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Nov 2, 2006 01:48 PM

What's That One Thing You Can't Go A Week Without????

Everyone has that one food addiction that keeps you under its mystical power to the point where you are almost obsessing about it day in and day out.I have to say-

Red Vines
Big Ed's Robbie Dog

Have so much control over me, I cant live without them!!!!
special mention to Gray's&Papaya's, and Joe's Deli. I feel a crave wave hitting.

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  1. Lately it's been Kim Chee! We have a local Korean shop here in Asheville (Kims) that sells homemade Kimchee - yum!

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    1. re: jbyoga

      me too! I'm so addicted, I bring it to work for lunch despite its smelliness - luckily it's just me in my office so I just close the door when I devour my lunch, and use some room spray afterwards.

      I'm also a recovering crunchy bread and cheese (goat, manchego or gruyere) addict - it's been a week since I had some (need to lose weight).

      1. re: welle

        I hate to be a downer because I love kimchi too, but I'm skeptical room spray will cover that smell effectively. Also, keep in mind that you personally will reek for hours after eating kimchi. Bottom line, it's not the best dish for a professional setting...

        1. re: a_and_w

          you know if that was true (personal odor-wise), all koreans would be pretty stinky, and it's not stinkier than say garlic.
          my method seems to work (i don't do that too often though), I also make sure to either wash or discard everything that touched it wrapped in a plastic bag in the garbage of the communal kitchen. I do that to all my lunch ware anyway.

          1. re: welle

            I'm actually korean. And while I don't claim to speak for all koreans, most of my friends and relatives are pretty paranoid about eating kimchi when they know others (esp. westerners) will be able to smell them.

            You are dealing with one of the most pungent foods imaginable. It's not just the garlic -- you're eating fermented cabbage. You may not even realize the odor you're creating because eating the stuff de-sensitizes you.

            1. re: a_and_w

              a&w, I know that it's fermented cabbage and that the stuff is really potent, when I have it at home out of the fridge, the whole place smells like someone's been left dead for weeks there.
              there is a deli right across the street from my office that sells korean food w/ kimchi! many co-workers of mine have gotten food from there (on the days I haven't) and they didn't smell. Maybe you as a Korean are extra paranoid about it? But, you're really making me paranoid. Next time I do this, I'll bring my co-worker for a smell test.

              1. re: welle

                "Maybe you as a Korean are extra paranoid about it?"

                LOL -- quite possibly! Definitely do the smell test with a friend just to be sure. Also, is it possible you're eating a milder version? The real deal will stink up a fridge even if it's in a jar wrapped in plastic bag!

                1. re: a_and_w

                  I have a huge beautiful clay pot that was used for kimchee fermentation. It looks great, but it has been at least 12 years since any kimchee was made in it, and it still smells. I keep a pile of books on it to keep a lid on the odor. Strong stuff!!

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    'Also, is it possible you're eating a milder version?'
                    Maybe you're right - I usually buy just plain napa cabbage variety from HanAhReum - their store brand in glass jars. I make sure it doesn't say 'oyster sauce' on the label, but I'm sure there is some in it, maybe not as much.

                    1. re: a_and_w

                      I don't think you're being extra paranoid. My mom was eating kimchi blissfully ignorant for years and years before she realized that she probably stunk. She was sitting in the subway next to this Korean guy when she noticed that he reeked of garlic. She didn't give up her kimchi but always carried breath mints after that.

                      One of my friends used to live with a Korean girl who always had kimchi in the fridge. My friend asked me with hesitation (as she didn't want to offend me) f kimchi was supposed to smell like gym socks.

                  2. re: a_and_w

                    When I was working in Seoul I saw a thing on TV that mentioned that fish entrails was one of the marinade ingredients.

                    Hey, I like thai/vietnamese fish sauce and worcestershire sauce so that's not too far of a stretch.

                    1. re: rockhopper

                      They use the little fish that koreans love, if I'm not mistaken.

                    2. re: a_and_w

                      "Fermented cabbage"...also known in some circles as sauerkraut! As with kimchi, there's the big stout downhome buried-in-the-backyard sauerkraut and the wimpy stuff you buy in stores. And now I'm thinking what fun it would be to do a "fusion" choucroute garnie with kimchi...!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Quite right, though sauerkraut isn't spiked liberally with garlic, which further contributes to kimchi's unusual pungency. The similarity no doubt explains why the hot dog/kimchi combo that jbyoga mentioned works so well.

              2. re: jbyoga

                When I read this post, I was going to say Kimchi too! I used to have this stuff stashed away in my dorm fridge and could only eat it when my roommate had gone to class. I've driven miles to a Korean supermarket to get the stuff. Everytime I go home to my parents, I leave with a bottle of homemade kimchi.

                Something else I can't go a week without -- sushi.

                1. re: chubbybunny

                  I hear ya - my new fave snack is a vegi dog with kimchee and sriacha sauce! Yum!

                  1. re: chubbybunny

                    Kimchee is amazing with leftover turkey....

                2. -Chipolte
                  -Mexican food in general
                  -Mac and cheese

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                  1. re: Janet from Richmond

                    Stovetop mac and cheese, made with pepper jack cheese :)
                    also, goat cheese

                  2. Peanut butter. Publix All Natural Crunchy, on a toasted English Muffin with a litte honey. I'd take it on vacation if I could.

                    1. More than one item on my list..

                      portillos chili dog
                      italian beef
                      mashed potatoes & gravy

                      all of the above are weekly needed staples of my diet.

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                      1. dim sum. really I have tried to go without, but I'm an addict.