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Feature Fri Apr 17 2009

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough

A coworker of mine ambled over to my desk and said "Please finish this," placing a blue and white paper bag next to me. I looked inside and saw an old friend: caramel corn. From Garrett's. After an hour, the bag was empty and I was headed to the bathroom to wash off the caked goo on my fingers, after which I was going to look up the nearest place that sold caramel corn. Just as a backup.

A backup for what? In case I needed more.

See, that's the problem. There are some foods that a diet book I used to reference would call a "trigger" food, meaning that once it's available, one will eat it until it's gone, even if hunger doesn't play a role in its demise. Did this just turn into a twleve-step meeting in here?Oh, dear.

Most of us know what will drive our engines. For me, I can eat pieces of Dubliner cheese with wheat crackers, peanut butter cookies, Life cereal, and gum drops until the cows come home. It's not something I'm proud of, but I don't feel alone. The Drive-Thru staff compiled their own weaknesses below. Let's commiserate together.

  • Avocado, peanut butter cups and basically any type of cheese.
  • I'm an animal when it comes to cereal. Serving size 3/4 of a cup? Yeah, right. Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams generally go in a few days around our house, between hubby and me.
  • I can't stop eating brownies if they're chewy and not too sweet. And, if there's a dip at a party, you'll find me hovering over the bowl.
  • At a buffet, depending on the place, I'll go multiple times to the mac-n-cheese (cafeteria buffet) or the shrimp (fancy brunch buffet).
  • Vegan chocolate chip cookies for me! ...or baklava and good, strong coffee.
  • Mac 'n cheese (especially with hot sauce), goat cheese, asparagus, gnocchi and corn bread.
  • My chow function is well under control when I'm with other people (my vanity being larger than my gluttony), but when I'm alone, sugary cereals are my mortal enemy.
  • I cannot resist rice crackers and other assorted Asian snackfoods. Wasabi peas. Seaweed crackers. I will put 4,000 times my daily sodium intake into my body without barely thinking about it if there's an open bag of any of that stuff lying around.
  • I am a total pineapple fiend. I will eat pineapple until my tongue is raw and I can't taste anything for a couple days.
  • Chocolate chip cookies, M&M's, French fries, nachos, and cheese and crackers. I can also eat a fair amount of bacon. There are many days where I would simply like to plant my face in a bowl of cheese.
  • Macaroni and cheese or even FRIED Macaroni and Cheese. Sushi, although eventually the rice swells and I feel like I'll blow up. Pickled anything. I stop when I get salt burns in the corners of my mouth.

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E L / April 18, 2009 12:11 AM

Can't believe you didn't mention macaroni and cheese! That stuff's the best!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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