Prices for burgers getting too damn high!!
That is all. Thank you
I don't drink simply because I don't enjoy alcohol. However, I still enjoy going to bars to socialize with friends. If I am clearly just drinking water, I am always inundated with questions about why I'm not drinking. People get very nervous drinking around a sober person. I learned this trick from a friend who is a recovering alcoholic and it has made my social life much more enjoyable! I typically ask for a seltzer with a shot of grenadine. A lot of times the bartender won't even charge you, which is another nice benefit. But remember to tip them regardless!
Edit: but don't go to bars or social events during pandemic
Edit 2: I have gotten the comment many times that you shouldn't be friends with people who judge you for not drinking or pressure you to drink. I 100% AGREE. However, this is really a problem in large social circles with acquaintances, at family events such as weddings, and especially at work functions. This tip is just a way to avoid being harassed about why you're not drinking in those situations. It's particularly bad for women, who will get asked so many times if they're pregnant. Sometimes it's more worth it to just fake it than to be confrontational, especially if you want to just relax and enjoy yourself!
I’m a bartender and the area I work in is upper class and petty as hell. As I tell people all the time “I don’t go out here, I just work here.” One random night not too long ago I’m making drinks at the well for servers to take to their customers at their tables while the other bartenders handle our bar top guests.
It’s the middle of our rush and one of my servers comes up with a drink 1/4 full and sets it down saying the customer hates it and was demanding a different drink. Specifically, they wanted a vodka mojito. I was too busy to put up a fight and the poor girl looked run down already from the night, so I went ahead and made it, even though it was obvious the woman was just looking for free shit. The server runs the drink to the table and it happens to be the table closest to my well so I can see and hear everything. She sets it down and hurries off to another table waving her down and I watch as this woman SLAMS the drink until there is nothing but mint and ice left in the glass, with maaaybe half an ounce of liquid in the bottom, then turns around and grabs the server again.
“Uhm, I specifically asked for this with VODKA.”
“Yes, ma’am, it is.”
“I know what vodka tastes like, this is clearly rum. Tell your bartender to make it right this time, I’m not paying for this.”
The server tried to say something but was rudely cut off and told to get it remade again, so she picks up the glass and walks over to me. “I’m so sorry OP,” she starts, and I immediately tell her it’s okay, I saw the whole thing. “Girl, don’t worry. I got you.”
So I remade the woman’s drink. One virgin mojito coming up. Nuthin but mint, lime, simple, and soda water.
I cannot explain the satisfaction we both felt when that drink hit the table and we watched the woman sip it and go “Now THAT is vodka.”
You get what you pay for.
Edit: since people are wondering, she ended up “getting one drink comped off” that drink being the virgin one. She paid for the others.
A good start
I like hot drinks and it’s cold. I drink enough water but I mean, it’s tea. You can’t not have tea
If you've visited the Middle East or it's surrounding countries in Winter, you've probably seen people drinking something that looks like a mug of hot milk. What they had in their hands was Sahlab, a thick and sweet hot drink that is loved for its taste and great warming abilities. It's an old drink that was consumed as far back as Ancient Rome, Industrial Britain and all over the ottoman empire, but now has sadly been forgotten to the world except in the Middle East (and a few select countries). Today I'll show you how to make instant Sahlab powder flavoured with coconut and how to use it, and I'll also tell you how you can make the other varieties as well.
If you prefer video recipes with all the visual cues, or you'd like to support my work, check out the full video recipe on youtube.
In it's traditional form, Sahlab or Salep is a drink made from crushed orchid tubers. While we think of Orchids as house plants, there are over 20000 different species of orchids, and a large number of them grow small starchy tubers below the ground. These tubers have a distinctive flavour, which can be described as similar to Taro or a sweet earthy flavour, and they contain an important ingredient for the making of this drink, Glucomannan. Glucomannan is a naturally occurring thickener, and similar to corn starch or konjac it's able to turn a cup of milk into a thick runny liquid. Unfortunately real Salep got so popular that many species of wild orchids were harvested to near extinction in Turkey. As a result the Turkish government has placed bans on the export of Salep powder, and there are only a few producers of sustainable farmed Salep in Greece. The good news is that most drinkers of Salep aren't actually drinking Salep at all. In nearly all countries including Turkey most salep powders are made using a combination of corn starch and other thickeners and flavourings.
Instead of traditional Salep, this recipe makes the variety of sahlab that you'd find in Egypt where it's flavoured with coconut and sesame. The result is a drink that tastes similar to coconut macaroons or coconut cake. Usually the drink is topped with nuts, sultanas and desiccated coconut before serving, which makes for a pleasant drink that you can also chew on. Because of it's thick texture it retains heat real... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm not sure what I'd revive.
I've copied an Alcohol Recovery Timeline. (The original OP's account has been deleted so I can't give them appropriate credit.)
I have seen the desire expressed several times for a timeline of recovery similar to the one available for quitting smoking.
The following is my attempt which is cobbled together from various studies and websites. I'd be interested in any corrections, additions, or improvements.
I did not get into the liver beyond fatty liver since the rates and prognosis of recovery vary so greatly between people. Enjoy!
• Hour 22.5: Alcohol from consuming 5 pints of lager is no longer present in the blood.
• Day 1: Cell proliferation increases across multiple brain regions.
• Day 2: Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations (if present and not DT related) usually end. First burst of cell proliferation, which is widespread, particularly in the hippocampus and cortex. These cells will largely differentiate into microglia in non-neurogenic brain regions.
• Day 5: Alcohol no longer detectable in saliva or urine tests. Symptoms of delirium tremens peak.
• Day 7: Second burst of cell proliferation, which is regionally specific to the dentate gyrus subgranular zone. In the dentate gyrus, proliferating cells will differentiate over several weeks mostly into neurons.
• Day 14: Neural progenitors begin to differentiate into mature neurons. Cognitive deficits regarding distractibility, mild confusion, and irritability are generally back to normal levels.
• Week 4: Cortical gray matter volume increases. Fatty liver disease is typically reversed.
• Week 5: One month after the Day 7 burst in neurogenesis, there is a two-fold increase in new neurons formed. This increase in neurogenesis during abstinence from chronic alcohol exposure may be related to the recovery of brain volume deficits and cognitive deficits in abstinent alcoholics.
• Month 2: Cognitive deficits regarding attention and concentration, reaction time, verbal learning ability, verbal abstract reasoning, and verbal short-term reasoning are generally back to normal levels.
• Month 3: Increase of white and gray matter as well as a decrease of cerebrospinal fluid. Alcohol no longer detectable in hair follicle tests.
• Month 6: Alcoholics who drank late into life, but with at least 6 months of abstinence can exhibit normal cognitive functioning. Alcoholics who were abstinent for less than 6 months performed worse in cognitive functioning than the control group.
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While bars, pubs, and clubs are the major hubs for socialising and meeting new people in current era. Some people even look down upon us for not being part of that tribe. Some force us for consumption.
However, some of us still don't prefer liquid pleasures.
How do you manage your social life? Where and how do you meet new people? What do you do to hangout with friends?
Edit: Wow!! Woke up to 1.6K notification and post on front page. Not the first time but longest any for any of my post has stayed on front page.
So many great advice and good to know there exist many of us who still have a social life outside the drinking game. So happy to meet you all. While I will not be able to thank each and everyone of you, I am starting to read the response and thank you all for votes, awards, and interactions :)
Not sure if it fits in here or there is a more suitable sub, but here goes.
I’m in the UK and was with friends at one of the main coffee shop brands. I won’t say which one but it’s similar to Costalot. It was a few days after Christmas last year (important for later).
When I was served by the barista, it was obvious i was going to have an ‘experience’. This guy acted haughtily and spoke to people with a sneer, and came across like he considered himself a prince amongst men. He had a long floppy fringe that he kept brushing out of his contempt-filled eyes every few seconds. He clearly didn’t want to be there or deal with the likes of me. Awkward for both of us. It was a two man team so a barista would take the order and make the drink. So he had to make whatever anyone ordered.
It was very early January, and the shop still has advertisements up for Christmas seasonal drinks. I’m a fan of uncommon flavoured coffee or hot chocolate and said shop was advertising a Black Forest Hot Chocolate. Black Forest is basically dark chocolate, black cherry and cream. I ordered one and the barista looked me up and down and sneered “that’s a Christmas drink”
Me - “Yes”
Barista - “It’s after Christmas”
Me - “Yes”
Barista, smirking - “So I can’t make you a Christmas drink”
Me - “But you’re advertising it and you’ve still got the ingredients open behind the counter”
This drink is basically a shot of the flavoured sauce, hot chocolate, and cream on top. It’s not that onerous or taxing to make compared to a normal hot chocolate. It’s literally a normal hot chocolate with a flavour syrup put in.
Barista, sighing and rolling his eyes “it’s not available right now”
I wondered if he was being a tool for some unknown superiority complex, was being lazy and didn’t want to make this beverage, or if there really was some directive. So I threw up a weather balloon question
Me - “ok fine. In that case, would i be able to buy a single shot of a flavoured syrup please? It says they are 35p on the board”
Barista, dismissively - “I don’t see why not”
Me - “can I order a shot of the black cherry syrup there, but in a medium sized takeaway cup?”
Barista tuts and silently turns, gets a shot of said syrup in a cup for me and contemptuously places it in front of me. “Anything else?” he sneers.
Cue my malicious compliance...
I slide cup back to him and say “can you make a medium hot chocolate in this cup for me please, and stir it well before you put the whipped cream on top?”
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