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Fading Fast

May 18, 2012

I’m officially off the wagon. Yesterday morning, after months of eating well, I had my blood drawn to see if I could indeed lower my cholesterol using just diet alone. My appointment to review the numbers is still a few weeks away.

So now I’m enjoying a bit of a grace period.

That’s probably a bad idea. And I’m not going to go crazy. But I may do just a little bit of celebrating. In fact much celebrating has already occurred. And it’s going to be great to be able to participate on the Tour de Hard Ice cream without a lick of guilt or regret. Plus I won’t have to second-guess the foods I eat on my West Coast vacation next month.

Yesterday’s celebration the end of the “fast” really was three separate treats strung together with a bit of a bonus treat on the side for good measure. However it’s the first stop after the phlebotomist that may be the most surprising of all.

Yes. I went out for a cupcake. Yes. I said I wasn’t going to do that anymore. But I was with Little Miss Fussy, and you should have seen her light up at all the different cupcakes in the case. And if we are going to engage in this kind of behavior, it might as well be at the place that won The Cupcake Challenge.

For the record, she chose the cupcake dominated by a pink dot in its center, although it was a hard choice between that, the one that had a buttercream flower, and the one named after her favorite childhood star, Shirley Temple.

In honor of the occasion I also had a mini cannoli. I also noticed they had a tray of full-sized and miniature cannoli shells. These shells are empty, as they should be, so they can be filled to order. Even though this is the preferred practice, it’s harder to find a cannoli filled to order than you might imagine.

This cheese-filled deep-fried treat was better than the triple-fudge cupcake. Little Miss Fussy may disagree.

Quattro’s Farm Wild Turkey Egg
After doing only the minimal sampling required to write intelligently about pheasant and turkey eggs for the Chefs Consortium post earlier this week, I theorized that turkey eggs would be idea for soft boiling. The rationale is that they are slightly larger than chicken eggs, and have a higher ratio of yolk to white. Yesterday, I got to put that theory into practice.

After five minutes in boiling water, and served alongside toast soldiers made from Heidelberg 100% whole wheat bread, I had the soft-boiled wild turkey egg of my dreams. It was everything I hoped it would be. There is one last turkey egg in my possession, and if Mrs. Fussy plays her cards right, she may even get to enjoy some of it with me.

Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
In the freezer is a “pint” of vanilla. It has really been for when Young Master Fussy does something really special. It’s good to have random rewards. But yesterday I snuck a bite. Damn, that stuff is rich and delicious.

All Over Albany’s Burger Lab at Central Steak
I’m really glad to be part of the AOA family, especially when it means I get to judge a build-your-own-slider contest. Last night there were five sliders in total. Two were made with pork belly. The official results aren’t getting posted until Monday, and I’m really looking forward to writing about it more after the story goes live.

Still, I think my favorite mini-burgers were the ones I made myself. Those two, plus the five I ate at Judges Table, left me in the mood for a brisk walk in the cool evening air. That was lovely and I followed it up with a belly soothing dose of absinthe.

Now I’m fading. But I’m feeling great. Talk to you more on Sunday when I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. derryX permalink
    May 18, 2012 9:11 am

    You’re awakening a demon talking about the cannoli shells needing to be unstuffed. As you’ve probably observed, the area “bakeries” are notorious for pre-filling, and it’s terrible.

    I’m going to stop now.

  2. May 18, 2012 10:46 am

    I wish there was a store in the area that carried Delaware Phoenix Absinthe. Looks as if I’m going to have to drive to Oneonta.

  3. May 18, 2012 12:18 pm

    I thought you didn’t even like cupcakes that much… but hey, Fluffy’s ARE really damned good.

    Also, I’m so jealous about the slider-fest. It sounded so awesome. Too bad it overlapped both my work shift and my fiancé’s obligation to run in the Workforce Challenge (he’d already signed up before the slider-fest was announced, which is a shame, ’cause he really loves sliders).

  4. May 19, 2012 10:19 pm

    You should let your loyal readers know (via a daily post) that the Hard Ice Cream Tour has changed dates. Right now you have to make your way to the TDHIC page to get that info.

    There is a good chance I will be able to make it with my taster next weekend since his little league schedule does not include holiday weekend games. Please alert the establishments they may need extra quantities.

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