Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Today's Adventures

We went up to Champagne today and stopped at a bunch of places. 

On the way up, we read a cookbook.  As a bit of backstory, our friend Matt showed us a cookbook from a video game, The Elder Scrolls, with recipes from Skyrim and Morrowind.  The cuisines are logical and well-conceived, with some very interesting flavor combinations.  Now, we own probably several hundred  cookbooks, and most of them have 3-6 recipes we use.  This one, I marked about half the recipes as worth trying, and most of the others were good but just not as distinctive or with ingredients we don't use.  That puts this immediately into a category with things like Moghul Microwave where we use lots of recipes.  \o/  Since we already needed a carrot for a meatloaf, and wound up buying a bag of carrots, we decided to try out the carrot cake recipe later on.  I'm very intrigued.  Tl;dr -- just go buy it.

First we hit Captain Jack's on the way in.  We found nothing there, but at the related consignment shop across the parking lot we bought a very interesting glass with runes on it.  :D 

Lunch was at Black Dog.  They had good pulled pork today, but sadly were out of burnt ends so we had to substitute brisket, which was okay.  We are very fond of their smoked sweet potatoes and cornbread, too.

We went out to Ashar to restock on honey beans, and also picked up a bottle of pineapple-ginger juice.

Then we spent a while hunting around several stores in search of faucets -- we need to replace ones in the bathroom sinks.  While they didn't have exactly the same style, we found some that should work nicely.  We also spotted a wheelbarrow that we will need to go back and buy later.  I'm very pleased to see that, because our old one is a wreck, and the last time I went looking there was nothing worth buying.  We want one with a metal bowl, not plastic; metal or wood handles, not plastic; and two wheels, not one.  And it's rather less than I expected the price to be, so that's cool.

We saw lots of geese sitting on nests.  One was on a grass strip between parking lanes!  So there will be goslings soon.  :D

We went to the mall.  I wanted to look for the new spring things in Earthbound.  They didn't have most of the stuff I had seen online.  :(  They've changed the incense section too, and no longer have Dragon's Blood.  >_<  So we walked down to Dr. G's Brain Store, which has moved to a different slot and will reopen in a few days.  We got to chat with one of our friends who works there, though.  They're wanting to make their web presence more interactive, so I need to remember to show them the reviews I write for games we buy.

For a snack we stopped at Wetzel's Pretzels in the mall, which sells a variety of soft pretzel items, because we wanted to try the cinnamon sugar pretzel bites.  Now, most cinnamon sugar pretzels are coated in sugar with a bit of cinnamon.  These are the opposite -- so much cinnamon they looked like they were covered in mud, and a little sugar.  I have no idea how anyone can afford to make them that way, it must take a jumbo can of cinnamon to prime that pan.  I think we had a couple tablespoons in our one bag.  Anyhow they come out much less sweet than usual, with a dusty-spicy-woodsy flavor.  It's not the redhot-flavored Saigon cinnamon, but it's quite excellent on pretzels.  So if you're a fan of loading things with cinnamon, this is well worth a try.

At Harvest Market we got most of the produce we needed for cooking.  They also had more golden berries and muscat grapes.  The latter are white grapes with a pink blush and a pronounced floral flavor.  They are my favorite table grapes.  :D  

Then we went to Wal-Mart and finished the grocery shopping.

We finished reading the cookbook on the way home.  I am seriously tempted to theme a feast based on this thing.

All in all, it was a very productive day.  I'm tired, but happy.
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