled as to how two people with sharp noses, could have a child with such a tiny nose. Although we have seen hundreds of baby photos, and actual babies, we are still puzzled about that. Aren't we ?
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    I am quite happy !!
     
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    I am missing Ouroboros and Novalis. I shall plan to meet them in Madras. During the music season of 2019-2020.
    Dec 23rd I have a date at a Mylapore venue, in the green room. And then many others in various locations. Is it really true that they have over 1500 concerts during the single month (from Dec 15 to Jan 14th) ? Apparently lots of Telugu and Kannada speakers would descend on the city during the season to see if the local singers are pronouncing the lyrics correctly.

    Amazing thing, this music season.



     
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    That thread started pretty close to another IL member's thread that wanted tips to reduce cholesterol. Ain't that interesting ?
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    Obviously the scrambled egg recipe seeker is able to make what she had deemed "not good" scrambled eggs.

    Google has egg in it. Too much of that could be bad for one's health. However, if Amulet were to suggest something out of eggs -- it is an easy guess what that would be.

    Clambers (verb) is an anagram for scramble. As in "she clambers". Should one clamber up google, and seek that egg recipe ? May be; if needed bad enough. I'd still recommend an Aumlet (sic!), and when it fails, it would naturally be scrambled.

    Seeking the world's best recipe made out of eggs, was the plot of an old movie. If one were to watch TV while eating an Amulet, that would be a good, and topical one to watch.
     
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    Late Autumn....

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    Cricket match Kolkatta, Nov 23, 2019
     
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    Not giving Thanks to Indians on Thanksgiving Day:
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    Telugu, Tamil native speakers -- do they say "Thanks" in vernacular ? Or express it by body language of appreciation ? Or just take the thankable thing as an expected feature of the interaction, and move on.

    Visiting NRI's, especially from the west, have this thanks-reflex drilled into them. For every little thing they would say "thanks". Even if the other person says "thanks", they might come back with "no..no...thank you". This amuses the natives to no end.
    When you read advisories like the following,
    Can this express-thanks, a thing that a desi can toss out at a loved one, without due consideration of their particular situation ? I bet not. Desi's probably do thanks (should there be cause) much better than say thanks.

    Reading: What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale
     
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