Hey, Posse! How do you feel about your home smelling like … a burger (or some other chow)? I’m not talking about vanilla or citrus smells – what I call ‘food-adjacent’ smells – rather, it’s actual food items we’re going to discuss here. And even more specific, food items connected to specific restaurants.
Before we begin (okay, we’re already in it, sorry!) I am doing some scent-memory research. One of my favorite restaurants is Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago and I can conjure the smell in a nanosecond – it’s a combination of fish & shellfish (mostly raw) wafting from the kitchen. Butter, garlic. Chopped parsley. Beeswax (or an equivalent) and crisp table linens. Citrus. Hints of spirits from the adjoining bar. It’s a luxe, lovely smell – and it’s perfect for the restaurant.
For my home? Not so much. Raw fish is fabulous – until it isn’t.
This sorta takes us back to the post on Frites, where so many of you chimed in about the idea of fried potatoes (or, indeed, fried anything) being best left to the experience, since it’s that alchemy of hot oil and starch that is so beguiling but after the fact, it’s the smell that fast-food workers try their hardest to get off themselves! Ditto seafood – what smells divine whilst sitting in the dining room awaiting your swordfish is the very smell Susan Sarandon used allll those lemons to get off her skin. (for the record, ‘Frites’ does not smell anything at all like the fryer oil – it’s just a charming nod to the idea of french fries – for which I am grateful).
This came up (and is now the subject of this post) because Eater just posted about new candles being made to smell like specific foods – think a Shake Shack burger (Apotheke created the candle and …um… well, you should read the article/review… I’m not going to spoil it here). Katz’s egg cream is another (I’m not a fan of egg creams but I know what they smell like – and I dunno…)
These are not ‘generic food-scent’ candles… rather, they’re designed to replicate the smell of actual dishes offered by specific restaurants. Another ‘I dunno’ – the idea of a french fry dipped in milkshake is weird enough to imagine eating…. my house smelling like that mashup?
Well! What do y’all think about this? Folks this side of the equator are heading into Autumn, so I expect to see a lot of pumpkin spice candles and vanilla incense… but a candle that smells persackly like a Shake Shack vanilla milkshake?
A candle that smells like Shaw’s tuna tartare? Oysters on the half shell?
I dunno. Read the article and let me know what you think.
all photos: Pexels (and thank you!)
all ‘I dunno’s’: mine