I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from Princeton with a degree in French and Italian Literature. I also played on the Men's Squash Team.
@hardvice: I checked out the grenadine wikipedia page before writing this article, and learned some interesting stuff.
You're right, the name for grenadine does come from the French word for pomegranate. And the original grenadines were pomegranate-based, and later cherry based. However, the word took on more of a meaning of syrups made out of any fruit. Typically, though, grenadine is a cherry, pomegranate, or berry syrup.
Maybe I could have been a bit more precise with my wording!
"Hi, my name is John, and I'm an addict."
"It started when I wrote this post for Serious Eats about Manhattan Espresso Coffee Soda. I thought it was harmless, you know, just another writing gig. I drank a bottle, and thought it was okay. But then, a few days later, I walked by the shop where I bought the first one, and I, well, I .... I..."
"It's okay, John"
"I... I needed another. And another. Pretty soon, I was taking trips by that store all the time, just to get a fix of Espresso Coffee Soda. I can't stop. I have a big bottle in my fridge, my girlfriend's fridge. It's just... so damned good."
Yea, I'm hooked. I don't know what it is: the thick foamy carbonation reminiscent of a thick, italian espresso; the light, sparkly bubbles that dance on my tongue; or how roaring twenties the logo looks. Since I wrote about it 2 months ago, I've become a loyal customer, a fanatic, a minion of Manhattan.
I've never been a fan of jelly beans in general, but that Dr. Pepper jelly bean is pretty darned good.
hahahaha "duck testicles of various sizes"
@CareyJones: I'm not sure about you, but I've been craving one of these since I saw the image 10 minutes ago. Are you feeling that?
Does anyone else feel the same cravings for this one day after?
@Tongo Rad: I could see using Espresso Coffee Soda to make some sort of Whtie Russian variation.
@Gisele Bundchen: Learn the rules before you make comments to the press.
No. I live in Brooklyn. There'd be empty PBR cans all over the place.
@worcesterguy: I know it's "wista", but I had to tailor for people who don't live in the most wicked awesome place in the world.
1. I'll be as late as I want to be.
2. I saw you sniffing Reddi-Wip at the Cooke Swap
3. I'm gonna give you to the count of 10, to get your ugly, yella, no-good keister out of my comments.
Buzz, don't be a moron.
This was actually really enjoyable. Nothing like going to Five Guys four nights in a week!
Hey all, thanks for the comments! I'm glad everyone has been so positive thus far. This was a fun one to do!
@Erin_in_AR: I'd love to hear some of your suggestions.
I can't even begin to tell you how ironic the whole ordeal was. As I'm pulling off the highway, I'm thinking "God, I miss Wawa. I'm so happy I'm about to buy gas from them." My spirits dropped when the car wouldn't turn over. That hoagie turned everything around, I tell you.
You know you're from South Jersey if you've ever slept behind a Wawa!
Maggie is right. I could go for another slice of their cheesecake right now, actually.
When I was there last year, the owner of Cochon said he had no trouble getting seafood from the Gulf that was safe and delicious, but that the rest of the country definitely had a lull in its confidence in Gulf Seafood.
Will be looking out for the other columns.
On another note, I was with friends from Louisiana two months ago, and we did a crawfish boil (corn, potatoes, etc.). It was delicious!
o, putaing, le pastagas! faut pas le noyer!
Woah, that sounds pretty awesome.
ARGH! First Gmail Motion and now this! Fooled twice and its not even 9AM. I need some coffee...
@mdeatherage: Woah, interesting. I have to say, tasting them both side to side, I would have completely imagined the reverse. I'm sure there's a lot omitted from the regular roast beef ingredients. The regular roast beef looked totally processed, whereas I could see the strands of beef in the Angus roast beef.
Thanks for the comments!
@Doug/NY: Thanks for catching that!
@jfitz: I'm far from being a "lefty." I also do think that Chick-fil-a has made their political views known in a number of ways. I referenced their politics mainly because I once saw a Gawker post where the author said "Chick-fil-a's sandwiches are almost as bad as their politics". The commenters almost unanimously retorted "say what you want about their beliefs, the chicken is darned good."
In general, I was really surprised by Popeye's and KFC. I fully expected Chick-fil-a to win the day hands-down, but Popeye's and KFC really surprised me. I almost felt like they should be in a third category (chicken tender subs) instead of chicken sandwiches, with Chick-fil-a being the winner of the sandwich category.
I love that Jason Alexander's wearing a white jacket with the 3/4 length sleeves. Very Don Johnson.
@MelMoitzen: Wow, good catch! I thought I saw the Big 'n Tasty on the menu, but that may have been a few months ago.
@kariface: Good call! Maybe I'll do the Arch Deluxe in a future post.
@osomatic: The Arch Deluxe was a "burger for adults" that had bacon, lettuce, tomato, fancy ketchup, special mustard, mayo, and a potato-flour bun. At the time, McDonald's spent around $100 million on the ad campaign, and it ended up not working out.
@Aya and Will Gordon: A strange combo indeed.
@CrashBangBoom: Good call, definitely more of a B+ than anything in the A range.
Hey all, thanks for the comments! I'm glad you liked the post.
I'm sorry to have unleashed a discussion about the Atkins diet. I'm actually following the "Slow Carb" diet from Tim Ferriss's new book "The 4-Hour Body." As a former college athlete, coaches always said that the Atkins depletes your glycogen, and that you suffer from exhaustion after two weeks of it, so I never followed it. However, I'm much less active than I used to be, so I thought I'd give it a try.
The "Slow Carb" diet is strange in that it doesn't allow any "white carbs" and specifically disallows fruit. But, the "Slow Carb" diet allows for a cheat day, where you can eat all the fruit, yogurt, bread, etc. that you want. I don't really eat a lot of fruit to begin with, and way too many Donuts, Oreos, Pieces of Fried Chicken, Cheesesteaks, and Cupcakes. Frankly, I'm the fast food columnist. A month with no bread, and fast food tastings (not scarfing the whole darned burger) only on cheat days will probably be good for me.
Here's a quick snapshot of what I've been eating:
Lentils, Black Beans, Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Chicken Breasts, Kale Chips, Chickpea Stew, Eggplant Stew, Steak or Chicken Salads, Daily Multivitamin, Fresh Cut Red and Green Peppers
And a snapshot of things I normally eat that I haven't been eating:
Donuts, Rice, Nutella on Toast, Oreo's, Chick-fil-a, Cheesesteaks, Anything from Subway, Chocolate from the SEHQ, 2 Sugars in my coffee, Endless amounts of bread
I’ve you’re really interested, I’ll keep you updated of my progress.
@Lili13: Good call on the Cinnamon Twists.
With regards to pricing, I saw Wendy's Chili in NYC, and it was over $1. Similarly, the only McDonald's that I saw actually under a dollar in NYC were the Apple Pies and the Yogurt Parfait (gross). There's a lot of fluctuation out there, and I really wanted to find stuff that was actually 100 cents or less. I also don't think that's just New York. I've seen higher prices than I remembered in Massachusetts, and back home in Pittsburgh. Have yinz experienced this?
@toad3000: Good catch. And they definitely promote it as iceberg lettuce on the website.
@Tacos de Ojos: The Senator might have to disagree. One year ago, I would have agreed. But, in the last year, The Whiplash Whopper, the Stuffed Steakhouse, and the Chick-fil-a Spicy Chicken have all shown me that fast food can be spicy.
Thanks for the comments all!
@ Will Gordon and J. Kenji Bieber-Alt: I think the sogginess of the Fritos depends upon where they are placed relative to other ingredients. Mine were on top of the sour cream and nacho cheese, which may have obscured the flamin' hot (trademark) taste. Yours may have been up against the rice or beef. Good to know they get it right sometimes though.
@square_pie: Definitely a 24-48 hour process. That new BK burger looks a lot like pimento loaf.