Restaurant: La Posta
Location: Mesilla, NM
I wasn’t sure what to order at the highly recommended La Posta, so I went with the house special, which has a little bit of everything, it seems. I got two appetizers (chile queso with corn tortillas and guacamole – a very generous portion; picture an ice cream scoop sized pile of delicious, delicious guacamole), in addition to the chips and salsa. The lunch was a rolled taco, a tamale, an enchilada, some awesome braised meat, rice, beans, and Mexican slaw. Then our server says the dessert comes with it! I have my choice of empanada and a sopapilla. I choose apple empanada, because I’m stuffed and apple is Brian’s favorite. Well, the empanada comes with a huge side of ice cream and the sopapilla fills and entire basket (those plastic ones you see at fast food places.) The meal included my soda. It was under $15. We literally left about ¾ of the meal on our plates, as we couldn’t eat that much (In fact, Brian just had a regular meal, so he didn’t have the dessert or appetizer – both looked barely touched and I had his help with everything.)
While the portions are noteworthy (and shocking to this California dweller,) they don’t tell the whole story. This was possibly the best Mexican food I have ever eaten in my life. So. Damn. Good. Sadly, I’m kind of at a loss for words. How do you describe “best”? Imagine the best Mexican food you’ve ever eaten, now imagine it better?
I’m not sure this is “outrageous” or “over the top.” It’s certainly not “bad for you”, especially considering how much of the plate was left uneaten (oh, what I wouldn’t have given for a place to store a to-go box.) This was just food too delicious to ignore.
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Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry
So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts…
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Every conversation I've ever had with a fatphobe about fatness and health, ever.
Fatphobe: Being X lbs causes Y disease! If you don't take the time to explain to me why I'm wrong, I'm right.
Me: Wait, where's your evidence?
Fatphobe: My doctor said so and they went to med school for infinity years.
Me: Doctors can be wrong, too. Remember how they use to prescribe fen-phen and amphetamines for weight loss?
Fatphobe: Ah-ha, I knew it, since you aren't proving to me why I'm wrong then I'm right!
Me: You advanced the hypothesis. But okay. I'm game for once. (lists citation after citation. Links to resources that themselves are libraries of recent studies out of well respected journals)
Fatphobe: That's just cherrypicking. You're cherrypicking.
Me: How am I wrong?
Fatphobe: Telling people it's okay to be fat is dangerous, you disgusting lazy fatty!
Traditional Mac and Cheese
Location: Studio City, CA
When asking around for a place to hold an informal meeting, my friend and fellow Tumblr-er, twosetsoflegs, recommended Hugo’s. The menu looks fabulous, and it is my full intention to try all sorts of foods, but for this first visit I couldn’t stop myself from ordering the “Traditional Mac and Cheese.” Description from the menu: “Fusilli pasta in a creamy combination of cheddar, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan cheese baked crispy and served with steamed vegetable medley.” My description: “Pasta and cheese deliciousness.”
The Mac and Cheese is baked and then served in a crock, so the pasta stays warm and the sauce creamy throughout the meal. A thick layer of baked cheese graces the top. Since I love baked cheese, especially when it had a crunch to it, I saved a piece as my last bite (a habit I picked up in childhood.) Although this Mac and Cheese was not what I was expecting (with the gorgonzola cheese, I was expecting a more unique, update taste), it was truly scrumptious comfort food.
Of note: another diner at our table ordered the appetizer portion and it seemed to be very similar in size to my dinner portion. Her meal came in a shallow, larger dish and mine in a smaller, deeper crock. Mine had the steamed veggies (also delicious) and her appetizer was just the Mac and Cheese. The price difference was significant. The next time I order, I will probably go for the appetizer portion because (1) I did not finish the dinner portion and (2) with a larger surface area, there is likely to be more of the baked cheese topping.
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Fried Twinkie and Fried Oreo
Restaurant: Snack Bar at Mermaid’s Casino
Location: Las Vegas, NV
This Christmas, my hubby and I decided to take a short (and inexpensive) trip to Las Vegas. To facilitate the “inexpensive” part of the trip, we stayed at one of the major downtown Freemont Street hotel. For someone who was a devotee to the Vegas Strip, downtown is a very different (but no less fun) experience. One of the great things is being able to go from hotel to hotel, casino to casino, in a matter of minutes. During one of the outside jaunts I noticed a sign for “Fried Twinkies” and decided to try it out.
Knowing that Hostess had ceased operations, I was hoping that Mermaids had laid in a supply of the sponge cakes. That appears not to be the case. The filling was custard-like, similar to a Boston Crème filling. I am not sure what the “Twinkie” really was (homemade? Another brand?), but it was just so-so. However, my husband also got the deep fried Oreos. I tasted one with some trepidation, as I had tried this deep fried confection in the past and was not impressed. However, the Mermaid’s Oreo was delicious. The batter was fairly light, the grease did not affect the Oreo’s integrity, and the cookie was slightly warm/softened. The Oreo was an all around delicious treat.
I might try the “Twinkie” again if (when) another company starts production, but I will definitely part with my 99 cents (0.99!) for another Oreo.
Rating (Twinkie): 1/5
Rating (Oreo): 4.5/5
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
The combination of a banner proclaiming the return of the McRib and a doctor’s appointment that ran late created the right situation for a drive through the ubiquitous McDonald’s. While sitting at in my car I notice a sign: “Holiday Pie: .89 cents.” I didn’t know what a holiday pie was, but I did know that I was over hungry and had an extra dollar on me, so that got ordered too.
I opened it to see something resembling a McDonald’s apple pie, but with half melted bright sprinkles (jimmies to those of you in a certain part of the country.) I bit in with some trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised at the taste of the still warm custard. The texture was a little thick and the sprinkles were a bit off-putting, but this was at least as good as anything else I’ve tasted from McDucks. I wouldn’t not get it again, so I guess that’s saying something.
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Bacon Maple Doughnut
Restaurant: Stan’s Doughnuts
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
Stan’s had some very unique doughnuts, so when my parents were visiting from the East coast we decided to bring a dozen home. When my husband opened the box he set one aside for me: the bacon maple doughnut. Although widely available, I had never experienced one; let’s just say, there was a little squeal of delight when I saw it.
It is a simple yeast doughnut, with maple glaze and crispy bacon on top. In the Stan’s version, the maple glaze was not overly sweet or cloying. I enjoyed that, as maple flavor is not my favorite. However, the bacon also lacked flavor. Despite its lovely crispness, it wasn’t particularly salty or “bacon-y.” It almost tasted like a bacon-flavored product rather than bacon. This made me particularly happy that the maple was subtle.
I might have this doughnut again, but only after I work through the rest of Stan’s remarkable menu.
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Carol’s Cookies, Chocolate Chip
Restaurant: Self Service Donut counter at Kowalski’s Market
Location: Minneapolis, MN
A long time ago I saw a show on The Food Network that featured a half pound cookie from Carol’s cookies. Inasmuch as it is a half. pound. cookie. I knew I wanted one. But, it is hard to just find one Carol’s. You can order them online from several sources (including carolscookies.com and as a package including Lou Malnati’s pizza, or other Chicago favorites, at tastesofchicago.com), but I could not find them by the cookie until one glorious day when I entered Kowalski’s Market to locate a cereal covered donut (see previous post.) Next to the donut I spied the cookie I had craved for several years.
Since I already had my heart set on the cereal donut, the cookie was ignored for a day. I was preoccupied and busy the next day, so the cookie sat in a bag for another evening; in all, the cookie sat about 48 hours before I consumed it.
And yet, it was still delectable. I am not sure how these cookies are made, but the middle is so buttery tasting, I thought I was in heaven. The chocolate chips were outstanding. The consistency in the middle was perfect; the outsides were a little dry (possibly owning to how I had it stored for two days) – nothing a little milk wouldn’t fix. In all, I will no longer hesitate to place a multi-cookie order directly from Carol’s Cookies (or Tastes of Chicago, if I want a side of Lou Malnati’s pizza or another Chicago favorite to go with my cookie.)
Nutritional information unavailable at Kowalski’s; the Carol’s Cookies website says to contact customer service for limited nutritional information.