Thursday, February 26, 2015

ORIGIN OF THE TERM "BOOZE"






The origin of the word “booze” is often mistakenly credited to E. C. Booz, who was a distiller in the United States in the 19th century. 

But the first references to the word “booze,” meaning “alcoholic drink,” appear in the English language around the 14th century as “bouse.”




The first references to the word “booze” meaning “alcoholic drink” in English appear around the 14th century, though it was originally spelled “bouse”.  
The spelling, as it is today, didn’t appear until around the 17th century.
The word “booze” itself appears to have Germanic origins, though which specific word it came from is still a little bit of a mystery.  
The three main words often cited are more or less all cousins of each other and are very similar in meaning and spelling.  
One of the words came from the Old High German “bausen”, which meant “bulge or billow”.  
This in turn was a cousin of the Dutch word “búsen”, which meant “to drink excessively” or “to get drunk”.  
The Old Dutch language also has a similar word “buise”, which translates to “drinking vessel”.  
It is thought that the word “bouse” in English, which later became “booze”, has its origins in one or more of those three words, with most scholars leaning towards it coming from the Dutch word “búsen”.




SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PRODUCES HANGOVER CURE






The Aggregate of Years of Scientific Research 

The afore mentioned studies, while extremely useful to understanding the hangover process, barely scratch the surface of the scientific research foundation that the MagiPatch hangover cure solution is built upon. 

Their hangover cure solution delivers a range nutrients including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, A, C, D and E. 

Additionally, the hangover cure supplies chromium picolinate and the extracts of green tea, milk thistle, and globe artichoke.





Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

GEORGE WASHINGTON & BOOZE








Aside from madeira, George Washington's favorite tipple was porter, brewed English style by Robert Hare in Philadelphia.

The closest you can get to it, these days, is George Washington Tavern Porter, produced by Yards Brewery.



MARK TWAIN...





...presides over the bookshelf.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

TONIGHT: KARAOKE



Our host, Whit


Kommencing 8:03 p.m.


DRINKING LIKE A COLONIAL





In 1770, it’s estimated that Colonial Americans each drank approximately 6.6 gallons of pure alcohol per year. 

As of 2011, consumption per capita is now 2.28 gallons of pure alcohol per year.


As a way to usher in 2012, Sarah Lohman bucked the health resolutions that so often mark the New Year and instead gave herself a bibulous challenge. 

For one day, Lohman drank like a Colonial American, which is to say that she drank a lot and at hours that might seem strange even to an alcoholic or a college student. 

She wrote about the experience on her blog, Four Pounds Flour, which focuses on 18th- and 19th-century American food and drink. Lohman’s January 5 blog post is titled, well, “Drink Like a Colonial American Day.”

At 8:30 a.m., Lohman began with a beverage of sugar, whiskey, water, and bitters. (In Colonial times, bitters, a blend of herbs and spices infused in high-proof alcohol, were thought to have healthgiving properties. Today, bitters are a key ingredient in cocktails.) 

After that, she and her boyfriend accompanied bacon, eggs, and toast with a tall mug of hard cider. Made from fermented apples, cider was a crowd pleaser in the 1700s. Diluted, it was given to children. 

“Yes, I’m a little drunk,” Lohman posted at 9:38 a.m. (Of note, the cider Lohman drank was only 5 percent alcohol by volume; in Colonial times, the alcohol content of cider would have been twice that.)

At 11:00 a.m.: “It is now the ‘elevens’!!! The Colonial American equivalent of a coffee break!” Lohman wrote. She fixed herself a hot toddy with apple brandy. At 1:19 p.m.: “I’m hungover and it’s painful.” 

For lunch around 2:00, Lohman heated up a DiGiorno frozen pizza and consumed it with 12 ounces of hard cider. 

During the meal, she considered the schedule she’d need to keep up for the rest of the day to complete her booze-soaked exercise. 

With an early dinner, there would be more cider, followed by another small meal with drinks and a spirited nightcap. It was a dizzying agenda. 

After lunch, Lohman kicked back on the couch, turned on her TV, and quickly fell asleep. She woke up with a migraine. 

Her post at 5:48 p.m.: “That’s it. I’m calling it. I can’t continue.”





VINCENT'S FAVORITE TIPPLE






Friday, February 13, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

RED WINE BURNS FAT




Drinking wine or red grape juice ‘can help burn fat’

American study finds that chemical in grapes can slow the growth of fat cells


Drinking wine could help people burn fat better, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. 

US researchers believe ellagic acid, a plant chemical found in fruit and vegetables, also slows the growth of fat cells – a "previously unappreciated function" of the compound.




Saturday, February 7, 2015






HOT BEER?






The idea seems strange today, but heated ale drinks were once staples of home and tavern life. 

They provided warmth on chilly nights and nutrition when meals were scarce.




Friday, February 6, 2015

Harvest Moon


HANGOVER-PROOF YOUR BODY






Wake up feeling refreshed the morning after the night before.

 
1pm: Protein-load at lunch
 
 
3pm: Down a vitamin cocktail
 
 
6pm: Have healthy fats and carbs for dinner
 

7pm: Pack a healthy snack for the road
 

1am: Hydrate well before sleep
 

 




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

IN SEARCH OF LOST ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES





Travel back in time with a bottle of BEER: 'Alcohol archaeologist' creates authentic ales and wines using 2,000-year-old residues in pots


  • Dr Patrick McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania Museum has been creating ancient alcoholic drinks
  • He collects residues from containers to recreate the drinks
  • The oldest he has made so far dates back 9,000 years in China
  • Some involve odd methods - such as chewing and spitting corn
  • He says the drinks were likely expensive and enjoyed by affluent people
  • But today people can buy and make the drinks themselves 




SANTA BARBARA CIVICS LESSON # 2







The Architectural Review Board's Master Application seems pleasant enough.

It is only one page and seems to get straight to the point.

But when I re-read an e-mail I received from one Andrew Perez, Zoning Enforcement Officer, I see that he makes reference not to a Master Application but to a Design Review Application.

So I despatch this e-mail:


Dear Mr. Perez,

I visited 630 Garden Street and was directed to the Architectural Review Board’s “kiosk."

Here I found their Master Application, but nothing called Design Review Application.

May I presume that it is the Master Application that needs to be submitted by 27 February?

If I do not hear back from you promptly, I shall assume you meant Master Application, and I shall proceed with that.

If, however, I have the wrong application form (because there wasn’t one on the kiosk), please guide me to wherever I may find the correct application form.

Or feel welcome to send me a link, if the correct form is online, or feel welcome to send a hard copy of the correct form to my mailing address.


Andrew Perez responds promptly and says the Master Application is only part of what must be submitted; that additional items are required and, to enlighten me about such additional items, he kindly attaches a pdf file.

A whole package is required, the pdf file informs me, including the witch's broomstick, in triplicate.



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SANTA BARBARA CIVICS LESSON # 1






1.  I Google Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review.


2.  The first hit is Santa Barbara - Architectural Board of Review.


I click into it and find a telephone number.


3.  I phone 805.963.0611.


4.  A robotic voice answers with six options, none of which refer to the Architectural Review Board.

I press 0.

A clerk answers.  I explain that I'm looking for the Architectural Review Board so I can find out how to apply for permission for the mural on my bar.

She says, "It looks like it goes through the Planning Department."

She transfers me to the Planning Department.

Much gobbledygook transpires from a robotic voice pertaining to codes and pound signs and requests for me to name the person I am looking for, but since I am not looking for a person, I am transferred to a black hole.






5.  I Google Santa Barbara Planning Department to find their phone number.


6.  I phone 805.568.2090.

A robotic voice answers and says, "We cannot take your call right now..."


7.  I drive to 630 Garden Street, which is occupied by the City of Santa Barbara's mandarins.

A receptionist refers me to the Architectural Review Board's "kiosk."

This is where I find their Master Application.



Monday, February 2, 2015

CODE VIOLATION!





This is what our bar looks like today.

On September 1st, 2014, Idaho-based artist Tony Caprai painted the awesome nocturne mural.

BoHenry's: MURAL-IN-PROGRESS


This what our bar looked like before the mural was painted...






We received a letter from the City of Santa Barbara dated January 13, 2015 informing us that we have committed a "code violation" by painting the exterior of the building "without the approval of the Architectural Board of Review."

Apparently, according to Santa Barbara's numerous rules and regulations, one must not paint a business premises in the City of Santa Barbara without such permission.

In other words, everything must stay exactly the same unless a business/property owner is prepared to undertake an onerous process for a mere paint job.

We are now trying to determine precisely what one must do to obtain permission from the Architectural Board of Review.

As a civics lesson, we will fully chronicle our experience dealing with Santa Barbara's mandarins.



A CHRONOLOGY OF DRINKING IN THE USA






Past
Future


HOW TO TELL IF THERE'S BACTERIA IN YOUR BEER





The bacteria aren’t a health concern, but according to several brewers, they can greatly affect the taste of your beer.
“In the absolute worst case, you’ll taste a lot of sourness in a beer that shouldn’t be sour, or you’ll taste a lot of buttery or butterscotch flavor,” said Brock Wagner, founder and brewer at Saint Arnold Brewery.



Sunday, February 1, 2015

VODKA: OPIATE OF THE RUSSIAN MASSES






Russia has dropped the minimum price of vodka by 16 percent in an attempt to ward off a rise in moonshine consumption, spurred on by the falling ruble and contracting economy.
As of Sunday, the minimum price of vodka is now 185 rubles ($2.60) for half a liter, down from 220 rubles ($3.10).




Vodka is good for many purposes.  

Just don't drink it.

(Especially Russian vodka)

At BoHenry's, we do not serve any alcoholic beverages from Russia.





SUPER BOWL SUNDAY & NEW YEAR'S EVE...







 ...are the two biggest days for alcohol consumption. 

(No wonder there are so many Budweiser commercials.)




HANGOVER REMEDIES





1. Bananas: One of the most easily available remedies to cure hangover are bananas. The humble bananas are the effective ways to fight the lethal hangover sessions. Bananas which are known for their high level of potassium are great for hangovers as excess liquor eliminates your body's supply of potassium, which can be gained back by bananas thus curing your hangover.

2. Water: Booze drains out the entire water from your body which is why you feel extremely thirsty the day after that great party which served amazing liquors. Your body becomes dehydrated. Drink more water than regular so that your dehydration can be cured. Adding lemon and mint to the water will work wonders as both are great sources of curing your hangover, along with water. Don't take any medicines for headache as chances are it will worsen your internal system.

3. Carbs and soothing food are saviors: Your poor stomach experiencing tidal waves after boozing all night is nothing new. But eating foods that will replenish essential vitamins and minerals will help in getting out of hangover soon. Try eating foods that are rich in carbs or soothing warm food. Plain bagels, toast, and crackers are all good sources of carbs as chances are you probably don't feel like eating much. Hangovers cause your blood sugar levels to drop, so plain carbs will help increase your blood sugar.

4. Honey: Honey which is rich in potassium and is also antioxidant-rich staple it has other great qualities which will help you get out of a hangover. Spread it over a piece of dry toast or have it warm water. Also as you may not feel like eating much, add a little extra honey to your toast as this is a great combo to combat hangover.

5. Fresh juices: Because of all the mixing up of varied liquor your body is pretty much drained of its essential nutrients. Along with water drink fresh orange juice as it fulfills the need of vitamin C. Pineapple or mangoes are a great way of restoring your health. Remember to drink slowly.