Like me, you may have noticed that it has been over a month since our last post. I want you all to know this is entirely Ellen’s fault. She was slated to write about how there are NO full restaurant Pizza Huts off of I-84 in CT and trying to find one is pretty much like trying to find the end of a rainbow. This zesty rainbow we are fully prepared to chase for the rest of our lives.
On our last trip home from NJ, after an hour of cross referencing Google Maps and calling a baker’s dozen of numbers, I did find one in Vernon complete with salad bar and Christmas tree (in the month of March).
A telltale sign you have arrived is the trapezoidal windows.
That is the short version of the story but that’s all you get because we have a slacker in our midst and it’s time to move on to other things that have happened.
1.) Cochon 555 – This culinary event is all about 5 heritage pigs, 5 chefs, and 5 winemakers and this was our second time attending. Read on in amazement as I step off my vegetarian high horse, which is really more like a miniature pony, to tell you that I’m into this event. While I don’t intentionally* eat the pig dishes there, I am so behind their mission to create sustainability in the way food is grown and/or raised. It is also very impressive to me to see so many local businesses all rallied in one place where the chefs thoughtfully, creatively use the entire pig, leaving little wasted and in doing so, bolstering Cochon 555’s mission.
This year at the event, Ellen was dubbed a judge in the Breckenridge Bourbon cocktail contest, “Punch Kings,” and she took this duty very seriously sampling and taking notes on the 6 punches. Meanwhile, I secretly dubbed myself a cheese judge for a contest that existed in my mind. It was wildly successful.
Here is one of the punch recipes we liked:
– Lavender & hibiscus soda
– Ginger peach tea concentrate
2.) Local Natives – Sweet angel of mercy, do they put on a great live show. This re-lit the Local Natives fire in my heart and gave us motivation to listen more to Hummingbird which we had not previously paid due respect. It seemed to sit in Gorilla Manor’s shadow upon first listen.
Speaking of due respect, let’s talk about Tasty Burger in Fenway. After every concert, we are always left wondering who is going to feed us cheese fries? Who?! We are proud to report we sampled their wares after the show and their cheese was elevated to a sophisticated level that begged the question, “Am I from a can or am I Velveeta’s rich Uncle?” Both. The answer is both.
Below is a very good record preserved in time of us waiting for Local Natives to hit the stage.
3.) We are going to see The Presidents of the United States of America tomorrow night. They are playing their self-titled album in its entirety. It’s happening.
We’ve covered a lot of ground here. If you made it to the end, I salute you and promise never to abandon you for so long ever again.
*I ate a little pig blood ice cream last year.