America, November 4, 2008
For the last election — my first to vote in person — I made an aspirational Blue State Blue Velvet cake, inspired by the Obama-centric blog Yes We Cake (which later featured my creation). Georgia didn’t go blue — surprise — but the country did. I’m hoping for the same outcome this time around. Four more years!
Outside the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia, June 9, 2010
In 2010, Dairy Queen celebrated the 25th birthday of its most popular treat, the Blizzard, by introducing a mini version of the dessert and driving around the country in the Blizzardmobile, giving out free samples. Fortunately, my office was within walking distance of the Atlanta Blizzardmobile stop, so I braved the sweltering heat on my lunch break for a tasty freebie. (Or two… maybe three.) While I was there, I got a photo with the Blizzard itself. An instant classic!
Montreal, Quebec, May 29, 2010
Two years ago today was the last day of our French-Canadian honeymoon. There was late-night poutine (technically early morning on the 29th) with delicious local beer, a cat-chalet handoff, a river cruise and lots more. When we got home, we were tired.
Over the weekend I did an inventory of my Waffle House collection, of which mention has been made here before. I’ve been meaning to catalog this stuff for some time, just to see how much (and what) I have. The oldest item here dates to the late ’90s, in terms of when I acquired it. At my parents’ house, I have:
- 4 assorted Waffle House buttons
- 1 black and yellow Waffle House mini football
- 2 Waffle House menus (circa 2003)
- 3 old-school WH wall signs: Breakfast, Waffle, Delicious Sandwiches
- 1 old-school WH wall sign in original frame: Desserts
- 1 ladies’ Waffle House uniform shirt
- 1 accent pillow made (by someone else) from ladies’ WH uniform
- 1 black and yellow Waffle House paper hat
- 1 maroon and yellow Waffle House paper hat
- 2 50th anniversary Waffle House paper hats
- 2 Waffle House 50th anniversary “Good Food Fast since 1955″ pins
- 1 Waffle House 50th anniversary commemorative Coke bottle
- 1 Waffle House 50th anniversary press kit in folder
- 10 copies of Y’all magazine, in which a story I wrote on the 50th anniversary of Waffle House is published (my first freelance byline)
- 1 mint-condition WAFFLE-OPOLY board game
- 1 vintage 1960s Waffle House money clip with knife and file
- Waffle House Jukebox Favorites Vol. 1
The rest of my collection is at our place (much to Jon’s delight). This includes:
- 18 assorted Waffle House buttons
- 1 clear yellow Waffle House logo piggy bank
- 2 black and gold Waffle House logo water bottles
- 1 Waffle House & Coca-Cola yellow mini football
- 1 Waffle House & Coca-Cola “Partners since 1955″ metal sign from a restaurant fountain machine
- 1 old-school WH wall sign in original frame: Waffle
- 1 slightly warped WH vinyl 45: “I like what I see at the Waffle House”/”There’s 844,739 ways to eat a hamburger at Waffle House”
- 1 3-lb. bag of Waffle House waffle mix
- 2 Waffle House hashbrown plates
- 1 Waffle House grits bowl
- 1 Waffle House coffee mug
- 2 black and gold Waffle House logo cappuccino mugs
- 1 Waffle House logo cream and sugar set (direct from HQ!)
- 1 Waffle House Museum Grand Opening coffee mug
- 2 postcard invitations to the Waffle House Museum grand opening, September 3, 2008
- “The Waffle House Experience” 50th anniversary coffee table book (signed to me by both founders & 47-year server Lucy Shelton)
- 2 replica old-timey Waffle House paper hats
- 2 replica old-timey Waffle House menus
- 2 Waffle House Museum postcards
- 1 Waffle House interstate guide
- 100 or so Waffle House koozies (wedding leftovers)
Goodness that’s embarrassing. The sad thing is, I’ve probably missed something. But I can’t stop myself! Just look at how awesome this stuff is…
As time-consuming as blogging can be, keeping up with blogs is often even more so. (When I’ve had the chance to catch up on my Google reader since new years, I’ve been heartened to see that I’m not the only slackass on the blogs who’s still recovering from the holidays.) For that reason, some of my favorites are those single-image-post blogs (often tumblrs) — they’re easy to stay on top of, easy to catch up on. Here are a few of my favorites that you might enjoy:
First up, a tumblr by photographer Max Wanger called OHMYLEFTOVERS. As you might surmise from its title, the blog consists of leftover/otherwise unpublished photos. Sometimes there are kitties involved.
photo by Max Wanger
Speaking of cats, I’ve mentioned the delightful Dream Cats here before. If you don’t like pictures of cats, you can skip this one, ’cause that’s all it is. They pull from a group on Flickr that you can join and submit to.
Last (for now) but certainly not least is SCANDYBARS. This tumblr launched last June, posting scanned-in cross-sections of candy bars and bits — it’s basically the same idea as Scanwiches, just more delicious and happy-making. I particularly like this post about candy-scanning equipment and cleanup.
Cadbury creme scan
What other excellent quick-hit blogs are the cool kids reading these days?
for festive breakroom treats! Ho ho.
Atlanta, Georgia, December 1984/1989/2011
Each December my family decorates sugar cookies together before our annual holiday party. As you can see from the dates listed, this has been going on for some time. (As you can also see, we are still using the same cookie cutters: I’m working on stockings in all of these pictures.) This top photo cracks me up because these days I’m known as the hand-washing nazi of the family; my sense of sanitary cookie-decorating practices was clearly not always so keen.
The Christmas party is coming up this weekend already. At some point before Christmas itself, I’ll post a thorough photo retrospective of the tradition.
Look what those clever Germans have come up with now:
Edible spray paint! Hamburg’s Deli Garage Food Cooperative will hook you up for € 24,80 per 100-ml can of gold, silver, red or blue. Here’s the product description from the English-language side of the Deli Garage website:
Fine silver cutlery, gold-plated cups – there are some things in life you just can’t see enough of. As of now, the same applies to a good steak. With Food Finish, the most stylish way to refine your culinary creations. Food Finish is as easy to use as the result is beautiful: off with the lid and on with the spray. Ready! Food Finish chrome-plates and gold-coats everything and anything in the kitchen that fits under its spray nozzle. It is completely harmless and tasteless to eat.
(photos from www.the-deli-garage.com)
The blog post that led me to this discovery (sent to me by Abby) shows more photos of everyday foods that have been Esslack-ed. Apples look pretty; a muffin looks terrifying; tomatoes look freaky; and a half-chromed pretzel just makes me sad. It also makes me wonder… does this stuff come off on your hands and lips when you eat it? What would the aftermath of an Esslack dinner party look like?