So I’m come deep into War and Peace now – over a third of the way through.
The characters are no longer new. I know Pierre will be Pierre. A chump. Boris is politicking. Nick is still a rich boozer and looser but they are all trying to reform. Andrew is a depressive but I think that won’t last.
There is some changes afoot. But their final turns and their climaxes are a far way off still…And I’ve decided to quit aspartame and caffeine!
But the story keeps pulling me along. Tolstoy would fit right in with the Golden Age of TV writing, working in great stories as well as profound lessons you’d be able to talk over with your smarter friends. I’ll keep reading.
This is a brilliant guide, btw: https://medium.com/@BrianEDenton/a-year-of-war-and-peace-cc66540d9619
Nose: Not office safe. Very aromatic.
Eye: Yucky. So charmless without any bones or skin.
Fork Feel: Crumbly.
Tongue: It tastes more like sardines that most boneless and skinless sardines do. That’s nice.
Mouth Feel: A tad meally.
Note: It’s Valentine’s Day and I made a reservation at a place known for their fried chicken. Yes, it will be romantic! So with that meal in mind I went with the most boring of the can of sardines…skinless, boneless and in water. What it lacks in character, I’m sure it will lack in taste but also in calories.
Nose: A bit fishy but nothing too pungent.
Fork Feel: Firm. That’s nice.
Tongue: Wet fish with no crunch or character. I’ll get my flavor tonight.
Mouth Feel: You have to chew it, not much. Otherwise, no sensation at all.
Nose: This can is Tycho Brahe. No nose at all. Very office safe.
Eye: I’m back to big chunky sardines. That’s nice. These look like good, honest sardines.
Fork Feel: They’re mushy. I can’t get a fork hold on them before they come apart.
Tongue: Taste ok. A little bland.
Mouth Feel: Not a lot of texture. Almost like they’ve been deboned.
Nose: A very spicy smell when opening the can. I can’t really tell what spicy however. Maybe the beechwood smoke that is listed on the ingredients list.
Eye: I expected a bit more orderliness from my first can of German sardines.
Fork Feel: These are tough sprats (brisling sardines). They stand up to being forked pretty well. They almost feel like a dried fish.
Mouth Feel: The fins are tough on the cheeks and gums – pokey.
Tongue: They taste as if they are a dried fish and then canned in oil also. I don’t dislike them, just a bit different than I’m accustomed to. Very unique.
Nose: A little cat-foodie smell to it.
Eye: Skinless & boneless sardines are just uglier but I guess we all are.
Fork Feel: They feel a little hard packed. I guess a long trip from Morocco. Maybe they have to be since the skin and bones aren’t there to keep them together.
Tongue: I’m trying to decide – gun to head: Would I choose skinless & boneless or sardines in water? I’d have to go with bones and skin. They bring the flavor. But always, given the choice, both.
Mouth Feel: They feel ok. Nothing to write home about. But home never really wants you to write home about sardines.
Nose: For some reason, I’m getting fresh water midwestern lake fish from this can. Strange.
Eye: Good, honest, working-class sardines.
Fork Feel: These fish are tough. They seem to have a thick skin. I wonder if they are active on twitter.
Tongue: The fish is a bit dry and the oil by nature doesn’t bring much flavor.
Mouth Feel: Again, dry. Thank goodness for coffee to wash it down.
Nose: It’s gotta be subliminal but I swear I smell the smokiness. It’s not Platters level but just a touch.
Eye: You’d think fish would look better in water than oil but they don’t. Oil makes ‘em shine.
Fork Feel: These feel especially limp on the fork.
Tongue: I prefer the more mature fish flavor. The Brisling is delicate. This one is so delicate as to be tasteless.
Mouth Feel: These feel especially limp in the mouth.