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One empowered woman's struggle against the world
Thursday July 18th 2019

Food is My Friend

mom says

Bacon cheeseburgersSomething you will figure out on your own eventually I so might as well fess up now.  I love food.  I am not a foodie nor will I ever be a food critic, my love affair with food is different.

I don’t actually eat a great deal.  I go all day without eating and it is only when the headache sets in do I kick myself and go get something to eat.  So when I do eat, I want to eat good food, what I consider good food.  When I think about it, I actually eat bad food but that is not the point here.  I don’t do the fancy restaurants that bring out your plate and you think they forgot the food and just sent the garnish because you can’t tell the difference.  I don’t care about presentation, I care about how good it taste.  You won’t find any fancy pants foods on my list of favorites.

My love affair with food started young, I would say about 9 years old.  Del Taco nachos were the first food I can remember just having to have.  It was something about their cheese sauce.  Nachos are on my favorites list still to this day.  Movie theater nachos, ballpark nachos and fair nachos are the best.  Del Taco faded away and now Taco Bell’s nacho supreme or nacho bell grande are my go to nachos in a hurry.  I like chips and salsa too but the salsa tears up my poor little throat.  I have found that I can fool myself into believe that it is ok to eat the chips and salsa if I add sour cream to them.  It doesn’t really work but hey, any excuse to eat what I love.

Dorados chicken was my (ok my mom’s because I was just a kid) next good find.  It was this tiny walk up window in a building in the middle of a parking lot where you could order chicken on pita bread, simple really.  There was something about that chicken though, it was addictive.  I have yet to find a chicken that taste like Dorados.

Then came Luther’s BBQ and their chopped beef baker.  Mmmmm, this was a baked potato with chopped beef, bacon, sour cream, butter, cheese and chives, it was a meal in itself.  You could get different meats like ham, turkey or chicken but the beef was my one and only.  I was so in love with the chopped beef baker that years later, after I moved to Florida, I one night had to satisfy my craving for it.  I drove from Orlando, Fl to Houston, Tx just to get one.  I did make a point of stopping off to see three old friends while I was there so I wouldn’t be considered insane but yeah I only went for the food.

Whataburger restaurant introduced me to my love affair with onion rings.  These weren’t Burger King onion rings with minced onion and breading, these were real onion rings.  Thick cut onions dipped in batter and fried up while you waited.  I can’t stand breaded onions rings.  This new fad of panko breading on onions rings is just wrong.  Beer battered onion rings are the best.  If there are onion rings on the menu, I will order them no matter what time of day it is.  I have recently learned how to make them at home but I have yet to get the thickness of the onion just right. onion rings

Red Lobster’s fried oyster platter is where I discovered my love of fried oysters.  Red Lobster doesn’t have fried oysters on the menu any longer, they actually suck now with their tiny portions on big plates and changing their menu to remove all my favorites, but they do have the cheddar bay biscuits.  Crab legs is another favorite I discovered there.  True story, I bit into a fried oyster from Red Lobster when I was about 10 years old and found a pearl.  A real pearl.  Years later my dad took the pearl and had it set into a ring.  Cool right?  Anyhow, my mom taught me how to make fried oysters at home, I learned how to cook crab legs and I even can make cheddar bay biscuits so Red Lobster can suck it.

That brings me up to about 11 years old then the family moved to Saudi Arabia and traveled around the world.  I know you are expecting some exotic list of foods but that isn’t going to happen.  When we traveled I would only order spaghetti because it is the only think I thought couldn’t be messed up or made weird.  For the most part I was right.  I did eat liver noodle soup and loved it until I found out it was liver.  My mom made me eat rabbit and camel.  She tricked me and my brother into eating it.  She told us the rabbit was chicken and the camel was beef stew.  Not cool mom really not cool!

What I did find and fall in love with, from my time in Saudi, was Shawarmas.  Shawarmas are what prompted me to write this post.  Shawarmas are similar to Gyros and Doners but they are not the same thing.  Finding a place that makes shawarmas is like almost finding heaven, for me at least.  Yes I love them that much.  After leaving Saudi I thought I would never have one again but I found a place in California that made them when I was there on a trip.  I talked the owner of the shop into making me several pounds of them so I could take them on the plane back to Florida.  He was so wonderful.  He made all the ingredients and put them into separate containers so I could take them home and freeze the ingredients and make individual shawarmas when I was ready.  Needless to say they didn’t last long.

So what does this have to do with the here and now?

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