Posts tagged ‘food’

July 17, 2008

Writer’s Block: Food Loves and Hates

Foods I cannot live without:

  • Tomatoes because is it good but also used in other foods I like.
  • Cherries, strawberries, blueberries, honey dew melons. Basically fruit.
  • V8 juice.
  • Pizza.
  • Bread/Bagels.
  • Rice.
  • Crab: Crab cakes, crab pretzels, crab dip, crab pizza, and just crabs. Even imitation crab, haha.
  • Cream cheese.
  • Chocolate soy milk.
  • Veggie, soy, and turkey versions of foods like veggie/turkey burgers, turkey dogs, soy milk. Yum.
  • Sushi.
  • Salmon.
  • Spinach.
  • Olives.
  • Yogurt, yogurt cheese. I need my probiotics.
  • Chocolate.
  • Koreandessert-Tteok-Jeolpyeon-Ya-1.jpg picture by cherryteresaTteok – korean rice cakes. Real rice cakes, not the cardboard-like stuff that Americans picture when they think of rice cakes.
  • Grits with butter and salt.
  • Miso soup.
  • Pajeon (“korean pancakes”, “korean pizza), especially haemu pajeon, (해물파전) which is seafood pajeon. The kind with squid is my favorite. Great with soy sauce. Yum!

Foods I cannot stomach:

  • Beef and pork. I have not eaten either since 2006. I would literally get sick if I ate these again.
  • Mayonnaise “salads” that are not meat-based. For example, potato salad and coleslaw. When my parents tried to make me eat these, I would literally gag. I couldn’t even swallow these. It’s like my body was saying “no”. But tuna salad, chicken salad, etc. are great. 
  • Onions, except for baked onion rings or maybe in some soups or in salsa. I know onions are good for you, but I don’t like them. Even when I take the onions off, I can still taste them and it just ruins the food for me.
  • Green peppers. Most peppers just taste like ear wax to me (don’t ask, haha). Another food that I probably should eat for its health benefits, but don’t like. 
  • Most fried foods. I used to be able to eat a lot of these but now it makes my stomach feel bad. I basically limit myself to fried rice and fried fish sandwiches. But it depends on the restaurant because sometimes I can’t even have the fish sandwich from certain places. I get my crab cakes baked now and I actually like it better and it’s also healthier. When I make french fries, mozzarella sticks, fish sticks, etc. I bake them.
  • Root beer. Tastes like toothpaste mixed with soda.
  • Coors Light beer. I’d rather be sober than drink this. I can drink Natty Boh and Pabst Blue Ribbon, but no Coors Light.
  • Rum. I can have a little, but I usually just stay away from it altogether. I won’t even have had enough to be drunk, but I will hurl and have a bad stomach ache.
June 14, 2008

Shredded lettuce

Shredded lettuce sucks. But lettuce is otherwise good. Why does it suck when it’s shredded but is okay when it’s non-shredded? I don’t know but it just does.

May 28, 2008

Chicken Teriyaki

Have you ever seen that episode of Chappelle’s Show where he wants to order fried chicken on a flight, but he choses the fish instead? He does this because he doesn’t want to be a stereotype.

This is how I sometimes feel at Subway, ordering the chicken teriyaki sub. Haha. Except I just order it.

Yes, teriyaki is Japanese and I’m Korean-American. But most people don’t know that nor do they think about that.

May 17, 2007

Probably the best billboard I have ever seen

Natty Boh Guy + Utz Girl = Love!

I love this billboard! I saw it for the first time on April 29th when I was walking from XS (awesome sushi restaurant) to Club Charles (nice bar with a trapeze). 

From those not from Baltimore or the surrounding areas, here’s an explanation: The guy on his knees is “Mr. Boh” a.k.a. “The Natty Boh guy” (Natty Boh = shortened name for National Bohemian). You see just the head on the cans/bottles of National Bohemian beer and merchandise.  The girl eating the bag of chips is the Utz girl. Utz is a snack food company and Utz products are really popular in Baltimore, especially ones with Old Bay seasoning (something else you’ve probably never heard of if you’re not from the area). 

Natty Boh was originally brewed in Baltimore and even though Utz is from Hanover, PA, it’s popular here. Also, both the Natty Boh guy sign and the Utz girl sign are big red signs you can see from miles away when you are driving in or near Baltimore city. They are often used as landmarks when people are lost while driving. 

Yes, that’s right people from Baltimore who have never lived anywhere else: Not everyone has heard of Natty Boh, Utz, Old Bay, (and while I’m discussing this) Tastykake (from Philly), or Dominos Sugar. When I first moved to Baltimore, I thought the Natty Boh guy was the Pringles guy haha. I had seen Utz once in the grocery store before moving here. It was in the “Generic Section” of the commissary in Ohio when I lived there. They were selling big bags for about 39 cents. I’d never seen it again until coming to Baltiomore. (Yes, the aisle was actually labeled the generic aisle. How dare they? Haha).  Utz is only available in a 400 mile radius from Hanover.
The other brands of food, I’d never seen, heard of, or eaten before moving to Baltimore. Other parts of the country have brands that Baltimore hasn’t heard about.  Some Baltimoreans get really surprised when I mention this.