[eat] gravy train: hop aboard…

Welcome to Gravy Train, my friend Jason’s special contribution in which he reviews Seattle’s biscuits and gravy scene. Allllllll aboard!

Imagine a biscuit. It’s brown, somewhat round, and all over town. It’s the homeliest member of all the breads. A pie is a pie, but a biscuit is a pile. But does that get a biscuit down? Maybe, but a biscuit never belies its true feelings.

Biscuits are heroes. A biscuit is the type of hero that doesn’t need to be recognized. It’s independent. A biscuit is a brick (hopefully the actual biscuit is softer, this is a metaphor, stay with me); it can stand on its own and be the foundation of many a food structure.

Gravy is the mortar.

Gravy can bring a biscuit to its knees, for reasons both good and bad. Gravy doesn’t need a reason, it just wants to be. It’s co-dependent, though. Nobody just eats (drinks?) gravy. Gravy yearns to be a part of something bigger, something more substantial. It knows it isn’t much without the help of friends. And as everyone knows, Biscuits and Gravy are best friends.

When I agreed to write a blog about biscuits and gravy, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it, and I still don’t. You’re reading a work in progress. I’ve given a lot of thought about how to move along something that at one point might have been named “The Biscuits and Gravy Blog”. We’ll start by talking about biscuits and gravy from all around. We might even branch out and just take a peek at a certain biscuit or a particular gravy. Look for articles on submissions from Serious Biscuit, Skillet Diner, Biscuit Bitch, Nook, etc. I’ll try the B&G (which is short for, well, you know) and report back with pictures, words, maybe even some video.

I’ll also need ideas for where to go, what to eat, what to watch out for, when to go and what recipes I should make myself.

This is no easy feat. Obviously I won’t be dieting during this B&G biography. Nor will I be dieting anytime ever (I hope). Guess I’ll have to ride my bike to the B&G bestowers. It’s also going to cost me, at least until I can get a B&G benefactor, which seems unlikely.

Carl Sandburg said “Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.” I don’t know what this means, but I will be looking for hyacinth gravy over lavender biscuits, if they exist. Stay tuned…

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