Friday, May 2, 2008

The Delights of The Lab

The fourth in the Taste Test series at Belmar's The Lab took place yesterday evening. After missing out on the lectures covering bacon, salt and mushrooms, we scored some tickets to the last installment, "Honey." I learned that honey can be used just like Neosporin in a pinch. When might you use this information to your advantage? Well...
Let's say after wandering away from your friends during a luncheon in the woods, you become lost. As you fruitlessly search for some object to lead you back to the picnic, a ferocious raccoon leaps out from behind a tree and attacks you. After flailing around and screaming for some time, the raccoon tires momentarily, which gives you a few seconds to pull him off and fling him against a tree. Stinging from the raccoon scratches, you open your backpack to discover you've foolishly left your first-aid kit in the car, and all you've got with you is a big bottle of honey. After slathering your wounds, you no longer fear bacterial infection, but are faced with numerous other safety concerns, such as dehydration, bears and stickiness.

In addition to the lecture, the event consisted of sampling six delightful honey types and a small meal of duck, gravlax, salad and bread, all containing honey. Afterwards, we perused the art exhibit around the corner by Phil Bender. He has an amazing collections of things (things like doilies, lava lamps, hardware store rulers, beaded belts, and more) and all these things were on display. It's super-cool and worth checking out. The closing ceremony is Tuesday, May 6 and you should totally go to it. Free beer. Check it out: Bender Bender


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