All the chavs go to Calais. If you want to see chavs en masse, then Cite Europe is the place to be.
I go through it when I'm in the car on the way to Brugge. I go through it ... not to it.
Plus they don't know how to store cigars properly in Calais, whereas in Brugge, no problem.
That box of Maduros came from Jerry's in Brugge.
London, I go to Foxes of St James
Amsterdam, PGC Hajenuis on Rokin... amazingly good, probably the best cigar place anywhere in the world. Like a temple of cigars, in Art Deco, with beautiful women and all.
CW, I don't think I've ever used fresh garlic. I normally buy the minced garlic but always have garlic powder on hand just in case. As for the cigars...we have cigar shops popping up all over the place here. I, of course, don't smoke them. Are y'all talking about hard to get cigars?
Cigars are nasty.
Ive smoked cheap cigars with my sisters on our semi annual weekend getaways. Since I will not be introducing
them to Scotch..single or double or mixed malt, on our next gathering, maybe it would be fun to introduce the
sisters to a really good cigar. Who decided that cigars are just for men??
My grandmother told me that her mother, an Amish woman, and her sisters loved to relax with a good cigar.
Anyway, My local beer distributor has cigars that are kept in a humidity controlled thingy.
I think I will just buy the most expensive cigar, and we will all try it. Sounds like fun.
TOTD: I would say that this is a difficult question to answer meaningfully. Most of the "exotic" foods we associate with being heavily spiced really weren't day-to-day foods of the peasant or working classes. People might eat spiced foods for holidays and celebrations but most people ate somewhat plain foods on a daily basis. The other thing is that using a lot of garlic may seem exotic to a Midwestern farm family but using a lot of dill and vinegar would seem exotic to someone else and would have been dead common in Kansas.
One thing that is worth noting is that studies have shown that urbanized people living sedentary lives eat quite a bit more calorically when food is spiced and when numerous ingredients are used in a dish. They not only eat larger portions versus plain foods but they actively seek these foods out more often. In traditional settings, people ate a lot at celebrations and then went back to their rice/polenta/bread staple and reduced their portions sizes. We don't do that.
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