Tag Archives: food

the hell with it.

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Reese’s is putting pretzels in peanut butter cups, because ‘the hell with it, it’s 2020’

Alexis Benveniste, from CNN Business, reports the following big news from the world of confections:

This year has been far from sweet, so Reese’s is embracing its salty side by adding pretzels to its peanut butter cups. The Hershey’s candy brand, which launched ‘breakfast cakes’ last month, introduced the newest addition with the slogan: “The hell with it. It’s 2020.”

The candy giant is nervous about Halloween this year, which typically accounts for 10% of Hershey’s annual sales, as the pandemic threatens to put a damper on trick-or-treating. The company is shifting its strategy for what is typically its biggest season. That means less Halloween-focused packaging and more family-sized packs, as many Americans gear up to celebrate at home. Reese’s with pretzels are set to hit stores in November, and the mini cups with pretzels won’t be available until January 2021.

“Let’s face it, we’re all feeling a little bit salty this year,” Ian Norton, Reese’s senior director, said in a statement. “In true Reese’s fashion, we channeled our feelings into sweet and salty deliciousness with new Reese’s Big Cups with Pretzels.”

Hershey, like other confectioners, relies on impulse purchases to drive sales. But people are shopping less during the pandemic, making new and somewhat outrageous candy combinations more important than ever for junk food companies. That’s why there are seemingly two dozen flavors of M&Ms in the candy aisle and a new variety of Lay’s potato chips every month.

“fortune befriends the bold.”

-emily dickinson

daily specials.

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(not my breakfast, but how i imagine it to look if i had ordered the daily specials)

how fun to discover

that one of my favorite breakfast places

has changed up their menu a bit

(maybe now that the students are back on campus?)

adding 11 ‘breakfast beers’

and a daily special of 

cake and ice cream

“celebrate everyday like your birthday!”

what’s not to celebrate?

“i discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch.”

  • -homer

 

 

 

avalon bakery and cafe, ann arbor, mi, usa

late summer 2020

 

coconut.

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 when walking downtown

this just sitting on a corner

no palm trees to be found

i wonder

if you are missing your coconut

did you leave it behind

 did you lose it

and not notice?

“in the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.”

-chogyam trungpa

‘c’ is for breakfast.

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after spending the night at daughter #3s’ house

i woke up early at my usual farmer time

everyone else still fast asleep

hunted and gathered food items from their kitchen

soon realizing i had put together a ‘c’ themed breakfast

that was quite satisfying –

coffee with cream, chocolate cookies, cheetos cheese things, computer

i believe all food groups were well represented.

i know this guy might think that ‘c’ is only for cookie, but —

 

“health food may be good for the conscience, but oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”

-robert redford

chew n’ brew.

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Fried Beer- a crispy creation that lets you bite into your brew.

You receive a plate of fried, ravioli-shaped dough with a dark filling. You take a bite expecting meat and are met with the flavor of warm, rich stout. Welcome to the world of fried beer.

Fried beer is the brainchild of Mark Zable, who debuted his creation at the Texas State Fair in 2010 and won that year’s Most Creative award (an honor also bestowed tofried Coke in 2006). Even for those who might be skeptical of the culinary appeal, one has to admire the logistics of deep-frying a liquid. It would be easy to simply fry a beer-based batter, but fried beer keeps the brew—Guinness, to be specific—intact while frying the pretzel dough around it. This is no easy task. It took Zable three years to figure it out. Although he won’t reveal the exact recipe, speed is key. Each nugget of beer-filled dough should be deep-fried for no more than 20 seconds.

And just how does it taste?  Zable says, “It tastes like you took a bite of hot pretzel dough and then took a drink of beer.”

Have your ID handy. You must be 21 or older to enjoy fried beer.

 

“food is vital, but also associated with enjoyment. ”    

– grethe berg

 

 

credits: David Berkowitz, Gastro Obscura 

reckless abandon.

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happy national junk food day!

how will you celebrate this special occasion?

if i had to choose, i’d go with

flamin’ hot cheetos, chips n’ dip, and cadbury carmello bar

care to share your favorites?

“foodstuffs absolved of the obligation to provide vitamins and minerals cavorted with reckless abandon.”

-michael lewis

less visible.

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how many grandies (and one hoverboard) does it take

to help me carry all of my leftovers home?

four.

this is very kind and also might be a sign

that I am bringing home too much food. 

 

“leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.

stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.”

-thomas Fuller

jello….is it me you’re looking for?

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with the big holiday looming

don’t spend a minute worrying about

what to do with all the leftovers

the solution is just waiting for you to discover

rest easy.

because, jello.

what’s the weirdest jello recipe you’ve ever been served?

was it considered:

a dessert?

a salad substitute?

a side dish of the main meal?

other?

 

“it’s as if we spend our entire lives avoiding Jell-O

but it is always there at the end, waiting.” 

-john grisham, ford county

 

 

 

image credit: kraft/general foods – vintage ad

the day of the bread.

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’tis the season…

 

“accidentally consumed five biscuits when I wasn’t paying attention.

those biscuits are wily fellows – they leap in like sugary ninjas.”

-charles dickens

 

 

 

at the cork and gabel restaurant, corktown, detroit, michigan, usa. fall 2019

 

 

 

 

cork and Gabel