I was in Miami when the Julia Louis-Dreyfus controversy swept through town, but I'm going to keep it alive one more day to steal a catchphrase.
If you missed it, a really well-known New York writer came to Columbia to interview the actress for a Web site. The writer slashed Columbia, where Louis-Dreyfus films "Veep," as "one of the dreariest American landscapes imaginable" and quoted Louis-Dreyfus as saying that something was like "a prison."
The ant hill boiled over.
A bunch of local writers posted about the comment. Folks responded on Twitter. Ken Ulman and his crew created a charmingly amateur video where he declares his love for Louis-Dreyfus and assembles a team to list reasons to love Columbia. Louis-Dreyfus apologized on Twitter and said the warehouse stage was a prison, not the county.
I could have just let the moment pass, but I love Team Ulman's Number 3 Reason to love the county (at about the 1:20 mark): "We have Enchanted Forest. It has a petting zoo. It has a shoe you can play in."
I need to know the name of the Ulman aide who gave this quote. For the record, I came to Howard County for a woman. While I was here, I found a lot of food to enjoy, and I have been arguing for years with young-uns from Baltimore and Washington who write restaurant reviews on the theme: "You'll be shocked to hear that anything but chain restaurants exists outside the city limits." But I never had a true HowChow slogan until now:
"Howard County: We Have A Shoe You Can Play In."Just to be precise, I think the shoe is in Ellicott City. The shoe is at Clark's Eliok Farm, right? Seriously, I love that Ulman responded with something that joshed and tried to make a few points for the hometown. I don't figure anyone with Seinfeld money is reading HowChow, but this is a few places that the Veep production company could call to cater a lunch if Louis-Dreyfus wants to get a taste of the real Howard County:
- Mango Grove for a mix of veg and non-veg Indian
- R&R Taqueria for Mexican -- maybe an authentic taco bar?
- Maiwand Kabob for Afghan kabobs and vegetables
Julia can check out all the great restaurants at the HowChow's Best of 2013 post.