Thursday, 22 January 2009


Andrew came up with a good one yesterday. We were discussing the breakfast customs of different nations. "What do the French have for breakfast?" Quick as a flash Andrew answered "Red wine." How's that for racial stereotyping? Of course, everyone knows it's cognac, not red wine, the French have in the morning.

Sorry about the filler nature of this post. I did have a proper one in mind. Comparing the price per gravity point of Guinness and Whitbread's own beers in the interwar period. My guess is that Guinness was more expensive, as two breweries were takinfg a profit from it. Whitbread are great for comparison purposes as they sold large amounts of Guinness in their pubs but also had a Stout of their own with a very similar profile.

But we're not quite finished with the kitchen. We're looking at tiles this evening. No time for me to go through the spreadsheet. The weekend. Maybe then I'll have time. And time to extract some more dodgy Porters from the Whitbread Gravity Book. There's just so much to do.


Anonymous said...

What they have for breakfast was the main area of study for school French lessons. Madame Pascale must have enjoyed her croissants as we covered no other aspect of modern life as heavily.

What always puzzled me was bol du chocolat. Why did they use a bowl and not a glass from which to drink a chocolate milkshake?

Zak Avery said...

A propos of nothing, Ron, I judged the porter category at the National Winter Ales Festival. I thought of you.

Anonymous said...

Bol "de" chocolat. I'm french ( but on the other side of the pond... But it puzzle me too this question of bowl v.s glass or cup ! :) Here in Québec, we have 2 traditions for breakfast. In the week, it's normally more french type breakfast, but in the week-end: eggs bacon sausages...

Ron Pattinson said...

John, I thought the idea of the bowl was so you could dunk your bread in it. But my French lessons were so far in the past, it's hard to recall.

Coffee with cognac sounds like the perfect breakfast to me. I was wrting in admiration of the French.

ealusceop, that sounds like a civilised mix of British and French customs. Isn't that what Canada is all about?