@RussAndDaughter Comes to #Minecraft

I’ve never been to Russ & Daughters, alas! I first read about it in Calvin Trillin’s classic TEPPER ISN’T GOING OUT, and was charmed and delighted to learn that it’s a real place. Since then, I’ve read Mark Russ Federman’s Russ & Daughters : reflections and recipes from the house that herring built. I follow them on Facebook and Twitter. And now, this.

I love fishing in Minecraft. You never know if you’re going to catch a fish, a wooden bowl, a pair of leather pants, or what. I usually catch fish. So I had a lot of fish. I mean, I had a lot of fish.

I said to myself, “With all these fish, I could open an appetizing store!” So I built one. I would have put a Russ & Daughters sign on it, but that didn’t work. So I’m still dreaming.

Here’s the store from a distance. There’s a glass roof over the outside seating, so customers can enjoy the sky even when it’s raining.

AppetizingIt’s built of acacia wood and polished granite. It’s right on the water, so you know the fish is as fresh as it can be.

Here we’ve stepped off the pier and are looking along the sand plaza. I put up an acacia wood fence so customers wouldn’t accidentally fall into the water.

appetizing store and plazaHere is the pier we were just on.

Appetizing store and pierNow we’re looking back along the sand plaza to the pier and the lighthouse.

LighthouseandSeatingHere is the counter. The signs say Place order here, Employees only behind counter, and Pick-up.

CounterHere is the interior seating for the cafe.

IndoorAreaThe two-tops are blue and the booth tables are brown.

Here’s the outside seating with a view of the lighthouse and pier. They’re all two-tops out here, with only three seats at each table, so nobody obstructs the ocean view.

OutdoorArea and LighthouseAnd here’s the lighthouse at night. That’s a jack-o-lantern giving off the glow, because they’re very bright.

lighthouseAnd here’s my display case.

DisplayCaseI have apples, fresh eggs from my own island chickens, fresh milk from my own island cows, raw salmon, cooked salmon, raw “fish”, cooked “fish” (I’m pretending the “fish” is herring), raw puffer fish, pumpkin pie, cake, roast chicken, raw steak, cooked steak, bread, chocolate chip cookies, and mushroom stew.

Some day, I’ll really go to the real Russ & Daughters. Until then, I have my dream.

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies with tips on a great pie crust.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Where does your main character dream of going and what do they dream of doing? What do they do as a stop-gap gratification?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “@RussAndDaughter Comes to #Minecraft

  1. Dan

    November 3, 2015 at 11:11am

    Quite the building project. I hope it’s easier to do than it appears. Nicely done.

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      Marian Allen

      November 3, 2015 at 4:39pm

      Well, it’s just pushing buttons, so not really too physically strenuous. But I had to go down the mine and mine the granite and the stone to build the stonecutter to polish the granite. And I had to dig the sand and mine the coal to turn the sand to glass. And I had to chop down trees to make the crafting table to turn the trees to planks. And I had to go to another island to find the pumpkin to make the jack-o-lantern for the lighthouse. And I had to find the sugar cane and mine the iron to make the pail to milk the cow…. Stuff like that. It was fun. 🙂

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  2. Jane

    November 3, 2015 at 4:17pm

    Great exciting building project!

    I’d like to both eat and fish ther”

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      Marian Allen

      November 3, 2015 at 4:40pm

      I’m going to miss it, now that it’s finished. Guess I’ll have to come up with a new project. 🙂

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      • Jane

        November 5, 2015 at 10:49am

        I thinkk I’m going to come back and visit your pier and lovely house a few more times. The design has a verey relaxing effect on me.

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