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Most Embarrassing Meal You Have Had Lately

Ttrockwood Oct 7, 2013 07:13 PM

You know mom wouldn't be happy if she knew you called that a meal. But we're busy people nowadays!
Most recently mine was nearly half of that tumeric/hazelnut loaf from Maison Kayser and a double macchiato for lunch...I may have called a half pint of talenti's blood orange sorbet breakfast one morning......

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    CKaty RE: Ttrockwood Oct 7, 2013 07:50 PM

    I am sorry. I was just sitting here daydreaming about how delicious your "bad" meals sound. Count me in!

    1. Monica RE: Ttrockwood Oct 7, 2013 08:33 PM

      I must try that bread now.

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        Ttrockwood RE: Monica Oct 7, 2013 09:15 PM

        If you're already there might as well pick up a few olive buns (entire kalamatas!) and a pistachio brioche.....

      2. ipsedixit RE: Ttrockwood Oct 7, 2013 09:02 PM

        Chocolate potatochip from Royce (Battery Park).

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          BuildingMyBento RE: ipsedixit Oct 7, 2013 11:28 PM

          I spoke with one of the Madison Ave. employees (a nice Filipina), and she mentioned that two more Royce were in the works for NY, Bryant Park and Bleecker St. Maybe I misheard and Battery Park is the 2nd?

          Didn't realize they both opened already, but they're quality places to get samples from.

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            ipsedixit RE: BuildingMyBento Oct 8, 2013 07:32 AM

            As far as I know the Battery Park one has been open since at least August.

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              Monica RE: ipsedixit Oct 8, 2013 07:48 AM

              Bryant park location is open too i believe...i wasn't too crazy about Royce chocolate.

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                ipsedixit RE: Monica Oct 8, 2013 06:57 PM

                Total brain lock on my part. Meant Bryant Park (not Battery Park). Apologies all around.

        2. coasts RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 05:42 AM

          first thing that comes to mind is the fried chicken and waffle sliders with cheddar and bacon in jalapeno maple syrup at Pork Slope. the most shameful part is not the dish itself, but that it's served as an appetizer. i followed it with a brisket sandwich and a side of mac and cheese, along with a beer or two. not sure if the clock had struck noon when we first sat down.

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            debinqueens RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 05:48 AM

            a small (ish) bag of "wet spicy" beef jerky from new beef king on bayard street.

            chased, of course, with a diet pepsi.

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              Ttrockwood RE: debinqueens Oct 8, 2013 02:15 PM

              At least it was a balanced meal :) caffiene is a food group in my life.....

            2. Ziggy41 RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 06:02 AM

              Sushi. Why was it embarrassing?

              It was in Staten Island. If my mom finds out...

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                avial RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 06:44 AM

                half slice of Lady M green tea and chocolate mille crepes for lunch, followed by a small cup of soup from the soup spot.

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                  MrGrumpy RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 07:18 AM

                  Last Sunday I was cleaning out my fridge and had spam, pickles, and blue cheese salad dressing on a hotdog bun. Sort of white trash reuben. It was good with a cold beer.

                  1. Monica RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 07:49 AM

                    dang it, i am snacking on Reese's peanut butter puffs again...somebody come and take this box away from me!!

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                      julesrules RE: Monica Oct 9, 2013 09:03 AM

                      My kids picked those out last time they got 'sugar cereal' (it's a vacation thing) and I ate half the box. It's the salty goodness!

                    2. pinehurst RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 07:49 AM

                      Four slices of cheddar cheese and an entire can of Goya anchovy-stuffed olives. Clearly, I was craving salt.

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                        fldhkybnva RE: pinehurst Oct 9, 2013 11:40 AM

                        I find myself enjoying jars of things all the time - roasted peppers and jalapenos anyone. I did have a meal once of jars of kimchi, hot yellow peppers, and pickled onions

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                        Blumie RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 08:13 AM

                        Ok, this is not NYC-related, but on Saturday night (after returning home from the Bruins game, where I was successful in avoiding all of the "food" sold at the game), I took a week-old piece of wagyu beef (from John Dewar, one of the best butchers in the Boston area; I had prepared it in a skillet a week earlier) out of the fridge and nuked it for 60 seconds with a low-fat babybel cheese round on top. (I've learned that nuking leftover steak for 30-60 seconds works incredibly well.)

                        Beat that!

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                          sharebear RE: Ttrockwood Oct 8, 2013 08:58 AM

                          My roommate constantly tells me that what I'm eating at the moment "does not count as a real meal" (e.g. half a jar of peanut butter for dinner, chips for lunch, etc). A few days ago I was starving & all I had in the apartment was a tin of biscuits someone had brought over as a gift from Fortnum & Mason in London .... mmmmm shortbread cookies for dinner.

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                            Ttrockwood RE: sharebear Oct 8, 2013 02:20 PM

                            Maybe if you put nut butter on the cookies its a meal.....? I hurt my jar of marantha cashew butter just last night

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                              Puffin3 RE: Ttrockwood Oct 9, 2013 05:41 AM

                              My sister-in-law is not a cook. Never cooked at home in Malaysia. Always had a hired cook.
                              I love her. She's a wonderful person.
                              We were invited over for 'steak dinner'. Her first attempt. Somehow she got the instructions for broiling steak mixed up. She served us steaks that had reached 450F internal temperature.
                              Everyone was too embarrassed for her to say anything.
                              But later in the evening we all had a good laugh together. She wondered why nobody finished their steak. Neither did she BTW. LOL

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                                linguafood RE: Puffin3 Oct 9, 2013 04:16 PM

                                A steak can reach 450°F internal temp? Wow.

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                                  Puffin3 RE: linguafood Oct 10, 2013 05:43 AM

                                  Obviously the steaks didn't reach that temp but she had the oven cranked up to it's highest setting and I think her husband came into the kitchen to check how things were coming and noticed what was going on. By that time the steaks were literally like shoe leather.

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                            lsmutko RE: Ttrockwood Oct 9, 2013 11:54 AM

                            There is nothing meal-related that would shock my mom. I remember her regular "lunch" as Tab and Cheez-its out of the box.

                            So I am not burdened by expectations.

                            In fact, she might find my lunch today of extra-sharp cheddar and an apple rather trite.

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                              ErnieD RE: lsmutko Oct 9, 2013 01:34 PM

                              Same with my mom. Once my brother and I moved out, she used to love when my dad went out of town for work because she got to have popcorn and martinis for dinner. So the bar has been set pretty low.

                              That being said, I had carrots and Penzey's creamy peppercorn dressing for breakfast today. I think it's fine in that it at least has some nutritional benefit, but it's probably pretty random.

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                                zitronenmadchen RE: ErnieD Oct 9, 2013 01:52 PM

                                Get out! I put penzey's creamy peppercorn dressing on carrots too!

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                                Ttrockwood RE: lsmutko Oct 9, 2013 01:43 PM

                                Tab and cheeze-its actually sounds good.....!
                                This time of year i eat tons of apples, with cheddar is such a great combo

                              3. tcamp RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 06:01 AM

                                Earlier this week, lunch at work. Half a packet of instant ramen noodles, cooked in the microwave. Plus 4 dill pickles salvaged from a jar in the work fridge.

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                                  Monica RE: tcamp Oct 10, 2013 06:26 AM

                                  God, I hate when people do that at work..stinks up the whole building!

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                                    tcamp RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 09:04 AM

                                    I used to work at a place where the owner banned popcorn making. He traveled overseas frequently and then we all popped like crazy.

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                                      Ttrockwood RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 01:48 PM

                                      At my last job the "stink" of ramen noodles would have been welcomed compared to the daily atrocities commited in the name of a hot lunch.....fish curries zapped for five minutes come to mind.

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                                        Monica RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 01:54 PM

                                        curry stinks..fish stinks...both nuked in microwave at work...I'd look for a new job immediately.

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                                          tcamp RE: Ttrockwood Oct 11, 2013 07:28 AM

                                          Most of the people at my current job microwave frozen dinners. TTTT, I would actually appreciate the smell of "real" food being microwaved, even fish.

                                          My nose likes the smell of ramen, though, so clearly I'm defective in that regard.

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                                      Reston RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 09:10 AM

                                      I had Skittles and black coffee for lunch one day.

                                      1. Beach Chick RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 09:14 AM

                                        Last night I made a first for me and probably the world..
                                        Pita pocket stuffed with tons of hummus and added sambal, garlic, lemon with butter lettuce and those packets of dried cranberries/Pepita's/sunflower seeds mixes with a poppyseed dressing and I packed those bad boys up and it was so friggin' good...super weird, super good.
                                        Just had the other half for breakfast...outstanding!!

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                                          Monica RE: Beach Chick Oct 10, 2013 09:21 AM

                                          not sure why that would be embarrassing...sounds delicious.!

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                                            Ziggy41 RE: Monica Oct 10, 2013 10:14 AM

                                            It actually does.

                                            When I was younger and could only afford something like a pita, yes just a pita, nothing and I mean nothing would satisfy me more than a fresh baked pita filled with... salt and pepper. Sometimes I do that just to recall that feeling

                                            And as for all the cooking mishaps here and terrible eating, I would suggest you guys do what I did 20 years ago. You will not only eat well but you will not have to make a decision for the rest of your life. Marry a Jewish woman!

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                                              Monica RE: Ziggy41 Oct 10, 2013 10:29 AM

                                              Regular pita from a supermarket vs freshly baked pita is two different animal. There is a Persian market in Great Neck called Shop Delight. They make their own sangak...I can eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner..no salt or pepper or anything needed.
                                              btw, I married a Jewish guy who love pork cooked in milk made by me, a Korean gal. None of his friends who married Jewish women seem happy. Ha...

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                                              Beach Chick RE: Monica Oct 11, 2013 06:47 AM

                                              'You know mom wouldn't be happy if she knew you called that a meal.'

                                              It was incredible and it wasn't embarrassing for me but my dignified Southern Mother would of been freaked out.

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                                            Kontxesi RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 10:35 AM

                                            An entire 12 oz baguette and butter. (Not really that recent, though. 6 mo - 1 yr ago maybe.)

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                                              tcamp RE: Kontxesi Oct 10, 2013 11:00 AM


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                                                Kontxesi RE: tcamp Oct 10, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                It's beautiful. I've had to stop buying them, because they'd be half (or completely) gone by the time I got home. And that was without butter, even!

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                                                Monica RE: Kontxesi Oct 10, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                a good baguette with good butter is better than other stuff that's mediocre. I can live on baguette and butter. thank goodness I live close to a French bakery with good baguettes and I buy French butter to make it even better. yummm.i am salivating now.

                                              3. cookie monster RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                a Met-RX chocolate peanut protein bar and a Diet Coke. Full of proceesed stuff, yes, but at least there were some added vitamins and minerals. Not the first time I've done that and it won't be the last - I'm incapable of skipping meals, and sometimes the only option for lunch is a mini-mart.

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                                                  Ttrockwood RE: cookie monster Oct 10, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                  Ooooh- those met-rx bars scare me..... Although i'm sure its a bit healthier than a kibg sized snickers

                                                2. Bada Bing RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 05:29 PM

                                                  Arby's drive through--brisket sandwich. First time I've been to Arby's in 20 years, I bet. But I was in drive-through need, and they were the place without the line at dinnertime.

                                                  Not terrible, actually. With better bun, it'd be worth a retry.

                                                  1. EWSflash RE: Ttrockwood Oct 10, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                    We're the captive audience of a hospital cafeteria, which, until about eight years ago, fed us pretty darn well. The problem started when a) budget cuts for health care started eating (so to speak) into the general operating fund, and b) the powers that be decided that We Should Be Served Healthy Meals in the Cafeteria. Sadly, they don't currently do healthy food well. The fresh green beans and asparagus are usually varying shades of brown and often mushy. hey seve "Italian" offerings with whole wheat pasta that's falling apart by the time you get it. I know they mean well, but a whole lot of the time the offerings are nothing short of gross, and I'm not that picky. The grill is the best thing they have, with several cooks that really know their stuff, but (and this is another thing) you don't get the Living Well 25% discount if you get their non-LW choices. It's sad. I spnd less there now than I ever have. They have ratcheted up their salad bar, and I often get that, but the ingredients don't vary much at all and it gets monotonous. Sigh.
                                                    So basically, 2-4 times a week when I don't[ bring my lunch.

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                                                      Ttrockwood RE: EWSflash Oct 11, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                      Yikes, that sounds kind of horrific-maybe its intentional as a "weight loss" strategy.....;)
                                                      I never understood why people over cook vegetables to death.

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                                                      jeanmarieok RE: Ttrockwood Oct 11, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                      A polish sausage sandwich and fries with beer cheese, bacon and green onions. I felt so guilty eating it - it was all so bad for me - but I somehow enjoyed it!!

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