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Fictitious Dishes

Fictitious Dishes: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The thing about good writing is that it transports you in time and place. You can see, smell, and imagine without leaving the comfort of your house or your subway seat.  Ever read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle? Have any desire to visit a meat factory after that?  I didn’t think so.

But following these written cues can be hard, especially if you’ve never experienced anything like it in real life. Seriously, how unfathomable is the ocean journey of Pi Patel in The Life of Pi for those of us who have never been stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger?  Luckily for us, Fictitious Dishes changes all of that by bringing literature to life – or at least the meals. CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF THE REAL-LIFE MEALS FROM TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND – AFTER THE JUMP!


Take a Walk on the Wild Side

2014.04.28 _ Street Food 5

As if I have the world’s most indestructible digestive system, I’ve always been attracted to street food. After living in South America for a few months, I’ve learned that street food is an art that was perfected here… More about living on the edge (and eating alpaca pizza) after the jump!


No Diet Day

Junk Food Taxi

How’s your diet going?  You know, that one you promised to start in January and then again in February and again in March?  Yeah, us, too.

Even if you haven’t really gotten started, we think you deserve a break just for thinking about it.  Did you know there’s this thing called “No Diet Day” in May?….Yeah, it’s mysteriously absent from our calendars, too.  This should obviously be right up there with Thanksgiving, the most hallowed binge-eating holiday of all.  We just might circulate a petition to get No Diet Day its own 4-day weekend.

So, please, put down the baby carrots and fall off the food wagon with us, as we run with manic enthusiasm to the nearest grocery store.  Here is a list of items that you 100% need to have if you plan on doing this right: …AFTER THE JUMP!


The Snack Situation

I Want Snacks.jpgIn my pursuit of a new job, I’m not looking for the usual trappings – salary, insurance, vacation days.  Oh no.  I’m focused on a REAL priority – the free snack situation.

Companies all over the U.S. are going hard on satisfying the munchies – offering some of the most competitive snack benefits ever seen outside a 7-Eleven: Check out the insane snack perks at Dropbox after the jump!


Cookie Monster


Does anyone know who this guy is and if he will marry me?  I want to spend the rest of my life eating cookies off my own face with him.  (There, I just wrote my wedding vows.)


Hot Sauce Science

Hot Hot Hot

I like hot stuff – men, sauces, and dogs.  Turns out one of those things is actually good for you.

According to hot sauce science, a little sriracha (does anyone know how to pronounce that?!) on your lunch can mean a big mood boost for your afternoon.

Just as I always suspected: Hot Sauce = Happiness.

Check out more about the natural high of hot sauce …AFTER THE JUMP!


My Sweet Tooth

Life is Short Eat Dessert First

I’m working from home this afternoon, so that I can keep a watchful eye on Momma le Chat.  She hasn’t been feeling very well the last couple days, so I’m letting her sack out on my bed and hog the covers.

The trouble with working from home is that I can just shovel food in my face all day.  At work, I pretend to only eat 3 meals a day.  At home, I want to build a funnel from the refrigerator to my mouth.  I have no integrity in the privacy of my own home.  I can polish off an entire Entenmann’s (literally anything they make) during a commercial break. MORE AFTER THE JUMP…AND RECIPES!


Ode to Fast Food

Kate Hudson

The most loving relationship I’ve ever had is the one I have with fast food, so I’ve decided to share my experiences.  You know, to help those less fortunate get in touch with their emotional eating needs.  This is my Pay it Forward for 2014.

So – for the first time ever – I give you: Fast Food for the Right Mood – A Manual in GIFs. That weekend phone call with your parents left you full of self-loathing? Find out which fast food is right for you…AFTER THE JUMP!


Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple

Most of you probably know that the one and only Shirley Temple passed away on Monday.  Easily the cutest face ever seen on television, she is also the namesake of my favorite beverage (somehow that last bit didn’t make it into the wikipedia entry).

Though she went on to have a very successful political career after her retirement from television at 22 (and is widely credited with making it okay to talk about …MORE AFTER THE JUMP!


National Chocolate Cake Day

National Chocolate Cake Day

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day!  I don’t know if other kinds of cake get their own days, too, but they sure as hell should.  If, for any reason, I’m ever on death row and have to choose my last meal, I want to eat my way through a prison cell of confetti cake.

To celebrate chocolate cake, however, I made my first cake from scratch EVER yesterday: the Nudie Chocolate Banana Blackberry Cake from famed Philadelphia bakery Brown Betty Dessert Boutique.  I highly recommend their cookbook for some great vintage recipes and stories!  (Though maybe check back with me in a few hours to find out if all of my coworkers survived my first cakexperiment.)

Some guy in the communal kitchen did remark, “That’s not what frosting is supposed to look like,” but I don’t care because it was outrageously delicious even on my muted flu season taste buds.