Friday, June 30, 2006

06/29

lunch:
- 1/2 leftover Atomico sandwich from La Bottega
- 1/2 leftover Maiale Brasato sandwich from same
- Diet Hansen's black cherry soda

dinner:
- remaining ma po tofu
- white rice

MLo's bday:
- 2 cups Honey Moon viognier
- 1 piece California roll
- 1 piece indeterminate sushi
- 1 cookie with yellow icing
- 3 chips with salsa
- 1 Miller Lite

Last Post for a While, ZK

6/29

Grilled chicken, 1 piece of broccoli (sometimes the broccoli in the caféteria is white and gross), white roll w/ olive oil, handmade chocolate milk, OJ, chocolate chip cookie, oyster crackers. The woman who sold me these products tried to give me one hundred packages of oyster crackers because she wasn't going to be working today (Friday).

1 extra roll w/olive oil. This roll was almost like a croissant, and it was delicious.

1 gala apple. I started eating this apple before I went into the subway, so I decided to just walk down to 34th street so I wouldn't have to eat my apple while swiping into the subway and holding a book etc. The result was that I got rained on a bunch after making this decision.

Grilled chicken sandwich from Odessa w/ fries. 2 cupfuls of Shit Footprints.

2 glasses of wine.

@ Doc Holiday's
Doc's Amber

6/30, until 3:43pm

Turkey sandwich, OJ, carrots.
Chocolate chip cookie, from Pret a Manger, recommended to me, but not all that.

Slice of Sicilian mozzarella pizza from somebody's little private office party. This was just too much food right after lunch and I wanted to throw up. (20 minutes ago.)

Handmade chocolate milk.

Enjoy next week, WIAFRs!

Johnny Come Latelies

Fit Fare, a food blog, is doing a series on the "12 best foods," for anyone interested in this subject. I'm unimpressed with the blueberry polenta muffin tops. And black bean dip? Come on. Pull your shit together, Fit Fare.

6/29

OJ

Breakfast, Kokomo Cafe
2 cups coffee
Croissanwich
Breakfast potatoes
They have bad croissants here, croissants that are too dense. I ate no more than 1/4 of this.

Lunch, PF Chang's at work
Lo mein
Kung pao
White rice
1 chicken dumpling
Stash green tea
A guy who went to China once told me that Americans ruin their Chinese food by not eating enough white rice. Ever since, I try to pile all my food on a heap of white rice. This is great for PF Chang's, as it soaks up all that syrup. But it's made difficult by the PAs insistence on putting the rice at the end of the lunch line. FRUSTRATED SIGH AT LIFE'S CRUELTIES. Can anyone who's been to China shed light on how much rice I should be eating?

Dinner
Leftover calzone (sausage, green peppers, sundried tomatoes) from Village Pizza
Small glass of Honeymoon viognier
Bite of Periginia dark chocolate
This is the best dark chocolate I've ever had. I got it at the pastry shop in Larchmont.

MLo's birthday
Small piece, Fudgy the Whale cake
1 Aquaman
this was a drink made by Jones, a sort of Long Island Iced Tea with blue curacao. It did its job admirably.

6/29/06

Granola bar
1 glass white cranberry juice

Frappuccino thing from CB&TL

Leftover black bean soup w/ salsa fresca
1 Diet Dr. Pepper

Broccoli in tomato sauce
Saltines
1 glass white wine

Some Maker's
Just a little broccoli and zucchini in peanut sauce with rice

El Compadre on Sunset:
A bunch of chips and salsa
1 mango margarita (This drink is served to you on fire)
1 raspberry daquiri (This was not on fire and was also not very good)

1 glass white wine

6.29.06 - Grandma Dinner

Lunch:
Key lime yogurt
Baby carrots
Gala apple
Chocolate pudding

Aix
1 glass Beaujolais
Pappardelle with brown butter, cracked black pepper, garlic, wilted arugula -- This was not good. The pasta was overcooked and almost mushy. This is one of the few times I've been to a decent restaurant and thought that I could have made the same dish better and for much less money.
1 glass sauvignon blanc
Salmon with millet cake, sauteed sweet corn, fresh bacon -- The millet cake with corn and bacon was pretty good, but overall this dish was sort of boring (although the piece of salmon was enormous). I was disappointed by this meal. I didn't expect anything revolutionary, but the place has gotten pretty good write-ups and it was not cheap.

Doc Holliday's
Some Doc's Amber

2006 JUNE 29

I ate a trader joe's triple shot mocha!
I ate a whole lot of raspberry lemonade gatorade!
I am awesome!
I ate two smidgens!
I ate a panino di carciofi & prosciutto cotto!
(It contained prosciutto cotto, crucolo cheese, artichoke confit, and was served on flauto bread, lightly dusted with sea salt and brushed with olive oil!)
I also ate half a slice of pizza patate before I got full and gave it away!
I am awesome!
And I drank a Budweiser, and another Budweiser at Morgan Lehman (outstanding) and Magnum Projects (bad)!
And then some middling white wine served in an actual glass at a deceptively decent show of essentially decorative painting at Bortolami Dayan!
And then some authentically bad but drinkable wine from Elga Wimmer (ehh!) that lasted me through some more shows (ehh!)!
Wine so bad I actually threw it out rather than drink it, wine that tasted not only like chemicals, but like chemicals that made no secret of their intent to destroy me from Virgil de Voldere (quite good, Tsui Kuang Yu's video was remarkable!)!
Budweiser at Derek Eller (or something, whatever, it was good, mainly for the animatronic display of an American colonial with a giant dick peeing eternally into the splayed ribcage of a redcoat while an assortment of terrifying woodland creatures looked on)!
Unremarkable white wine from Yossi Milo (awesome, Atta Kim kicks my butt)!
At some point during these proceedings, I ate a healthful dinner of a Yogurt Honey Peanut Balance Bar!
I am awesome!
Eight 8oz Budweiser cans! (?) (?)
Vodka and water!
Vodka and Paul Newman's sparkling lemonade (Now we are talking!)

Thursday the Twenty-Ninth of June

Breakfast:
Odwalla superfood juice
raisin bran with blueberries and 1% milk
3 cups coffee

Lunch:
PB&J
royal gala apple

Dinner at the PAA:
1 ketel one on the rocks with some olives
1 glass of shiraz
cup of turtle soup (no sherry this time)
filet mignon

later...
turkish figs,

Happy Birthursday, 6/29 (guest)

Birthday wishes to my mom, who disapproves of blogs.

11:00am

bowl of Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Clusters with 1% milk

2:00pm
Trader Joe's Thai Green Curry Chicken
Starbucks Java Chip Ice Cream

3:30pm
bottle of Fiji water

5:30pm
bottle of Vitamin Water: Perform (lemon-lime)

Red Lion Tavern, a.k.a. The German Beer Garden, 7:30pm
bread with butter
fried cod with tartar sauce
mashed potatoes
some peas
a bite of pickle
Seeking to impress our waitress, whose thick accent betrayed all kinds of German-ness, I casually ordered the beer on the menu whose name seemed to most delicately balance authenticity and pronounceability. The result? Former FoodBoss Lieb enjoyed a laugh at my expense, while I drank a
bottle of Lowenbrau

M.Lo's birthday party, 10:00pm
Sierra Nevada
two cups of Honey Moon Viognier
two cups of cranberry juice
four tempura sushi rolls with soy sauce
one piece of ice cream cake

Thursday, June 29, 2006

6/28/06

Ethiopian buffet from Rahel Vegan on Fairfax
Chocolate hazelnut and mint chip gelato from Al Gelato on Robertson

Leftover black bean soup and salsa fresca*
Spinach salad with soynuts and honey dijon dressing
Saltines
Some Reese's Pieces
Diet Dr. Pepper

1/2 bottle white wine
Some Maker's

Jones on Santa Monica:
1 Jack on ice (I ordered bourbon and the bartender gives me Jack Daniels! What kind of rube does this guy take me for?)
1 gin & tonic

Probably more Maker's?


*I'm going to come out and say this is my favorite thing I've ever cooked. I started with dry beans instead of canned and it made all the difference. With the salsa fresca it is delicious. Rough recipe in comments.

An Open Letter to SC

Uncle Tom's Cabin, though well-remembered and rightly so, would probably be more widely read today if there were a watermelon-fucking scene in it, no?

I Like Amusement Parks

Sam's Bagels
Bacon, egg and cheese bagel

Disneyland
Slushy frozen lemonade with a shot of cherry flavor

Disney's California Adventure
Part of a chicken and apple salad in a sourdough bread bowl

This park is not as shitty as everyone thinks it is, as long as you don't spend more than three hours there.


Disneyland
Some sips of a regular slushy frozen lemonade

Back home
Stir-fried vegetable medley
Mac and cheese
Popcorn

06/28

lunch, La Bottega:
- 1/2 Atomico sandwich
- pickled cucumbers
- Coke

snack:
- small helping of ma po tofu
- Diet Hansen's black cherry soda

dinner w/my bro and sis-in-law, Earth, Wind, & Flour:
family style helpings of
- spinach salad
- mushroom, basil, and cheese pizza
- whole wheat spaghetti with pomodoro sauce and meatball
- 1/2 bread roll with olive oil
- 2 glasses Coke

later:
- rum & coke
Too much Coke.

TJs

Challenge - Can anyone eat exclusively Trader Joe's products for 1 week?

Wendosday, 6/28 (guest)

9:30am
small mug of Trader Joe's instant coffee with skim milk
bowl of Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Clusters with skim milk
Jeff allowed me to use up his skim milk, so later I tried to repay his kindness by picking up a half-gallon of 1% milk, which apparently he hates. Thanks, Jeff! Sorry, Jeff.

11:00am
bottle of Fiji water

1:00pm
Trader Joe's Indian Chicken Masala
Dole yellow cling diced peaches in light syrup Fruit Bowl
handful of Planters roasted peanuts

Sox/Mets, ESPN2, 4:00pm
remaining half-jar of Mott's Chunky Apple Sauce

6:00pm
another bowl of Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Clusters, this time with 1% milk
Trader Joe's Chicken Chile Verde Burrito with melted cheese
hattip: EAP

Superman Returns
@ The Grove, 9:00pm
some Diet Coke
a shitload of popcorn
This movie had all the trappings of a great Superman film: passable acting, a ridiculous plot, Marlon Brando, a totally awesome opening credits sequence, and an emotionally fragile Hispanic woman seated directly behind me who loudly pleaded "Kiss her!" every time Clark Kent/Superman came within five feet of Lois Lane.

Tom Bergin's House of Irish Coffee, midnight
Irish coffee

Piling Food Questionnaires Onto The Fire As Though On A Drowning Ship

Hello, friends. I've been requested to answer the Food Questionnaire. Honestly, I'm flattered for the attention. I will deploy every effort to be brief.

THE FOOD QUESTIONNAIRE

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

Whatever the last one I mentioned here was, I think a Hershey's classic. I like candy bars.

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

Jelly omelette. My mother made them for me and I ate them. I was like three or some shit. If you are interested in the recipe, (1) beat as many eggs as you would like in your omelette in a bowl, (2) fry them, folding the nascent omelette over itself gently until it has a firm outer crust, and (3) plate the omelette, placing a bunch of jelly on it. I also hope never again to need to drink powdered milk, but I probably could if I had to, whereas I bet I would psychologically force myself to vomit if a jelly omelette touched my lips.

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

I eat a bunch of junk, pretty irredeemable food, you may have noticed, but I was pretty sad about some buffet style shit I bought from the steam trays at the Smiler Gourmet Deli a little while ago.

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

When I'm pretty tanked, I usually deal with hunger by drinking more and more until I fall, either over or asleep. So I have not cooked anything more ambitious than cheese quesadillas or a pot of ramen with some canned mixed vegetables and maybe some tomato soup thrown in. Drunkards tip: cook ramen normally, then put a can of tomato soup and a can of mixed vegetables in for four or five more minutes. You now have an enormous meal of some kind.

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

SC? There are enough good choices that I kind of don't care. In fact, if someone wants to design a diet for me for next week that will require me spending minimal amounts of cash and expending labor on not too many days of the week, I will try it. Warning: I will fail to follow your plan on several occasions.

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

I don't watch too much FN, but I like Good Eats and Unwrapped when I see them, and I obvs used to watch a lot of Iron Chef. I had actually never seen Rachael Ray until very recently, when her show was on our office TV. She is awful.

The volume was pretty low and I had my headphones on, so at first, all I could tell was that some moron was wildly swinging her arms around on a kitchen set - a real grade-A chump, someone who should not have been allowed on TV. A sucker. I really couldn't believe that someone would find it necessary to point into a bowl at all, let alone so spastically, and so many times in a brief span of time. Do you, Ms. Ray, think that I do not know where the cookie dough goes when you tell me to put it into the bowl? At this point, I still did not realize that this was Rachael Ray, since I had understood her to have dark hair, whereas this woman had a vaguely passable dye job. I started listening at this point to see if it reduced the disorienting effect of her palpable physicial discomfort before the camera. I found her articulation to be choppy and forced, and generally bad. I cannot speak to her qualifications as a cook of entry-level food, but as a television personality, she is absolutely artless. A notch above, say, a Google-Current VJ or the people who do Internet video reviews on Gamespot, but that's still pretty awful. Who let her on television? She's just insulting.

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

Pasta, OJ? Wait, start over. I want to give a "clever" answer.

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

The eight essential amino acids!!!

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) Oranges (2) Clementines (3) Tangerines

Oranges. What do people think of honorably retiring this question from the FQ and leaving it to respondents to care so much about the issue that they accidentally answer it over the course of one of the other questions?

Also, do you prefer plastic wrap or aluminum foil?

No strong feelings. I like sandwich baggies for fridge storage, and I got some of the GladWare and ZipLoc cheap "tupperware" style things. Also, when you get Max delivery, a clever move is to save the container it came in as a not quite airtight food storage unit, or as a surrogate plate or bowl when you're too tired to do dishes. People hereabouts like to hate on the plastic wrap, but when I'm handling meats, breading, etc, I find laying down a layer a plastic wrap to be the ideal means to create a hygienic environment.

When and how did you learn to cook?

Kind of didn't. Assumed it was basically impossible until like a year ago and have taken to it with the deliberate slowness of a man who likes things but is often tired.

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.

I'm going to take a cue from mPod and consider options where I am actually doing this for real with my money.

Boston: I guess I took it into my head at some point that Olive's was worth going to, and I would still kind of like to try it at least once. When this situation occurs in real life, it often sees me getting a hummus sandwich on a vegetable oriented bagel at Finagle-a-Bagel. In either case, I wouldn't mind a nice coffee Heath bar crunch from Emack & Bolio's.

Cambridge: It's kind of hard to make my mind up on this. I never ate at Atasca or Harvest, Craigie Street Bistrot or The Blue Room, all of which and more I would like to at some point. Is Elephant Walk still open? That diner around the corner from my place in Union Square? The Greek place on Mass Ave on the second floor? In real life, I'd be quite happy with a slice of spinach, a slice of tomato and basil, and a gratis cup of water from Pinocchio's, or Charlie's calamari, or a dozen other things. Side note: every year on my birthday, since I was about 9 or 10, I insist on eating at Pizzeria Uno, and will refuse to eat dinner elsewhere, to the repeated embarassment and disappointment of my dining companions. To hell with the haters, I love that damn pizza.

New York: I'm really bad at answering this question! Of the few "nice" restaurants I have eaten at, I think that Freeman hands-down takes One If By Land..., Balthazar, Sushi Samba, Ruth's Chris, Peasant, Spice Market, Ludo, or whatever else. But what do I know. Practically speaking, I'm probably going to eat a bunch of wine and a Balance bar for dinner tonight. I could probably stand to eat at Casimir more often than I do.

Los Angeles: I don't have an informed answer on LA, but I think this is a good point at which to mention that approximately 50% of the stories I hear about LA mention Roscoe's at some point, even though the majority of them do not take place at or near Roscoe's. I ate at Roscoe's once, it seemed nice. I was vegetarian at the time and found the waffles quite fine. In real life, I'll let one of you guys figure it out.

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

Fruit: That screeching Carson Kressley! Haw haw haw.
Meat: Nothing. An ex-girlfriend declined to eat pork, because she was once travelling in India, and detected a quite pleasant and sweet smell of barbecued pork filling the air. Turning a corner, she found that it was a massive stack of human corpses being burned. Stopped eating pork as a rule after that.
Soda: I do not cotton to most diet sodas or most chocolate flavored sodas - this does not include, eg, a chocolate egg cream. The worst soda I ever had was without question Polar brand Diet Double Fudge soda. Fucking vile, pardon the language. On an unrelated tangent, it just struck me for not the first time that I have never remembered to pick up some Polar Bitter Lemon as a mixer now that I am a drunk, although I enjoyed drinking it as a kid for the cringe-inducing and really quite well named bitter aftertaste.
Candy: I received a gift set of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (it has now graced my living room for over a year with no perceptible change to the awful taste or texture of the beans). The gift set included only those flavors that are really bad and none of the regular fruit flavors. Some were weird and "gross" but were basically edible, like grass. The spaghetti flavor, however, feels like you're letting a Tylenol Gel-Cap melt on your tongue, and inside it turns out to be someone's vomit, and a surprisingly large volume of it, in fact.

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

Tokyo. Anything except a still-living animal or something potentially lethal. I like to maintain a spirit of solidarity with the customs of other lands, but I will not eat a living vertebrate animal. I find the idea a bit distasteful.

Do you have any well-loved or detested cookbooks?

I have a Better Homes & Gardens Step By Step Kids' Cookbook that I've had since I was a child that I still find very entertaining, and a 1950's Betty Crocker Kids' Cookbook that is pretty great. If anyone wants to subsidize the raising of Chris Onstad's daughter, I have found Recipes for a Man or a Lady to be well worth its cost, although extremely short and at times wrong about how things work.

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

The smell of several pounds of supermarket brand fruit cereal crushed underfoot will always remind me of being a college prose humorist.

The notion of a jelly omelette madeleines me immediately to the South portion of the living room of our Arlington Street apartment when my mother tried to feed me one jelly omelette too many after my tolerance for the same had passed.

In high school, I ate quite a lot of Tina's brand frozen beef & bean burritos.

What is your relationship to caffeine?

My consumption goes up and down. At my heaviest, I'll tend to drink two or three big cups of coffee a day. At my lightest, occasional tea or soda. Drinking a lot of coffee too quickly makes me sweaty, paniced and nervous, and gives me pains in my stomach and later my head. Regardless, God bless the stuff.

I have a food replicator from Star Trek Next Generation, what do you order and how do you order it?

Because of the wholly synthesized nature of food produced by the replicators, some moral issues involved in human cannibalism are somewhat lightened. So I would order as sort of a "wink, wink" joke a glass of water at a specific temperature in Celsius (this is very droll if you watched enough Star Trek: The Next Generation) and then get down to the human parts.

I would definitely want some barbecued human ribs, and if I could only get one meal from the replicator, it would be some ribs and some barbecue sides.

If I could keep going back for a few days, a pulled pork style pulled human sandwich would also be great. Now that I'm thinking about humans as pigs, I gotta have some bacon. (Is this pig thing just because I like pork a lot, or because of the whole "long pig" thing? I like fried chicken a lot, too, and I'm not thinking along those lines at all.) I would also like to eat a human brain. Is it beyond the reach of the replicator to get me, say, Albert Einstein's brain, or Vladimir Nabokov's brain? I'll settle for a regular brain. I guess I'd sort of like a human heart? Which is weird, because I don't really want to eat a cow heart. I'd also like just some roast human cold cuts.

Anyways, I would totally not be down with this shit if it were not coming out of a replicator, but if we did have a replicator I am not kidding for a second that I would be sucking on some human ribs in like five seconds. If we had a replicator. If you are some federal anti-cannibalism dude, I swear to God I do not eat actual people. That's my personal rule, and I never break it.

Which comic book character would you most like to cook a meal for you? For which comic book character would you most like to cook a meal?

I guess "for" would probably be Shadowcat, assuming her to be of the age of majority. If current Whedon era Shadowcat were single, I would definitely like to make her a nice meal. Some lady like Psylocke wouldn't even look twice at a plate of food I cooked up, shit.

As to "by," I would love to have the chance to sit down with Professor X, and he is a travelled man of refined tastes.

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

The despised foods mentioned above... I'm having trouble right now remembering the last time I was moved to spit food out of my mouth while chewing. Although in the worst moments it's never really spitting, it's more like you become numbed by how awful whatever-it-is is and you lean forward and your mouth just falls open like rusty trap door and your tongue sort of arches and it just falls out for the first second until you collect yourself enough to start spitting.

One time I was staying at my grandparents' house in Durham, New Hampshire, and I woke up early, and I wanted to play my harmonica. So I went down to the living room so I wouldn't wake anybody, and I pulled out one of my music books, and I had been playing for about fifteen minutes, when, during The Marine Hymn, a spider which had been sleeping inside the harmonica crawled onto my tongue. I spat it out without biting it, but I found the occasion to be a very striking experience. Spider, an F- to you!

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

You may feel as you like about this fact, but when I was in my life very moved to become a vegetarian, I happened to review the liner notes to Moby's classic albums Everything Is Wrong and Animal Rights, and the (thoroughly sourced) data therein clinched it.

This question deserves nerdy answers, and I find the dinner in "The Dead" very touchingly rendered. Peter Pan has a quite ripping description of a banquet. Daniel Manus Pinkwater has an incredible gift for writing about food, and there dozens of his books that have too many really excellent descriptions of food to enumerate. If I had to shortlist just one, the description of the chili restaurant in Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars is absolutely beautiful.

Finally, the description in Boy of the candy shop and the narration of the Cadbury's chocolate taste testing are classics.

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

Junior? Similar line of reasoning to diet prep, except I will not eat anyone next week, even if they offer, not even Junior.

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 actually had a pretty good time reading about potatoes on Wikipedia a little while ago, I learned some cool stuff. Potatoes are an extremely efficient food for tenant farmers and other relatively poor people with some but very little land, since you get a huge "ROI" in terms of meals per square foot of garden. Thence their popularity in Ireland. I also like them since they're a New World crop, and that's cool. But it's not all sunny news in Potatoville! Apparently, the proliferation of the potato in Sweden helped lead to a big expansion of the poorer population, and from there to some unpleasantness with unemployment and alcoholism. I don't know if I read that in Wikipedia's article on potatoes or on Sweden. Also, we all know the thing about how Americans eat this crazy amount of potatoes every year, most in the form of fast food French Fries. Potatoes are delicious and fascinating! Having thought about it now, I actually really would like to read a book about potatoes, and if one exists, please let me know.

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

Not right now that I can think of, although there are probably some that I "should" be embarassed about. I've had some weirdnesses, though, for a little while I would buy uncut pepperonis and eat the whole tube. Every now and then, over the course of one afternoon. Before that, there was a really weird year where I would sometimes drink straight condensed milk. And not a little bit, like I would go on a big long walk and just eat half or more of a can of Borden's. My mom gave me this giant food service #10 can of condensed milk that got pretty daunting and may have helped stop me from this craziness (Thanks, Mommy!). I've also historically eaten spoonful after spoonful of confectioner's sugar, and before that, dark brown sugar. I have no idea how I haven't gotten diabetes. There might be some(another)thing wrong with my body. Anyways, I should note that I still like and would gladly eat any of these things, I just don't do it all the time. I also used to eat just massive amounts of after dinner mints when I was a kid. I'd sit down with a book and bowl of after dinner mints and just pound the things. Man, they're good. Shit.

What was your favorite meal in the dining halls of our fair college? How much would you pay to eat this meal tonight? To eat this meal, would you be willing to travel to Staten Island/Encino/a smelly cave in a swamp?

I've gone into some detail on this topic earlier. I think I may have neglected to mention that I was quite grateful for the availability of muenster to keep my cheese sandwiches complex.

I am content to travel to Staten Island, but would need more incentive than to eat some spaghetti and a banan cream pie. No I wouldn't. I guess I'd pay ten to fifteen bones for this, but not as a habit.

Describe what you would consider, for you, in the college dining halls, a typical breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

Breakfast was pretty generic when I got it, OJ and milk (skim or 1%), cup of tea for most of sophomore and junior years, banana, and raisin bran or granola with triettes and/or bagel if available.

Lunch, in the absence of anything good as an entree, was a cheese sandwich, American and Muenster and whatever else on wheat with lettuce and tomato and barbecue sauce. Probably some fruit, some orange juice, maybe tea. Chickwich before I went vegetarian. Side of hummus if I was in a dining hall with good hummus. Milk, OJ, maybe tea or ginger ale. Often another banana.

Dinner, possibly a cheese heavy salad, pasta if in want of good entrees, a buttered roll. A third banana would tend to be included. Large side of hummus. Milk, OJ, ginger ale.

Sophomore and junior years I was surprised daily with how healthfully I ate.

Brunch, cf. breakfast, just longer and slower.

There was more variety than I have implied, but these were the norms.

What are your favorite beers? What are your favorite wines? What are your favorite liquors? What are your favorite cocktails? Do you feel that you have a signature drink? If a FoodFriend ever had to order a drink for you while you were in the restroom, what drink should they order?

I've mentioned beer before, but, briefly, Guinness, Budweiser, Bud Light, PBR, the occasional doppelbock.

Wine, I have no real loyalties to any vineyards, and despite a sincere current mania for viognier, I am not too picky about grapes. I like whites more than reds in general, but have enjoyed plenty of reds. Too much white sometimes gives me vague but slow-to-fade heartburn. Like a good American, I like chardonnay just fine when there's no viognier on hand/until I get enthusiastic about something else.

I like gin, vodka is always handy to have around, and I also have a slight weakness for White Russians, ideally very cold and not too syrupy.

I'm going to appropriate Junior's correct answer that you should buy me several, possibly a trayful of, glasses of top shelf vodkas and soda and a nice pitcher of water to side.

If you are a smoker, how does smoking affect your meals? Do you eat less? If you finish what you consider a very good dinner, how important is a post-prandial cigarette to you?

Alternating between smoking and not every few days in the recent past caused me to binge eat badly both to distract myself and because I was sad and grumpy. I like very very much a cigarette after a big dinner.

Last question: What is your favorite food?

Spaghetti! Or bacon. Or orange juice. Or French fries.

6.28.06

Chocolate chip granola bar

Intern Lunch @ The New Yorker (Special Wednesday Edition)
Terragon chicken salad pita w/ arugula, tomato
Chocolate chip cookie

Professor Thom's
Burger w/ chedder and guacamole -- Not a good burger.
Waffle fries
Some Harpoon IPAs -- I am not a fan of Harpoon beer, but it is priced to move during Red Sox games so I get it.

Blue and Gold
B G

2006 June 28

Peanut Butter & Jelly

Sullivan Street Bakery
Panini "PMB" - This is a sandwich not unlike a BLT made with pancetta, mango, and some chili pepper served on flauto bread. According to New York magazine, plans exist to phase in tomatoes once sufficiently delicious tomatoes are found. In the meanwhile, the sandwich is totally awesome.
Ciabatta grande
Mmm brand dulce de leche
I am some kind of genius! I am so good at eating!
Arizona Green Tea Energy Drink
A bite of SSB zucchini pizza
Two Smidgens
I also had some 'grino, but I don't monitor water

Trader Joe's Triple Shot Mocha
Barilla tri-color rotini with garlic sauce and romano cheese
Pre-made eggplant cutlets
One more Triple Shot
Four Pabst Blue Ribbon

Friday through Wednesday, ZK

6/23
Tortilla bread, chicken fajita chicken, lettuce, broccoli, chocolate chip cookie, chocolate milk, OJ, white roll w/pesto, oyster crackers.

Gala apple.

Poached chicken w/ pesto and penne w/tomato and arugula, by Mattpod. Some wine also. Yeungling.

Old English. Some budweisers.

Blue and Gold drinking.

Piece of pizza from Stromboli.

6/24

A pizza pie!

Some saltines and leftover poached chicken. OJ. Hershey's Cookies and Cream bar.

1 budweiser @ 2x4.

6/25
1 post haircut Grilled chicken and arugula panini from the panini place on 10th and 1st.

Turkey sandwich.

6/26

BBQ chicken breast, broccoli, white roll w/ olive oil, another roll w/ olive oil, oyster crackers, chocolate chip cookie, OJ, chocolate milk.

Gala apple.

Leftover poached chicken, gatorade orange.

6/27

Chicken marsala-ish chicken, lamb tandoor, naan, OJ, oyster crackers, white roll w/ pesto, chocolate chip cookie, chocolate milk. (I bought a squeeze-bottle of Quik chocolate syrup and brought it to work. I don't like Quik that much, but the syrup is actually a lot better than the whole package, and they provide us with free milk at work for coffee. In this way, if I continue to do this instead of buying chocolate milk from the caféteria, I should save close to 200 dollars a year. Alternately, I could grow up and stop drinking chocolate milk every day, but that will not happen.)

Gala apple.

1 bass at Tap-A-Keg.

1 slice of Sicilian cheese pizza at Vinny Vincenz.
1 slice of cheese pizza at Gruppo.
(After my softball game I waited for 40 minutes for the pizza to arrive at Tap-A-Keg, and finally I left before the pizza game because I had to do some work at home. When I got off the subway on 1st and 14th I was so hungry that I had to have a piece of pizza at Vinny Vincenz to tide me over for the 4 block walk to Gruppo.)

Haagen Dazs vanilla fudge ice cream. (I call this ice cream "Shit Footprints".)

6/28

Turkey sandwich. Chocolate chip cookie. OJ. Handmade chocolate milk. Oyster crackers.

Gala apple.

@ Professor Thom's
3 Harpoon IPA
4 chicken fingers. The BBQ sauce that came with these had a weird, prolonged, cinnamonny aftertaste. That's why I only used ketchup.

Blue and Gold blue and golds.

Shit Footprints.

Wednesday June the Twenty-Eighth

Breakfast:
blueberries in raisin bran, with 1% milk
Odwalla superfood juice. It still has micronutrients.
3 cups coffee

Lunch:
PB&J
pink lady apple

Drinks with City Police detectives et al.
1 Dogfish 90 Minute IPA
2 Coors Lights

Home:
leftover daal from 27 VI
rice
1 sierra nevada IPA

Dessert:
cherries
4 turkish figs

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

6/27/06

Granola bar
Diet Dr. Pepper

Mocha freeze from Costco

Leftover salmon and broccoli
Leftover calzone and tomato sauce
Saltines
Piece of dark chocolate
Diet Grapefruit soda

Norm's on La Cienega:
Saltines
2 Diet Pepsicolas

Ye Coach and Horses on Sunset:
2 bourbons on ice

Club 331:
Saltines and leftover nivig from the Farmers Market
Soynuts
Sweet potato chips (I almost sliced my finger off making these. Still, delicious!)
1 Rum Refresher
1 white wine with blueberry puree
Some Maker's maybe

6SDC - The Salud Dinner

At this dinner I focused on the foods thought to be the 12 best foods you can eat (spinach, broccoli, soy, walnuts, salmon, onions, sweet potatoes, dark chocolate, blueberries, oats, tomatoes, black beans.)

Menu:
-Roasted soy nuts
-Spinach salad with walnuts and blueberries in a strawberry white balsamic muscat orange champagne vinaigrette
-Black bean soup with salsa fresca and sweet potato chips
-Salmon broccoli spinach sushi rolls
-Broccoli calzones with homemade tomato sauce
-Frozen blueberries
-Dark chocolate
-Oatmeal applesauce blueberry drops

Cocktails were:
-Blueberry bellinis
-Rum Restoration (a cocktail by SC that contained, among other things, ginseng.)



Danger doing calisthenics (for health).


SC explaining to the table that it is our obligation as citizens and gentlemen to drink a blender full of booze.


Just two dudes in love.


This is a pretty good visual representation of what every 6SDC looks like in my brain.



SC doing what he does best.


Although it's impossible to tell from this photo, we can assume Danger is not wearing pants here.

06/27

lunch:
- ma po tofu
- white rice
- 1 peach

snack:
- handful roasted almonds

dinner:
- 6 Morningstar Farms buffalo "wings" bites
- homemade buttermilk mashed potatoes
- peas & carrots
The MF buffalo wings are mostly made out of all manner of corn-based ingredients, which, if you've read Part I of The Omnivore's Dilemma (so much better and more horrifying than Fast Food Nation), you will know is evil. Also, they taste bad. Unfortunately, this will not stop me from finishing the box.

snack:
- 1 orange
- the dregs of a box of Yogurt Burst Cheerios: Vanilla (about 1/4 bowl) w/skim

6.27.06

Lunch:
Lots of Lemon yogurt
Baby carrots
Gala apple
Chocolate pudding

Horus (takeout)
Shish kebab sandwich -- This was fine but too small

Some of John's white rice
Some Edy's Skid Marks grand ice cream

New York Sandwich Bulletin

*EXTRA*

SULLIVAN STREET BAKERY NOW SELLS SANDWICHES

THEY ARE DELICIOUS AND GOOD TO EAT

Chewsday, 6/27 (guest)

11:00am
bowl of Trader Joe's Maple Pecan Clusters with skim milk

Noon
tiny bottle of Arrowhead water

Wahoo's Fish Taco, 1:30pm
Combo Platter #2
blackened fish taco
flamebroiled fish taco
black beans and ahi rice
glass of water

3:00pm
bottle of Arrowhead water

Hunan Cafe, 7:00pm
broiled chicken with broccoli
kung pao chicken
fried and steamed rice
glass of water

Laugh Factory, 8:00pm
two Bud Lights
This factory's production of laughs is at best inefficient.

Wordplay @ Sunset 5, 10:00pm
tray of popcorn

2006 June 27

Iced coffee, banana, Smidgen

Peanut butter and jelly

Sobe Nirvana, Grand Sichuan's General Tso's chicken with veggie fried rice and an egg roll, two Smidgens

Padrick's
Bud Light
Two Pimm'ses and soda
Deviled egg
Chips and guac
2004 Glen Ellen chardonnay spritzer
Three pulled pork sandwiches
Tidewater slaw

Lovely Feathers and The Grates @ Mercury Lounge
Pabst Blue Ribbon

Home
Vodka and water

The pulled pork was awesome. The Grates was the best show I ever saw.

Tuesday the Twenty-Eighth of June

Breakfast:
raisin bran, blueberries, with 1% milk
2.5 cups coffee
Odwalla superfood juice..."with micronutrients"!

Lunch:
PB&J, just like yesterday's
pink lady apple

Dinner:
"South Indian":
green beans sauteed for a while in whole cumin and whole mustard seeds
daal with tomatoes
rice

Dessert:
vanilla milkshake, with some hershey's syrup poured in, from Jitters
This is sort of the perfect milkshake flavor...chocolatey, but not overwhelmingly so.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

SC Monday

Breakfast:
Nature Valley Granola Bar
Coffee Bean vanilla latte

Lunch - Jerry's Deli
Turkey sandwich with mustard and swiss cheese
Ruffles chips, small bag
3 pickles
Can of Coke

Snack
1 bag Goldfish

I see in the drafts that Strach is working on a report from 6th Street Club. I won't steal her thunder, but here's a thought or two. SPOILER ALERT. It was delicious, and I felt I could taste the cancer-fighting power of certain ingredients. Foods that taste thick and solid, but not tough, always seem to me to be healthiest.

06/26

lunch:
- remaining penne with broccoli
- 3 Morningstar Farms broccoli cheddar bites

4 pm dinner:
- ma po tofu
- brown rice

6 pm dinner:
- 1 package Maruchan chicken ramen
- 1 Diet Hansen's black cherry soda

later:
- 1 bowl Frosted Mini Wheats: Strawberry Delight w/skim
- handful of Ritz bits peanut butter sandwiches

Modnesday, 6/26 (guest)

Rise/Shine, 2:00pm
Trader Joe's Chicken Chile Verde Burrito
Dole yellow cling diced peaches in light syrup Fruit Bowl
1.5 glasses of water

3:00pm
bottle of Arrowhead water

5:00pm
half a jar of Mott's Chunky Apple Sauce

8:00pm
glass of water
Pacifico
Trader Joe's capellini with Classico tomato and basil sauce, broccoli, and cheese salt
My standard and only method of pasta preparation is a modified version of "The DeWolfe." After boiling a medium pot of water, I add the capellini and a handful of frozen broccoli florets, which, helpfully, have identical prep times. I cook them to taste, then drain the water and pour the marinara sauce directly from the jar onto my plate of pasta and broccoli. The result: I can prepare and consume a very satisfying meal in less than fifteen minutes.

Dirty Pretty Things, 10:00pm
Starbucks Java Chip Ice Cream
two glasses of Honey Moon Viognier

Tub, midnight
one more glass of Honey Moon

What I Ate

6.23

Intern Lunch @ The New Yorker
Vegetable ravioli
Roasted beets
White Asparagus
Chocolate chip cookie

Dinner made from things still in the fridge:
Poached chicken breast w/ arugula pesto, penne -- I don't know what made me think to poach chicken breasts, it's not something I ever eat or even seems very good to eat. It was especially not that great to eat because I overcooked it. The pesto and penne were fine.
Yuengling
White wine

Later:
Old English

Blue and Gold
Blue and Gold

6.24

Gruppo
Sweet Italian sausage and portobello pizza

New Green Bo
Green tea
Soup dumplings w/ crab & pork
Scallion pancakes
Vegetable dumplings
Tang po pork
Shanghai pan fried noodles
Some kind of shrimp dish
This place was great, the scallion pancakes, soup dumplings, and shanghai pan fried noodles were especially good. It's a pretty well-known place in Chinatown -- it was crowded with a lot of white people which makes me suspect that as good as this place is, there are much better places in Chinatown.

Ice Bar and Lounge
Shot of tecquila
Jack and Coke
This place was awful.

2 x 4
Budweisers

Blue and Gold
Blue and Gold

6.25

Did I forget lunch?

Drop of Service
1 Boddington's
1 Old Speckled Hen

Gatorade Xtremo Mango

Dinner:
Some of Walt's platter from Rakka (Falafel, gyro, hummus) -- I guess I didn't do too much eating today or something.

6.25

Lunch:
Arancini -- I had frozen 2 arancini from when I made them a few months ago. I baked them for lunch and they were awesome.

7a
California burger (cheddar, mushrooms, avocado, pico de gallo)
Salad w/ ginger-scallion dressing

Edy's fudge tracks ice cream

Blue and Gold
Some cherries
Whiskey cokes
Guinness

2006 June 26

Orange juice, banana

Three Gertrude Hawk Peanut Butter Smidgens, small piece of an "Anytime" bar

Amy's Manhattan Breakfast with Prosciutto and Black Pepper, Semolina Raisin, and raspberry jam

Subway turkey breast and ham with ranch dressing

1.55oz Hershey's Bar, 16oz baby carrots, 16oz Arizona green tea energy drink

Nature Valley Sweet and Salty almond bar, 6oz Original flavor Pringles, Two Gertrude Hawk Peanut Butter Smidgens

Orange juice

Blue & Gold - Two Tanquerays and tonic

Home - Diluted and modest sized vodka martini

Monday the Twenty-Sixth of June

Breakfast:
raisin bran with fresh blueberries, 1% milk
3 cups coffee

Lunch:
PB&J -- chunky, raspberry, cracked wheat
1 pink lady apple

Dinner:
leftover pasta from 25 VI; leftover black beans and rice from 22 VI
the other half of the bottle of sauvignon blanc from yesterday

Dessert:
1 nectarine

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Sabbath of July 26th

Breakfast - Rita Flora
* Chocolate Croissant
* Cappuccino
This experience was, as always, a delight. The wait staff and I chatted about how forgettable SC is.

Lunch - Cafe M de Chaya
* Tuna Burger
* Kale salad with peanuts
This tuna burger is my new favorite sandwich. Also, they type of lady who eats at a macrobiotic cafe tends to be easy on the eyes (but not easy on the zippers of my pants!) At this meal, I was joined by FoodWierdo JEE. He entered the cafe with me, spent forty-five seconds looking at the menu, then declared it devoid of items suitable for eating.

Snack - Club 331
* Handful of honey-roasted peanuts
* Granny smith apple

Dinner - Vivoli Cafe & Trattoria
* Foccacia with olive tapenade
* Cannelloni Gastronomici - basically manicotti stuffed with veal in a tomato sauce
I recommend this place, located in a strip mall near the Laugh Factory on Sunset to all LA FoodFriends. The food was delicious and thought it wasn't super-cheap, it also wasn't too expensive. (My dinner cost $14.) Also, the portions are big enough to give you lunch the next day.

Sundways, 6/25 (guest)

SC's aunt and uncle's house, Hillsborough, CA, 9:00am
one Airborne tablet (original flavor) in water
Wheaties with sliced banana (half) and skim milk
fruit salad (strawberries, grapes, pineapple chunks)
tiny blueberry muffin
See's Awesome Peanut Brittle Bar (half)
I took the Airborne because I felt a little snotty, and it seems to have worked, insomuch as I believe Airborne is only useful for its placebo effects.

Donny's, San Mateo, CA, 10:00am
small coffee with 1.5 creams and one sugar
Along the lines of The J (Carl's Jr.), and The Princess (Cort), Donny's is our household nickname for McDonald's. Careful readers will be able to ascertain what I did at almost exactly 10:20am, after SC, Suebell, Yank and I arrived at the Winchester Mystery House.

Santana Row Farmer's Market, San Jose, CA, 12:30pm
samples of shortcake and pineapple chicken
two strawberries
sample of lavash bread stuffed with spinach and cilantro, dipped in sun-dried tomato hummus
one cob of corn on a stick, with butter
Like some kind of idiot, I finished the shortcake before realizing I was surrounded by strawberries. Still, both were tasty enough on their own. The corn was pretty great.

Suebell's car, driving down the 101, 1:00pm
a bunch of Trader Joe's cinnamon and sugar pita chips

Pedrizzetti Winery, Morgan Hill, CA, 1:45pm
tastings of chardonnay, merlot, raspberry fruit wine, and cranberry fruit wine
Nothing really stood out here. The fruit wines tasted like candy, so I guess they'd be useful if you ever needed to get a small child very drunk.

Fortino Winery, Gilroy, CA, 2:30pm
tastings of chardonnay, riesling, burgundy reserve, charbono, and almond champagne
My favorite was the riesling, although the charbono definitely seemed classier. Almond champagne seemed like a good idea, but it only served to remind me of the significantly preferable Canty Cool-Aid.

Solis Winery, Gilroy, CA, 3:00pm
glasses of chardonnay, roseo, syrah, merlot (from a barrel), and muscat
Italian sausage sandwich with onions (I scraped off the peppers)
pita bread and more stuffed lavash and more sun-dried tomato hummus
chimmichurri, lentil curry, and some delicious sun-dried tomato pesto
apricot almond bar
I learned, from a guy wearing a T-shirt labeled "The Barrel Man," that the device for removing wine from a barrel, which resembles a giant eye dropper, is commonly known as a wine thief. I still don't really know what chimmichurri is.

Casa de Wine and Deli, Gilroy, CA, 5:00pm
tasting of Chaucer's Mead
piece of SC's Isabella Zanger gourmet chocolate
Chaucer's Mead is made by fermenting honey, then adding non-fermented honey for color. Would you care to guess whether or not it's delicious?

Wendy's, outside of Bakersfield, CA, 8:30pm
crispy chicken sandwich
most of SC's fries
Please let me know if you come up with a good Donny's-style nickname for Wendy's.

06/25

Addendum to 06/24:
Spinach salad with shredded turkey and parmesan w/ginger-sesame dressing from a bottle was consumed with dinner.

06/25
lunch:
- ma po tofu
Sara Moulton's recipe, with ground turkey in lieu of pork.
- brown rice

dinner:
- penne with broccoli
- turkey, provolone, and dijon sandwich on whole wheat

later:
- 1 bowl Smart Start: Healthy Heart: Maple Brown Sugar w/skim
- 1/2 orange
- 1 pluot

Let Me Answer Some of Your Questions. Soon, We'll Know More About Each Other.

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

I'm going to say three years ago, NutRageous, but that's purely conjecture on my part. I don't eat a lot of entire, full-size candy bars. In fact, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever eaten an entire, full-size NutRageous. I ate a fun size Snickers about three months ago. If you don't capitalize any of the letters in nutrageous it looks like an adjective describing a medical condition, possibly a veterinary medical condition.

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

The meat in Lunchables, although disgust is a bit strong. I would still probably eat it. I remember the turkey being particularly gristly, with at least one disc per box set completely inedible.

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

This wasn't a buy, but I keep trying Monster Energy Drink because there is a huge fridge with a Monster logo in our office full of free Monster Energy Drinks and, for some reason, Hansen's diet iced teas with ginseng or something. The first time, I really regretted trying it because it tasted like bubble gum spit, and I threw it out after one or two sips. Then, the next time, I drank a whole 24 oz. (?) can. The taurine filled me with energy and I felt great. But I still regretted it.

I don't buy good foods on impulse.

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

Probably ramen from 99 Ranch Market with an egg cracked in it. I'm too dumb and lazy to cook while I'm drunk. Or ever.

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

I would let Murbles make me drink 14 beers a day because it would remind me of being hazed.

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


Please note that I've corrected the spelling of Rachael Ray's last name in the question. That always bothered me. We're better than that, people. The shows I watch most are Good Eats and Iron Chef / Iron Chef America. Also, sometimes I watch Unwrapped and $40 a Day. I find Rachael Ray to be astonishingly fake-bubbly, but for some reason I can't not watch her shows. I think I hate her. Has anyone seen Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels? That show is garbage. It's like watching 22 minutes of commercials narrated by an annoying dumb person who is pretending to be excited about a shitty hamburger restaurant near the Grand Canyon that just paid money to be on the show, interrupted by 8 minutes of regular commercials. Well, okay, it's not like that, it is that. Anyway, I've probably watched her three shows for a combined total of 150 hours.

I can see how people would find Alton Brown irritating, what with his mannered vocal tics and prissy, borderline-OCD prep style, but I don't mind him. Keep in mind that despite these strong, well-informed opinions on Food Network personalities, I have never cooked in my life.

Instead of talking about Nigella Lawson, I would like to add that I hate Bobby Flay.

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

Noodles. All kinds of noodles.

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) Oranges (2) Clementines (3) Tangerines

Clementines.

Also, do you prefer plastic wrap or aluminum foil?

Foil.

When and how did you learn to cook?

N/A. I can boil pasta and press sandwiches in a Foreman grill. Scramble eggs, too, I guess.

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: Dom's. For some reason I never ate out in Boston, so I don't know any fancy restaurants. Dom's would be good for nostalgia's sake.

Cambridge: I would have the hautbois cook me microwavable lasagna and serve it to me on a wet plate from Adams Dining Hall. Then I would go to East Coast Grill, a place I heard is good.

New York: If I'm paying, Max. If the quirk of fate is paying, Le Bernardin.

L.A.: Watergrill? I would not go to Ribs USA.

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


Cantaloupe, oyster, diet soda, and black licorice.

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 Paris and eat at Le Pre Cadet. I will order everything they have. Probably some duck.

Do you have any well-loved or detested cookbooks?


No, I don't cook.

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

Greasy Pizza Hut pan pizza reminds me of high school, when $3 would buy you two hulking slices of pepperoni and a large coke. $1.60 would buy you two hot dogs and a large coke. Regular lunch was $1.65. Does anyone want to know more prices? I think a burrito was $1.

What is your relationship to caffeine?

I don't drink a lot of caffeine. I can get pretty awake without it. If caffeine were a lady, my current relationship with that lady would be "did it a few times, but incommunicado for now."

What is the best burger you've ever had?

West Coast: In-N-Out Double Double
East Coast: Burger Joint cheeseburger
Not in the running: the burger I had with DRL at Flight that was sickly sweet and, as SCH knows, "was like you could taste the suffering of the cow"

I have a food replicator from Star Trek Next Generation, what do you order and how do you order it?

Future Ham.

Which comic book character would you most like to cook a meal for you? For which comic book character would you most like to cook a meal?

I would make the Flash and Quicksilver race to see who could cook the meal the fastest. I would cook for the Flash and Quicksilver to see who could eat the fastest.

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

Airplane food, am I right, people? Seriously, though, it's rocks. Rocks get an F- grade from me. Also, my parents used to order this dish at dim sum that I think was solid cubes of pig blood. I never tried it, but I give it an uneducated F-.

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

Tampopo? This is a lie.

In my family we often took to calling Ramen Noodles "Trash Noodles." Do you have any cute food nicknames?


My mom calls fried rice "flied lice."

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

MMW.

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?


Did anyone see the movie Hamburger America? It was pretty disappointing. I will say cheese.

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

Chili cheese fries.

What was your favorite meal in the dining halls of our fair college? How much would you pay to eat this meal tonight? To eat this meal, would you be willing to travel to Staten Island/Encino/a smelly cave in a swamp?


Probably that Thanksgiving meal they gave us once a month. I would pay $8 to eat that meal tonight, but I would not travel.

Describe what you would consider, for you, in the college dining halls, a typical breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

No breakfast. For lunch, popcorn chicken and tater tots, plus a salad, plus another entree probably. Orange juice. Dinner: whatever the entree was, plus another salad, plus a hard-boiled egg, plus probably a burger from the grill. Orange juice. Root beer. Sunday brunch: hopefully, the croissant breakfast sandwich. If not, some scrambled eggs and bacon. Maybe one of those weird pressed chicken things stuffed with broccoli.

What are your favorite beers? What are your favorite wines? What are your favorite liquors? What are your favorite cocktails? Do you feel that you have a signature drink? If a FoodFriend ever had to order a drink for you while you were in the restroom, what drink should they order?

I like Guinness, but if I'm drinking a lot I'll go with a bunch of BL. Also, Spaten from Zum Schneider. I don't know anything about wine, so I'll say "white." It used to be "red." Liquors: Maker's and Ketel. Cocktails: vodka soda. Right now I feel like drinking a Dark and Stormy. If I'm in the can, get me several Ketels and sodas. I will drink them all.

If you are a smoker, how does smoking affect your meals? Do you eat less? If you finish what you consider a very good dinner, how important is a post-prandial cigarette to you?

No.

Have you ever eaten food or consumed a beverage while making love?

No, should I have?

Last question: What is your favorite food?

My mom's flied lice.

Mr. D

Cafe Du Village
Pancakes
Bacon
Scrambled eggs

Taken out and eaten during DVRed England-Ecuador match.

Mr. D Italian Feast
Two glasses of red wine
Salad with homemade dressing
Chicken parmesan
Angel hair pasta with extra gravy
Bread
Slice of cantaloupe
Assorted rugelach from Canter's

After cooking us a delicious meal, Mr. D lied to us about Mr. Rogers.

2006 June 25

Orange juice, vanilla granola, and home fries with chorizo

Orange juice, 1% milk, grilled peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwich

McDonald's Asian salad, Budweiser - (I'm sorry, Asian people, especially the good people of i-am-asian.com, but this salad is garbage. And this is not an intrinsic property of McDonald's salads, some of them are essentially palatable.)

Pork milanesas, Orange juice, 1pt .9floz Ruddle's County Ale

Pork chops in the Milanese fashion are probably the best of the three things that I'm capable of cooking. They're also cheap and require very little "prep" or "cooking" time. So naturally I haven't made any in months, possibly all year. I fucked up pretty badly. I forgot to get any lemons or applesauce, which are both things I like, and I sort of burnt one because I got distracted during the very dramatic and crucial final minutes of frying.

Sunday the Twenty-Fifth of June

Breakfast at King's (a Friendly's/Village Inn-esque little diner chain)
french toast
2 slices of bacon
homefries
2 cups coffee

Luncheon:
a smallish amount of leftover black beans and rice, from Thursday evening
1 bag (99cent-sized) of Cape Cod salt and vinegar chips

Dinner:
sliced tomatoes with a slice of red onion, olive oil, and balsamic
fusilli pasta with homemade tomato sauce.
2.5 glasses of sauvignon blanc

I was craving a nice, homemade tomato sauce today, and I think that this one might be the best I've ever made. Simmered for at least 2 hours.

Dessert:
a goodly amount of cherries
1 small glass of Armagnac

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Guestionnaire

Hey there, FoodFriends. Let's rock a toid.


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

I consumed my last entire, full-size candy bar sometime during fall 2004, and it was almost certainly a Butterfinger purchased from the Rite-Aid at Sunset and Fairfax at some irresistably discounted price. However, Suebell astutely points out that until around eight months ago, I routinely concluded my supper by gnawing on a giant slab of Ghirardelli dark chocolate. This irregularly shaped delight typically lasted me 2-3 weeks, at the end of which I'd have worn it down into a golf-ball-sized brown hunk covered in bite marks and dried saliva. Sadly, the choco-slab era ended abruptly when our old house became infested with rats, and I became unable to determine with 100% accuracy that the bite marks and saliva were my own.


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

About once a week when I was growing up, my mom would get tired of cooking delicious meals and instead buy each of us a Healthy Choice fettucini-alfredo-with-chicken-and-broccoli dinner. I thought they were great. So it saddened me a little when I bought one at Ralph's a few weeks ago, only to find it watery and gross. Then again, I still thought these were delicious as recently as two months ago, so maybe I microwaved it too long, or not long enough, or just badly.


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

Like many of you, I enjoy sampling unfamiliar products, and so, on my last visit to the market, I picked up an innocent-looking bag of Trader Joe's Black Bean Chips. Unfortunately, I failed to notice the word "Jalapeno," which was sneakily scrawled in hard-to-make-out yellow cursive lettering between "Trader Joe's Black Bean" and "Chips." I'm no fan of jalapenos, and it took a downright excessive amount of Trader Joe's Guacamole -- a delightful impulse buy from some weeks ago that has become one of my like six dietary staples -- to mask the unpleasant hint of those hateful peppers. Still, Liz and I ate practically the entire bag in one sitting.


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

I'm not sure I've ever managed to prepare a remotely satisfying meal while even partially drunk, but I have been a helpful associate in others' food-making endeavors. The best and probably only example is the night Cort and I went to some bar on Vine and, on our way home, foolishly passed up $2 hot dogs from a late-night street vendor. Realizing our mistake as soon as we got home, Cort fired up the skillet and began grilling a pair of frozen sausages, while I filled a pot of water and began boiling a packet of Minute Rice. The meal was terrific, and it inspired me to write a standup comedy routine about the actual amount of time it takes Minute Rice to finish cooking. It's significantly longer than a minute!


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

She-Hubbs. I'm always extremely skeptical when she claims to have cooked something poorly.


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

Since the month I spent living on Yank and Junior's couch, when I must have watched at least 25 episodes of Unwrapped, I've barely seen any Food Network programming. I did receive a copy of "Guy Food: Rachael Ray's Top 30 30-Minute Meals" for Christmas, but it's been sitting for months, unopened, on our kitchen counter, unceremoniously stacked under a pile of Jeff's CDs, directly below my (signed) copy of Josh Lambert's guide to cooking for college students.


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

Pasta. I actually did remove it from my diet during the aforementioned rat infestation, when I refused to store food, cook, and whenever possible, be in our old kitchen. Unfortunately, after deciding to dine out whenever possible (in lieu, it should go without saying, of actually trying to get rid of the vermin with which I was sharing my living quarters), I was unable to ignore a sage bit of advice my dad passed along one night when I was about 12, after I'd asked my parents if we could eat at the newly opened Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Greenville. I don't recall his exact words, but they were something like, "Only idiots eat pasta in restaurants." Only years later, when I began to factor such things as unit prices into my dining aspirations, did I recognize the pearl of wisdom in his oyster of curmudgeonliness.

Anyway, the day we moved into our new house, I ate a goddamn pasta feast.


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) Oranges (2) Clementines (3) Tangerines

Clementines, but only if someone can assure me they're as good for juice-making as oranges. Eating-wise, to me, it's no contest.


Also, do you prefer plastic wrap or aluminum foil?

Plastic wrap is for hippies and communists.


When and how did you learn to cook?

I haven't really learned to cook anything other than pasta and tuna melts, neither of which you've heard the last of. The week before I moved to Los Angeles, my dad taught me how to prepare his "bachelor special" -- shrimp sauteed in butter, garlic, tomato, and onion, served on a bed of yellow rice. It's good and all, but I feel he's going beyond the bounds of logic and reason when he claims, as he does, often, that learning to cook this meal will greatly enhance my ability to meet and romance women.


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: Dom's. I order lobster divola and $300 worth of dessert wine.
Cambridge: Boloco. I order a buffalo chicken wrap and a Cape Codder smoothie. Back at the Lampoon, I pour out half of the smoothie and replace it with vodka. The results are disastrous.
New York: Serendipity 3. I order the frozen hot chocolate and maybe a chicken caesar salad. Would it surprise you to learn this is the only restaurant in New York that I am able to name?
L.A.: Yamashiro. I order a bunch of tuna nigiri and edamame and make my friends pay for it, along with the compulsory valet charge. This actually happened once, but it was my birthday, so no one could call bullshit.


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

Fruit: Cantaloupe. I just don't get it.
Soda: I almost never drank soda as a child, partly because my parents loved me and bought me all manner of healthy juices, partly because it hurt my throat when I swallowed. I'm pretty indifferent to most sodas now, root beer being my least favorite. I actively hate Red Bull.
Candy: I dislike pretty much every fruit candy and love every chocolate one. But despise? That honor goes to Hot Tamales.


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

I will go to the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. in Chicago, and I will order a one-pound Pizza Pot Pie. The Oven Grinder was one of my favorite restaurants when I was a small boy, and I didn't realize how spoiled I was until, after moving to South Carolina, I discovered that most restaurants don't cook pizzas in four-inch-deep bowls, nor do they fill them with what the Web site describes as "doorknob-size, whole, fresh mushrooms," nor, most importantly, do they measure the size of a pizza by its weight in pounds.


Do you have any well-loved or detested cookbooks?

I like Lambert's cookbook, mainly because of the cute illustrations.



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

Between the ages of 8 and 10, I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a chocolate milkshake with my dad at an old-timey diner on Central Street in Evanston, IL after all my Saturday morning Little League baseball games. In case you were wondering, this all took place in AMERICA.

Equally notably, altoids evoke what you might possibly maybe oh I don't know call a curiously strong memory of the road trip I took to San Francisco earlier this year with SC, MrDeegs, and FoodRoommate Jeff, during which MrDeegs famously coined the phrase "rock a toid."


What is your relationship to caffeine?

As SC, Suebell, and Yank can attest, I've discovered a way to deploy caffeine strategically so as to induce time-specific pooping. Generally, the lag is exactly 20 minutes, although I can usually adjust my intake speed to suit the schedule at hand. So far, this skill has been entirely useless. Perhaps because I didn't drink much soda growing up, anything more than a small cup of coffee makes me jumpy and agitated, plus, you know, the pooping.


What is the best burger you've ever had?

Jesus, there are so many questions left. I really have no idea about this one.


I have a food replicator from Star Trek Next Generation, what do you order and how do you order it?

That pizza thing from Chicago. My God, it's 3:22 in the morning.


Which comic book character would you most like to cook a meal for you? For which comic book character would you most like to cook a meal?

I would love for Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred, to cook me a meal. I'd want him to bring it down to me in the Batcave on a silver tray with one of those fancy lids, and I'd go, "Not now, Alfred!" because I'm busy analyzing scale samples from Killer Croc. Then Alfred would pull off the lid, with a silent "ta-da" flourish, and there would be Killer Croc's head on a platter! Alfred and I would laugh and laugh, and then he'd bring out another platter with mac and cheese.

I'd like to cook for Poison Ivy. Same situation as before, but when I pull the lid off the platter, it's full of plants.


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

Sauerkraut. Rice cakes. Salmon loaf. Oki-Dogs.


In my family we often took to calling Ramen Noodles "Trash Noodles." Do you have any cute food nicknames?

My parents and I refer to grated parmesan as "Cheese Salt."


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

MattPod.


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've been pretty fascinated by everything SC has told me about the history of pineapple.


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

Scooby's fries. A few months ago, FoodAssociate DC purchased a sizable order of these on our way home from a party, and I proceeded to put virtually all of them into my face between Hollywood Boulevard and my house, which is maybe a three-minute drive, slowing down only to declare them, loudly, "the best fries I've ever had," which I repeated upwards of a dozen times. When we got back to my house, I ran inside, collapsed on the floor, finished the fries, and then yelled at Liz and Jeff about how great the fries had been for around half an hour.


What was your favorite meal in the dining halls of our fair college? How much would you pay to eat this meal tonight? To eat this meal, would you be willing to travel to Staten Island/Encino/a smelly cave in a swamp?

My favorite meal didn't appear until late in my college career, and I believe it was called Red Spice Chicken. Basically, it was boneless chicken with buffalo sauce. I'd pay $5 to eat it tonight, but I wouldn't travel to Encino, as better-tasting and more appealingly named versions of it seem to be widely available.


What are your favorite beers? What are your favorite wines? What are your favorite liquors? What are your favorite cocktails? Do you feel that you have a signature drink? If a FoodFriend ever had to order a drink for you while you were in the restroom, what drink should they order?

I tend not to be very discriminating when it comes to alcohol. The beer I drink most, by far, is Bud Light, which is fine by me. As for wine, you might say I've caught the fev-iogni-er. I'm partial to Honey Moon, which is the only one I've tried. My favorite cocktail may not even be a real cocktail, but I ordered it once at La Poubelle, and it was called the godfather, and I believe it contained equal parts scotch and amaretto, and it was pretty great. Maybe that could be my signature drink, assuming it's real, which, again, no idea. I'd like a FoodFriend to order it for me, if only so they have to deal with explaining to the bartender how to make it, which I had to do the second and only other time I ever ordered it, which was also at La Poubelle.


Have you ever eaten food or consumed a beverage while making love?

No, but if I ever do, I'm 100% sure the food in question won't be the "bachelor special."


Last question: What is your favorite food?

Starbucks Java Chip Ice Cream. You haven't heard the last of that, either.

Guest Reporter

We welcome this week Doogs, who will enlighten us about fast food terminology as well as stuff he eats. I will vouch for his already impressive diligence and can-eat spirit.

Mangez!

Friday & Saturday, 23 & 24 June

Breakfast:
3 cups coffee

later...a nectarine

Lunch:
back to Sree's (there's a location near my workplace!)
tamarind chicken
chickpea & potato curry
tomato daal
rice

Dinner:
Pizza pizza, from Monte Cello's
salad
with some Trimbach Pinot Gris

Breakfast:
frosted miniwheats & smart start with 1% milk
2 cups coffee

later...
a sticky bun in the Laurel Highlands, on my way to Fallingwater

Lunch:
2 re-heated hamburgers with mustard, ketchup, & sweet and spicy red pepper relish
a lot of baby carrots

Dinner:
1 margarita
Appetizer -- shrimp cocktail. G-damn this was good...boiled in beer and Old Bay seasoning
barbecue pork ribs
chipotle-buttered grilled corn
sliced tomato
1 glass of Trimbach Pinot Gris

Dessert:
S'mores!!! We made these over the chimenea on my parents' back deck. It was awesome, and I figured out a way to soften the chocolate a bit.
2 anchor steams, while playing poker dice.

06/24

lunch, Chan Dara, Larchmont:
- basil & chili spicy stir-fry lunch with chicken
- brown rice
- spring roll
- Thai iced coffee

dinner:
- penne with broccoli
- 3 Morningstar Farms broccoli cheddar bites
- 1 Diet Hansen's tangerine lime soda

Carlock's:
- 2 Hefeweizen
- 1 white wine spritzer

Owen's:
- 1 Dos Equis
- 1 Bud Light

home:
- 3 ritz bits crackers with peanut butter
- more leftover penne with broccoli

2006 June 24

Orange juice
Vanilla granola

Milk (1%)
Peanut butter and cherry preserves on wheat toast
Banana
Marino's Rainbow Italian ice

Tomato and red pepper soup with Saltines

Cat Sit Fever
Two Budweiser

Alex Lukashevsky and Final Fantasy @ Tonic
Two Red Stripe

Home
Pabst Blue Ribbon beer
Balance Yogurt Honey Peanut bar

Pommes Frites
Small poutine

Saturday, June 24, 2006

06/23

brunch:
- 2 egg whites, scrambled
- 2 Morningstar Farms meatless sausage links
- leftover orzo salad

immediately afterwards, like a fatty:
- 1 slice leftover Domino's sausage pizza

dinner:
- whole-wheat penne with broccoli
- 3 Morningstar Farms broccoli cheddar bites
The pasta & broccoli was a simple GDL recipe. She and Ina both had bow tie pasta and broccoli dishes on their respective beach-themed episodes recently. The main difference is GDL uses anchovies and red pepper flakes, while Ina uses lemon zest and juice. I'll be making Ina's recipe later this week.

- 1 rum & coke

6/23/06

Blackberry yogurt with bran buds

Toast on 3rd:
Lentil soup
Bite of mushroom barley soup
Bread with pesto
Garden salad (greens with avocado, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, pine nuts, pieces of gardenburger, vinaigrette [creamy balsamic?])*
2 diet cokes

Saltines

Leftover soup and salad

Some chocolate peanut butter pretzel things
Pirate's booty
2 gin and tonics
Shot of Jack
Vitamin water and vodka
Shot of Jack
Glass of red wine
Maybe some other things?

*Holy S this food was good. The soups, obvs. Then I took pieces of the bread and topped them with pesto and various combinations from the salad giving me 7 factorial flavor explosions. The pesto was insane, as was the vinaigrette. I need to order salads more and then turn them into sandwiches.

2006 June 23

Three slices of pepperoni pizza
Sprite
Coca Cola Classic

Grape soda
Barilla thick spaghetti, romano cheese, garlic sauce

Friday, June 23, 2006

Day After Summer Solstice (sun set at same time, though)

Saltines
Couscous
Diet grapefruit soda
(breakfast!)

Mint mocha frappuccino

Couscous
Saltines
Chocolate chunk granola bar
Fudgesicle
2 glasses white wine

Robena's House:
Dried apple
Chips?
~3 glasses white wine
~2 Bud lights

Yesterday

Breakfast:
OJ
Capresso espresso with milk
Nature Valley oats 'n honey granola bar

Lunch:
El Chollo (see my liveblog)

Snack:
Chimichonga
3 mini-Krackel bars

Cocktail hour:
Cape Codder with a dash of club soda
Shipyard Ale

Dinner:
Clam chowder
1/4 baguette

post-solstice: the days only get darker from here

lunch:
- a large bowl of spinach leaves, leftover orzo salad, and leftover sliced chicken tenders tossed with red wine vinaigrette
- 1 Diet Hansen's tangerine lime soda

dinner, Le Petit Greek, Larchmont:
- classic Greek salad
- 3 pieces pita with olive oil
- salmon platki - salmon baked with tomato and onion; side of vegetables.

later:
- 1 plain pluot

2006 June 22

For breakfast I enjoyed the McDonald's #5 with orange juice. I also, at my office, had two Ritz crackers with some hummus.

For lunch I went to Amish Market and had a chicken parmesan sandwich and a Boylan's Cane Cola. My office's bounty then furnished me with a small cup of room temperature Mountain Dew.

I ate a banana.

My obligations to the world of aestheticism led me to drink a small cup of very foamy and warm Coors Light. Also, two cups of white wine, a miniature cup of Heineken, a cup of an unknown but adequate brut, a 2005 Vendogne Pinot Grigio (Cal.), and two spritzers.

At F&B, I had a sea dog, except they were out of salmon dogs, so I instead had a beer-battered cod wedge with tomato salsa, mild horseradish sauce, and lemon. I also had potato fries with some ketchup, aïoli, and horseradish.

At Badlani's, I had two Bud Lights and probably about four Beasts one of which I shotgunned into my mouth. Also, Badlani tricked me into doing a shot of Smirnoff Triple Distilled.

Finally, I visicted Lakeside, where evidently I found it necessary to have a pint of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. I'm like one of those drunks or something!

Thursday, ZK

6/22
Smoked turkey w/lettuce, ketchup, and pesto on toasted ciabatta bread. I ate this sandwich in front of two co-workers who were really grossed out that it had ketchup and pesto on it, but it turned out that this was because one of them didn't like pesto and the other one didn't like ketchup. Who's gross NOW? I guess it's still a pretty gross looking sandwich.
Chocolate chip cookie, OJ, oyster crackers, roll w/pesto, 2 chocolate milks, peppermint patty, two dark chocolate hershey's kisses.

1 gala apple.

Mattpod's spaghetti w/cheese, pine nuts, etc. I also added a little tomato sauce because I have an unrefined palate. OJ. Edy's fudge brownie ice cream. A little bit of pita bread.

2 Milwaukee's Best
2 16oz Buds
5 sips of the crazy mixed drink Walt made in Kholmes' coke cup.

A piece of pita bread w/olive oil.

6.22.06

Lunch:
Vanilla yogurt
Baby carrots
Gala apple
Chocolate pudding

Dinner:
Spaghetti tossed with a little bit of butter, parmigiano reggiano, basil, toasted & lightly crushed pine nuts -- I guess this was sort of like a deconstructed pesto or something.
Edy's fudge brownie ice cream

Badlani's Roof
Some of Milwaukee's Best

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thursday the Fuckin' Twenty-Second of June

Breakfast:
raisin bran with blueberries & 1% milk
3 cups of coffee

Luncheon:
PB&J
pink lady apple

Dinner:
black beans and rice with canned diced tomatoes, and chopped celery & carrots
small amt of rotelle with pesto from Monday night.
1.5 glass pinot grigio

Drinks at Pittsburgh Deli Company:
Shhiiiiiit, foo', but I drank a lot up in this piece.
Maybe 6 beers? Let's try to re-construct the night...
1 Coors Light (it was a dollar)
1 Red Hook ESB
err...fuzziness, but I think I had a yuengling, maybe? Or was it something else? Oh! It was this fancy Hieronymus Bosch-ly named ale, I think...like end of the world ale or something? But it was rich and tasty, and I definitely had that before I had the yuengling, or however the eff you spell that. So then after the "Bosch" Ale (was it Angel Cloud Ale? Something like that.), I had the yuengling, and then some more to drink, Yuengling, for you cool guys out there.

And then the specials started up again. Some sort of pale ale, which was surprisingly good, for $2/20oz glass. Nice special. So 2 of those, yes, two.

I think I'm missing a yuengling in there. Redacted.