Weekly Purge: The Short Order Recap, Edition #1

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Week two of Short Order is just about in the books, and what a week at that. We've been posting our arses off around New Times, probably because we're just so pent up. This Short Order thing you see here was a long time coming, you see -- an idea Gail and I had been talking about for almost a year now. So now that it's finally here, we've become like two baby cocker spaniels, each intravenously injected with half-a-gal of straight espresso and marking our territory all over the place. Hey, at least we're having fun. We hope you are too.

At the end of each week, we'll try to make sense of all the mess with a little recap. Hit the jump for what you missed, or didn't miss, or maybe wanted to miss:

Gail came out of the closest as a Pot Brownie aficionado.

I showed you how to use your propane grill to smoke up some serious Q.

We amused ourselves way more than anyone else with a series of posts about office theft, shrimp, and Rick Astley. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

Lee tells you where to get your soft pretzel fix.

Gail wraps up all the weekly tomato talk you can take.

And a special congrats to Short Order for showing up not once, but twice on the press crit blog of the 20,000-reader strong Danny Brody. The numero uno internet troll in the MIA started his campaign of terrible last week, pointing out journalistic soft spots in a couple of our posts.

Maybe you're not familiar with Danny? How could you not be? Did we mention he has 20,000 readers between the aforementioned blog and his other one, Daily Cocaine? Danny's made a name for himself by criticizing Miami food writers with a level of tenacity usually employed by portly German kids, only slightly more succinct. In his July 8 post, Danny laments that no one (NO ONE) takes his passion as seriously as he does. Certainly not Bert Greene award-winner Lee Klein (who I can't really speak for, because in fact I've never met him), and certainly not a decorated writer like Gail Shepherd. He wants so desperately to sit at the big kids table, he's resorted to Internet Tactic #1: Drama creates hits. If you scream loud enough, someone is sure to here you. But what Danny doesn't realize is it takes more than nitpicking and whining to really become a respected critic of your contemporaries.

Truth is, maybe Danny is a cool guy. I mean, despite what he may believe, we all share a lot of the same passions. Who knows; maybe we'd even get along if we ever met.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your huge readership with us, Danny boy! See you next week!

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