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Farm 255: foodie heaven in Athens, Georgia

I am so happy that I got to go to Farm 255 tonight with a bunch of cool people from code4lib.

The mixed olives (house-marinated with fennel and orange) and pickled eggs (with wild onion chives) were, collectively, the best $5 I’ve spent on food. Yes, the bowl of olive was $3 and the bowl of pickled eggs (two, split in half) was $2.

Jodi’s orecchiette with hedgehog and shiitake mushrooms in a roasted garlic and cream sauce ($13) was, dollar for dollar, almost that good, and that’s like saying that having the second-best orgasm in history is almost as good as having the best.

My ‘veg plate’ ($14) was a sampling of five things, presented in a meter-long trough as if it were a deconstruction. From left to right:

  • Spicy vegetable slaw: they’re not kidding, this tasted like cabbage and onions pickled in jalapeño, but in a good way.
  • Braised collards: a good-sized serving, cooked thoroughly but not to steam-table extremes, salted just enough to bring out the flavor.
  • Sautéed mushrooms: a bit dry, a bit chewy, not as flavorful as I’d have hoped.
  • Steamed creamer potatoes: unremarkable, mostly flavorless.
  • Petite salad: immaculate greens with pickled onion slivers.

We shared our olives with the table, and they shared with us a taste of two red wines (I don’t remember which) and five delicious cheeses:

  • Nellie Bell’s feta with pickled onion: this may be the only onion dish Jodi has ever enjoyed.
  • Luna’s fresh chevre with lambrusco jelly: delicious, though a sesame bagel with cream cheese and peach jam this morning was very good in the same way.
  • Truffle sottocenere [redundant for emphasis, I’d imagine] with local honey: Jodi had the last bit of this; I think we’ve had it at Wild Oats and could probably find it again.  She loved it.
  • Nevat with fresh thyme: I don’t remember tasting this, actually.
  • Tilston Point blue with raisin chutney: very tasty, well paired.

We also shared a molten chocolate cake (really a souffle of eggs, butter, and cocoa — and perhaps a speck of flour) with crème fraîche, and had some delicious coffee.

The bill was somewhat sinful, but the experience (two to three hours of excellent food, drink, and conversation) was worth it.

And, as a bonus, after I put a couple of bucks into the guitarist’s case and asked him if the song he’d been playing was by Eliades Ochoa (it wasn’t originally, but he thought Ochoa’s recording was the best he’d heard), he played guajiro music all night.

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Three things

Three things I accomplished today:

  • Got up at 6:30am for a brief workout (and actually did a brief workout).
  • Managed, finally, to get connected to the worst wi-fi network ever.
  • Spent the afternoon being the volunteer technical liaison to the hotel’s IT department in an effort to resolve technical problems that had been plaguing the entire conference.  (See previous item.)

Three things that made me happy today:

  • Seeing that lots of people had taken me up on my recommendation of The Grit for dinner (hey, guys, they have a cookbook too…)
  • Spending the evening with Jodi
  • Learning that a friend’s husband may soon be pain-free and living a happy life

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Meanwhile, these things…

Jodi has a guest badge, so she could theoretically join me for sessions if she wanted to.  We went downstairs and had breakfast; I tried to find her favorite Georgia beverage:

“Pardon me, ma’am, do y’all have sweet tea?”

“Uh, we will, for lunch.  We’ll put it out at eleven o’clock.”

“Oh, man.  I’m gonna have to go tell my wife that we’re in Georgia and there’s no sweet tea!”

Puzzled, she asked, “For breakfast?

I hadn’t realized that was odd, so I shrugged and said sheepishly, “She’s from Pittsburgh.”

“Oh.  I’m sorry.”

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Three nights in Athens

Yes, that’s right, I said Athens.  And I’m driving there for code4lib 2007.

Jodi’s joining me for the trip, though she won’t be registered for the conference.  Which is a shame, because I think she might dig Fun with ZeroConfMetaOpenSearch or Library Data APIs Abound!.

If any of my readers have hints about fabulous vegetarian food in Athens, Georgia, please speak up.  We’ll have some sort of Internet access here (code4lib would brook no less).

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Ack! I’ve been downgraded!

I no longer have a LiveJournal paid account.  I only have six userpics available; the rest are inactive.  How sad!  If anyone feels like upgrading me, I’ll be your bestest friend…

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Mardi Frog quotes

Before we get to the quotes…

I’ve sent Facebook invitations and I hope you’ll all join the Vaxers group that I started (it’s the one that you can see even if you don’t have an email address ending in .ufl.edu).  The group’s URL is http://usf.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2245167545 — and if you haven’t gotten a Facebook invitation yet, let me know and I will send you one.

Lisa: Is that a duck on your finger?

Shayna: I’m happy to see you.

[We’ve been talking about how to take pills — the most recent
suggestion was applesauce.]

Shayna: When I was a kid, we had to hide pills in dog food.

Scrib: You had to eat DOG food?

Shayna: …we were giving pills to the DOG.

Gayle: I hear Café Risqué has really good hamburgers.

Ben: [about Ann Snowberger]  I think Jeff Mercer had a run-in with her.

Shayna: Jeff had a run-in with EVERYBODY. [mocking] “Oh, I downloaded
it by accident, and it compiled itself, and launched, and crashed the
VAX!”

Gayle: I was in a perpetual state of lust for firefighters.

Scrib: Somebody light something!

Gayle: I used to love to watch the firefighters get their gear on.
They could get it on in 30 seconds or less.

Scrib: Watching yourself have sex on fast forward… THAT’S funny.

Lisa: You made me think of a Tom Swifty! “I can’t figure out how to
use this paper cutter,” said Tom singlehandedly.

Ben: Nah, I think it’s supposed to be a more plausible adverb.  Like
“I suppose I shouldn’t have reached quite that far into the wood
chipper,” said Tom offhandedly.

Scrib: That was a bit of a reach.

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Three things that I accomplished yesterday:

  • Alerted a friend that she was indeed invited to the party in Gainesville.
  • Met a lot of new people at the Tampa party.
  • Drove to Gainesville.

Three things that made me happy yesterday:

  • Seeing a lot of cool vagina merch on display at the Tampa party
  • Taking some fun photos at the Tampa party
  • Writing down a bunch of quotes at the Gainesville party

I apparently had a lot of fun in a friend’s imagination yesterday too, but I’m not counting that because I didn’t find out until today, and sadly it was merely imaginary (this time)…

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