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In One Ear: Book tour detour

Author helps define Finnish custom
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 24, 2018 12:01AM


Astoria native and half-Finn Briana (Bononcini) Volk and her husband, Andrew, pictured, own the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, a bar with Scandinavian (especially Finnish) inspired food, in Portland, Maine. Now the couple have written a book, “Northern Hospitality,” which is being released on Amazon.com on Aug. 28, so it’s book tour time.

NBC News BETTER interviewed Briana, and did mention their book, but really wanted to know about the Finnish/English term “päntsdrunk,” i.e. drinking alone in your underwear (bit.ly/pantsdrunk). Seriously?

No, it is not about depression or wanting to forget, Briana explained. Finns are used to solitude, and getting päntsdrunk is drinking while enjoying and celebrating your alone time.

Inspired by her NBC interview, KABC radio in Los Angeles came calling. Doug McIntyre of the “McIntyre in the Morning” show interviewed Briana Tuesday to talk about her book — and to elaborate more on the meaning of päntsdrunk. If this keeps up, she’ll sell lots of books and inadvertently become an authority on the topic.

If you’d like to do some creative päntsdrinking yourself, you might want to try a Portland Hunt & Alpine Club Finnish Nail. The recipe is at the NBC link above. Kippis!



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