Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Deux Pastis s'il vous plai

What is Pastis? Where's my blanket. What are you doing in my garage?
These are all excellent questions.
I told you about some of the cheese I ate in france. What I haven't told you is what I drank.
Pastis! Yes, but what is Pastis?
Hold your horses. I'll tell you.  It's an anise flavored spirit. So if you're one of those crazy people who doesn't like licorice then you can skip down an entry and read about tea pots.
Don't worry, it doesn't cause blurry hand syndrome. That was the french fries.
It's served with a picture of water that you add to the booze. It clouds up like Ouzo and can range in color from beige to carmel to bright green. It's quite refreshing whether you're in the south of France, a condo balcony in the City of Commerce, or having a stroll down the Seine in Paris on a summer evening enjoying a light breeze.
I loved it so much that I even braved the water cracker lined halls of Bev Mo when I got back. It seems that Pernod and Ricard are the main brands you can get in the US. They seem just fine. Cheap bastards should keep in mind that you're mixing the stuff with equalish (to taste) parts water so imagine the bottle is twice as big and it won't seem so pricy.
It's also an easy thing to order if you went to France excited by their wine and then realized that it's true what Steven Spurrier proved in the Judgement of Paris- California wines are better. Granted I was drinking the house wine at little cafe bar's but that should be good! It was crap. If france wants to prove that their wine is good they are welcome to send me some. I will drink it in the interest of world peace.
Pastis is pastis is pastis and I never had a bad one.
Even people who wear this awesome Octopus on a bike shirt from darkcycleclothing like Pastis.
Of course if you're not in the mood for something alcoholic but you are thirsty and turned on by Zebra's then you could always have an Orangina. As if the word Orangina wasn't filthy enough! What is she doing with that hoof? Also, how is she holding that bottle with her other hoof? 
I feel like we are missing out on some great advertisements over here with our puritan cultural roots. I also feel like this picture raises many more questions than it answers.
It's not summer. But it's Los Angeles so I think I'll have a Pastis!


  1. (Ha! We're both blogging food and drink tonight!)I'll try the pastis and I love Orangina's :)

  2. I totally love pastis in the summer. The anise-flavour is so refreshing!

  3. Haha! I completely loved this post.