Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Why Is It Green? -- 191 lbs (-38) [3X]

I've included absinthe (aka "the green fairy") in my diet because it symbolized a deliberate denial of normal life and its obligations around the turn of the 20th century, and that speaks to what I am trying to accomplish with this diet (and I need a break from whisky now and then).

Absinthe was an inspiration for the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, and Mark Twain. It somehow became associated with the ills of society and was banned in the early 1910's--it was not allowed back into the United States until 2007! That some of society's worst atrocities have occurred during the ban, I make no comment.

The big question amongst the family today was "why is it green?". Absinthe Ordinaire claims to be closest to the original recipe (minus the controversial thujone) and is distilled from Wormwood, Star Anise, Sweet Balm, Mugwort, and Peppermint. It is turned green by soaking some of these herbs in the product of the distillation (it is clear if this step is omitted).

What I consumed yesterday (vacation day):
● .08 cup Grant's Scotch
● .04 cup Cutty Sark (egad, too bitter for me!)
● .49 cup Teachers Highland
● .25 cup Canadian Club Reserve 10 Yr
● .50 cup Teachers Highland
● 17 Cheez-Its
● 12 big beef/sausage stuffed ravioli w/ grated parmesan & spaghetti sauce (I almost stopped here)
● .75 cup Absinthe Ordinaire (the last .25 mixed with water, which adds a bit of fun for you to discover)
● 12 oz Archer Farms frozen asparagus stir fry w/ parmesan & 2 turkey meatballs

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