The simple joys of life

A tall cold Hoegaarden After two months of constant stresses that left me with a white hair (see below), I’m starting to gradually relax. This, of course, might mean I’ll get back to blogging on a more regular basis, as my mind is clear and I’m ready to scribble again. This long Thanksgiving weekend is a special treat. It is being spent with family, which really is what makes life worthwhile.

It’s worth nothing that when I’m in a fine mood I start to open my eyes to the simple joys of life. I encountered one of those simple joys yesterday at none other than Costco as I came across a brand of beer I’ve been hunting for the past five years: the mouth-watering, thirst-quenching Belgian delicacy Hoegaarden. I was introduced to this top-notch beverage by my Spanish/British friend Pilar when I was living in London in 2002. We were at our usual after-school abode: The Bull, a typical London pub that was two blocks away from City University. She told me I should try Hoegaarden. I did and became an instant fan.

I have been desperately chasing Hoegaarden since 2002. I could not find it in the countries I lived in after my London stint. Hoegaarden was nowhere to be found either in Jordan or Qatar. I could not even find it in the United States until I found it a year ago in a Belgian pub in Philadelphia, but then it was nowhere to be found. Then yesterday, which marked Black Friday, we were at Costco of all places and came across a collection of Belgian beer that included Hoegaarden. I was overjoyed.

It is now almost 6pm on Saturday and I just got back from downtown DC, where I had marvelous lunch with sister Tania in Chinatown, followed by a tour of the International Spy Museum. As I write this, I’m really looking forward to the rest of the evening. We are planning to watch Running with Scissors (my sister and I both read the book and decided to watch the movie) while enjoying the festive taste of Hoegaarden. Ah, the simple joys of life. Cheers!


  1. Elliot November 24, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    mmmmmm…even “the geisha” likes it, you guys have similar tastes. I introduced it to her, many local adult beverage establishments offer it in the USt/Adams Morgan area of the city. L’Enfant Cafe and Local 16 for example. Liquor stores can be hit or miss…especially in Montgomery County! šŸ™‚

  2. natasha November 24, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Elliot,
    Somehow I knew you would be the first one to leave a comment on this specific blog entry:)

  3. Elliot November 25, 2007 at 8:29 am

    I’ll take that as a compliment. šŸ™‚ Glad you’re rested and blogging again.

  4. dm November 25, 2007 at 9:39 am

    They actually have Hoegaarden on draft in a lot of pubs in the Boston area. If you do come up here for a vacation you should have no problems finding it!

  5. amal December 1, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Sahtain!! Does it beat Almaza though?? That’s Lebanon’s own beer-I highly recommend it

  6. dm March 2, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    While Hoegaarden is a great beer, I have to say that you are very lucky because they have Yuengling in Maryland! You can’t buy that up here. I had to go to New York City a couple of weeks ago to get it.

  7. Devlin March 13, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    LOL! Based on the previous white hairs, the stress and now the hoegaarden, it might be good to watch any addictive personality traits šŸ™‚


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