Sunday, September 11, 2011

I've Been Noshing

So I have a confession. 

I photograph my food. A lot. 

I mostly do this when I travel, as dining out part of the travel experience. I don't want to just tell my friends and family about the wonderful things I ate while traveling, I want to show them as well. 

So that is why I joined Nosh, the social network for foodies that I wrote about a few weeks ago. At the time of that post, I hadn't yet used Nosh, but over the weekend I did and I loved it. I ate at That Crepe Place where I ate a BLT crepe that was simply wonderful. Very fresh, nicely portioned, and well priced, not to mention delicious. And photogenic:
BLT Crepe in all it's ooey gooey melty goodness
You see Nosh not only lets me share pictures of my food, but encourages it. I'm used to dining out with people who laugh when my camera comes out, or are embarrassed, but not Nosh. No, Nosh knows that I'm an addict and that it's totally ok. And for that I love Nosh. 

In March of this year, my partner John and I traveled to New Jersey for the US Coast Guard graduation of my youngest brother Bryan. While there, I photographed every dish I ate, and even a few of his. In fact, there are nearly as many pictures of our food as there are of us. Stop looking at me like that. 

I also forgot to take my camera to the Ren Fair yesterday, and had to rely on my Droid. Because of that, I only took pictures of Cast in Bronze, and my lunch.
Potato soup in a bread bowl and a frosty mug of ye olde Pepsi
If you join Nosh, look me up! I'd love to see the dishes you all take pictures of. 

Cast in Bronze at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

At least once a year, my family and I attend the Ohio Renaissance Festival and yesterday was our day to attend. It was a gorgeous day with perfect weather, and we were fortunate enough to see Cast in Bronze

Cast in Bronze is the only musical act in the world that features a carillon, an ancient bell instrument that is usually hidden in the bell towers of churches and cathedrals around Europe. 

The music we were treated to was beautiful and haunting. The bells are simultaneously bright and alive and dark and brooding. The Spirit of the Bells, the masked performer, played the carillon while accompanied by recorded tracks of other instruments and vocals. The best all around word I  can think to describe the sound of the music is haunting. It's emotional, moving, and evokes something in the mind that's intangible and hard to describe. In essence, it's awesome. I mean like really awesome, in the traditional sense of the word.  
I was delighted to get to hear the performance, as I had read several months ago that Cast in Bronze was going to be at our fair. It was something I'll remember forever. 

I took some videos to share with everyone. I was going to stop at two but then he started in with "Carmina Burana" and I had to film a bit of it. These videos were taken with my Droid, so pardon the quality.