Sunday, April 30, 2006

2006 April 30

9th St Espresso - Large iced coffee

Hero brand banana nectar
Carr's whole wheat crackers with Celebrity brand chèvre with cranberry and cinnamon
Monet brand water crackers with toasted sesame seed served with Boursin pepper gournay

More Monets with Boursin

Watching The Jerk in Stuy Town
Three Pabst Blue Ribbon
Cookie dough
Chocolate chip cookie

Home - Tecate

2006 April 29

Little blueberry muffin
Coffee, milk, sugar
Eggs Scandinavian - poached eggs with hollandaise and smoked salmon on toasted English muffin
Sausage patties
Home fries
Two sets of dressed mixed greens

Free sample of strawberry banana smoothie from Surf City

Mud - Ice coffee, milk, sugar

Paul Newman's popcorn, stovetop, butter, salt

32oz Coors Light

12oz some beer

Three Pabst Blue Ribbon

Juvenex, thanks, Murbles

Home again

29 IV 06, Saturday

2 eggs, over easy, with some Frank's Red Hot
2 slices of toast, whole grain
1 tumbler of orange juice

I went off coffee today as I overdid it on Friday and was feeling an unpleasant tightness in my chest. I did later have some jasmine green tea from Caribou Coffee. It was OK.

1 PB&J on whole grain -- strawberry jam and chunky peanut butter
1 orange

3 glasses of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. I am not sure what vineyard; it was pretty good, I guess.
some bread with olive oil
1 99 cent size bag of Cape Cod Robust Russet potato chips

2 Red Hook ESBs at the Heinz Lofts
Thence to the Church Brewworks. This is an old Catholic Church (Romanesque) in Lawrenceville that was converted into a brewery/restaurant. It's OK...the dining space is actually a bit cavernous and echo-y. The beers and food were fine. I had
1 dunkel dark lager (eh)
1 house IPA (better)
Pulled pork sandwich (enormous!) on a pumpernickel (yes, I know!) roll. It was really too big, and too much. It came with french fries.
I also had a bite of the Southwestern Pizza of one of my dining companions. Not bad.

Then it was home and to bed, as I was feeling a bit unwell, I think from allergies.

Guest Reporting!

A bit of nostalgia is perhaps in store for all of us, as we welcome this week a guest reporter from those ivy-crusted walls where we all first met and agreed to be dicks together. MonPad will be filling us in on what she's eating at Q, Dun, Lo, and all the various other Hos.


2 Pillsbury crescent rolls
Orange juice
Vietnamese coffee with a shot of Jameson

Tumbler of Jameson over ice
1 slice of leftover Hawaiian pizza

Farmer's Market
1 small scoop of coffee chip ice cream

Tumbler of Jameson over ice

Hunan Taste
"Family Dinner": hot and sour soup, spring roll with lots of mustard, rice, stir-fry beef, sweet and sour chicken, beef with broccoli, other things. The only thing I didn't have was the shrimp.
Lots of green tea
1 Tsingtao beer

Party in the hills
1 glass of white wine
2 Helsers (vodka and orange juice)
1 chocolate covered strawberry

Notes: I drank a lot of Jameson, but not to the end of any one satisfying drunk. Rather it acted to keep my day somewhat interesting, rather like passing around the bottle at a 19th century blacksmith's shop.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Friday the Twenty-Eighth of April

Yes, yogurt, with blueberries, sliced banana, and some honey drizzle action
3 cups coffee

Indian food from Sree's Lunch truck:
Tamarind Chicken (so good!)
tomato daal
spinach and black-eyed pea curry
all over some nice rice

1 cup coffee

Thai broccoli and a little bit of spinach -- to make this you:
grind little tiny Thai chili peppers and garlic in a mortar
fry those in vegetable oil for a while
toss in the broccoli (or whatever vegetable that you choose to cook)
add some oyster sauce -- maybe a bit more than a tablespoon
put in a tiny bit of water (1/4 cup or less) and cover...let the vegetables steam

Serve with rice, and maybe some soy sauce

2006 April 28

Iced coffee, glazed donut

Papa John's - slice of The Meats, slice of barbecue chicken and pineapple
Cup of Sierra Mist

Vitamin Water Focus, Monster Khaos

Iced Tea
Vedan oriental noodle soup, chicken noodle soup
Barilla elbows, olive oil, pepper, and garlic

Friday, April 28, 2006


Orange juice

Italian hero with sausage, onions, peppers and tomato sauce
Curly fries

One stale gummy bear

Sushi Katsu-ya
Here is the writeup from Citysearch:
Katsu-ya is always packed with its loyal following, but it's unquestionably worth the wait. The good-looking Valley crowd doesn't even mind putting up with Hollywood types gossiping about scripts and head shots--as long as they still get to swoon over the amazing sushi.

And now, what I ate:
Tuna with crispy rice
Baked crab roll
"Robert" roll
Dinner salad
Tempura rock shrimp with ponzu sauce
Tuna with jalapeno
Albacore with crispy onions

What I gossiped about:

Head shots

How good-looking I was:

Zach is Back in the Saddle, ZK 4/27-4/28 (up until 3:26pm)

Smoked turkey, pesto, ketchup, lettuce on toasted ciabatta bread. Oyster crackers, hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookie, OJ.

Roast turkey, brioche roll, OJ.

Smoked turkey, pesto, ketchup, lettuce on toasted ciabatta bread. You may recall, depending on whether I recorded this or not, that one time when I ordered my sandwich and the guy who works there was making it, the Asian lady who gives me too much turkey was yelling at him the whole time how I like my sandwich and he was just laughing but she was getting very mad because she wants my sandwich to be perfect. Today, I ordered from the guy again (it's luck of the draw, as the sandwich line splits into three lines only when you're next in line) and while he was toasting the bread, she asked me what I wanted and as I tried to explain that he was helping me she started getting out the ingredients and snatched the bread out of the guy's bewildered hands. The way she makes my sandwich is to make a perfect sandwich, then unmake it, and then add 2 pounds of turkey.

Chocolate chip cookie, OJ, hot chocolate, oyster crackers. The woman at the checkout register knows I ask for oyster crackers so she gave me 4 packages of them, unprompted. That is, needless to say, too many oyster crackers for one person, unless they are starving. My doctor of one visit wants me to lose weight while everyone in the cafeteria is trying to give me an excess of food?! This is why people commit suicide.


Yesterday I started my eating at the buffet at Mandalay Bay. Here, I think, is everything I had there.

5 sausage links
1 strip bacon
1 Belgian waffle with "maple sauce"
6 pieces pineapple
4 pieces watermelon
2 servings of breakfast potatoes
1 serving of penne with cheese
1 strawberry
2 pieces of gouda cheese
2 slices of mini tiramisu
1 bite of chocolate cake
3 cups of coffee with cream and sugar
2 mimosas

Not that much, when you add it all up.

Samanluang Thai in Pomona, CA
Pad Prik King with beef
Some sweet and sour chicken
1 bite elephant noodle
Thai iced tea

Rocco's Pizza (delivered)
2 slices of Hawaiian pizza
1/2 bottle of Smoking Loon

A Thing I Hate

I hate how sometimes when you go to a good independent coffee place, they have a sign which tells you how they make their coffee, and which implies that however you make your coffee at home, with a machine, for instance, is the coffee-making way for complete a-holes who don't mind BITTER, REVOLTING coffee.

4.27.06 -- Grandma Dinner Returns

Blueberry yogurt
Baby Carrots
Vanilla Snack Pack

Blaue Gans
Bread with red pepper dip (I think)
Burenwurst, Sauerkraut, Senf, Kren -- Pork and beef sausage, sauerkraut, mustard, fresh shaved horseradish
ites of Grandma's lemon sole with white asparagus -- The white asparagus were crazy. They were more than an inch in diameter and they were delicious.
Jager Schnitzel, Spaetzle -- This was a flattened pork cutlet with spaetzle (German version of noodles) in some kind of light brown buttery sauce with mushrooms and thick little chunks of bacon. This was very tasty and buttery. Also, this was maybe the second or at most third time in my life I have ever eaten pork (this does not include bacon, which I love and have eaten many times, or chinese food pork dumplings, which I count as some other kind of meat). My family is not kosher at all, but we really just never ate pork. I think probably a lot of Jews are like this -- since there isn't pork in Jewish cooking, Jews often just won't cook or eat it. It will never be my favorite meat (there are so many great ones), but I decided that people seem to like it, and I ought to at least have a more amicable relationship with it such that I don't just skip over that portion of the menu every time. Either way, don't expect pork to appear in my reports again anytime soon.
Huckleberry Compote with meringue -- This had some crazy German name that I can't remember or find online. It was awesome and unlike anything I've had before. The meringue was much fluffier and moister than meringues I've had.

This place is Kurt Gutenbrunner's new, less formal (no reservations, etc.) restaurant. I'd say it was sort of like an Austrian version of a French bistro if that makes sense. It was good, hearty food, if a little overpriced. I also think that my dish probably had between 4 and 6 sticks of butter in it and then they probably added two more sticks at the end.

Blue and Gold
Some whiskey-cokes
Some BG

2006 April 27

Iced coffee, milk, sugar
Everything bagel, cream cheese

Cuban panini, pork, ham, mustard, swiss, pickles
16oz Orangina
Large vanilla chai
Grimmway baby carrots
Kraft creamy ranch

10th Ave Pizza - Slice of pepperoni

2004 Chimney Creek sauvignon blanc
Heineken - (What the fuck, Fredericks & Freiser? I demand that you get original Zak Smiths back in stock now!)
2004 Stone Cellars chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc - (Terrible, terrible sauvignon blance)
Three pretty large glasses of Las Brisas and the work of José Clemente Orozco - (We spent about half an hour discussing his "Cloud" with a slightly crazed artist who may or may not have been recovering from a habit freebasing. I was struck with his ability to mimic the texture of brick.)

Well, that seems like a perfect time to stop drinking! Anyways,

Righteous Urban Barbeque
Pulled pork sandwich
Some fries and cole slaw

What a lovely opportunity to stop drinking!

Blue & Gold
Two Blue & Gold lagers
Red Bull
Three Blue & Gold lagers

And now, home, to stop drinking.

Two 2001 E. Guigol Côtes du Rhône

Fuck you Thursday

surprisingly, my usual yogurt dish
1.5 cups coffee

3 spaten something-or-other beers, consumed at Mad Mex
1 PB&J
1 royal gala apple
1 small Tanzanian Peaberry from Crazy Mocha

1 bag of Cape Cod Beachside Barbecue chips (the 99 cent size)
consumed while reading an article titled "In the Franklin Factory" by Jack Hitt, which was found in a recent delivery from the good people at Abebooks titled Quick Studies: The Best of Lingua Franca. Shamefully, I did purchase this book after reading Ron "Mo-Ron" Rosenbaum's article about LF in the New York Observer. This article was pretty good, and seems to be a cut above most of the other articles included which are about obscure feuds over long-forgotten cultural studies controversies in the 1990s. Which is not to say the book as a whole is bad.

1 bowl of Adobo Black Bean soup
a few slices of tuscan loaf with butter

Drinks at Doc's, on the deck
1 sierra nevada india pale ale.

Thence home, as I was feeling moody and tetchy.

Thursday, April 27, 2006


Here's a query, food friends:
Who in our little band seems to become ill the most from eating?

Zachkay and SC have both become ill in recent postings. By ill, I mean anything from nausea to actual sicking up.

Also, is this tendency to sickness the result of what is consumed or attributable to individual constitutions?

Opinions, anyone?

how i kept my stomach busy on 4/26

whole wheat bagel (a big one), toasted with scallion cream cheese and tomato
1 mini-carton homestyle oj
1 dubs latte (i'm naming it after myself only because i'm pretty sure it's not an actual latte) with skim and splenda

Burrito Box
there is some innuendo hidden in the name of this establishment that leads to no small number of amusing japes every time we order from there. can you spot it, foodreporters?!
1 chicken burrito w/black beans, rice, pico, guacamole, cheese, sour cream on whole wheat tortilla
a single tortilla chip

Island Burger
1 "chesky's" churasco - chicken sandwich on sesame bun with mozzarella, avocado, honey mustard, and tomato. chesky's is in quotes because a chesky's is supposed to come on ciabatta but mine did not.

Tuesday and Wednesday, ZK

Tuesday, 4/25
Grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and lettuce. I figured that there wasn't much difference healthwise between getting my usual chicken slices from the salad bar and a roll and getting a roll with a chicken breast in it, as in the sandwich, but that was all before I decided to order bacon on my sandwich and they gave me like 10 pieces of bacon and I ate all of the bacon. Later on Tuesday I went to the doctor for a strep test and he didn't give me one but instead twice told me I should lift weights and he set up a consultation with a gastrointerologist for me. This is because of what I eat?
Chocolate chip cookie, OJ, apple, oyster crackers, hot chocolate.

Chicken wings, brioche roll, two cookies, OJ.

Wednesday, 4/26
1/2 croissant
Grilled chicken, broccoli, lettuce, pepper sauce, pepper, ketchup, OJ, chocolate chip cookie, chocolate milk, oyster crackers, white roll w/ butter.

1 mini Bud.
5 glasses of B&G lager.
1 slice of cheese pizza from Stromboli.
I figured if I drank before I ate I would get drunker faster and not have to drink as much. Somehow I barely got drunk at all and the pizza made me feel wicked gross.

A Normal Day, 4.26.05


Raspberry yogurt
Baby carrots
VANILLA snack pack

United Noodles (Delivery)
Pad See Ew w/ tofu -- This was ok, but not enough sauce and the tofu was slightly soggier than I would have liked.

Professor Thom's
1 Harpoon -- This is the closest Red Sox bar to my place. Seems like it may be ok on most night, but they were playing bingo last night and the MC was making horrible Maury Povich jokes ("the winner of this round will be Maury Povich's assistant." Does that even count as a joke?). There is something pretty awful about trying to drink a beer and watch a game with a man loudly listing numbers and letters.

Blue and Gold
Some B to the G

I guess when I wrote that this was a normal day I forgot that I had a VANILLA snack pack. It was ok.

2006 April 26

Large coffee with milk and sugar

Amy's Bread
Pizza with fresh spinach, chopped tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, and mozzarella
Grilled New York state cheddar cheese on sourdough with chipotle puree, red onions, tomatoes, and cilantro
Large iced coffee

Pokka Aloe-V+ with peach juice
Tobagi slice cabbage kimchi
Sips from Sangaria strawberry soda
Most of a black and white cookie from the East Side Diner

Slam Open at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Two Budweiser

Two 2001 E. Guigol Côtes du Rhône

26 IV 06, Wednesday

plain yogurt with blueberries, sliced banana, and a drizzled with honey
3 cups of french roast coffee
1 tumbler orange juice

Tavern ham on whole grain sandwich, with grey poupon and spinach
1 royal gala apple
1 small coffee from Crazy Mocha

tuscan bread with the last of the homemade hummus

farfalle pasta with some puttanesca sauce and parmesean cheese

1 coffee milkshake, consumed while strolling about my neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

4/25! dubs!

seven-grain bagel, toasted w/scallion cream cheese and tomato
1 mini-carton homestyle oj
1 double latte of my own design

a diet sunkist and no food. whoops!

Zen Palate
sweet and sour sensation w/brown rice
taro spring rolls
hot and sour soup

about a third of a pint of ben & jerry's "half baked" fro-yo, consumed while watching monday's 24 on my computer and thinking that the only way to top that would have been to eat the ice cream directly from the carton instead of out of a bowl


Naval Orange -- These are not as good as they were last month.

Blueberry yogurt
Baby carrots
Snack pack
Naval orange

Gandhi (takeout)
Vegetable samosa
Chicken korma

2006 April 25

Large iced coffee
Raisin bagel with cream cheese

Bali Nusa - Ayam Opor - Broiled chicken with coconut milk, onion, garlic, ginger, and "Indonesian spices," sides of rice, salad, and spring roll

Mackay's green tea
Parts of an organic fruit bar

Bite Me Best - Tex Mex
Hanger - Five Pabst Blue Ribbons
Blue & Gold - Quantity of Blue & Gold lager

The last time I checked, the phrase "Indonesian spices" was completely interchangeable with the phrase "spices."

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Part II

Dairy Queen, Marfa
½ of a Fritos Chili Cheese Crunch Hungr-Buster
3 Chicken Strips
Barq’s Root Beer
(about two hours later): Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard
You can watch a commercial for the Fritos Chili Cheese Crunch Hungr-Buster here

Indian Lodge, Davis Mountains State Park
1 bite of clam chowder.
Country-fried steak
Iced Tea

1 glass of Chardonnay of some kind.

Notes: The good folks at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Bureau do an exquisite job in so many ways, but their clam chowder is not their greatest glory. Perhaps that, plus the burger I ate that had Fritos on it, is what made me so sick. After a round of boisterous vomiting, I went to bed clutching my stomach, which was churning, sputtering, and exploding like the engine of a third-hand Pontiac in the middle of winter. However, I am of the “get back on the horse” school of post-traumatic eating.

Marfa Book Company
Chocolate chip cookie with walnuts

Terlingua Café, Terlingua
Chili with onions and cheese, and tortillas
Chicken, bacon, cheese quesadilla with salsa

The lodge at Big Bend National Park
Snickers pie
A glass of Yellowtail
I had this to test my theory that I had suddenly become allergic to wine. Debunked!

Pizza Foundation, Marfa
2 slices of cheese pizza
1 Shiner Bock beer
3 mini bottles of Ste. Genieve chardonnay

Terlingua is of course home to the world's biggest Chili Cookoff every year. Despite that, the chili was not that good. No sense blowing it in the off-season, I suppose. The waitress asked if we wanted onions and cheese as though it's a funny joke to pretend we wouldn't. Pizza Foundation is very good. If you find yourself in need of a slice in Presidio County, I recommend it. Marfa generally has terrific eating. The last time I was there, Francis McDormand asked me what kind of pastry to get (pumpkin empanada, was my answer)

25 IV 06, Tuesday

Yeah I'm same-day food reporting

3 cups of coffee
1 bowl of plain yogurt, with blueberries, sliced banana, and honey drizzled on top
1 tumbler of "some pulp" Tropicana oj

1 small coffee, from Crazy Mocha

Sandwich: whole grain bread, whole grain grey poupon mustard, spinach, and tavern ham.
1 orange
I'd never had tavern ham before. It's very tasty. Thank you Whole Foods, for this new experience!

Actually, this leads to an anecdote that when I was at Whole Foods yesterday, buying tavern ham at the prepared food counter, I also ordered some "forbidden tropical rice" for my mother. The lady behind the counter, an older black woman, and I had a brief, somewhat playful (but not flirtatious) conversation about forbidden rice. Charming! She also approved of my purchasing some of the black forest bread pudding.

2 slices of tuscan loaf
homemade hummus (drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with some sweet paprika)

defrosted lasagna, made by my mother. My mom is a really really good lasagna cook. Her secret? She follows the recipe on the box, and uses a sauce that contains mushrooms and olives.
another slice of tuscan loaf

The remainder of the black forest bread pudding

Yes, I did use the verb "to drizzle" twice in this posting. I challenge foodfriends to come up with a synonym that is appropriate for olive oil (not necessarily appropriate for honey).

W.I.A. Trivia Time

Today for lunch, I ate a Set Decorator from the commissary.

Without checking the archives, can anyone tell me what is in a Set Decorator?

what dubs ate on 4/24

1 large bowl of raisin bran +skim
1 cup oj, pulpless
1, wait for it, 1% latte that i made myself because i finally figured out how to use the espresso machine. i am not exaggerating when i say that this is going to change my coffee habits drastically. and yes it had splenda in it.

pre-lunch snack:
1 cup honey nut cheerios

turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard on a wheat roll
1 bag "dirty" salt + vinegar chips
1 orange-orange vitamin water ("essential," c + calcium)
1 chocolate cigar (tasty)

gemelli with olive oil, diced tomatoes, garlic, and grated romano, reheated from lunch on 4/23
1 lemonade vitamin water ("multi-v," a-zinc)

how many vitamin waters do you suppose is the record for one day? not that my paltry 2 comes close, but I bet I could drink a dozen pretty easily. not that a dozen would come close either.

A Fucking Shitshow, ZK 4/19-4/24

BBQ chicken breast, broccoli, matzoh, vanilla crema-lita w/ hersheys chocolate sauce, OJ.

Olberto's Hickory Beef Jerky, O.J.

Whiskey from 12am-8am.

Q-House: BBQ Chicken Breast, matzoh, smoked turkey, vanilla-chocolate fro-yo w/ chocolate sprinkles. OJ, chocolate milk.

Cheese Sicilian slice at Pinocchio's. Apple Juice.

Chips, crackers, crostini, other PW snacks.
4 or 5 Bass Ales
2 Harp Lagers
Shot of SoCo
Some Heineken Light beers
Some more beers.

Beef, french bread.

Campo de Fiori: Pizza Marghuerite, half-palermo and OJ combo. Some of a chocolate chip cookie from Jost's bottomless bag of cookies.
1/2 vanilla oreo milkshake from Bartley's.
1/2 Twix on 'T'.
1 Coors and 1 Red Stripe at Harvard Harvey's Sister's B-day BBQ. 1/2 a grilled hamburger bun.
1/2 bass at Charley's Kitchen. Grilled chicken sandwich and fries.

I'm a little hazy on this day.

1 slice of cheese Sicilian at Pinnochio's.
1 flour tortilla (nothing inside of it) and chocolate vanilla Fro-Yo at Q-House.

Chips and Salsa, carrots, green beans, broccoli, brioche roll, roast turkey.
Vanilla chocolate chip yogurt, oreo yogurt, and 2 chocolate chip cookies topped off with homemade Bailey's hot fudge sauce. This was the best dessert.

1 PBR in order to make both of my brothers drink.

Smoked turkey, pesto, lettuce, ketchup on Ciabatta bread at Darwins. Darwins had a different idea of how I wanted this sandwich than I did.
Fro-yo from Feinstein.

Chocolate milk, oyster crackers, brioche roll, OJ, cookie on bus.

Chicken wings from Russo's, brioche rolls, some chips, cookie, apple at home.

Beef, broccoli, white roll w/ butter, OJ, chocolate chip cookie, oyster crackers, hot chocolate.

Chicken wings, brioche roll, OJ, some chips, cookie, some spaghetti w/ meat sauce courtesy of Mattpod.

1/2 brioche roll, 2 spoonfuls of Mattpod's Cookies and Cream Ice Cream.


Blueberries and cream instant oatmeal

2 slices cheese pizza
1 diet coke -- The price of this lunch deal goes up between 7 and 15 cents every week but when I ask the woman who works there if they have changed the price she acts like she can't believe I would say that to her.

Barilla spaghetti no. 12 w/ meat sauce e parmesan
1 of Zachkay's mom's cookies -- I really carbed it up today.

Petite Abeille
1 Chimay Blue -- As we have discussed, Chimay is not very good. Unfortunately, my first, second, and third choices were unavailable and the waitress suggested this. Why would I listen if I knew I didn't want it?
Some sips of other beers
Half of a large bottle of an unidentified Belgian beer which the bartender convinced Murray and I to get because it was "off-menu." -- This took less convincing than you are probably imagining. Also, this bartender, though very nice, spent a long time describing the nose of the beers and was wearing a black t-shirt that said "Spoken Wordz" in some sort of metallic print.

Blue and Gold

Monday, 24 IV 06

Plain yogurt with sliced banana and honey
2.5 cups of coffee

1 small cup of house blend from Crazy Mocha

half of a tuna melt and a cup of navy bean soup at The Elbow Room
I noted while there that the Elbow Room serves $2.50 bloody marys from 11-6 on Saturdays. If this is not reason to visit me in Pittsburgh, I'm not sure I can give you a better one.
1 carrot with a touch of homemade hummus on it

1 medium Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, from Crazy Mocha

tuscan organic loaf, 3 slices, with more of my homemade hummus

Leftover black beans and rice from 23 IV

Black forest bread pudding. My, my, very good.

Monday, April 24, 2006

2006 April 24

Iced coffee with milk and sugar
York Peppermint Patty

Pastrami and swiss on a roll, mustard, lettuce, tomato

Watching New York Noise and doing recreational math problems
Ronzoni spaghetti no. 8
Sicilian sauce - olive oil, garlic, red pepper, basil
This is my idea of a pretty ruling time. If I lived somewhere more boring but could still get New York Noise this is probably what I would do every night.

Reese's Pieces

Rainbow sherbet

Attention LA Readers

Can any LA readers e-mail me what they ate at the Ren Fair? Thanks!

2006 April 23

Candy, orange juice
Iced coffee with milk and sugar
Cheese crackers
Act II Xtreme Butter microwave popcorn
Two cookies

Lucky - Veggie burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, and Lucky hot sauce - (I don't know if this is just because I was hungry, but I found this burger incredibly delicious and kept thinking about it for a while)

Blue & Gold 79 - (Whoops!) - Six Blue & Gold lagers
One shot of Jack Daniel's (Whoops!)

Home - (I bet nothing goes wrong here!) Jameson 12 & Soda (Oh no!)
Two Jamesons 12 and water (Oh gosh! Oh no!)
Jagermeister and water (What the hell is that, even? Who on Earth is drinking a Jagermeister and water?)

Well, Fuck

As you can all see, I have ruined this blog. I am incredibly sorry. I don't know exactly what happened, except that I pressed "publish post" early this morning, then worked on some other things for awhile and when I came back it still said "0% published." I then checked FoodReporter and it had published itself over and over again sort of angrily the way I imagine it.

On the plus side, we are now up to 381 posts.

Sorry again.

Thursday 4.20.06 - Sunday 4.23.06

Let's keep this tight.


Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage

Burger with cheddar and mushrooms -- Still the best.

44 Bow Street
1 Lobster


Eggs benedict
French fries
Iced tea

Cold Sake
Complimentary clam salad -- This was a small salad of different kinds of marinated clams, tasty.
Salmon, tuna, salmon belly sashimi, special mackerel (this was a different kind of mackerel caught of a Japanese island whose name I forgot and was incredibly good), aji, black snapper, salmon skin, house special fresh water eel -- Bostonians: I think this is one of the best sushi restaurants in Boston, even though it is in an odd location for a good restaurant (rt. 9, Natick). They fly the fish in fresh from Japan and various other fish markets (like Fulton Fish Market) and you can find some great stuff here.

Story Street Party

44 Bow Street


1 slice tomato basil

Grill 23
Pinot Noir
Some oysters
Some of brother's crab cake
Some of dad's calamari
Filet Mignon (watercress and caramelized onions on the plate)
Truffled tator tots
Sauteed Mushrooms
Some profiterole
Earl Grey

44 Bow Street

Quincy House


Daily special, roasted turkey breast with stuffing, cranberry sauce, greens on ciabatta -- Didn't make the list of top Darwin's sandwiches, but didn't disappoint either.
Orange-Mango Drink

Small fries
Medium Diet Coke

Vinny Vincenz
Calzone with mushrooms and chicken, tomato sauce to dip

Blue & Gold -- Home
2 jim and coke
1 taste test, jim beam vs. powers -- Ellie tried to convince me that powers is preferable to Jim Beam, but the thing is that I was drinking $3 whiskey and cokes, not a whiskey neat, so I will stick to my sweet bourbon for that drink.
Some Blue and Gold Lager -- It turns out the Blue and Gold Lager (or is it an ale?) is actually Magic Hat and that Blue and Gold is the largest distributor of Magic Hat in the area and that for this reason Magic Hat loves Blue and Gold and invites them to the annual Jazz fest in Burlington and that now we are invited to go to the annual Jazz fest in Burlington on an unspecified day and find an unspecified hotel where we can share 2 hotel rooms with the Blue and Gold bartenders and some friends we don't know. I assume this was all offered in earnest.

I had a terrific time back in Cambridge, and great week of food and friends. Let's do it again soon.

Deep In The Heart of Texas


Orange Mango Nantucket Nectars

Burger King
Sausage egg and cheese biscuit, egg removed by hand

Charley’s, George Bush Airport
BBQ Cheddar Cheesesteak combo, with fries and Pepsi with lettuce. Request for no onions was not honored.

One Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie

Emily Rose Hotel, San Antonio
Planter’s Punch
½ hot wing

Boudro’s, San Antonio Riverwalk
Plantain-marinated flank steak
Grilled vegetable salad
Glass of Texas red wine
Bite of bread pudding
Bite of some sort of brownie sundae
“Nutty Coffee” – cappuccino with amaretto and Bailey’s

Shipley’s Donuts
Chocolate frosted donut
Coffee with cream and sugar

Rathskeller, Fredericksburg, TX½ sausage plate - bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut, German potatoes
½ Reuben sandwich
1 Coke

delightful, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, Fredericksburg
"Missy's Mocha Madness" - Coffee ice cream, brownie, hot fudge, toffee bits, split with L.

Maiya’s, Marfa, TX
Some vodka penne
Some bad Texas wine
The German food left my stomach in a bit of sturm und drang, so I didn’t eat much, although it was terrific.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

2006 April 19-22

2006 April 19

Orange juice, banana
Large iced coffee with milk and sugar, croissant
Reese's Fast Break, Peep
Chicken Bar - #3 - crispy chicken sandwich, french fries, Fanta orange

Gatorade Xtremo Mango Electrico

Several glasses of Frontera sauvignon blanc
Several ounces of Jagermeister

2006 April 20

Bloody Mary
Pinocchio's - Tomato & Basil, Pepperoni, Orangina
Two Camparis & Soda
Sam Light
Heinken Light
Tommy's - Pepperoni
Most of a Guinness
other drinks

2006 April 21

Four Snickers Minis
Lay's KC Masterpiece
Orange juice
Prattville Pizza - Three slices pepperoni
Off-brand orange soda

A few glasses of Lindeman's 2004 Bin 65 Chardonnay
Most of a bottle of sparkling wine of a brand not to be recorded for crimes against the human race
Charlie's - a pickle, Guinness
Several more drinks

2006 April 22

A lacuna occurs in the records for this day.

23 IV 06, Sunday

3 cups coffee
2 fried eggs (overeasy)
2 slices of toast with butter

1 orange

Black beans and rice, with diced tomatoes, chopped carrots & celery
1 Wolaver's IPA

Sorry about not posting the past few days...the tedium of re-visiting my dull meals over the past few days is way too much to handle.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Not Blind Anymore (4/21/06)

I'm back.

Scrambled eggs

A bit of leftover Mista salad from Pomodoro

Vodka and San Pellegrino Limonade (?)

At Xi'an [Gentlemen's Dinner, the Sequel]
(deep breath)
Ketel One and soda

Shrimp toast
Foil-wrapped something or other
Szechuan wontons
Calamari salad
Steamed rice
Chicken fried rice
Charbroiled miso black cod
Bok choy with sesame seeds
Part of a giant crab
Lemon chicken
Orange chicken
Some other chicken (somewhat spicy)
Crackerjack shrimp

Too much of two different makeshift "Scorpion Bowls" (The waiter did not know what Deegs was talking about, so he improvised and mixed some crap in bowls. Included some amount of 151 which was lit on fire.)

Then I went home and played hockey with Deegs, dak, Etten, and a bloody Matey Kirshner.
Let's look alive, FoodReporters.


Wednesday, April 19

2 pieces of Trader Joe’s cornbread
1 ½ cups homemade Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, with cream and sugar

At the Castle
1 slice, Sicilian pepperoni pizza from ‘Noch’s
2 Gatorade Victory Lane Orange and Triple 8 vodkas

Fanueil Hall
1 Boston Barker hot dog with ketchup and mustard at Fanueil Hall

Double Guinness cheeseburger with fries
Vanilla milkshake

At the Castle:
1 Double Big Gulp – Fruit Punch Gatorade
2 glasses Marker’s Mark over ice
1 Double Big Gulp – Fruit Punch Gatorade

Notes: The double Guinness cheeseburger was not very good. I ordered it because Murbles made the valid point that I wasn't not going to get a burger with Guinness in it, seeing as how I could. I don't know at what point in the process the Guinness is addded. Regardless, a better idea would have been to eat a normal cheeseburger and drink a Guinness.

Thursday, April 20

Henrietta’s Table
Maine rock crab and corn chowder (most of this was eaten by Kwang)
Henrietta’s BLT with Netsake’s bacon
Draft Nutley root beer

Border Café1 chicken burro with jambalaya
1 Corona with lime

At the Castle
2 Captain Morgan’s and Sprite over ice
1 shot Jaegermeister
1 glass white wine
3 Canty Kool-Aids


1 cheese slice

Notes: Kwang ate almost all of my chowder, which lacked punch. Readers should note that any time I cite a restaurant meal, it's to be understood that I ate 2/3s of it. As for the BLT, it was fine, but no better than the BLTs I used to love at Lee's Beehive. I tried Tommy's mostly because I was curious about the legendary badness of it since changing ownership yet again. It was indeed very bad, worse than, say, Elio's. Jack had solved this problem earlier by the addition of a small Alp of oregano.

Friday, April 21, 2006

20 IV 06 Thursday

Yogurt with honey
2 cups coffee

1 orange
1 PB&J

2 slices of ciabatta dipped in olive oil

My mom's homemade chili
1 more slice of ciabatta

2 chocolate peanut cups
1 small chocolate egg

Thursday, April 20, 2006

19 IV 06, Wednesday

Last two slices of banana bread, toasted, with butter. So sad!
3 cups coffee

1 royal gala apple
1 PB&J

Penne with a "deconstructed" tomato sauce. I know, it's jackassery but it was deconstructed! Just garlic, lots of hot pepper flakes, and a can of diced tomatoes.
1.5 glass of Fat Bastard Syrah, 2002 vintage.

2 chocolate covered pretzels
1 weird homemade chocolate peanut cup
1 very small chocolate egg

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

dubs 4/18

what i hoped would be my penultimate matzah pbj
1 cup coffee, +splenda (it's back!) +skim
1 cup oj

vodka tonic
spinach salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, and mandarin oranges. i can't remember what dressing it had because i was too busy gazing wistfully at the bread basket in front of me. anyway the salad was fine.

1 cup coffee +splenda +skim
another (surprise!) matzah pbj. the actual penultimate. i hope.

China Wok
i don't know much about the bible but at this point i'm pretty much convinced that "manna from heaven" was china wok sesame tofu with brown rice, and that god is (was?) two chinese dudes in a ramshackle storefront on 2nd and b. this meal is how i've survived my personal weeklong desert approximation.

Hella ZK, 4/18-4/19

Tuesday Dinner
Sliced roast turkey from the bodega next door. OJ. Passover brownie.

Wednesday Lunch
Broccoli. OJ. BBQ chicken breast from the salad bar (I think after you eat weighed-food off the bone you should be able to go back to the register and weigh the bone without the food and get a refund. This would be gross, but just.) French Vanilla Crema-Lita w/ hershey's syrup.

Wednesday Dinner
Beef jerky on the bus. Mattpod and I are going on a beef jerky scouting expedition before the bus ride this afternoon. Do any NY food reporters know of a good place to get beef jerky in the Times Square area?

2006 April 18

Orange juice, banana
Coffee Pot - Everything bagel with cream cheese, large almond caffe latte

Four peanut butter silk truffles - (I am a little piggy!)
Sullivan Street - pizza patate
Large coffee with half and half and sugar

Movida - Two bottles Brahma

Pommes Frites - Regular frites with smoked eggplant mayo and chopped onions

Orange juice


Algonquin Round Table
Makers on the Rox
Cold Poached salmon on microgreens with herb and oil vinaigrette -- The name of this dish is misleading. There were a few microgreens, but the salmon was mostly on chopped peppers. The herb and oil vinaigrette may have possibly contained those ingredients but mostly tasted of anchovies and olives.

Matzo Brei with peach-apricot jam -- This matzo brei came out better than last time because I decided on bigger chunks of matzo and shorter soaking time.

Blue and Gold
2 jim beam and cokes

I visit Grandpa

One piece of Trader Joe's cornbread
Orange juice
Small cup of homemade Dunkin' Donuts coffee with cream and sugar

Small salad with Italian dressing (I picked out the onions as is my wont)
Rigatone Abruzzi (rigatone with sausages and green peppers). Grandpa had same.
1 roll dipped in olive oil/garlic sauce
1 glass of house white wine

Legal Seafoods:
1 cup clam chowder w/oyster crackers
Fish & Chips
1 glass Geyser Peak sauvignon

NOTES: Bertucci's was a compromise with my Grandpa, who's favorite restaurant is a Chinese buffet on the South Shore that is just filthy. He likes to admire the way Chinese people can take apart a whole fish with chopsticks. Dubs, study them. Surely Legal has the finest of all chowders, despite the lack of bits of bacon. Has anyone ever tried grilling fish on a plank of wood, ideally some aromatic type, on a grill? This seems to be Legal's big deal these days.

18 IV 06, Tuesday

2 slices of banana bread, toasted with butter
2 cups coffee
1 tumbler of cranberry juice

1 bacon burger with lettuce, onions, mustard from 5 Guys
1 small fries, with ketchup and some malt vinegar

2 cups of coffee from Crazy Mocha

Leftover lamb
leftover beans and rice
asparagus, lightly steamed with lemon juice and a small pat of butter

2 chocolate covered pretzels
1 small chocolate/peanut item.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Monday Night and Tuesday Morn', ZK, 4/17-4/18

Monday Dinner
Chicken wings, OJ, passover brownies, 2 spoonfuls of Mattpod's ice-cream.

After dinner I saw Asian Boyland on A between 11th and 12th. He was identical to Jack in every way, except he was slightly Asian.

Grilled Chicken Panini sans bread, sans cheese, at The Algonquin. 1 Bass Ale.
Chocolate Milk.


Matzo and charoset

Key lime yogurt
Baby carrots
Chocolate snack pack

Matzo Brie with peach-apricot jam
Matzo Brie is a classic passover food. It is sort of related to French toast, and takes about 5 minutes to make. You just break up a couple squares of matzo and soak in water to make soft. Drain the water, mix with a couple of eggs. Cook over butter (or shmaltz, ie chicken fat, if you like), salt and pepper. I guess it's actually somewhere between french toast and scrambled eggs. Anyway, it's good with your favorite jam.


Due to the busy social calendar of most FoodReporters this week, as well as the presumably varied diets we can expect from them, we will not have a Guest Reporter this week. KSWH is cordially invited to post any more historical meals remembered. The Guest Reporter program will continue next week.

the march continues, 4/17

matzah pbj - the aforementioned staple of my passover diet.
1 cup oj
1 cup coffee +skim +sugar (we're out of splenda)

Europa Cafe
i've had nothing but mixed results from this purveyor of made-to-order salads and yet I keep going back, like some kind of chump. here is a breakdown of what I ordered versus what I received and reluctantly consumed.

ordered: 1 large spinach salad with chicken, feta, almonds, avocado, diced tomato, and lemon-herb vinaigrette

received and reluctantly consumed: 1 small (?!) romaine salad with tandoori chicken (?!), feta, almonds, VERY LITTLE avocado, gross really big chunks of tomato, and lemon-herb vinaigrette

i called to complain and they said they'd give me a free salad. on the one hand i'm happy about this but on the other i'm tired of skulking back into their embrace. do any of the AC foodfriends know of a good salad-to-order place in our area?

Zen Palate
like the sephardic jews whose traditions allow them to get away with this without feeling guilty, rice has become the staple of my passover diet.
1 sweet and sour sensation w/brown rice
2 taro spring rolls (i figure if i'm eating rice, a roll wrapped in rice paper is a-ok)
1 tea's jasmine green tea (these are delicious)

hot chocolate
ciao bella vanilla gelato
ciao bella dulce de leche gelato
ciao bella mango sorbet

i ate quite a bit of ice cream.

edit: i just realized that i called both matzah pbj and rice the "staple of my passover diet." let me resolve this apparent contradiction: there are two staples of my passover diet.

2006 April 17

McDonald's #5
3 1/2 Easter cookies

Ziti from anonymous pizzeria on Eighth

Gertrude's Best Truffles - one chocolate mousse, three peanut butter silk
Two Diet Cokes
At this point, I licked the frosting from the tinfoil in the cookie bin

Burger Joint picnic at Harvey's
Two glasses 2004 Woodbridge Riesling
A bit of Koh's hot soppressata and blue cheese sandwich

17 IV 06, Monday

1 slice of toasted banana bread, buttered
plain yogurt, sliced banana, drizzle of honey
2 cups coffee (I'm totally cutting back!)
1 tumbler of cranberry juice

1 PB&J (whole wheat bread, chunky, strawberry)
1 orange
1 small coffee from Crazy Mocha

Leftover lamb with a tiny bit of Whole Foods Hot Sauce.
1 smallish bowl of black beans and rice, with diced canned tomatoes, chopped carrots, and chopped celery. Topped, as usual, with Frank's Red Hot. My parents had a huge bottle in their pantry, so I took that.

1 slice of Prantl's burnt almond torte

Monday, April 17, 2006


At home:
Orange juice

Boston Billiards:
3 small watermelon slices
1 breakfast sausage
1 French Toast quarter piece
1 Coors Light

Fenway Park:
1 small Dunkin Donuts coffee with ample cream and sugar
2 Coors Lights
1 Fenway Frank with mustard and ketchup

Flat Patties:
Cheesburger, no sauce
Some of my sis's fries

Tommy Doyle's:
1 and 2/3s 19.5 oz. Magner's ciders

Family Dinner at home:
Baked ham, with Old Cape Cod spicy honey mustard
2 pieces, Trader Joe's Corn Bread
Boston baked beans
3 cored pineapple chunks
1 glass, German wine from Trader Joe's
2 small scoops, Espresso Chip ice cream

NOTES: Wonderful day of eating. A girl tried to disguise herself and use the men's bathroom at Fenway, but was unmasked and taunted. Thanks to all who recommended Flat Patties, I was completely satisfied. I am a huge fan of Magner's cider, which in Ireland is known as Bulmer's - the smell of the alley behind the Bulmer's factory is one of the most distinct and lovely I have encountered in my travels. My mother claims that you should only buy German wine that says "mit Predikat" on it, because this means "it's certified." She speaks no German.

honestly, dubs, enough slacking off

4/16/2006 - sunday

passover is kind of doing a number on me. yesterday i cracked a little.

n/a, as i slept until noon

it got to be around 2pm and i realized that i had no food i could eat in my house. and i was starving because prior to this i had subsisted largely on salad and matzah pbj. so i figured, check out the d'agostino's downstairs and buy some matzah to make more matzah pbj. unfortunately d'agostino's had a different plan, which was to be closed for easter. thus, in a desperate and cranky mood, i turned to the only place in manhattan that, for less than $5, will somehow deliver you two pounds of delicious food in, on a bad day, ten minutes.

China Wok
1 order sesame tofu with (here's where i cracked) brown rice. sorry, god. i had to fill my stomach with something.
some ginger ale that i found in the fridge

confusingly, this is a sushi place that shares real estate with a chinese place called, get ready for this fellow once-cantabridgians, the hong kong. but it was largely good even though every time i go for sushi i order what my dining companions generally agree are the worst things on the menu and really not even sushi.
a fried tofu appetizer that i forget the name of but was tasty
a california roll
a sweet potato tempura roll (really good, though again, probably not sushi)
a "jumbo vegetable roll" that cgm told me would probably be bad but i ordered it anyway and then it was kind of bad
some of indirect foodcousin michael's eel roll
some of cgm's softshell crab roll, which was better than all the stuff i got except maybe the sweet potato thing

it should also be noted that my performance with chopsticks last night was particularly poor, resulting in a lot of broken rolls, spilled rice, spattered soy sauce, sidelong glances from our waitress, and more than one well-intentioned request that i "just use a spoon."

Friday thru Monday Midday, ZK 4/14-4/17

Intern Lunch w/ Mattpod and Intern Julie Yang
Grilled chicken w/ pepper, pepper sauce, ketchup, dijon vinaigrette. Lettuce. Matzoh. OJ. Chocolate crema-lita with Hershey's chocolate syrup.

Pit-stop on way to Boston.
1 sprig of teriyaki beef jerky.

Grendel's Den
Chips and Salsa. 1 Bass Ale. BBQ chicken sandwich sans bread (the bread was donated to food reporter Strach)

Ze Molotov Café (A café run by my little brother in Adams House. It serves only snackfoods that my brother and his roommates like that they buy at Costco with Adams' money.)
Parts of flourless chocolate brownie, parts of a macaroon.

8-cut BBQ chicken, smoked turkey, matzoh, OJ, chocolate+vanilla frozen yogurt, half-an-apple at Q-House D-Hall.

Dinner @ My House (my parents were away, so just leftovers)
Beef from Passover. OJ. Yoohoo. Chips and Salsa. Passover brownies. Chocolate milk.

1/2 Harpoon IPA split with my brother in an attempt to force him to get drunk.

Teriyaki chicken wings from Whole Foods. OJ. Passover brownie.

1 gala apple en route.

More teriyaki chicken wings and OJ at apartment.

Blue and Gold
1 Stella
1 mug of Murray's pitcher.
1 Pabst (not from a bucket).

More chicken wings and OJ.

Grilled chicken w/ pepper, pepper sauce, ketchup. Broccoli. OJ. Matzoh. French vanilla Crema-Lita w/ Hershey's Chocolate Sauce. Hot chocolate.

I had 4 Dove Dark Chocolate Promises. They were as follows:

1. Smile. People will wonder what you've been up to.

2. It's definitely a bubble-bath day.

3. There's not excuse not to dream.

4. Remember your first everything.

Science, My Imminent Death

I prepared a chart of my alcohol intake. I think that maybe the most digestible and informative is weekly summaries, beginning on Mondays, grouped into quantity of beer, wine or sake, and liquor. Let's learn!


















35 ½
















191 ½



Did you learn something? That's right, on an average week, I have 41 drinks. That's an average of 6 alcoholic beverages a day. Also, if you check the raw data, I have between zero and three almost half the time. Also, I had badly underestimated the number of days on which I have 14 or more drinks. Also, I wish I were dead.

Weekend In Review 3, 4.16.06 -- Sunday

Matzo and charoset

Gatorade X-factor orange

Chicken teriyaki stirfry with shiitakes, carrots, rice -- I overcooked the chicken a little. Oops!

Blue & Gold

Weekend In Review 2, 4.15.06 -- Saturday

Matzo and charoset (expect a lot more of this for a few days)

Union Square Farmer's Market (previously reported)
Apple-raspberry cider
Chocolate milk


Complementary sandobe salad
Saba (mackerel)
Ikura (salmon roe)
"Sandobe roll" with tuna and avocado -- This is an inside-out roll with a crab meat middle (real crab, not crab stick) and tuna and avocado on the outside. I wasn't wild about this, the crab was surprisingly bland.
1 piece of KSWH's volcano roll -- A variety of fish in an inside out roll, then battered and fried tempura style, with spicy mayo sauce. Tasty, but the fish was slighty cooked due to the frying with I did not like.
1 piece of FFriend Wolt's spicy tuna roll

I went here at FFriend Murbles' suggestion. It was good and reasonably priced. The service was crazy. At one point, a waitress brought us 2 orders of spicy tuna instead of the 1 we ordered. When we explained that we ordered only 1, she brought over the waitress that took our order, asked us if she was the one, then berated her in front of us. She then left the extra order at the table, but we were unsure whether we should eat it. She then came back, stared at the extra order for awhile, said a bunch of incomprehensible things, pretended to take the order away a few times, and then finally came back and actually took it. I don't know what to make of this behavior.




Bar at 14 & 9th, name unknown

Weekend In Review 1, 4.14.06 -- Friday

Intern Lunch @ Conde Nast
Grilled chicken with dijon vinaigrette
Tofu with coconut curry
Roasted acorn squash
Roasted carrots

Some matzo and leftover charoset

Sea (delivery)
Rama the King with sticky rice

Blue & Gold
Jim Beam and Coke


Little Branch
Anchor Steam

Blue & Gold
Jim Beam and Coke

I also hung out at Jack's, but don't think I had anything more.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Fish boast of fishing, the falcon cannot hear the falconer

This may "go" without my having said as much, but I am completely rudderless with want for a decent salt bagel with cream cheese in Hell's Kitchen. Je suis absolument distrait I need a reliable SBCC source so much. I want to go to sleep, but I am already filling with anxiety over how insufficient tomorrow's breakfast is going to be.

Easter Weekend


One large glass of diet coke

Lunch (The Read Cafe, Williamsburg):
chipotle chicken pressed sandwich
side of greens with balsamic dressing
large iced tea with 2 raw sugars

Dinner (Sandobe):
3 small glasses of sake
1 sandobe salad + 1 free small sandobe salad (kelp, shitake mushrooms, cucumbers and miso ginger dressing)
1 volcano roll (tuna & mackerel wrapped in seaweed and deep-fried...delicious)
1 piece of mattpod's tuna/avocado roll
1 piece of gardner's eel/avocado roll

11th street:
1 bite cookies and cream ice cream
1/2 small bottle of ginjo sake

1/2 remaining bottle of ginjo sake
one tumbler of vodka, whiskey & gin cocktail mixed with Monster Khaos energy drink
1 sugar-free redbull

6 sips of a Bud Light


2 eggs and salsa on potato bread, grilled with Pam spray on a George Foreman
small bowl of Kashi GoLean cereal with fresh blueberries & skim milk

1 diet coke

Chicken and black beans with melted cheddar
Goya Broccoli and Cheddar rice pilaf
Fresh Guacamole and Tortilla chips
small serving of Ben & Jerry's half baked ice cream and Edy's Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
half a glass of red wine
1.5 glasses of skim milk

1 glass Pinot Gris
Some sips of PBR

Thanks for having me, foodreporter.

2006 April 16 - Easter Sunday

Wheat toast, honey

Mud - Iced coffee, milk, sugar
Pommes Frites - Large poutine

Orange juice
Irish coffee

Bud Light
Two Peroni
Pabst Blue Ribbon

After my second Peroni, I felt I was set for the night. I remembered the fact that we discovered this evening that our refrigerator has not refrigerated anything for the past several days, and decided to liberate at least one PBR from the imminent purge.

Update: Concerned readers will be pleased to learn of the salvation of the other PBR, effected by my drinking of it.

A further update: Jameson 12 and soda with dash bitters. Compulsive drinking and a lack of tiredness has led me here, or possibly fear that my club soda is also going to go bad.

Easter Weekend!

Saturday morning:
1 slice banana bread, toasted with butter
some cornbread, toasted, with butter and honey
2 cups coffee

Went then to Crazy Mocha's Shadyside location -- it was miserable. You can smoke there, so the overwhelming scent of the establishment was cigarettes and this really cloying air freshener. I hated it, and am never going back. Funny, since I love their Oakland location so much. But I had there a large orange spice black tea.

Ham and spinach sandwich, on whole grain bread, with whole grain mustard
1 Orange
more banana bread

Hors d'oeuvre, eaten on my parents' back deck, in the waning warmth of Easter Saturday:
crackers with my grandmother's famed blue cheese dip (made by my mother)
1 anchor steam beer
1 small tumbler of Maker's Mark, on the rocks

Leg of lamb, boneless, roasted in the oven
mashed potatoes
grilled vegetables
Tufico white wine

homemade brownies and haagen-daas coffee ice cream

Sunday AM:
1 communion wafer
3 poached eggs on toast soldiers, with Frank's Red Hot (obvs)
part of a Panera sweet roll
2 cups coffee

Late luncheon:
Half of a lamb and mint jelly sandwich
re-heated mashed potatoes
more brownie and coffee ice cream

Hors D'oeuvre:
crackers with blue cheese dip (this time made by my grandmother)
shrimp cocktail (terrifyingly average, yet I ate a goodly amt)
Some Hawk's Crest (?) red wine

Caesar Salad
Beef tenderloin, with this nice mushroom topping
roasted finger potatoes
2 glasses wine

1 slice of burnt almond torte.

Happy Easter, Happy Easter

Burger King on the Garden State Parkway
Sausage, egg and cheese croissant, with the egg removed by hand
Hash browns
2 large Minute Maid orange juices

Longfellow's Wayside Inn
1 package Pepperidge Farm Butter Thin crackers - I think I meet the description of the ideal customer cited here
1 package Pepperidge Farm Toasted Sesame crackers with light spread of Wispride cheese
1 Grist Mill bakery corn muffin
New England Clam Chowder with oyster crackers
Virginia Baked Ham with maple-bourbon gravy
Cheddar-whipped potatoes
Butternut squash
Another corn muffin
2 glasses, Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Baked indian pudding with vanilla ice cream
Coffee with two sugars and lots of cream

NOTES: I eat roughly .5 cups of clam chowder per day when at home. I invite you to visit the website of Longfellow's Wayside Inn here. The clientele is primarily decrepit, demanding, old withered Yankees who are nonetheless charming in their hobbled cuteness. The allure is the rustic setting rather than the somewhat stewy, mushed-style food.
I very much look forward to reading MMW's Easter report!

Tax Day

A Salt and Battery
Cod bites with tartar sauce and "Fish Condiment"
Magner's cider
3 bites, deep-fried Mars bar

Australian Farm Cream
Vanilla milk shake

The old apartment
2 small slices pepperoni pizza
1 large slice roasted garlic and carmelized onion pizza from Gruppo
20oz. Coca-Cola
1 Peroni beer

Mattpod and Zachkay's rooftop
1 Sapporo
2 cups from Dortmunder pony keg

3 glasses PBR
1 rum and coke (thanks, V. Danger)

NOTES: Australian Farm Cream is the best ice cream in New York, certainly, and perhaps the best anywhere outside of New Englan. I regretted passing up the chance to have a foul British soda at AS&B. The deep-fried Mars bar should be tried by everyone at least once, although I regretted not following through on my idea to go buy a Take 5 and have them deep-fry that. I never should have let Eben and Jack swap which Gruppo pie was large, and which was small.

2006 April 15

Salt & Battery
Orange Tango
Part of a deep-fried Mars Bar

Strawberry milkshake


Small slice pepperoni
Three large slices caramelized onions and garlic

11th St
Bud Light

69 Energy Drink

Saturday, April 15, 2006

April 14th, 2004

Since Jack and I seem to eat the same foods in almost the same quantities, I thought it might be fun to mix things up a bit and report on a meal I ate two years ago on April 14th. I know the difference between foodreporting and foodfiction, so don't worry -- I actually documented my dinner this day, because I was reviewing restaurants for the Unofficial Guide.

Also, I was hosting a friend from highschool (Ian Hawkins) on this day and, as a result, I have a very clear memory of (most of) the night of April 14th.


Like most days, I had no breakfast.

I am pretty sure I took Ian to the dining hall. I can't remember what we ate. Though I imagine I had French fries with my meal, as was customary. I probably also had a glass of chocolate milk mixed with skim milk.

Dinner (Bartley's Burger Cottage)
1 Ted Kennedy burger (w/cheddar cheese, mushrooms)
1 order of onion rings
1 chocolate oreo frappe
1/2 raspberry lime rickey

I felt pretty disgusting after dinner that nite. My notes read:
"[Bartley's burgers] always seem to sit in my stomach heavily and unplesantly after ever meal I have there...I guess that this time, it was probably related to my ordering of one of their "super rich frappes" along with the burger meal and finishing everything on my plate."

Do any other food reporters have similar thoughts about the post-meal effects of Bartley's burgers?

Later that night, Ian and I had a lot to drink and he ended up puking in my dorm room while I was at the Lampoon. Sorry, Ian!

2006 April 14

Iced coffee with milk and sugar
Bialy with cream cheese

Catered by Papa John's
Chicken strip, honey mustard
Slice of Meat Lovers'
Breadstick, cheese sauce
Slice of pineapple
Coca Cola Classic
Birthday cake w/ pink rabbit Peep
Turquoise chick Peep
One turquoise chick Peep dipped in Papa John's garlic sauce

Five Peaches and Dream from Dan (Peaches and Dream is when you halfway fill your Team Gulp with Wild Stallion, and half with vanilla infused Wild Stallion

One Pepperidge Farm soft baked Chocolate Chunk, dark chocolate

J. P. Warde's
Two Guinness

Champagne, sugar cube, bitters

Two and a half glasses of 2004 La Vendemmia Veneto Chardonnay
Clam pie
Slice of sausage and peppers

Three PBR
Half a rejected dark & stormy
Half a Bombay Sapphire

Little Branch
Gin Daisy

Blue & Gold

Two Peroni
Possibly a Bud Light


Has anyone ever had a dream about an odd food, and then tried it?


I just spent an hour browsing at Union Square Farmers Market. This is a favorite nice day activity. I saw the biggest dog I have ever seen and probably the biggest dog I will ever see. It looked like a stock horse and had an enormous face like a St. Bernard. Guesses on the breed? I had:

1 farm fresh apple-raspberry cider
1 bottled on the farm chocolate milk

April the fourteenth day

I had a sip of Jack's Sunny D to wash down two advil. Then a Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar - as amazing as I remembered.

At Island Burgers and Shakes, I had a Honey West churasco sandwich (grilled chicken with ham and honey mustard sauce, lettuce and tomato). Delicious, although a little unwieldy, and I despise an unwieldy sandwich. I had a bite of my friend Rob's blackened chicken, bacon, and horseradish sauce - I should have gotten that. We discussed the fact that it was Good Friday, but lunchmate SP cited the papal dispensation for travelers, so I didn't worry too much. I also had some of Islands' potato chips, and a vanilla milk shake.

At the Whitney I had a bottle of apple juice.

I had a hot dog with ketchup and mustard and some papaya drink at one of those papaya-hot dog emporiums somewhere around 9th and 2nd. This was done out of nostalgia and to fortify myself against the rain.

At JP Wardes I had two Guinness and a wave of mixed memories washed over me like tepid bathwater. Champagne Classic cocktail (champagne, sugar cube, bitters) at Shibeen. Three glasses of house chardonnay, and two slices of sausage and roasted pepper pizza I enjoyed at Lombardi's. Half a slife of meatball pizza received from a neighbor in exchange for some clam pie.

At Botanica, I had three Powers whiskeys over ice. Then to Little Branch, where I had a mint julep and a Tasti-Kake Pound Cake. Back at my old home, I had half a Peroni and some Maruchan chicken ramen.

14 IV 06, Friday

Toast (whole grain) today, with chunky peanut butter and honey
Plain yogurt with drizzled honey and banana
3 cups of coffee

Sree's Indian Food Truck:
spinach and black-eyed pea curry
vegetable and tofu
chick peas and potatoes
something else that I can't recall
All for $4

Afternoon coffee from Crazy Mocha; Sumatran, if I recall correctly

a pastiche
leftover farfalle pasta, see 11 IV
a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (whole grain, chunky, strawberry)

I also baked some banana bread this evening. I had a slice, buttered, for dessert.

Friday, April 14, 2006


On the way to the airport, I stopped at Jack in the Box, and got a sausage, egg and cheese croissant, and a coffee, to which I added three creams and two sugars. I mostly detest Jack in the Box, but the croissant, I'll admit, was pretty good. The coffee at JintheB is weak and watery. On the airplane, I had a Ralph's sandwich - turkey, dijon mustard, Swiss cheese, lettuce on a croissant, a bag of natural flavor Kettle Chips, a Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked chocolate chunk cookie, some coffee with cream and sugar, and lots of water. I opted for Jet Blue's jungle crackers.

Arriving in Manhattan, I enjoyed my favorite New York meal - lasagna at Max, accompanied by two glasses of house syrah. We proceeded, as regular readers can doubtless predict, to Blue and Gold. There I had a glass of Blue and Gold lager, four Powers whiskeys over ice, another glass of lager, then to Lakeside, where I had two more beers, I don't know what kind.


Iced doppio with a shot of sugar-free hazelnut (tip: this is cheaper and more potent than buying a tall latte at Starbucks -- you can just top off the doppio with milk from the condiments bar)
1 cup diet coke from FlatDan
3/4 Caramel nut blast Balance Gold bar
4 bites salted grits
1 bite bacon, egg, & cheese breakfast bagel

Lunch (Zen Palate):
3 steamed mini veggie buns (a healthy alternative to sliders)
small spinach & wonton soup
Some of SDB's fries (soggy)
1/4 Caramel nut blast Balance Gold bar

3.25 cups of Wild Stallion energy drink from AngryDan
small tasti-d-lite (1/2 red velvet, which is a kind of chocolate cherry flavor, and 1/2 cookies and cream, rolled in little cookie bits)

1 large glass pinot grigio
handful of popcorn

1 side salad
20 oz Budweiser

Blue and Gold:
2 B&G Lagers
1 whiskey on the rocks (Thanks, SC!)

Falafel Star:
Chicken kebab sandwich

A small glass of diet coke.

13 IV 06, Thursday

Happy 100th Anniversary of Samuel Beckett's Birth

Plain yogurt, banana, honey
3 cups French Roast coffee

1 ham and spinach sandwich, with whole grain mustard, on whole wheat bread
1 Royal Gala apple

1 99 cent size bag of Cape Cod Jalapeno/Aged Cheddar potato chips.
1 glass of Guenoc Cabernet Sauvignon

1 bowl of chili, made by my mother last week, defrosted yesterday
toasted cornbread
1 glass of Guenoc

Thursday, April 13, 2006

2006 April 13

Xtreme Gulp of Gatorade X-Factor, Orange-Tropical Fruit

Chase Bank
Complimentary coffee with Cory sugar and a tiny amount of Cory non-dairy creamer flakes. Cory. Nice brand, Aramark.

Better Burger
Veggie burger with pork bacon and organic white cheddar
Better fries
Karma ketchup
Cajun ketchup

Three Wild Stallions from Sticky Dan

Pabst Blue Ribbon
Two free hot dogs, ketchup, mustard

Two glasses of 2004 Feudo Arancio Syrah
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Blue & Gold 79
Two Blue & Gold Lager
Powers & soda

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Several Days and an Omission

Monday 4/10
Smoked turkey, pesto, ketchup, lettuce, on toasted ciabatta bread. Xtina had a very similar sandwich and added pepper to it, suggesting that I do so as well. In light of my recent affinity for pepper, I think I will try this someday. Chocolate chip cookie. OJ.

5 chicken wings (buffalo wings? Not very buffalo-ey), 2 chicken fingers and 1 Harp lager at the party for Thumb Wrestling Federation. I think the party cost 3 times as much as what WLG and I got paid for writing the show.

Some chicken breast and baguette from Whole Foods. And a chocolate-chocolate chip cookie.

Tuesday 4/11
Grilled chicken, broccoli, white roll, chocolate chip cookie, OJ, oyster crackers, mini-dark-kit-kat. Hot chocolate.

Some chicken breast, haricot greens, and baguette from Whole Foods. OJ.

Wednesday 4/12
Broccoli, one tiny piece of chicken, and a ciabatta roll w/ pesto (I wanted to stock up on bread products before I forego them for the next 8 days.) Chocolate chip cookie, oyster crackers, hot chocolate, chocolate milk.

Many kinds of red wine, I think Hertzog was one of them.
Salad, turkey, gravy and brisket.
This was a great meal, but I drank too much and someone threw my digital camera at me and it knocked my dixie cup of blush all over me and Conrad. I made the blush by pouring white wine into a dixie cup with some red wine in it.
Also, I kept pouring myself cups of some kind of rancid wine that was in Dubs and Conrad's kitchen and then pouring it in the sink and washing my cup.

3 Pabst at Blue and Gold (this was a mistake).

I omitted to write about my dinner on Thursday, 4/6, so here it is:

1 1/2 Bass Ales at Solas, which everyone hates. I saw Schoboats' main squeeze Alice there.

Dinner at 26 Seats, on B between 10th and 11th. I had been thinking of taking Xtina here for a while, but the Menupages reviews were pretty mixed, and Menupages usually puts up mostly favorable reviews, so I was wary, especially when there are so many other restaurants around. The deciding factor was that I was very hungry and a little drunk.

As the name states, there are 26 seats (give or take a few) in the restaurant, so we had to wait a minute and then about 5 tables opened up. The hostess/our waitress tried to seat us at the absolute worst and smallest of these tables and we requested to not be sat at the shit table, which she allowed, but she was very flustered by this.

Then it was time to order, and our waitress told us to order the specials and we said no thank you we will have chicken and salmon and she rolled her eyes at us for being such simple folk. We ordered two glasses of wine and she urged us to order a bottle of wine and we had to insist that we only wanted glasses. It is important to know that she spoke perfect English.

The food was good and the atmosphere is nice and cozy. Our waitress took away my wine glass before I was quite finished in an attempt to make me order more wine. Then when I asked for change while paying for the meal, she rounded down, so that 65 cents became 0 cents. I am not a penny-pincher, but that is pretty rude.

M&Ms during our screening of Netflix' A History of Violence. The M&M's were good, and there was a long, beautiful 69 scene in that movie, which our neighbors heard about considerably.

4.12.06 -- Passover

Late Morning
Blueberry yogurt -- Associated has stopped carrying my preferred brand, so I had to switch. I can't remember what this one is called, but it was pretty good (fruit on the bottom).
Snack pack

Early Afternoon
Remainder of Dubs and Cailin's turkey sandwich -- Not a huge turked sandwich fan, but this was very tasty
Remainder of Dubs and Cailin's chocolate chip cookie -- I ate other people's leftovers for lunch today.

Many different kinds of red wine
Haroset -- Grandma made this for me to have at the Seder
Matzo, haroset, horseradish sandwich -- I guess it is maybe an acquired taste, but I love horseradish
Cucumber-dill salad
Chicken soup with matzo ball -- I used shmaltz (rendered chicken fat) for the balls, I am a big fan of this method
Arugula, cherry tomato, avocado salad with balsamic-shallot dressing
Sweet potatoes made by Caitlin
Matzo stuffing a la Dubs
Asparagus with shallots, almond slices, lemon
A jelly candy

The turkey was slightly dry, but pretty decent as turkeys go, and the gravy made up for it. I think the brisket was the biggest success. It was almost a week of work, but I managed to cook for 19 people, and frankly I am proud of it. Dubs' stuffing and Caitlin's sweet potatoes were both great.

2006 April 12

#5 McDonald's breakfast meal
- Sausage biscuit
- Coffee with cream and sugar
- Hash brown

One K&B cashew
20oz Arizona lemon iced tea with the finger grooves on the bottle
Four Arthur Treacher's hush puppies with Heinz malt vinegar
Five White Castle Slyders
Most of a KFC Snacker
Diet Coke from Angry Dan
Dolly Madison Zinger

One more Diet Coke from Dan
Two more pups

Two more pups
Three Diet Cokes

Pre-Sedering at 725
One 2005 Honey Moon Viognier

Seder in Stuy Town
Two viogniers
Two Manischewitz
Matzoh with bitter herbs
Matzoh with bitter herbs and maror and maybe a schmear of karpas
Sweet potatoes
2003 Herzog chardonnay
Streit's fruit candy
2004 Tishbi Emerald riesling
2003 Avalon cabernet sauvignon
Two Bud Light

Blue & Gold
Vitamin Water - Focus, Kiwi & Strawberry with Vitamin A and lutein
Tanqueray on the rocks
Jager bomb
San Pellegrino Limonata
Tanqueray on the rocks

Whoops! Gut yontif!


Vitamin Water -- Focus flavor (Kiwi Strawberry)
Half a bag of cashews

4 White Castle sliders
3 Nathan's hushpuppies
1 Zinger
4 cups of diet coke from 7-11 "Team Gulp"

1 leftover Nathan's pup
rest of bag of cashews

Seder dinner @ Dubbin + Klein's:
Parsley dipped in salt water
Matzoh with horseradish
Matzoh with karpas
Several more pieces of Matzoh with hummus
Cucumbers with dill and vinegar
Matzoh with brie and cheddar
Matzoh ball soup
Turkey with Matzoh stuffing
Yams with brown sugar and pecans
Beef Brisket with 1 carrot
Avocado Salad
1 bite of chocolate dipped macaroon

3 glasses of yellowtail wine.
1 glass of kosher-for-passover chianti mixed in with leftover yellowtail

I did not know I could fit this much food into my body!

12 IV 06, Wednesday

Plain yogurt, sliced banana, honey
3 cups coffee
1 tumbler of cranberry juice

1 PB&J: whole grain bread, chunky peanut butter and strawberry jelly
1 apple. I erred yesterday in saying the apple was jonagold. It's actually Royal Gala. Likewise today.

'Round 2pm:
1 small coffee

From Lulu's Noodles
1 Thai Curry bowl, with white rice. It was a yellow curry, with chicken, green beans, potatoes, and mushrooms. Pretty tasty.

1 small jasmine green tea

Later dinner:
Some leftover pasta, see 11 IV

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

I shouldn't have 4-11-06'ed

Blueberry yogurt
Tall iced skim latte with 1 splenda

Lunch (Sullivan Street Bakery):
Pizza Funghi ('s a picture)
1/2 Pear Tart (the half that I was saving for later was thrown away by some nasty person in the office when I wasn't looking)
Diet Coke

Dinner (Wo Hop):
Three glasses of tea
Hot and sour soup
Crispy Won Ton Chips
General Tso's chicken
Beef Chow Funn
Chicken fried rice
Steamed pork dumplings
Wor shu duck (Deep fried duck in a thick, brown anise-y sauce)
1 Fortune cookie

This meal was so heavy that it caused me to immediately fall asleep upon arriving at home at 9:30pm. Also, after this meal, I promised myself that I would stop eating a) so much food and b) so much deep fried food on a daily basis. I immediately broke this oath 2.5 hours after arriving at work today.

2006 April 11

Orange juice

Large coffee, h/h, sugar
Sesame bagel with bacon and cream cheese (This bagel sucked! I hated this bagel!)

Sullivan Street Bakery, Hell's Kitchen
Pizza patate
Pizza zucchini

Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey

Wo Hop
Two glasses of tea
So many crisp noodles
Hot and sour soup
General Tso's chicken
Beef chow fun
Chicken fried rice
Steamed pork dumplings
Wor shu duck
Fortune cookie

FoodReader's Nook

FoodBrother my brother Mike sent me a question he thought we might have answers to:

Dear FoodReporters,
We all know that beets and asparagus, besides being delicious, do funny things to one's body chemistry. We also know that carrots are good for one's eyes. What are some less well known food-body interactions?

Off the top of my head, I can think of two obvious ones that fit this category: limes prevent scurvy and beans make you farty. You guys got any better ones?

11 IV 06, Tuesday

3 cups of coffee
plain yogurt, banana, honey
1 tumbler cranberry juice

Mid Morning Earl Grey Tea

Ham, spinach, and mustard on whole grain bread
1 jonagold apple

tuscan loaf, dipped in olive oil
Farfalle pasta, with lightly boiled peas and broccoli, lemon juice, a small amount of butter (to keep the pasta from being sticky), and some pecorino romano cheese.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

It is accomplished

The Jameson experiment draws to a close this morning. I concluded by having a Vietnamese coffee with a shot of Jameson, plus a splash over ice. The results were not dramatic: drinking whiskey in the morning makes me slightly jollier, and makes me not especially interested in my work. I would encourage all FoodFriends to give it a go. Personally, I would favor all workplaces passing a jug around on the hour, as pre-industrial craftsmen were wont to do. See James M. McPherson's fine Battle Cry of Freedom for more on the transition from liquor to caffeine around 1850.

But more importantly, I'd like to see more FoodFriends challenge one another to eating experiments. Let's not forget that the point of this site is to expand knowledge.

Yesterday 4-10-2006

2 Eggs & Cheese on a Toasted Roll.
Small cup of tea with one Equal and whole milk.

Zen Palate
Garlic Eggplant with Bok Choy, served over red and brown rice.
Two taro spring rolls.
Pineapple Iced Tea.

Irish Rogue
3 onion rings
4.5 chicken fingers
1 buffalo wing
1 celery stick
1 mozzarella stick

vodka tonic
1 glass pinot grigio

Blue & Gold
gin & tonic

Muzzarella Pizza
1 slice vegetable pizza

Guest week four

A hearty domo to our Eastern friend Marxy for his jolly and well-tuned lists of food he ate! We hope to hear back from Marxy again soon, but we look as always to the future. This week, reporting to us from the island of Manhattan, we have KSWH. So as we thank YHWH for his deliverance, let us, too, think about lists of food that KSWH ate. Hooray!

Meet and Greet with KSWH

Kim here. I was planning on posting late last night, but my food and drink adventures rendered me pretty lazy/useless. Forgive me for the irresponsible reporting.

Here are my responses to most of the food questions:

When was the last time you ate an entire, full-size candy bar? What kind of candy bar was it?

It was a cold Snickers bar, hastily consumed on the way up to the top of Mt. Fuji for energy. I hope no one saw how fast I ate it!

What is a food you ate all the time as a kid, but which now disgusts you?

String Cheese. Shark Attack gummies. Sugar Smacks. Surge soda.

A quirk of fate leaves you in each of the following cities for long enough to have only one meal. What/where do you eat? Boston, Cambridge, New York, LA.

Boston: Pho Republique. Tuna spring rolls and a scorpion bowl.
Cambridge: Darwin's. Mount Auburn sandwich (Turkey, avocado, swiss cheese, tomato, sprouts) on French bread with a carton of skim milk and cape cod 95% fat free potato chips.
New York: Babbo. Haven't been yet.
LA: Don't really know. Going with what I know, I would eat an In-N-Out burger, animal style fries, and a neopolitan shake.

What is a recent food impulse buy which you regretted? Which you were delighted by?

I regretted splitting a pitcher of beer, corn fritters, and cheese fries with Food Friend Harvey at Roll-N-Roaster the other day (already too full).
I was delighted by the two brownie bites I ate right before going to Roll-n-Roaster with Harvey.

What was the most satisfying meal you ever prepared for yourself and ate while totally drunk?

Chicken basted with Trader Ming’s Bulgogi sauce.

If you had to have one of the FoodFriends design your diet for a week, whom would you select?


What are the shows you watch the most on Food Network? What are your thoughts on: Rachael Rae, Alton Brown, Nigella Lawson?

I don’t own a TV right now. But I remember watching (and liking) "Taste" with David Rosengarten when I was in junior high and high school. I sometimes can see elements of myself in Rachel Ray, and for that reason, I dislike her.

What food staple would it be most difficult for you remove from your diet?


If I told you that you could only eat one of the following for the rest of your life, but you could always get whatever you chose as fresh and as good as possible, which would you choose? Also, assume that whichever you chose would be seedless.1. Oranges2. Clementines3. Tangerines


Also, do you prefer plastic wrap or aluminum foil?

Aluminum foil.

Name a fruit, meat, soda, and candy you despise.

Fruit: Okra.
Meat: I like all meats. Does sea cucumber count? It's not very good.
Soda: Mountain Dew, Cherry Coke.
Candy: Salt water taffy

I have a teleporter, and can send you anywhere in the world for dinner. Where will you go, what will you have?

I would go to Alan Wong's in Honolulu and have the Opakapaka (white flaky fish) and Chinatown Roast Duck Nachos. Probably some sort of bread pudding for dessert.

Name a food that evokes a strong memory of a particular time and place in your life.

I drank way too much grape juice when I was in the second grade.

What is your relationship to caffeine?

I like it. I usually start my mornings with a Starbucks iced skim latte (tall) with one splenda. I'm trying to wean off it, because it's so expensive. That said, I interrupted answering this questionnaire to go to Starbucks and get another coffee. I also love Diet Coke (in the can, not the bottle).

What is the best burger you've ever had?

Guacamole cheddar cheeseburger from Cheeseburger in Paradise in Waikiki. I ended up getting sick of them, because I would eat them everyday for dinner (and sometimes lunch too). The Shake Shack burger I had with FoodReporter Podolsky two weeks ago was pretty great.

Are there any foods that would receive an f- grade from you?

Raw Okra.

Describe a work of art that inspired or affected your eating.

After reading “The Boxcar Children," I went through a phase where I would eat white bread with milk poured on top for breakfast every morning.

Based on what you've read of the diets of each food reporter, which food reporter would you eat?

I would eat ZJK.

Along the lines of "Salt," "Cod," and "History of the World In Six Glasses," what foodstuff would you most like to read a book about?

I would probably like to read a book about different kinds of burgers.

I am thinking of purchasing this book.

Is there any food you are embarrassed about how much you like it?


What was your favorite meal in the Harvard dining halls? How much would you pay to eat this meal tonight? If this meal were available in Staten Island, would you be willing to travel there to eat it?

There are two meals that I really liked in the dining hall. The first was turkey night with stuffing and mashed potatoes. The second was spaghetti and meatball night with a side plate of garlic bread. I would pay $12 for the dinners and I would go to Staten Island to eat them, I guess.