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I touched Alton!

OK, I realized I haven't updated in like a billion years, but instead of one big long blurb I'm just going for the recent fun stuff. On Friday night, I volunteered at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in their Ocean Hall. Normally I do this on alternate Sundays, but Friday was special. We had a Sustainable Seafood Tasting event, with ~25 of the top DC chefs...and Alton Brown was signing cookbooks!

So I got to be introduced and shake hands, wander around on his tour of the Ocean Hall, etc. What I learned, as he stared at the coelocanth - the bigger the scales, the less tasty the fish. Coelocanths never looked particularly good to me anyway. Their fins are too arm-y.

One of the best parts was that as volunteers, we did almost nothing. I directed guests (suckers paying $75 a head) to the wine, to the restroom, to some of the food stations, but generally I just ran around and ate things. OMG delicious cheese, ceviche, lobster rolls, octopus, trout, etc! And if any of you ever come to DC, go to Georgetown Cupcake for dessert - peanut butter ganache.

For all our "work", the volunteers were gifted with a cookbook from the chef of Restaurant Nora. Looks good! Maybe I'll try making something fancy.

I enjoy the Ocean Hall generally, but this was really super fun!



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Mar. 24th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
How is the 3D hologram globe?!? I really want to go and check out the hall sometime.
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
It's not really a hologram - it's 4 projectors that display a spherical movie on the globe's surface. It is a very cool display. Anytime you and L wanna visit, let me know and you'll get the special $5 tour. :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Oh, man, don't say stuff like that. I miss the Smithsonian something fierce. :)

And yes, I am appropriately envious of your Alton Experience.
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Come visit!!
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Isn't he cute? :) Was he wearing the utilikilt?

I love his energy.
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
He was very cute! And seemed pretty nice, too. Thankfully, no utilikilt.
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Ya, he's been quite friendly and engaging when I've met him. He doesn't seem to have let success go to his head.

You don't like utilikilts?
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Bleh!! Not a fan of the manskirt.
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Peanut butter ganache? I know there was some other content in your post, but what I've taken away from it is the important message that I need to figure out how to make peanut butter ganache.
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
All I know is there was ooey gooey goodness in the middle of the cupcake, and if you figure out how to make it, you will be even more beloved than you already are. :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I love your icon!
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Mar. 26th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
You should have come to visit, but I won't hold it against you! How about you come to visit, leave Leon and the cute baby with his uncle(doesn't he live here?), and you stay with us???
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