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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Happy Holidays!

(EK for WS - apologies for the late credit)

(and Merry Christmas)


Anonymous Dezso said...

Make a difference and shine!
Cheers and merry Christmas,


12/23/2005 12:35:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

He is showing a lot of five hole there isn't he?

12/23/2005 01:37:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

I guess Dezso is a Wings fan (and rightly!).

Keep an eye on the 27th, Dezso.


unless he's sitting down - in which case he's very cleverly covering his cup!

Here's one guy who really doesn't like the zamboni driver ;-]

12/23/2005 01:53:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

I was researching Vodka today (Christmas presents for Clients), and it seems Polish tater sqeezens are the world's finest.

12/23/2005 02:29:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Chopin and Belvedere are very fashionable in the States right now. Oh yes, and they're fantastic.

I ordered a shot of vodka when I was in the States for Turkey Day. Some mass-produced crap. I almost choked.

Before I came to Poland, I never appreciated vodka - and I'm not being sarcastic. It was something you mixed in party drinks or drank really fast straight to get hammered. Polish vodka is the sippin' kind. Never in my life thought I'd enjoy a vodka.

One of Poland's best vodka makers, Polmos Białystok, has just been taken over by an American alcohol distributor (which up to now has only distributed in Poland) that wants to export Żubrówka to the US. They may have already started, I know they had the distribution channels set up before they even bought the company.

If you can find it, Żubrówka is what you want to give your clients.

It's name roughly means bison-grass, one blade of which you'll find in every bottle. Poland is the only (I think - maybe there are some in Belarus or the Kaliningrad oblast?) place in Europe where Bison still roam. It's a colored, spiced-vodka, and the spices suppposedly come from the same grass that the bison graze on. It's excellent straight, or mixed with apple juice.

Żubrówka link in English - very annoying flash though.

And lookee here! Checking the website I see that they've already re-packaged, re-named, and re-marketed the stuff. Bison Grass Vodka - BGV - it has the smell of mass-consumerism, not the classic look it has in Poland. (label link)

There's ordering information there. Nice kinda wild-west connection with the Bison too. Could go down well with Texan clients.

12/23/2005 02:53:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Yup. I'm already at odds with the new marketing.

"The One with The Grass" - What the heck does that mean? Is it the vodka you drink with a joint? It sounds like something a Pole would say.

12/23/2005 02:59:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

I'll let you know. ;-)

But I was up against a deadline ya know....the Chopin has been delivered already.

12/23/2005 03:06:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Wish you would have let me know earlier.

Ah well, Chopin is really good stuff too.

Maybe just order the Żubrówka yourself

12/23/2005 03:13:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

for yourself

sorry. it's real late here.

Pronunciation: zhoo-BROOV-ka

12/23/2005 03:14:00 AM  

Blogger Michael Farris said...

I can't drink żubrówka anymore. It has to do with the exciting story of how I learned not to mix vodka and wine in the same evening (over ten years ago, but the smell of żubrówka still makes my stomache hop around).

I'm partial to luksusowa, a not so expensive, not so high profile but excellent potato vodka.

The first time I went to Poland, the vodka of choice was żytnia made from rye and very yummy (and best at room temperature). But quality control issues in the early 90's and more choice meant that it all but disappeared.

But anymore, I tend to drink other stuff (in moderation of course) especially the newer high quality flavored vodkas and vodka like products (my particular favorite is actually from Lithuania called Benediktynas(sp?) an herbal liqueur with a strong flavor of elderberry flowers.

12/23/2005 02:00:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

A Lithuanian vodka!

You traitor! ;)

12/23/2005 02:03:00 PM  

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