Happy birthday to editor Erin Zimmer! We celebrated her birthday today with a Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, one of our favorite pie shops in the city. A pie with oats in it was a natural choice for Erin; she's our resident oat fanatic, so much so that by coincidence her boyfriend bought her the same pie last night. Can Erin handle this much oatmeal pie?
She's so ready
Oh yes. Yes she can.
We don't often get pies for people's birthdays, but we definitely should.
Erin digs into pie chunk consisting of a thin bottom layer of chocolate ganache topped with pecan-less pecan pie filling (aka, tasty sweet goo), topped with a crisp layer of oats, all in a flaky, tender crust.
Let's get some meat
Robyn took on the task of holding all the sandwiches. And now we know what she looks like when she's holding too many sandwiches.
The Great Jar Opening Struggle of 2011
Our interns were probably happier when we told them to eat a bunch of candy and write about it for our Candy A Day series.
What are Ting-a-Lings? Crunchy little bite-sized, chocolate-covered, corn meal-based clusters. If your favorite kinds of chocolates are the ones with crunch, these candies are for you—all crunch with good chocolate flavor and not too much sweetness. We got some samples in the mail and ate them pretty quickly.
Locanda Verde leftovers
Intern Christine and editors Erin and Maggie dig in. There weren't many leftovers by the end of the day.
Table of food
It's not everyday our table is covered in Chinese leftovers, breakfast leftovers, roast duck, candy, cookies, and toffee. Just ... that day.
Kenji in Ohio
Kenji's currently on a taco/food tour of Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Lexington. Here the owners of Fresh Street (@freshstreet) in Columbus, Ohio, made him wear a wooden boat for a hat after serving him some awesome hybrid Japanese/Korean/American bulgogi cheesesteak crepes and Japanese sausage-flavored takoyaki (the small spherical Japanese pancakes usually filled with octopus).
Meat column in Columbus
Kenji and CincyNomerati
Kenji stopped by Cincinnati where he got a tour of all the food the city has to offer with superblogger @cincynomerati as part of his four city Midwest taco tour.