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Pizza Crawl

Now, this journal entry is mostly intended for readers from Connecticut. If you're not from Connecticut, there's probably not going to be a lot here to interest you, so go and talk amongst yourselves.

A few posts back, I wondered whether or not I had any fans in New Haven. Turns out I do. Some of them spoke up in replies to that LJ entry, and others sent me email. Here's why I asked --

Next month Parris and I will be making our annual visit to Boston for Boskone (a great convention, I urge you all to attend). After the con, we'll be making our annual post-Boskone visit to New York City. We usually take the train down from Boston to NYC's Penn Station (soon to be renamed Moynihan Station, I hope, in honor of Parris's Uncle Pat), and that's what we plan to do this year... but this year, we're planning on getting off at New Haven on the way, to try out the pizza.

Some of you may have read my "What I'm Reading" page, and may remember my 2005 review of Ed Levine's book about pizza, A SLICE OF HEAVEN. If so, you'll know that I am a huge fan of classic NYC style thin crust pizza pie ("real pizza," I call it, and don't talk to me about that Chicago deep-dish tomato and bread casserole thing). Well, Levine's book claims that the best pizza in the world comes from New Haven. Since that time, I've also seen a special on the Food Channel that makes the same claim. Two specific places are mentioned -- Frank Pepe's and Sally's.

OK. Out here in New Mexico, I live thousands of miles from great pizza (some of the local pies are adequate, but that's all, and they don't even call 'em "pies," which is a dead clue that the pizza is going to be second rate). I can't stand the thought of riding right past what may be the best pizza places in the world without trying. Ergo...

You've all heard of pub crawls. Well, I'm up for a pizza crawl. I want to try BOTH of these famous pizza places, and see how their pie stacks up. And maybe some place called Modern too. I see from my webcrawling that there are some New Havenites who rate that one even higher than Sally's and Frank Pepe's.

So here's the plan. Parris and I leave leave Boston by train on Tuesday, February 20. It will only take us a few hours to New Haven. We'll check into a hotel, stay overnight, and check out a few slices before departing again for NYC on Wednesday, February 21.

If any of my Connecticut readers want to join us for a slice or three... hey, the more the merrier, I always say. Some local guides would be most welcome... and who knows? If the pizza is as good as advertised, I might even be convinced to make a few knights...

So speak up, New Haven! Who's game for a pizza crawl?


Jan. 16th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
I'm surprised to see so many blog updates. There is a blog update every two days now, yet there seems to be no progress whatsoever on the ADWD front, which, let's face facts, is why all the Song of Ice and Fire fans are here. Apparantly there is a big news update coming that will be cool to us. Does anyone want to bet on how this will be yet another licensing deal for a card game of Wild Cards no one gives a toss about?

And yes, it irritates me enough to want to post about it here. I see progress everywhere except where it matters. GRRM is interested in apple puddings, pies, ten different kinds of pizza's and extending licenses about subpar products but not about getting anywhere with the new book. Of all my favorite Fantasy authors GRRM disappoints me the most.

Jan. 16th, 2007 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
of all of your favorite fantasy authors, he is probably the only one that devotes so much of his day to writing and keeping up with his fans.

He is writing *large* novels, unlike most of the other fantasy authors out there. Either deal with it, or don't read it/don't come here.

He is human. He has every right to have a life aside from work. And his posting here on the blog probably takes him all of ten minutes. Just because he doesn't choose to make every single post an excerpt from a body of work doesn't mean he isnt working.

Hell, if he updated all the time, we would know how the story ended before it even hit the press.
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
Down with you so far!
Jan. 16th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
Posts like this make my ass itch. Here's a thought...GRRM is human. GRRM lives in America. Humans in America on average change their careers 10 times in their professional lives. I'd like to see him change careers RIGHT NOW and not finish the series just to prove the point that he doesn't "owe" anyone any of his time or effort. (OK, if you can't get the sarcasm, there was sarcasm in there.)

George, sorry your NY teams didn't advance in the playoffs...course (cough), uh, looks like the NE evil empire is doing ok... :)

Hopefully the wife and I can make it down to NH to meet you and have some pizza...if not, someone, please take him to TJ's if there is any free time for the wings - they completely rock!

Jan. 16th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
People write blogs to talk about anything they're interested in, it's certainly not limited to their job !

If you're only interested by ASOIAF-related news, you don't need to read this blog : check the website, that's enough. The ADWD announcement will be there.
Jan. 16th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
If you don't like reading his posts, then don't read them. I'm sure he has a life outside of ASOIAF. He would go insane if he didn't. That wouldn't do his fans much good. I would imagine he would like to get done with the book as much as we would like to read it.
Jan. 17th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
I've 2 words(+ more)for you:"Neal" "Stephenson"
NS + GRRM are some of my FAVORITE authors.
I respect NS' decision not to communicate,except for what he posts on his site. however, GRRM *has* this situation where we *can* "not to blog" w/him. although there's no promise that GRRM will read what we're typing, we do have somewhat of an access to him,Parris,+/or whoever is replying in his name on his "not a blog." I *can't* ask NS about Shaftoe,Glory,Enoch, but I *can* ask GRRM about jon,arya,tyrion,+ GRRM might actually answer ;)

-Lady Snow

Jan. 17th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
George write his own posts. I don't even have a LJ account. He enjoys writing. He has always enjoyed writing, it's not just his job, it's his life. If he wants to take a few minutes to write about pizza, or the Jets, or his love of old SF movies, then that's what he'll write about.

DANCE will be done when it's done.
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think
you have my apologies for thinking that GRRM does not write all of his own posts, i'm a pessimist by nature and was just happy that he has this site and we have access to him in this way. most of us don't mind waiting for "dance." i don't know why that person who wrote, "So much non-ASOIAF Stuff that it makes you think," does not think that GRRM might have other things to do, but everyone is free to his/her own opinion. thank you for letting me know that GRRM is really writing here. i don't mind waiting for "dance."
i hope you enjoy my home state of CT and its pizza.


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