I'm not suggesting a new culinary pairing with the title. I was just thinking that, for me, my love of spicy food and my love for bourbon have always seemed to be extremely similar. In the privacy of my own head, they're practically the same thing. A natural gravitation towards strong flavors, heat, pain and pleasure at the same time. It's not something you simply consume while focused on other things; both have of way of grabbing you by the throat, making you focus for a brief moment on something intense and divine.
I wonder what percentage of people on SB.com find themselves in similar shoes. Just because they're similar to me doesn't mean everybody else thinks the same. Anyone?