John McCaslin

We had reminded readers yesterday that President Bush's final State of the Union address will be delivered on Monday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m.

Now we are reminded of a popular pastime held each year, "The State of the Union Drinking Game 2008."

Organizers say: "If all goes well, you'll be unconscious by the time they show the other party's response."

New rules will be in place this year, but last year, every time the president said "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad," players had to take two gulps of their chosen beverage, and swallow a third if Mr. Bush pronounced the Iranian president's name correctly.

In addition, players had to take one shot of extra-virgin olive oil every time Mr. Bush said "addicted to oil," as well as one shot of tequila when he said "illegal immigration."

Nico to Chefdance

That's Washington's own Nicola "Nico" Amroune among 10 prize-winning U.S. chefs chosen for 2008's "Chefdance" at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The Teatro Goldoni chef's menu for Monday night includes everything from Maine sea scallops and oxtail ragu to lamb carpaccio and pistachio-crusted venison chops — with a cherry pudding dessert. Yum.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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