- "to seven" IS a verb, albeit only in US card-playing slang. From the OED: "intr. Const. out. In the game of craps: to throw a seven, and hence to lose one's bet; occas. with dice as subj." Its use dates back at least to 1934.
- "sever" and "several" are from the same root as "separate". "To sever" can also just mean to open, when it comes to eyes and lips. The OED again: "1398 TREVISA Barth. De P.R. V. xvii. (1495) hijb, Mannes lippes..maye be seueryd & departed. a1586 SIDNEY Arcadia III. (1598) 372 Pyrocles, then first seuering his eye liddes, and quickly apprehending her danger. 1842 TENNYSON Day-Dream, Sleeping Pal. iv, Her lips are sever'd as to speak."
- Kofu is the capital of Yamanashi prefecture.
- From this very LJ: how I really started to pay attention to wine. Also, uses for celery salt. I still don't own any, but do I ever have salt in the house. Salt, salt, and more salt, yet still a replacement for Fiddes and Payne herb salt (in its own grinder; or a refill) is on our shopping list because it's so good. (Yet it is not listed on their website, which is worrisome.)
- Domori sell edible 100% cocoa mass bars. I've tried it in both their Black and Kamba ranges. Taste-wise, eating it is more like drinking red wine than it is like eating chocolate. Domori is an Italian company, but the occasional high-end food shop stocks it. In London, I've seen it at the Flaneur food hall on Farringdon Road; in Toronto, at La Fromagerie at College and Ossington; in Berlin, at the KaDeWe food hall; and in Venice at the high-end alcohol shop near the south end of the Rialto whose name temporarily escapes me (among other places).
My sister tells me that telling jokes to earn one's treat for Halloween is a Des Moines thing. People in the DC area don't do it. Really?
One of the highlights of going to the Chocolate Show today was a panel called "Judging the Judges". The award winners of a raft of major chocolate…
For weeks, I'd been looking forward to eating at Dabbous, but they cancelled at the last minute, thanks to a gas leak. We already had childcare, so I…