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Tips for Your Holiday Cocktail Party

The Gift of the Magi

This was always one of my favorites as a young man so thought I would share it here for the season.

Cheers
The Professor

The Gift of the Magi

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for…

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

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I was going to take the rest of the Holiday Season off from blogging and just use my Twitter feeds, @mysideofthebar and @mysideofthesmok to bring you Holiday Gift Ideas, however I have been inundated with request for gift ideas for the Usual Suspects at YourSideOfTheBar so here it goes.

First here are some links from previous posts on this topic

2012  Christmas Gifts for Your Usual Suspects
2012 More Christmas Ideas
2011 Christmas Gift Ideas
2010 Christmas Ideas for your Bar Friends Part I 
2010 Christmas Ideas for your Bar Friends Part II

So for this year you may see some repeats, but that is OK

Portable Ice Maker


I realize this is on the expensive side (about 150.00 USD) however they work great and I know several people that use them and I have even given a couple away myself. The great thing about these types of ice makers is they require no installation and no drain. They produces ice in as little as 10 minutes.
 and can produces up to 28 pounds of bullet shaped ice per day. They can st…

A Little Christmas Cheer

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I want to thank J.B. and M.C. both for sending me this and I hope it adds to your enjoyment of the holiday season ;)

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'

The Englishman fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It's a candle', he said.

'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.

The Scotsman reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'

Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.

The Irishman started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'


The Irishman replied, 'These are Carols.'

And So The Ch…

Wine

With the holiday season upon us and everyone scrambling to get all the ingredients for your "perfect" Thanksgiving Dinner, I bet you forgot the Wine!

Most do and there is still no cause for panic. To me Wine is the quintessential ingredient to a successful cocktail or dinner party. It adds a touch of class and also provides a focal point for conversation. (after all who has not heard things like, I enjoy a dry wine, I like a sweet wine etc.)

Here are a few tips to make your job of  "Sommelier" easier.

Probably the most important is price. You do not need to break the bank when choosing your Wines. Most restaurants make up a bottle of Wine about 300 percent, so that 30 dollar bottle in a bistro is only about 10 in your local liquor store.

I also recommend having a wide selection (remember, price is not really an issue) Include a dry red, a sweet red, a dry white and a sweet white. Also a nice Rose' as this is excellent with turkey. I also never worry about match…

Blue Mountain Cigars

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