Sunday, November 2, 2008

Will nothing make me feel better?!

A drive in the country.

I have been ridiculously sick since Tuesday, and I can find nothing to make me feel better. I was even driven to eat a Big Mac, believing that the special sauce might have some magical curative power. (It doesn't, it's basically just tartar sauce, which means that it isn't even "special.") In a last ditch effort yesterday I decided that Shawn and I should visit Jean Albert's in Hallville, Ontario, after reading a review of the new American-style soul food restaurant in a local magazine.

Many soul food staples are part of my cooking repertoire, namely cornmeal breads and sides, mac n' cheese, and all manner of pork. Interestingly, there are a lot of similarities between soul food and French Canadian home cooking — food I grew up with — so, there's also a kinship there.

Jean Albert's is way out in the country, but I didn't mind because the car was comfortable, the weather, beautiful, and the trip saved me from being a complete shut-in. The food was great (you must order the lemonade), however, my selection of side — mac n' cheese — was not available!!

Ugh! When will this nightmare end?!

I guess I'll just have to go back; not only for the mac n' cheese, but to try the chili cheese fries and maybe some peach cobbler.

Will post a recipe when I'm feeling better...




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