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Weird story coming out of my homeland, the Lone Star State: a rattlesnake farmer was busted this week for selling hooch consisting of 10-inch snakes soaked in cheap vodka.
Bob Popplewell, the 63 year-old moonshiner known as “Bayou Bob,” defended his illegal product as an “ancient Asian elixir” and maintained he was simply “catering to some members of the Asian community who like to consume certain animal and insect parts.”
Popplewell added that, to his customers, “It’s almost a spiritual thing.”
Oh sure, Bayou Bob. Blame it on us. And throw in a few vague references to old customs, Eastern medicine, and spirituality. Why didn’t you drop the words “inscrutable” and “Ancient Chinese Secret” while you were at it?
(Psst, Bob…what’s that stuff taste like? Do you ship to California? Can I pay with a Mastercard?–Jen)
Korean-born Jeannie Cho Lee is a dissertation away from becoming Asia’s first Master of Wine, a distinction only 265 people in the world have obtained. Reuters reported that the “Master of Wine has been likened to a PhD”–so really, it was only a matter of time before one of us got one. The Oxford-educated Lee, a mother of four, is particularly exceptional because she does not work in the wine industry and all of this began as a “hobby.”
Which is great news for Diana and me, since we fancy ourselves wine hobbyists, too! Oenophiles, in fact, which I believe is Greek for winos.