Do It Yourself: Mishap #1 — Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius

My mishaps as of late are not confined to ankle problems… I don’t mind making mistakes when I cook, if the results are still somewhat edible. Screw-ups make for funny stories. So here are three: Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius, Sweet-Tooth Eggplant Sauce, and Overflowing Cauliflower Stew. (I’m going to do three separate posts, because I don’t want this to become monster-long.) Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius (pictured above) was my … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Mishap #1 — Chocolate-Banana Vesuvius

Do It Yourself: Spazzy Little Spaetzle

Sometimes when I hear about a food I’ve never had before– especially if it’s not commonly found around LA– I suddenly, obsessively want to try it. (See: Blackberry summer pudding.) The madness started when I was perusing Smitten Kitchen, and stumbled across this recipe for spaetzle. With such a funny name, I knew I had to make it! As luck would have it, I happened … Continue reading Do It Yourself: Spazzy Little Spaetzle

Snack Trek: Holy Mole at MEXICO CITY (Los Feliz)

This story started when a friend tweeted her excitement about going to Mexico City— not the place, but the restaurant on Hillhurst in Los Feliz. I’d never been, but assumed it was a typical, mediocre Mexican food joint. You know the type. So I tweeted an inquiry, and she replied, “It’s seriously my favorite restaurant in LA.” That was that. I had to check it … Continue reading Snack Trek: Holy Mole at MEXICO CITY (Los Feliz)

Snacks of the (Halloween) Weekend

Hope you had a most excellent Halloween! Here are some pictures I took especially for you. Sort of. I had never seen Monster Munch before, and I hope I never see it again. I encountered this snack at a Halloween party, and decided to give it a taste… you know, for science. Remember (on “30 Rock”) when Liz Lemon used to snack on Sabor de … Continue reading Snacks of the (Halloween) Weekend

Snack of the Afternoon, 4/6/10: SKITTLES

(No, not the creepy had-sex-with-Jesse-James person-named-Skittles. Get your mind out of the gutter!) Yeah, so yesterday’s “detox” lasted for… 5 minutes? 5 seconds? Let’s skip over that little factoid. You guys, I try to be a social person. I brought this heart-shaped bowl on Valentine’s Day week as a nice little “happy holiday” touch. I filled it with Dum Dums lollipops. Harmless. Probably 4 calories … Continue reading Snack of the Afternoon, 4/6/10: SKITTLES

Snack of the Afternoon, 2/24/10: CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL FILLED WITH PEANUT BUTTER

Over the past weeks/months/eons I have been taking lots of food-pictures on my Blackberry… and neglecting to post them. Sorry! (Whatever.) Maybe I will get all caught up and post them here for you to see. Maybe I won’t. Do you care? Didn’t think so. I couldn’t resist posting about today’s snack. When I first saw it in the kitchen, I could scarcely believe my … Continue reading Snack of the Afternoon, 2/24/10: CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL FILLED WITH PEANUT BUTTER

Snack of the Afternoon, 12/31/09: RITTER SPORT WINTERSORTE 2009

My friend Allison lives and studies in Switzerland, which (as you may know) is wedged in between Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. That’s a whole buncha Europe going on, in there! She came home for the holidays and gifted me with this famous German chocolate, which is… not at all translated. But Allison told me that this is the winter edition, and since today is … Continue reading Snack of the Afternoon, 12/31/09: RITTER SPORT WINTERSORTE 2009

Snack of the Afternoon, 7/21/09: KAKOR CHOKLADFLARN

It’s not actually the afternoon anymore, but I’m at work, where’s it’s always “72 and fluorescent,” as I like to say. And I tried this several hours ago– before The Daily Binge even existed. I have been waiting to try today’s snack for several weeks. Co-worker John really hyped it up, telling me that it’s an office favorite (news to me). Today he finally trekked … Continue reading Snack of the Afternoon, 7/21/09: KAKOR CHOKLADFLARN