Monday, April 18, 2011

Potato Cooking

I was at a bourbon tasting the other evening hosted by a woman from Ireland. Hearing her talk about counties in Kentucky sounded a bit odd, but she was very knowledgeable and well spoken. Though for all I know she could have made up every single thing she told me, it's not like I'm going to go down there to fact check. She shared a couple Kentucky bourbons with us and then one Irish whiskey. It was during the Irish whiskey that it occurred to me that it's odd that Ireland is known for whiskey and not vodka. After all, vodka is usually made from potatoes, and there's that classic Irish stereotype that there everyone in Ireland is a big potato eater. But instead it's the Russians who are the vodka makers and the Irish are known for their whiskeys. Even the idea of an Irish vodka seems foreign. It's an odd world.

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