Lagniappe: Scattershooting about Malört, NBC5 Dance Friday, TCU, Linsanity, Josh Hamilton and Die Hard

Lagniappe: Scattershooting about Malört, NBC5 Dance Friday, TCU, Linsanity, Josh Hamilton and Die Hard

Hello friends.

For those who have never lived in south Louisiana, you may not be familiar with the term lagniappe.

Lagniappe (pronounced: lan-yap) means “a little something extra” in Cajun country.

Each week, I try to post a “Lagniappe Blog” that is just me scattershooting about whatever pops in the old skull.

So here we go….

What in the name of all that’s holy is Malört?

During the last 25 years, I have sampled some REALLY bad adult beverages, but there is absolutely nothing that I have ever tasted like Malört.  Never heard of it…neither had I.

It is Scandinavian schnapps flavored with wormwood that is pretty much only sold in and around Chicago.  Supposedly, Malört has medicinal purposes and will help indigestion.  After tasting it, the only thing I think that would help your stomach is that it will make you puke for an hour straight.  Some called it “Northern Discomfort.”

When it first hits your palate, you will be reminded of the AquaNet or White Rain hair spray your mother or grandmother wore back in the 1970s and once it hits your throat, it tastes like pure gasoline.  This stuff tastes like death.

Make sure you check out the Malört Facebook Page for some additional research on the “World’s Worst Liquor” according to NPR or get your collectors Malört t-shirt.

Malort T-Shirt


**It looks like Virgil Cain is about ready to finalize a deal to bring his “Secret” all-purpose seasoning to the public.

**Gregg is really glad that NBC5 discontinued Dance Friday.  Ever since I fixed the Internet voting for “Build Me Up Buttercup” a couple of years ago, the segment ceased to be fun.  Good riddance.

**The recent drug bust at TCU that included several Horned Frog football players is not just a stain on that program.  This story will be used by the College Football Elites to argue that schools like TCU do not belong in the national discussion.  They will use a broad brush to paint all programs like TCU (Boise State, etc.), who have had success, are taking shortcuts to winning by signing student athletes of questionable character.

**Anyone who does not believe that totalitarian regimes are not alive and well in the United States does not belong to a Home Owner’s Association and HOAs don’t even have an ethos.

**For my next restaurant feature, I will be reviewing Paddy Long’s Beer and Bacon Pub in Lakeview…where the men are men, the crafts are cold and the pigs are frightened.
Paddy Long's

**Really hopes that the “Linsanity” stuff goes away soon and it is not because that Jeremy Lin is not a good player or a great story.  It is more because I become more and more “anti-hype” the older I become.

**Looking forward to Milwaukee’s Lebowski Fest in June.  Tickets go on sale at noon on March 2 at the Pabst and Riverside theater box offices, (414) 286-3663 and the Pabst website for all you Urban Achievers out there.

**Hoping for a speedy recovery for both my dad and Tony Gwynn.

**If an Otter Box product is protecting your iPhone, you need to know something.  It is an urban myth that these products make your device indestructible.  I have had an iPhone 4 about nine months and it is in the Otter Box Defender.  I dropped the phone last week like I probably had done hundreds of times before but this time it hit on the upper right corner and the screen shattered.  I called Otter Box and according to them they have no liability on the devices per the warranty.  I now no longer believe all the stories I have heard about the Otter Box protecting the iPhone after being run over by a car, chewed by a Squatch in the Canadian Rockies or crushed by a pack of stray wild dogs.  Few things are indestructible and an Otter Box is not even close.

**Gregg loves his Weber Grill.  Gregg also likes a nice pair of slacks.

**A tip to all the bartenders and servers in the DFW Metroplex.  If Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers walks into your establishment…DO NOT SERVE HIM BOOZE.  Thank you.

**It looks like Die Hard has replaced Road House as the most recent cable “guy rotation” movie.  I have always loved Die Hard and an oft-quoted classic.  Even though the movie has not aged well due to its late-1980’s Los Angeles “Lethal Weapon” look, it is still a classic with a Top 10 villain in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman).

**Only nine (9) days until the Great American Race at Daytona.

**Gregg will be taking in Lubbock’s own Joe Ely with fellow ChicagoNow blogger Jim Ryan (Chicago At Night) this weekend at FitzGerald’s in beautiful Berwyn.

Also, I welcome additional feedback and ideas.  Feel free to send me an email at anytime.

That is all for today friends…Stay Classy.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “This is Deputy Chief of Police, Dwayne T. Robinson, and I am in charge of this situation.”

COMING UP:  Bacon…The Candy of Meat.


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  • You should have called this post "Selected Shorts". The picture would have gone well with it.

  • Looking forward to hearing about the Joe Ely show! Since you kinda pride yourself on BBQ and what-not, you should do a sit-down with Ely on the Lubbock landmark, Stubb's BBQ. Not a better joint for live music, hard-livin' and Stubblefield's excellent BBQ. Ask Ely about the Great East Broadway Onion Championship of 1978. . . enjoying the blog. Keep it up.

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