Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

Drinking Liberally, Harambe, May 3

Hello darlings,
We're having a meeting Tuesday evening at Harambe, still off Harden near Five Points between Food Lion and Cook Out. I really think you should come!

This is as good a time as any to mention it. Obviously attendance has been off for years. I like to think that it doesn't reflect on me (nor on previous hosts) but more on the "Ding Dong! 43 is gone!" effect of President Obama's successful administration. However, if I've done anybody wrong, rubbed anyone the wrong way or otherwise been a douche, I do certainly apologize. I mention it not just with the idea of luring people back but mostly because we're probably coming up on some changes. At this moment I don't have anything definite in mind, but Tamara and I would like to do some traveling. So weekly meetings are not likely in the cards for too much longer unless somebody new wants to step forward and be the new host. Do reply if you'd like to try. It's really fun!

Speaking of really fun, come out to Harambe Tuesday evening. We'll be planning our field trip to the Holy Land Experience in Florida! (Oh we will not, but do come out anyway.) I so hope to see you!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, May 3, 7:15ish
Where: Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, 2006 Senate St., Columbia

Yes, Columbia, there is a Drinking Liberally, Harambe, April 26

Hi,
Yes, we're back, and at Harambe, which you should be visiting often anyway! You are, aren't you? So come on down and we can discuss the political situation or drown our sorrows or just chow down and talk about what's on TV. Whichever you prefer! It's the last meeting before Jim and Ann move away, so I certainly hope they will be there, but we will certainly toast them either way. Harambe, in case you've forgotten, is off Harden near Five Points between Cook Out and Food Lion. Great food, wonderful people. Please come!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, April 26, 7:15ish
Where: Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, 2006 Senate St., Columbia

Drinking Liberally, no meeting this week

Greetings from the little club that isn't there
I'll be out of town Tuesday evening, so DL won't be happening this week. But you can still read the email, which has neat stuff in it. First, a point I've been meaning to make for eons, which is that whether or not you come to DL on Tuesday night, you should definitely see the ever-excellent Mark Rapp at Delaney's for the Freeway Music open mic, running roughly from 9 until the police come-- I mean, until midnight. And this is an excellent time to do so, since Mark says he's heading to Brazil for the next two weeks. So do be there; you'll love it!

Same goes for this Saturday at ifART (which you do NOT want to misspell) Gallery where there will be excellent jazz featuring Mars Williams, Tim Daisy, and a third outstanding artist whose name escapes me. Look for further details on Facebook (including our own FB page); there isn't an Event set up yet, so I'm unsure of details. But it's definitely a can't miss, another hot show from our friend Ross and his friends in Chicago.

Just so you know, Persis Biryani Indian Grill was outstanding last week, but they do not have a supper buffet yet. Nor do they have any Mexican items on the menu, although they did bring out chips and salsa. The big screen TV was just showing basketball but the Bollywood music over the PA was terrific. Do give them a chance.

Do come see us next week at Harambe, when we'll have lots to talk about like the New York results and hopefully guests of honor. I look forward to it and hope that you do, too.
--John

DLish, Persis Indian Grill, April 12

Hello friends,
I don't want to have an official meeting this week because I'm excited about the new Indian restaurant (with buffet) on Bush River Road BUT there's still a B on the inspection sticker by the door. So I'd rather not officially tie DL in with any (slight) potential risk. I say "slight" because a) WLTX reports that their latest inspection score was 92 and b) I ate there Sunday and had no problem in spite of my myriad food sensitivities. Also it'll be good to see whether their bar is open. Also they have dosas on the buffet and Indian programing on the jumbo TVs. Also the sign says it's an Indian-Mexican restaurant, although this may be just because of the leftover marquee with "MEXICAN RESTAURANT" on the top. Persis Indian(-Mexican) Biryani Grill is at 1728 Bush River Road in the old El Chico location near the I-20 exit. This is not an official meeting, but I'll be there by 7:15 and will be delighted to see you.
--John

Drinking Liberally, 5 Points Pho Viet, April 5

Thinking is hard! You'd think I was in love or something! Apologies on two points. Jim and Ann aren't moving to Asheville until MAY 1, not April. I always suspected that people weren't reading these emails; I didn't realize that one of those people was me! Point two is that phoning is also hard! I forgot to call Harambe again to request GF injera. Thus we're returning to Pho Viet Tuesday. Hey, by local standards it's practically winter again! So this is probably appropriate. Next week I bet we're at Harambe unless it's REALLY nice. Then it might be time to give El Burrito a tryout, don't you think? In the meantime, enjoy Square Day, you cool cats, and I very much hope to see you at Pho Viet Tuesday evening, where we can monitor events in Wisconsin, or just slurp soup and talk about politics. The best! Come on down!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, April 5, 7:15ish
Where: Pho Viet, 2011 Devine St., Columbia

DL, Nous sommes au Maison Publikque, March 29

Hi,
Due to various situations including especially Easter, I wasn't able to put in my order for gluten-free injera two days in advance at Harambe (TMI, I know, but it's nice to explain things) so we'll be meeting this week at the Publick House in a kind of Throwback Tuesday. I'm aiming for the pool table room, but they mentioned that there's going to be a darts tourney, so we'll play it by ear.

Unless plans have changed, this will be the last meeting before Jim and Ann move off to Asheville. I can't guarantee they'll be at the meeting (since moving takes a lot of pre-planning and packing) but it's probably your last chance to see them for a while. Best of everything, you two, and I hope you'll come back and visit often.

I hear that Senator Sanders had a big weekend! If you're feeling the Bern and want to talk about it, come on out! If you're peeved about gas prices and want to talk about it, come on out! (You'll LOVE the explanation for the latest round of price hikes! (he said with a trace of sarcasm)) If you just inherited a million dollars and want to share, come on out! We'd love to see you regardless.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 29, 7:15ish
Where: Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia

Drinking Liberally, Harambe, March 22

Hi,
I think it would be very nice if you would come to Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, which is off Harden near Five Points between Cook Out and Food Lion, Tuesday any time between roughly 7 and roughly 9. I understand that there is an election coming up in this country; it might be fun to discuss it. Persons with thoughts on whether Senator Sanders may yet be able to come back and win the nomination might be particularly eager to share them. Harambe is a terrific place with friendly staff, reasonable prices and wonderful food, and deserves your business. Also we're real nice, too. Hope to see you.

My sweetheart Tamara will be unlikely to join us due to midterm exams, so absolutely do NOT bring rotgut, hookers and blow. Ixnay on the ookers-hay! Thank you for your cooperation.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 22, 7:15ish
Where: Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, 2006 Senate St., Columbia

Drinking Liberally, MORE Ethiopian food! Harambe, March 15

Hello you wonderful people,
You should really come out! Another member is leaving us, at least for a while, as our friend Joe has taken a contract to go solve somebody's computer problems in Michigan starting in April. I know now how previous hosts felt when members and friends all seemed to be leaving town! So come and see Joe and Jim and Ann while you still can and eat good Ethiopian food and we can discuss Almost As Super Tuesday, what we had for Pi Day, the usual stuff about whether the Rs will nominate that --well, "weasel" will have to do since I can't come up with a euphemism for any of the more descriptive terms, and all apologies to weasels-- Trump or somebody even worse like Cruz, or where to get good farm-fresh eggs. Anything's possible! Come on!

As the Village People used to say, HEY! HEY! HEY HEY HEY! We have discovered that there is a Jamaican bar and grill, Forest Island Bar and Grill on Forest Drive quite near where Tamara lives. It might be the ideal venue. We haven't stopped in yet, but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, they would be welcome. Judging from the pictures online, it looks really neat inside. AND there are jerk wings on the menu. Just a thought. (But come see us at Harambe in the meantime!)
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 15, 7:15ish
Where: Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, 2006 Senate St., Columbia

Drinking Liberally, Spring Break at Uncle Maddio's, March 8

Hi kids,
It's spring break and you know what that means! It means there's an even-up chance of getting parking at Uncle Maddio's, that's what it means! (Also I forgot to call Harambe to order gluten-free injera two days advance, but of course that has NOTHING to do with the temporary change of venue. Well, maybe something...) Anyway, we always have fun and good pizza at Maddio's so let's give it a go, shall we? We can discuss the primaries, Bernie's surge, and as usual where we plan to emigrate if Der Donald's tiny, tiny, tiny hands (what did you think I was going to say?) winds up in the White House. If you don't know the wonderful Jim and (Barbara) Ann, you need to come to a meeting between now and May 1, since they will be moving to Asheville then. Why not Tuesday? They don't make it every week so you need to come every time to be sure of catching them, right?

Our friend Tim Daisy will be playing Dada Fest at 701 Whaley Thursday evening. Sorry I have no more details than that, but check me on Facebook (where I am still John M. Dantzler) and I will spread the word when I have it. Or, you know, just show up. It's Dada Fest! Wear a hat upside down or something! In the meantime, very much hope to see you at Maddio's Tuesday and at Harambe in the future.
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 8, 7:15ish
Where: Uncle Maddio's, 601 Main St., Columbia. This is off Blossom on Main, down the street from the Statehouse or up the hill from Thurmond Fitness Center, depending on your point of view. Parking is available in the Adesso garage on a limited basis or on the street or you can rightfully tell me off.

Drinking Liberally, Harambe, March 1

Hello friends,
We very much enjoyed our first meeting at Harambe and hope that you will come out and enjoy our second meeting there. But first! Congratulations to our Jim and Barbara Ann on their marriage last week! Just goes to show that true love can strike any time, don't it? Come down Tuesday to toast them, hopefully in person (well, some people go off on honeymoons and like that) and to celebrate or bemoan as you see fit Hillary's victory in the SC primary.

Also Palmetto Latin 5 is at Good Life Cafe for First Thursday at 7 not surprisingly on Thursday. We saw them last month and they were brilliant. You should definitely come out; there is no cover charge, although if you want to sit, it's best to arrive early and it's nice to order. The band is really superlative; you'll like them a lot.

So come down to Harambe Tuesday. If you haven't eaten Ethiopian before, we'll coach you through it and you're in for a treat. Harambe is on the little stretch of Senate St. off Harden near Five Points between Food Lion and Cook Out. You can't miss it once you know that it's there. We can discuss the primaries, whether anybody can stop Trump, whether he has a chance in November if they can't, Bernie or Hillary, or whatever comes up really. Come on!
--John
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, March 1, 7:15ish
Where: Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant, 2006 Senate St., Columbia