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Friday, January 26, 2007

Juozas Statkevicius Eau de Parfum, Philadelphia Cheesesteak Syndrome, and a Prize Draw

I first heard about POTL when I lived in the UK. I suffered terribly from a burning desire to try that miraculous potion, that wonder of wonders, the scent that has been Makeupalley’s No 1 for what seems like an eternity. The way it was described, the official list of notes (the wood! the incense! the vanilla!), everything promised that it would be my Holy Grail. It sounded so hip, so stylish, so niche…Why am I talking about POTL, you might ask. It is because Juozas Statkevicius Eau de Parfum smells EXACTLY like what in my feverish, niche-scents-starved mind of a couple of years ago I imagined POTL to be.

Let me do a little side note here and say that I have never been able to figure out why I dislike POTL so much. There are no notes there that I hate, the blend is smooth, everything seems so right…and yet is so wrong. Sometimes I think that perhaps a big part of the reason for my hate for POTL lies in the Great Expectations I had for it. I call it the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Syndrome. Mr. Colombina is a Philly boy, born and bred, and, whilst living in the UK, he was longing for the foods he loved back home. The dish he missed the most was Philly Cheesesteak. The way he described it…he made me feel it was a slice of heaven. A Holy Grail of foods, if you will. Next day after we moved to the States, I got to try this Steak of Paradise...It was oily diced beef mixed with lots of sticky, runny stuff that they call cheese, in a roll- a heavy, cholesterol-leaden thing with no flavor…You see, Mr. C. hyped it up so much, it could not possibly live up to my expectations. And the same probably happened with POTL.

Coming back to Juozas…Created for Juozas Statkevičius (Josef Statkus), a Lithuanian fashion designer, by Fabrice Pellegrin (the perfumer I know as The One Who Made The Only Good Scent in NelliRody Scent Factory), Juozas has notes of jasmine, patchouli, coriander, incense, amber, cashmere wood, vanilla, benzoin and musk. This is a perfect example of a scent that manages to be very hip and unusual without being bizarre and unwearable. This is a niche scent done absolutely right; in a dictionary under the entry for Niche Fragrances, should be the picture of Juozas’ elegant bottle. It is soft and striking, deep and enveloping…I think it is perfection. If I had to describe it in one word, I would call it an incense scent, but that really wouldn’t do Juozas the justice it deserves. Other notes, most prominently woods, amber and vanilla, add complexity and depth to the blend. They take incense by the hand and lead it from the old, musty church into the sophisticated world of chic modernity. They, especially the sweet amber and vanilla, also make Juozas exceptionally soft, a soulful, enveloping comfort fragrance. Still, incense IS the star note in the composition, and the hefty amount of incense is, for me, what prevents the vanilla and the amber from doing “the POTL thing” on my skin and becoming cloyingly sweet. Because I myself often find such comparisons helpful in figuring out what a scent would be like, I would say that if you like incense genre in general and fragrances like Miyako, Messe de Minuit (imagine it velvety-soft and sweetened by vanilla...hard to do, I know) and -OK!OK!- Luctor et Emergo in particular, you would most probably love Juozas.

I would like to use this opportunity and urge our lovely stores like Luckyscent to find a way to bring Juozas to us. I have no doubt whatsoever that it has every potential of becoming a bestseller (even outselling the POTL maybe, much to my childish delight). Right now, Juozas Statkevicius is sold in its native Lithuania and in Germany, in Berlin and (maybe) Munich, 70.00 for 50ml.

If you would like to be entered in the draw for a sample of Juozas, please say so in your comment. One name will be chosen at random and the winner will be announced on Monday morning.

The images are from statkevicius.com and hollyeats.com.

The draw is now closed

112 Comments:

Blogger tmp00 said...

I've been dying to try this for a while..

I also mentioned to Juozas in a fawning email that he should be in talks with Luckyscent. Sadly, I guess it wasn't fawning enough for him to send me a sample, so I am of course asking to be entered into the draw.

Have you seen his clothes? Brilliant!

11:20 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Tom,
I am working on the Project Bring JS to the US, but from another angle. I am going to harass poor Luckyscent till they agree to try to convince JS to sell his precious perfume in the US :-D

11:24 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Blackmail them! Tell them we'll never mention them again!

I think I smell a petition here...

11:38 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

You are eeeeevil :-)

11:40 PM EST  
Anonymous em said...

My expectations were way too great for POTL. I tried both edt and edp only to smell like a cedar tree! Yes, I would definitely appreciate an opportunity to smell what POTL *should* have been.
Your brilliant review forced me out of lurkdom. Thank you for searching the globe to provide your readers with such incredible sounding temptations. :-)

11:54 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Em,
Thank you for your kind words! "Searching the globe". You make me sound like some sort of perfume blogging version of Jacques Yves Cousteau :-D
You are in the draw!

12:08 AM EST  
Blogger Kelley said...

Please, please, please enter me in the contest!!! This sounds fantastic. And, speaking of incense, have you smelled Heeley's Cardinal? It's a less gothic Avignon. And what about Heeley's Fine Leather!!! Sorry for getting off track...

12:28 AM EST  
Blogger Kelley said...

Should we all write to Luckyscent until their servers/computers lock up? I bet if enough of us wrote we could make this happen. I, for one, would love a bottle of this.

12:31 AM EST  
Anonymous Amy K. said...

Oh my, this sounds soooooo good. Please sign me up for the drawing:)

12:32 AM EST  
Blogger bt said...

Count me in for the draw too!

1:04 AM EST  
Anonymous dinazad said...

Oh yes, that sounds lovely! I'd love to be included in the draw as well!

2:15 AM EST  
Anonymous Maria B. said...

If you've seen the film *A Fish Called Wanda*, you probably remember how Jamie Lee Curtis would squirm whenever a man spoke to her in a foreign language. Marina, that's how I was squirming when I read your description of this fragrance. Please enter me in the drawing.

I like Tom's idea of a petition. We must bring this scent to U.S. shores.

2:41 AM EST  
Blogger Victoria said...

Please enter me in th edrawing! This sounds lovely! I too was disappointed by POTL. But I love a good Philly cheesestake!
:O)
V.

3:38 AM EST  
Anonymous Leopoldo said...

One of my best friends is a CA girl, born and bred (Bay Area). She raved about a number of foodstuffs in the way of Mr C. When I finally tried them, I did the meh! thing too. Probably because we've been spoilt by British haute cuisine... (or in your case, just the kebabs).

You don't have to throw me in the draw - a Peanuts character might well be sending me a drop of this juice. sounds luvverly.

4:08 AM EST  
Blogger chaya ruchama said...

Please, please, please...
Thank you !

Should I harrass Luckyscent, too?

Bundle up, peeps !

WARM HUGS to all...

6:55 AM EST  
Anonymous Alica said...

Thanks in advance for entering me in the draw.

7:24 AM EST  
Anonymous newproducts said...

I like incense scents in general. I haven't tried Messe de Minuit. I like Miyako and POTL but don't love them. I find them to be a little lacking in character for me to love them. Do you think I will love Juozas Statkevicius? Your description makes it sound so delectable that I sure hope to! Please enter me in the draw.

8:03 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

Can't wait for this to arrive! I already know there will be no Philly Cheesesteak Syndrome here. It's just too perfect. But...I haven't checked out his clothes yet. What's wrong w/ me???

8:13 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Kelley,
You are in the draw. I haven't tried Cardinal or Fine Leather. Clearly, I should, right?

8:34 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Kelley,
OK, steady now. Poor Luckyscent. :-) They are lovely people, they will understand. :-)

8:35 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to try the scent! I completely agree w/you about POTL--I've tried it MANY times in all its versions and it does nothing for me. Neither do philly cheesesteaks for that matter! ;-)

cheers, sara

8:35 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Amy,
You are in!

8:35 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

BT,
You are in!

8:35 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Dinazad,
You are in the draw :-)

8:36 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Maria,
I loved the comparison! :-)
You are in the draw.

8:37 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Victoria,
You are in the draw!

8:37 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Leopoldo,
I am sure you know that people like to knock British food? Well, not in my 'ouse, not anymore. Moving here put many things into perspective. And certainly a good kebab is a thing to behold :-)

8:39 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Chaya,
No harassing Luckyscent, not just yet anyway. My feeling is that we won't have to work hard to convince LS. LS might have to work hard to convince JS that he has a potential bestseller on his hands.

8:41 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Alica,
You are in!

8:41 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Minsun,
I like JS much more than Miyako, I think he has that something that Miyako lacks. I certainly like it more than POTL :-)
You are in the draw!

8:42 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

L,
If you do check them out. When you click on winter collection and scroll way down, I thought the 4th dress from the bottom (black and white, knee length, slightly Chanel-like) was super-gorgeous. Want!

8:43 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Sara,
You don't like POTL or Philly cheesesteakes. You are so in the draw! :-)

8:44 AM EST  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

Well, my bottle hasn't arrived yet, but a wonderful person in Israel sent me a decant--and I love it!! I have been wearing it pretty much non-stop since it arrived (well, I did overdose one day by spraying too much--this stuff is STRONG--but after half a day off I went right back:) Of the scents you mention, it is closest to Messe de Minuit on me (POTL is cherry-flavored play-dough on my skin--we won't get into that:).

9:00 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

J,
I am keeping my fingers crossed the bottles arrive soon. I am so glad you like the scent. Yeah, Messe de Minuit, only much softer and sort of, in a way, sweeter, right?

9:10 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

M,
Saw it. Stunning! There were also quite a few pieces from both the spring/summer '05 and '06 collections that I absolutely felt had my name on them. And a *perfect* little black dress in the autumn/winter 05/06 collection. Perfume addiction costs have nothing on fashion addiction...

9:23 AM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

I love this one too -- an incensey scent we agree on! It's like the best of Messe de Minuit meets Bois d'Encens, sleeps with Borneo with just a little vanilla thrown in to keep you from noticing the cobwebs.

Really spectacular.

9:24 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

L,
Indeed. :-) That kind of cost makes the price of Shalini, etc. laughable really :-)

9:31 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Patty,
Spectacular is the right word! I don't get any Borneo whatsoever from it (or any patch), but I agree with the other two comparisons!

9:31 AM EST  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

Well, I don't know that it's exactly sweeter on me. MdM has a note (I don't know what it is) that I identify as "sweet" (in a good way). Different, certainly. I agree with Patty's addition of Bois d'Encens (which is a dry scent for me). I get no Borneo at all, though (thank goodness--I still haven't come around to appreciating this one!)

10:02 AM EST  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

So glad to know that I'm not the only one who feels that way about POTL. It just leaves me terrribly... meh. I just feel like it's trying too hard, ya know? OTOH, if you add incense to the mix, I might just be convinced. Please enter me in the drawing! I wanna sniff!!!

10:06 AM EST  
Blogger StyleSpy said...

PS... How the heck do you pronounce it???

10:18 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

J,
Same here re: Borneo. :-(

10:20 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

A,
More incense in POTL might have made it wearable for me.
You are in the draw!

10:21 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

My guess is: You-oh-zas Stat-keh-vee-chyous. :-D

10:22 AM EST  
Blogger Erin said...

Please please pleeeeease enter me in the drawing. Sounds better than any beef product....

10:29 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Erin,
You are in. LOL at beef product.

10:31 AM EST  
Blogger shychai said...

sounds like something I would ♥ please enter me in the draw!

10:35 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Shychai,
You are in! :-)

10:49 AM EST  
Anonymous Jennifer R said...

Finally delurking! I'm only a tiny bit chagrined that it's taken this very seductive draw to bring me out . . . I so very much love this blog, which is directly responsible for my developing yet another Much Too Expensive Habit. (closes eyes and ears to information about the clothes . . ./)
Today also happens to represent my first foray into what's likely to become a systematic exploration of incense scents (Encens et Lavande, but that's another story . . .).

10:59 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Jennifer,
Welcome! I, of course, love when delurking happens :-)
Incense scents is one of my favorite perfume categories. Encens et Lavande is gorgeous. Did you try the Comme des Garcons Incense series? Each fragrance there is a gem. And of course, Messe de Minuit is fantastic :-)
You are in the draw.

11:10 AM EST  
Anonymous Rachael said...

That holy-grail let down was exactly how I felt about the movie Children of Men. No one else seems to understand why too high expectations can make a good thing just ok. I would love to be entered, it sound like perfection. It's so hard reading your blog, because you somehow get your hands on all these amazing perfumes, but I'm just a student stuck in the US.

11:18 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Rachael,
You are in the draw.
I was a student once, stuck in the UK. Now I look back at those days with longing and nostalgia :-)

11:20 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for that wonderful review. That perfume sounds just like "me." I would love to be entered into the drawing.

dleep

11:23 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

dleep,
Thank you. You are in the draw :-)

11:42 AM EST  
Blogger boisdejasmin said...

I cannot resist it now... Please enter my name too, I am dying of curiosity.

Laughing at the Philly Cheesesteak. I tried it recently when some friends of ours from the UK came for a visit. They wanted to try it! It was disgusting, but perhaps we did not pick the right place.

11:49 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

V,
According to Paul, THE two places for Cheesestake in Philly are Pat's and Geno's. I have a suspicion that this is the kind of food that is best appreciated at 3am, after a night of clubbing or pub crawling :-D

11:54 AM EST  
Blogger Fragrant Funster said...

I sounds soooo lovely! Please enter me in your drawing. Does it help any that my paternal grandfather emigrated from Kaunas?

12:16 PM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

I hear the mail truck out there right now, and if my decant of JS isn't in there I'm going to get in my car and DRIVE TO YOUR HOUSE RIGHT NOW, I don't care how fricking cold it is out there! ;-) I neeeeeeeed to smell it.

So laughing about the Philly Cheese steak. I love them, but I can see being completely grossed out. I had a friend from the midwest who was always waxing nostalgic about jello salad, which sounded kind of cool until I was confronted with the horror -- think green jello, shredded carrots, Miracle Whip, nuts, marshmallows, etc. (each family has their own secret nightmare recipe)... aaaiiii! Runnnnnnnnnn!!

12:25 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

FF,
I love your avatar :-) From Kaunas? Very cool. Mine maternal Great-Grandparents were from somewhere in Poland. Anyone know about a Polish scent I could fall in love with? No, seriously.
You are in the draw!

12:31 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
if you drive to my house, I will even feed you with cheesesteakes. And I promise not to feed you our Russian version of the jellied stuff that you described. Ours has meat in it and is called kholodets. I am yet to meet a Westerner who likes it. Or at least isn't scared of it. Har har har

12:33 PM EST  
Blogger IrisLA said...

Love the Philly cheesesteak story!

I am starting to explore incense fragrances. It has taken me a while to appreciate this note. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

12:36 PM EST  
Anonymous Balticgirl said...

Please enter me in the drawing for Juozas.

12:45 PM EST  
Anonymous MarkDavid said...

Happy Friday!

Hip and unusual without being unwearable and bizarre. If thats not a definition of a perfect fragrance, then I don't know what is. Enter me, please!

-MD

12:49 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Iris,
It wasn't immediate love for me with incense. I always like dthe smell, but it took time for me to be able to accept it as a personal scent.
You are in the draw.

12:55 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Balticgirl,
You are in the draw. Where in the Baltics, may I ask? :-)

12:55 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

MarkDavid,
Thank you, Happy Friday to you too! You are in the draw.

12:56 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love an opportunity to try something like POTL only better...I was so sure that I'd love it. Alas, it was a cheesesteak for sure! Juozas sounds wonderful. As usual, another lemming pops into being!

1:07 PM EST  
Anonymous sybil said...

whoops...the above post was me. Got too hasty w/ the send button!

1:08 PM EST  
Anonymous Twibbet said...

I am just scratching the surface of the world of incense scents - Parfum Sacre was the first Caron I could stand, which gives me hope :)

Please enter me in the drawing!

1:08 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Sybil,
You are in the draw! :-)

1:09 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Twibbet,
Parfum Sacre was one of the first two Caron loves for me and one of the first incense scents I loved.
You are in the draw.

1:10 PM EST  
Blogger Trina said...

Fie on thee for dissing the Philly Cheesesteak! And the best place to get one is *Billybob's*! Pat's and Geno's are over-hyped and overrated. Just sayin'.

And now that I got that off my chest... please, pretty please, enter me in the drawing!

1:49 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Sounds very tempting! And must tell you that in DC, they are called "Steak & Cheese subs", not Cheesesteaks, and they are way better :-)

1:58 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Trina,
"Billybob's" sounds JUST like the kind of place for this kind of a dish :-D Sorry, sorry, I know you like it. DH read a bit of this today and got slightly offended on behalf of his beloved steaks :-)
You are in the draw!

2:00 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

R,
Calling them subs make more sense to me, because that's what they are. I take your word for it that they are better in DC :-D

2:01 PM EST  
Anonymous Dana said...

That sounds so intriguing! Please include me in the draw.

3:08 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Dana,
You are in the draw.

3:22 PM EST  
Blogger TMH256 said...

Ooooh!! You have piqued my interest!! I love your Philly Cheesesteak syndrome. LOL! I can relate. If a non-incense lover could like this scent, I would love to submit my name for your generous drawing. :-)

4:08 PM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

...with MEAT in it?!?!?!?

Wow, I didn't think you could top the jello salad ... and you did. In spades. What does Mr. C think? Does he cringe? (I used to date a boy whose whole family adored head cheese, which terrified me.)

Uh, I just realized, I need to wash the dog's hair ... for the next week ... sorry I won't be by.

4:11 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

T,
Thank you! I think this would actually be a good "starter" incense scent...so you are in the draw! :-)

4:13 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

March,
Dog's hair, huh? Are ya scared of my jellied meat? Mr. C is too, won't touch the stuff :-)

What is head cheese...or do I want to know? :-)

4:14 PM EST  
Blogger maggi said...

This sounds amazing--I'm in line with the idea of bringing it to the states, and please enter me in the drawing...Meg

4:57 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

re: head cheese.

You don't want to know.

5:11 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Meg,
You are in the draw!

5:13 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Tom,
Too late, I googled...This is something my dad would love...he enjoys this kind of...um...food.

5:13 PM EST  
Blogger Patty said...

Stop with the head cheese, i still have nightmares about that.

Marina and Judith -- not that it smells LIKE Borneo, but it has that dry-ish cobwebby piece. That's why I said slept with... like it just has a memory of it that's better than the real thing.

Yeah, that was real clear too.

5:22 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Patty,
It was clear to me...on an intuitive level...:-D

5:24 PM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Head cheese is called souse, I think. It's Polish. You take the hog's head and boil it, and stick all the boiled bits and stuff into a mold until it congeals, and then you slice it and -- voila -- head cheese! You could serve it with some jello-meat salad on the side... and some nice crackers. Wouldn't that be lovely?

5:38 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

...with jello meat on the side, now it really sounds like something my dad would it :-P

5:39 PM EST  
Blogger benvenuta said...

Oh my, that sounds good. Please enter me in the drawing.
Maybe we should harass LS?

6:58 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

B,
You are in the draw.
I think LS is on our side already :-) we might have to harass JS though. :-)

7:16 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Colombina,

I'm still wondering if Juozas answered your e-mail which I traslated for you (and the others)into Lithuanian some time ago? Did they sent samples?

One question more: is this EDP suitable for men or not? One female friend from Lithuania described it to me in a very short way: it smells like burning trees. If it's true, I want it as a male incense lover too :-).

Good luck!

7:23 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Hi,
No, unfortunately they did not reply, which I thought was not nice of them. :-) We found a way to get some Juozas though. I would say that it is definitely unisex. Not masculine, not feminine, but suitable for both. I don't smell burning trees there though :-)

7:26 PM EST  
Anonymous Theresa said...

I'm from Philly and am a huge fan of the cheesesteaks. Unfortunately, your review just inspired a craving, which can't be satisfied as I'm living abroad right now. But perhaps entering in the Juozas draw will distract me, so please enter me in the contest. And please give the cheesesteak another try. Maybe try adding some sweet peppers next time.

7:33 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Theresa,
Sweet peppers? That might work! :-)
You are in the draw!

8:14 AM EST  
Blogger NewKidOnTheBlog said...

In defense of the (almighty) cheese steak …

Wow, hit a guy where is hurts – his cheese steak. Sorry my sweet, when the guy at Pat’s (or Geno’s) says, “Wid or Widout?” he means onions. Perhaps if he meant beetroot and dried fish you’d like them better.

Seriously though, my longing for a decent cheese steak while we were in Europe for years may have led me to overhype them but then again, I have not taken you to Pat’s nor Geno’s yet (or even Jim’s on South Street).

And part of the reason those establishments provide the best cheese steak is that for years, they were just around the corner from the (now defunct) Bond Bread Making Company. And anyone who knows cheese steaks KNOWS it’s not the cheese (usually cheese whiz) nor the meat that MAKES the cheese steak, but it is the ROLL. And Bond provided Pat’s and Geno’s with the freshest.

Today, the best steaks are made using Amoroso’s rolls!

The suburban pie shop variety that you have sampled was ‘passible’ and certainly would’ve been welcomed by me in the UK. Though I must say, the British (Lebanese actually) KABOB was a decent substitute and now of course …. Residing in Cheese Steakylvania, where the steaks are aplenty … I miss the Kabobs.

Finally, I leave you with the fact that the CHEESE STEAK has been recognized by Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesesteak

The cheesesteak, known outside the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area as the Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak, or steak and cheese is a sandwich principally of sliced pieces of steak and one of three types of cheese on a long roll.

A cheesesteak without cheese is locally called a steak sandwich, or a Philly Steak in other parts of the country.

The cheesesteak is a comfort food for natives of the Philadelphia region. It was invented in the city in 1930 and is considered to be a city icon along with other foods such as Tastykake, water ice and the Philadelphia soft pretzel.

Cheesy politics
In the 2004 presidential campaign, candidate John Kerry, on a visit to Pat's Steaks in South Philadelphia, committed the faux pas of ordering a cheesesteak with Swiss cheese.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, "reporters snickered," because "in Philadelphia, ordering Swiss on a cheesesteak is like rooting for Dallas at an Eagles game. It isn't just politically incorrect; it could get you a poke in the nose."

George W Bush, contrarily, ordered “Whiz wit” like a local

In 2005, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney turned up his nose at a cheesesteak wagered by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in the traditional pre-Super Bowl bet between leaders of the states represented in the game. Rendell later told reporters, "He said the cheesesteak had no nutritional value."

Among the many Philadelphia cheesesteak eateries, Pat's and Geno's Steaks are the best known (and most publicized). The famous rivals are located across the street from each other on 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia.

What’s next? Referring to a scent as the ‘scrapple’ of Perfumania?

9:47 AM EST  
Blogger NewKidOnTheBlog said...

YO Theresa!

Right on sister! You go girl!

Mr.C.

9:48 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Mr. C.,
The post must really have hit you where it hurst the most, since it seems to have made you come out of the lurking :-) "Perhaps if he meant beetroot and dried fish you’d like them better." Yeah yeah yeah :-)
Trina (couple of comments above) says that the best steaks are at Billybob's. I want to go to Billybob's.

9:53 AM EST  
Blogger Solander said...

Oh yes, please, I'd love to try it!

10:12 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Solander,
You are in! :-)

10:14 AM EST  
Blogger Shannon said...

oh please, please enter me in for the draw! those notes sound delicious, so right up my alley ...

thanks for the intriguing review

11:10 AM EST  
Anonymous lela said...

ooh! count me in!

11:12 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Shannon,
Thank you! You are in.

11:13 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Lela,
You are in. :-)

11:13 AM EST  
Blogger insou2you said...

i would certainly like to be added into the draw :) I won't lie; I have never heard of the fragrances that you reference in this post - however, your description of Jouzas sounds deliciously right up my alley. Pretty please, consider me!!!
I haven't played the "hurricane katrina survivor" angle in quite a while - you wouldn't want me to have to resort to that level of depravity just to try out this exquisite sounding scent, now would you? ;)

2:00 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

insou2you,
You are in :-)
(Katrina or any other angle won't help, since the name of the winner is always drawn out of a hat by a very impartial, not to say indifferent, person, my little girl :-D )

2:03 PM EST  
Blogger The non-blonde said...

Am I too late for the party? I'd like to be in the draw, if possible.

I know what you mean by the cheesesteak syndrome, even if I'm a vegetarian and wouldn't touch the thing with a 10 foot pole. It's like a sygnificant other who over hypes the quality of his mother's cooking, only until you try it to find out that it's all Betty Crocker and Crisco...

3:12 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

The Non-Blonde,
Har har har!
And no, it's not too late at all. You are in the draw.

3:14 PM EST  
Anonymous Martika said...

What about me? Am I too late? I'd love to be included in the draw, this scent is intriguing.

5:22 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

M,
Not late :-) You are in.

5:23 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over one hundred comments, oh my! Don´t put me in, I already own this incense beauty. For me it is somewhere between Tauers L´Air and Avignon. And it will come to the states without any doubt, because it is sooooo wonderful.BTW, I was calling the Lithuanian Shop from Germany. They where very nice and speak English and German!!!
Fragrant greetings!

1:52 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

I can see (smell) how you'd compare it to L'Air and Avignon. Yep, deginitely, just softer. :-)

1:55 PM EST  

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