Build Your Own Simile

So while we were in Paris we attended a wine tasting and lecture by a young sommelier named Olivier. He was charming, irreverent and of course, knowledgable.

The presentation was in English, and the group was from all over the world, with most of us coming from the U.S. and Australia—both wine-producing countries, but let’s face it, a man from France is going to prefer French wine.

Someone asked him, “What’s your favorite country for wine outside of France?”


He managed to give an inoffensive non-answer, but the look on his face was priceless.

I’ve told this story a few times since our trip, and I feel like there’s a great simile out there… maybe several. Share your suggestion in comments:

“Asking a French sommelier his favorite non-French wine is like asking ______________________.”


9 thoughts on “Build Your Own Simile

  1. MaryAnn says:

    …a basketball fan his/her favorite non-American team.

  2. Cathy says:

    Texan his/her favorite BBQ outside the state.

  3. Keith says:

    Like asking a New Yorker where else has good pizza.

    Or, well, good anything.

  4. Teri says:

    Like asking someone from Wisconsin where *else* to get good cheese.

  5. Notshychirev says:

    Like asking a Chicagoan where to get a good hot beef sandwich or fried walleye or pizza or baked mastacioli east of Lake Michigan, south of I-80, west of 294, or north of Skokie.

  6. Jan E. Lorah says:

    … like asking for the Godiva chocolate shop in Hershey, PA.

  7. Sarah says:

    Like asking a Southerner what breakfast bread they would choose if biscuits aren’t available for breakfast, or if they would like oatmeal if grits aren’t on the menu…

  8. lukeluke says:

    Like asking the Tea where the Party is.

  9. Kelly says:

    like asking a Texan where to get some good Mexican food – in Seattle.

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