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Jan 19, 2010 12:25 PM

What are the crazy things you do for a food craving?

Craving pizza the other day, I tried to eat "the point" off a floppy slice of takeout pizza as I was driving on a nearly-deserted neighborhood street. The whole slice had to be rolled up on itself into a gooey, pepperoni-sausage-laden mass. Finally, after two drippy bites, I realized that I was behaving foolishly, and pulled over to eat it.

I confess to having parked myself beside a ginormous tower of shrimp cocktail at a wedding reception.

I've bought a case of Trader Joe's white chocolate peppermint bark bars when I thought they might run out.

I'll stand and eat super hot bacon straight out of the microwave, like an idiot!

I'll load up an already spicy pad kee mao with additional pickled chilles-in-vinegar.


What is (or has been) your crazy, silly, or even dangerous behavior when it comes to satisfying that *craving*?

It might involve traveling long distances or to dicey neighborhoods,
buying "verboten" ingredients or eating that fugu fish,
smuggling in through customs some foreign meat or cheese,
continuing to date someone only because they have access to free unlimited raw oysters at your favorite watering hole (hey, I'm stretching my imagination, here)
.... or..... whatever....

All confessions will be held in the strictest confidence.

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  1. "I've bought a case of Trader Joe's white chocolate peppermint bark bars when I thought they might run out."
    i bought out the last 8 bottles of pomegranate glaze at the local TJ's when they discontinued it. and back when Fage was still made in Greece and they had issues with spoilage & shipping delays, i bought it by the case.

    i've also, on many occasions, decided that i just *had* to have a fork- or spoonful (or three!) of something i just purchased while driving home in the car. unfortunately it's usually on the San Diego freeway while doing 70-80 MPH...a practice that i absolutely do *not* recommend. particularly not at night. the good news is that i've managed to do it thus far without incident. but i think at this point i'm tempting fate...and i've ended up with food either in my lap or on the seat of the car on more than one occasion, which is a nightmare for a neat freak like me :)

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      speaking of "buying out" stuff -- over Christmas in florida, i bought out one local publix's 18 large cans of muir glen organic tomatoes and tomato puree -- $1.00 each on "clearance" (i guess they were discontinuing that product)!

      my mom was constantly looking at them, going, where am i going to put all these cans?

      the new year's day chili was a good start to using them.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        when i was driving and dining, i was only going about 20 mph. i cannot imagine going 70 on a freeway and eating. girlfriend, that IS dangerous!

        ps, you're moved out there for good? are you continuing to pursue your dream there? hope so!

        1. re: alkapal

          hey, i never said it was a *good* idea :) i've always been a bit of a speed demon and daredevil. i have serious skills behind the wheel, and i'm afraid that sometimes makes me a bit too confident & aggressive on the road. i'm workin' on it ;)

          and yes, i am here for good, and *hoping* to realize my dream...but in the meantime, doing what i need to do to make it through these tough times. if only it was still the glory days of venture capital overload!!

          1. re: alkapal

            alka, just had to tell you that thanks to this thread, i thought of you as i was getting on the freeway yesterday with a container in my lap and a fork at the ready, and decided to wait until i got home!!

            i had a vision of a mini alka angel perched on my shoulder telling me not to do it :)

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              you are sweet, ghg! thanks for that.

              did the food suffer for the distance? wasn't your dining experience even nicer because of your heightened desire? wasn't it nice to actually sit at a table and eat? <or did you wolf it down even faster, as probably i would've done?>

              a new avatar?
              (for some reason, i thought of the theme song from "walker, texas ranger": "the eyes of the ranger are upon you."

        2. I'v gotten in my car LATE at night to drive 2 towns away to a 24 hour store to satisfy my ice cream craving. ;/

          1. I did date a guy once with a very sketchy background who was a cook and gave me my first taste of lobster. Now with an SO from Maine, we'll drive an hour to buy it live and stop at Trader Joe's on the way home. Not so much dangerous, as silly, but cheaper than having it shipped!

            1. Years ago on my way to the Poas volcano in Costa Rica I happened upon a resto and a bowl of black bean soup with a poached egg that was cosmic. The sweet memory ricocheted in my cranium for a couple years. My next trip to CR was designed around another bowl of soup.

              1. Although my time as a consultant is limited and expensive, I sometimes go to places like Laos or Mexico for free just to eat.