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Faux Outrage

Literally the most important blog in the universe since 2010.

Well, I made it almost one full week as a dedicated daily blogger before relinquishing my obligations and hopping on a bus to The City, New York City.  This should come as a shock to no one, both in the sense that I have a secret uncanny ability to shirk responsibility and a not-so-secret interest in The City That Sleeps Just As Often As Other Cities, But With Better Slogans.

I learned two very important things on my trip.

First, there is at least one dog that has a sense of and appreciation for irony.

It is fair to say that this irony is not of the delicious variety, but this is also the same Shiba Inu who will eat almost anything in Central Park, so her taste buds are not filed under “Discerning.”

Second, I learned that humans should have a sense of appreciation for shakshouka, a brunch dish so delicious and filling that I was not hungry for eight hours after my trip with Alex M. to The Hummus Place.  (Although, now that I think about it, the post-shakshouka coffee cake and chocolate walnut cookie experiment courtesy of Levain Bakery made have had something to do with it, too.)

Shakshouka is a dish that combines two things that you (may) love into a pan o’ happiness that you (will) love.  I struggled at first with the concept because those things are: (1) poached/fried eggs; (2) spicy tomato stew.  The thought occurred to me that this might be one of those unfortunate situations where I like two food items, but do not appreciate when they are combined into one goopy mess.  (See: chocolate + cherries.)  But it is wonderful.  Order some fluffy pita on the side to scoop it up with and you may find yourself a brunchtastic addition.

You will not be surprised to learn that “shakshouka” means “mixture” in Tamazight, an actual language.

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