Snack Trek: Boston (Mr.) Tea Party

Last year, Mr. Tea (Sam) and I made the long-ish trek to Redlands to see Lauren (of course!) and to snack on some apple cider donuts. That was about a 3 hour round trip, by car. This weekend, we’re flying from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, stealing a car (legally) and driving 5 hours to Amherst to breakfast on the apple cider donuts (and apples… and … Continue reading Snack Trek: Boston (Mr.) Tea Party

On Hot Dogs, Ketchup, TOP CHEF & Old Fashioned Duels

I love love love that the ketchup container in that picture has a mustard top. I’m referring to it as “gender confused.” Because ketchup and mustard are the genders of condiments? Not a solid theory, but whatever. (Maybe they’re more like religions. Like he was raised Ketchup, but his mom is a Mustard.) (I think Ketchup might be my religion.) (Anyway…) A week or two … Continue reading On Hot Dogs, Ketchup, TOP CHEF & Old Fashioned Duels

Snack of the Afternoon, 3/21/11: Metaphorical Lemonade

Howdy. After a morning of blood-letting (I have small veins… sometimes petite is not a good thing) and finding out that my glasses are going to take longer than I thought, I went a little stir-crazy and asked my eye doctor if I could steal some Focus Dailies (disposable contacts)– just for the drive to LA. And he said okay. And my eyes said okay … Continue reading Snack of the Afternoon, 3/21/11: Metaphorical Lemonade

Snack of the [Weekend]: May the (Pancake) Force Be With You

First of all, can I just say– this has been a kinda shitty weekend. For the past… over a week, my contacts have not been cooperating with my eyes. I went to an ophthalmologist in LA, and he said it was seasonal allergies (which I’ve never had before…). I wasn’t appeased, so yesterday I came home and went to my lifelong optometrist, and he flipped … Continue reading Snack of the [Weekend]: May the (Pancake) Force Be With You

Snack Trek: Soft Pretzels (Philadelphia)

I cannot in good conscience post the pictures of my family’s homemade soft pretzels (from last Sunday) before I post the pictures of the soft pretzels I encountered in Philadelphia (in DECEMBER). Basically I imagined that I would walk right up to the window of a PRETZEL FACTORY (made of brick and smokestacks) (creepy? Dickensian?) and order a pretzel right off the coals. But all … Continue reading Snack Trek: Soft Pretzels (Philadelphia)

Snack Trek: In-N-Out Burger’s “Super Secret” Menu

Like most Californians, I’m familiar with In-N-Out’s most popular “secret” (or– as they put it– not-so-secret) menu items. I typically order my hamburger “protein style” (wrapped in lettuce), and Cole orders his shakes Neopolitan style (chocolate, vanilla & strawberry combined) so often that I didn’t even realize it was a “secret” item. So I thought I knew it all. Then Serious Eats posted its “Ultimate … Continue reading Snack Trek: In-N-Out Burger’s “Super Secret” Menu

Snack Trek: Philly Cheesesteak (Spataro’s)

On my first full day in Philadelphia, our first stop was the Reading Terminal Market. Mission: Cheesesteak. There were several cheesesteak options in the market, but I think we chose Spataro’s because it had a steady flow of customers. Good sign. Oh, speaking of signs: I was really wishy-washy about whether I should order an original cheesesteak or one with mushrooms. I figured I should … Continue reading Snack Trek: Philly Cheesesteak (Spataro’s)

Do It Yourself: CHICKEN & PEAR PANINI (Crave! At Work Holiday Recipe Challenge)

I did it, you guys! I humbly submit my recipe for the Crave! At Work Holiday Recipe Challenge. As I’ve said before, I’m not much of a cook. So I enlisted the help of the Binge’s celebrity chef, Mr. Tea (he earned the moniker in this instance by needing to buy more tea when we shopped for these ingredients– this guy drinks a LOT of … Continue reading Do It Yourself: CHICKEN & PEAR PANINI (Crave! At Work Holiday Recipe Challenge)