Archive | January, 2012

Number 90: Criollo Chocolate (and a mini-giveaway!)

31 Jan

At the moment, my life is almost entirely made up of contradictions and ridiculousness.  One minute I’m eating expensive gourmet chocolate in my living room, and the next minute I’m heading out to Tuesday night bowling league and drinking dollar Bud Lights.  A few months ago, I’m at a Roadkill Cook-Off in West Virginia, and now I’m making reservations at the highest rated restaurant in Chicago.  Sometimes (especially yesterday, when I had to write “meal worms” in my food journal) I wonder why I’m even doing this.  But then I get a shipment of fine Mexican chocolate in the mail and I remember how much I really love this challenge. Continue reading

Number 42: Whole Insects

30 Jan

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the book How to Eat Fried Worms.  It told the story of a boy who, to win a bet, has to eat fifteen worms, all prepared in different ways.  Instead of being disgusted by the descriptions of worms topped with ketchup and worms in spaghetti sauce, I was intrigued.  I thought they sounded good.  And while I have never eaten a real worm, today I found myself munching on BBQ-flavored meal worms. I guess you could say it was a childhood dream come true. Continue reading

Number 9: Borscht

27 Jan

I don’t particularly like beets.  Or cabbage.  Or carrots.  Or soup.  So clearly borscht is something that I was not looking forward to making.  Also, I have not one drop of Eastern European blood in me, so this whole thing was very foreign to me.  I didn’t know what borscht was supposed to taste like, but all I could imagine was flavorless cabbage in a bowl.  Ugh. Continue reading

Number 7: Cheese Fondue

26 Jan

Three and a half years ago, I spent two weeks in Switzerland with my ex-boyfriend and his family.  We drank wine, hiked through the mountains, ate gourmet meats and cheeses, and sat in the sun.  When we got fogged in for four days, we played Risk and watched tennis on TV.  And one night, we went to a restaurant where we each got a huge pot of authentic Swiss fondue.  It was heaven.  Now, three and a half years later, I find myself at Trader Joe’s buying a pre-packaged carton of fondue that you put in the microwave.  Not quite the same thing. Continue reading

Number 12: Pho

25 Jan

I’m falling a little bit behind on this challenge.  I have just over 2 months remaining to complete it, and 26 foods to eat.  It’s definitely doable, but it’s gonna be tough.  Last night, I scoured the internet for restaurants to visit and recipes to follow, then I placed a very strange and very large order on Amazon…more details to come.  Last night’s research also resulted in the composition of a super long list of restaurants I need to hit up, one being a place just down the street where I could get some Vietnamese noodle soup called pho (pronounced “fuh”). Continue reading

Number 53: Abalone

18 Jan

There have been many times during this blogging journey that I’ve felt completely lost.  The time that I almost burnt my apartment down by trying to fry plantains, the time that I attempted to shuck raw oysters, the time that I wandered through Chinatown searching for durian…  But today topped them all.  I never even knew what abalone was until I started this challenge, and I certainly didn’t know how to find it, clean it, or prepare it. Continue reading

Number 55: McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

17 Jan

I never in a million years thought that I would drive through a McDonald’s and order a Big Mac Meal with a Coke.  I’m not a huge fast food-eater; I’ll hit up McDonald’s maybe once every 6 months and grab a double cheeseburger, but it’s usually when I’ve had a bit too much to drink or if I just have an intense junk food craving that cannot be ignored.  But today, my blog dragged me through lovely Chicago weather (a combination of freezing rain and snow) to get a meal that, frankly, I didn’t really want. Continue reading