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Muscat Grapes

Posted by parsingtime on March 28, 2011

If you have never tasted a muscat grape I must beseech you to go buy some at your local specialty food store (I’ve seen them in Central Market, HEB and Whole Foods but not Krogers). They are the most delicious grape I have ever tasted.

Completely worth the ridiculous amount of money I paid for them.


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Posted by parsingtime on March 25, 2010

It is unclear to me how I’m going to move into our house this weekend when every night this week has been a panic about WHAT TO MAKE FOR DINNER.  When does my mom get back from Vietnam again? And can she just make dinner every night and I’ll just come pick it up or better yet can she just move in as my chef? Can we get someone cheap from India who likes to cook and change diapers?

What to make for dinner is easily the question I hate answering everyday and living at home makes me realize what an inadequate cook I am. I would probably feel differently if I were actually good at it.

I didn’t even want to eat real food last night (oh, don’t worry I did for the baby, protein and lots of vegetables and did she appreciate it? She showed her appreciation by spending 2-4am knocking on my uterus much like a person knocks on walls to find the hollow areas.)…I would have liked to dip myself in a vat of chocolate pudding and sour cream cake donuts. Instead I ate watermelon and cinnamon toast crunch (my latest dessert alternative) as a before dinner snack. While I won’t define how much watermelon I ate, lets just say that my stomach and the amount I ate look very similar.

What to eat is an interesting question during pregnancy.  Do you eat healthy and keep your weight manageable for the weight loss to come or do you eat what you are craving and just figure five to ten more pounds won’t matter? I tend to be in the first camp but I really wish I were in the second mostly because I really want donuts.  And pudding.  And not all the healthy vegetables accompanying dinner.

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Coconut Cream Pie

Posted by parsingtime on October 12, 2009

Grandma’s Coconut Cream Pie (Kelly’s Grandma not mine).

I made it for book club and it was excellent.  Trust me when  I say it is really simple (especially if you don’t make your own crust, which I don’t) and delicious.

Coconut Cream Pie

Summer this is what you missed this weekend by not visiting your favorite friends in Charlotte.

Also, I sort of love Jim Halpert (in the sanest way it is possible to love a fictional character). I would give him some pie.

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Chocolate, Sometimes Better than Sex

Posted by parsingtime on September 16, 2009

Dessert at Chocolate by the Bald Man was worth EVERY. SINGLE. CALORIE.

Chocolate By The Bald Man

We have here waffles, whip cream, dark chocolate and dulce de leche ice cream, topped with candied hazelnut pieces and served with mini chocolate malt balls and extra chocolate sauce.

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Great Restaurants in New Orleans

Posted by parsingtime on August 10, 2009

We are back from New Orleans where we discovered we are no longer used to the humidity and heat in the South. We had an excellent weekend celebrating the birthday of a friend and eating some really good food.

First the food. I don’t have any photos because every time there was food in front of our group it was inhaled. However I can unequivocally say that everything we ate this weekend was really really good.

Cafe Du Monde– Beignets and frozen Cafe au Lait. I like Beignet’s okay. To be honest, without the powered sugar it would be just fried dough.  I think I prefer a donut (with the sugar melted on) over the powered sugar.
Napoleon’s – Excellent dressed roast beef sandwiches, jambalaya, gumbo. Casual, inexpensive and in a house that was originally set to be given to Napoleon. He died on Elba before he could receive it.
Antoines– Expensive but oh so good. I had the best mojito of my life there. It is a seafood place and a great place for a nice meal. They also have live music in their bar area. The baked Alaska was sublime.
Central Grocery– Literally a grocery store that sells Muffalettas. I had never had a muffaletta before this weekend and traditionally it is full of things I don’t like (cheese, olives, salami etc) but this was probably the best sandwich I have ever eaten. Seriously. Go get a muffaletta at Central Grocery.  I had a quarter of a muffaletta and  that thing was a two handed, ten napkin sandwich.
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen – Great pizza. Bad Service….for us at least.  Ranked No. 1 pizza place in New Orleans 9 years in a row.
Acme Oyster House – The grilled oysters at Acme are my new favorite food. They were that good. The Peacemaker sandwich (oyster and shrimp po’boy with tobasco infused mayo) was also excellent.

As you can see from this list, if you want to eat healthy don’t go to New Orleans. The unhealthiness was totally worth the yumminess in my opinion. One of the girls there was a vegetarian and she had an interesting take on weekends like this one in New Orleans. She commented that weekends like this one is as much about the food as the people and activities and for the weekend she embraced the jambalaya, oysters and etoufee on offer. It was truly impressive especially when contrasted with a person who ordered a Turkey Po’Boy from Acme and proceeded to eat the lettuce and turkey from the middle.

We stayed in the French Quarter and were able to walk everywhere.  At night the city smells overpoweringly of urine but if you can get past that you will be able to go to some unique art galleries on Royal, see women flashing for cheap beads on Bourbon and poke through cute shops on Decatur.

Red Dress Run Redux Coming soon.

Cafe Du Monde

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Best Thing Ever

Posted by parsingtime on August 11, 2008

I am in LOVE with Stacy’s Pita Chips in the Simply Naked flavor. In fact I love them so much that I can’t even fathom the thought of trying another flavor. And they come in some pretty interesting other flavors: cinnamon sugar, multigrain, parmesan, pesto and sundried tomato etc. I actually haven’t bought the cinnamon sugar ones because I don’t want those to become a favorite, as I’m sure they would be (mmm…scooping vanilla ice cream into them sounds yummy).

Anyway, I recommend you go buy them and try them yourself. Along with my Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal/multigrain breakfast they are my favorite food item of the moment.  They have the perfect crunch, are cholesterol and trans fat free and taste great with so many things, including hummus, on the side as a healthy chips/lays alternative, guacamole, 7 layer dip, broken up and made into yummy crumbs for your tilapia etc.

The only complaint I would have, if any, is that at my grocery store you can only buy the small bags. It would be nice to have the party size available.

Stacy's Pita Chips, Simply Naked, 18-Ounce Bag (Pack of 6)

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Newest Obsession

Posted by parsingtime on February 6, 2008

I bought two pounds of Trader Joe Strawberries today.

I’ve eaten a pound of Trader Joe’s strawberries by myself (and Husband I are finishing the second pound as we speak). I thought these would last until Friday.

I think they are sprinkled with crack or something equally addictive.

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Condiment Love

Posted by parsingtime on January 11, 2008

For years now I’ve been mixing various hot sauces with ketchup. I like condiments, liking dipping random things into vast amounts of ketchup but enjoy the kick of tobasco or that super hot red chili stuff from the chinese stores.

Seemingly other people do this too because behold:

Heinz ketchup with tobasco. My condiment dreams have been fulfilled. It tastes good too.

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Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by parsingtime on December 5, 2007

Run, don’t walk (unless you are Random Banker and are crazy and don’t like chocolate) to Trader Joe’s to get their Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. It’s a new product and completely awesome in its yummy goodness.

I don’t know know what kind of voodoo magic they put in these cookies but the chocolate chip cookies stay soft even in the freezer so when you take them out the cookies are big soft yummy chocolaty cookies and the ice cream is creamy vanilla goodness.  They are also rolled in mini chocolate chips. Just to make them more sublime.

They are also so big you can share…of course when I get the ice cream sandwich for Husband and I to share I cut it down the middle with a knife…when Husband gets it we just alternate bites which might or might not be fair.  I mean, Husband could be taking bigger bites than me or getting an extra chunky chocolaty bite or who knows what.

Of course in all honesty, Husband probably always lets me eat more dessert and gives me the best bites but if you don’t slice it down the middle HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING YOUR FAIR SHARE?

You don’t.

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Posted by parsingtime on November 8, 2007

In case you were wondering, if you eat 12 clementines in one day your pee will smell like oranges.*

*I have an unhealthy obsession with Clementines. No matter the price if I see them in the store I have to buy them. I love them almost as much as Cadbury’s mini eggs.

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