commented on Beaujolais Nouveau: The Happiest Wine in the World
@6: The notion that Beaujolais Nouveau is released in time for the American Thanksgiving holiday is absurd. Yes, there's a fixed date, but it's been the third Thursday in November since forever. And of course it's backtimed as you describe, and yes, it's often crappy, but DON'T BLAME THANKSGIVING.
Used to be, the wine was released in France at midnight on the Third Thursday, and there would be races to get it to markets around the world as fast as possible. restaurateurs Mick McHugh and Tim Firnstahl (FX McRory, Jake O'Sullivan's, etc.) bought into this, back in the mid-1980s, when they CHARTERED THE CONCORDE to bring the first cases to Seattle. (They covered the cost by selling tickets for the trip.) Eventually, the rules changed so that the Third Thursday was the date it could be sold anywhere in the world, hence even more pressure to pick, ferment, bottle and ship to meet the schedule.
No one ever said it was great wine, BTW. It's a specific fermentation (carbonic maceration) which produces a very fruity wine. It's best point is that it's the first wine of the current vintage to reach the market.
commented on Dear Everyone at Last Night's Sold-Out Screening of Blue Is the Warmest Color...
Here's something else to think about, if you do go: there's more time devoted to the pleasures of the table than the sex scenes. And more emphasis, too, on the intellectual development of the French. Adele teaches a reading & writing class to kindergartners; her own high school class studies literature and philosophy, line-by-line readings and interpretations.
commented on Coffee and Mars Hill
The problem isn't whether there is or isn't an explicit connection to Mars Hill, in my opinion. It's that the project is funded by the reclusive Jon Phelps, said to be living a low-profile life in Seattle but an active investor in conservative causes. Bad enough that Howard Schultz fibs his way through revisionist Starbucks history, bad enough that Dr. Dreamy gets booted out of plans to revive Tully's, now we've got right-wing fundamentalists pretending they're not involved in a rival coffee venture in the heart of Seattle's iconic Market.
commented on "God has used Storyville Coffee to bless Mars Hill Downtown"
FWIW, it's not just about the money. Storyville gives Mars Hill a place to send their interns / trainees / young apostles.
It's kinda creepy, all these ultra-polite young men & women, cleaning counters and delivering pastries. You feel like you're in some kind of science fiction movie. Phelps himself never mentions his developmentally challenged kid, whose quote appears on the wall near the entrance; it's kind of a get-out-of-jail-free card.
Sure churches have often underwritten training programs for the disadvantaged, and even turned those programs into retail businesses. But Storyville, I don't know: creepy.
commented on How Far Can You Get from a Subway?
People who live close to a Subway store don't eat there. You'll never see your neighbors at the Subway closest to your house. Subway becomes an option only when you're away from home, when you don't know the neighborhood, when you're on unfamiliar ground and you want a meal that's, if nothing else, safe & predictable.
Subways exist for contractors, repairmen and delivery truck drivers, not for neighborhood moms out for a stroll. A typical Subway franchisee owns three or more stores, virtually adjacent to one another, carving out a mini-territory.