It's been a busy summer, full of fun, slothfulness, and visiting lots of people. For those wondering, George and I had a great time visiting the United States. In addition to seeing family and friends, I got to introduce George to America, the home of the brave and free.
For those who know George, he is just a 'little bit' judgmental. Alright, he is so judgmental that two people who know him spit out food laughing hysterically when George mentioned he isn't that judgmental. Pretty much, George is the Donald Trump of the liberals for Bulgaria, except he had a hard time voting for a lesbian organic mussel farmer near Pleven a few years back. He wanted to vote for her, but knew she had absolutely no chance of winning.
For the 'George in America' blogs, I have decided to try and organize these into a few issues, because there is a lot of material. This one is the food and restaurant guide. This is a first, but I maintained weight in the U.S. and didn't become more fat and fabulous this summer, thanks to George giving glaring stares at anything that didn't look like real food.
This are actually quotes from George, with commentary from me to try to explain the situation. There are hits and misses, so enjoy what George had to say about American food. Yes, he loved America, and what until you find out what he had to say about Buffalo.
"They try to be all fancy with salad forks and give us water in a plastic cup. "- at The Cheesecake Factory
"You know what would be funny? Me being a restaurant critic and giving the fancy restaurants one star" - at the Cheesecake Factory
That would be really funny, and brutal as well. George as an American restaurant critic would be an internet sensation. At the Cheesecake factory, the one star rating wasn't helped by the fact we had a disinterested waitress who was training a new gay guy, who was about 30, was nervous, terrible at the remembering things, and had a total crush on George. Adding insult to injury, it didn't help that the training waiter forgot George's cheesecake for home. After this experience and eating the food, I must admit I will probably never set foot in a Cheesecake Factory ever again.
"Are we going to get industrial sized milk?" - on the way to the grocery store for my aunt
The sizes of the milk is indeed pretty overwhelming for Europeans, whose largest container of milk is a liter, and doesn't get used much.
"Wegman's is awesome!" - to anyone he can talk to, including Richard and Ivo.
"A Wegman's needs to come to Sofia." - me
Yes, Wegman's, a grocery store founded in Rochester, NY, was a gigantic hit, which I knew it would be. When I showed him Alec's Baldwin talking about how his mother didn't want to leave Wegman's and move to LA in the spring, George thought I was crazy, but he got converted.
Why? There is no other supermarket like Wegman's anywhere in the U.S. or the world for that matter. There is a reason why people in NYC were ecstatic when Wegman's decided to build in Brooklyn and open in 2017. Wegman's is a unique grocery store, with a large prepared food section best seen in the video below. They have a produce section the size of a regular grocery store, and a turnover of 2-3 days. Not only that, but they usually are the cheapest prices for regular groceries and pay their staff a decent wage, which makes the staff actually want to work there. In Virginia, they have a huge wine shop with aisles of wine from all over the world.
For those in the U.S. who don't know about Wegman's, here is why you should go there sometime. It's totally worth it, and makes any other grocery store seem lame by comparison. We ate a few times from the prepared food section, and George wasn't disappointed once. George appreciated real food, and any artificial food was pounced upon with an
"I don't get the free refills thing but I find it fascinating."- at Anchor Bar
"How is everything?" - Hipster waiter in Boston ( or any server who asked us this countless times)
George - Silent (but his eyes say "Leave me the fuck alone")
Me - "Good, thanks" (but not daring to tell the waiter that George hates the super thick French toast that he thinks is bad because the syrup will not go through the bread) - at some fancy breakfast place in Boston
|The Thai restaurant was indeed a great choice in Boston. Thanks Todd!|
"How in hell is this a panini?" - at Panera Bread
"Everything was good and fresh except for the cheese. I liked it." - at Five Guys
Five Guys was a huge hit, which was nice because Mighty Taco's food tasted like plastic to him. George loved everything about his burger, except for the American cheese. American cheese was not a favorite for George, who pretty much said this type of cheese sucks. To be honest, I only like it on a burger, and even prefer Swiss or cheddar in my grilled cheese. With the leftover french fries, we gave them to the chickens at the farm, who devoured them.
|George's dinner of loaded fries with pulled pork and barbeque sauce in Corfu, NY. This was dinner at 5pm, which is cray cray to do in Bulgaria. As a result, he later got hungry at 10pm.|
|George did not quite get the fascination Americans have with bacon, but he participated and enjoyed taste testing bacon chocolate.|
"This is actually a pretty good breakfast." - at Silver Diner in Arlington, VA
It was an awesome breakfast to be honest. Breakfast is a type of food Americans do well, but also explains while most of us are a little 'husky'. Richard took us here for breakfast, and it delivered like Domino's. It has lots of free range, organic, you insert whatever the buzz word is for food right now in America. Great food all around, as George has caramel french toast which was fantastic, while I had a simple bacon and cheddar omelet which was perfectly made. Hmm, hmm, good.