Batman has Robin. Han Solo has Chewbacca. Wayne has Garth.
For every great person, place or thing throughout history, there is a sidekick.
This goes for food too.
Whether it be french fries, mac and cheese or green beans.
We all know how lonely our main dishes would be without a good side dish.
What do you get when you put a microphone in front of two Original Soupman Soup Club Members and best-friend-bloggers, Natalie and Dylan?
A declaration of their passion for the Original Soupman’s Soups?
A recipe for a warm, happy belly hugging your heart?
Or something else…
Int. Natalie’s Apartment – Afternoon
DYLAN: The fries today were too salty. I liked them. I ate them. But… come on.
NATALIE: And we’re rolling…
DYLAN: Oh. Good. Good to know that whatever we say or talk about is always going to be recorded for the interwebs and beamed out into space. A record, not only for future generations but all species from here to eternity.
NATALIE: You can never stop the signal.
DYLAN: I thought that you can’t stop the beat?
NATALIE: That too, but that’s a different movie altogether.
DYLAN: Back to the fries?
NATALIE: Too salty. Check. What else do you wanna say about them?
DYLAN: I can’t even remember now. Ugh. The worst with the interruptions.
NATALIE: You know that some people have been reading and hearing this blog for months and know you in some way, shape or form, right?
DYLAN: What’s your point?
NATALIE: My point is that you always interrupt. It’s your thing.
DYLAN: They can just Google it.
NATALIE: Anyway… I think you were onto something. With the fries? Let’s talk side dishes.
DYLAN: I love that idea.
NATALIE: It’s food. I know. It’s what we do.
DYLAN: Do you wanna start? Or do you want me to start?
NATALIE: Go for it.
DYLAN: Obviously, I love fries. A good burger. What else is there?
NATALIE: Is the burger from a fast food joint? Or is it artisanal?
DYLAN: What is an “artisanal” burger? How does that even happen?
NATALIE: Simple. You go to a place where you can “build your own” burger so to speak.
DYLAN: Like Fuddruckers?
NATALIE: Yes… But not exactly. Some place a little fancier. Do you remember that place that we went to that had the aioli mayonnaise?
DYLAN: I am not a fan. Aioli? I mean, Why? It’s mayo. Let it be mayo.
NATALIE: There are seventeen thousand types of mustard. Why does there only need to be one kind of mayo?
DYLAN: Your point has been made. And yet, here I am rejecting the premise.
DYLAN: Haha! Alright, alright. Then let me ask you this. Since our lives revolve around the delish dish know as soup. Is soup a side dish? Or is soup a main course?
NATALIE: That’s a very complex and simple answer all at the same time.
DYLAN: Simple answer.
NATALIE: It’s both.
NATALIE: You asked for simple. And it cannot be any simpler than that.
DYLAN: I know I might regret this. What is the more complex answer?
NATALIE: I’ll break it apart. Soup is like salad. Probably why they’re grouped together so frequently. Salad and soup can be both a side dish and a main course. You want a full meal out of either of those? Order a cobb salad or a bowl rather than a cup of clam chowder. But maybe you’re thinking of an aperitif before a meal. Then order a small house salad or a cup of She Crab. This is even before we get into the finer of adding things that transform a soup into something else. Using the soup that you want as an ingredient versus the endgame.
DYLAN: This all sounds delicious. You know what that means…
NATALIE: You’re hungry?
DYLAN: I am… hungry. Right.
NATALIE: Let’s go get something to eat.
NATALIE: Aren’t you going to ask me?
DYLAN: Ask you…?
NATALIE: What my favorite side dish is.
DYLAN: What is yours?
NATALIE: Shrimp mac and cheese.
DYLAN: I don’t know how I feel about that.
NATALIE: I do not care how you feel in this specific instance. I’m still excited!
DYLAN: About side dishes?
NATALIE: Well, yes. Those too. But I completely switched gears with no warning whatsoever. And here, now, is my terrible impression of a segue. I love the internet and the insanity it can provide. If you haven’t yet, head over to the Original Soupman YouTube channel and check out the new stuff with the Soupman himself.
DYLAN: Ah, the shenanigans that the publicist gets the Soupman into? Too much.
NATALIE: Your overzealousness seems insincere. But I know you well enough to know that you love a good joke. Until next week, I’m Natalie.
DYLAN: And I’m Dylan.