If You’re Happy and You Know it, Eat Foie Gras

by Fran@frantasticfood.com on January 8, 2011

Hello Mother, Hello Father,

Here I am at Camp Food Blogger.  Camp is so much fun.  I’m having a great time again this year.

Today I woke up and walked to the Chaka Restaurant for breakfast all by myself.  My new flip flops hurt my feet, so I took them off.  No one yelled at me.  Breakfast was good.  I mean really really good — gordita and guacamole with fresh fruit kind of good!

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Yesterday the chefs taught us how to make food.  One of the chefs, a really cute one, Xavier (and yes, they’re ALL cute) made something with a duck liver!  I haven’t seen any ducks around here, but I’ve heard a couple of monkeys and some big big birds.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to get bitten by them and anyway, you made me get all those shots this year so I’m fine.

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Then he took out some fruits and vegetables I’ve never seen in our refrigerator at home and he made this foam stuff and he put it on these curly-q spoons and served it and then … he ATE some!  He ate vegetables and duck liver!

He’s brave AND cute!  I think I’m going to move here and marry him.  I tasted it and loved it and we can eat foie gras anytime we feel like it and it doesn’t cost anything!   The counselors tell us that this is an “all inclusive” resort and I don’t know what that means, but I know that I can order a “Chocolate Monkey” drink anytime I want and it has this funny taste, but it makes me feel really good and it’s really really good!  Oh yeah, and they gave me a thumb drive with the recipes so I’ll put them up here and you can make it too!  Their mommies and daddies really taught them how to share.  They did a good job.  I guess that’s what “all inclusive” means, huh?

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Then these other chefs — these guys with these French accents and big smiles cooked these vegetables and pretty much raw tuna!  That was COOL!  Did you have raw tuna when you went to camp in the Adirondacks with those other girls from Long Island with the long, straight hair and painted fingernails for 8 weeks every summer?

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Last night we had dinner in a Molecular Gastronomy restaurant and I was so scared and I cried a little and wanted to call you, but you know the camp rules — no talking to mommy and daddy until Visitor’s Weekend.  So I walked into the restaurant and put on my brave face and ate things like Puroppudapatata Soup with Smoked Ham and Pequeño Croquettes and Volcanic Ash Ice Cream and another ice cream that one girl said tasted just like Limoncello — whatever that is.  She sounded so braggy.

But mostly I’m making great new friends and renewing friendships with girls and boys from last year and I’m learning stuff.  And my counselors are really nice again this year and they help me a lot.  I know I shouldn’t Tweet this blog post but haven’t created another Twitter account to announce new blog posts yet so I’m kinda breaking the rules tonight, but I’ll get better.  I’m sure they won’t mind.

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Well, I have to go now.  We’re having a special dinner with our counselors at Frida, the Mexican restaurant at the beach and I don’t want to be late.  It’s so good there!  One of the counselors got hurt and her foot is in a bandage and she’s in a wheel chair, but she’s still smiling.  She said something about good meds — do you know what that means?

Oh, and I don’t want to come home.  Can you please send money?

Love and Kisses,


p.s.  Can you please write? — I’ll write more when there’s better bandwidth.  I promise!

p.p.s I’m missing my friends from last year.

p.p.s.s.  Here are links to some of my friend’s blog posts from Camp

David Lebovitz

Foodie Bride

Savury and Sweet

Recipe Renovator

One Scary Vegetable

Daily Nibbles

Adventures of an Amateur Foodie

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foodalogueNo Gravatar January 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Lucky you! Looks like a great time.


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm

It sure is. You'll just have to rehabilitate and come along next year!


Jane MNo Gravatar January 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Glad you are having fun. Your pictures are really really good! Just so you know, it snowed on and off all day today – and I even drove in the snow – but it wasn't only a dusting. Enjoy your last day!


omgyummyNo Gravatar January 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm pathetically jealous of all of you at Camp Grand Velas, especially since I was there for summer camp in August and know just how good the mess halls there really are! (and the service crew and views from the bunks). Enjoy every calorie and minute you have there.


Stephanie MorimotoNo Gravatar January 9, 2011 at 12:07 am

Okay, this was HILARIOUS. I love the way you wrote this post…really felt like I was reading a letter from a middle-school camper. And your photos are stunning!


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 9, 2011 at 1:23 am

Thanks Stephanie! I\’m glad you got a chuckle. :) Now it\’s time for me to grow up and go back home. :)


savuryandsweetNo Gravatar January 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm

hey fran!! thanks for the blog love. this really is a fantastic post. la madeleine… let's make it happen ;)


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I can't wait to meet up with you in NoVa. We'll take the Town Center by storm!


DavidNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

Glad you had fun…and made it home this year without incident! : )


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Yep, it was so easy to get there and back I think we need to have camp in Cancun each year! Ok, maybe not, but I think I'll have to go back soon to get a dose of good Mexican food.


Stephanie WeaverNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Fran, you are so hilarious. We actually HAD that Alan Sherman record when I was a kid. Frantastic post. Thanks for sharing. Really, really enjoyed meeting you. :)


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Yeah, I crack me up too Stephanie. :) That record was the BEST, wasn't it? Maybe we'll meet up again soon!


susanNo Gravatar January 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm

fran – you are more than FRANTASTIC! you made me laugh – out loud! I loved, loved, loved meeting you and only hope we will meet again! xxxx


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

I'm glad it made you laugh. I had so much fun writing this post. Hasta Luego … and we will meet again. :)


AimeeNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

Looking back through all of our photos, I realized that I wanted to tag all of the chef photos with the word GUAPO!!


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

You're so right! I don't think there was a single Velas staff member that wasn't easy on the eyes, was there? ;)


todd and dianeNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

hi fran! a fbcamp trip wouldn't be the same with out you. So happy that you made it back again.
We're loving all your photographs, especially of the two chefs cooking together! Look forward to all the new additions to your blog. :D


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

So happy to have spent time with you guys again and I can\’t thank you enough for that one tip that I needed to START to make my photos better. I felt like blinders were taken off my eyes! :) Glad you like the photos. I\’m pretty happy with some of them myself. Yaaay!


ZitaNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

This is funny. Thanks for sharing it! :)


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thank you Zita! I\’m happy it made you laugh.


marlameridithNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Fran, LOVE your re-cap – hilarious! Wish I could jet back there right about now. Lovely meeting you & I hope to bump into you again sometime really soon :)


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Thanks Marla. It was great meeting you and experiencing a total fondant dessert (blech!) at the table with you. LOL I'm sure we'll see each other again in our culinary future.


The Italian DishNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Clever post, Fran! Enjoyed reading it. What fun.


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed. It makes me giggle to read it. :)


ReneeNo Gravatar January 13, 2011 at 2:13 am

That was really very funny! It made us smile and remember how much fun it was. Better than upstate camp!


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

Glad you liked it, Renee! I loved summer camp. My sister and I went for 8 weeks every summer, but now that I'm grown up, THIS is my kind of camp! Amazing, wasn't it?


SallyNo Gravatar January 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

Fran, you nailed it! I was sitting on my patio "chaise" at Grand (muy, grand!) Velas thinking about camp in the White Mountains (8 weeks!) and the tents with the wooden floors and the cots and the "Mayflower"–a kind of bathroom about 5 minutes away from the tent with a trough for brushing your teeth (cold water only) and a view of the pines and birches. Showers not included–that was what the lake was for. A contemplation of contrasts! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts, love your listening to your voice–so nice to meet you!


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Yeah, summer camp was the best, but this was perfect for a grown up.


AmberNo Gravatar January 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Fran, you are hilarious!! Love this post–and the handsome chefs. :)


frantasticfoodNo Gravatar January 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Thanks! Glad the post put a smile on your face.


@fromBAtoParis January 17, 2011 at 2:59 am

Woww !!! Lucky you!! I wish I could be there !!! Enjoy yourself!!


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