Saturday, April 24, 2010

Taste in the Air

Whenever I fly for travel, I order a nonalcoholic bloody mary mix. I never drink this at home or order it in restaurants. I sometimes get a little queasy when flying and it always seems to settle my stomach. I've been doing this on flights for twenty five years. However I never order coffee on a plane which I  drink regularly. It always tastes so bitter to me, I came to the conclusion that airlines just make terrible coffee. Maybe not so...  There's more going on here than my own crazy habits.  Mark came home recently and told me about this fascinating study on how air pressure and altitude affect your taste buds. It's a german study done by Luftansa, so check it out and see if any of these taste bud quirks while flying pertain to you too.

I gave up buying nice wine glasses years ago. We just broke the delicate ones too easily. I started buying them in bulk from Pier One or World Market. Great for parties, but I never really liked the way they felt in my hand, they're so thick and heavy. Last spring when we were in Italy, every restaurant had the nicest glasses. Was it the italian wine, being in Italy, or the glasses that made it all seem so wonderful? (answer: all of the above) I noticed Bormiolo Rocco written on the base. I thought when I get home, I need to find some of these. 
I've seen a lot of the Bormiolo's around but they seem a lot bulkier than the ones in Italy. Then I started seeing Austrian made Stolzle Lausitz glasses around too.  I finally bought some Stolzle glasses at Tuesday Morning at a great price. I really love the way they feel. 
I think even cheap wine tastes fifty percent better from a nice glass!


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