Monday, November 28, 2011


judging by the strange and random cravings i get, you'd think that i was i crazy pregnant lady. well only one of those words describes me, and luckily it ain't pregnant and it ain't lady either.

edamustache, my movember facial hair
for as long as i can remember i've always loved savory, salty foods. kimchee, spicy ramen, preserved radishes...these are things i grew up eating and loving. other longtime staples - practically food groups in their own rights - include potatoes, butter chicken, and mayonnaise (which i used to scoop out of a jar with my fingers. yum) oh, and i also could probably eat at chipotle for the rest of my life and be quite content with it.

my food swings come and go. lately i've been on sort of a whole foods rampage. mainly because they carry a lot of brands and items that i wouldn't usually run into at another store (or would not willingly pay for when not on an expense account!). i also like their premade foods. cooking for one is sort of depressing.

here's some stuff i've been loving recently:

kashi strawberry fields cereal. oh dear god. if you eat special k red berries, heed my advice: get this the next time and you'll never go back to that cardboard crap. i first discovered this at bart mart at the university of chicago my sophomore year. since then i've always bought it wherever i could find it and have gotten several friends addicted as well. it's pricey, even for a cereal, but i think it's worth it as it's one of those cereals where i'll finish the whole bag instead of leaving the remaining fourth/dregs uneaten.

liberte yogurt. story of how i encountered this: i was at the yogurt aisle, pondering the mysteries of life when a gorgeous girl walked by and said to me in passing, "try the liberte, it's really good!" now this girl was skinny, athletic, and had perfectly smooth skin, so i figured it would be some low-cal watery atkins stuff. not so. a little container of this guy packs 270 calories. but by the grace of god, it tastes like ice cream, i kid you not. i've since replaced my ben & jerry's with this. it's not healthy by any stretch of the imagination but it ain't a tub of chunky munky either. these go for about $1.49 each, but are sometimes on sale if you buy 'em in bulk.

i heard about snapea crisps from elle fowler, who raved about them as her favorite relatively healthy snack. i picked them up and thought, why not? they taste good and are good for when you just want to munch on something while watching tv or feeling sorta lazy. like elle says, they give that satisfying potato chip crunch. at $1.99 a bag with 3-ish servings, they are also pretty inexpensive.

the other day, i was eating one of these at work when my coworker noticed and joked, "what are you, five?". i nodded and kept eating. i seriously think the half the fun of string cheese lies in the memories it conjures of a packed school lunch. these make a good mid-day snack because they are filling and portable. i have one with an apple almost every day around 3 PM when my stomach starts to make whale sounds.

last but not least... tea tea gee gee baby baby baby! as the starks like to say, winter is coming, and nothing quite simultaneously calms and warms me up as a warm cup of tea does. i've been having one every morning and evening and have been finding that it curbs my coffee craving quite a bit. i may or may not have reached into my backpack to grab my passport and accidentally handed the TSA officer a tazo packet of tea...just one time...

there you have it, a list of noms i've been obsessed with lately. give 'em a try and let me know your thoughts or recommendations. i am always on the lookout for new food to eat :D the weirder the better!


  1. i just discovered liberte too! I put roasted almonds in it for dessert, and breakfast...and midafternoon snacks