Food Bits

For as long as I’ve known him, Cadillac has been looking for Double Bock by Sam Adams. “It’s the greatest beer on the planet,” he always says. For one reason or another, we never found it during all these years. Once we were told it was the wrong season; it’s only produced in the fall. Then we looked in the fall and the store still didn’t have it. Some years we didn’t look at all because we forgot.

This year, an intrepid co-worker of his looked at the Sam Adams website, which tells you where to find it. The BevMo site said there were 3 left at the local store, so I went there.

Once there, the employees hadn’t heard of it. They couldn’t find it. Only my insistence, verified by them, that their computer said 3 were in stock made them go on a search. Finally one guy looked behind a bunch of other beer and found the bottles. There wasn’t even a shelf tag for it.

And the angels sang! Laaaa.


What is so great about this beer? They use a half pound of malt per bottle. It’s like liquid bread. Monks used to drink this (probably not produced by Sam Adams, though) during their long fasts. I shudder to think of how many calories it probably has.

I hated it. It tastes like fermented yeast, with a little sugar, to me. Not that I’ve drunk fermented yeast. But it’s what I think it would taste like.

I asked him if it was as good as he remembered. He said yes. I think it’ll take him a year to drink all four, because he’s doling them out so slowly.

At the farmer’s market, I found this weirdly shaped eggplant. We’re calling him Mr. Eggplant. Only problem is, now nobody wants to eat him.


I think it’ll be cooked up tonight anyway. It’ll just go bad if not.

My mom used to make this eggplant miso recipe that was my favorite way to eat it. Pretty much the only way I liked it. The store where I got the eggplant had lots of stuff, from rose water to pomegranate syrup to exotic salad dressings, but they had no miso. Bummer. Now my eggplant’s aging and I forgot to go to the store again.

Also, in my quest for cute lunches, I made peanut butter and jelly “sushi” rolls. They’re easy to make, you just flatten the bread, spread the stuff, and roll it and cut them. Chopsticks optional.

That fluffy thing in there is a marshmallow. It looks like a weird fungus in the picture.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Food Bits

  1. Hi, I`ve just finished the book. and it is great!
    I`m 27 and Italian, I`m living in Japan, Tokyo for 3 year and I`m married with a japanese guy. I found your book so true and I find myself in your pages.


Thoughts? Comments?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: