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" bad for you food" that you

Will still eat anyway.
Of course assuming it isnt a " eat this and you die" situation...
just a food you realize is not a healthy choice but just cant/ wont give up
Corndogs, fried cheese, fatback, salami...anything bad but good

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  1. Ham, scrapple, some white-flour baked goods, bacon

    1. Everything so far in this thread. And french fries!

      1. McDonald's #1. I have no idea why but I cannot help but to eat them. Love them, really. And I know how they are made and I know how bad they are for you and yet I cannot stop but to crave them.

        1. Bacon!
          I would give up many foods over bacon

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          1. re: mizzdee

            Contrary to popular belief, bacon isnt really that bad for you (in moderation of course). Its not health food by any stretch, but compared to a lot of the heavily processed foods we are eating its far more healthy. Saturated fat has kind of been given a bad rap. It can be part of a healthy diet and should not be lumped in with trans fats as far as health concerns go.

              1. re: twyst

                mmmm... Bacon still has a lot of things not so great about it. Especially today's bacon. Nitrates. Nitrites. (But not all bacons are created equal.) Salt cured. I mean, we're not exactly talking wild caught salmon!

                1. re: Caroline1

                  Salt is also one of those things that people think is much worse than it really is. A certain percentage of the population IS sensitive to salt (10-20%) and does need to watch their salt intake because of genetics, but the vast majority of people can eat all the salt they want without ever having fear of it leading to hypertension


                  1. re: twyst

                    I agree completely with twyst, and you can buy bacon that's free of nitrates. I think it's Hormel or Oscar Meyer that has a nitrate-free bacon that's pretty easy to find. You have just have to make sure you use it fairly quickly.

              2. re: mizzdee

                Bacon grease--I keep a jar of it in the fridge. There are recipes that call for butter or oil where I'll take one look, and substitute bacon grease without a second thought.

                1. re: MsMaryMc

                  this officially goes up as my favorite idea to have ever gotten from chowhound.

                  1. re: MsMaryMc

                    Same here, I always have bacon fat in the fridge, and if lucky, a jar of duck fat as well.

                    1. re: MsMaryMc

                      +1 to bacon fat in recipes. My trademark corn bread just wouldn't be the same without it, much less my over-cooked-to-death-but-delicious southern green beans.

                      1. re: pine time

                        100% in agreement. I couldn't make my smothered green beans must contain bacon. And cornbread in cast iron w/ bacon fat and even better, cracklins.

                  2. For the most part - cold cuts like good Italian Pepper Salami, Genoa Salami, Cappacole(sp?) ham, liverwurst, various cheeses. Not terribly bad for you taken in moderation; nothing taken in moderation really is, but definitely not "health foods" - lol!

                    Also Tex-Mex stuff - nachos, tacos, enchiladas - no holding back on the sour cream, salsa, guacamole!!! Again - not horribly bad, but still.

                    Old-fashioned onion dip made with Lipton's Onion Soup Mix & served with Lay's potato chips. Yum!

                    Those are just off the top of my head; I'm sure there are more. For the most part, I eat pretty darn healthy most of the time.

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                    1. re: Bacardi1

                      Guacamole is actually quite good for you, owing to the healthy type of fat found in avocados. Not sure why it sometimes gets a bad rap.

                      1. re: The Professor

                        Maybe the store-bought stuff is loaded with preservatives?

                        1. re: Michelly

                          Can't say. I've never tried the store bought since guacamole is so insanely simple to make.

                          1. re: The Professor

                            I think it gets leftover bad rap from the days when avocado was vilified for its high fat content. How far we have come :-)

                    2. i have a serious addiction to almost all frozen treats. ice cream and gelato at the top of the list.

                      1. Fried shrimp. Fried oysters. Hushpuppies. Hot dogs.

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                        1. re: Sue in Mt P

                          I second the fried shellfish with hush puppies. Complete downfall for me.

                        2. Sausages, cheese and ice cream. I have to watch the cholesterol, but sometimes these foods just call my name and I can't resist.

                          1. Oh my...I continue to eat hot dogs, french fries, bbq pork ribs, potato chips, mayo-laced salads, ice cream, white flour, bacon and anything with butter in it. I don't like overly-sweet things too much, so I hope that cancels out the fat stuff. I do think twice before indulging in the former and try not to overdo it, but, geesh, you've got to live a little.

                              1. At people's birthday parties--when they have a grocery-store cake (which has trans fat in the frosting), I still eat it. I would feel rude not having it--but in reality, that is an excuse, the trans-fat laced frosting is just.. well... ok.. TASTY.

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                                1. re: GraceW

                                  I Hate how it coats my mouth. Usually there is enough people there that I can pretend to eat a small piece and no on notices. I love cake and cupcakes but that is enough to sway me from eating it.

                                  1. re: Crockett67

                                    Yuk - I agree. The mouthfeel is awful. I don't bother.

                                2. Chile Verde Super Burritos (no beans please) and cupcakes. I used to be extremely bad when it came to ice cream and chocolate bars, but this year I stopped all that.

                                  1. does drinking count?
                                    if so: soda.
                                    and any as well as all food cooked in the microwave.

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                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                      food cooked in the microwave is bad for you?

                                      please elaborate.

                                      1. I can't eat refried beans without bacon fat. Coconut milk for curries. Palm oil for Brazilian dishes. White rice only. Potato chips. Sour cream. Red meat, have to have a big juicy cheeseburger now-and-then. French fries. Soy sauce. That's enough! I'm starting to get worried.

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                                        1. re: arktos

                                          Coconut milk and sour cream are not at all bad for you.

                                        2. I forgot: Ben & Jerry's Half Baked Frozen Yogurt. Yes, fewer calories than the ice cream, but still definitely not low calorie!

                                          1. Chocolate, Ice Cream and when I spend a night on the town even though I know that this is a sugar bomb and I should go for wine or some cocktail with seltzer I usually get a daiquiri! Oh and every once in awhile I have to have some bacon-cheese fries, yumm!

                                            1. Braunschweiger! I only indulge myself with it about twice a year, but if I lived in fantasyland it would be a monthly thing...with red onions, spicy brown mustard, on rye bread..oh my!

                                              Hasn't it been six months yet???

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                                              1. re: KSlink

                                                I LOVE Braunschweiger too, & luckily I get to indulge myself frequently since I have 3 elderly dogs who frequently require medications & Braunschweiger makes the perfect vehicle for pill meds. Thus it becomes a situation of "a little Braunschweiger for doggie, a little for me; a little Braunschweiger, a little MORE for me". I just have to hope that some day I don't accidentally take the piece that has the dog pills in it - lol!

                                              2. Oh who doesn't have the naughty little indulgences? Where to begin....

                                                Salami of all kinds
                                                Pickled bits of all kinds as I have hbp
                                                Grilled peanutbutter and cheese sandwiches. Once or twice a year
                                                Fried pickles or green tomatoes. My mouth is watering
                                                Haven't had it in years for two reasons. 1 its so high in cholesterol 2 hard to find but pork brains and eggs
                                                Sherbet and popcicles

                                                1. Number one is hot dogs and sausages-so easy to make and very satisfying
                                                  Cold cuts-cant seem to get away from them, and boars head keeps making new flavors that I like
                                                  Chinese food-no reason to ever eat the general tso's combo with fried rice and an egg roll-but after two or three days of salad and fish, I find myself craving that spicy, salty, sweet fat bomb-luckily I only do it once in awhile.
                                                  Not sure alcohol is a food but thats on the list as well :)

                                                  1. I don't believe that any food is "bad for you".

                                                    Everything in moderation.

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                                                      1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                        If you can just ride out the paralytic qualities and need for a resperator that is some good stuff

                                                      2. re: ipsedixit

                                                        I second that! (Edit - I second that -Ipsedixit!)

                                                        I am very mindful of what I eat, but there is nothing that I won't eat.

                                                        ......I just don't eat crap constantly.....

                                                        and then when I do eat something sinful - it's even more intoxicating!

                                                      3. Herr's Salt & Vinegar potato chips. I'm completely helpless in their presence. It's so bad that I only buy them once a year, when we head to the beach for vacation.

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                                                        1. re: Christina D

                                                          I have to avoid those buggers too. I will eat them until my mouth hurts from all the spices and salt

                                                          1. re: Christina D

                                                            I love salt and vinegar chips too! But I eat the kettles brand. I also can't resist pizza. I prefer really good pizza, but unfortunately even really crappy pizza can lure me!

                                                          2. Bacon double cheeseburgers, fries, pizza...

                                                            1. Fried SPAM and egg breakfast sandwich on toasted sourdough bread with mayo, tomato, and american cheese.

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                                                              1. re: malibumike

                                                                That sounds just bad enough to be delicious. I never get to try that because if Spam makes it in my house my heat seeking missle boyfriend eats it straight from the can in the middle of the night. Yes, the whole can. And chases it with two of those freezer fun pops. He's so cute

                                                                1. re: malibumike

                                                                  Yep, Spam for me too. But fried with eggs with Hawiian bread toast or drizzles with sweet soy sauce placed on white rice and wrapped in seaweed.

                                                                  1. re: malibumike

                                                                    LOVE "Spam, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches"!!! In fact, they're one of our favorite weekend breakfasts - on nice crusty poppyseed or sesame-seed rolls.

                                                                    While I do like regular Spam, I particularly like the Turkey Spam - it's quite a bit less salty than regular Spam, & has a really nice flavor.

                                                                    I do wish supermarkets around here would carry some of the other Spam flavors like Tabasco, etc., etc. According to the Spam website, they have a number of flavors that never seem to hit the supermarkets - at least not around here.

                                                                    1. I drink too much red wine and eat way too many Triscuits with super sharp, salty cheddar.

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                                                                      1. re: Isolda

                                                                        Here's a naughty thing for you, then.....put the cheddar on the Triscuit, sprinkle on a tad bit of granulated garlic, and nuke it.

                                                                      2. Homemade fudgy brownies, ice cream (especially B&J's), and (in the summer) boardwalk fries.

                                                                        1. Biscoff/Speculoos cookie spread!

                                                                          1. Fast food fried chicken sandwiches. Tendercrisp from BK, Chx Filet sandwich from Wendys. Nothing from McD's tastes good, though. I don't eat them often but love them when I do!

                                                                            I know I need to lose weight but love craft beer so much I just can't give it up!

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                                                                            1. re: mojoeater

                                                                              I love chick fil a chicken sandwiches :(

                                                                              Definitely a struggle to limit myself to once a month on them!

                                                                            2. If I like something, I'll eat it. In moderation. I think it's the best way to go rather than giving up food that I absolutely love, unless of course, there's more to it than just "bad for you. " Allergies, intolerances, etc. I'd give something up.

                                                                              I wondering, are there any foods people love and refuse to eat because it's generally "bad for you"? I don't mean people w/ allergies, diabetes, etc.

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                                                                              1. re: chowser

                                                                                I love diet soda and diet foods in general but found out that eating them puts you in the 66% more likely to have heart issues category so I gave them up. I miss them more than cigarettes.

                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  You miss diet food? I know a lot of people who love diet soda and I can get that but a lot of diet food, like fat free pudding and stuff isn't worth eating!:-)

                                                                                  1. re: chowser

                                                                                    I misspoke. I do not care for fat free things. Its is artificial sweeteners I miss. Do not try and pass off fat free sour cream or lite ranch.fat free mayo? Now that is just wrong and an oxymoron in my dictionary.

                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                      I don't even get why those fake fat free things are still on the market. They're obviously not doing any good for anyone. Every fat person I know has them in their fridge. So what is the point? They don't taste good and they don't help people slim down. Maybe if people ate real mayo and sour cream in moderation, they wouldn't get fat?

                                                                                      1. re: Isolda

                                                                                        Ditto. Real fat is a satisfying and necessary nutrient. When food is real, you crave less of it and your body doesn't respond erratically to it.

                                                                                        1. re: Isolda

                                                                                          Here's a fat person who doesn't--I won't touch the stuff. Especially the products with Olestra--if nothing else, that phrase "anal leakage" would have stopped me.

                                                                                          But really, I don't eat any of that gimmicky weight loss pseudo-food. My weight finally stopped climbing for the first time in my life when I STOPPED dieting.

                                                                                  2. re: chowser

                                                                                    I don't eat anything with partially hydrogenated oils . . . ever. Or anything fried in questionable oils.

                                                                                    Save Cadbury Mini Eggs at Easter, I also don't eat artificial colors or flavors.

                                                                                    1. re: Rilke

                                                                                      I used to avoid that, too. Then, I decided the rare occasional use of it is okay.

                                                                                      It's really hard avoiding food colors. I never realized how ubiquitous it is until we tried to stay away from red dye #40. Most baked goods from grocery stores, yogurts, medicine have it, even things that aren't that color--eg chocolate and vanilla baked goods. And, we laughed at the irony that Benadryl used to be red (you can find color free ones now) and that my daughter was allergic to her allergy medicine.

                                                                                      1. re: chowser

                                                                                        I know what you mean about the colors. I haven't found it difficult to find yogurt and sweets without them, but the medicine is sometimes unavoidable.

                                                                                  3. My list is so long I should be embarrassed, but I'm not.

                                                                                    Potato chips
                                                                                    Mexican Food
                                                                                    Thai & Indian Curries
                                                                                    French fries
                                                                                    Onion rings
                                                                                    Fried seafood
                                                                                    Fried chicken
                                                                                    Cream based soups & gravies
                                                                                    Chili dogs
                                                                                    White wine

                                                                                    I'm sure there are plenty more I have not thought of.
                                                                                    Please note there are no sweets on my list.....I am a true savory lover....you all can keep the sweets :-)

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                                                                                    1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                      Janet; my list too and I agree about the sweets.

                                                                                      1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                        Janet, I don't think that all of the foods on your list are bad for you......

                                                                                        1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                          Now that just sounds like a weekend in my twenties.

                                                                                            1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                              I confess. It sounds like last weekend. And I am 41

                                                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                I'm 49 and ate 6 pieces of bacon at a brunch last week. I don't feel the least bit guilty because I don't have it that often. It's okay to eat anything you want, as long as you don't do it all the time.

                                                                                                1. re: Isolda

                                                                                                  "It's okay to eat anything you want, as long as you don't do it all the time."

                                                                                                  Hear, hear. Bacon is remarkably low in calories, considering most folks tend to eat only 3 strips (I never understood why that was supposed to be a serving. I always want at least 4).

                                                                                            2. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                              My list would be that...and longer. :-)

                                                                                              1. re: Janet from Richmond

                                                                                                Subtract the tequila and add red wine and ramen, and that would be pretty close to mine.

                                                                                              2. I'm pretty good about moderation, but cheese has a real hold on me. On crackers, on almost every sandwich, too much in my omelets, etc. I also really like my vodka tonics.

                                                                                                1. Fried chicken. Mashed potatoes w/ cream, butter and gravy. And loaded poutine.

                                                                                                  1. Zabar's coffee cake, Irish whiskey and "loaded" poutine. Quebec is good for something.

                                                                                                    1. We use an astonishing amount of mayonaise, and the low and no fat varieties suck.

                                                                                                      1. Ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt (not homemade). Not necessarily bad but not that great for you. Especially the frozen yogurt, all of those chemicals...yikes. Also, greasy quesadillas with sour cream.

                                                                                                        1. Egg yolks. I've tried egg white omelettes, and if I can't have the yolk I'd rather just skip it.

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                                                                                                          1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                            I think the best advice on eggs these days is that it is a perfect health food - eating just the whites only deprives you of nutrients.

                                                                                                          2. Crispy turkey, chicken or duck skin - and lots of it.
                                                                                                            Chicken tails.
                                                                                                            Crispy pork rind.

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                                                                                                            1. re: RichardinJP

                                                                                                              NOW we're talking!
                                                                                                              That's some good eating!

                                                                                                            2. Many of the above but I will add Spitz sunflower seeds. And I cannot stop at just one handful. All that sodium! Yikes.

                                                                                                              1. I also must admit to having an occasional craving for - dare I say it? - Taco Bell plain old original tacos. Sometimes - just have to drive thru & order a few.

                                                                                                                1. Puerto Rican chicharrones
                                                                                                                  there is a little Puerto Rican cafe in the Farmers Market not too far from me
                                                                                                                  I can't leave the Farmers Market without getting one or two of these crispy, fatty, meaty babies and chomping!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                    You have my full attention. I need to get to my local Latin market and get me some.

                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                      OMG. Get here immediately, then. We have a carniceria nearby, and those things are heavenly: enourmous jars, made that day, of deeply-flavored, airy crunchy meaty deliciousness. Sooo good crumbled into cornbread or onto salad, or as a last-minute addition to a fast saute of zucchini and corn and tomatoes; a great big handful crushed atop before serving.

                                                                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                        I may have to post on your what are you snacking on right now in a bit. I love those horribly unhealthy delicious treats. And cracklings cornbread...mmmmmm mmmm. That also means a al pastor taco too. Or a lengua. I have three carniceras within minutes of me. Lucky me. You sure you don't wanna meet me here and go on a 'grub crawl' ? I'm so hungry.

                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                          Me too. I had a huge lunch, but I can't stop thinking about crunchy carnitas with lots of extra lime, on two small steamed corn tortillas. I could do four to my head.

                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                            They were out of chicharrones. I'm okay. I had tacos the other day. Would have like crispy fatty goodness though.

                                                                                                                  2. Box mix chocolate cake with funfetti frosting (the kind w/ the little sphere-like chewyish candies in it, not the bits of flat hard sprinkles that you pour in yourself). I love it. My mom even made me cupcakes of it for my birthday last year (my 29th haha). We also have a recipe from my grandmother for a spice cake that involves using bacon fat instead of butter or shortening. It's quite tasty.

                                                                                                                    I also love corndogs and will get one every time I go to any sort of sporting event. Lastly, McD's Chicken McNuggets with BBQ sauce. I don't care what they're made of. I like them. Whenever I have a cold I want a McNugget meal.

                                                                                                                    Lastly, Gallo brand Dry Salami. The kind that comes in the "log" with the white paper wrapping on it that you have to peel off. My family's Christmas Eve tradition was to have that with crackers (Club and Ritz) and cheddar and jack cheese, and quartered apples.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                      mmmmmm, white-paper salami. I had girlfriends who got to have that, and it never appeared anywhere in my universe at home. Waaaah. lucky you!

                                                                                                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                                        I think I need that recipe if you are willing to share it!!! :o

                                                                                                                      2. macarons- any type, pecan white chocolate tart, lemon tart, thai food- red curry, green papaya salad, green curry. vietnamese spring rolls.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: ashleynicole

                                                                                                                          How is Thai food (particularly green papaya salad or curries) or a Vietnamese spring roll bad for you?

                                                                                                                        2. Any and all types of sweets (cookies, brownies, chocolate, pastries, etc)
                                                                                                                          Potato chips - like the bag says, you can't eat just one
                                                                                                                          Pizza - everything from Pizza Hut to Neopolitan wood fired pizza. Even when it's bad it's good
                                                                                                                          Soda - don't like the taste of HFCS flavored sodas anymore but I love me some real sodas like Mexican coke, izzy, Italian blood orange soda, and Reed's ginger beer soda
                                                                                                                          Crab rangoons and other Asian deep fried foods
                                                                                                                          Hot dogs - I try to avoid them because of nitrates but can't help having one or two on occasion
                                                                                                                          Spreads - peanut butter, Nutella, TJ's cocoa almond spread, speculous, honey, etc. I have a bad habit of sometimes snacking on these straight out of the jar

                                                                                                                          1. Regardless of the high fat, bad grease, and of course the carbs, I cannot, will not give up my french fries. I simply LOVE them, but then I've never met a potato I didn't like. So will not pass on
                                                                                                                            baked, duchesse, plain old mashed, or roasted in embers. Sigh.

                                                                                                                            1. Ditto on the salami & bacon, and most of the other stuff too. And has anyone mentioned cream cheese yet? I also have to admit a genuine weakness for pretzel sticks dipped in Nutella. And I too cannot think of a style of potatoes that I don't love.

                                                                                                                              I generally am able to exercise restraint, but have a bit of trouble sometimes with really tasty foods which are deliciously sweet, or salty, or fatty, or sour, or savory. And occasionally with bitter ones. And various combinations of the above. All others are no problem...

                                                                                                                              Of course, on principle one must not go overboard when it comes to moderation...

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                                                                                                                              1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                Haven't you heard? Nutella is health food.

                                                                                                                                1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                  It certainly provokes a healthy appetite in this hound...

                                                                                                                                2. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                                                                                  "All things in moderation (especially moderation itself)."

                                                                                                                                3. I tend not to think of foods as inherently unhealthy, but as a patient being treated for GERD, my doctor did hand me a list of forbidden foods: alcohol, mint, anything spicy, vinegar, citrus, coffee, garlic, basically all the foods I like to eat on a daily basis. I decided to go with the Purple Pill instead.

                                                                                                                                  1. I eat the following in moderation (most of the time), but life would not be living if I had to completely give up:

                                                                                                                                    Homemade baked goods
                                                                                                                                    Red meat in general
                                                                                                                                    White rice (brown is such a totally different thing, and doesn't make a good risotto)
                                                                                                                                    Ice Cream
                                                                                                                                    Egg yolks
                                                                                                                                    Jams and Preserves
                                                                                                                                    Half and half
                                                                                                                                    potato chips
                                                                                                                                    Snickers, Payday,& Mounds bars
                                                                                                                                    Real Mayonnaise

                                                                                                                                    Then there are the things that I MAKE SURE that I do not have around because I just can't stop:
                                                                                                                                    Homemade onion sour cream dip
                                                                                                                                    Sticky buns
                                                                                                                                    Delice de Bournigne cheese (or however you spell it)
                                                                                                                                    Anytthing salted caramel

                                                                                                                                    1. Animal fat from cows and fowl. I do not eat pork, so any of those products are out but in the last month or so I have had foie gras, poutine made with duck confit, and bone marrow. I have not been for dim sum in a while, but chicken feet were always a favorite. And yes, I am already on Lipitor.

                                                                                                                                      I also used to eat a lot of tuna and yellowtail, in spite of the warning of mercury build-up. Of course, this has become potentially unhealthy because of what we have done to the environment, not that the fish itself in inherently bad for you.

                                                                                                                                      Finally, booze. I am not giving that up either.