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I AM THE TOP DOG, AND I DON’T MEAN HOT DOG EVEN IF THIS IS A FOOD BLOG, AND I’LL STOP YELLING NOW

It turns out that this blog is the tenth most popular “geekiness” blog in the world, according to the not at all obscure WebStatsDomain web site. Not only that, but WebStatsDomain says that people who like my blog may also like sites such as esquire.com, bettycrocker.com, and talkingpointsmemo.com, so I am obviously a big, big deal. Plus, and this is the kicker, this blog is allegedly worth $681,268,128 USD; if you’re interested, perhaps I can sell it to you at 50 cents on the dollar, for a mere USD $340,634,064. Think about it (but not too hard).

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Mermaid Farm & Dairy, Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

I got a lot of different foods from a lot of farms, mostly in Chilmark, last summer, with overdue kudos. The first recipient is Mermaid Farm & Dairy. I don’t know what their “official” web site is, but here are a few ways to find them:

Their yogurt is so, so, SO good that it’s practically worth getting on the ferry right now just to have some. They have other yummy stuff too: I regularly inhaled their containers of cherry tomatoes. And if you enjoy raw milk, you will surely enjoy their. (Their t-shirts are cool, too. I liked the food so much that I had to get one.)

Not too much more to say, other than they are definitely worth the trip.

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fascinating food facts and fun

I recently happened upon the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. It is chock full of interesting goodies, and here are a couple that I recently read (with more to come, surely):

  • What’s With the Color of Your Plate? is an article about the amount of food people eat and how it’s affected by the degree to which the color of the food either contrasts or doesn’t with the color of the plate (as well as place mats and tablecloths). I won’t say what the principle is, so you have to read the article to see what it is. Apparently — and this is amazing to me — even knowing about this principle doesn’t stop it from having an effect.
  • The Perils of Large Plates: Waist, Waste, and Wallet is another interesting one, with similar kinds of issues afoot (awaist?).

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The End of Hi-Fi Pizza, the End of an Era

It is with great sadness that I belated note the passing of Hi-Fi Pizza, formerly located at the corner of Mass Ave and Brookline Ave in Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139. I literally ate thousands of slices of pizza there, particularly during the late ‘eighties, when I lived half a block away.

I would walk in the door and one gent in particular, who knew me the best, would simply toss the two pepperoni slices in the oven and pull out the apple juice for me, and I would silently place the four dollars on the counter. There were nights when we simply smiled and nodded — words weren’t necessary. We spoke the universal language of pizza.

This gent and I ran into each other at Market Basket (before things got ugly) after the closing. I told him how sad I was, and he said that many people were.

The sign in the window makes me think that Clover is going in there. It’s another sign of the changes in Cambridge.

I think the secret of the pizza there (and I know many people didn’t like it, but I did) was that the cooked the pies, and the second heating for the slices gave them an excellent texture. Now, I sometimes go to Bravo Pizzeria in Allston for the same effect.

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Honey Pot Hill Orchards, Stow, Massachusetts

Honey Pot Hill Orchards has good apples, and lots of them.  It’s huge, and has a “farm world” kind of feeling, since there’s are multiple parking lots holding hundreds of cars, and there are hundreds of people there, who are picking, shopping, waiting in lines, etc. This is probably only the case during peak apple-picking time (say, a beautiful Sunday afternoon in late September), but it feels less pastoral than I would certainly want. That being said, the apples are delicious.

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Bolton Spring Farm, Bolton, Massachusetts

Some may claim to have a three-point plan that will fix everything, but I only claim that mine will provide deep gustatory satisfaction:

  1. Go to Bolton Spring Farm.
  2. Buy a plain donut that’s still hot.
  3. Eat it immediately.

Make sure they’re open, or it will all have been in vain.

Seriously, the hot, fresh donuts from here are great. I didn’t even want to try the sugar cinnamon ones because they would have a less pure and focused flavor. I will probably relent the next time I’m there.

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small farm, Stow, Massachusetts

small farm in Stow, Massachusetts, is a nice little place and certainly worth a visit. They have both a stand and PYO, depending on the crop. The proprietors are very sweet, and also very helpful about other resources in the area, such as Bolton Spring Farm.

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