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    Where I live, opera itself is my guilty pleasure.
    I don't really feel guilty about loving opera of course, but the word "Confessions" in the thread title caught my eye. It isn't actually dangerous to confess liking opera, just very disheartening. The very word brings forth groans and eye rolling. Then some joker spouts the usual cliches about fat women screaming. Grrrrr.

    When I've tried countering that with an enthusiastic description of how enjoyable opera can be, I see their eyes glaze over and they stop listening after 10 seconds, so I have given up trying.

    I think people would be more tolerant if I admitted to stealing from the poor box, or tormenting kittens while dressed in women's lingerie. (I don't actually do either of those. I was just being hypothetical.)

    Like a Tourette's sufferer, I still mention the O word occasionally.
    Rarely, very rarely, somebody will admit that they share my secret passion. Then we huddle in a corner, away from the scoffing mob, and we babble with an enthusiasm we must usually suppress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Where I live, opera itself is my guilty pleasure.
    I don't really feel guilty about loving opera of course, but the word "Confessions" in the thread title caught my eye. It isn't actually dangerous to confess liking opera, just very disheartening. The very word brings forth groans and eye rolling. Then some joker spouts the usual cliches about fat women screaming. Grrrrr.

    When I've tried countering that with an enthusiastic description of how enjoyable opera can be, I see their eyes glaze over and they stop listening after 10 seconds, so I have given up trying.
    Disheartening isn't it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    I think people would be more tolerant if I admitted to stealing from the poor box, or tormenting kittens while dressed in women's lingerie. (I don't actually do either of those. I was just being hypothetical.)
    Someone could write an opera about that

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Like a Tourette's sufferer, I still mention the O word occasionally.
    Rarely, very rarely, somebody will admit that they share my secret passion. Then we huddle in a corner, away from the scoffing mob, and we babble with an enthusiasm we must usually suppress.
    I know what you mean!!

    I remember going to the bank once for some €s and the cashier asked where I was going and I said "to Amsterdam" and for some reason I added "to see an opera". Her face lit up and all she said was "What?" I said "Love For Three Oranges" and she just smiled wistfully and said "ah Prokofiev" and wished me a fabulous time.

    So rarely happens so it was a lovely moment.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    The curious thing about "guilty pleasures" is that most folk wouldn't see why you should feel guilty (apart from tormenting kittens in women's lingerie!), it's just things that are counter to the image of ourselves that we have created.

    I've got to say that opera is in no way my guilty pleasure, it's a vital part of who I am, anyone who knows me knows that. Really hope that's the same for everybody here.

    My guilty pleasure is disappearing to Malta each winter for a cheap extended stay (Internet working), bar hopping and socialising every night, with what might be regarded as a lower class of person than the generally educated, cultured and successful circle of friends I have here. But no, I don't really feel guilty... (and usually I catch an opera performance somewhere in Europe when travelling between the two.)

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    No, no! opera is not a guilty pleasure!

    I've been attending performances since I was in my 20s - while opera was really, decidedly 'not cool', and never hid the fact. Musicals are a guilty pleasure; Lord of the Rings' movies are a guilty pleasure, Berlin and currywursts are a guilty pleasure - but opera? Never!

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    These are guilty pleasures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    These are guilty pleasures.
    Well, guilty, yes, but pleasure? If I'm going to assault my arteries I'd chose this:



    or this:

    Last edited by Soave_Fanciulla; June 13th, 2014 at 09:54 AM.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Well, guilty, yes, but pleasure? If I'm going to assaut my arteries I'd chose this:



    ...
    Oh yes!

    I once had a business meeting in Zurich and we had dinner at a fondue restaurant. One conclusion that all parties concluded that night was that no-one had ever seen me eat so much.

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    In my book those actually qualify as healthy pleasures.

    Yes, that's the kind of guidelines I'm leading my life by.

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    Time; life's most precious resource.

    How do I spend it?

    I'm sitting in the sun, listening to the cricket on the radio with a cold pint of Cornish ale, a plate of cheese (Epoisse), celery and biscuits and my new copy of Opera magazine.

    It's just me, me and me. I should be the ambassador of the Me Generation.

    ...

    And so now the leader board of the lifestyle of shame; going on just number of posts under the thread entitled "guilty pleasure confessions"...

    Equal first on 5 posts
    Hoffmann and Clayton

    Followed by Usain Bolt's diet method follower Festat on 4 posts

    Followed by Soave_Fanciulla on 3 posts.

    The remaining members who have posted, Dark_Angel, Amfortas, Almaviva, Sospiro, Alan and Alexander can go and reward themselves by buying a new opera CD/DVD.

    Actually, Alan's confession is passed as clean and guilt free, otherwise we're probably all guilty there.

    Unless of course there is something to the kitten and lingerie story.

    But then again some of us...

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    Oh, the lowest, meanest guiltiest of them all: Choucroute Garnie! Be still my heart! (That's different than stopping my heart), but anyway...

    An old college friend's mother used to make this for me whenever I was a house guest. She would serve it with about 8 different kinds of mustard. I'm sure that was because the mustard metabolized all the fat. I tried to be a house guest often.

    I have to go to the store now and buy a mega load of Tira Misu for a birthday party. I'll waddle home later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post

    Oh, the lowest, meanest guiltiest of them all: Choucroute Garnie! Be still my heart! (That's different than stopping my heart), but anyway...

    An old college friend's mother used to make this for me whenever I was a house guest. She would serve it with about 8 different kinds of mustard. I'm sure that was because the mustard metabolized all the fat. I tried to be a house guest often.
    For about 4 years I attended a French convent school where we had a large cooked lunch everyday. We had to eat with the teachers and sometimes, oh horror, were assigned to the headmistress's table - which meant I had to remember my French table manners (hands on table) as opposed to my English ones (hands tucked way out of sight on lap). Some of the food was rather ho-hum, some frankly horrible (boiled lentils on Fridays, slimy polenta) but my heart would sing on choucroute garnie days. If the stars were really aligned right this would be followed by delicious and equally evil cherry clafoutis:



    I have to go to the store now and buy a mega load of Tira Misu for a birthday party. I'll waddle home later.
    Natalie

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    Mmmmm. Cherry clafoutis....

    They were all out of tira misu. I waited too long. Had to settle for a chocolate cream pie. With beau coups dark chocolate shavings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Unless of course there is something to the kitten and lingerie story.
    [Alan stammers another denial, hoping they won't think he doth protest too much, then quickly changes the subject.]
    Ummm, err, all those yummy pictures are making me awfully peckish. I'll have to pop out to our local patisserie.

    I have a weakness for chocolate liqueurs. There's a shop in Sydney that sells the most luxurious ones. They have a larger than usual chocolate shell with enough space inside for a small piece of fruit swimming in the liqueur, such as a maraschino cherry if it's cherry brandy, or a piece of plum if it's slivovitz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    I have a weakness for chocolate liqueurs. There's a shop in Sydney that sells the most luxurious ones. They have a larger than usual chocolate shell with enough space inside for a small piece of fruit swimming in the liqueur, such as a maraschino cherry if it's cherry brandy, or a piece of plum if it's slivovitz.
    Where where where

    I'm coming to Sydney in August to see der Jonas' concert - the first one, not the additional one (and Rigoletto and Don Giovanni, all in one weekend) and these sound lovely.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Where where where
    A shop in MarketPlace, a small shopping center in Marion Street, Leichhardt (yes two h's) which is a very Italian inner suburb with gelaterias, tratorias, Italian delicatessens, etc.

    Alas I now live 1000 km from Sydney, but I'll ask a friend who lives near there if that shop still sells them.

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