Simply Irresistible

Prompt: Tell us about the favorite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.

So I’m pretty sure these are sold year round, but for some reason I only ever notice them during holidays: those really soft sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles on top.

Did I type those exact words into Google? Yes. Did Google deliver? Yep! They are Lofthouse cookies.

Well- to be honest, the ones I’m eating right now don’t say “Lofthouse” on the label, but it’s the same thing.

Now if I had to think of my favorite savory dish…easily grilled squid/octopus. I have no preference between the two and if either are on a menu you can bet your bottom dollar I’m ordering it.

artist: @artoshtu

Mouths Wide Shut

Prompt: Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

I’m ready for all the smoke that may come my way, BUT it has to be said:

I don’t eat/like the following
  • bacon
  • chicken
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • eel
  • ketchup
  • peanut butter
  • pickles
  • turkey
I order these things all day
  • butternut squash soup
  • ceviche
  • goat cheese
  • goat curry
  • grilled octopus
  • grilled squid
  • guacamole
  • soft pretzels
  • tzatziki

With it all laid out in front of me I think it’s safe to say I’m probably a picky eater. If I had to pick the one thing I won’t eat…bacon.

I’m not taking any questions at this time.

Photo by Aleisha Kalina on Unsplash

Let It Be

Prompt: A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Do I have a bone or two to pick with this? You betcha.

First is none other than the Fontina Grilled Cheese from Panera Bread. When I tell you this sandwich had the most amazing combination of cheeses…just thinking of it makes me hungry, BUT I’ll break it down:

We were given four cheeses– fontina, monteau, sharp cheddar, and smoked gouda. I hadn’t even heard of fontina cheese before this sandwich and now I can never go back. That’s what this sandwich did to me.

By default it came on a country rustic loaf. Now was I a fan of the loaf? No, but that’s what was great about Panera- you could substitute! (and probably should of in this case)

My next grievance is with Yard House over the very missed Sweet Tart Martini. I can only describe it as liquid sour jolly rancher. Sounds amazing, right? Now imagine the heartbreak of heading to Yard House for dinner and finding out it’s no longer on the menu.

For those wondering, I present the ingredients:

– raspberry vodka – DeKuyper Pucker Island PunchDeKuyper Pucker Sour Apple – Sweet & Sour

Do I have hope that one day these items will return to their rightful place on menus? No. Do I know where to locally buy these ingredients? Yes.

artist: @artoshtu

Foodstuffs Exchange Day (My Festivus)

My invented holiday is about one thing and one thing only: sharing of foodstuffs.

Why? Because great food is one thing we all enjoy and by tasting things those close to us like, we learn more about them. It’s also a way to expand our own food horizons and find new things we really like or just might not be for us, but hey- we gave it a shot!

The way to celebrate is quite simple. Your share a foodstuff be it a fruit, snack, vegetable, treat, meal, or dessert. It could be done at work with co-workers, at school with course-mates, with friends, with family, or whoever you decide. Regardless of your group, everyone brings in enough of their foodstuff and then exchanges it so everyone gets a serving of everyone’s selection.

For instance: my foodstuff this year would be soft pretzels with beer cheese. My partner’s would be churrasco with rice and red beans.

The great thing about it is people’s tastes change all the time. So as years go by, the same people will very likely pick something new and for all you know a selection could be inspired by something you shared years ago.

artist: @artoshtu