By Amanda Quraishi
This past week I’ve been trying to figure out what I could blog about for this blogging conference blog. The Great and Powerful Weenie asked me to come up with something to contribute and I’ve been stalling. So when she emailed me this week and said, “Why don’t you just blog about what you would serve if Captain Kirk came for dinner?” I decided to pretend she wasn’t joking.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Star Trek. My favorite, of course, is Star Trek the Next Generation, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the original series. Captain Kirk is an icon. He’s the anti-Starfleet Captain, chucking the prime directive out the docking station and barreling headfirst into the unknown. He wears a goldenrod shirt (the color of all great appliances from the 1970’s). He has copious amounts of sex with alien chicks. He kicks ass and takes names, and then flies off into the stars without looking back.
Without a doubt, if I were having this legendary man over for dinner my dish of choice would be Tribble (the other OTHER white meat). Tribble is delicious, it’s halal, and it’s cheap… if you can find it. Unfortunately I’m stuck on earth for the next couple decades while my kids are in school, so I may not have a chance to get any. So then? What to serve?
I know! If I were to have Captain Kirk to dinner at my humble home, I would serve him a menu comprised entirely of food from BlogathonATX sponsors!
- The Starter: Healthy Appetizers from Greenling!
Captain Kirk is a fit fellow and no fried, heavy appetizer will do! Luckily, Greenling has everything one would need to prepare a fresh, organic veggie platter, organic fruit kabobs, and some organic cheese to get our party started.
- First Course: Roll On Sushi
Sushi is a sophisticated thing to offer any guest, and Roll On Sushi fuses the elegance of this traditional Japanese food with down home Texas cookin’! Obviously I’d get an assortment of their traditional rolls, but then I’d have to add some of the unique ones like the “Cholesta-Roll”–a chicken fried steak sushi roll sure to blow our
- Captain’s well-traveled mind.Second Course: One Taco
Anyone who knows me knows that I love tacos. It kind of goes beyond love, actually. It borders on something dark, and unnatural. Therefore, it would be pointless for me to even think about having a dinner guest unless I served tacos…and One Taco can serve ‘em up! I might even order a few breakfast tacos and keep them warm just in case…you know…The Captain stays overnight. *wink*
- Third Course: Flying Saucer
Because Kirk is a manly man, we mustn’t forget to include some delicious bratwurst and pretzels from Flying Saucer—a local business that also serves hundreds of manly, swaggery beers for all your manly needs. AND, if you join their U.F.O. club (seriously! U.F.O.!) I’m sure you’ll discover that Romulan Ale is among them.
- Beverages: Bone Spirits Cocktails and Rock-a-Billy’s Shaved Ice
Kirk likes to drinky-drinky. This is a well-known fact. Only the best beverages will do! Bone Spirits distills some of the finest liquors in the world, which I will combine into an ungodly concoction and serve to the Captain with a knowing smile. Since I don’t drink alcohol, though, I’d also make sure I had at least 5-6 different flavors of shaved ice for me to enjoy from Rock-a-Billy’s. (Not the pickle juice one, though) Every starship captain needs a designated driver, AMIRIGHT?
- Dessert: The Cake Plate
And for dessert, there can be no other sweet dish that compares to a fresh baked cake from The Cake Plate. Light, sweet, spongy cake layered with delicate icing that melts in your mouth! And hey! They even do specialty cakes! I wonder if they could make me one in the shape of the Starship Enterprise?!
I know Captain Kirk has been around, and I know it’s a challenge to try to impress a guy who has dined all over the galaxy—but with the help of my Blogathon Sponsors, my Star Trek apron, and my obsessive compulsive love for all things Trek, I know I can do it.
See you at 8pm sharp, Captain!