Krispy Kreme Southern Classics Banana Pudding and Carrot Cake Donuts

I wonder if people have a very polarized conception of me- either they find me very lucky, or very unlucky. The truth, like every single other person on the planet, is both. There are days when I attend hip parties and manage to be the coolest person in the room, and there are days when someone hits my car, denies it, and drives back to whatever corner of Illinois favors shit-brown BMW’s. I took photos, guy. This is an entirely normal phenomenon as far as I am concerned. Some days the collective consciousness bends over and sits on my chest and other days, it happily spoon-feeds me chocolate pudding enrobed in gold leaf.wpid-img_20140729_104655.jpg Continue reading “Krispy Kreme Southern Classics Banana Pudding and Carrot Cake Donuts”

Dunkin’ Donuts Kolache

Dunkin’, I never thought I’d see the day when the hipster trickle-down effect came to your Canton-based doorstep. Kolaches hold nothing but the most tepid of memories for me- first, snarfed down on one of the less traumatic family vacations in a rest stop, then, in Manhattan, snarfed at a small bakery in Clinton. Fast forward three years later, snarfed in the bed of a weird ex who, to my knowledge, now specializes in dumpster diving and ear plugs. Never date art students. Now, in my adventures in the South, Dunkin’ Donuts has seized upon my past adventures in Hershey, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, respectively, and brought the venerable kolache to Arkansas.DSC_9190-2 Continue reading “Dunkin’ Donuts Kolache”

Oh, Baby AmazeMint Baby Food

I bought baby food with my gazpacho today, and no, this isn’t a roundabout way of coming out as a sexual deviant. This baby food caught my eye the minute I walked into the store, and from the moment I slurped my soup and gazed upon the hip horror that unfolded on my smartphone before me, I knew I had to give it the ol’ one-two Foodette.DSC_9189 Continue reading “Oh, Baby AmazeMint Baby Food”

Juicy Fruit-Infused Strawberry Cucumber Coolers

I participated in this campaign on behalf of Collective Bias and its advertiser and was compensated for writing this post. Seriously, if I don’t do these, I literally will not get home, or be able to buy that set of headless dog speakers I’ve had my eyes on. 

Arkansas is hot. Yes, the Northerner likes to complain. But I’ve been experiencing a weird dissonance when I waltz out of my temperature-controlled, 50-degree hotel room, into a 70-degree hotel, outside to a steamy, humid 90-degrees. Suffice to say, I’ve decided to institute a new workplace attire, ‘undershirt formal.’ And they call this a mild summer! In any case, I’ve needed to cool off and I’ve found that there’s no better way to beat the heat than eating chilled fruit and crying by the poolside. Juicy Fruit and I recently worked together to create cucumber and strawberry Juicy Fruit coolers, made with hollowed-out cukes so the cup and its filling is edible. How’s that for finding your #JuicyFruitFunSide?DSC_9096-2 Continue reading “Juicy Fruit-Infused Strawberry Cucumber Coolers”

10 in 30: Top Eats in Arkansas, Month 2

Another month, another set of delicious treats in Arkansas. This time, I branched out of the Bentonville/Fayetteville/Rogers area and explored beyond, to the Beaver and Wedington Lake areas and further. Many of these places were found while I was driving, as opposed to my last selection, which I’d heavily curated in advance. Half the fun was the discovery!wpid-img_20140714_120355.jpg Continue reading “10 in 30: Top Eats in Arkansas, Month 2”

Blueberry Kefir Panna Cotta with Cardamom, Oranges, and Cinnamon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, but yours will be filtered if you judge. This is going straight to Vegas, baby!DSC_9070-2The champagne of smoothies- kefir! Also known as the only thing I can take my harsh daily vitamins with without wanting to die. I was asked by #CollectiveBias to purchase Lifeway Kefir for this shop, and decided to whip up a five-minute panna cotta using orange segments, cardamom, and whipped cream from a can. Keepin’ it classy, ladies, you know you want these #kefircreations. Kefir originates from the Caucasus Mountains, so I wanted to keep a middle eastern flavor profile to this without detracting too much from the natural flavors of the yogurt, which is pleasantly thick and creamy. Continue reading “Blueberry Kefir Panna Cotta with Cardamom, Oranges, and Cinnamon”

Farm to People July 2014 Box: Smoke and Spice

I went on an adventure today on a borrowed scooter. I was chased by wild dogs, no big deal, don’t worry about it. I’m exhausted now and starving. When I got home after driving through a scary park, ogling silkworm nests and eating coconut cream pie, I got an awesome box in the mail. I’ve been getting into subscription boxes lately, and when Farm to People offered to send me a box, I was keen to try their selection. I’ve got to admit, I was a little nervous- with all the specialty foods I’ve tried, I figured there would be some repeats, if not most of them. Somehow, perfection and snacks aligned– not only were there items from new companies I hadn’t heard of, but there were things I’d been ogling for months.DSC_9147-2 Continue reading “Farm to People July 2014 Box: Smoke and Spice”

Top 10 Eats in St. Louis, MO

Yep. Back to Missouri. Can’t let the beast win, right?wpid-img_20140711_220341.jpgA few weeks before we made the plan to go, I found a clue. A new lead, like letters underneath fingernails. I think hipsters stole my briefcase. This is entirely based on a piece of paper I found while going through my belongings after switching rooms, a paint sample wedged in between a few Kansas City bus passes that read, in lazy handwriting, “I hope I’m the pain in your poems.” Continue reading “Top 10 Eats in St. Louis, MO”

Ribs Eleven: Pig of the Month

DSC_9141-219:30 CT. It’s still light out. It had all the makings of a perfect evening. Six hours of Diners, Drive-I-, uh, six hours of Bob’s Burgers or Fassbinder queued up after a long day of work, a fresh haircut from my favorite barbershop, that I’d driven to on the scooter I’d temporarily traded my car for, and absolutely nothing planned. All it took was fifteen minutes for that dream to fade, and now my hotel room smells like meat and the ravenous scent of a champion. But let me start at the beginning. Continue reading “Ribs Eleven: Pig of the Month”

Tillamook Honey Cinnamon Crème Brûlée Dessert Yogurt

I’ve finally achieved a level of comfort between unbridled human autonomy and the robot slavery we’re doomed to undergo once automated insurance customer services (I’m talkin’ to you, Blue Cross) and abused Coca-Cola Freestyle machines rear up and conquer us. That comfort level is the Jawbone Up24. It’s gentle- it tells me what to do and when to do it without insisting, like a sweet suggestion from a passive-aggressive partner, but it gets me going and gives me cold, hard statistics on my body rather than the cold, hard stares my general practitioner gives me.DSC_9027-2 Continue reading “Tillamook Honey Cinnamon Crème Brûlée Dessert Yogurt”