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Some thoughts:
  • This year was the first year that I didn't spend Thanksgiving with my parents. reveilles and I went to her uncles house. Thanksgiving with my family tends to be small (4 people most years, 8 if my cousins come over). It was fun being at a Thanksgiving with around 16 people. We made cranberry sauce (since I can't stand the stuff from the can) and an apple pie. One of the two turkeys that was served was deep fried and it turned out wonderful. I've never had deep fried turkey before and was surprised how tender the meat was.
  • reveilles and I saw The Incredibles this weekend and both enjoyed it thoroughly. She posted a review on her blog that I agree with. This is a movie I want to own on DVD.
  • We also purchased a box of wine this weekend, which is something I never thought I would do. My parents drink Franzia wine in a box, which I think tastes horrible. When we were out shopping this weekend, we saw Banrock Station has started selling boxed wine. I've enjoyed their bottled wine, so we decided to give their boxed wine a try.
  • reveilles and I went shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. To Walmart, Target, and the local mall around lunchtime and had no problems with crowds. :) Much better than my experience in NJ last year.
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From:reveilles
Date:November 30th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
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And the Banrock Station wine-in-a-box is actually quite good! :) Mmmm...had some with dinner last night. I like this idea of drinking just a little bit of wine on occasion, instead of feeling compelled to finish a whole bottle in two days. jcobleigh explained to me the principles of gravity and the deflating wine-bag inside the box, thus explaining how it could still be good for several weeks. Cool! :)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:November 30th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so I now understand why your entry was titled "Aussie wine-in-a-box" when there was not one reference to Australia, or wine, in it.

In Australia we don't call it wine-in-a-box, but the official term is the more pretentious "cask wine", even though it's not actually in a cask; but I suppose the principle is the same: a larger amount of wine than a bottle, in a container which may be smaller than a barrel.

Cask wine used to have a bad reputation here (and lots of disparraging nicknames) because it was first embraced by less reputable wineries trying to pander to the mass market. But now it's fairly mainstream, and it does have the advantage that, yes, you don't have to drink it all at once, because, unlike with a bottle, opening a cask doesn't let oxygen into the container, since the actual container is a bag inside the box, and the bag simply shrinks as the wine is taken out. Cask wine was originally marketed as wine-to-have-at-parties, because there was more in a cask than in a bottle, and you could just stick it on the drinks table and people could serve themselves. But it's also useful at the other end of the market, for people who want to drink a little wine and have it keep. I know my parents keep casks of red and white, so that Mum can have one glass at dinner every now and then, and they don't have to go and drink a whole bottle.

The quality of the cask wine is completely independent of whether it's stored in a cask; for that one simply has to shop around, as one would for bottled wine. But again, Australian wine has gotten a much better reputation than it used to. I can't reccommend anything in particular, since I don't actually drink the stuff myself. 8-)

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From:kerravonsen
Date:November 30th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and in addition, I've just found this link which is an interview on ABC radio about cask wines, which has some good tips. You need realaudio, it's only about a five-minute clip. And you can be mesmerized by the Aussie accents if you so choose. 8-)
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From:jcobleigh
Date:November 30th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Aussie accents... Oooh....

Thanks for the link!
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From:reveilles
Date:December 1st, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
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oooh...Aussie accents!

Are you a native Australian? Do you have the mesmerizing accent? :)

We have an Australian prof in our department, who proudly displays a map of the world in his office that has Australia on top and everybody else on the bottom. :)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 1st, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Are you a native Australian? Do you have the mesmerizing accent?

I do, a mild version. I ain't no Crocadile Dundee. 8-)

We have an Australian prof in our department, who proudly displays a map of the world in his office that has Australia on top and everybody else on the bottom.

Yes, well that makes perfect sense, since the orientation of the map is completely arbitrary. 8-P

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From:dasubergeek
Date:December 1st, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
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I haven't got up the gumption to try it yet. Not when a bottle of perfectly drinkable wine is $1.20.

Some of the newer South American wines come with screw tops.

(HERESY! Oh wait, it makes perfect sense.)
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From:jcobleigh
Date:December 1st, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
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What drinkable wines have you found for $1.20/bottle?
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From:dasubergeek
Date:December 1st, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Some random set of reds from Trader Joe's, cheaper than Two-Buck Chuck.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:December 1st, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Alas, our local Trader Joe's does not sell wine. :(
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From:dasubergeek
Date:December 3rd, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
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You need to move to a place that wasn't settled by Puritans, then Trader Joe's will sell wine to you.

Also, I quite like cranberry-jelly-in-a-tin. It's not at all the same as homemade and so I have both. Then again, I had a big discussion with some coworkers over non-snobby foods I like (Egg McMuffins, Hawaiian plate lunch, Taco Bell, fries with Velveeta and brown gravy from a can...etc.)
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From:jcobleigh
Date:December 3rd, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
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There are Trader Joe's in Massachusetts that do sell beer and wine, they are just on the Eastern part of the state. We do have a good local wine store, so it is possible they may carry some of the inexpensive good wine, so if you could post the name, that would be great.
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