8:40 AM PST, November 29, 2012
Here's a tasty legacy from the visit I shared with some of my Swedish cousins a few weeks ago: Gevalia!
It's a brand of coffee in Sweden, and it's good to the last drop.
I had it when I was in Sweden two years ago and sort of forgot about it because I figured it wasn't available here.
But I was wrong, caffeine breath.
I always buy my coffee at Costco because I like the house brand, but right before the Swedes came for their visit, I saw Gevalia at Costco. It wasn't there the next time I went to Costco, but then I found it at Publix (!).
Gevalia was established in the mother country in 1853.
I knew Swedes loved their coffee because my Swedish-born grandmother, Ida (pronounced Eeda in Sweden), always had a pot of boiled coffee on her stove. We grandkids got to have some, and even though it was diluted with milk, I developed an early taste for the bean.
Here's the other part: Gevalia is based in Gavle (the "G" is pronounced as if it were a "J"), which is where some of my cousins live. It's a port city on the Baltic, and for a long time, we Swedish-Americans believed that it was from Gavle that my grandmother set sail for the U.S. Cousin Lennart, though, says that wouldn't have been likely in her day, that she probably sailed from Malmo to England and then to America.
Like many of us, I was a clueless kid and never asked Grandma what she thought when she saw the Statue of Liberty.
I really wish we were like Benjamin Button, that we started out old and retained all we knew as we became younger.
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•We need more real-life movies such as "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and less superhero junk and sophomoric comedies. (Couldn't Adam Sandler retire with all the dough he has made by appealing to the lowest common denominator?)
•Another three "Star Wars" movies from Disney? Couldn't. Care. Less.
•Obits: actor and co-owner of Dove Books-on-Tape Deborah Raffin ("Once Is Not Enough"), 59; Mouseketeer Bonnie Fields, 68; film composer Richard Robbins ("The Remains of the Day"), 71; Valerie Eliot, widow of T.S., 86; actor Larry Hagman, 81; Brit actor Dinah Sheridan ("The Railway Children"), 92.
•Word from North Carolina, where "Homeland" is filmed: A casting call went out for extras willing to portray stiffs in body bags. Considering what happened last Sunday on the series, which counts the president among its fans, we don't have a good feeling about the final three episodes this season.
•We haven't seen that odd Renee Zellweger lately. She doesn't call. She doesn't write. Word is, though, that there is another "Bridget Jones" film in the pipeline. Remember the goofy performance that inexplicably won Renee her Oscar?
•We haven't seen Orlando Bloom much either, not that I'm losing sleep over it. He's 35 and seems to be something of a has-been. He's in one of the upcoming "Hobbit" movies, playing Legolas. I must say he does look better as a blond.
•You Little Langoliers are ever-vigilant. You came up with a bunch of other famous folks named Sonny, both real and fictional: Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) on "Miami Vice"; Sonny Drysdale (Louis Nye) on "The Beverly Hillbillies"; jazz men Sonny Stitt, Sonny Clark and Sonny Berman; NFL quarterback Sonny Jurgensen; MLB pitcher Sonny Siebert; singer Sonny Geraci; bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson; barbecue mogul Sonny Tillman.
•I looked on a map and couldn't find the Fiscal Cliff.
•I'm thinking I would've loved watching "The Queen of Versailles" with my late grandmother. It would've been awesome and amazing to see her reaction to the vulgarity and cheapness. If I'd had to look at the Queen's massive chest one more time, I was gonna throw up.
•When I shop at the really cold So-Do Target, I have to layer before I step inside.
•I've given up on "Once Upon as Time" (too many characters) and "Glee" (if I want to see bad lip-synching, I'll watch the Macy's parade). My jury is still out on "Revenge" and "Nashville."
•"Life of Pi" is really beautiful in 3-D, especially the opening-credits sequence, but knowing that a lot of the tiger stuff is fake is distracting at times.
•We had dinner at Cask & Larder, a beautiful new space in Winter Park, and it hit me what I don't like about these artisanal restaurants: They're too fussy. Although my red snapper was delicious (if slight), a weird crudite salad came with such overpowering dressing, I couldn't tell which veggie was which.
•Frankly, the world would be a better, healthier place without Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs. It's a world fatty Americans should live in.
Who sang the title song to the James Bond movie "Thunderball"?
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