Greetings fellow hedonists. I came across this wonderful community a while ago so thought it was about time I introduce myself. My name is Jen and I am studying my PhD in Madrid, Spain. I am half-English, half-Hungarian and have lived in England, Hungary, Germany and Spain. Despite being an impoverished PhD student I still try to enjoy the finer things in life which can be done with a bit of research and creativity. Also Madrid being a city of culture and hedonism does help.

Some of the pleasures I enjoy are under the cut...

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Seattle Suggestions?

Hello to everyone!

I'm planning a trip to Seattle in a couple of weeks and I'd love to know of hidden (or not-so-hidden) gems in the area that I should check out while I'm there. I'm a bit of a coffee snob, so I'd love to hear of great coffee places in particular but I'm also open to suggestions for places to visit, eat at and more! The friends I'm staying with have lived there a year or so but are of the stay-at-home nerd type of folks so I'm hoping we can explore the city together. I want to be wooed by this delightful city! Your help will make that happen!

As a bit of extra information, I am 21+ as are all my friends. However, for health reasons, I'm not much of a drinker. I will enjoy the occasional beer (working for Stone Brewery made me a hophead that even my bad stomach won't stop!) so beer suggestions are also appreciated. The friends aren't really drinkers either (despite one of them being Russian) but I will drag them for great ambiance or beer!
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Just wondering if other sybarites try and aim for the sybaritic ideal in clothes in everyday life? Sybaritic food and drink is reasonably easy to obtain, but clothes at the moment seem so utilitarian. I have a craving for rich fabrics and something to please the eye, and just wondered whether other Sybarites tneded to shop for vintage, or make their own, or whatever?
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Flavor tripping parties with the "Miracle Fruit"

Anyone have experience with Synsepalum dulcificum?
The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.

The host was Franz Aliquo, 32, a lawyer who styles himself Supreme Commander (Supreme for short) when he’s presiding over what he calls “flavor tripping parties.” Mr. Aliquo greeted new arrivals and took their $15 entrance fees. In return, he handed each one a single berry from his jacket pocket.

“You pop it in your mouth and scrape the pulp off the seed, swirl it around and hold it in your mouth for about a minute,” he said. “Then you’re ready to go.” He ushered his guests to a table piled with citrus wedges, cheeses, Brussels sprouts, mustard, vinegars, pickles, dark beers, strawberries and cheap tequila, which Mr. Aliquo promised would now taste like top-shelf Patrón.
NYT article here. Sounds like something I'll have to have a few people over to try.
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First post

I just joined the group and thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Arthur, I'm 21, and I'm an American expat living/studying/working in Paris. Here are some of the finer things that I enjoy:

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Booker's True Barrel Bourbon

I'm not a bourbon drinker by nature. I find the sweetness of corn liquor gets cloying after a short while (I also find the peat in scotch gets tiresome quickly). But while on a quest for a rare Mexican liquor called sotol (a relative of tequila), I struck up a conversation with a liquor store guy, who talked me into a bottle of Booker's True Barrel Bourbon.

Booker's is the only indiluted, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel bourbon available. All other bourbons are diluted down to 80 proof or so before bottling. This particular bottle of Booker's is 127 proof! And it has a number of interesting effects.

First, the attack. When you sip it, your tongue and lips go numb. That's the alcohol talking, boy. All you feel is warmth and a tingle. Then the nose hits, and it's as powerful as any whiskey I've ever tried, including really peaty scotch. Burnt sugar leads the way, followed by anise and fennel seed flavors, lavender... it's reminiscent of herbs de Provence, if someone set it on fire and then tried to put the fire out with some orange juice. Very, very impressive.

About a shot's worth later, I'm finding myself awfully buzzed to be writing criticism on the intarweb.

I'm going to give it another try soon, on ice and with some spring water, to see what works best. I'm afraid of diluting it and taking away that furious punch-in-the-face attack, but I want to see what happens if it opens up a bit.

Anyway, it's an interesting and unusual take on bourbon, and certainly got past my anti-bourbon prejudices.

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I was just wondering how fellow sybarites adjust their pleasures according to their budget? For example, if I have cash to spend then my sybaritic indulgences might be a bottle of Chanel Cristalle or some particularly fine chocolate. If I've not got much cash to spend, then I might read some favourite poetry or burn some geranium oil.

So, what are other people's sybaritic pleasures when on a tight budget?
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Several months ago I joined this community and tonight I am going to introduce myself. What better way to do this than to give you my opinion on virtually every category I can think of which has a capacity for luxury, based on my own experience.

Fresh's Freesia soap or Patchouli soap
Freesia is clean & fresh and Patchouli is very heady and intoxicating
The packaging is also hearty and earthy and pleasant to touch.

Cle De Peau is what I swear by. I am also very fond of Shiseido's "Future Solution" cream, which has wonderful restorative capabilities.

Serge Lutens fragrances are a current favourite. I personally use the scent called Fleurs D'Oranger. Other staples include Creed fragrances and Hermes.

Home Scents:
D.L.& Co. Candles are very intoxicating and the packaging is luxe and gothic.

Motor Vehicles:
I am a Mercedes-Benz fan and owner. The ride and suspension is completely smooth and the details are smart and wonderful. I also appreciate Jaguar XJ Types. Black cars only, please.

Serge Lutens and Cle De Peau. I love Chanel for eye shadows and brushes.

For style sans discomfort, I think Lanvin ballet flats, Chanel classic flats, and Manolo Blahnik's are top drawer. Sexy and fun shoe favourites include most Christian Louboutin and many Louis Vuitton Runway shoes. I also quite enjoy Chloe shoes and Prada Runway shoes.

Leather Handbags & Accessories:
Hermes, Hermes, Hermes. And Chanel for good measure.

Lucien Pellat Finet, Prada White Label cashmere, Pringle of Scotland, Vintage Cashmere by Koi, Chanel cashmere, etc.

Laduree in Paris, Payard and Financier in NYC, Boule in LA

Tiffany & Co. for their exquisite diamonds (and silver home goods), Cartier for their innovative designs (and pedigree).

Kiki De Montparnasse , Agent Provocateur, and La Perla. Also, Nina Ricci.

*Should you desire any more information about anything, please feel free to ask me. I started off in detail and trailed off as my list progressed, so unless you are familiar with the superb quality of the aforementioned, I do expect questions. :)

**Aside from clothing and other beautiful objects, I am fond of taking long, luxurious lunches by the ocean, swimming for hours, sleeping on grassy fields, and basically anything which seems hard to find in society.