Bridge… The ‘Hobnob’ Pop Culture For Many Delicious Appetizers…

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Your ‘Mental Appetite’ for a social mixer could be ‘Bridge’.

WHY PLAY BRIDGE?

Thoughts about the world’s greatest game (excerpt)

Perhaps the best one-sentence description of how bridge players feel about their game is playwright George S. Kaufman’s parody of a famous remark: “I’d rather be South than be President.” But what causes that feeling? The Bridge World magazine asked bridge players to describe briefly their main reasons for playing bridge, and the most important rewards they obtained from the game.

The Rewards of Bridge

ADVENTURE
“Every Hand an Adventure” is what bridge is all about. It is the ultimate in intellectual competition. As you learn more, ever-increasing vistas unfold for your experimentation and enjoyment. Once you try it, you’ll never give it up.
– Bob Lipsitz

CHALLENGE
As people develop and grow they search out challenges suitable to their current situation. Some never outgrow video games, but those who seek the highest level of mental stimulation move on to activities such as bridge.
– Mike Lawrence

ENTERTAINMENT
Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.
– W. Somerset Maugham

FASCINATION
Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day.
– Warren Buffett

INEXHAUSTABILITY
I am still learning. I will never get it all.
– Al Lochli

LONGEVITY
Because every hand is different, the intellectual challenge of bridge never ceases. Besides, and more importantly, my father often noted that, “If you don’t play bridge, you’ll have a miserable old age.” Since that time is getting closer, this is no time for my interest in bridge to lag or diminish.
– Rudy Boschwitz

MENTAL CHALLENGE
Many games provide fun, but bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but bridge prevents the rust from forming.
– Omar Sharif

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Signs You Might Be a Bridge Player

by Katie Coopersmith

If you have any of these symptoms you are at risk of being a bridge player. If you have more than 7, we suggest you immediately arrange a meetup with at least 3 other bridge players.

1. When you hear the word “dummy,” it doesn’t sound like an insult to you.

“Trump” has a pretty different meaning, too…

2. You always plan your next vacation based on where the best bridge tournaments are.

London? Honolulu? Nah, not if there isn’t a game to be played there…

A week long tournament in Lynnwood, Washington? Sure!

3. You can’t remember your friends’ kids’ names or what you had for breakfast this morning…but last month’s hands are still fresh in your mind and you can rattle them off on demand.

Those brain benefits are worth it!

4. You have to fight hard to suppress the urge to scream at anyone who tells you bridge is “just a game”.

It’s not a game, it’s a lifestyle!

5. You’ve got a better poker face than Bill Clinton.

Hiding your glee when your partner makes a bid you like can be tough, and so can masking your disappointment when they make the wrong move, but you’ve got it down…you’re the master of the stone-face!

6. You’ve accidentally yelled “Director!” when someone cuts you off in traffic or makes a nasty comment to you at the supermarket.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a director play the referee role in our everyday lives?

7. All of your friends are bridge players…and you’re not mad about it!

It makes dinner parties so much more fun…and what’s a Saturday afternoon without a game at the bridge club?!

8. Your shelves are packed to the helm with The Bridge World and Eddie Kantar.

What better activity could there be to fill your non-bridge-playing hours than improving your game through reading?

9. You fight more with your partner than you do with your spouse.

Unless – God forbid – your partner is your spouse!

10. You have many strong opinions on play etiquette.

You can’t abide by anyone who makes gratuitous comments, puts their pen to the bidding pad without knowing what they’re going to bid, or doesn’t claim as declarer when the outcome is obvious.

11. And finally…there’s nothing you’d rather do than play bridge!

It’s a great way to spend your retirement…and your vacations, weekends, evenings, and holidays.

DISCLAIMER: The results of this self-test are not intended to constitute a diagnosis of ‘bridge player’ and should be used solely as a guide to understanding your bridge playing and social and family issues involved with it. The information provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a bridge director or teacher.

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VEGAN NACHOS WITH BLACK BEAN & AVOCADO

Great Food for your Bridge friends

Last weekend my boyfriend hosted a potluck and board game night with some friends. While racking my brain for some healthy, tasty and easy to make snacks to for the evening, I came up with several dishes but this vegan nacho with black bean and avocado dish got wiped out by the end of the night!

Chips are always a crowd pleaser. They’re great snacks for any fun, casual get togethers with friends and families, but more often than not, they’re full of unhealthy fat, zero fibre and empty calories. Since cutting out processed foods, I’m much more mindful about snacking and prefer sticking to organic or non-GMO brands.

Beanfields Snacks creates a variety of bean and rice tortilla chips that are all natural, vegan, gluten free and non-GMO project verified. I was pretty chuffed when I found out that every 1 oz serving I was eating contains 5g of protein and 6g of dietary fibre. So… These chippies aren’t just tasty, but pretty healthy too!


INGREDIENTS

Beansfields bean and rice chips in Nacho
1/3 cup black beans
1 avocado
1 tsp diced onion
Juice of 1/4 lemon
California green pepper (chile verde)

PREPARATION

On a large plate, layer 1 packet of Beansfields bean and rice chips in Nacho, followed by 1/3 cup of black beans and 1 avocado mashed with 1 tsp of diced onion, salt, pepper and juice of 1/4 of a lemon. Top with chopped California green pepper. Enjoy!

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