In November, I gave National Blog Posting Month a try just to see if I could do it.
In March, I was intrigued by the theme — lists — and I jumped in again.
I was hoping that I’d get a similarly interesting theme this month, because a NaBloPoMo would be a good way for me to shake off my annual Summer Slump.
Hey, look at that — the July theme is Food.
I’m pretty familiar with food; for example, I try to eat food at least a few times every day. I’m also enthusiastic about food; I have a whole category of Uncle Crappy posts related to food.
So this should be pretty easy, right?
If I was content to write what I ate every day for a month, it would be. (It would also be a bit embarrassing, because I still eat way too much crap.) But that wouldn’t be very satisfying, for you or for me … so I’ll try to make this as interesting — and probably as difficult — as possible. More fun for everybody!
I’m probably going to enlist your help on several occasions, starting today. This is prompted by a discussion that comes up on Twitter once in a while, and I thought it would be a good place to start — what’s your favorite food that you can’t get on a regular basis now?
To no one’s surprise, my answer is a steaming plate of White Castle hamburgers. There was a location at Arcadia and High streets in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, fairly close to where my father went to high school. That was the site of my first taste of the oniony burgers; my dad took me there for dinner before we watched a football game between Upper Arlington, which would be my high school years later, and Bishop Watterson, the Catholic high school serving north Columbus. The game was great, but the hamburgers were even better.
The news was even better by the time I reached junior high school — White Castle opened a new restaurant a short moped ride away from my house. Hoo boy — White Castles at least once a week from that point on.
I had to wean myself during college, although I still made a point of stopping whenever I was home. It got worse when I moved to Pittsburgh — although I think Pittsburgh would be an ideal market for White Castle, the chain seems content to limit its territory. So I’ve had to make do with stops on the way between here in Columbus, or take advantage of other opportunities. That’s been interesting:
- West Orange, N.J. — On the way to spend a weekend with Juan when he lived in Brooklyn. Judging from the stares, I was the first white person to set foot in the restaurant since it opened.
- Downtown Cincinnati — after a Georgia Satellites/REO Speedwagon concert at Cincinnati Gardens. We got free tix to the show, and were mostly interested in Georgia Satellites; in fact, we left about four songs into the headliner’s set so we could go eat.
- Radcliff, Ky. — Just outside the gates of Fort Knox, and I didn’t know it was there until the family weekend during basic training, the one time we were allowed off post. I ate only two, but they were the best two hamburgers I had ever put in my mouth.
- Carmel, Ind. — Handy for trips from The Wife’s house in Kokomo to Indianapolis during her brief stay there.
- Noblesville, Ind. — Coming out of Dead shows at Deer Creek and finding a White Castle is like having a prayer answered.
- Lakewood, Ohio — 1) We go watch Skinny Moo play at the Greenville Inn. 2) We stop at White Castle on the way back to the HP/DD home. 3) Repeat as necessary.
- Akron — This was the regular Columbus trip stop, until the restaurant closed two years ago. What made this one unique was the Church’s Fried Chicken across the street. We’d skip the White Castle fried and get a box of fried okra at Church’s instead.
- Canton — Currently the closest White Castle to Pittsburgh. Given the interest among my Pittsburgh friends, I’m thinking a road trip here may be necessary at some point soon.
So — your question, once again: what’s your favorite food that you can’t get on a regular basis now?