Happy New Year, everyone! (I know, I know; I’m probably the last person to wish you a Happy New Year. Well, I wish it for you anyway. So there. YOU TAKE IT AND YOU LIKE IT.) It’s been a long, long while since I updated the ol’ blog; but, in our defense, we had a busy-ass 2013!
I have always been fascinated with wedding cakes, which is odd since I’m not really a “bride” sorta gal. But I do really, really love wedding cakes. As it happens, I am getting married in the fall; and, alas, my fiancé Jonathan doesn’t really like cake (which has turned out to be a blessing because I can choose which flavor the wedding cake will be!). But it made me a little sad, not having something he really loved on the dessert table…
Hello, kittens! I missed you all this week. It’s been a doozy, I tell you what. Kitchen issues continue, money issues continue, and — well, basically, all small-business-related problems continue. But hey – I’m not here to complain at you. I’m here to tell you where the heck we are this weekend. Because INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.
Hey y’all! Bet you thought I’d forgotten about the blog again, right? Well, we just started doing markets again, and have been working on getting finalized dates for the tour (still in progress), and planning our book party (TO WHICH YOU SHOULD TOTALLY COME), and looking at new kitchen space, and all kinds of other nutso stuff. Hence, the not blogging for a couple of weeks. Since there’s so much going on, I’ll do my best to keep it brief and to the point:
Well, it’s the day you’ve been awaiting/dreading: the day we announce our full (as of right now) tour roster and finish with the discount codes for guessing and whatnot. A hearty congratulations to Kate Hollis for knowing that Providence, RI is home to the world’s largest termite! Well, it’s blue and made of steel and fiberglass, but still. Another awesome thing about the big blue bug? Since 1990, the termite has been known as Nibbles Woodaway. Best name ever.
Alrighty! Are you ready for the final clue? Of course you are. You were BORN ready.
Very good, Melinda Matice – you correctly deduced that a Civil War-themed cyclorama* resides in Atlanta, GA! I felt like I had to make that the clue for Hotlanta (that’s what the kids call it, right?) because I’ve actually seen it before. The one time I was in Atlanta – for a wedding – we had about 4 hours to kill one day. The cyclorama was listed in the hotel’s list of attractions, and I pretty much bullied my hotel-mates into going there. “You guys, it’s only one of three in the whole COUNTRY!” Anyway. It’s awesome and you should go.
HOKAY. Day 11!
Bienvenido a Miami, Elizabeth Nathan! I did not know this, but Miami has the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings. Crazy, right? Even better, tons of them are painted in that glorious tropical color scheme – pink, yellow, pale blue. I’ve ony ever been to Miami as a kid to visit my late great-uncles, and then we spent most of the day at the beach and most of the night betting on jai alai at the Fontainebleu. (I’m not even kidding you right now.) Jen’s never been, so needless to say we’re beyond excited to spend a couple days there in November. We’re doing a signing at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday, November 18th – we’ll let you know when we have a time for ya!
Meantimes, onward and overward:
Fantabulous job, Rebekah Weingartner! Minneapolis is home to the largest continuous system of contained pedestrian walkways in the world. We see how those would come in handy in the winter, especially if Minneapolis gets that fun gray-margarita-slush stuff on the corners like we do in New York. Minneapolis is also home to the famed Guthrie Theater, more Fortune 500 companies than any other state (19!), and Prince. Need we say more? Obviously, we can’t wait to visit Minneapolis — where’s the food scene at?
Moving along to Day 9.
Kudos, Becky Fussman-Thomas! You know that one of the largest bronze monuments in the world, featuring 70 bronze longhorn steers and 3 trail riders to keep ’em all corralled, is in Pioneer Plaza – downtown Dallas, TX! We hear Dallas has some really great architecture, and we couldn’t be more excited for the barbecue. Where are the best places to eat? (Aside from the French Room at the Adolphus. We’re not that fancy yet.)
While you’re pondering, here’s your clue for Day 8.
Congrats, Rachel Nobel Fields – the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, TX is home to the country’s largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats! (Fun Fact: I [Liz] was obsessed with bats when I was a little kid. I even wrote a poorly-researched book about them.) Austin is also famous for its unbeatable live music scene, for hosting the ever-increasingly-eclectic SXSW festival every year, and just generally being awesome. Bet there’s tons of amazing food, too – where should we go in Austin?
The rumors are true — we’re going to Pittsburgh, PA! Pittsburgh is also known as the City of Bridges, because of…well, all the bridges. The spelling was briefly changed to “Pittsburg” around the turn of the 20th century, but the citizens raised a fuss and insisted it be returned to its original spelling. Power to the people! Pittsburgh is also home to some fantastic professional sports teams (Steelers, anyone? Pirates? Penguins?) and a bunch of unique dialects and regionalisms – as well as tons of awesome food. What’s the inside scoop? (Aside from Primanti Bros, of course.)
Awright, who’s ready for Day 6?
Well done and huzzah, Stephen Bright! The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston.” (Well, sorta. If you want to get technical, these guys are here to straighten everyone out.) Houston is also home to the first domed stadium in the country, and is the the fourth largest city in the US (and the largest in the state). We’ve never been to Houston, but we hear great things – what amazing food places do we need to check out, guys? Let us know!
Ready for Day 5? Of course you are!
Congrats, Emily Hanhan — you sure know your stuff! The first Irish coffee in the US (modeled after a drink from Shannon International Airport, in Actual Ireland) was served at San Francisco’s Buena Vista café in 1952. San Francisco is also known for having been the center of the California Gold Rush, its famous sourdough bread, cool streetcars, and about 9 million other awesome things. Plus, our buddy Molly lives there now! Hooray! We’ll be — get this — teaching a class at our alma mater, ICC (formerly FCI) on Friday October 19th; and signing books at the Ferry Building location of Book Passage at 1pm on Sunday October 21st. Be there or be…well, somewhere else, I guess. But we hope you’ll be there!
Anyway, on to Day 4.
Congrats to Kristin Collings for getting last week’s clue – it’s true, we’re going to Raleigh, NC! Raleigh is also known as the City of Oaks (for fairly self-evident reasons). The Big Acorn sculpture in Moore Square Park was designed and donated by sculptor David Benson, and drops at the stroke of midnight each year to ring in the New Year. We’ll be signing books at the famous A Southern Season from 12-2pm on Sunday, October 28th. Neither of us have been to Raleigh, so we’ll need some help from y’all on where to go for delicious food! Give us a hand, won’tcha?
Without further ado, Day 3!
Congrats to Robin Mates for getting last week’s clue – Seattle! The Space Needle is home to the country’s first revolving restaurant, Sky City, which makes 1 rotation per hour. Seattle was also the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio. Way to be ahead of the curve, Seattle! We’ll be doing a demo and signing at Book Larder from 6:30 to 8pm on Monday, October 22.
Neither Jen nor I have been to Seattle before, and we’re super-excited to see what all the fuss is about. We’re hoping to have time to check out Theo Chocolate – but where should we have dinner? Breakfast? OH MY GOD WHERE DO WE GO FOR COFFEE? Help!
Ahem. Back to the contest! Behold: day 2.