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Southern comfort

Did you know Cracker Barrel has an online store?

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I was dozing on the couch and a commercial woke me up with the news.

For someone like me who doesn’t live near the Barrel, this is good news. Unfortunately you can’t order those nasty good Southern veggies online…or have Uncle Herschel’s breakfast delivered hot to your door.

But a ceramic owl spoon rest is nice, too.

Oh, Wendy

Baconator fries are a thing?

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Yes, please.

The coupon made me do it

I consider myself a bit of a risk taker…but not when it comes to pizza.

I like thin crust pepperoni. Period. To my taste buds, that is the perfect combination, and I don’t mess with it…or bother ordering much else.

But I had a coupon at Domino’s the other day, so I added one of their new specialty chicken dishes to my order, and wow — it was good.

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I don’t want to sound like an ad, but the Crispy Bacon and Tomato Chicken was awesome.

So, if you usually wear blinders when it comes to pizza — perhaps you would never order from Domino’s even — consider giving them a shot. I love their thin crust pizza.

And now I even like chicken.

Go figure.

Silly superstition

Who is in bigger trouble?

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The lady who was eating at an outdoor restaurant,  unconcerned that a salt shaker was turned over on the table in front of her?

Or me who still feels the need to throw salt over my shoulder to get rid of the bad joo-joo?

Her. Definitely her.

Holy guacamole!

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Off you go, avocado.

According to New York Magazine, the drought in California is making you more scarce.  Which means you’re getting mega-pricey. And restaurants may be less likely to include you on every dish on their menu.

Hallelujah.

You see, I am the rare breed that doesn’t like avocados.  To my tongue, they are bland mush, and I prefer not to add bland mush to my salad or sandwich.

I am concerned about the water shortage. It’s a very serious situation, and especially on Earth Day, we need to stop and think about ways to be more frugal in our water consumption.

But fewer avocados on the menu?

That’s my silver lining,  peeps.

Disagree

I haven’t lived in Kansas City since 2000, but have family and many friends there, so I visit frequently. That’s why I can say, with much confidence, that Daniel Mueller, Digital Editor at Sun Times Network, is…

DEAD WRONG

He recently posted a list of the Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in Kansas City and did not include my personal favorite:

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When I return to Kansas City, a trip to Margarita’s is always at the top of my list. I love their chips and salsa, their nachos, their daily specials, and signature margaritas, too. Plus, the general vibe of the place is just casual and comfortable and feels like home.

Don’t get me wrong — there are some great Mexican restaurants on Daniel’s list. But if a friend or visitor to Kansas City asked me where to go, I’d still point them to the place on Southwest Boulevard…

…with the flood line on the wall.

 

What they want

While I worked at Hallmark, we designed a line of greeting cards targeted specifically at the male consumer.

When it came time to name the card line, we brandied about many monikers. At one point, I suggested headlining the display “FREE BEER.”

Give them what they want, right?

I just passed this signboard at a new restaurant in my neighborhood:

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Great minds…

Crying in my chicken

After being dumped, Tan Shen from Chengdu, China spent a week in her local Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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She initially wanted some chicken wings and a quiet place to think. But then she ended up staying day after day in the 24-hour-a-day restaurant, which attracted media attention.

She eventually lost her taste for chicken, quit her job and went to visit her parents.  I’m sure she realized her mistake….

Taco Bell would have been so much better.

Bread dread

candy corn bagelTis’ the season for all things Halloween…

But a candy corn bagel?

Yes, that is the super-shiny, garishly colored baked product on the left.

It’s sold, of course, at a bakery in my beloved adopted hometown of New York City.

Now, I love a theme, but this bagel just looks wrong to me.  But before I pass judgment, I wanted to get your thoughts.

 

Shopgirl

It’s been almost 20 years since Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks put Manhattan’s Upper West Side on the map in the rom-com classic You’ve Got Mail.

Visit my neighborhood today and all the movie’s sights are still here — the local restaurants where they rendezvoused, the farmer’s market, Riverside Park. Everything but her little Shop Around the Corner.

Well, that’s changing.

book-culture3Book Culture is opening their doors literally around the corner from my brownstone apartment and taking up the ‘small bookshop mantle’ that Meg’s character abandoned lo’ those many years ago.

Their window says it best:

youvegotmailNow, the modern version of the movie’s ‘big bad Fox Books’ exists today — Barnes & Noble is just a couple of blocks away.  So it will be interesting to see how this small store will compete on selection and pricing.

But I for one am excited to see life imitate art just feet from my doorsteps.

Wonder if the proprietor will be as photogenic?