If I were a fat-soluble vitamin, my friends would be the fat
“Is that the best metaphor you can come up with?” you think…but fat’s negative reputation is mostly overindulgence fear mongering hype; in fact it’s a vital macronutrient that we all need a little bit of to be the best and most glowing version of ourselves. So yes, this is a very relevant and complimentary metaphor, one which came to mind as I was falling asleep last night and was tucked away in the “remember this in the morning” section of my brain.
I’ve reiterated it many times, but there really is nothing as enlightening as being in the company of your good friends, and how
you I know who these people are:
- Awkward silences and internal stress about how to keep the conversation going simply do not exist
- They are willing to give you an alternative perspective and call you out when you’re being unreasonable or ridiculous
- They will help you put together your IKEA day bed and insist that all the screws are tight enough even when you become so exhausted that you stop caring whether they are tight enough
- They make you sound like a hotshot in front of strangers at sweat-inducing-for-the-unsweatable awkward networking receptions
- They will gladly accompany you to potentially awkward +1 receptions
- You will spend hours with them one on one and it will never feel foreign or suffocating
- They will happily split food and the weird Greek yoghurt bars you want to try from Costco with you
- They hang out with your parents; when you aren’t even there; in fact they e-mail/text/BBM your parents and it’s not even regarding you
- They buy you frozen yogurt/chicken samosas/Moscato and you drive them to doctor’s appointments/rehearsals/get their car
- You tend to find their Bobbi Brown lipglosses and Rolex Catalogues in your car
- They become even angrier than you when they see you being mistreated
- You don’t stress out about holding in your bizarre/un-PC/potential-to-make-you-sound-crazy thoughts in their presence
- They will tag you in pictures of coconuts/canteloupe/spaghetti squash
- You do mundane stuff together…like going to the carwash
- You have at some point split a rotisserie chicken
Besides Portland being a lively, creatively invigorating, and nostalgic city for me; it’s also the one place where I have the greatest number of these good friends- and with so many within a ten mile radius, my vitamin self gets that nice dose of fat-solubility every day;
like yesterday for instance; even though I didn’t get to see Naz and Yurop, I did get to see David and Clare
David and I met for lunch at Pok Pok, a Portland favourite run by James Beard winner, Andy Ricker- and of course we decided to split a spread of four fantastic dishes
Loved the kick from the hmong chilies; David doesn’t like tomatoes and thought that ordering chili-fied tomatoes might help him change his mind; it swayed it but I ended up finishing this starter
I love anything with aubergine; need I say more?
This is the vegan version of the salad normally made with flank steak and it’s still meaty in texture and multi-faceted in flavour
Any form of rotisserie hens/chickens/guineas/fowls is always a must have, especially when accompanied by proper dippage
After catching up with David, I headed to campus to hang out with 1/2 of the culinary team extraordinaire of PanMancakes, Clare. Clare is also my original rotisserie-fowl-sharing friend as you may remember we split a rotisserie chicken with sriracha in the library last semester…with adequate portions of canteloupe and mixed berries for dessert. We both obviously have refined culinary palates and a knack for enhancing our study sessions.
I hung out with Clare in the Chinese language apartment, scheming over our future dinner parties, watching her straighten her hair, dishing about top secret things and of course listening to her describe the mac & cheese/tatertots/more cheese dish she’s planning to prepare for her Friday night dinner party
Then of course we hit up our favourite frozen yogurt place of all time: PEACHWAVE (and as a frozen yoghurt connoisseur-ess who has personally sampled over 20 different froyo shops in the Portland area, I believe I can authoritatively say that Peachwave is the best in terms of texture, variety, taste, and a prime location between Whole Foods and the Saks outlet.
It was delightful as always, especially since it was empty enough that we got to snag the couch. Then they started playing Bassnectar, oh and I forgot to mention the high school aged dude working there gave us like four sample cups each, served with a smile. Now, that’s SERVICE.
What’s your signature dish- that you would make or order?
Is there any unique attribute your friends associate you with?
Opinion of rotisserie chicken?