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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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morthael
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
How is the 3D hologram globe?!? I really want to go and check out the hall sometime.
scourgeotheseas
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. :)
icprncs
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.
scourgeotheseas
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Come visit!!

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