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Four cookies are 160 calories? According to my calculations, I just gained 5 billion pounds. Thanks for the girl scout cookies, Mary!
Posted by chris on Aug 6th, 2010
After 24 years of diligent practice and non-stop training, I know how to tell when I’ve had enough cookies: When there’s none left. And the bag, box or bakery is empty. And there’s chocolatey, sugary, sometimes-snickerdoodley pain in my stomach.
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Cookies, meatballs, bread & cheese. All the nutrients a growing boy needs.
Posted by chris on Jul 15th, 2009
I never set an alarm clock. I work from home, on my own schedule and sleep very sporadically. I don’t plan things in advance so I rarely need to be somewhere at a specific time. But this morning, I broke my habit and set an iTunes alarm for 10:45AM…
All cause of Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts in Oakland, California. They’re open to the public one day a week: Wednesdays at 11:00AM (They close when they sell out.) Gregory’s is first & foremost a wholesale bakery, catering to hotels & restaurants. But due to public demand, they decided to open their doors to common streetwalkers — one day a week.
Their priority still lies with their corporate clients: They don’t have a “store-front” for the public. No fancy glass cases to show off their sweets like expensive jewelry. You basically walk down some stairs to a back room of the kitchen where they sell you cookies right off the baking trays.
No fancy printed menu behind the cash register (no cash register, either.) Instead, you walk by a human-sized dry-erase whiteboard just outside the door, filled from edge-to-edge with a huge list of cookies, cakes & cobblers. It’s not even pretty handwriting. It looks like I wrote it — And if you’ve ever had the misfortune of getting something handwritten from me, you know how shocking that is.
Fuck it. They don’t make menus, they make desserts. And you want ‘em.
- Key lime pie
- Peach cobbler
- 3 dark chocolate coffee cookies
- White chocolate blueberry oatmeal cookie. Tons of blueberry flavor. This is coming from a guy who’s still recovering from a cold.
- Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie
All for me.
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So… I’ve had nothing but cookies, cake, ice cream & chocolate today.
Posted by chris on May 18th, 2009
After eating nothing but americanos, eggs and apples for several days, I’ve been indulging in all the foods I was craving the past few weeks:
- Turkey burger with bacon & onion rings
- Chicken fried steak and eggs. I haven’t had this in years.
- Crab-cake benedicts. Yes, plural.
- Chicken tenders. What the hell is a “tender” anyway?
- Espresso almond brownie, Chocolate chip cookies, Oreo cream cake, Bostom cream pie, Princess cake. Probably some other terrible desserts that I have no recollection of eating.
All I’m missing is the pizza and ice cream. (Together.)
Posted by chris on Dec 6th, 2008
- Pepper cheesesteak with white american cheese from Amato’s
- 4 toffee crunch cookies from Whole Foods (Don’t judge me.)
- Fiberful natural dried fruit from Trader Joe’s
After my trip to Whole Foods at 9:45pm, I decided to see if Amato’s Cheesesteaks was still open.
Luckily, I got there a few minutes before they closed up shop. A girl was sweeping the floors and cleaning the tables. I hate to be That Guy, who comes in right when you think you’re done working, but I was craving a good cheesesteak after a day of running errands around the entire city.
Some reviewers on Yelp have said the girl who works at Amato’s has a bad attitude, but I’ve always found her pleasant. Even this night, when I’m coming in as she’s trying to leave, she says I have plenty of time before they close. Judging by the lack of customers and chairs on top of the tables, I’d say she was lying to make me feel comfortable.
I got my order to-go (chickening out at the last second and ordering White American cheese instead of Whiz). When my food was ready, I got up, pushed in the chair I was sitting in and headed for the door. As I left, the girl said, “Thanks for coming in, man. And thanks for pushing in that chair — nobody does that!”
I live to please… My selfless act of kindness that will no-doubt encourage further betterment in the world, is surely deserving of a handful of cookies.
And that is how I gained a pound overnight.
Posted by chris on Dec 4th, 2008
On Monday, Annie and I cooked dinner while watching It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. But before we could cook, she had to work on some nerd stuff and I had to eat slightly healthy things:
- Kashi GOLEAN crunchy chocolate peanut bar
- mix 1 tangerine protein & antioxidant drink
- Organic sliced apples from Trader Joe’s
Now that we got that out the way…
- Shrimp with cocktail sauce from Whole Foods. I ate it while cooking dinner, forgetting for the thousandth time that Annie doesn’t like shrimp (Who doesn’t like shrimp?! Nobody, that’s who.)
- All natural rib-eye steak (lots of marbling!), pan-fried with butter and chopped garlic, seasoned with truffle salt & black pepper
- Sauteed & broiled organic russet potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, butter, rosemary, garlic, Lawry’s seasoning salt and black pepper
- Sauteed organic California-grown green beans, wrapped in prosciutto
- Sauteed organic asparagus, wrapped in bacon
- 337 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
In my defense
As you can see above, I ate sliced apples, a protein+fiber bar and a protein+antioxidant drink before cooking. What you don’t see, is that Annie had two espresso chocolate chip cookies and garlic+herb baked veggie chips before dinner. [Brushes dirt off his shoulder.]
Posted by chris on Dec 1st, 2008
Now that my meals consist of things besides predictable (albeit tasty) Thanksgiving leftovers, I’m back to reporting what I eat. Here we go:
- Sample of 9-month aged Murray Bridge Australian sharp cheddar from Whole Foods. Recommended — I actually buy this cheese on a regular basis.
- Jjamppong (a spicy noodle soup with seafood and vegetables)
- Fortune cookie
- Espresso chocolate chip cookie from Whole Foods
- Cold slice of combination pizza
- Organic California-grown red seedless grapes
Posted by chris on Nov 26th, 2008
My big list of things I ate yesterday:
- Made-to-order burrito from Whole Foods. Wheat tortilla, carne asada, brown rice, pinto beans, salsa fresca, hot sauce.
- Two espresso chocolate chip cookies from Whole Foods
Every time a worker at Whole Foods starts to wrap a burrito, it seems like there’s no way it can be done: there’s just too much food. A mere mortal can’t possibly cram that much filling into a tortilla without defying the laws of physics (or whatever egghead term makes sense here).
But every time — like cramming a month’s worth of luggage into a tiny suitcase — they manage to pull it off. Just barely. And you’re left with a burrito that can last all day. And for me, usually does.
Posted by chris on Jun 4th, 2008
Another peek into my latest food conquests…
My not-so-secret problem
- Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 11 brownies from the Apple Cafeteria (details in an upcoming post)
- Belgian chocolate assortment
Grains & carbs
- Kashi Whole Grain Flakes cereal
- Kashi GoLean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal
- Organic stuffing mix
- Eggplant pesto
- Tomato & basil hummus
- Garlic mint cheese
- Sweet jalapeno spread
- Spinach bolani
- Lentil bolani
Bolani is a super thin flat-bread that’s filled with spinach, lentil, pumpkin or potato and baked in a clay oven. I buy it at my local farmer’s market and it contains no meat or meat products. All you do is break off some bread and put on whatever sauces/spreads you think will taste good together. Then try to eat it quickly before anyone asks you for samples.
The garlic mint cheese sounds weird, but I see it getting the most use. It tastes pretty darn good as a base— just throw some sweet jalapeno or eggplant pesto on top and it’s good to go.
- Organic strawberries
- Navel oranges
- Salmon filets
- Brown sugar
One weekend, I got it into my head that I was going to create a salmon recipe that utilized a citrus sauce/glaze. I’ll write the details on this later (complete with pictures).
Posted by chris on Apr 30th, 2008
Take a walk with me through the cafeteria at Apple…
Tilapia with mango salsa, vegetables and rice
It’s hard for me to pass up a fish entree that has tropical or citrus flavors in the mix.
A single, lonely chocolate chip cookie
This cookie was practically begging for a cookie friend to accompany it on my plate. Unfortunately, there was only one chocolate chip cookie left (and I discriminate against oatmeal raisin). But have no fear, when I went to pay for my food, I saw…
Perugina premium milk chocolate bar with cappuccino filling
I saw this chocolate bar at the cafe the other day and knew I had to try it. I’m a sucker for chocolate with other flavors mixed in. But for some strange reason, I’m writing this blog post instead of savagely ripping the wrapper off the chocolate bar like a little kid at Christmas…
What are you eating?
Posted by chris on Apr 16th, 2008
Since Annie and I like to inform each other of our latest grocery conquests, here’s a list of food I’ve bought this past week or so:
- Red, seedless grapes
- Strawberries (organic)
- Dried fruit bars
- Cappuccino almonds
- Lemon honey almonds
- Espresso gelato
- Dark chocolate almond Laceys (review)
- Espresso chocolate chip cookies
all that non-candy stuff:
- White mushrooms
- Portobello mushrooms
- Sliced pepperoni
- Sliced prosciutto
- Uncooked shrimp
- Wild citrus salmon
- Pizza sauce
- Fresh mozzarella (ovalini)
- Fresh mozzarella (bocconcini)
- Whole wheat pita bread (organic)
- Herb bread (organic)
I don’t always have hours to slave over a homemade pizza (but I wish I did). So lately I’ve been using pita bread as the crust for some quick mini-pizzas. I have some leftover chicken, pesto and smoked mozzarella and a really great BBQ sauce (which I’ll review later) so I’m able to mix up the toppings quite a bit. One of my favorites: marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni and shrimp that’s been sautéed garlic, herbs and red wine.
As I post more of these lists, I suspect I’m gonna feel more and more guilty about the obscene amounts of chocolate I consume to power through my days. But that’s okay. It will simply spiral me into a deep depression that will lead to more of that sweet, sweet chocolate.
Posted by annie on Feb 19th, 2008
I took a nap this afternoon and to my delight, had a dream about food! In my dream I had to write a jingle for a commercial, and the product being advertised was chocolate chip cookies.
When I sat down in front of my piano, I had writer’s/composer’s block and really didn’t know how to begin. Then an old black lady appeared and gave me spectacular advice. She suggested the following lyrics:
“Chocolate cookies you gotta have, honey! Even if it means selling your baby for money!”
So I followed the old lady’s advice and wrote a catchy jingle about selling babies for cookies. Then when the commercial aired, people actually took the lyrics to heart and started selling their babies! Then I saw on the news that parents were being arrested for selling babies, and they had to ban my commercial.
Anyhoo, as you can imagine, I woke up from the dream with the most intense craving for chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, it’s raining outside and I don’t have a vehicle to get me to the nearest grocery store. Nor do I have any babies to sell.