So yesterday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and I just finished reading a New Yorker blog post that renewed my appreciation for the late great one. According to the article writer, Tamar Adler, J.C. translated the word gourmand as “happy eater,” and I am going to borrow that phrase like it’s my job, because I wish it were.
Today’s Thank You Thursday post is to Brandy Cerne of Shake Shack, for helping me out about a petty little request that nonetheless makes my life better in a small but significant way.
You see, Shake Shack, a chain of high-end super-tasty fast food based originally in NYC but poised to take over the world, has the awesome practice of offering special frozen custard flavors-of-the-day in addition to their usual tasty menu (think Burgerville or In-N-Out with a slightly more gourmet twist and awesome ice cream, and you’re getting the idea, people who have not yet been colonized by Shackliciousness). These special, often seasonal, flavors change every month, and there used to be a designated page on the menu for those special flavors on Shake Shack’s website, and even the specially modified for mobile phones version of that website. Suffice it to say I had that bad girl bookmarked, oh yes. Then the site was redesigned, and the page disappeared, and yesterday, after having to explore far and wide through the redesigned site to find August’s new flavors (warning: that link opens a PDF), I left a note on the Contact page of the Shake Shack site. And lo and behold, less than an hour and a half later, I had a response! A real one, not just the automated “We’ll get back to you in a few business days” kind of thing â€” and a helpful one, too! Check it out: Continue reading
Bear with me, readers: this post is late because our cable modem is on the fritz so I have been composing this post on my iPhone, no joke. (I started out literally thumb-typing in my phone’s web browser until I found the WordPress app, and now I’m still thumb- or index-finger-typing, but in a less cumbersome interface, so yay for that.) Which makes for a sort of clever transition to the first item I wanted to post today, which I had been considering as Monkey Monday fodder even before the passing of Steve Jobs (really!) So that’s one thing coming up. There’s also pictures: some in honor of World Egg Day, which was yesterday (again, I would’ve been on time except for ridiculous technical difficulties) and also to document the Tea and Biscuits of Triumph (which is more or less the Tracy analog of the Warren Ellis Cigarette of Victory). Here we go…
Pretend I started out here with a hilarious bit about trying to remember how I used to do these posts â€”Â or don’t, if meta-self-referential cutesiness is sooo turn of the 00′s and hellooo we are well into the second decade of the 21st century now, dur-hurr… Also maybe read (or reread) that August 2011 New York Times Magazine piece about how David Foster Wallace maybe kinda sorta invented the language of the Internet but he was one of only a very few writers skilled enough to actually employ this style without being super-annoying, and now everybody does it, gah! But I digress.
Here are a few things from this past month that got my attention and couldn’t just be camera-phoned and summarized in a caption on Flickr. There’s a picture and a rant, but then there’s some short and sweet and funny stuff, I promise. Continue reading