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All you can eat sushi [Aug. 24th, 2012|09:52 pm]
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In Minnesota, I went to this place called Akita, and it was all you can eat sushi and other goodies.

Now I don't mean all you can eat as in a buffet that's been sitting out. I mean all you can eat as in, you pay $15, and you get to order off the menu anything you want until you are full. The only catch is that if you waste food (as in, ordering too much and leaving too much left) then you get a 15% extra charge.

It was one of the most satisfying meal experiences I've had. There was plenty to order off the menu. The sushi was quite good quality considering the chefs were making it to order constantly. It was just great going, "hmmm, give me five salmon sushi, five eel sushi, five tuna sushi, a salmon roll, and two plates of beef teriyaki" and they just bring it to you freshly made. With four people, we managed to devour a TON of sushi and other stuff like fried udon noodles, chicken wings, specialty rolls, edamame, and green tea ice cream.

I loved it. I wish there were more places like that, cause I ate WAY more in value than the $15 I paid. I just love looking at a menu and going, hm. I'll have EVERYTHING.
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Foreign "American" Foods [Aug. 13th, 2012|06:27 pm]
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So I'm reading a thread on reddit about what other countries perceive as "American", and alot of the replies are about "American" food in other countries. I find it both entertaining and just interesting to see. Because here in America we have our own "versions" of ethnic foods but we probably don't think about when it's the other way around when travelling.

Some of my favorites from this thread:

"I was studying abroad in China one semester, and by the 4th week I was really craving a hamburger. I was walking around with some friends and I saw a sign that advertised "Western Food" so I tell them we have to eat there. We walk in and it's an Americanized Chinese food restaurant."

"I spent two years in Brazil and these were my favorite "American Style" creations:
- American Sandwich - Double-decker ham spread with TONS of mayonnaise
- American Burger - Cheese burger with a split sausage on it and TONS of mayonnaise (seeing a pattern?)
- American style fries - Cheese and mayonnaise (fuck, Brazil, I get it - we're fat!)
- American ice cream - Peanut butter flavor (thanks for not adding mayo, vces safados)
- American pizza - Tomato/mayonnaise sauce with sliced hard-boiled eggs and potato chips smothered in cheese (alright you bastards, that one was ok)
- American style beans - chili con carne with beans. Best day ever in Brazil.

I asked Brazilians where the notion came from and it turns out that almost every time you see an American family cooking or opening a fridge in a movie there's a jar of mayonnaise front-and-center.
tl;dr - Brazil thinks we put mayonnaise on everything"

"When I went to Mexico I ordered an hamburguesa Americana and expected an American hamburger. I did not expect a steak covered in ketchup and French fries wrapped in bacon. Thats not even a hamburger."

"In France you can get a sandwich called "The American" which is basically a baguette stuffed with hamburger meat and french fries.
French fries inside the sandwich.
I was like wow, what a cliche, Americans love hamburgers and french fries. A week or two later I was eating one of those things about every other day, and now I'm back in the States and pissed that no one puts French Fries inside their sandwiches.
It's delicious, people!"

What ideas have you seen (if you have been outside the US) about American food? When I was in Greece I was engulfed in a variety of delicious, authentic Greek food. In Italy, not so much. I think our tour guide (who was greek) set up most of the meals for us, and we went to several restaurants that served us french fries. My mother and I were not pleased, but . . . they do know what we like.
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The best sauce [Jun. 15th, 2012|11:32 pm]
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So I imagine most of you have heard about this sauce, so I'm pretty much making an appreciation post about it. I've always known about this sauce and I've tried it before, but ever since I've starting working stir fry I've become more familiar with the sauce. I've fallen in love with it and would suggest it to anyone.

Its not your typical hot sauce. Most are too sour for me, too much of a pickled taste. This has a slight sour taste, but it also has a great flavor. Its AMAZING with eggs.

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bacon, egg, and cheese cups [Jun. 14th, 2012|08:23 pm]
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So I am a breakfast person. Breakfast food will always be my favorite kind, because it is basically perfect. Anyway, tonight I was hungry and wanted a breakfast food for dinner. I remembered this recipe that I stumbled across a long time ago and have had bookmarked for ages hoping to one day make it.


Recipe + photosCollapse )

Overall they turned out really well and I really am glad I made them. I would like to make them again sometime when my parents are home (they are away for the weekend) because I think they (especially my dad) would really like them as well.

I also want to make them again to try and perfect them. I will be perfect.

Really though - if you're competent at cooking and think this sounds appealing then you should try it. Bacon, egg and cheese is my favorite kind of breakfast sandwich ever so this was basically just a new way to make one of my favorite foods. It was a really simple recipe and was really good.

Also, I don't know why I don't post more of the random recipes I make on this COMMUNITY THAT IS PURELY ABOUT FOOD. Maybe I will next time I make something new. I love making desserts especially. I want to make a pie soon.
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snack cakes [May. 24th, 2012|08:00 pm]
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I'm eating this thing called a "Marshmallow Pie" which sounds like it'd be good but it kind of tastes like styrofoam. Unfortunately my mom decided to not buy snack foods anymore so I'm eating what's leftover from the stuff she buys for my brothers' school lunches and apparently they like to eat garbage. I've been eating these and cheese sticks since I got home, and I'm trying to understand why my mom bought these instead of something good.

For some reason this made me curious as to what people's favorite snack cakes are. If you're unsure (I don't know why you would be though), a snack cake is like Hostess or Little Debbie products. Delicious mass produced baked pastries.

I'm actually not that picky when it comes to them but I don't really like Zebra Cakes, which is apparently a sin. They're too sweet. I eat them anyway though if they're in the house. Which they never will be again.

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100 Foods to Eat Before You Die [Apr. 10th, 2012|08:11 pm]
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1. Abalone
2. Absinthe
3. Alligator (Wanna try this really bad)
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel & Lox (I feel like I'd really like this)
6. Baklava (orgasmic)
7. BBQ Ribs
8. Bellini
9. Birds Nest Soup
10. Biscuits & Gravy
11. Black Pudding (I love Irish breakfasts)
12. Black Truffle (I REALLY want to try one)
13. Borscht
14. Calamari
15. Carp
16. Caviar (I've had fish roe, but I don't count that, cause caviar means FANCY caviar, which I really want to have)
17. Cheese Fondue (Anne Marie, let's go to Melting Pot)
18. Chicken & Waffles (No, but Black Dynamite makes me really want some)
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
21. Chitlins
22. Churros
23. Clam Chowder (I fucking loved clam chowder as a kid)
24. Cognac
25. Crab Cakes (Had AWESOME ones in Maryland)
26. Crickets
27. Currywurst (No, but I know I'd like it)
28. Dandelion Wine
29. Dulce De Leche
30. Durian
31. Eel (Eel is incredible)
32. Eggs Benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras (Might be my #1 food I want to try)
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish

37. Fried Green Tomatoes
38. Fried Plantain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frogs' Legs (Had them at an authentic Chinese restaurant and posted about it. They were DELICIOUS)
41. Fugu
42. Funnel Cake
43. Gazpacho
44. Goat
45. Goat's Milk
46. Goulash
47. Gumbo
48. Haggis
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
51. Honeycomb
52. Hostess Fruit Pie
53. Huevos Rancheros (Anything with eggs sounds really good)
54. Jerk Chicken
55. Kangaroo (I'd love to try it)
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef (Ooh, this is another big one I NEED to try)
58. Lassi
59. Lobster
60. Mimosa
61. Moon Pie (I've had Choco Pies, which are essentially the same thing)
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
64. Octopus
65. Oxtail Soup
66. Paella
67. Paneer
68. Pastrami on Rye
69. Pavlova
70. Phaal
71. Philly Cheese Steak
72. Pho
73. Pineapple & Cottage Cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream (I feel like I've had this, but I'm not sure)
75. Po' Boy (Can't go wrong with too much shrimp)
76. Pocky
77. Polenta
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew (That sounds good)
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
82. S'mores
83. Sauerkraut

84. Sea Urchin (Delicious as sushi)
85. Shark (Awesome, it's like a really meaty, dark fish)
86. Snail (Snails are addictive. Seriously)
87. Snake (I'd try it)
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
90. Spaetzle
91. Spam (Say what you will about spam, but Koreans LOVE it. You haven't seen what spam can do until you've had it in a spicy soup. Completely different than how spam usually is)
92. Squirrel (I'd try it)
93. Steak Tartare (This would be really good, probably)
94. Sweet Potato Fries (Good, but I actually like regular potatoes more)
95. Sweetbreads
96. Tom Yum
97. Umeboshi
98. Venison (What I had was delicious. I'd love to have more)
99. Wasabi Peas (THESE ARE THE SHIT)
100. Zucchini Flowers

37/100. I seriously need to get cracking. This is a good list to have.
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Japanese snacks [Mar. 16th, 2012|10:13 pm]
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Went to Shuto Con today with Anne Marie. They had this whole booth dedicated to Japanese snacks and I knew I HAD to try some.

There was sweet milk Pocky, which was really delicious. It had a nice delicate creamy taste at first, but then you're like wow, this shit is sweet (in a good way). Like a really creamy frosting-esque vanilla.

Cheetos with soy sauce flavoring. Think it sounds gross? WRONG, because they were fucking awesome. These were universally loved by anyone who tried them. They had the cheese flavoring, but the soy sauce added this great tangy, slightly sweet, yet undeniably salty taste to it. It really did taste like soy sauce, and I love soy sauce, so it works.

Finally, strawberry cake flavored Kit Kats. I only had one just now, but holy shit. What a decadent Kit Kat. The strawberry covering tastes a lot thicker than regular chocolate Kit Kats, and man oh man is the strawberry cream flavor good.

Thanks, Japan!!!
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Weird Food Combo of the Day [Mar. 5th, 2012|10:13 pm]
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Really wanted to put horseradish sauce on something, but we were all out of roast beef. So I took a tonkatsu style breaded pork cutlet, melted a slice of cheese over it, slathered it with horseradish sauce, and then crumbled some Spicy Nacho Doritos inside for some extra crunch. Between two slices of toast to finish.

Actually really damn good. I kinda wish the horseradish stood out more (I love putting on enough to make my sinuses burn) but overall it works really well. I had always wanted to try a tonkatsu sandwich. I'm glad I didn't put bread and butter pickles on it like I was considering, because that would've ruined the balance of the sandwich. Bread and butter pickles are great, but their sweetness can really overpower everything else.

Doritos make a surprisingly delicious sandwich topping. I guess I shouldn't be THAT surprised because I've put potato chips in sandwiches before.
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Weird Food Combo of the Day [Feb. 11th, 2012|02:26 pm]
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We had some leftover hot dogs on a bun, but I didn't want to do the same ol ketchup and mustard. So instead, just to try it, I put on some bread and butter pickle slices and the "controversial" part: ranch dressing.

Actually pretty good. Anything pickly is always good on a hot dog, and I was surprised that the ranch worked well with the whole thing. Sometimes ranch can overpower, but I think cause the bun was so thick, it complemented the hot dog well.

Maybe I should try peanut butter and pickles on a hot dog? HMMMM
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PIG SPINE [Nov. 5th, 2011|03:16 pm]
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(This isn't a picture I took. The pig spine I had had big-ass bones still in it)

Don't let the name scare you off. I was at this really wonderful Chinese restaurant hidden away on my campus. The menu's notable in that the first pages are typical American-Chinese fare you can get anywhere (General Tso's, orange chicken) which is basically fake Chinese food. It's delicious, but it's not real cuisine. But then the last two pages are like this secret trove of genuine Chinese cuisine and my Chinese friend was like, you gotta try pig spine.

Now I wasn't like "UGH GROSS PIG SPINE," because I am not picky at all. I'll try any food at least once when it's put in front of me. But I won't deny that when I heard pig spine, I imagined like a long centipede-esque spinal cord on a plate with sharp bones stickin out of it. But the foods Yihong had recommended to me before had all be winners, and I was like, "hey, I get to say I ate PIG SPINE."

Pig spine is delicious. It's just really tender, juicy cuts of pork. All that's different is that the bones aren't what you're used to, but they were my favorite part. If you like eating meat off the bone (which I most certainly do) you owe it to yourself to try this. The bones are in such crazy shapes (sinec you know, it's from the pig's SPINE) that after you eat most of the meat off of them, you're still searching for morsels of meat hidden in nooks and crannies.

The meat itself was really decadent. Again, it's not WEIRD SPINAL MYSTERY MEAT. It's the same pork you'd eat when eating like, a pork chop, but because the meat is so close to the bone (which is where it gets a lot of flavor) it is extremely tender. Like, fall-a-part tender. Not a single bite was too dry or too tough.

Even after re-heating the leftovers today, it was still delicious. If you're the type of person who shies away from eating meat off the bone clean, then maybe this isn't your cup of tea. But you're missing out on a delicious cut of pork.
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