Two Quick Confessions

We got four more questions on our Twitter feed! I’ll answer two of them. The reason is because the other two are inappropriate jokes that would only make sense to fellow Cornell mechanical engineering students. Anyway, here goes.

What are your favorite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks?

This technically belongs on our sister blog, The American Foodie, but I can still answer it here.

Generally, what I drink is very context-dependent. I’m very much into food-drink pairings, particularly as far as wine. That said, as far as alcohol goes, I can break it down like this. If I’m eating a burger or a pizza, I like a nice pint of an IPA. If I’m eating Indian food, I like a Pilsner, preferably of German origin. If I’m just chatting with friends over a pint, then I prefer stouts that are not Guiness.

Within wines, I definitely have a preference for reds over whites, though I’m beginning to gain more of an appreciation for whites. Many of my favorite red varietals are grape mixes. I tend to like Chiantis and Saint-Emillion a lot, though I also do like Merlots and Shiraz wines a lot too. As far as whites, since I do prefer sweeter ones, I really like German Rieslings. That said, my ideal seafood pairing now is the excellent Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc that I paired with a shrimp and scallop scampi that I made the other night.

As far as non-alcoholic drinks, there is nothing that can beat an Ithaca Soda Company root beer.

If you were held captive and being tortured, what movie/show would your captors force you to watch?

Sorry for spoiling, but this is probably the funniest scene in the movie.

Sorry for spoiling, but this is probably the funniest scene in the movie.

This would be a tie between Project X and The Happening. I saw the former in theaters with a friend. Had I not gone with this friend (who appeared to actually enjoy it), I would’ve walked out of the theater maybe 20 minutes in and demanded my money back. It was a party comedy clearly aimed at an audience who hasn’t gone to college. As someone who has gone to more than one frat party at Cornell and never understood the thrill of underage drinking, I was more disturbed by the movie’s brand of humor than amused. As far as The Happening, it was the only movie I reviewed on this site that I gave up on 10 minutes in. I was actually bored by the opening credits. Think about that.

The reason I listed these movies as opposed to something like The Room is because The Room falls strongly into the category of being so bad that it’s good. I have a very morbid fascination of movies of that ilk, having been a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 once upon a time. Project X and The Happening are just straight up bad movies instead of “good bad movies”.

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