Thanks to Maxence’s excellent home-hosting skills, Chocolate & Zucchini lives on a server in our apartment, cuddling up against muCommander. I like knowing it’s safe and warm, purring when I walk by it in the corridor.
The added bonus of home-hosting, beyond the thrill of DIY and autarky, is that we have full access to the logs, which makes for endlessly mesmerizing stats. My favorite part is the section that tells me which search phrases have led people to C&Z (mostly through Google). I don’t know why it fascinates me so much, but it certainly goes right in with my passion for overheard conversations and glimpses of people caught through windows when I walk down the street.
Happily, most of the search phrases are right to the point : people looking for recipes, information on food or techniques (zucchinis, persimmons, and blow-torching being particularly popular), or restaurant reviews (La Famille and Rose Bakery win the day).
My favorite, hands down, is the deliciously straightforward “how the fuck do i prepare eggplant?”, but here is a little florilège, a selection of the best search phrases so far.
Some disarmingly suggest the throes of doubt the visitor was in :
can you eat too much garlic
how much baked beans can you eat
persimmons unclogged arteries
do they eat chocolate snails
getting rid of scorched flavor
avoiding soggy crackers with appetizer
Some are very cute :
oeuf cocasse (it’s cocotte : “cocasse” is an old-fashioned French word for “comical”)
i am oeuf
choux pastry puffs filled with cream and covered in chocolate are normally called (Jeopardy answer : what are profiterolles?)
Unfortunately, a few were somewhat misled :
take me somewhere sunny (I would love to)
girls getting super short hair cuts (well, almost)
you should repent of list of sins (I’ll think about it)
closeup.jpg index of last modified -sex -member -preview -teen (oh, the disappointment)
But some really know what they want, and I’m glad I have it :
super creamy rich moist and delicious chocolate cake picture
dessert succulent au chocolat
baking; receipe; kitchen; cooking; cookies; desert; chocolate (you got it)
bat meat eating (so proud I could cater to that person)
how to bake a chocolate cake in a 250 word essay (is somebody trying to find an easy way out of an assignment?)
Some are a real inspiration :
confiture d oignon a la creme de cassis (good idea)
chocolate risotto (even better)
And finally :
chez clotilde restaurant new york. Intrigued, I found out that Chez Clotilde appears to be a 24-hour Haitian restaurant in Brooklyn whose manager got shot just 10 days ago, running away with $500 cash. Uh… Is that a good omen?