Long-time readers of this blog will remember when I occasionally used to post a comic or three, often from Chris Onstad's Achewood. Chris's output has fallen off, unfortunately, but I still check by occasionally to see what's going on. Still no Achewood, but further searching revealed a couple things: Chris and his wife have apparently split up, which is enough to screw up anyone's creative juices. But Chris's have oozed out in another direction, as he's now the resident food critic for the Portland Mercury. This is good: those of you who keep up with the guy know of his increasing interest in food, and of course understand that he writes well and is funny. This all collides pleasingly in his reviews. Even though I'm probably not going to be going to Portland any time soon, I still enjoy the reviews, and see the humor and agile mind behind the words. Thanks, Chris. Good to hear from you. :)
Gary Kueber at Endangered Durham is going to be doing a sort of treasure hunt of historic restaurants. He'll be posting clues on his Facebook and Twitter sites, as well as on the ED post above. I won't be able to attend the dénouement/tour due to prior ditch digging commitments, but I think I'd really enjoy it. Gary is also giving away small prizes as part of the treasure hunt.
By the way, this activity is in part to publicize Open Durham, Gary's new project to re-work ED while adding a bunch of neat stuff.
Despite my occasional flatulent complaint, I still enjoy writing this damn thing. I hope you, my Gentle Readers, still enjoy reading it on occasion. As always, thank you for your support. This is not intended to be a diary; occasionally it may turn into one, but after almost seven years and around 741 posts, it's the ones likethese that keep me going. Again, thanks for your readership. Enjoy your holiday season, and cook a little if you can. It's good for you. :)
So Typepad allows a automatic Tweet when I post here. I'm doing it semi-automatically; Tweeting posts that seem substantial (like the previous corn post), but not for, say, the typical one-liner or repost of an article found elsewhere. I don't want to drown my few followers in Tweets, but I would like to point out the substantial stuff. Any opinions, O Gentle Readers? (I'll Tweet this post too.)
I can't say I'm horribly surprised at this. The core of people who initially started Piedmont four years ago (Really? Has it been that long?) has gradually diminished, some of which had nothing to do with any failure of the restaurant itself. Meanwhile, Eno Restaurant has been hanging fire for a long time. I hope that Andy Magowan and Drew Brown can now pursue some new ventures with renewed relish; I also hope the Eno Restaurant people can now get something going again. I wish everyone the best of luck. Andy, Drew -- please let us know what you're up to.
I'm not horribly surprised here either, but for different reasons. I gave up going to Taverna Nikos a long time ago, and decided to hold my tongue on a review that would have used words one doesn't like to see associated with food. I know they still did some things well, and I should have tried them again after they were closed for several months a little while back. But it really seemed to me that the restaurant had no soul anymore, only the ghosts of departed chefs and owners. I felt that, with respect to the food, menu, and kitchen, no one really cared anymore. So I hope that any reborn restaurant will again have the pleasant food and atmosphere that Taverna Nikos used to have. And again, good luck to everyone.
There's a nice story this morning in Michael Bauer's Between Meals about a restaurant in New Orleans called "Dooky Chase." Its proprietress, Leah Chase, is 86; she's still rebuilding her restaurant after Katrina, and has a wing named after her at New Orleans's Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She wants another 10 years to build her restaurant back up so she can pass it on to her grandchildren. Go Ms. Chase, go. :)
need non-food item. think "supermarket." wait several days.
get in crappy, nondescript car, choose supermarket. drive 2+ miles, passing at least 2 closer groceries. park outside non-grocery. walk through non-grocery, seeing about 5 examples of item, plus number of foodstuffs. resist all. leave non-grocery.
enter supermarket. walk through, resisting items not of reason for trip. locate area for items. choose cheapest per-unit price for item meeting criteria: 1 2-pack for $2. walk through more of supermarket. resist. resist cheap beer. go to register. present item.
"Um, the tag says $2." present discount card.
"Yeah, it doesn't matter."
"Take it off, please?" and let next customer check out. return to shelf. inspect item, shelf, and price tag. correct tag definitely says $2. date on tag says July something. inspect other sale tags. some say as early as May. realize reason for date is not clear. go to customer service. "Hi, this item rings up for too much."
"Yeah, it says $3.72." Register repeats $3.72.
"Do you want to see the shelf tag?"
"Yeah." walk to shelf tag.
return to customer service. item is marked down.
no offer of free or discounted item. "Uh, that's not right either."
"I'm sorry." additional markdown subtracted. "$2.18." aside to other customer service person: "Can you go over to [area of store]? A bunch are wrong."
give up on remaining money due; pay $2.20. get 2¢ change. wonder why didn't drive 6 miles down highway to über-evil not-necessarily-food Ninja-death-chain of death. or why didn't go in back yard and make substitute item from handy tree.
For what it's worth, I so totally don't have anything to do with this. I usually try to stay out of things that aren't food-related here, and I don't think I've ever owned anything more sophisticated than a rubber band gun. But I do think it's kind of a shame for people to have to go to such lengths to complain about traffic in their neighborhood. I also think it's misguided to characterize any of the activist folks I know in that neighborhood (and I know a lot of them) as violent enough to actually shoot paintballs at passing cars. Other than signs in a traffic circle often used for creative expression, there's no evidence anyone has done or will do anything like shooting paintballs at cars.
By the way, I don't live in Duke Park.
Thanks for indulging me in this interruption. We now return you to your previous sporadic stream of food-related posts.
I have Plurk fed to Twitter, so following me on Plurk will essentially get you my Twitter feed, except in those rare cases where I follow up or re-Tweet directly on Twitter. I'm more likely to follow up to Plurks via Plurk, and those *don't* go through to Twitter. So there. :)
(It's not like I do a lot of microblogging anyway. I just have a lot of free time on my hands.)