Posted on | March 6, 2014 | 1 Comment
Y’all are smart people (you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t) so you’re privy to the fact that some restaurants have secret menus. I am completely enthralled by this concept. Perhaps it’s the combo of being in the know, something I love, and eating, something I doubly love. Now the secret menu at In-N-Out is a pretty well known thing, even I’ve ordered from it. And because I’m me it was an awkward exchange because I was sure they would have no idea what I was talking about and then point and laugh and shame me out of the restaurant. But that didn’t happen. I fully enjoyed my animal style burger, my well done fries and my Neopolitan shake – all from the secret menu!
But did you know there are tons of other national chains that offer a secret menu as well? I’m already planning my various secret menu orders because all I do is think about food. What? Lay off me I’m starving.
-The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich: not to be confused with the Spicy Chick-fil-a, this sandwich is a regular Chick-fil-a doused in a spicy Buffalo wing-esque sauce. I know a few spicy lovers who would enjoy this.
-Spicy Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich: when you want some spice without the extra calories
-Taco Salad: Apparently very rare but worth a shot because a salad atop a giant nacho is a good thing.
-Quesadillas: Sometimes you need the grilled cheese of Mexican food
-Burittodilla: If a burrito and a quesadilla had a baby. A delicious, delicious baby.
From Five Guys:
A Patty Melt: What? WHAT? A delectable Five Guys burger reimagined as one of my #1 hangover sammies. Thank you Jesus!
Well-Done Fries: Because it just makes good sense.
Cheese Fries: See above.
Animal Style Burger: It’s not THAT big of a secret as it’s listed on their website but it’s delicious so who cares. A mustard-cooked beef patty with extra pickles, cheese, “spread” (a.k.a. Thousand Island secret sauce) and grilled onions. This is the best fast food burger I’ve ever had. For serious.
Well-Done Fries: We covered this.
Neopolitan Shake: This is so tasty. All the flavors, together in harmony. And in shake form. Growing up we always had a box of Breyer’s Neopolitan and I would put care and effort into scrapping my spoon along each of the flavors to create a perfect 3-in-1 bite. The good ol’ days.
Fried Pickles a.k.a. Pickle-O’s: I mean. Come on.
A Dr. Pepper Orgasm: I don’t care what it is. I like Dr. Peppers and I like orgasms. Put it in my mouth.
Thin Mint Frappucino: Not a huge frappucino fan but this Thin Mint number calls to me.
Twix Frappucino: It’s hard not to love a Twix bar.
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte: I’m actually not wild about the combo of chocolate and pumpkin. But maybe some of you are. And this is a democracy. Kinda.
So tell me… Have you ever ordered from a secret menu? Would you? Bring me a patty melt if you go. Thanks you’re the best!
Posted on | March 5, 2014 | 1 Comment
I’m obsessed with these ridiculously awesome animal hybrids. It’s somehow equal parts adorable and terrifying which is a rare combo in my experience. These are probably my three favorites but I can’t stop starring at the entire collection. Also, I covet these photoshop skillz.
Posted on | March 3, 2014 | 4 Comments
This Treasure Hunt is for yours truly. You see, I don’t have a clock. At least not a proper clock that isn’t an iPhone/cable box/microwave and hangs on the wall. I like the idea of one hanging in my kitchen or living room. On the other hand, knowing what time it is can be overrated. Said the lady who is often running fifteen minutes behind.
So to recap, I’m looking for -> A simple, graphic, retro-ish wall clock. No more than $60.
Posted on | February 28, 2014 | 5 Comments
Here’s the thing, I’m not really “dating” anymore which is why my Dating Files posts have really slowed down. It just doesn’t make much sense anymore. What do you do when dating turns into love? Well, I’ll tell you. This post marks the official retirement of The Dating Files and the introduction of a new series around here: The Love Files. I’ll be talking about all things relationship-y, both in general and in my relationship. And don’t worry, I cleared this idea with my man. See, we’re already off to a good start. Welcome to The Love Files, my friends.
The Story of Our Second Valentine’s Day
The thing about Valentine’s Day is this: it’s a bullshit Hallmark day made up to sell tacky cards with pictures of foggy roses on them and terrible chocolate covered cherries in heart shaped boxes. But you know what else? It’s also a chance to do something for and with the person you love. And shouldn’t we always jump at those opportunities?
“Let’s just do dinner and a card. I don’t need anything big.”
“Okay. Sounds good to me.”
And so it was settled. Until, I cheated. I said no gifts but I turned around and broke the rules. I didn’t do it to be mean or sneaky or anything like that. I got him something because I love him. And I’m a present person. And I see things all the time that I want to get for the people I love. So I do. It comes from a good place, I promise. And one of my favorite things to give is tickets which is really a present for the both of us if we’re being honest. So I got him tickets (to see Neutral Milk Hotel and the Tonight Show (thank you sister!) – for those keeping score). I topped it all of with a handmade card and a heartfelt message. He picked a cute italian place in Astoria (hid ‘hood) and he made sure it was a New York Magazine critics pick because he knows I like that (food snob). And we had a perfect dinner. We talked (at length) about what we would order and we laughed and talked like we always do. After dinner we went to get drinks.
“Can I give it to you now?!” I asked excitedly waving the card in the air. I had warned him that I had cheated.
He groaned. “This is unfair, you know. You said no presents. You said just spend time together.”
“I know I did. You won’t be mad for long once you see what’s inside. Besides, I’m getting a card right?”
“No,” he answered.
No. No card? Hadn’t I specifically said dinner and a card?
“But I said dinner AND a card.”
“No, you said dinner. Maybe a card.”
Um but didn’t he know that when I said “maybe a card” I actually meant “you should definitely get me a card?” Turns out he did not.
His apology hung in the air for a second. He wasn’t just apologizing for the card or for Valentine’s day; he was apologizing for something much bigger, for not being perfect. I looked at him in the candlelight of the neighborhood bar, snow falling outside, my glass of wine and his beer on the table between us. Before I met him I spent so long thinking at length about what I wanted in a partner. But those hypothetical lists of everything you want fall away when you’ve found the person who might just be everything you need.
“Yes you are. You are everything.”
Image via Joe & Cheryl
Posted on | February 26, 2014 | 6 Comments
Where would you go if you could take a trip anywhere? I am dreaming (and scheming) of a big, fun adventure trip with my man this summer. We won’t be untethered forever, you know! And really, what’s stopping us? I personally like a trip that combines beautiful beaches with adventure and exploration, a heaping side of relaxation and lots (and lots) of fun food and cocktails. No big resorts either. Something off the beaten path but noting too rustic. A girl still likes a wee bit of luxury. Quirky luxury. Is that a thing? Well it is now. I’d love to tool around on rented scooters or motorcycles. And I’m a huge sucker for an outdoor shower.
So give me your ideas! Some of my preliminary thoughts include Jamaica, Greece and Thailand.keep looking »