So today's 15 hour work day yielded an unsatisfying paycheck and an empty belly, until I realized I work the last 6 hours of my day in a grocery store! That's right, I can have my choice of gluten-free, fresh local organic produce, coconut juice and naturally flavored sparkling waters, yet I chose Chef Boyardee's Lasagna with chunky tomato and meat sauce. I'm not sure that I know what "meat sauce" is, nor do I care to investigate. I've made my decision, and it's awesome. I was feeling a tad sentimental about my childhood today and the lil' Chef Boyardee cup brought it all flooding back, like the switch mark scars on the back of my legs...
Dinner for One
Oooh and I followed it down with a locally bottled and semi-locally brewed beverage, you may have heard before, it's called Coca-Cola... And in the event that you think all I eat is shit, I did indulge in a little "Organic Valley" string cheese...I'm keeping it real by keeping it organic and still keeping it shitty by indulging in bottom of the barrel cheese. Oooh it's so good.
I don't have any pictures of the pizza because I couldn't even wait to eat it long enough to take a picture. Does that make sense? Whatever, I ate it before I could take a picture of it. Because I was hungry. And it was good.
I have the cutest salt and pepper shakers in the world. And I made myself this coffee drink with the coolest straw in the world, which I own. The drink is cool because it has coffee ice cubes and is topped with chocolate whipped cream, and I can already feel myself waking up. Booya!
Jen Rock returned from Louisville with an Eat Me surprise - two bags of Grippo's Triple Heat BBQ Chips and they are sooooo goood. I can't really remember if they're called Triple Heat because you can't read it in the picture and the bag quickly got demolished. But they were hot and triple good, so Triple Heat it is. Here's Jen at Preservation Pub hugging her bag of Grippo's: Too bad we can't get them in Tennessee because I would eat them all the time, with every meal. Including breakfast and fourth meal. I might even eat a fifth meal made entirely of Grippo's. I was curious about these "Grippo's" so I did a little research, and here is what I found at the Grippo's web site :
Grippo's has been making their delicious snack foods since 1919! In 1930, Angelo Grippo invented the loop pretzel! Mr. Grippo wanted a simple pretzel that could be made easily and would resist breakage! The loop pretzel looks like a tear drop! Mr Grippo not only invented but also constructed and put into operation the pretzel looping machines! Today, Grippo's pretzels come in a variety of sizes; Rods, Super Thins, Twist, Loop! You can buy all Grippo's products online, including 60 bags of chips for $18! Pork rinds are advertised as low carb! Grippo's is the original "Fun Food Company" because they've been having fun satisfying your craving for snack food for over 80 years! (Since 1919, remember?!) When someone tells you to "get a grip!" you know what they mean...get Grippo's!
This is Mr. Angelo Grippo, and his wife, whose name is not given, but I'm gonna call her Rosalie, although she looks more like an Esther.
This picture does not do this culinary wonder justice, but after a long night of playin, drinkin, karaoke'in, fightin, and general rabblerousin, a suitable breakfast was necessary. Last weekend we went to Shoney's hoping for the Breakfast Bar, and all we got was the Meat Bar of shrimp, boiled ham, chicken wings, fried chicken, fish sticks, "ribs", and Shoney's mini ham cubes for your Shoney's salad which you HAVE to put chow mein noodles on or it's just not right. Well, that was last week. THIS WEEK, it was all bacon and eggs and Southern Style biscuits with CHOCOLATE GRAVY. Here's the recipe: 1 cup sugar 3 TB cocoa 5 TB flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup water 1/2 stick butter Mix the sugar, cocoa, flour, milk and water in a pan over medium heat. Whisk it like your life depends on it. Keep whisking. Whisk for 30 minutes or more until it's almost like pudding. Take it off the heat and add the butter. Stir. Dollop it on your biscuits with generous gluttony. You should ignore the fact that there is 1/2 a stick of butter in there, and butter your biscuits, too. Eat. Smile. Be Happy. Be Full. Take the leftovers to a party where no one knows what chocolate gravy is. Eat their potato casseroles and squash casseroles and homemade pesto and turkey meatloaves and drink their liquor. Watch as your chocolate gravy sits unattended and unappreciated. Take it home after the party and eat it with a spoon before you go to bed. Eat it in bed if you want to. Because IT IS AWESOME.
So we don't always eat total shit. Josh developed another Bare Cabinet Concoction, this one featuring marinated, baked tofu on a bed of polenta with corn kernels, drizzled in a tomato sauce compote (not really - I don't know what compote is, but I watch a lot of Top Chef), and garnished with the four or five spinach leaves in the fridge that weren't slimy. It was good, and it saved us from splitting a 4 oz. pack of microwaveable grits for dinner.
We were given permission (three separate times) from all-around awesome Zach Hall to share this lovely montage of his first KFC Double Down experience. From the horse's mouth: "The doubledown is another level of delicious. it makes me put aside all of my earthly concerns, and just bask in the sublime, fat tub." That's what it's all about. Voila!
This weekend a couple of gals and myself went to Chicago for a punk rock show. We came back with slightly fatter heinies and some major hearing loss.
If you want to know to how survive on the open road just look at this spread we devoured at the Cowboy's Food Stores gas station in Frankfort, Kentucky.
At least one member of our trio was quite impressive in her ability to plan ahead. She brought an amazing taco salad -- and as a side note, should you ever find yourself stuck in middle of Kentucky sans hot sauce, look no further than El Sabroso's Pork Rinds that come with a delicious pack of hot sauce.
If you eat on the picnic bench in front of Cowboy's on a Friday night, you'll be able to indulge in a lil' live music entertainment emanating from Miquel's next door. Enjoy your time in lovely Frankfort.
Once arriving in Chicago, we ate our weight-in burritos and bodega food, as well as some sort of over priced tapas style scallops from a place that serves hipsters head cheese and pork belly. I could show you photos, but just look at some gruppie blog for that...
On a side note - we heard someone get shot while sitting out in the cool night air enjoying said scallops, just a few doors down, ahhh, big city living...terrifying.
Also, if you're in search for weight loss schemes and ran across this blog, I introduce thee to Iggy Pop's methodology for staying trim at 62 -- constant swivel hip skipping on stage, hollaring, crowd surfing, a daily regiment of tanning mixed with semi-synthetic opiates and crystalline tropane alkaloids -- get your shake appeal on friends and you too can still indulge in all the chocolate shakes you can handle from K'town to Chi'town.