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The Suburbanite
  • Foodie expanding horizons in 2013

  • Seriously? Another year gone? How does this happen so fast?



    With that mystery in mind, I’ve been mulling over the past 12 months and musing the upcoming dozen.

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  • Seriously? Another year gone? How does this happen so fast?
    With that mystery in mind, I’ve been mulling over the past 12 months and musing the upcoming dozen.
    The pondering led me to this conclusion: I’m boring.
    It’s true. I’m in a foodie rut. Maybe because 2012 was a little low-key.
    Now, 2011, that was a different story. Remember my “50 by 50” quest? That’s when I chose 50 recipes I had never before attempted, and forced myself to make them all by my 50th birthday. It was enormously challenging and wholly fulfilling.
    This year’s food adventures paled by comparison, but certainly there were highlights. The best meal I had was at one of my favorite New York City restaurants, Mercer Kitchen, which is one of many owned by world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
    You may be surprised to learn the dish was a salad. Plump, warm shrimp in a buttery beurre blanc served atop mixed greens and drizzled with a truffle-soy vinaigrette. It was so mind-boggling delicious, I went back and had it the next day. (If you’re interested in the recipe, Google will pull it up).
    Other standouts were not what I ate, but what I fed. Last January I visited the Atlanta Zoo and had the honor of hand-feeding a biscuit to a Giant Panda. This spring, I helped my Chihuahua birth and raise her four puppies, including feeding them by bottle. And while on that trip to New York City, we happened upon a colony of rats bustling about in a Bowery park filled with people, and watched with fascination as they gobbled up the dinner leftovers we tossed them.
    If I’ve included rodents as a highlight, then surely I’ve got to crank it up a few notches this year.
    I think I know just the thing. I’m calling it: “Will Work For Food.”
    Over the next year, I’m going to expand my foodie horizons by taking on different foodie tasks across the county. Here are some of the things I’d like to do: Make sushi at an Asian restaurant; be a carhop at Woody’s Root Beer Stand; wait tables during a busy lunch rush; work the window at a fast food chain; make Valentine chocolates at a candy company; be a barista for an hour.
    Perhaps you have something in mind for me? Remember, I’m looking for interesting and specific tasks, not a shift. So no, I won’t pull an 8-hour overnight scrubbing your restaurant kitchen.
    Here’s the catch. You don’t have to pay me, but you do have to feed me. So if I’m going to help you with your lunch rush, you’re going to feed me one of your signature lunch sandwiches. Then I’ll write about the experience, and your food.
    Page 2 of 2 - So please, help me get to work. Send your chore ideas to me at jennifer.mastroianni@cantonrep.com.