December 15, 2008

Bento boxes- taking it to a new level

If you search the web for bento boxes, you will find no end to the creative lunches packed just so if into tiny bento boxes, Japanese style. But I just found this amazing site that's got to be the cake wrecks of the bento world, Anna the Red's Bento Factory. Take a peek at her Pokemon- themed edible arrangements. Now I'm feeling bad about the plain old sandwich my boy will be eating tomorrow.

December 08, 2008

What's in your child's school lunch?

I'm listening to a great video over at SwitchedOnMom (click to watch). It's a talk by Ann Cooper, the director of nutrition services for the Berkeley (California) Unified School District, at the TED Conference. A conference that brings together some of our nation's most brilliant minds.

According to the TED website, Cooper is an outspoken activist for serving fresh, sustainable food to kids. Her lively website, LunchLessons.org, rounds up recipes, links, and resources for food activism.

December 06, 2008

He's a-blogging

Yep, DH is writing a weekly blog over at Chicago's TheLocalBeet.com. He's The Backyard Farmer and will chronicle his attempt to break his "self-sufficiency record."

He invites us all to follow his ups and downs, fact-finding, foibles, and forced alliteration.

Check him out.

December 02, 2008

A taste of Chicago wherever you are!

The other night DH brought home a delicious buttercrust Lou Malnati's pan pizza. It's a local favorite. Of course, Lou's deep dish pan variety is not to be confused with stuffed pizza, another deep dish Chicago favorite, but I digress.

He also brought home a brochure for Tastes of Chicago, a delivery service that ships our local delicacies around the globe.

To be fair, most of the food isn't all that delicate. Tastes of Chicago ships out hearty stuff like dense, creamy Eli's Cheesecake, artery-clogging Portillo's Italian beef, Vienna Chicago-style hot dogs, Hackneys half-pound beef burgers, Carson's ribs, and brown bag apple pie from Long Grove Confectionery.

Now that I've typed that out, I fear sending a taste of Chicago is like snail mailing a heart attack! Would you do this to a friend? Oh, yes you would. It's all delicious.

Be sure to order before the new year; these foods don't mesh well with healthy resolutions. Though, they are perfect addition to any Super Bowl party. By then all diet bets are off and everybody's gambling on the big game instead.

December 01, 2008

Do you really want to eat there?

Have you ever walked into a restaurant's washroom only to find it's filthy, and by the way, lacking basic hygiene supplies like soap?

Or gotten a glimpse of a filthy kitchen on the way to the restrooms and wondered if you should stay for your meal?

Wonder no more! The Chicago Tribune has an online database that lets you see the inspection results of any restaurant in town. Well, most of them, at least.

When we were in California, we noticed each restaurant prominently displayed a grade from their most recent inspection. Why would you eat anywhere that did not receive an A? The system rewards sound hygiene and food prep practices. We thought it was a great idea.

At least we've got the Trib list, which, I imagine, is easier than sifting through the city records on ones own.

November 25, 2008

Spatulatta pate contest

My friends Spatulatta, the by-kids, for-kids cooking site are holding a giveaway. Click and comment to win a fabulous New Year's Eve Gourmet Goodie Basket full of outrageously delicious handmade Welsh country style patés from Patchwork Traditional Foods and chocolates, cookies, biscuits jams and jellies from The London Food Company.

Good luck!

November 22, 2008

Dining a la card. It's like the Entertainment Book, only much better.

The Entertainment Book of dining coupons was da bomb when it debuted decades ago. But it's been on a downhill slide for years. The 2009 book is just plain pitiful. So I was especially excited to learn about A La Card Chicago at the Family Farmed Expo.

A La Card Chicago is a deck of 52 cards, each listing one chef-driven, owner-operated Chicago restaurant.

The 52 cards go from A (Aigre Doux- reportedly one of Michelle Obama's favorite eateries) to V (Veerasway, Vermillion, and Volo). Clearly it's much hipper than the old Book.

Each card lists the price-point, neighborhood, address, phone number and website of each restaurant, as well as a lively description of its food and atmosphere.

But wait. That not all!

Each card in the deck is also a coupon that will save you $10 at the named establishment. Of course, a few rules and restrictions apply, but they are reasonable.

Their rep was kind enough to give me a 2008 deck, good for one more month, but alas, I'm a suburban type with a tight belt and few dining out plans in December.

If you're a local who likes to dine out and save up leave a comment below. I'll pay my deck forward to the first person who asks for it.

November 15, 2008

Divine Chocolate giveaway!

Call it Divine intervention, but I ran into Dana from Divine Chocolate, a fair-trade chocolate company, twice last week. The most recent crossing of paths took place at the Family Farmed Media Meet-up, where she was kind enough to give me little chocolate swag bag.

As a chocoholic, I admit I'm not as picky as I should be about my chocolate. I'm not talking picky in terms of fat content or percentage of cacoa, I'm talking about the conditions under which the cocoa is harvested. Check out Adrienne's post over at Baby Toolkit to learn more about chocolate's dark, dirty secret. (And tell her congrats on her new baby girl!)

Quoting from her November 2007 post:
So... when I found out that virtually every American chocolate bar is tainted with child slavery (enacted in Africa), I didn't want to believe it. Knight-Ridder had a series of articles outing the use of child slaves to harvest cocoa and coffee beans* in the Ivory Cost and Mali. It's fallen off most of the news site because it's age (2001), but it's been reprinted here.

There are alternatives, though. Divine Chocolate is one of them. Known as a pioneer among socially responsible enterprises, the cocoa farmers own a percentage of the company (30% of the US branch and their business practices are on the up-and-up.

Sounds good, but how does it taste? I'm giving away two Divine Chocolate Bars- one milk, one dark. I think they are each one ounce of chocolaty fair trade goodness. (I had to hide them so I don't eat them myself!)

To enter, simply leave a comment by midnight, Saturday November 22. I'll pick a winner at random and send out the chocolate (we're past melting weather, right?) U.S. residents only, please.

This is not a sponsored contest, just a random act of kindness and small celebration of my return to this blog, which was largely ignored in 2008.

Tandoor India

Tandoor India
in Holiday Inn Skokie
5300 W. Touhy Avenue
847-679-8900

Another guest post by DH.


The noisy, chaotic indoor water playground is gone from the expansive "Holidome" courtyard of Skokie's North Shore Holiday Inn. In its place is a smaller pool and whirlpool, some offices and the indoor patio of Tandoor India.

My buddy Rich and I go to Devon Avenue monthly for Indian food, and I wanted to try a restaurant closer to home. And one with better parking.

The menu features Americana like pizza and burgers, so if your little ones don't like curry or masala, Tandoor India is still a good pick. At first I took the presence of American dishes as a bad sign. But we were pleasantly surprised to find a full menu of northern Indian cuisine. We got the tandoori sampler (lamb sausage, chicken and shrimp) and a chicken biryani with naan.

The biryani had a nice ratio of meat to rice and was served in a traditional-looking hammered brass pot. The sampler was also quite decent and was served atop a metal platter, enhancing the presentation.

The meal was about $30. Not cheap, but the quality of the food made it a good enough value. And the convenience of parking in a free, spacious lot trumps all.

November 13, 2008

Family Farmed Media Meet-up

Cross-posted from my personal blog, Hormone-colored Days.

Later today I'm taking part in an exciting private media event for the farmers and producers who will be exhibiting their goods at the upcoming Family Farmed Expo.

The Family Farmed folks have assembled an impressive panel of traditional media folks to share advice on how to these producers can effectively connect with media and share their stories. And I'm going to be part of the panel as well! I'll be offering tips on connecting with new media types and using social media.

As you read the list of panel members below, you'll quickly see why I am proud to be a part of this event:
Monica Eng, reporter at Chicago Tribune
Ann Flood, editor-in-chief of Edible Chicago
David Hammond, founder of LTHForum.com, contributor to TheLocalBeet, WBEZ radio, Time Out! Chicago and Chicago Reader, among others
Kim Moldofsky, blogger and social media consultant
Cassie Walker, senior editor of Chicago magazine

I sent out a quick tweet asking for ideas about how farmers can use social media and got back several interesting ideas. I'll be back with the tweets and more details after the event.

November 10, 2008

Eli's Cheesecake at Barack Obama's inauguration celebration?

I can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that Eli's cheesecake will prepare and serve an Obamalicious dessert at the upcoming inauguration.

In fact, I started those rumors.

Eli's served up one of its giant specialty cheesecakes for President Clinton on his big day, so they know they way into the White House. And Eli's is a great reminder of sweet home Chicago. Certainly cheesecake has more presidential flair than, say, hot dogs, deep dish pizza, or Affy Tapples.

What do you think? What tastes of Chicago would you like to see Obama bring to our nation's capital?

November 06, 2008

Digital Thermometer Pans

I just learned about this high tech cooking tool from Popgadget, a fun site for women and tech innovations. Perfect for the geek in your kitchen, this digital thermometer pan senses the temperature of the center of the pan and displays it on the handle. No more confusing medium heat with medium-low, not to mention medium-high.
Perfect pancakes every time!
Buy it now at ThinkGeek, where you can also find a lot of other fun tech gadgets and ironic t-shirts.

November 02, 2008

Bento Box giveaway

Serena, one of my fun new Chicago Moms Blog sistahs, is holding a Bento Box giveaway on her blog, Petit Tableau. Check out the giveaway along with photos of the creative lunches she packs her children.

October 30, 2008

Hana Asian Bistro: A Scrambled CAKE restaurant review

Hana Asian Bistro
Fashion Square Shopping Center
9434 Skokie, Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077
847-677-hana (4262)
http://www.hanaasianbistro.com/
Entrées are $10-$15.
Kids bento box meals $7-$8: choice of chicken teriyaki, dumplings, tempura, cooked sushi

A guest post by DH.


We may have found our new go-to Chinese joint at Hana Asian Bistro, just south of Old Orchard Mall (Westfield Shoppingtown, if you must).

Hana joins Kim's yearning for fresh sushi with a kitchen that can cook me fresh hot and sour soup.

The co-owner, Ray, said his architect partner painted the ceilings black, hung rice paper lanterns and built the dark hardwood paneled half-walls, which are topped with a faux oversize brick stucco pattern. Linen napkins lay atop dark hardwood tables with matching chairs that direct your focus to the centerpiece, an aquarium-style chest-high gas fireplace strewn with zen-like stones. Décor alone distinguishes Hana from our favorite Thai place, strip-mall neighbor Ruby of Siam, which simply nailed up some ethnic artifacts on the generic drywall. The boys loved their dragon roll (above), a sushi delicacy they've been waiting to eat again since our summer trip to DC. The beef and broccoli entree was several steps above a typical Chinese stir fry in a generic brown sauce. The beef was the most tender we've seen in ages, and the scallions and mushrooms rounded the dish off. The jalapeño tofu hit an ideal spicy note, but again, was a bit salty and was one of many misspellings on the menu. As a former menu designer, I'm saddened when a classy eatery like Hana slips menus into cheap plastic sleeves.

We were disappointed when this 2-day-old restaurant wouldn't accommodate our kids' special request for shrimp tempura. It didn't seem like a good way to build a loyal following.
Our chosen substitute, honey-sesame shrimp, was extremely sweet and a big hit with the boys, already stuffed from potstickers, vegetable tempura and spinach gomae. Kim had a problem with the shrimp dish in that she found several small pieces of hard, crystalized honey in her food, but no one else at the table had this problem. She's just lucky that way sometimes.

To apologize for the problem with the dish, the waiter offered us free dessert. I was alone in liking the green tea ice cream encased in rice flour cake, but I'm lactose intolerant, so it went largely uneaten. Kim said the green tea ice cream looked the food she prepared for the silkworms she raised two years ago for Pikachu's science fair project.

Our water glasses were constantly replenished. The floors, silverware and dishes were un-chipped. The bathrooms were clean and upscale as the front of the house. The boys were intrigued by the sink, a stand-alone metal basin (like a basket); the metal faucet looks like a hand pump with a bamboo chute to channel water. Kim notes a baby changing station is about to be installed in the ladies' room. The hand-cut cucumber, carrot and lemon garnishes (above with fresh potsticker) intrigued the boys and kept the plates interesting. The fusion bistro seems out of place in an run-of-the-mill strip mall. But Tyler Cowen in Discover Your Inner Economist (if you liked Freakonomics, check this out) argues that food sold away from bustling city centers offers a better value because what the owner saves on rent is often spent on better ingredients and chef's wages. Point well made.

Though we experienced a few bumps, we understand it's a brand-new establishment and Ray and his staff are working out the kinks. We are definitely taking to the road to Hana next time our Asian cravings strike, which should be in about a week.

October 25, 2008

Family Farmed Expo returns to Chicago November 21-23

Here's what I had to say after attending the Family Farmed Expo two years ago.

What a bounty of information! A bumper crop of delicious food samples and a cornucopia of pamphlets, brochures, and business cards!

I'm so glad I attended, but equally glad that I did not have my children in tow. The children's area was a bit small and the crowd was large, meaning things were cramped at times. I would not have wanted to negotiate that kind of crowd with my kids. Then again, we Moldofskys are a crowd-averse and early rising bunch.

I can't possibly distill everything I learned into a simple post, so you have to make do with the highlights below.

Hot Stuff
Jerry Jimenez retired to Southern Illinois to start a chili pepper farm. Yeah, I know, Illinois isn't exactly known for its specialty hot peppers, but Jerry’s out to change this. At his downstate Rancho Bella Vista he grows two acres of specialty peppers and turns them into salsas, powders, jellies, and jams. I sampled a mild salsa that offered just enough heat for my timid taste buds, but provided a more complex flavor than your typical grocery store variety. I bought DH a jar of the hot stuff. Learn more here.

Mom-owned
I met Shelly, mom and co-owner of Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks. Think: Peapod meets Whole Foods. A great choice for a mom like me who loves the idea of feeding her crew organic produce grown at local farms, but fears wasting much of CSA box of veggies. While her prices are competitive with Whole Foods, you're saving not only a trip to the store, but all the impulse purchases you're likely to make there. (Or is DH the only one who needs a chaperon at Whole Foods?)

Speaking of unique cheeses
I was delighted to meet Gaylon Emerizian producer of the James Beard Award-nominated documentary about artisan cheese makers in Wisconsin, Living on the Wedge. BTW, James Beard Awards are the Oscars of the food world. And yes, I said a documentary about artisan cheese makers. I purchased a copy and watched it with my family. It was fascinating! I totally want to have a cheese tasting party.

Gaylon is probably better know for her other James Beard-nominated production, Spatulatta. Spatulatta is a fun by-kids, for-kids webcast featuring two girls from nearby Evanston.

For schools
Equal Exchange, a 20 year-old fair trade organization, offers a fundraising program for schools.

You can bring Envirokidz certified organic snacks and cereals (like Gorilla Munch and Panda Puffs) to your school by contacting Elaine in their foodservice division, phone 909-648-4234 or see www.naturespath.com to learn more.

Eco-gastro what??
Here are a few interesting websites connected with the organic food and sustainable farming movements:

Slow Food Movement, an eco-gastronomic non-profit dedicated to educating the public about local and seasonal foods that are grown according to sustainable principles, advocating for artisans who grow, produce, market, prepare and serve wholesome foods and more. Note: they also have a program for schools.

Find healthy food wherever you are with the Eat Well Guide and its twin, the Sustainable Table, celebrating the sustainable food movement. These sites will help you find some interesting, good-quality restaurants when you're traveling around the US and Canada.

More help for the gastro-traveler who seeks agriculinary adventures, tours, retreats, or culinary travels at LearnGreatFoods.

Find a local farms at Farm Direct. Choose your commodity (i.e. eggs or honey) punch in your ZIP code and see what’s in your area. Of course, if you live in the heart of the metro area near Chicago, “in your area” probably means 20-50 miles away.

Find a farmer's market in the Chicago or learn about the greenest, most organic one of all, the Green City Market. There's also City Farm @North Clybourn and Division and Growing Home, a job training and Employment for homeless people through organic agriculture plus a new urban farm in Englewood.

And to end on a sweet note, check out Chicago Honey Co-op.

September 09, 2008

Starbucks new breakfast menu

Why was I eating Chicken Pesto at Starbucks at 8:00 on a Saturday morning? Because we walked over to our local joint to check out the breakfast menu, of course.

No, the Chicken Pesto Salad is not part of the new breakfast menu, but after we sampled the new breakfast items (courtesy of a PR pro) Smartypants insisted on eating something a bit heartier. Not that the breakfast menu isn't hearty. I mean, isn't oatmeal considered one of the "stick to your ribs" type foods?

DH and I liked the oatmeal, seasoned with a pre-measured packet of maple syrup. A friend complained that it's not like the homemade stuff, but my "homemade" stuff is the sugar-laden instant-from-a-box type stuff. I actually really liked the Starbucks version. But, the kiddos missed all the sugary sweetness, so they gave it a thumbs down.

Smartypants loved the multigrain roll with strawberry preserves and "sort of" liked the chewy fruit and nut bar, though he's not a bit fan of nuts. The bar reminded me of a nutty version of this compacted into a sweet convenient bar. I liked it.

DH's take on our morning was a bit more sophisticated. Of course, he wrote up his portion while we were chillin' at Starbucks and I'm trying to post while getting two kids off to school. Read on....Sitting outside a Starbucks on a cool, perfect-morning-for-a-stroll weather day, nibbling on fiberlicious breakfast goodies while my kids fight over where the strawberry preserves should be squeezed from the tube. Ah, it feels like we're in Seattle.

Both the apple muffin and the oatmeal had just enough sugar to hold my interest without tasting like a kids' meal. The multi-grain roll was my favorite, though. So many different crunchy textures going on at the same time. The bar seemed the most factory-made of the lot, and while it's better than the standard granola bar you might see drop down a vending machine, it doesn't seem like part of an exotic, new breakfast.

Smartypants insisted on getting a pesto pasta with white chicken, which he felt didn't sport enough chicken for his breakfast purposes. Then the kids rode their bikes down the 30-foot sidewalk from the restaurant's front door to the busy street and back again over and over, bickering over which of them deserved the right-of-way.

Jazzy music played over the outdoor loudspeakers as bees hovered around our breakfast, wondering if the sugary smells were early fall flowers bearing pollen. Meanwhile, prairie plants and grasses gently swayed in the morning breeze next to the eating area as the sun crawled higher into the sky.

August 05, 2008

Nob Hill, the NRA and the whole shmear: A guest post by DH

Some foods are designed to be relished slowly in an elegant setting; others gulped thoughtlessly in passing. Though not card-carrying members of the slow food movement, Kim and I appreciate the allure of a meal that is sensuous rather than just plentiful, luxurious rather than convenient. It’s rare that we dine without the boys, but there were two recent occasions on which we did.

One was during an adults-only Vegas trip last spring. The other was on a school day the following month when we dashed and gulped our way through McCormick Place for the last day of the NRA’s Restaurant Show (no, the other NRA; restaurants, not rifles) and the first day of the All Candy Expo (which wasn’t all candy at all. There were plenty of chips, nuts and cookies to boot).

In March, we spent nearly three hours at Nob Hill at the MGM Grand, savoring the privacy of a walled-in booth and the ministrations of an attentive, knowledgeable waiter who humored us with his unpatronizing patience as we commented and inquired about the menus, the food preparation, the serving style and even the cutlery and plates. Top it off with Kim shooting unending photographs of the exquisitely prepared dishes, thinking that without pictures, the kids would never believe how nice it was. (They did believe it. They just didn’t care.)
Nob Hill seemed the sort of place where you wouldn’t take kids. There’s nothing salacious going on; what happened in Vegas can certainly be told elsewhere. Just small portions of expensive food that would have shocked—shocked, I say—our children. Especially Smartypants, who sometimes can’t believe how much grown-ups spend on things.

To be fair, he often orders from the adult menu, daring to venture slightly out of his comfort zone with exotic foods like, well, er, salmon. Pikachu remains comfortably in the kids’ menu realm with grilled cheese being his top choice. For both boys, the critical elements of any meal are, bring it fast, give me plenty and finish with dessert. Oh, and the price be damned! (Except when Smartypants checks out the seafood prices.)

Much to our surprise, the table next to us brought their toddler and his older brother, who seemed to spoil the meal for their parents (and nanny), but provided us a conversation point during our stay (Three hours at a restaurant seems more like a stay than a meal) and nicely contrasted the civility and grown-uppedness of our own cloistered table.

As surprised as we were to see kids at Nob Hill, we were even more shocked (shocked, I say) to find so many children—infants through teenagers—strolling around Las Vegas at all. What with the seedy hawkers trying to stuff our hands with brochures offering escorts to your hotel room (if you’re just staying in your room, where do you need to be escorted?) and the bawdy T-shirts and, well, the whole Vegasness of it all. I guess some folks aren’t as lucky to have grandparents to watch their kids for a week.

The Restaurant Show and the Candy Expo are the sorts of places where children ought to be (and are) excluded. It’s tough enough for adults to exert self-control and politely decline the hundreds of samples being purveyed by a few thousand exhibitors. No doubt, our children would take the opportunity to horde the goods. Oh wait, click here for Kim’s confession from last year’s Candy Expo.

Anyway, in the non-junk-food side of the convention center, we found countless variations on barista drinks and fried whatnots (meat, potatoes, breads, snack foods. Anything can be fried nowadays, and there’s a specialty machine for everything). This year offered few truly innovative foods, but a couple of sophisticated gizmos and doodads caught our eyes. One fave was the anti-stove. Instead of heating a griddle to cook foods, this air-conditioned unit chilled the griddle cold enough so liquid chocolate squirted onto sticks quickly solidified into fresh lollipops.
What struck me about both shows was both the abundance of corn-syrup-derived or breaded and fried grub, as well as the ease of obtaining and swallowing it. It’s a classic convention hall move to walk about looking interested in the product, reach out a hand, grab a goodie and BOOM, you’ve got food. Sometimes the vendors want to chat. Usually they let you eat and run. A person lacking self-restraint could easily eat a week’s worth of calories in the space of a few blocks.

Nob Hill, by contrast, is a joint where our waiter, Jaime, wiped the excess sauce from the rim of the plates before carefully setting them in front of us, rotating them just so, to orient them in the most optimal feng shui manner. Each course sat on a different colored or shaped plate and Jaime replaced our silverware between courses—emphasizing the luxury and the uniqueness of each dish. None of the courses, alas, were served on fire, as is my preferred serving style, but the lobster pot pie was cooked en croute steaming itself in its pastry shell before waiter Jaime carved it out of the casserole bowl as if shucking an oyster and gently placing it down on the dish. Hands down, this was the most memorable course in terms of just enjoying the show that is Nob Hill.

By contrast, my favorite corn-based item at the Candy show was caramel corn molded into the shape of an ear of corn, served in a plastic wrapper. For caramel corn fanciers on the go (and what caramel corn fancier would pour the snack onto a ceramic plate and spend three hours consuming it), it’s easy to hold it by the wrapper, give the bottom a smack and send the pointed top bursting through the seam of the package. That way the hands remain unsticky while the carm-corn fan nibbles on the sweet snack and ambles about looking, perhaps, for a plate of hot wings or ribs.

After finding the wings, how does one avoid getting one’s still-clean fingers all messy with sauce? Well, with a trong or two (they’re like chopsticks on steroids) one puts ones pointer and middle fingers into flexible plastic grippers with which greasy, saucy morsels can be lifted without fear of soiling said digits.

“Honestly,” I confronted the vendor, “What man with any sense of manly pride would eat food this way in front of his manly friends?” But he insisted that many passers-by showed interest in the product and that the product is economical enough (and can be customized with the restaurant name) to do well in the marketplace.

What happens, though, if despite the plastic caramel corn wrapper and the wing tongs, one still gets sticky fingers? Imagine a device where both hands (to the wrists) are inserted into holes a box and get the equivalent of a touch-free car wash! Yes, without having to touch a bacteria-laden soap dispenser or a grimy faucet, this device sprays antibacterial soap and water all around both hands as the user holds them in place and enjoys a brief bath. Meritech’s automated hand washing stations take about 30 seconds for a complete cleansing, after which—if you’re lucky—you can move over to one of those high-speed touchless hand driers for a completely hygienic after-meal cleanup.

On that note, if Nob Hill’s service lacked one amenity, perhaps it would be that I had to wash my hands all by myself.

July 30, 2008

Pinch of Salt Fritos- a review

Surprise package on my front stoop today. I thought it was a box from my BlogHer roommate who promised to send bits and pieces that my other roommate and I left scattered about our messy room. But no, it was from a PR firm.

Inside it were two bags of True North Nut Clusters. Honestly, I'd never heard of the brand prior to the note I received from the nice PR lady, but DH is nuts, I mean he likes nuts, so I jumped at the chance to try them. Plus, I'm trying to get him to pop in here every now and again.

I was excited to try the Pinch of Salt Fritos that were also in the box, Low-salt Fritos! They've got less than 1/2 the sodium of normal Fritos, but all the crunch.

They're salty enough to be a satisfying salty snack and tasty enough that I had to remove them from my immediate area so as not to eat the whole bag. Now that's an endorsement. I give them 3 Crunches- they'll have to lose a little fat to make it to 4.

Hmm. They must be really new. Don't even see a pic on the website. No wait, they came out in April. But no mention or pic on the site? Look for Pinch of Salt Lays, Tostitos and Ruffles, too. I know I will. (Really, that why I accepted the free sample.)

April 22, 2008

We're cooking up something good

My deadline is this week, but you can't read it until June.


January 24, 2008

Choreplay or foreplay?

Admittedly I'm a bit off topic here, but click over to today's post at Momformation and let me know what you think.

January 13, 2008

The food gods are tempting me

Here we are in 2008. And when I say "we," it's because I feel so big, there could be two of me. Is food blogging to blame for the extra pounds my petite frame has carried into 2008?

I don't know, but I made a public declaration of my intent to shed some of my extra baggage over at my BabyCenter blog, and like 80% of the population, I've been exercising up a storm in recent weeks. But then this postcard arrived as if to test my resolve. The All-Candy Expo is coming back to Chicago. In just a few months.

Although typically held each fall, they've decided to move it to May. Immediately following another high calorie orgy--the Restaurant Show. Given my tight pants and bulging tops, I certainly don't need to, and yet, how can I pass up all the sweet, chocolaty, caramel-swirled goodness that is the Candy Expo?

Should I stay home or should I go? What do you think?

Oh, and here's the best weight-loss tip ever.

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