Last night, Sam and I got to attend a charity dinner at Tremont 647 thanks to a head’s-up call from Sarah. 647′s Chef Andy Husbands set up a 5+ course dinner with dishes from acclaimed Boston-area chefs, which meant a wide variety of high quality items.
Starting off, the cocktails were rye- and rum-based. I actually preferred the rum one; mostly because it had Velvet Felarnum in it. Whatever that is. While we enjoyed those, we were passed chips with tuna tartare & a mix of Asian sauces on top, which was downright Pavlovian for me. The buffalo chicken oysters and sunchoke soup (cool name) never made it to us thanks to a cluster-eff where hungry old people ravaged anything thing that passed by. The next phase was Husbands’ mini pulled pork sandwich, topped with Lexington slaw, which is coincidentally a sweet new nickname I’ve given myself. I thought the slider could only be improved by a brioche bun, because what isn’t?
At this point, we were onto the sit-down dinner phase, and we were (thankfully) seated at the end of the bar away from most of the action (read: rich old weird hobnobbers). Our man, Rafa, behind the bar, snuck us a shot of Fernet, so we knew we were in good company. The salad was by Chef Karen Akunowizc of Myers + Chang, and mixed tart with sweet in an uncommonly good way. It made ranch dressing seem permanently irrelevant. After that, a pasta dish featuring oxtail & rhubarb rolled by and set up the fish course. One option was a crispy Loup de Mer, aka sea bass, surrounded by jumbo peas and the other was Ming Tsai’s red curry salmon wrapped in a banana leaf, which passed Sam’s stringent Sri Lankan test. From surf to turf we went to a roasted strip loin, and my personal favorite of the night, the Persian-spiced rabbit. Each bite was like a $10,000 Plinko drop.
Finishing the meal off was the incredibly smooth roasted white chocolate w/ braised rhubarb & spiced jam and a trio of ridiculously good mini cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes – the founder of which we got to talk to afterwards. Talk about a nice lady – wow. Makes regular cupcakes seem like nothing but child’s play.
For a donation to Cooking Matters Massachusetts, we were able to enjoy an all-star lineup of food, the point of which perhaps was to make us realize how well some of us eat in this country while others go hungry. It definitely proved its point.
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned a QRO update and while a lot has been published since, the vision remains the same: provide access to sweet concerts and albums, supplemented with audio, video, and photos.
Here are some recent additions:
In case you’re wondering, iPads are made in a massive factory in Shenzen, China by a corporation called Foxconn. The factory has ~250,000 employees (holy crap) to crank those puppies out, and this video is a look inside the process. Here are some highlights:
0:23 – Assembly line workers given daily instructions, such as “You are simple machines” and “You must hate Western imperialist devils”
0:47 – A RFID chip is installed in every iPad for tracking purposes reported to the Chinese government
1:35 – Worker checks screen tests (RGB, B&W, etc) , appears blown away in Double Rainbow fashion
2:08 – Workers play soccer during break while being bombarded by anti-American propaganda on giant video screen
2:21 – Dude sitting alone in bleachers trying to talk to his pet cricket without being seen
Throughout the centuries, people and nations have changed dramatically around the world. For a family to maintain a high level of control over groups of people, economies, and boundaries is a tremendous feat and these are the absolute best of the best:
When it comes to dominating important places at important times, nobody beats the Habsburgs. They had influence over most of Eastern, Central and Southern Europe, intertwined with the Holy Roman Empire most of the time. Originating in Austria, the family rose to power through political moves, economic craftiness, and creating the much-celebrated policy of “Taco Tuesday”.
One of most enduring and largest empires in history, the Ottoman Empire was begun by Osman I from the rubble of the Byzantine Empire. Due to Osman’s famous love of hats, the rulers throughout the centuries made fancy headwear a proud symbol of the empire, for which the Ottomans have long been recognized as the most fashion-forward emporers. See: Suleiman
Starting with Emperor Jimmu in 650 BC, the foremost house of Japan has seen 125 monarchs over the years. The house has presided over countless intra-national wars, pan-continental wars, and a World War while incubating such important innovations as sushi, karate, and tentacle porn.
The Wangchuck family has ruled over Bhutan since 1907 but its influence goes back much further, rooted in legendary monks and historical figures. They’ve protected the sovereignty of Bhutan strongly for hundreds of years, thanks to the world’s deepest moat surrounding their Himalayan castle, rumored to be the home of over 10,000 alligators.
The current ruling family of Great Britain, the Windsors are actually rooted in Germany, known as “Saxe-Coburg and Gotha” until 1917. The family, up to and including Prince William, the future king of England, are actually all Germans pretending to be British through fake accents and terrible teeth in order to maintain their dynastic control. Once the British discover the rouse, the family will certainly lose its power in Britain.
One of the best cuts of any meat in the world is the beef tenderloin. It’s the source of the most tender steaks, tartares, and roasts imaginable, and causes more volume of drool per year than any other animal meat in the world. You can grill it, roast it, sauté it (like Sam deliciously does), and it will make sweet love to your palate. Here’s some resources about it and things related to it:
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