Mp3 stalwart Diddy Wah posts up an assortment of food-related songs. Impeccable, outre, but not recondite, which how he does it over there. You will want to grobble them, stat. This widget makes it easier. The songs are meat-free (which means no Bacon Fat, sadly), as a shout to his special lady's Lily and Chew, a veggie food blog.* A preliminary perusal suggests that
fussy eaters vegetarians will want to keep an eye pointed in that direction.**
DI/DO gets on the poutine bandwagon. As a poutine advocate, it is not so much a surprise that NYers are embracing the poutine, as it is that it is not ubiquitous in every city with a late night drinky culture. That said, late May is not when I'd be running a poutine feature. The confection of fries, gravy and cheese is pretty much untenable when it is hot out -- I suspect that the appeal of the dish lies in its message to the lizard brain: "Eeeat meeee -- I will insulate yoooouuuu." Otherwise, it's a proposition right up there with sitting on one of the benches on Allen Street, on an August afternoon, eating a steaming bowl of cassoulet.***
*One of the songs is "Red Beans and Reverb," by Southern Culture on the Skids. In Orleans and adjacent parishes, serving a vegetarian red beans and rice will get you arrested. Vegetarians complain, not without reason, that there are those, (esp their boyfriends' moms), who feel that "vegetarian" means "no big pieces of meat." The flip side of this is the presumption that dishes do not have meat in the name will be vegetarian, even if the classic iteration of the receipt depends upon a stock. This can happen frequently with legumes in the red bean line, where a hamhock is essential to prevent the concoction from tasting like library paste. I've also had surprise expressed to me that French onion soup is not vegetarian. Unfortch, I cannot supply an unlimited number of remedial trips to Au Pied Du Cochon.
**The illustration is from a Russian kids' book of some sort, rather than the PETA cheesecake I traditionally use as illustrations when vegetarianism comes up. Sorry, Google onanists!
***That is to say, not unthinkable, given a good cassoulet, but not ideal.