Pond life, Heald Pond, Maine

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Rosie’s, Lovell, Maine

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Brattleboro, Vermont

Brattleboro, Vermont

Somewhere in New England 

Somewhere in New England 

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

New York Ten: Cray Crawfish Boil

In Australia, birthdays are generally celebrated by getting drunk near water, but in New York they present the perfect opportunity to ship 30lb of Crawfish from Louisiana, dress in Elevated Southern attire and listen exclusively to Muscle Shoals on vinyl.

On account of my trip to New Orleans being cancelled, I was particularly thrilled to be invited to this culturally enlightening celebration by Grace’s boss and one half (or one fourth depending on where your loyalties lie) of Fohr CardRich Tong. Hosted by James Nord, also of Fohr Card, it was predictably an exceptionally well put together event, visually and gastronomically curated to deliver the most authentic Crawfish Boil experience possible in a New York apartment.

The effort vs reward ratio imbalance of Crawfish eating suggests that Louisianans have both a lot of time on their hands and slow metabolisms. Yet, while the lack of meat in each shell was relentlessly shocking, working for my food gave me a sense of accomplishment I hadn’t experienced since leaving my job and relieved any pressure I was feeling about having to achieve anything more before returning to Australia.

An elated birthday girl Rebecca, good company, full stomachs and an empty bottle of whiskey made for warm fuzzy feelings and an appreciation for Tong’s reckless online food shopping habits.

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Rich Tong, being excellent. 

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Mood lit aesthetically pleasing assortment of entrees.

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Chorizo, greasy and bad for you.

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Crawfish, boiled.

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Rich Tong and James Nord’s Crawfish Boil 10/10

*New York Ten is not a “Top Ten” or “Bottom Ten” about what you should or shouldn’t do in New York, they are just ten things that came up in New York, which potentially relate to no one else, ever. 

New York, New York

New York, New York

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