Monday, February 25, 2013
Today is National Clam Chowder Day! If I could I would drive to Pismo Beach and celebrate with a buttered bread bowl of New England Calm Chowder from the Splash Cafe. It is the best I've tasted on the entire West Coast.
The Splash Cafe has been around since 1989 and makes their clam chowder fresh everyday. Their chowder is in such high demand that they now ship it (frozen) to you anywhere in the Continental United States with a 100% money back guarantee! The restaurant's plastic chairs and backyard atmosphere won't win any awards for ambiance, but if you're looking for a good bowl of chowder pop into the Splash Cafe. Just be sure to get there early, because the line of customers with the same idea wraps around the building on National Clam Chowder Day and every other day.
Speaking of eating, what do your characters eat? Do they eat? I've noticed on TV, and in movies, themes are often centered around eating: Monk's Cafe, in Seinfield, Krusty Burger, in The Simpsons, Gusteau’s, in Ratatouille, to name a few. How do you show your characters eating? Do they have a food they love? Hate?
A wonderfully moving food scene is the one in Ratatouille (scroll to 1:15) where the food critic, Anton Ego (clever last name) bites into the title dish and is emotionally transported back to his childhood. Food is a necessary part of the real world which infers it should be a part of the book world. Is food a part of your book world?