Bacon, Lizzie Borden and the Dunmow Flitch Trials

Last night I was scrolling around the internet to see what’s special about July 19. At first, there wasn’t much to get excited about. Bloody Mary becomes Queen of England. World’s first GPS signal. Lizzie Borden’s birthday. But wait, what’s this? National Flitch Day? Quickly, I do the “research” (meaning, I call out to Eileen.)

Me: What’s a flitch?

Eileen: Gesundheit.

Me: No, really.

Eileen: Google it.

Turns out, a flitch is bacon… as in half a pig, cut lengthways. National Flitch Day is an old English custom in which married couples could win a flitch if they convinced a jury of six maidens and six bachelors that during the past “twelvemonth and a day” they had not “wisht themselves unmarried again.” I am not making this up. The Dunmow Flitch Trials date back to the 14th century and were so popular they were even mentioned in the Canterbury Tales, when the Wife of Bath dissed her husband by snarking that he wouldn’t bring home the bacon from Dunwmow. Immediately, I started planning a Morning Toast Flitch Trial, complete with Bloody Marys, Canterbury Cocktails, and Judge Bobby. That’s when I noticed that National Flitch Day is actually July 9 and the Flitch Trials are only held during leap years. Oops. Never mind. On the other hand, it’s only 723 days until the 2020 Flitch Trials. Pencil it in. And, in the meantime, we’re going for a three-peat with another Pop-Up Party at the Pint Size Park this Saturday. See you there!

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The Chicken or The Egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s an ancient paradox that has confounded humans for at least 2,000 years. Both Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye the Science Guy say that the egg came first, when a creature that was kind of like a chicken, but not quite a chicken, laid an egg that hatched into an actual chicken, thanks to a tiny mutation. On the other hand, some researchers say that in order to form, chicken eggs need a specific protein that’s only found in chicken ovaries, so score one for the chickens coming first. The great philosopher Aristotle danced around the question by saying that both the chicken and the egg have always existed. Come on dude, take a stand. Now you can argue the question at the Morning Toast while enjoying the brand new “Which Came First Benedict,” which features two toasted English muffins topped with poached eggs and fried chicken. (Or is that fried chicken and poached eggs?) Either way, there’s no question that the new Morning Toast menu is awesome! So, come in for a great breakfast, a morning cocktail, and an eggcellent philosophical debate. Cheers to morning!

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Brunch with Santa – December 17

Coming soon to the Morning Toast at Barley Creek, fresh off sleighing his own world record for dashing through the snow, give it up for the one… the only… Santa Claus! That’s right, the Big Man is coming to the Morning Toast on December 17, 2017 for brunch with you! So, take a break from sprucing up your Christmas tree and getting your candy canes in mint condition, and join us for a Holly Jolly brunch. We’ll have an awesome buffet featuring all your breakfast favorites, with omelet and carving stations, plus great specials on morning cocktails and specialty coffees. Reservations are available from 9AM- Noon (lunch service starts at 1PM). Call 570-629-9399 or email christine@barleycreek.com today. Space is limited, so call today… yule be glad you did!

Adults – $25

Kids 12 and under – $10

Kids 3 and under – Free

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