Friday, December 31, 2010


Happy New Year.
Ringing in 2k11, two-thousand-eleVOM, 20-ALEven with General Tso and Mr. Grinch.

It's not much, but it's what they were asking for, and it's what I can do to help. They've settled countless bets for me, clarified numerous discrepancies.  Donate to Wiki! And I can't believe it's been 10 years of wikipedia. Good grief I'm old.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Eighteen ", Hypothets & I was very good this year.

2x the hypotheticals since I was on an extended holiday last week...
You don't have to say when, where, or for who- have you ever regifted? Would you ever regift?
And No. 2
You have to write a new year's resolution on a piece of paper that goes in a hat. Everyone draws a resolution they have to stick to... What do you write? Remember you can pick your own...

A new camera for Christmas results in way too many photos.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

G.G.C. Great Gifts Company

Nate, CEO of GGC (all rights reserved), is available for all of your gift wrapping and holiday needs. Need to extend your gift unwrapping process? Nate's taping of objects in a 'Mr. Potato Head' fashion can entertain the whole family!

Money is tight this year? No need to worry! Simply find household objects that no one wants anymore, such as an empty Gatorade bottle, an old washcloth, or an army man, and wrap away!

Comes complete with great holiday cards!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December Adventures

The surf is cold, but still up!

The Cape May Victorian Houses

 The shops

The sugar...

The NYC Spice...

And everything nice...

And of course, top it off with a thumb.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Weekend News and Hypotheticals

Hypothetical Situation of the Week:
Reindeer Games! If the reindeer were competing in a Kentucky Derby style race, which one do you pick to win? 40% said Rudolph, 30% Dasher, and the rest is an assortment of Blitzen and Comet.

News Ticker: Candy Canes make a very festive drink stirrer for Scroogedrivers. Laurita Winery had a photo competition; although I didn't win, mine was still selected to be on the photo gallery. Holiday cookies achieved include Peanut Butter Blossom, Chocolate Covered Oreos, and Pumpkin that completely destroyed my egg beaters before getting to chocolate chip and sugar.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cape May Winery

The last stop on our Cape May tour was Cape May Winery.

Inside, the tasting room was big and filled with festivity.

We walked up to the packed bar and started our tasting. I'm not sure how much the tasting cost; at the end we were charged including the tastes, and I didn't calculate how much they were, but you do keep the glass and try all of the wines.

Dry White Wines
Chardonnay - This 100% French Oak wine was "good" according to Jonaid. By far it was my favorite Chardonnay all day; buttery, oaky, with slight acidity.

Dry Red Wines - All Isaac Smith wines are from Washington. Other than the Isaac Smith wines, all wines are grown on site.
Isaac Smith Cab Sauv - Flavors of cherry here that are very tasty. Both Jonaid and I enjoyed this.
Isaac Smith Merlot - Heavy aroma; tasty. The "Isaac Smith" is named after a coffin maker, and all of the labels on these bottles are shaped like a coffin. "Aged 100 years, dead body fermented," I joked, and our wine host laughed. The coffin was especially coincidental as I was currently reading a book about Dracula that made it difficult for me to fall asleep the night before.
Isaac Smith Syrah - This one burns a bit. I was looking forward to a Syrah all day!

Dessert Wines
Isaac Smith Port - Tried with chocolate. The brandy flavor is strong.

"What is your favorite?" I asked the women who walked in to order two cases.
"Don't ask us," they said, "We only drink the sweetest."

Bonus Wines (not on our list)
Victorian White - Jonaid commented on the citrus flavor here
Victorian Blush - Sugar crystals are noted in the bottom of the glass. Sweet.
Apple - After a piece of chocolate, this is delightful.
Apple Mulled - You can see the steam off of this one; very tasty.

The winery was quite crowded due to a wine club port tasting. Although we weren't members, we were allowed to go to the back room to sit and enjoy a glass of Merlot. Walking underneath the mistletoe,

We headed to the back room.

Taking high corner table we noticed a number of spacious couches, chairs, and tables for easy relaxing with friends. We noted the Christmas decorations,

finished our glass, and headed out to the barren grapes.  The patio outside also looked quite cozy; if it wasn't so cold it would be very pleasant. All around, this winery was very comfortable. I felt like bringing my Dracula book on one of the leather benches with a hefty glass of Cab Sauv.

It's amazing what four months can do to completely overturn a winery. Earlier in the year we were sweating as we practically gulped the blushes; now, we're slowly savoring the reds as they light fire the whole way down. Vines that were before filled with colors are now barren, leaves litter the ground instead of grassy pastures.

Anyway, cheers! Great wine weekend in Cape May.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry (NYC SantaCon 2010)

What: SantaCon 2010
Where: NYC
When: 10am, 11 Dec 10
Who: Santa, SantaTron, Santasaurus, Hippie Santa, SantaCop, Elves, The Missus Claus, SantaTubby, SantaConVict, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, The Grinch, Rudolph, Jesus, and associated friends
Bring: Canned goods to donate, holiday spirit, and your backup liver. 
Jeans Prohibited

(SantaTron photo courtesy of Jonaid and his iPhone)