Category Archives: Food

We’re not gonna pay rent

I love my Upper West Side neighborhood.

But today, I have a major beef.

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Ditch Plains, a wonderful restaurant across the street from my apartment, has closed. And the rents in my neighborhood are to blame.

Owner Marc Murphy did everything right when they opened three years ago. Their ‘soft open’ lasted a month, offering the entire menu at half-price and free appetizers and desserts. By the time they officially opened their doors, the entire neighborhood was hooked. On the menu. The atmosphere. The friendly vibe.

During the past three years, I have been a loyal customer, and from my unique vantage point, I have seen them maintain a healthy business — far more popular with people of all ages than the two previous restaurants that occupied that same space for brief spans of time. But like their predecessors, Ditch Plains’ success still couldn’t scale the exorbitant rents in my neighborhood.

And they are no more.

If you visit my neighborhood, you will see several empty storefronts. They no doubt are victims, too.

This is just the first to hit so close to home.

Question

If people who prefer candy and chocolate have a sweet tooth

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What do you call it when you prefer salty snacks?

I’m a chips/nuts/pretzels kinda gal — no contest.  So what body part is assigned to that?

This is very important.

Somewhere, a monkey is smiling

A good friend of mine — a Chicagoland native — recently moved to the South, and relayed an experience on Facebook that made me smile.

He was looking for a banana and asked a woman at a fast food counter if they had any. Her reply?

banana pudding doughnut “We have a banana pudding flavored doughnut.”

Now, it took my friend’s non-Southern brain a while to process this bit of information, but the banana pudding lover in me was PSYCHED.

Banana pudding is one of the greatest desserts on the planet.  (They attempt to make it where I live now, but you have to go to the deep South to get the real thing.)

While I’m not the biggest fan of doughnuts as a rule, COME ON –

Ya gotta appreciate their ingenuity!!

A matter of taste

ChaCha.com recently put together a list of some of the most unique fast foods available around the globe.

spam and egg sandwichThis was of particular interest to me because a couple of their choices were from Japan:  McDonald’s Ebi-Fillet — that’s shrimp — and Burger King’s Spam and Egg Sandwich (pictured on the left).

I’m proud to say I didn’t frequent any fast food restaurants during my stay, so I didn’t notice these options.

What did strike me as slightly odd was the traditional breakfast in Japan:

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White rice. A green salad. A thin, bland yogurt. And green tea.

Now, I might eat this for lunch if my main meal was delivered to the wrong table, but it’s not the flavor profile that I crave for breakfast. But my hotel offered it, and I ate it.  When in Rome…

(I did break down and add sweetener to the tea.  And to their credit, the natives didn’t wince too hard when I did.)

No skin off my nose

I’m a big fan of candy; no secret about that.

zit jelliesThese jellies are particularly pretty.

Their ‘Tequila sunrise’ coloring is kind of lovely, going from yellow to that deep orange.  And the package reveals that they have a liquid center, which may be tasty.

So you have to wonder what sicko decided to call them…

zit poppersZit Poppers

Really?

That just ruins the whole thing.  And now I’ve ruined it for you, too.

Sorry.

Hope you’ve eaten.

 

 

The name game

Is your name Chris? Or Audrey? Or Dominic? There’s a Diet Coke out there with your name on it.

Literally.

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I found this bottle with Chris’ name on it at a hoagie shop near the Amtrak station in Paoli, Pennsylvania.  When I asked the employee at the counter about it, he had no clue what Coke was doing.

Which was helpful.

So I searched the bottle’s #ShareaCoke hashtag on Twitter and found a large community of people who had tweeted pics holding a bottle of Diet Coke bearing their own name!  How lucky for them.

I tweeted my Chris pic.  Hopefully he (or she) will appreciate it.  And if someone out there finds the elusive Carla bottle, comment/tweet/email/Facebook me.

This is suddenly very important.

Fruits of the 4th

I found a Fourth of July dessert that I surprisingly haven’t made. And it’s so simple.

Strawberries.
Bananas.
Blueberries.
Skewers.

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Beautiful and easy.

I really hope someone makes it for me.