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What is your "food weakness"?
04-28-2011, 12:10 AM
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RE: What is your "food weakness"?
Every month or so I get a relentless craving for biryani hot enough to make your nose run, your eyes water and your forehead sweat, so it's off to a Los Angeles Indian restaurant chain called Akbar to get my fix. For the uninitiated, biryani is just a rice dish with meat, grapes and thinly-sliced almonds. They have what they call "Akbari Biryani," which has chicken, jumbo shrimp and lamb. 'Not a big lamb fan so I tell them to leave that out. Akbar also has what they call a "chili meter" for their whole menu, which lets you pick the spice level on a scale of one to five. I tried 5 once but it was so hot that the ordeal overwhelmed the flavor. These days I pick 4 - my face gets beet red and I'm pretty sure there's "Tom & Jerry"-type steam blasting out my ears, but it's borderline manageable, which is just how I like it.

I used to hit the one on Union and Fair Oaks in Pasadena at least monthly, but lately their quality has nosedived a bit (I think they got a newbie chef,) so it's less-frequent run to the Manhattan Beach location, which I did last Friday whilst on an excursion to Frys for some computer hardware. That one's the best - their chicken is as tender and flaky as fine roast beef, and they put plenty of grapes and nuts in the mix, which are essential. A few years ago they even put small sheets of silver leaf on the top of the rice mound as an edible garnish, but I haven't seen that in awhile. Supposedly it would aid digestion, or maybe you could stick it in your pocket and take it to the bank later for an investment. In any case, it was pretty cool to be eating silver. But I digress.

Though I don't get up there much anymore (the overcrowding in that city hovers between "oppressive" and "Orwellian-scary,") there's an Indian restaurant on Morrison St. in downtown Portland, OR, called simply India House, that has a biryani recipe that's unlike any I've sampled anywhwere else. They make their sauce almost a bright orange, and it's got an irresistibly peppery flavor to it (pepper as in black pepper, rather than chili peppers.) But be sure to insist on what they call "India-hot," because their chef generally tends to wimp out on the spice level. Their chutneys are also to die for, though they put them in maddeningly-small dishes so you have to keep asking for refills.

There are a select few sweets that put me in "goldfish mode" - where I don't stop eating it until a.) it runs out or b.) I explode. The Japanese have raised candy invention to the level of a martial art that renders the victim instantly helpless. A prime weapon in this deadly art is something called "Gummy Choco," from the Meiji company. 'Don't care what the blogger says, their Muscat flavor (which comes in the green tubes,) is far and away the best. Just "diabetes in a tube," doncha know. It can generally be found in your local Asian market, or at half a dozen candy sellers online. You have been warned.

Another devious mind-control substance from J-land is Pocky, made by Glico and others. Pocky is a kind of wafer stick that's coated with flavored...what would you call it... batter? Maybe "frosting" is more like it. Anyhow, there are dozens of flavors, from basic chocolate to creme brulee. Some of the fruit-flavored ones, like strawberry, raspberry and pineapple, have bits of actual fruit mixed into the frosting. Pineapple is freakishly good - my personal fave. Green tea Pocky is the weirdest flavor I've ever had, but similarly sublime.

If you're having a party and you want to increase the traffic to the snack table by orders of magnitude, put out a plate of Pocky sticks, artfully fanned to please the eye. The whole damned thing will be completely destroyed within seconds, guaranteed, and you'll have people demanding more.
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What is your "food weakness"? - Bageleth - 01-04-2011, 07:38 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 01-04-2011, 07:45 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - RN-PRN - 01-04-2011, 07:49 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-04-2011, 07:52 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-04-2011, 07:57 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Mufasa - 01-04-2011, 08:05 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - RN-PRN - 01-04-2011, 08:13 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 01-04-2011, 08:15 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - 2Beers - 01-04-2011, 08:24 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Mufasa - 01-04-2011, 08:46 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Rey - 01-04-2011, 09:36 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Holly - 01-05-2011, 01:34 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-05-2011, 02:41 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Mufasa - 01-05-2011, 04:45 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-05-2011, 05:21 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-05-2011, 08:29 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 01-05-2011, 08:32 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-05-2011, 08:35 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - NWoBHM - 01-07-2011, 04:54 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 01-07-2011, 09:59 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 01-08-2011, 09:49 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 01-07-2011, 09:54 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - SpaceCadet - 04-28-2011 12:10 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 04-28-2011, 01:49 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 04-28-2011, 05:10 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 04-28-2011, 05:22 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - chickenhawk - 04-28-2011, 06:31 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - 2Beers - 04-29-2011, 06:50 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 05-06-2011, 01:54 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - chickenhawk - 04-30-2011, 06:50 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - NWoBHM - 05-06-2011, 04:10 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - 2Beers - 05-06-2011, 08:54 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 05-06-2011, 09:04 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 05-09-2011, 08:51 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Sunset - 08-06-2012, 04:33 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Lanix - 08-06-2012, 06:04 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 08-06-2012, 06:07 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Nettie - 08-06-2012, 08:55 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - 2Beers - 08-06-2012, 09:08 PM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Sunset - 08-07-2012, 11:31 AM
RE: What is your "food weakness"? - Boomer - 08-08-2012, 03:18 PM

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