Monday, September 29, 2008
- jell-o pudding pops. bill cosby, where were you on this one?
- keebler's tato skins. such wonderful, fatty saltiness. made with potatoes and skins that are real.
- planter's cheez balls. no other cheez snack even comes close. this has a grandparent memory associated with it, but i'll keep it to myself.
- hi-c ecto cooler. far superior to other juice box beverages. my friend amy drank one everyday, for years.
- dinosaur eggs. like jawbreakers, only way better.
anyone else have now defunct favorites?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
1. this list is in no particular order nor is it all encompassing. and i would love to hear other people's additions/subtractions. i tried to think of all different kinds of sweetness
2. cross out what you'd never eat, bold what you've had.
3. please comment if you've posted it to your blog, i'd love to see other people's lists!
the sweet tooth's hundred
1. buckeye candy
2. german gummi bears
3. chocolate covered cranberries
4. flourless chocolate cake
5. butter pecan ice cream
7. oatmeal cream pies
8. key lime pie
9. hostess chocolate cupcake
10. bubble tea
11. creamy whip with jimmies
12. creme brulee
14. orange julius
15. opera cream chocolates
16. chocolate covered pretzels
17. strawberry shortcake
19. liqueur chocolates (ex: kirsch cherries)
20. a turtle made from something other than pecans
21. bananas foster
22. caramel apple
23. reese's peanut butter easter eggs
24. cracker jacks
26. guinness chocolate cake
28. mounds bar
29. wendy's frosty
30. black forest cake
32. german chocolate cake
33. meringue pie
34. pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream
35. ben and jerry's
36. ice cream soda (the old fashioned kind)
37. buche de noel
38. peanut brittle
39. malted milk balls
41. angel food cake
42. cheese danish
43. rainbow sherbet
46. a real big swirly lollipop
47. cream cheese and jelly sandwich
48. licorice (black, not twizzlers)
49. sugar-coated nuts, warm, from a street vendor
51. cotton candy
52. vanilla cream soda float (not a pink cow - no big red!)
55. fig bars
56. new york style cheesecake
57. boston cream pie
58. fluffernutter snadwich
59. odd flavored jelly beans: popcorn, jalapeno, earthworm
60. moon pie
61. chocolate on beef
62. ginger snaps
63. pineapple upside down cake
65. rice krispie treat
67. pixie sticks
69. bazooka joe gum
70. syrup on bacon or goetta
72. homemade caramels
74. candy cane
75. huckleberry pie
76. lemon bars
77. creamed honey
78. treacle tart
79. kinder surprise/kinder egg
80. lorna doones
81. almond granita
82. red velvet cake
84. turkish delight
85. orange marmalade
86. mango lassi
87. chocolate souffle
88. poached pears
91. french chew
92. sticky toffee pudding
93. panna cotta
95. manner hazelnut wafers
96. wonka bar
100. fortune cookie
Saturday, September 27, 2008
thing 2: PETA asked ben and jerry's to use human breast milk instead of cow's milk. they declined. as much as i can appreciate and respect animal rights, the thought of human breast milk in my ice cream kind of grosses me out. interesting side fact: humans are the only animals that consume milk after infancy.
we walked in and walked up the counter. i ordered the brisket and pulled pork with their hot sauce. i also got 2 sides which were the red beans and rice and macaroni and cheese (of course). it was all topped off with a nice piece of corn bread. eric had the pulled pork sandwich (hot sauce) and the reds beans and rice and cole slaw. the sauce was wonderful. in fact a little hotter than i had expected. i like things with heat and this came with heat. the meats were both juicy and tender. i preferred the pulled pork but the brisket was also good. while eating you could see the cooks taking the meat out of the smoker. the staff were very friendly and helpful. although its mostly a self service restaurant, there is always someone available to ask a question if need be. they have a drive through option if you would prefer to carry out. you could not leave that restaurant hungry. they also serve some beer/wine and dessert which we did not have. the total of the meal came to about $20. for food that is that tasty and affordable i can say that we will be returning.
sorry no pics.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
during the power outage we did locate a newer restaurant (chain) that i had never been too. we were driving up colerain ave (thinking they would actually have power) looking for lights and hoping for sanity one evening and ended up a logan's roadhouse. its exactly as one would expect. middle of the road prices coupled with middle of the road food. at that point anything might have worked for me, but now i can at least walk away knowing better the second time. eric feels i'm being pretty nice right now and would describe it as a small step above golden corral. words used to describe the food include bland and dull. all i can say is that we won't be returning......
hope everyone else's life is returning to normal and here's to hoping krissy has power restored quickly to her house.......
Friday, September 12, 2008
edit; i'm going to play too in blue.
Coke or Pepsi? one really good fountain coke a month. with good ice. diet coke. everyday.
Thick crust or thin for your Pizza? thin. although pan has it's place, usually in the dead of winter when i need to pack on blubber to stay warm. agreed.
Rare or Well Done for you steak? medium? definitely not rare, but definitely not well done either. i'm a medium-rare sort of girl - i began ordering this way when i kept getting over cooked medium meat.
Hot Dogs or Hamburgers? hamburgers. with cheese. although i do love hot dogs on the grill or at the ball game, the more mustard the better. i tend to do hamburgers as well.
Ketchup or Mustard on your hot dog? see previous. mustard. lots of it.
Cake or Pie? both. preferrably on the same plate. tough. i'm going to go with cake, but feel free to change my mind if its key lime pie.
Brownies with a fine, glossy crust, or soft cake brownies? glossy! agreed.
Nuts in the brownies? is there also caramel? i do love turtle brownies! plain and simple is the way to go.
Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream? vanilla. vanilla with something, chocolate by itself.
Blue cheese or ranch dressing with your Buffalo wings? blue. the chunkier, the better. its a tie i really can't decide. i love them both.
Soup or Salad? salad. and again salad.
Butter on your Popcorn? do people eat it plain? i normally butter it up, but just this week i purchased plain popcorn (natural) and i'm going to give it a try. will report back.
Pork or Beef barbecue? pork. i think. i don't have much barbecue experience. pork.
Coffee or tea? tea. neither, diet coke.
Beer from a can or a bottle? bottle. i'm not in high school. i don't have a preference based on taste, but cans sure save more space. and cheaper.
Oreos or Hydrox? oreos!!! regular, double stuf, chocolate covered, in a parfait, in a blizzard, cookies 'n' cream well put.
Little Debbie or Hostess? little debbie - oatmeal cream pies, zebra cakes, swiss cake rolls, etc. although i do enjoy every one of the 27 grams of fat in the hostess cherry pie. swiss cake rolls every time.
Bacon or Sausage? bacon. very crispy. (obviously, i have something against lightly cooked meat) i like me some crispy bacon as well.
Eggs Scrambled or Fried? if i have to eat eggs, like if i had absolutely nothing else in the house and i was somehow incapacitated to neither be able to drive nor walk to a store but could somehow still use the stove, i would say scrambled. hopefully i also find some moldy cheese in the back of the fridge i can grate on top. the only egg i will eat has to be hard boiled, so the answer is neither.
i'm a low maintenance diner, an equal opportunity eater. there are a few things i avoid (eggs, peppers, mayonnaise) but i will eat them in the right context (cake, fajitas, tuna salad, respectively). i'll try anything once, the good things twice. however, there are some foods that i will never touch again. like hearing pierce brosnan sing in mamma mia!, these are experiences i would rather not have had.
my top 5 most inedible foods:
- mussels. i'd rather swallow my own tongue.
- raw bacon. in high school, i went on a class trip to paris. at this sandwich shop, i ordered a blt. imagine my surprise when the bacon was raw.
- scrod. alton brown talked about scrod on the food network. it seemed like a harmless little white fish, so when i saw it on the menu at porkopolis, i gave it a try. never again. it is the only entree i have ever sent back and ordered something else.
- this swedish candy i don't even know the name of. when i had the opportunity to study overseas, one of my fellow students was from sweden. she shared this hard candy that is a blend of herbs (cloves and anise?) and apparently very popular. i (tactfully) spit it out.
- rumple minze. i'm not going into it. it knows why.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
the smell lingered all afternoon, tantalizing and tormenting me.
these are the times i need a stash of little debbies in my desk drawer.
this first story is actually about my great-grandmother. she was an excellent cook. excellent, and without any recipes. she could look at a cupboard and a refrigerator containing nothing more than crackers, canned peas, maraschino cherries, and ketchup and somehow come up with a meal. under the kitchen sink she kept a jar that served a special purpose. every time she fried bacon, she poured the hot grease in the jar. it solidified into thick gray-white goo, flecked with charred bits of bacon. my mom still does this. she tells me no one should pour bacon grease down the drain because it will congeal and clog the pipes. my mom throws the jars away. my great-grandmother did not. she used the grease to make pie crust. waste not, want not. my mom swears that crust was the base of the greatest pies in the world.
my grandpa used to let me make bacon in their huge, old microwave when i spent the night over there as a kid. i would line up the strips carefully on the plastic tray, trying to squeeze as many as possible onto it, covering them with a paper towel. he also let me pour the pancake batter on the griddle. and we would have entenmann's coffee cake. the raspberry kind. those sunday morning breakfasts were the best.
for a long time my mom would frequently get sick after she ate. upset stomach, nausea, etc. you know what was the last straw, what led to emergency gall bladder removal shortly before my college graduation? hot bacon dressing.
nothing tastes as good as a blt on toast with crispy bacon.
and yes, i do have a jar of bacon grease under my sink.
Monday, September 8, 2008
the shrimp kow was subtle and loaded with shrimp. sometimes places scrimp on the shrimp, but not grand china. and i really like water chestnuts. they kind of make me happy.brian had the cantonese beef chow mein, which he greatly enjoyed.the meal was finished off with fortune cookies, of course.
i used to save all my fortunes because i guess i had some dream of decoupaging a table or something with all of them. in retrospect, that probably would have been a little sisyphean. i did keep my favorite fortune ever though, which isn't as much a fortune as a philosophy. it's still on my bulletin board.
"the heart is wiser than the intellect"
Sunday, September 7, 2008
brian and kevin went to pick up some 'hot-n-ready' pizza for the bengals game today. i haven't had little ceasars in years, mostly because i'm sure as hell not going to eat in kmart. the crazy bread was nice and drenched in butter and garlic. the pizza was flat, crunchy and actually not too bad. the addition of the spice pak, composed of various dehydrated and partially hydrogenated vegetables, added extra tastiness. most importantly, the pizza was neat to eat. a lack of dripping toppings and sauce made it easy for the guys to watch the game and check fantasy football standings on their respective laptops without any mishaps.
2 pizzas, crazy bread, and a 2-liter - all this for a mere $14. hurray for cheap pizza!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
consulting the ball complete book of home preserving, we found that an easy way to remove peach peels was to boil them briefly and follow that up with a dip in cold water. we would like to go on record: the ball complete book of home preserving lies.
the peaches were cooked for 5 minutes in boiling sugar water. it didn't smell very good.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
the festivities kick off tomorrow with the parade at 6pm. check out displays of everything from flowers to horses. there's even a 5K for the ambitious among us. see you there!
Monday, September 1, 2008
my mom and diane had better luck than i did. my mom ordered the mediterranean pasta and diane the southwestern, loaded with beans and cheese. both of them enjoyed their entrees. brian had prime rib, which he said was good, especially considering it was only $17.
overall, i would say the experience was mediocre and i think it will again be ages before i darken nick and tom's door. unless i pick up keno.