Saturday, August 21, 2010

best idea ever

Cable/web is down at home, so I'm doing this on the road. Happened upon the magical "we have wifi" sign at a small "artisanal market"/cafe type joint called "Coven" here in Salem, MA - where, already, it looks like a lot of y'all tourists are ALREADY descending, so have fun ;)

Anyway, check out what they got in this place:


Yeah, that's a "buffet"-type setup of BREAKFAST CEREALS (real ones.) The idea is you buy a bowl and then fill it up however. I've heard of places doing this, never seen one in the wild - AWESOME. Rest of the stuff ain't bad either - "nostaglia-kitsch" kinda atmosphere goin' on, lots of local /natural foodstuffs, board games and such on the tables, and what seems to be a good list of beer and wine. So glad I wandered in here. Place is on Essex St. in Salem, in case anyone currently-local is looking at this and it strikes yer fancy.

EDIT: just now actually looked at the menu. Sample of nicknamed items from the sandwich menu: "The Fraggle Rock," "The He-Man," "The Super Mario Brothers" (meatball panini), "The Truffle Shuffle." What a find. I like these guys.

9 comments:

RestamSalucard said...

Wait, Board Games, what?

Rob said...

I've never really trusted playing board games issued by a public venue. Best case scenario is that only a third of the pieces are missing.

rob said...

You're from the witchhunt capital of the world huh? ;)
(Great, another Rob)

untra said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Dav3 said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Dav3 said...

That's awesome...
if you go for that kind of thing.

Personally, I absolutely hate pretentious, contrived, eateries.
(EDIT) I just realized I have no reason to think this really is one of those places, but I worked hard on my rant so I'm posting it anyway. :P)

HATE 'em, I said.

And there really are very few things I actually hate. People who drive convertibles with the top UP on gorgeous sunny days are another, but I digress.

I assume the proprietors are nice people and the style they're going for here is a style I would ordinarily be attracted to. The problem is that I just can't stand manufactured character.

For example, a diner that has stood on the side of the highway for 50 years and displays meaningful memerobilia collected over those 50 years: that's cool because the place has soul. It has grown into what it is naturally.

A (ugh) "bistro" that was built last week and displays reproduction antiques you can buy off the shelf at the K-mart next door: has no soul. Places like that are pretending to be something else, and usually that's something much more expensive,

I wish people, interior decorators specifically, could just be happy being authentic, and not try to turn everything into something else.

beyrob said...

@robs- yeah that why i started useing my google XD. We're multiplying :P.

Also I'm SO jealous Bob >>

Rob said...

I wonder if they sell a Cap'n Cruch and Pixie Stick sandwich. Seems like it'd be an appropriate item menu, given the description of the venue. :D

john said...

Shouldn't "the Super Mario Brothers" be lotsa spaghetti?