Jan 1, 2008

A toast to the New Year

Whew! The New Year celebration is done. I stayed home on New Year's Eve, and watched a movie with Celeste. O went visiting his cousins, who came here to pick him up. I bowed out, blaming my still puffy ankle. Before they all went, we had a toast to the New Year with Peruvian champagne that we got in a gift basket at work - and it was absolutely the WORST champagne I've ever tasted. Thank heavens there were seven people to share the bottle. Each of us got a little bit of champagne in a flute, raised our glasses, cried "Salud!" and tossed back the champagne. I sipped mine and nearly choked on the sickeningly sweet taste, similar to alka-selzter-plus-cold-medicine. As I looked around the room, I noticed that they all had the same look on their faces - kind of a frozen smile with bulgy eyes that relaxed once the nasty stuff was swallowed. Then everyone grinned and talked up a storm.

I've never had sweet champagne before. I've also never had expensive champagne, either, and O told me that this was cheap champagne. Vino espumado...sparkling wine. The cheap champagne that I tasted in the US had a flavor similar to beer.

Happily, we have paneton for breakfast tomorrow - YUM! O is a paneton addict, but we forgot about the one that's sitting on top of the cupboard. I like paneton, too, but I don't think I'm an addict yet. It is good, though.


Casdok said...

I had to look paneton up, and yes they do sound YUM!!
Happy new year!!

toady said...

Happy New Year to you.

Elizabethd said...

Nothing worse than poor champagne! What a shame. Happy New Year, anyway!

Anonymous said...

Personally I don't like champagne! Prefer a nice glass of red wine. Although drinking these days is a no go area for me due to the medication I take.

Have a wonderful year, Kathleen. With my best wishes to you and the beautiful Celeste.

Crystal xx

Frances said...

Glad that you were a wise champagne sipper. Much better to be able to ease into the New Year with a bit of panetone!

Let us keep knitting! xo

Rani said...

Happy New Year! And what the heck is a Panetone. I'll look it up, too! Best regards to Celeste.

LittleBrownDog said...

Panetone is delicious. Great with champagne, too, I should imagine (although perhaps not the Peruvian version). Very enjoyable and atmospheric blog. Happy New Year!