Wednesday, January 27, 2010

what i've learned in the u.s. - food and wine edition

ok i have been silent on this blog for a few weeks so time to fill it with some insights ;)
my unscientific, clearly biased take on wintering in the south and the food and beverages needed to sustain me...

guinness - you CAN get a decent guinness. and holy...happy hour is exactly what it says - a pint of the beautiful brew for 2.25! and taxes of only 6%...sweet and sweeter

meal specials - if you see an advertised special on prime rib dinner, and you go there to dine, and you are under 50, you WILL be the youngest one in the restaurant...make that under 60.

wine - the grocery stores DO sell decent wine. a recent special had 2 bottles of little penguin for 10$. if we had the mail-in coupon (seriously...a coupon for wine!) we could have bought 6 bottles of the stuff for 3$ each!

doritos - too salty, and the flavours are sub-par...not interested in eating them here.

chips - ditto. so salty, and more expensive - no kettle chips in honey dijon, or ketchup chips...c'mon!

mini rice cakes - sadly, another ditto - 2 boring, underflavoured choices and more $

cheese - cheese is cheap. so between the cheese and the oversalted snacks you've got some serious water retention contention.

deli - oh...after the cheap cheese, the inexpensive proscuitto continues the decadent deal - wine, cheese and proscuitto for a fraction of the price i am accustomed to? can make me want to pack it in and snowbird with my elders every year.

fried chicken - i FINALLY understand its appeal. the delicate crunch, the amber coloured coating. guess i shouldn't see

ice cream - you shouldn't. i shouldn't. i swear i meant to reach for the apple as my midnight snack. it just turned into a scoop of chocolate chip and cookie dough ice cream...two powerhouse flavours in one sea of frozen milk and sugar...deeeeeelish!

cherries - under 3$ a lb in winter. enough said

and for c...a dozen flavours of goldfish on sale last week for 1$ a bag! 1$ - such a nice price had to say it twice.

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