Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Polymath Gets Her Groove Back, Part Ten

I’ve always been one of those people to scoff at the art in the museum that is just a big canvas painted black. After all, how hard is that? Then again, I’ve never actually tried to make a large canvas perfectly, evenly, black, so maybe it’s not as simple as it appears.

I’m a good cook, often a great cook; I write my own recipes and tweak other people’s all the time. I figured how hard could it be to win some contests?

Then I entered about 30 different contests dozens of times and didn’t win bupkes, not even honorable mention or an e-mail to thank me for my participation.

Oh well.

Onto the next project.

That’s the best thing about being a polymath, after all, if you try something and don’t succeed, there’s a bunch of other stuff you’ll be genius at, so you don’t have to pout for long, and never have any regrets.

Then I got an e-mail.

Mionetto Prosecco cocktail entries now ready for voting! Click here to tell us your favorite!

Hmmmph. Mionetto. One of my favorite proseccos, and I had entered their cocktail contest with what I thought was a pretty killer martini *, one I had actually made and tasted! I wonder who beat me out? I click.


They have not chosen the top contenders, as I assumed they would, they have posted all 300+ submissions and are asking for online voting. The top three online vote-getters get a free trip for two to NY and make their drink for a panel of judges, third prize $500, second prize $1000, first prize FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!

This bitch is still in the game.

I check to see how my little cocktail is doing.

Zero votes.

The leader has nearly 700 votes. There are a couple of people in the 500s, a few in the 300s and a few in the 100s.


I vote for myself.

I feel better. I feel empowered. This I can do. Polymaths, after all, are very popular people, being so multi-dimensional and talented and all, so I have a good group of supporters. I send out an e-mail. I post a link on Facebook. I put it on MySpace. I tell everyone I know to tell everyone they know, and sit back and wait for the shampoo-commercial-effect to hit the airwaves.

NEXT: The Polymath Puts Up A Fight

* Mionetini

1 oz Mionetto Brut or other prosecco
1 oz premium vodka
1 oz Elderflower Liqueur (St. Germain, available at
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice

For rim of glass:
1 T lemon juice
1 T sugar in the raw
1 t grains of paradise, ground (African pepper available at

For Float:
1 T Mionetto Brut or other prosecco

Fill shaker with ice, and shake all ingredients well.
Dip rim of martini glass in lemon juice and then in the combined sugar and grains of paradise.
Strain cocktail into glass and float 1 T Mionetto Brut on the top for extra fizz.


  1. Good luck! Is the voting still on? I will vote for you--that cocktail sounds yummers!

  2. I am now addicted to the POLYMATH CHRONICLES (caps for emphasis, not yelling) and will post on my facebook because you. are. so. me./strikeout, but don't know how to do in comments/ FUNNY.!!!

    And yes, I voted for you (under two emails) and have not tried the cocktail because Jen ( distracted me with her elderflower/champagne/berries/Christmas cocktail. But will find some "grains of paradies" (really, what ARE those again??) and do so as soon as my new clients kick in and I can afford elderflower again (god bless social networking, the business is slowly and SURELY re-building -- happy times).

    Anyway. Post faster!! I live for your humor even more than my daily and fix (all of which/whom ocurred during recent business downtime, but now give me much needed creative respite as I re-up my knowledge of renewable energy, weapons detection systems, nanotechnology and wireless communications -- BTW if anyone needs PR/marcom services for those items).

    Wish me luck for BIG client meeting tomorrow!


  3. I love reading your Blog and am a huge fan of of drinking Martinis. I will ask my daughter to send the link so I can vote for your Mionetini.

    Good Luck,
    Alicia's Mom

  4. Sounds like a headache in a beautiful martini glass, but I'd vote for you just because of the honey bacon butter recipe. LINK????

  5. Finally... the "meat" of the story! *grin* I voted for you, of course!

    Loving your blog, Stacey! I am so glad I *found* you! (did you know you were lost?)

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the link to The Cellar Online. St Germain's is not distributed in Canada yet, thus it is the only thing we ever bring back from the US. And your martini is amazing. The girls and I tried it after voting for it as Jen Lancaster's suggestion.