In a pear tree / En un peral

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

Two ceramic trays, and a bowl filled with Christmas ornaments were our centerpieces for Christmas Eve dinner, and a pewter partridge in a pear tree hangs in my office. When I was carrying things into the kitchen after dinner, I returned to the dining room to find both cats on the table. The ornaments were immediately returned to their safe spaces.

There was beer and wine before and during dinner, as well as Linie Aquavit (Akevitt in Norwegian, and meaning “water of life”). Per the website, Linie Aquavit is “a potato-based spirit, distilled in pot stills with a special blend of Nordic herbs and spices to give it its distinct flavour. The young spirit is placed in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks to develop further. Ultimately the casks are sent on a sea journey across the world [to Argentina] to mature. The result is an extraordinarily smooth and well balanced aquavit with leading notes of caraway and star anise — and finer hints of vanilla and sherry.” Linie Aquavit is apparently the most popular brand in Norway and the oldest Aquavit brand in the world. To me, ordinary aquavit tastes like rubbing alcohol, while Liene Aquavit, once you get over the shock of the first sip, is quite delicious. I had one glass of Aquavit and one glass of Riesling. The Aquavit is 40 percent alcohol by volume. That might explain why yesterday I kept saying I felt like I had a hangover.

We bought not one but two bottles of Aquavit — because that’s how San Geraldo rolls. We have most of the second bottle remaining. I just found a cocktail called a fjellbekk or “mountain stream.” Aquavit, vodka, lime juice, and lemon-lime soda. Anyone want to join me? It’s got ice.

Still to come: The food and the smiling happy people.


Dos bandejas de cerámica y un cuenco lleno de adornos navideños fueron nuestros centros de mesa para la cena de Nochebuena, y una perdiz de peltre en un peral cuelga en mi oficina. Cuando estaba llevando cosas a la cocina después de la cena, regresé al comedor y encontré a ambos gatos en la mesa. Los adornos fueron inmediatamente devueltos a sus espacios seguros.

Hubo cerveza y vino antes y durante la cena, así como Linie Aquavit (Akevitt en noruego, que significa “agua de vida”). Según el sitio web, Linie Aquavit es “un licor a base de patata, destilado en alambiques con una mezcla especial de hierbas y especias nórdicas para darle su sabor distintivo. El espíritu joven se coloca en barricas de jerez oloroso español para seguir desarrollándose. Finalmente, las barricas se envían en un viaje marítimo por todo el mundo [a Argentina] para madurar. El resultado es un aquavit extraordinariamente suave y bien equilibrado con notas principales de alcaravea y anís estrellado, y toques más finos de vainilla y jerez”. Linie Aquavit es aparentemente la marca más popular en Noruega y la marca Aquavit más antigua del mundo. Para mí, el aquavit ordinario sabe a alcohol, mientras que Liene Aquavit, una vez que superas el impacto del primer sorbo, es bastante delicioso. Tomé una copa de Aquavit y una copa de Riesling. El Aquavit es 40 por ciento de alcohol por volumen. Eso podría explicar por qué ayer seguí diciendo que ayer sentí que tenía resaca.

Compramos no una, sino dos botellas de Aquavit, porque así es como funciona San Geraldo.Nos queda la mayor parte de la segunda botella. Acabo de encontrar un cóctel llamado fjellbekk o “arroyo de montaña”. Aquavit, vodka, zumo de lima y refresco de lima-limón. ¿Alguien quiere unirse a mí? Hay hielo también.

Aún por venir: La comida y la gente sonriente y feliz.

• That’s San Geraldo’s baby rattle top left.
• Ese es el sonajero de San Geraldo arriba a la izquierda.
• Yes, dear, it’s party time!
• ¡La hora de la fiesta!

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

38 thoughts on “In a pear tree / En un peral”

  1. Lovely table setting.
    I have had Aquavit before and got the rubbing alcohol taste’s and decided it was a hard pass …. but maybe with vodka and lime??
    Love your party attire!

    1. Bob:
      The cocktail does sound interesting. Elena brought a bag of holiday headgear. The collection began one Christmas at their house when Judyshannon and I bought something for everyone (well, she paid, I helped select).

  2. Your party picture looks great 🙂
    Fjellbekk is a very good coctail. I do not like aquavite,but in fjellbekk it’s tasty.

    1. Elin:
      I’ll have to give fjellbekk a try. Now I just have to buy vodka, lime juice, and lemon-lime soda.

    1. Urspo:
      I found the nisse’s hat on the floor the next morning. Do you suppose it was the cats or did he go out on the prowl during the night.

  3. Your sectional is the spitting image of our sectional ~ I knew we had good taste. Aquavit ~ mmm ~~ sounds doable ~ MERRY Everything and have a great gathering! Cheerfs!

  4. I just checked our haul of weird booze-from-all-nations that we have accumulated mainly as a result of people bringing stuff to our Eurovision parties, and yes – there is a bottle of Linie Aquavit, unopened, in there! Must try it, just as soon as we finish the Austrian Nannerl Apricots Liqueur, the Greek mastiha, or the Moretum Vieilli en Fût of Domaine du Cardona aperitif wine fortified with blackberries… One day. Jx

    1. Jon:
      Amazing that you have Linie Aquavit… and that it’s unopened. It sounds like you’ve got quite a liquor cabinet. We used to have something for everyone, too. Now we have the Aquavit and Tanqueray 0.0. Oh, and those two bottles of Riesling and the left-over beer.

    1. Judy C:
      SG always does a great job with the table. This was his idea of “casual.” I even had to iron the folds out of the tablecloths.

    1. Chrissoup:
      Thanks, Chris. San Geraldo sets a good table. As I mentioned to Judy C, this is his idea of casual. We never have anyone over anymore. It felt so good to host something again and have the place filled with positive energy. Even the cats warmed up to the company after a while. It helped that Paula gave Dudo a treat.

    1. Debra:
      Everyone had looks of their own that you’ll soon see. Elena brought her collection of Christmas headgear that our friend Judy and I began at a Christmas at Elena’s several years ago.

  5. Your home always looks inviting in daylight, but even more so for your evening soiree! Love your Rudolf disguise too, Mitchell… I’m looking forward to seeing more of your photos of that party when you’re recovered from all the festivities, LOL!

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      I’m feeling fully recovered. Walked 5 miles yesterday and am about to head to the gym. More photos to come shortly.

  6. If I say so myself the dinner party table is set lovely, and I love the bowl and trays of ornaments, a creative way to show them off without doing a tree. I must say , San Geraldo’s baby rattle makes a great Christmas trimming . And you’re asking if I want to join in a drink? That beverage sounds interesting.. I wouldn’t mind trying it

    1. Steve:
      That’s SG being relaxed and casual. He’s been known to measure positions of dishes and cutlery. He actually thought of buying new china for the event.

  7. I’ll try that mountain stream with you as long as the cattle weren’t pooping in it upstream. The table is beautiful.


    1. Janiejunebug:
      Did I miss a mountain stream? The aquavit is shipped in casks across the ocean to Argentina where it ages in the warmth. Who knows what pooped in the ocean!

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