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Published: March 1st 2009
Complete with lovely pile of snow.
Stopped and had a successful fueling of the Prius this morning. This may seem a simple thing, but trust me... nothing in the Prius is simple. And it seems finding a Finnish gas station that will take my credit card isn't too simple either. But today was a good day 😉 Dave didn't have to use his AK... I think I'm dating myself.
Another good thing is that I finally got my iPod up n' running, i.e. I bought a cable to plug it into the Prius. We'd been trying this for several days with no success and today was sketchy... Again, nothing is easy in the Prius! Put the headphones on the iPod and you have tunes everytime you hit play... hookup to Prius... who the F knows what you'll get. Anyway, I've loaded up the Bob&Tom podcasts and we can hear English on the drive to work. It's the simple things in life.
Another drive home, sans moose. Then Dave and I decided to venture out to Esperanza for dinner. The local friendly bartender, Jussi, who I see quite often at the Celtic pub recommended it as a place with good food, a good drink selection and a cigar lounge. The food was incredible! I had the escargot... treading lightly so as not to destroy my mouth like last time. For the main course I had a garlic steak. A decent cut of meat for Finland, just not what we're used to in the midwest. It was simply seasoned, and served with a very spicey garlic mayo on the side. Very bold flavor, I liked it. Dessert was a well prepared chocolate fondat.
Onto the cigar lounge. I smoked a Sancho Panza, robusto size. Our bartender was very knowledable and offered us a good selection of traditional Finnish drinks. We started with Salmiakkikossu Koskenkorva... Per Wikipedia: Canonically it consists of Koskenkorva Viina vodka and ground up Turkish Pepper brand salty liquorice. It smells great, not so great tasting to me though. It's defintely drinkable, but of a very unique flavor. Dave didn't care for it. Also, it was a bit too sweet for the cigar so we moved onto something I don't remember the name of, but we were told it was some sort of Finnish brandy. That was more up my alley!
Enter crazy Finnish man who claims to be a standup comedian. He's offering port to the room, so I switch. A few hours of American jabbing later Dave has had enough and heads home. I stick with the crazy man who's buying drinks figure what the hell, I might meet some new friends. Pretty much all I did was debate foreign policy and get drunk. The only other thing I remember is that I ended up at a bar where all the women seemed older and not too attractive. So, being rather inebriated and thinking the women weren't all that good I figured it was time to bug out!
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