Friday at Five: July 27, 2012

It’s that time again. We at TTAF have had a banner week. Thanks again for reading and sharing our site. Without further ado, let’s get to the weekend.

What to Do

Try to find a food festival in your neck of the woods. Ever since reading David Foster Wallace’s (of course) Consider the Lobster, I’ve wanted to go to one. I found these happening this weekend:

Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Food Network Southern Food and Wine Festival (Nashville)

Vegetarian Summerfest (not for me, but, you know, to each his own)

What to Watch

The Olympic opening ceremonies are tonight (broadcast by NBC starting at 7:30), and, whatever nation you support (I’m a big Azerbaijan guy, myself) will be represented in varying forms of splendor and circumstance. Games have already been played at these Olympics, but until the Danny Boyle-directed (he did 127 HoursSlumdog MillionaireTrainspotting, and 28 Days Later) ceremonies this evening, things can’t be considered properly officials. Word has it Sir Paul McCartney will play (one of the big reasons I’m thankful this year’s games are in London: music I’ve actually heard scoring the coverage), and David Beckham will play a role. My guess is that it will involve glaring steamily into the camera, sporting artfully trimmed stubble.

What to Drink

I don’t know why, but recently I’ve been itching to try a Gin and Tonic. Never had one, like me? Thankfully this recipe (and all the other ones I’ve found) are painfully simple. Here’s hoping it provides some relief from the sweltering heat that continues to punish most of the U.S. (speaking of the U.S., please don’t get too upset if one of our gymnasts falls off of whatever bar s/he happens to be swinging on at that moment and drown your sorrows via the aforementioned recipe; it’ll be ok).

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