Food Beast

Archive for September 2009

Okay, since football season is in full swing I am going to share some of my football favorites with you.  No, I am not talking about my favorite players.  C’mon now.  I am going to share with you some of my favorite snacks that my husband and I enjoy eating while we watch the big game.  I am going to share a few of these as the season goes on, so as we try new things, you will be hearing all about it.

Last week we tried Pillsbury Savorings.  These things are friggin’ awesome.  I honestly can’t get enough of them.  They are puff pastry filled with a variety of flavors.

Awsomeness!

Awesomeness!

The first kind that we sampled were Cheese & Spinach and they were delicious.  After I split the box with my husband, (yes, I am gross, but you will be too because they are hard to resist) we threw a second box into the oven.

We made the Buffalo Style Chicken.  These were also devoured in about 5 seconds.  They were a little spicy for me, but my husband had not problem downing these bite size appetizers.  They are easy to make.  Just pop them in the over for about 18 minutes and then let them cool…otherwise your tongue will be in PAIN!  The insides of these suckers get really hot and they really

Yummers!

Yummers!

need to cool for about 5 minutes.

Now, these suckers are in no way, shape, or form meant to be eaten if you are following the Weight Watchers program because for four of them, there are 260 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 1 gram of fiber which comes to a grand total of 6 points.  6 POINTS for 4 of these little appetizers that you can finish off in less than two bites.  They are lethal to anyone on a diet, but that didn’t stop me from eating six of the Cheese & Spinach flavored ones and about four of the Buffalo Style Chicken flavored ones!  They also make a third flavor, Mozzarella & Pepperoni, which we have not tried, but I am sure they are equally delicious.

Today when I was on the Pillsbury site, I came across something NEW! that I have to try.  Good thing I have not headed out to Stop & Shop yet, so I can add these to my list!  They are Savoring bread bowl bites and they look AMAZING!!

NEW!

NEW!

They come in Spinach & Artichoke and Cream Cheese & Jalapeno.  They look like something I will thoroughly enjoy and will eat in about five seconds.

Now you will know what to look for when you are in the frozen food section!

Also, NEW!

Also, NEW!

Cape Cod people....you are geniuses!

My new favorite snack has been discovered by my husband…who I must tell you considers himself to be a snack connoisseur.  Whenever we are at Stop & Shop and he sees a snack bag that says “NEW!” on it, it immediately is thrown into our cart.  That is a lie actually….we scan it, then throw it in our cart.  (For those of you who have not tried the scan and bag at Stop & Shop…you have no idea what you are missing.)

Anyway, last night while we were watching Mad Men, also something else you should look into….awesome show, Dave whips out the NEW! Cape Cod Popcorn ~ Sweet & Salty bag of popcorn.  I was not really hungry, but has that ever stopped me before…um, no.  I have to say that this is my new favorite snack.  It is very similar to cracker jacks in that it has that same glaze on the popcorn and gets your finger tips all sticky.  But then, it has a little bit of sugar and a little bit of salt and it is just perfect.  As far as the nutrition facts, it is not the worst.  For one and half cups it is 2 points and it has two grams of fiber, for those of you that try to consume 25 grams a day!

To check out some of the other products that the Cape Cod company makes, click here.

This entry is a little overdo…so I apologize for that!

Last Friday I went to Yankee Stadium with my husband and my mother-in-law, Claire.  Since Claire had never been to the stadium, Dave and I were excited for her and we were even more excited to EAT!  The calories for every single food and drink item that are sold in the stadium are listed next to the item.  It is crazy because if you are pigging out, you don’t really want to know how much fat you are actually stuffing into your mouth!

The last time we were at the stadium we pigged out on pizza, cheese fries (that are 1,300 calories, but the regular fries were 1,200, so you might as well get the cheesy ones), chicken fingers, soda, and beer.  This go-round we were excited to try the garlic fries that we had heard so much about.

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Food beasts don't leave much behind!

This is a picture of our empty garlic fries container….let the record show that Dave ate about 2/3 of them and Claire and I got the crumbs and small fries that no one else wants to eat.

LET ME TELL YOU….THESE FRIES ARE TOTALLY WORTH THE POINTS!!  They contain 660 calories, but if you share them, then the damage is not as bad.  We got a large order of those…I mean what is the point of getting a small order.  I was proud of myself because I had a grilled chicken sandwich.  Hot dogs, beef sliders, popcorn, and beers were also purchased.  Our food order came to over $65!  How crazy it is that the food at sporting events is so expensive!!  I guess part of being a foodbeast means you also have to have a thick wallet.

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Congratulations Derek!

Oh, did I mention the game that we went to was the one where Derek Jeter beat Lou Gehrig’s hit record.  That was such an amazing part of the game…but so were those damn fries!!  I wonder if Derek Jeter has tried the garlic fries!?

When I get home from work, I basically attack the cabinets and fridge looking for a snack. If you don’t do this, well then I am jealous of you!!

The last time I went food shopping, pickles were on sale and I thought since they aren’t any points, they are probably good to have in the house if I am having one of my attack the cabinets kind of day.  Well, today I went to have a pickle, or two, and I realized that I have more pickles in my refrigerator than anyone really needs.  I am not sure why I feel the need to have every pickle variety that Stop & Shop makes, but I do.

See something you like?

See something you like?

I have some random pickle facts to share with you…compliments of Real Simple magazine!

1. Aristotle praised their healing effects in 350 B.C.

2. Julius Caesar fed them to his troops, supposedly believing they lent physical and spiritual strength.

3. Cleopatra insisted that eating them enhanced her beauty.

4. Christopher Columbus brought them to the New World on his 15th-century voyage.

Click here to check out a recipe to make your own dill pickles.

Okay…whenever there is a new food, whether it is low fat or not, I feel I have to try it out and tell you what I think about it.  Over the weekend I tried Dunkin Donuts new bagels twists.  There are three varieties and of course, within two days, I tried all three.  (Ok, I am a true beast and need to gain control of my eating habits.)  The varieties are sour cream & onion, salt, and cheese.

The bagel twist is exactly what it sounds like, dough that is twisted and baked….and I have to say, Dunkin Donuts, your bagel twists are way better than your bagels…nicely done.  The bagel twist is not the same as the bagel.  In fact, it tastes more like a real bagel (not a Dunkin Donuts bagel) than I was expecting.  I tried some of Dave’s cheese bagel twist on Saturday when he brought it home.  I was immediately impressed and asked what other kinds they had.  Needless to say, on Monday, we got the salt and the sour cream & onion kind and I ate half of each.  Totally worth the point, whatever they may be.  I have searched the dunkin donuts web-site and I can not find any nutritional information for these suckers, so I am going to guess they are probably seven points each.  At least that is what I am telling myself for not feeling too bad when I consume an entire bagel twist.

Have you tried the new Dunkin Donuts bagel twist?  Thoughts?  How many points are we thinking?

Diners BEWARE!

The new Eveready Diner in Brewster, NY has a few things going on in the kitchen that have made me decide not to eat at that establishment again.  Now, I will mention that the Eveready Diner in Hyde Park, NY has received great reviews from co-workers, so feel free to check that one out.

Last Wednesday was my first day back at work, as I am a teacher.  The summer is officially over and it brings a tear to the eye.  Screw that, I am in a full on depression which will lead to weight gain in the month of September…but more on that later.  Anyway, the other reading teachers that I work with decided to head to the Eveready Diner for lunch on Wednesday.  Since I had not eaten breakfast that morning I decided to get an egg white omelet with tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil.  This came with wheat toast and hash browns and you can bet your butt that I cleaned the plate.  There is something about feta cheese that I just love and will consume all food containing feta cheese in no time flat.

Since I was starving, I was not really paying attention to what was going on at our table.  Sitting next to me, I hear my friend ask, “Does this look like a bug to you?”  She was not asking me, so I didn’t look up from my plate.  About five minutes later, (I was already done with my food and could now take part in a conversation)I hear my friend say, “Okay, this is definitely a bug.”

WHAT THE HELL?!?!?

The poor thing had already consumed more than 3/4 of her salad and had found a pretty big fly on the bottom of her lunch.  I was pretty grossed out and all I could think was, “I hope that really was basil in my omelet.”  The poor waiter that had to be the one to deal with our unhappiness did not know what to do and he ended up just taking it off the bill.  My friend was pretty much disgusted the rest of the day and who could blame her.  Even thought the fly was dead, in one second a fly can pee, poop, and vomit on your food…so who the hell knew what it was doing before it died.

It only takes one bad food experience for me not to return to a restaurant and I can tell you that that was it.  The Eveready Diner seems like the Neveready Diner to me.

Any bad experiences of your own that you would like to share?

On Monday, my husband’s company, ESPN, hosted their family picnic at Lake Compounce, which is located in CT.  Dave mentioned that he was not sure what to expect.  I figured that there would be free food and rides and it would be a fun day.  What I was not expecting was to gain 80,495,843,095  pounds in one day.

When we got there I realized that all of the food, drinks, and snacks were completely free.  At every snack station there was a sign that said, “Compliments of ESPN” and then whatever the snack was.  Dave and I did a loop of the park and that was when I spotted it…A sign that said FRIED DOUGH!  How could I pass it up?  I love fried dough and could not remember the last time I had enjoyed that greasy goodness.  Dave and I got it with sugar and sat on a bench and shared the snack.  It was around 12:45 and we had already consumed one delicious snack.  It was still early in the day…if this kept up, I was in trouble.  As we continued walking we spotted a pretzel cart that had not been opened earlier at the beginning of our walk.  Of course, we got a pretzel and shared that while sitting on a bench in the shade.

Now, I don’t want you to think that all we did was stuff our faces the entire day.  We hit up a roller coaster, a pirate ship that went flying in the air (and almost made both of us blow our cookies),  and we hit up the bumper cars about three times.  Pressing the pedal of the car and turning the wheel probably worked off that fried dough…ya’ think?

For lunch I thought I would be good and I had a veggie burger…although the hot dog was really calling my name.  Fight it, fight it!  After meeting up with some of Dave’s co-workers we realized that the kegs had been tapped and wine was being served.  We waited on a long line…you would think they were giving away golden nuggets the line was so long!  All of the guys each got two beers, to avoid waiting on a long line again too soon.  I stuck to white wine and we all enjoyed our drinks on the beach.  After hitting up some more rides, it was time for dinner.  I have never seen so much food…they had a huge salad bar, a burrito/taco making station, all sorts of types of meat, various veggies, and all you could eat cookies and ice cream.  I controlled myself with a salad, small piece of meat, lots of veggies, and a cookie.  Okay, let’s not be liars here…two cookies.  What?  I couldn’t control myself, they were M&M cookies.

Fried dough = fried goodness!

We hit up the Ferris wheel and it was so fun!  The sun had already set and we could see the park all lit up from the top of the Ferris wheel.  As we decided to leave, I spotted the fried dough stand and could not control myself.  Dave and I ordered one and I assumed we would split it.  Well, that was not the case and as I was chowing down, Dave then tells me that he doesn’t want any.  I ate some and had to have Dave throw out the rest before I made myself sick.  I have to say, overall, it was a good day for a food beast and it was all compliments of ESPN!


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