This is the story of my most recent visit to McDonald’s restaurant in St. Johnsbury, VT.
I’ll ramble onwards tomorrow.
I was happy today to watch the episode of No Reservations where Anthony Bourdain visits Wasington D.C and eats at Chef Jose Andres’ restaurant.
Yum! Molecular gastronomy. A wonderful, horrible thing. I say horrible because it has allowed chefs to take wonderful ingredients and create really disgusting things. Jose Andres doesn’t do that. He creates really wonderful dishes that use science to maximize the flavors and wonder I imagine he finds in his natural ingredients.
I felt super awesome watching the episode because I took and failed an online Harvard food science class and I learned how to make all of the dishes shown in the episode. Also, Jose Andres is an amazing presenter and his workshops were always as fun as they were informative.
Hint: If someone emails you a question about your culinary school you should probably respond to it even if you a horribly classist person and don’t want to bother communicating with a poor person.
Your choice to respond inappropriately may come back to haunt you because poor people can publicly shame you just as effectively as rich ones.
The more you know.
Hello gentle viewers! Let me tell you the tale of a stodgy property that has been amazingly reinvigorated.
The Hanover Inn Reborn!
My first visit to The Hanover Inn was for my mother’s nursing school graduation. I stole a mug. It was boring, yet entirely sufficient. The room the function was in was supposed to looks”waspy” but was lacking the necessary eagle statuary and dead animals to be truly episcofabulious. I think I may have returned once or twice for a business meeting and rope-cultured seafood.
That is not what The Hanover Inn is now. Nooooooo. The building was gutted and the knockoff Sister Parish interiors have been replaced with decor that is chic and modern. I can’t believe I said that. For realz. They also replaced the bistro-y restaurant with a new eatery called Pine. I was lucky enough to have lunch there today.
The lunch menu was good and actually looked interesting. Not too many choices but the menu contained items I can’t cook at home which is always a plus. I had the Dartmouth Salad and the Gnocci. My rule is that if I can cook it, I’m not going to order it. Service was good and I wish I could have had a desert but that will have to happen later. I’d go again.
Google webmaster tells me that this blog does ok for the search term don’t lower your standards. Therefore, I should probably create a keyword rich post using that phrase. Here goes.
Don’t Lower Your Standards
I’m poor, irritable and old but the only thing I won’t give up is my standards. Sure, I walk around talking to myself in ancient sweaters but that is part of my charm. I’d rather wear old ratty things made from wool than gross new things that won’t last me a year. Standards are important but newness isn’t. You will save yourself an enormous amount of money if you buy nice things that last instead of going to the mall and buying crap that will break in two weeks.
Standards Matter With Food & Beverages Too
I’d rather have a little bit of cheese made by neighbors than a whole bunch of processed cheese foods. My neighbors are passionate about cheesemaking and I know this because I have actually had a discussion with them about their cheese and why they do what they do. Oh and unlike most of the processed cheese food product I eat, I actually enjoy it.
This is also true with the things you drink. Don’t lower your standards when it comes to your beverages. Drink less coffee but spend more on it. Your costs will be the same but you might actually enjoy drinking it. This is the same with other beverages including alcohol and soda. Buy nice local soda and you will be amazed at how rewarding it can taste when you aren’t destroying your palate with the sweetness of Mountain Dew.
I’m not Jewish but I grew up in the New Hampshire version of the catskills so I’m no stranger to Jewish culture and food. This isn’t a post about how to properly keep kosher for passover but rather about how to enjoy all the cool foods that have just popped up in your grocery store.
I would like to begin this post by reminding you that I am not a doctor nor have I ever played one on tv. Therefore, this is not medical advice. Worse, it may not even be funny.
I drink a lot of carrot juice. I drink enough carrot juice that my skin is often a delightfully pale shade of orange that gives the impression I have the ability to tan and/or that the sun has actually been seen in the Arctic land in which I live. I do love New England winters. The reason I drink so much carrot juice is because I love the flavor and it is amazing for your skin.
Carrot juice makes your skin amazing!
I’m not kidding about this. The beta-carotene in carrot juice that turns you orange becomes Vitamin A inside of your body. This will not only give you amazing night vision but it is like having a facial from the inside out. I find that with only 8oz a day my skin is noticeably younger looking and softer to the touch.
Other Sources of Vitamin A
Red and dark colored lettuce.
Most naturally orange foods.
Things To Know
Vitamin A is awesome and largely non-toxic when it comes from vegetables but it can be toxic when it comes from animals. Polar bear liver (yum) is an excellent source of Vitamin A but can be fatal if you eat too much of it. As Polar Bears are endangered I’d prefer that you get your Vitamin A from vegetarian sources.
Once or twice a month someone will post a link to a Buzzfeed article about super gross vintage foods to my facebook wall. I’m supposed to be horrified by them but most of the time I’m not. The truth is not only do I find some of the recipes interesting but I have actually made a few of them. For example, I made and enjoyed the tomato aspic at the top of this page. Yum! If I can encourage anyone who is reading this blog to do anything it would be to step out of your comfort zone. Grow you palate because it is possible there are plenty of foods that seem gross but are actually quite wonderful.
That tomato aspic is not one of them.