There were many reasons to be cheerful this Christmas but perhaps chief amongst them was Kate’s chocolate log. The log itself was as rich and chocolately as it looks, but the real joy were the mushrooms, handcrafted from meringue. The fungal confectionery (pretty sure Google will confirm this is the only time these words have been used together in the history of English language writing) even had its own chocolate gills on the underside of each realistic button cap. Bravo Kate.
A visit to Tan’s motorcycle shop in North Beach, MD, revealed the next Christmas treat. Tommy Crockett uses the Christmas break to convert his shop floor into a Lionel Layout, showcasing all his engines, cabooses and everything in between. When I was there, the store was mostly filled with adults, all transfixed and smiling soupily. There is something about the smell of electric burning, tiny trailers pulling presents, houses with candy cane trim, and trains tearing along a maze of tabletop tracks that all humankind finds hard to resist.
Best of all of course was seeing the Gamine Amy frolicking in Itchy Ankle in the company of Peggoty and Barkis. The Lost Girl born in Kansas City found a second home this Christmas and Itchy Ankle was thrilled to add her to its own.