I kicked off New York City’s Great Googa Mooga festival with a donut stuffed with fattened goose liver.
A foie gras filled donut combines two of the world’s great delicacies: deep fried dough and foie gras. Ethicists might have legitimate complaints, but omnivores interested in flavor shouldn’t.
The Prospect Park food and music festival kicked off yesterday. Free tickets for the festival sold out in just a few hours weeks earlier. My friends and I planned on registering for Sunday’s tickets just as soon as they were available. The pre-sales had exploded and we knew we had a small window to reserve our tickets.
All morning, I kept refreshing the website to register. At five minutes to noon I sent an email saying “ThunderCats are go!” so my friends would know registration had opened prematurely. I was referencing popular indie film Juno, where the title character yells the same line as her water bursts; apparently this is also a reference to a 1980s cartoon that I was never allowed to watch as a child.
We had been warned ahead of time that inside we could expect long lines, water shortages, and a severe lack of bathrooms. Ater a quick stop at the Brooklyn Public Library’s bathrooms, we encountered our first line leading into the festival gates. I was beginning to regret skipping breakfast.
Inside we agreed on a “we might get lost” meeting location and headed off to sate our appetites. Hunger had seriously set in as we passed by the rows of ice cream venders. I was very hungry now. So we took up positions on the beer line.
After what seemed an eternity waiting for a beer costing roughly the same per ounce as inkjet printer ink, my decision to skip breakfast now demanded I find the shortest possible food vender line. Fate directed me towards the $11 foie gras donut from Do Or Dine, a Brooklyn based donut shop.
The donut was good, but unremarkable, which is surprising considering it was the second most expensive item I ended up purchasing all day. The general conclusion was that stuffing foie gras up a donut’s butt was good but unimaginative. There really isn’t much creativity in taking one sinful food and stuffing another sinful food inside and calling it something new. Or put another way, there are better things to be done with foie gras.