So why can't I get clothes as cute as the ones my wife finds for our son? It's killing me. If there was really a God, then all the goodies we love from Oilily (like Noah's puffy down monkey coat and sheriff's corduroy jacket) would come in a Men's XL.
The other thing I am having trouble understanding is why there is no good pastrami in this town—anyone have any suggestions for me?
Clearly I am I need of a distraction, so how about planning for the holiday snacking and hors d'oeuvre season? Do you need a few ideas on ordering some great foods, ones that will last for a while in the fridge, and can be easily rolled out whenever company calls?
Things I do know . . .
Many of the best New England farmstead cheese makers produce cheeses that are killer, but never make it this far west. While I love supporting our local cheesemakers, sometimes it's fun, especially as the season inches inexorably toward the holidays, to source some cheeses that most of your guests will NEVER have tried. Here are my faves:
+ Vermont Shepherd Cheese, made from sheep's milk in Putney, Vermont
+ York Hill Farms Capriano, made from goat's milk in New Sharon, Maine
+ Jasper Hill Farms Bayley Hazen Blue, made from cow's milk in Greensboro, Vermont
+ Smiling Hill Farms' Brie and Camembert, both made from cow's milk in Gorham, Maine
You can check them all out at my pal Karen Horton's website.
The other great treat for holiday parties, one that you can buy, keep on hand throughout the season, and even freeze, is smoked fish. Now there is some good smoked fish in town, but no great smoked fish in town. I like Zabar's, Barney Greengrass, Harrod's, and all the other great shops as much as the next guy, but when I want to impress the in-laws, the must-go-to store is online at Browne Trading Company. Their smoked salmon is second to none, and their service is fantastic.
Need some chocolate to stash in the kitchen for when things get hectic? My local sins are satisfied at Legacy Chocolates on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul and B. T. McElrath, but when I want to make a real statement, I head to La Maison du Chocolat . . . I don't want to overstate the obvious, but when it comes to their cacao bean creations you won't be dissapointed with any of these three picks.