Happy New Year!
That Guy NYE! New Abhi + Chris' Good Stuff
Giggle: NYE at Doc Dandy’s Grand Opening
New toon characters for the New Year…
Meet Doc Dandy. Much like That Guy! Doc loves to be the center of attention. And he is fulfilling a lifetime fantasy, in his retirement years, of opening a supper club style establishment where people can dine and dance with HIM! And pay HIM for the privilege. A ladies’ man in his own mind, he envisions cutting in on couples and sweeping the ladies off their feet. But this is just for show… Having always been single, he wants to end the evening with a solo tap dance to appreciative applause and standing ovations.
As he always says, “people need entertainment!” So, he needs a band. Given Doc has outlived Lawrence Welk and the Champagne Lady, and prides himself on pinching pennies, he hires “Good ENOUGH” band for his NYE Grand Opening…
Meet “Sticks,” the drummer. His glory days were in high school when he played in the high school band’s drum corps. So, he likes to wear his high school band uniform, complete with chin strap just like old times.
Meet “Narcy,” the sax player. She loves to blow her own horn. In love with herself because no one else is… Narcy is constantly taking selfies, even mirror selfies, when she is not back biting other women.
Meet “Meh,” the bass player. He looks the other way when playing with Sticks and Narcy because he considers himself a rock star by comparison. He has mastered mediocrity, which is a level those two will never achieve.
More That Guy! toons at Culinary Cartoons
Gab: Abhi’s New Restaurants
Unlike our Giggle characters, Abhi never stops creating. Abhi recently opened MARO. New dishes just rolled out at MARO: Mo:Mo Wonton Soup, Thai Chicken Salad, Beer Batter Roll, and limited Sushi coming soon. Read Review
Chef Abhi has also just signed a lease on the space below Abhi Eatery and Bar. He will open a new concept that is NOT Asian! Plans to open in Spring 2024.
Shh! Even more Abhi news coming in 2024. Stay tuned!
Goods: The Good Stuff
No better time for change than the beginning of the New Year. So, I am pivoting the focus of this section from “Gourmet” to “Goods.”
Ten years ago, I wrote a print column about organic living. It was well received by those who aspired to avoid chemicals and harmful ingredients found in our food, water, medicines, clothing, textiles, and environment. Thus, I will pick up where I left off, right here, writing about “The Good Stuff.”
For our first “Goods” feature, Chef Chris Melville shares his recent kitchen purge of seed oils at Dyron’s Lowcountry. “We are most certainly in this together... as a community, and as children of our Creator. I just want to advocate for sustainable health writ large,” Chef Chris explains. “This is a much bigger issue than me, one guy, cooking at a neighborhood restaurant. I am available in any capacity to help move the needle forward. This really is a moral imperative for me.”
He credits his friend, celebrated Chef Craig Shelton. “Craig has an incredible mind and is rigorous with sourcing and citing references, as he helped me see the connection between chronic diseases of inflammation and diet,” he explains. “There is a war on the American public through the industrial food chain and a misinformation campaign that has convinced people of baseless pseudo-science like eating fats will see them 'clog arteries' for example.”
Please join me each month in 2024 as we continue to Giggle at That Guy! Get behind the scenes Gabs. And find a better way in Goods.
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