Whether I like it or not, accept it or not, it’s what it is. I’m working myself to death. Much of the time I like what I do, but there is a good deal of time I dislike what I do. The fact that I average 3-4 hours sleep, the fact that my university and creative work is suffering, the fact that I never see my friends – that is depressing. And why am I writing about my misery (is it misery?) on this blog? Well, I haven’t written in a while, and I know that when I force myself to write, I feel better, and I achieve a bit more order. In fact, I only have about ten minutes to write right now. Perfect. Spitting it out.
Dixie – This fantastic top-rated Tel Aviv restaurant (near Azrieli – Yigal Alon 120) is hosting its annual Wine Festival in collaboration with the Golan Heights Winery and the Galil Mountain Winery. You will find me there every lunch hour between today (well, I just finished my shift) and the 21st of May. They are selling wines by the glass that just never get opened because they are so rare and expensive, as well as very popular wines at incredible discounts. There is also a wine shop at the front of the store where you can buy these wines for prices lower than you can find at most wine shops. So – for incredible meat (it’s a fantastic steak house, burgers, gourmet meat everything kind of place), and the best wine deals in town this week, head to Dixie. To entice you, there is the Yarden Merlot from the organic vineyard Odem, available by the glass. Brilliant wine. Also the ever-popular and gorgeous Yarden Gewurtztraminer.
Piedmont Month – Alkalay (Alkalay 1, corner of Hashla, Basel Square), the wine bar/store at which I work is celebrating a month of wines from Piemonte, a region in northwest Italy, perhaps the very best growing region there is. The three red varietals are Dolcetto, Barbera, and Nebbiolo. We’ve got them all, including some fantastic Barolos and Barbarescos (if you’ve got a few hundred to shell out). BUT there are several bottles of great stuff at great prices, 30-50 shekels per glass. I especially love the Maria Gioana from Fratelli Giacosa, a spicy deep single vineyard Barbera, as well as a white wine, the first Cortese of Gavi I’ve ever drunk. It is so flowery and delicious – could pass for a semi-dry wine, although it’s dry dry dry.
Person Wine News – soon to come. I have big news, but I’m pretty certain I cannot share it yet. I’m about to burst.
Finally, Personal Hell – I’m writing a short story I adore, and it was due two days ago – and I haven’t had a breath of time to finish a serious edit – it cannot possibly be read in its condition, despite the fact that I have the storyline down solid. If I don’t get it done tonight, I’m in deep poo poo. Wish me luck with finishing this story, my beloved main character Fatimah deserves her ending.