And now I’m going to share with you a personal too-much-information tidbit: A few years ago, when I was going through a Hard Time, I went for some professional therapy. I was mooning over some dude and the therapist, a man by the way, listened to me for an hour lament/whine/wail on about how broken hearted I was and how this lost love was the most tragic thing EVER. He was having a nicotine fit the whole time, crossing and uncrossing he skinny little legs, chewing on his gnarly fingernails with his yellow and brown horse teeth. At the time, I remember thinking: Why aren’t you saying anything? Why don’t you help, for Godsake? And finally, when he did speak at the end, he said to me: “Well you obviously don’t know the difference between love and lust.” What an idiotic, dismissive thing to say after I opened up all my emotional baggage. I never went back to him. It turned out that non-professional therapy, ie. drinking gallons of wine while watching Dr. Phil, was good enough for me. Gradually the mooning stopped, time is a great healer. However, I still run into the heartbreaker often enough and when I see him, I get a pang. And I get a little wave of nostalgia, and I think: Man, I really miss those dry rubbed baby back ribs you used to make on the bbq, I could suck on those all day!
Maybe the crackpot therapist was partially right, I mix love up with hunger. It explains a lot: My butcher crush, the way I always hang out with the oyster shucker at parties, and my latest obsession: The Caplansky Deli Truck. Last night I went to the Beaches Jazz Festival, which is always a lot of fun but I go more for the street meat than the actual music. I knew through the Twitter feed Caplansky was going to park his truck at the foot of Elmer so I made a bee-line through the freak show that is local beachers in Birkenstocks and sarongs swaying and gyrating to the honk and tweet that is jazz. The truck was there, Zane Caplansky himself was there (read about him here), and I was there. The universe converged us together. Now I had already eaten dinner, believe it or not: A SALAD, but there was still room for more of course. My eyes scanned the menu and fell upon: Maple Bacon Donuts. Oh. My. God. I ordered 6 and don’t get in my grill. They are little balls, kind of like beignets from New Orleans, coated in maple infused with bacon. I realize this is kind of girlie food, a sweet and salty PMS remedy but I was ovulating when I had it. It was sublime. This morning I woke up thinking about it. And tonight I will go back. Until then, I will leave you with this classic maple bacon lover: