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Sunday, August 28, 2011

THE ITALIAN KIR ROYALE: PAT Royale

When you have lunch or dinner in France, kir is often the starter drink.  To four parts chardonnay, add one part of creme de cassis, a black currant liquer.  I usually upgrade this to kir royale, which replaces the chardonnay with champagne.  This drink was supposedly invented by Canon Kir, mayor of Dijon.


My Buca di Beppo waiter today, Alfredo, and I created the Italian equivalent:  prosecco with limoncello.  Until we find a better name, we will call it a Pat Royale because kir was named after someone, so why not Patrick Alfredo Takahashi, or PAT.  He said he would advance this concept up the Buca chain.  So, when you next go there, or any Italian restaurant, order a PAT Royale.








I also went to see two movies:

1.  Columbiana, a French-American revenge film, produced and co-written by Luc Besson, of a young girl who experiences the murder of her parents in Colombia, and returns as a young adult (Zoe Saldana) to assassinate more than twenty of those who participated in the killing, all in Titan XC.  The reviews were rather negative, but 64% of those viewed it, according to Rotten Tomatoes.  Gruesome, mostly tense and action-packed, I can understand why.  The writing and editing could have been much better.  I just don't understand the title.  For one, it is called Colombiana and Columbiana.  Second, a far more appropriate name would have been Cattleya, as Cataleya, is the name of this executrix, and she wears a pendant of this flower.


2.  Crazy, Stupid, Love, a Steve Carrell gross comedy with Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon.  RT gave it an 85% audience rating  The writing was superb and a whole series of unexpected twists occurs, with a Hollywood ending.  For my classmates, the babysitter has been accepted to Stanford.   Reviews were tepid.  I loved the film.



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