Strange Food Saturday: Astoria

Tabasco candy

How do you feel about hot-sauce-flavored candy? I, for one, was scared.

Since I’m such a huge Tabasco fan, I’ve accumulated these strange items as gifts from people in my life. For a long while they scared me, and they just sat in the dark in the back of my pantry. But finally, as I was packing up to move out of my Astoria apartment, it became time to either toss or taste, so I tasted.

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Here’s the verdict:

  • Tabasco jelly beans: these were the worst of the three. You have to chew jelly beans a lot, which means the Tabasco flavor stays in your mouth for far too long and is much too strong. These were so spicy I had to spit them out and I wouldn’t even call them candy.
  • Tabasco chocolate: this was neutral for me. Spicy chocolate actually isn’t terribly strange, and the flavors aren’t bad together, but I’m just not a fan. I’d prefer my chocolate dark and plain.
  • Tabasco cinnamon candies: this was the best candy of the three, and I actually enjoyed eating it (over the summer I got through the whole bottle). This is not surprising, since cinnamon candy is actually a real, normal candy that people know and enjoy. This Tabasco version of the classic was just a bit spicier than usual, which really worked.

Have you encountered any other strange Tabasco-infused items?

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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8:15 AM: Breakfast

A cute little apple banana from our CSA box, and iced coffee with rice milk (not pictured).

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9:30 AM: Teach Yoga

I believe this was Thursday’s morning flow class, which I will be teaching through the end of October if you’d like to come check it out!

10:45 AM: Snack

I had some water and a chocolate chip CLIF bar after class…

11 AM: Yoga 

and then stayed at the studio to take the next class.

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12:30 PM: Lunch(?)

I had a light Babybel cheese and a few slices of salami as a snack, but since it was lunchtime I guess I can call it a small lunch.

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1 PM: Barbels

I’m up to 30 pounds, but on this day I was working with 25. It sounds like so little but feels so heavy by the end of the last rep!

 

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1:30 PM: Snack 

My friend came over and brought Kiyo and I each an acai bowl from Lanikai juice, what a sweet (literally!) surprise. They come with granola, honey and bananas. We went to the beach for a few hours but sadly I forgot to take a picture.

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“For Is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love?”

-Michael Pollan (1955-), American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism

I am currently reading his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (which is where I found this quote).

Strange Food Saturday: Honolulu

Spam macadamia nuts

Found in the grocery store here in Honolulu: spam macadamia nuts. Oh-so-Hawaii and oh-so-wtf? How is this a “classic flavor”?

Lunch at Little Uncle, Seattle

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Kiyo’s cousins own my favorite restaurant I’ve been to in Seattle: Little Uncle. To be fair, I haven’t been to too many restaurants in Seattle since when I’ve gone, it’s always been to visit friends or Kiyo’s family, which translates to lots of time spent in people’s homes, not out. But, this Thai restaurant is just so freaking delicious that I don’t think many others could compare.

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The original Little Uncle, open for lunch and dinner, is in Capitol Hill. Little Uncle Pioneer Square, the one I’ve been to twice, is the second incarnation of PK and Wiley Frank’s interpretation of Thai cuisine. PK is from Thailand, and after she met Wiley in Seattle they went back to Thailand for a few years. Luckily for the hungry people of Seattle, they came back. They say they cook food that they like to eat.

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The Little Uncle menu is inspired by the indigenous dishes made in the street side stalls and family-run shophouse restaurants of Thailand. The Little Uncle version of pad Thai is by far the best I’ve had in the US. Simple, vegetarian, and gluten-free, it is made with rice noodles, organic eggs, tofu, tamarind, peanuts, garlic chives and bean sprouts. Little paper bags filled with peanuts, chili flakes and sugar come with the dish. I know it sounds weird, but these toppings work so well on the noodles. The sugar is counterintuitive at first, but it makes sense with the salty, bitter and savory elements of the dish.

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Kiyo and I also ordered the poached chicken with garlic and chicken fat rice, winter melon broth, and spicy soy-ginger sauce. This dish was also simple and superb, but the pad Thai was just so delicious that it definitely stole the show. I loved though how all the different elements of this dish worked together, and the chicken fat garlic rice made you never want to go back to plain rice again. The sauce was sticky and sweet, perfect with the salt and fat of the chicken, rice and broth.

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We were stuffed, but they gave us an order of roti stuffed with curried beef, served with spicy cucumber vinegar. These were soft with a crunchy exterior, and full of flavor.

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