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04 December 2011 @ 05:14 pm
it is the season of the spirit  
WHO: The Avengers! Tag yoselves in!!
WHERE: The Avengers mansion!
WHEN: December 4th.
WARNINGS: Holiday cheer!!!!
SUMMARY: That big decorating open log. Meg wrote this.,..
FORMAT: Quick!

When Thor and Bob landed on the mansion's lawn, they were carrying a massive tree between them. Getting it from the hills north of the city to Manhattan had been easy; getting it through the door presented a problem. Nonetheless, after nearly half an hour of negotiating the furniture, yelling back and forth about which way it ought to be turned, and the unfortunate sacrifice of a vase, there was a Christmas tree in Avengers Mansion.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I'm quite sure.bluepurrymuffin on December 6th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
[ceiling!Hank drops down from where he was hanging ornaments on the chandelier to more closely inspect Natasha's offering.]

Ohoho, and what do we have here?
if (defined or != "") { print "
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They're petit fours. I think some of them have raspberry filling, but they're a bit overdecorated.

[They are almost too fancy to seem edible.]
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: How very interesting...bluepurrymuffin on December 6th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
[He picks one up and studies it carefully.]

Ah, I see what you mean, I might've gone with a more understated flourish at the top.

[But, he nonetheless pops it in his mouth and chews thoughtfully.]
Natasha Romanov: pic#112680671russianreverse on December 6th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
I think that's the trend. Food that doesn't look like food.


Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I find myself brimming with thoughts.bluepurrymuffin on December 7th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
[He finally swallows and smacks his lips.]

Not bad, I'd imagine they're certainly worth what you paid for them. Though I've never understood the impulse to avoid making food look appetizing, isn't that half the art in it?

You going to try one?
if (defined or != "") { print "
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Of course. [But waiting around by the food gives her a chance to observe!! Still, she takes one.]

I think one idea is to focus on the taste itself, and not how the taste presents, visually. But you wouldn't go through the trouble of creating a façade if you didn't want people to notice it.

[She bites into the cake.]
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Might I just add...bluepurrymuffin on December 7th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
[He takes a plate and starts filling it with a few munchies.]

Certainly a theory not without merit. There's certainly a place for presentation, but once it divorces itself from the flavor, I'd always suspect it of having moved in the wrong direction.

[Holding up a piece of fudge:] For instance, once this stops invoking an impression of chocolate, well, what really is it trying to achieve with that?

[...And down the hatch!]
if (defined or != "") { print "
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There's a sort of mischief in it, I suppose.

[After consuming a bit of cake.]

And these aren't bad at all.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Can't be overly concerned at the moment!bluepurrymuffin on December 8th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Though I suppose the question is whether it's one by design, or simply a side effect of a shift in focus.

But the very game of determining whether a potential consumable will be appealing or not does reflect a cultural shift in eating habits where luxury has inserted itself over survival.

[He cuts out a slice of pie and adds it to his plate.]

And at this rate, I predict an increase of gym sessions in my future...
if (defined or != "") { print "
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It probably depends on the chef. Not everyone can see their own irony.

[She's a bit amused at his eating.]

Are you enjoying the season?
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I'll explain this slowly.bluepurrymuffin on December 9th, 2011 06:49 am (UTC)
Oh, but it's so much more amusing when you're aware of the grand joke your dish is playing!

[He points to a basket of apple croissants.]

Have you tried these? I think I really got a handle on the crust with this batch, perfectly golden and they flake just so.

But the season? Of course! It's always been a dear one, not only for the availability of good food and good company, but the focus made on spreading cheer. Always a worthy cause, don't you think?
if (defined or != "") { print "
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[There's a small smile as she reaches for a croissant.]

I take it you're not trying to be mischievous.

[And a pause, and she's less smile-y.]

I think we spend too much time spreading other things, yes.

[Aaaand she takes a bite of the crossant.]
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Let's consider this.bluepurrymuffin on December 10th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Oh, food is something I never joke about!

[And then his face drops a little and he holds his fist to his chin. It's barely even been a week, hasn't it?]

Err...yes. I must unfortunately admit that there are aspects inherent in what we bring to this world that have very...unsavory effects. Even without the express consent of those made to put them into action.