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Hannibal Lecter ([personal profile] sharp_man) wrote in [community profile] fandomtownies2017-07-04 08:22 am

The Park, afternoon to evening

Hannibal really did enjoy his adopted country (it had immense opportunities for someone like him), and he would also accept any excuse for a party.

So, here they were. He'd set up a decent, industrial-sized grill on the lawn, arranged for an insane number of picnic blankets (mostly red, white, blue, or some combination thereof), and even bribed one of the local magical types to ensure that the weather would be perfect. And he had, of course, been cooking for days; all that was left was grilling the last-minute things.

Jono had agreed to handle the fireworks later, but for now there was mostly mingling and food.

There were several dips: tomatillo salsa verde, french onion, and a bagna cauda, with both traditional and less common vegetables for dipping, along with homemade potato and tortilla chips.

There were any number of salads: crispy potato with chiles, celery, and peanuts, tomato, onion, and roasted lemon, cabbage and jicama, potato with grilled kale, and raw beet and cucumber.

Then there were the non-salad side dishes: flatbread with fava beans, cucumbers, and burrata, salted and spiced melon, "tater tots" with spicy mayonnaise, and of course grilled corn (with miso butter).

On the grill were burgers with a high-quality meat blend, veggie burgers, the best hot dogs available (with a number of interesting toppings available, and ribs.

To go with all of this were mint tea, watermelon basil iced tea, iced hibiscus sweet tea, watermelon sangria, and a keg of Baltimore Pale Ale.

And if the main dishes weren't enough, there were of course desserts. Sorbet in grapefruit cups, strawberry rhubarb pie, roasted pears with espresso mascarpone cream, and s'mores cupcakes.

This was Hannibal. There was no such thing as going overboard with food.

[OOC: Open post! Come and party!]
geniuswithasmartphone: (Chin In Hand w/Parker)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 01:15 am (UTC)(link)
Hardison had filled his plate with tasty food and sat himself down next to Parker. The Fourth wasn't their favorite holiday--that was Halloween for him and Christmas to her--but it was pretty high up there. Food, fun, and fireworks. What wasn't to like?
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vdistinctive: (innocent-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
Eliot brought him a well dressed burger, some chips, and -- yes, even an orange soda. "Doc let me share the grill for a bit. Tell me what you think."

What? It wasn't like he was telling Hardison it WASN'T a veggie burger.
geniuswithasmartphone: (You Pretty Stupid Aint You?)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
Hardison went to take a bite of his burger, then set it down and gave Eliot a suspicious look. "Why you bringin' me an orange soda? You hate this."

He was a genius, Eliot.
vdistinctive: (over the shoulder-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
"It's a holiday," Eliot growled. "Special occasion. You don't want it, I'll let Parker have it."
geniuswithasmartphone: (Scarf)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
A genius but still easily manipulated, at least if you were crew. "Nuh!" he said, hovering protectively over his plate. Because Eliot-food was always good, even when it was something terrible like quinoa. "Mine!"

He grabbed the burger and took a big bite of it, chewing loudly. "Mmm!"
vdistinctive: (now-kiss-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
Don't worry, Parker would have one of her very own. "Yeah? Came out well, huh?"
geniuswithasmartphone: (Finger Point Lecture)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 02:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, but somethin' tastes kinda off..." Hardison said after he'd swallowed. He pulled the bun off and started poking at the burger. "Aha!" he said and pointed an accusing finger at Eliot. "You used bleu cheese crumbles on this didn't you? Even though I said moldy cheese is gross!"

He scraped the crumbles onto the plate and took another bite. "Better," he declared.
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vdistinctive: (Hardison look exchange-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
"No bleu cheese crumbles," Eliot said, surprised, then cleared his throat and switched tones. "Seriously. Bleu cheese is amazing, man. Bet you'd rather I used that American nonsense."
geniuswithasmartphone: (Arguing (w Eliot))

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
"We're celebratin' America's birthday, course you should have used American!" Hardison protested, ignoring the part where he had pretty much fallen in love with horseradish-infused cheddar and it was all Eliot's fault.
vdistinctive: (consternation-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
"American cheese is tasteless goo. This country makes plenty of good food, but we gotta name the nastiest, blandest crap in the world after ourselves." Oh sure, you got him going on a rant now, Hardison. Were you proud?

Not that this was hard to do.
geniuswithasmartphone: (Explaining Myself to a Disapproving Elio)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
"But it comes in such neat packages," Hardison said, deliberately stoking the fire. "One at a time in their own little plastic house!"
vdistinctive: (Default)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
"If it was a reasonable cheese, the slices wouldn't have to be individually wrapped."
geniuswithasmartphone: (Solemn)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
"How does that even make sense?" Hardison demanded. "They could sell dill havarti in individual slices if they wanted to!"

Dammit! He'd slipped and admitted he knew what one of Eliot's fancy cheeses were.
vdistinctive: (inner light-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
Eliot was looking too proud to keep arguing any further.
geniuswithasmartphone: (Kiss (Cheek))

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 04:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Jerk," Hardison grumbled, but leaned in to steal a kiss before going back to making love to his burger with his face.
vdistinctive: (schmoop-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 05:21 am (UTC)(link)
Eliot waited until he had most of the burger in him before speaking again. "So the burger gets the Hardison seal of approval?"
geniuswithasmartphone: (Concerned)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-05 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
There was that suspicious look again. Because Eliot only asked that when he'd snuck healthy foods into something good.

The spaghetti squash spaghetti was a particular sore point between them.

"It was a'ight," he said cautiously. "I mean, I was hungry, though, so I'd'a eaten lots of stuff."
vdistinctive: (oh honey-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-05 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
"You were makin' happy noises while you ate it."
geniuswithasmartphone: (Lost)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-06 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
"Right," Hardison agreed. "Cause I was hungry an' happy to be eating."

He'd been making love to that burger with his face.
vdistinctive: (pleased-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"And it tasted good."
geniuswithasmartphone: (Dubious (w Eliot))

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-06 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"I mean, sure. It ain't had nothin' weird on it, like squash blossoms."

Which Hardison had also loved and proved it by stealing as many as he could when Eliot made them and then blaming it on Parker. Or Val.
vdistinctive: (over the shoulder-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 07:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"You loved those squash blossoms," Eliot said. "When are you going to admit that vegetables are good?"
geniuswithasmartphone: (Determined Side-Eye)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-06 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Accordin' to my GCal, it's currently the second Tuesday of next week, but I may have to move it back to the eleventeenth of never," Hardison said.

Look, he had an image to maintain.
vdistinctive: (Hardison look exchange-face)

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[personal profile] vdistinctive 2017-07-06 07:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Eliot let out a long suffering sigh. "Then I'm just going to have to keep sneaking them into your food."

Image or no, Eliot was determined to keep Hardison around and kicking as long as possible.
geniuswithasmartphone: (Dubious)

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[personal profile] geniuswithasmartphone 2017-07-07 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
Just as long as Eliot knew that feeling was entire mutual.

"...Why?" he asked, glaring at Eliot. "Where'd you sneak 'em in this time?"

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