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Stuff in the pipes

Posted in Books and gear, Culinary ruminations and other random thoughts, New York restaurants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by restaurantouring

Got reservations at Thomas Keller’s Per Se and Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin. Will report back (hopefully with pictures!) once I dine. Gotta get my laptop fixed first, cuz borrowing computers to access the web is teh suck. At any rate, I’m on a mission to eat at Michelin-starred restaurants, starting at the top.

Discovered a mouse in my apartment. Not sure if it’s the same mouse my roommate and I found in the winter — we named it Teacup. Oh well. Time to hide the dried fruits that I suspect he’s munching on and break out the peanut butter. I’d like to build a better mousetrap, a la Jim Clark, but we’ll see how much motivation I have to do something so cool/geeky.

Finally, a word of advice: avoid cheap tongs. Trust me. I speak from personal experience. Despite owning numerous knives (including the super-sharp Shun Kaji 10″ chef’s knife) and sharpening them all myself with Japanese water stones, I haven’t cut myself in the past year or 3 — that is, until tonight: on a pair of tongs I bought from the dollar store.

Don’t ask. I don’t know how I did it, either.

Squirrels and Acorns

Posted in Food in the news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by restaurantouring

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An article in the Washington Post caught my eye and has me a little bit worried about the future of our food supply.  It seems that acorns all over North America have seemingly all but disappeared this year.  From white oaks to red oaks to black oaks, it seems these magnificent trees simply aren’t producing acorns, which is very strange and disconcerting.  The cause is still unknown, but one theory says that perhaps it is because of the fairly wet season we had previously, which is causing the trees to not produce any acorns.  This theory seems to be pretty spurious, so hopefully a better theory will emerge.

In the meantime, it seems that many squirrels are starving to death.  In their frantic search for food to fatten up before the coming winter, squirrels are raiding bird feeders and other supplies of food.  Many run frantically out into the street and are killed by passing cars.

I personally have seen many of these squirrels die on my way to work.  They seem to be skinnier than I remember them, and I also have not seen many / any acorns around, even though there are plenty of oak trees in my area.  I’m a bit worried.

A picture taken with a point and shoot camera many, many years ago

A picture taken with a point and shoot camera many, many years ago

As far as our food supply is concerned, I’m actually more concerned about naturally raised hogs fed on acorns than I am about the squirrels, haha.  Squirrels are cute, but pork is delicious.  Pork from naturally raised hogs is supposed to be magnitudes more delicious than commercial pork, and I’ve really been meaning to get my hands on some.  I’m hoping that this acorn famine won’t affect things too much.

In the meantime, go out and buy some nuts or peanut butter, everyone.  These squirrels are starving.  I’ll be smearing what peanut butter I have left in the apartment on a tree tomorrow, and I urge others to try to do the same.  The least we can do is help, until a solution emerges.