Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Food Vices

The other day, as I was thinking about my foodie resolutions, I also reflected on my food vices... you know, the things that I eat that I am not super proud of.  I'm figuring most folks have 1 or 2 of these. 

As it turns out, I have quite a few.  Oops.  Oh well.  The thing of it is, I'm actually a little proud of my food vices (and please note, I'm using the term "food" loosely here as for somethings I'm not sure how they even met FDA standards).  Yeah, sure - everybody's body is a temple.  But it is also fun to spurge and enjoy the things you like.  In moderation of course.  

So I am going to be honest and say that yes, while these food vices aren't fantastic, I don't eat them all the time (with the exception of coffee).  And when I do, it's because I haven't had it in a while and I otherwise take good care of my body and my health.  

So here it goes, my 'shortened' list of food vices...

1. A larger than normal amount of cream and sugar in my coffee.  I mean, to the extent that most people comment when they see me doctor my coffee in the morning, if I "want any coffee with my cream and sugar."  I'm not going to reveal all my secrets and talk about how many scoops of sugar, but it's pretty sweet.  And I really like my coffee this way.  Which is why I only have one cup a day.  

I only use 1/2 and 1/2.  2% milk does not taste right AT ALL.

2.  Hot Dogs.  I realize that what goes into hot dogs is a serious question.  I can tell you right now, I don't care what "parts of a pig" are used to make a hot dog.  They taste GOOD.  Really good.  So I have been known to enjoy a hot dog every now and again (more so in the summer so I think it balances well throughout the year).

3.  Diet Coke.  I believe there is a chemical sweetener in here that will kill you.  But low doses, I'm not convinced.  So I like to enjoy 1-2 diet cokes a week.  I prefer the fountain soda to the can (there is a very different taste) but can't always get that so I generally need to hit up my 'private reserve' in the fridge downstairs (it's like my equivalent of a wine cellar).  Please note, there is no substitute with Diet Pepsi.  Ever.  That's a waste of a soda treat.

When I was in high school, I used to 'pair' diet coke with raw chocolate chip cookie dough

4.  Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli.  I have no idea why I love Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli or why I think it tastes so delicious, but I do.  It may have to do with the salt content.   Regardless, there is something in this can of heaven that draws me in.  I rarely enjoy this food vice but I can tell you, I do crave it.  If you have never had this, I strongly encourage you to try it (just once).  I am convinced that little Italian man laces his ravioli with crack... 

Warm on the stovetop, never microwave
5.  A Slurpee and a Slim Jim.  Yes, that is correct... I have been known to frequent 7-11 to pick up my favorite snack, a Coke Slurpee and a Slim Jim.  It is my number 1 food vice and I am proud of it.  I love to 'snap into a slim jim' and wash that down with some slushy slurpee.  Food can be very nostalgic and this treat definitely brings me back to  my childhood (in NJ, of course - where else is there a 7-11 on every corner?!).

Check out that lighting, you know it's authentic 7-11 florescent blubs!
Even though I enjoy well prepared food and fine dining, there is most certainly a piece of me that finds comfort in warming up some beef ravioli for dinner with some diet coke.  It's all about balance and moderation in the end anyway.  What are your food vices?  Taquitos?  Doritos?  Gummy Bears?  I know you have some.... 


1 comment:

  1. I am a sucker for taquitos (Safeway brand only), Big Gulps, and Tollhouse Chipwich. They have me at hello every time...