Hello dear readers, I am so delighted to welcome author Mary Simonsen back to Austenesque Reviews today! She has been one of my favorite Austenesque authors for years, a lovely friend to all bloggers, and the biggest supporter of Austenesque Reviews. In fact, if it weren’t Mary’s encouragement and advice, I might not have ever started blogging! I’m so happy Mary visits today and shares a tasty little morsel from her new time travel novel, Another Place in Time!
In Another Place in Time, Mr. Darcy travels from 1812 London to 2012 Baltimore seeking advice from Regency expert, Chris O’Malley, after his failed proposal to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford Parsonage. Although Darcy is a man on a mission, a guy’s gotta eat! Chris suggests they visit Harborplace:
“Excellent idea!” Darcy said of one of downtown’s premier attractions, a complex of shops and restaurants abutting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. “I was there yesterday. I had an egg and cheese burrito for breakfast and a hot dog with chili sauce for nuncheon. At supper, I dined on a cheeseburger with a secret sauce, or so the young lady informed me, and drank a Coca-Cola. When I arrived at the fudge shop, because they were about to close shop, they gave me a free pound of fudge for every pound I purchased. I was told it freezes nicely, so I bought four pounds and stored it in Mr. Caswell’s ice cupboard.”
“Four pounds of fudge!” Chris exclaimed as they waited for the signal to show the “walk” sign.
“Oh, I shant eat it all at once. Mr. Caswell has an illuminated box with players in it at his condominium. I shall eat it whist watching the box.”
“An illuminated box? Are you talking about a television?”
“Yes, television. I could not think of the word, but that it what it is called. It is also known as a TV.”
“You don’t say?”
“Oh, but I do.”
During his visit to Baltimore, Darcy also developed a taste for crab cakes, Maryland style, with Old Bay seasoning, but there was one food that was to surpass all others!
When the pizza was served, William asked for a knife and fork. Chris explained that no one ate pizza with utensils—at least not in Baltimore—and lived to tell about it. She explained that pizza was designed to be eaten on the go.
“I understand,” he said, looking around at a pizzeria filled with people chowing down on pizza, “but I am a gentleman. Other than fruit and nuts, I do not eat with my hands. This is obviously a food made for the working man.”
“That’s the point! You order the lunch special. You get two pieces of cheese pizza on a paper plate along with a medium-size soft drink and a napkin. That’s it. No fork. No knife. You eat. You go.”
Darcy stared at the two slices. “How does one go about this?”
“See the pointy end,” Chris said, rolling her eyes. “You put that in your mouth and chew.” Darcy continued to stare. “Allow me to demonstrate.”
While Chris ate, Darcy looked at her as if he were watching a complicated medical experiment.
“Voila! All you have to do is support the slice with your fingers. As you get closer to the crust, you can pinch it so that it’s easier to put in your mouth.”
“All right. I have dealt with less daunting tasks,” Darcy said, but looked like a kid who was about to dive into the deep end of the pool.
After putting the pointy end in his mouth, Darcy’s smiled. After closing his eyes, he took a deep breath to savor the taste and aroma of the pizza.
“Excellent! This is one of the best… No, I think this might be the very best dish I have ever eaten for nuncheon.”
Darcy continued to wax eloquent on the brilliant combination of wheat crust, tomato sauce, and cheese when Chris informed him that the only thing better than pizza was pizza right out of the oven.
“Mangia! “she said, toasting Mr. Darcy with her Diet Coke. “That’s Italian for ‘eat.’”
“Mangia!” he said, clicking her paper cup with his own. “May we have a pizza to go?”
To help celebrate the release of Another Place in Time, I am giving away an e-book copy of the novel, open internationally. I loved writing this book because I got to travel to London during the Regency Era. If you journeyed back in time, what food would you miss the most? For me, it would be bean enchiladas or soft veggie tacos. I’d also have to figure out a way to have iced tea. For my husband, my Mr. Darcy, it would definitely be pizza. He could eat it every day of the week. Please comment by March 26th.
Thanks, Meredith, for allowing me to share my story with other Austen fans.
I love it! Can you imagine Mr. Darcy attempting to eat pizza with his hands! LOL! Great question, Mary (and I love your answers!). As a vegetarian, I think I’d miss salads the most. The inclination to eat a lot of raw vegetables would surely earn me Mr. Hurst’s disapprobation!
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Mary kindly brings with her one LOVELY ebook copy of Another Place in Time for me to give away to ONE lucky reader. Woot Woot!
To enter this giveaway, leave a comment, an answer to Mary’s question, or a question of your own!
- This giveaway is open worldwide. Thank you, Mary!
- This giveaway ends March 26th!