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|Do you remember this picture of my library?|
Well, I faked it. I would never drink espresso.
The brown liquid in the cup is soy sauce.
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|As much as I hate beer, it always looked so good on Cheers.|
|Make mine a Diet Coke.|
Tea goes with copious amounts of scones or other baked goods and even then is somewhat superfluous to me.
In my book coffee goes with nothing. I love the smell of it, but you couldn't pay me to drink a cup.
Soda strictly goes with pizza, burgers, or other similar high-fat, handheld food.
Red wine is amazing with good food - and I do quite enjoy it in that context, but it is rare that I will have a glass just to have a glass. In fact I try and make sure that I finish my wine by the time I finish my last bit of food. White wine pretty much goes with nothing on my palate. I will say I have had some extremely good whites with extremely good food, paired by extremely good sommeliers, but how often does that happen?
Cocktails (and I tend to prefer some sort of giant, girl-cocktail with an umbrella) are sometimes okay on their own, but I still am usually looking for something to munch on. Brown spirits are pretty much just for cooking.
Beer, ale, lager, hard cider, etc. have no place in my life. The smell alone is enough to make me wretch.
Years ago I heard a story on public radio about people whose palates didn't tolerate grapefruit (I think it tastes like poison) also tend not to like alcohol. I think this may be me with above the exceptions.
In many ways I should be glad that I don't have any of these cravings. I clearly don't require caffeine to function. And just think of all the money and calories I save by not craving alcohol. But there is part of me that wishes I had some sort of liquid pacifier that made me happier, or calmer, or more relaxed. I'm not depressed or anything (or am I? maybe that is why I am finding no joy in reading or blogging lately). It just feels like after 42 years of keeping tight control over everything it would be kind of nice to have some magic panacea that just allowed me to turn off or turn on, or whatever it is that beverages do for other people. Maybe I just feel left out...maybe its time for a little tap water...