Posts Tagged ‘food’
In keeping up with our New Years Holiday spectacular, Cheri and I plopped down on the couch to cheer on our Virginia Tech Hokies in a 20-7 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2009 Orange Bowl. The night started strong with me running to 7-11 to pick up some gametime snacks. The combination of Twix dipped into a cherry Slurpee sprinkled with Utz potato chips immediately sent me into a first half food coma. But by halftime I was wide awake and ready to continue my cheering. Surprisingly, we both stayed awake for the rest of the game and went to bed feeling great for VT’s underdog win.
To all the VT alumni and fans that bet against the Hokies winning in their office pools I gobble in your general direction!
Cheri and I went out on a date last night at the Macaroni Grill. I had some chicken cannelloni and Cheri had some seafood linguine that had shrimp, clams, and scallops. Unfortunately, neither of us particularly liked our dishes. The ricotta in my cannelloni tasted very strange and Cheri said her dish tasted like it was covered in sea water. This is the third time we’ve tried the Macaroni Grill and its the third time we weren’t happy with our food. I think its about time we stopped dining there. Despite the bad food, we still had a good time.
This past weekend, Cheri and I decide to go to Olive Garden on Saturday night for a nice meal. We got there at about 5 pm, so we figured it wouldn’t be too crowded. We were wrong. It was really crowded, but we decided to wait since it was only supposed to be about a 20 minute wait for a table.
Then they give us that little circular pager thingie to hold onto until it buzzes. When it buzzes, then our table is ready. 20 minutes pass and no table. About another 20 minutes pass and still no table. So I go up and ask the hostess what’s going on. She goes to check where our pager is in the queue and comes back with a grimace that looked like she pooped a little when she just meant to fart. I knew then that they had forgotten our pager. So thus we were put at the front of the line and in a few minutes we were at our table.
Our section had this lovely waiter that was very eager, charismatic, and friendly. Unfortunately, we were the only table in that section that was not assigned to him. Instead we get a cold, quiet, and slow waiter. It took him at least 15 minutes to first greet us after we had sat. And later, when it was time to get our check, it took about 20 more minutes just for him to come by so I could ask for the check. I should have gotten a manager to complain, but I just didn’t want to make a scene.
Since our waiter was so terrible (I asked for a side of Italian sausage with my ravioli, and he brought out ONE sausage), that I stiffed him on the tip. It was probably the first time I’ve ever really done that and felt the waiter really deserved it. To add insult to injury, I wrote “Terrible Service! :-(” on the top of the check (yes, I did write out the frowny-face emoticon).
Basically, my lesson was that when I want good Italian food, don’t go to Olive Garden, just make it at home.
Last week, I read this post from The Consumerist that talked about Coke releasing a kosher-for-passover version of their soft drink. I was intrigued because even though Coke is normally kosher, it isn’t kosher enough for passover. The difference? Normal Coke is made with corn syrup–which isn’t passover friendly. Thus they released batches this past week made with sugar instead of corn syrup. Since this is how Coke used to be made back in the olden days (you know, before the internets and such), I wondered if there would be a difference in the taste.
So when Cheri and I went to get some groceries this weekend, we stopped by the soda aisle and lo-and-behold, we found the kosher Coke. Coca-Cola made it easy to find by making the bottle have a bright yellow cap with some Hebrew written on it. I’m not exactly sure what it says, but we knew we had the right stuff. Then we subsequently paid for it, took it home, and had some.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I could taste the difference, but after a while I realized there was a difference. There was both a taste difference and a physical difference. The taste is hard to explain, so I won’t try to do so here. But the physical difference was that it was much much foamier than normal. It was almost as foamy as root beer tends to be. Unfortunately, I don’t think this kosher Coke will be available all year long, so I’m going to have to try to stock up on it. Perhaps I’ll do a blind taste test to see if I can tell the difference.
Last night Cheri and I wanted to celebrate the end of the week by making a nice dinner. We already had the pasta and some sauce, we just wanted some good bread and a good dessert to go with it. Since my co-workers are constantly raving about Wegman’s, we decided to go there.
The first thing I noticed was that it was a grocery store that had a parking garage. And on a Friday afternoon, the parking lot was pretty packed. I don’t think I could ever imagine a parking lot that size just for a grocery store.
So we walked in and we were instantly floored by the interior. The produce section was almost as large as a normal grocery store. Plus everything was fresh! We walked up and down some aisles just gawking at the selection. That, and the prices (ouch!). Even though they had an amazing variety of all foods, everything was expensive as crap.
They had an extensive organic section which impressed me (even though I don’t normally buy organic stuff, but the selection was larger than any other store I’ve seen). But what really got us was the cheese section, the bakery, and the fresh meats section. They had an amazing amount of cheeses (all in wedges or blocks, I didn’t see anything grated or shredded). Their meats (both deli and butcher) were impeccable. They had beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, game hens, and seafood. But not only were there freshly cut meats, but there were meats that were prepared to be taken home and thrown in the oven. For example, stuffed meats, seasoned meats, marinated meats, etc.
The bakery was great too. Tons of specialty desserts and breads including cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, baguettes, jewish breads, itallian breads and anything else you can imagine. All the desserts were so beautiful that you could just buy them to admire their looks instead of their tastes.
In the end we just got a loaf of ciabatta bread and some cookies and spent too much money on both. But they were worth it. Wegman’s is the type of store you go to create a special meal. Unless you have money to burn, I wouldn’t recommend shopping there for your everyday grocery needs.