Friday, August 8, 2008

Oh lord, do we really need a new kind of snobbery?


Ice snobs? Really?


From The New York Times.com:

A couple years back, though, Ms. Polk noted a change in the habits of her guests, who casually started bringing their own ice, she said. Her ice, as it eventually turned out, was apparently not to her friends’ liking.

“Maybe the cubes were the wrong shape or they didn’t taste that good, I’m not sure,” Ms. Polk said last week. “But it got to the point where people came for cocktails, and they were bringing different bags of ice.”

“B.Y.O.I. was a turning point for me,” Ms. Polk said of the moment at which she exited the world of generic ice use and entered another. It is one where a cube, formerly a common and readily available commodity heaved out of supermarket freezers or convenience store cases, is transformed into a symbol of yet another type of consumer connoisseurship — not ice but “ice.”


Read it all HERE, if you can bear it.

19 comments:

Colleen said...

truly terrifying!

Anonymous said...

oiy! you've got to be fucking kidding me! these people need to live for a year in a developing country, and then be forced to live in america post 3rd world country on a welfare budget. fucking freak assholes

Celia said...

Lol... Oh God, I was thinking while reading, what would have a waiter from my neighborhood said to anyone bringing their own ice!!!
Lol... God, I would love to be there to see it!!!!, lol...
Great post!!! Thanks!

Oh, and I loved the anonymous comment as well, lol... Fun!

knitwit said...

Her "friends" made it clear they didn't like her ice?!?!?!?

When she was a kid, didn't her mother ever tell her that if your friends are going to be like that, they're not really your friends?

Anonymous said...

See now if someone wanted to bring their own ice to my house, I wouldn't care. Go ahead, bring as much as you want as long as you have your own cooler to store it in.

Linda Merrill said...

Eventually they will find that the plastic bags that the ice comes in causes cancer. And that the water the ice is made from comes from some lowly cesspool.

I will say, tho, that I don't like the crescent shaped ice from ice makers. They guy had a point - it does hit you in the face and it definitely has a weird taste. I much prefer the stackable ice trays with ice from my tap.

But, would I ever consider bringing a bag to a party? That's just rude.

Anonymous said...

This is the best part:

"...her guests, who casually started bringing their own ice,"

I love that "casually."

db said...

I once joked that designers should start selling designer matches for people to burn their money with. The reason I'm not rich is because I'm too naive to realize that there are people who really would buy into that.

Anonymous said...

What the fuck?

a. Ice, is water’s “sister product.”

b. "and while every cube of ice has the same essential end point — and a purpose little understood in countries like, say, England or France"

Ice is not understood in England and France?? I'll say it again. What the fuck??????

Anonymous said...

Believe me, ice isn't understood in England. I've gone to McDonalds in the UK and have been told they're out of ice.

When we got a big "american-style" fridge, it didn't have an ice maker or ice cube trays. The only ones I could buy were barbie-doll size. I had to get my mum to ship over a couple for me.

Anonymous said...

Really??? I am English and I had a big "american-style", it did have an ice maker and ice cube trays! They're very common. When were you in England 1950???

If by "don't understand ice" you mean that normally there is more drink than ice then yes I guess you're right. I struggle here with the 90% ice 10% liquid rule applied in most places...

Anonymous said...

Stupidity runs rampant among "ladies who lunch".....

Anonymous said...

Linda Merrill,

What's the theme of your photograph?

Anonymous said...

although e.coli in the ice sounds pretty gross to me, the idea of designer ice makes me think of Marie Antoinette.

birdy said...

I have to admit . . . I don't like the ice my freezer ice maker produces. I make ice cubes in trays instead.

I didn't think it was anal-compulsive. Rather just evidence that I was too cheap to install the water purifier I so desperately need. Instead, I make do with a Brita pitcher (which works surprisingly well).

But I would never, never bring ice with me somewhere.

...love Maegan said...

O
M
G

but my nana's ice always tasted like garlic. so I kind of get it.

erin said...

I'm curious how your previous post can ask for "the perfect bone white. A little cream in it, but no grey" for your knowing eyes, and you can't understand how someone's palate might be attuned to the taste of someone's freezer-burned ice? Ice that might ruin a cocktail the same way one of those ship chandeliers might ruin a room.

At any rate, that story should have been in the dining section.

Decorno said...

Erin, I think I know what you are saying. But I think the difference is that I write what is essentially a personal blog that can indulge weird things like "help me find the correct bone white" whereas the New York Times is this wonderful publication that chooses to publish, occasionally, truly insipid non-stories that make the new "ice snobbery" out to be something more pervasive than it is. In the article, they even admit this isn't some new trend... it's just some mindless thing they are elevating to, well, a level it hasn't reached. Are the writers bored? Are we bored?

I hate freezer-burned ice. No question. But if I managed a paper, I would mock the editor or writer who tried to get it past me. That's all.

So... on another note... do you have a perfect bone white for me?

erin said...

You are right, many publications are reaching for news/ stories which leads to questionable material. Do you think the ubiquity of blogs and their personal input is altering the style & content of 'print' news? And when you say bored, do you mean lazy?

Full Disclosure: I work in the restaurant industry and Ice Snobs are more pervasive than you might imagine... on both sides of the bar. Again, that article should have been in the dining section, not the style section, a few years ago.

More importantly, we are planning our renovation, so when I find the perfect bone white (and it better be soon) you will be the first to know! It will be as flawless as a bubble-free ice cube.