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Comfort Snack?

Just found out on Friday that I'll not be offered a renewed contract, as of 1 Sept.
I'll need about a week to process this for myself and get a plan together before announcing to friends and family.

In the interim, I'm sort-of craving a whole box of Velveeta shells
or [no longer produced] Planters CheezBalls
or... a mixed bowl of UTZ Hot/ Salt'n'Vinegar/ Crab potato chips

Basically, something cheap [trashy?] and temporarily escapist.

Although I'm certainly not looking for something HEALTHY, I also don't want to feel ... worse. But probably processed foods would be required at this point!!

So, suggestions to "Chown" my sorrows?

Kris -- now in NoVA

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    1. re: waitress

      Pretty picture, but I'm an utter and complete teetotaler...
      although if I were a drinker, I'm not sure if tipping up a glass would keep me from feeling worse tomorrow!!

    2. Sorry about your bad news. Recently I have found Sun Chips to be very effective to fulfill this need. I like the Cheddar and the Garden Salsa.

      1. Ugh, I'm so sorry about your bad news.

        Get your Velveeta shells & cheese. I'd also hit up the deli to see whatever fried delights are available.

        1. Crunchy and cheesy seem to be uppermost in your mind, so how about quick nachos?

          Tostitos Cantina Traditional tortilla chips, covered in your favorite salsa and a goodly amount of shredded cheddar jack cheese. If you want to get a little healthy, add some beans.

          Sorry 'bout what occasions the craving, though.

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          1. re: mcsheridan

            Mexican food was what I thought of. Chips, salsa, guacamole, sour cream. And maybe a nice burrito.

            Cut yourself some slack and then move on. These thing have a way of working out for the best. Good luck.

          2. A six pack of junior Butterfingers. I got one for 97 cents and by sheer will haven't touched them.

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            1. re: James Cristinian

              You've just reminded me that I love the malted Whoppers that come in a "milk carton."

            2. THESE Cheetos:


              Not those 'puffed' ones. And some of that 'nasty' queso dip :


              Can you get the frozen White Castle burgers that you MW? Mmm.

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              1. re: c oliver

                HA. I'm not sure I'd want to "double the cheese" with the dip-- I've never dipped a Cheeto!

                This is my favourite flavour:

                I've also never had White Castle... Krystal, on the other hand, I had occasionally when living in a military town.

                1. re: Kris in Beijing

                  Though I grew up on Krystal, living on the Left Coast now, WCBs (as we call them) are just fine.

                  I haven't tried those Cheetos. Yet. LOVE spicy.

                2. re: c oliver

                  Ohh, that nasty queso dip. So good. I used to crack a jar with the ex hubby after a long day. Just totally white trashing it up on the sofa with a bag of tortilla chips between us, watching TV. That would be dinner.

                  Kris, sorry to hear about the bad news. I second the vote for nachos, Cheetos, Velveeta, Kraft mac'n'cheese, or whatever else you need. For me, crispy + cheesy always does the trick. With a Coke and some chocolate later.

                3. Bummer.
                  Got the makings for poutine?

                  1. A big scoop of ice cream over a warm (toasted?) thick slice of pound cake.

                    1. Kris,
                      My heartfelt wishes for a new frontier.

                      While the drown (chown) your sorrows is a popular "remedy," alcohol is a depressant and will only cloud mood and executive function against taking positive action.

                      Now that you're in NoVA, you have a plethora of U.S. junk available. But, processed stuff is not going to be helpful in the long run and may just be a cyclic temporary escape.

                      A little known Japanese psychiatrist (and contemporary of Freud) was Shoma Morita who advocated the basic principles of cognitive therapy back in the 19th century as later proposed by Ellis, Beck and Seligman in the 20th. In basic terms: you will only change the way you feel when you change your behavior.

                      Morita's solution: eat healthy ( a large bowl of whole oatmeal is a great start to a day, a lunch of boiled sweet potatoes and a dinner of brown rice and sauteed vegetables, for instance), get outside in the air and light, be active, know there is hope for change and express gratitude for all that you have and that others do not.

                      Your plan will fall into place.

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                      1. re: Chefpaulo

                        Oh, please, she's not looking for a lifestyle change but just a brief 'get down and wallow in the misery' moment or two. And she doesn't drink AT ALL.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Thanks, C.

                          My usual "unlimited" indulgence snack:
                          steamed edamame, in the pod, with Chinese 5 Spice Powder.

                          Anything Asian at this point will just make me "homesick."

                          1. re: Kris in Beijing

                            Frito Pie. About as not-Asian as you can get. Fritos, chili, cheese, and chopped onion. Or, when I'm lazy and need a good wallowing about snack, I just go with fritos dipped into cream cheese, particularly if they still make the chili cheese flavor fritos.

                            1. re: amishangst

                              Oh myyy.
                              Frito piiiiiie.

                              Maybe a "field trip" to the Sonic that's about an hour away?
                              Does Sonic still have Frito Pie, served in the bag cut down the side?

                        2. re: Chefpaulo

                          "Morita's solution: eat healthy ( a large bowl of whole oatmeal is a great start to a day, a lunch of boiled sweet potatoes and a dinner of brown rice and sauteed vegetables, for instance), get outside in the air and light, be active, know there is hope for change and express gratitude for all that you have and that others do not."

                          Wow. I cannot possibly come up with a diet plan that would make me feel more depressed.

                          Bring on the shells, Planters Cheez Ballz (why oh why were they discontinued???), and a big-azz sundae. Oh, and a nice fat martini to wash it all down. Or two.


                          1. re: linguafood

                            I will say that the depressed indulgence diet has definite time limits. A meal or two of total crap in front of the TV is psychologically very useful. Days on end of high sugar/fat/salt processed food and alcohol will make things worse.

                            1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                              Oh, no doubt. I wasn't really suggesting Kris make this her new meal plan indefinitely.

                              But on true shit show days, salt/fat/sugar/booze might just be the ticket.

                        3. Hot fudge brownie sundae for dinner - brownie or dense chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, some nuts and a cherry on top.

                          Eat in your pyjamas (or underwear) while watching something entertaining but devoid of cultural value.

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                          1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                            Re your last sentence, there ARE days when I never get out of my robe. This sounds like a perfect occasion :) With the snacks. And trashy TV.

                          2. I might have to eat oysters Rockefeller until I exploded. I know it's not cheap, but it is therapy of a sort.

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                            1. re: James Cristinian

                              I had a pound and a half of crab legs for lunch... not the same, but fulfilled my seafood jones at the moment!!

                              1. That sucks!
                                Although I have to say its nice you know ahead of time- I was let go and an hour later that was that.

                                And then I got a better job :)

                                For me a comfort snack is anything from my childhood, so it may be unique for you- something your mom made when you were sick, grandma's desserts, your after school snack....

                                For me that's graham crackers and peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, tomato soup and mini saltine crackers, grandma's pie (which will never be matched).

                                1. Burgers
                                  Grilled sausage on a bun, with not-homemade ketchup and mayo :)
                                  Popcorn, with butter, lots of butter, and maybe black pepper. And grated cheddar on top, then baked just long enough to melt the cheese.
                                  Poutine. Or, tater tots with brown gravy and grated cheddar. Or tt with bbq salt and Pace Picante bottled salsa.

                                  1. Life sucks, and then we die. In the meantime.....Eat!!

                                    Promise you won't tell anybody. This totally destroys any thought on being a hound. To be consumed in the middle of the night watching "Sleepless in Seattle" or "Saving Private Ryan".

                                    Pork cracklins dipped in Texas Pete hot sauce. Then dipped in high fructose peanut butter slightly diluted with coconut milk. To gild the lily, have a mound of sweetened coconut flakes for a further layer of indulgence.

                                    Good luck on the search. Looking forward to future posts from you.

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                                    1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                      >>Pork cracklins dipped in Texas Pete hot sauce.<<
                                      sounded good... but I'm no fan of coconut flakes [I like my coconut in Thai, please, not desserts]

                                      Does anyone still sell Pork cracklins that are microwaveable like popcorn?

                                      1. re: Kris in Beijing

                                        Does anyone still sell Pork cracklins that are microwaveable like popcorn?


                                        I dunno if that makes me hungry, or want to throw up in my mouth. Probably a little of both.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          I found some micro popcorn that had little niblets of pork cracklings in them somewhere....cannot for the life of me remember where I got them, but it does mean they still exist. (At least, the kind I got.)
                                          Anyway, the only surefire cure for this kind of depresh is blue-box macaroni with real butter and whole milk, in a big bowl. Best eaten in your nightgown or bathrobe. A soda alongside is nice, and then a sleeping pill.

                                          1. re: mamachef

                                            What? Popcorn with pork rinds? Now that's a snack after my own dear heart.

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              My heart went pitter-patter when I saw them. And now I remember where I got them: Public Grocery: Home of all things weird, good and wonderful. :)

                                            2. re: mamachef

                                              two blue boxes ~~ only use the pasta from one. Double cheesey goodness.

                                          2. re: Kris in Beijing

                                            I ate them all the time as a kid and now can't find them anywhere.

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              Last time I found these was when I was living in Iowa for the summer. They were SO good - hot and fresh. My DH loves to wax nostalgic over them too - he frequented Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO when he was a kid, and they would serve them fresh out of the fryer. Heaven.

                                            2. re: Kris in Beijing

                                              I haven't seen the microwaveable ones in ages. Loved those things. I thought they were magic the first time I zapped them. I loved the way some of them still hissed in the bag for a minute or two after they were done.

                                          3. KFC fried chicken. Original recipe.

                                            Nowadays, their original recipe fried chicken is so flaccid it's not really fried, more like soft-crusted, well-seasoned chicken.

                                            No matter, on certain days, the savory, umami, salty blast of a KFC original recipe fried chicken (with that flaccid skin) hits the spot like nothing else.

                                            And damn, those little cups of mashed potatoes and gravy. Fuck those are good too.

                                            And we can't forget the cole slaw. I don't even like mayo with my cabbage, but something about KFC's thin-watered down mayo formula, with just the right amount of white vinegar acidity and sugar, is like ghetto-licious.

                                            KFC original recipe chicken + mashed potatoes + cole slaw = comfortable like a gluttonous sloth on Valium.

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                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                If KFC still made their Hot'n'Spicy Extra Crispy it would serve as a sure-fire suicide intervention for me under just about any circumstances. But their mashed potatoes? Gag … those are strictly for hanging wallpaper.

                                                Back when I was a young Air Force guy, my self-reward for cleaning up the room before an early-morning inspection was a trip to the snack bar down the street for one of their greasy gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and a bag of their floppy, greasy fries, which in the privacy of my room I would stuff as many as would fit into the sandwich. That defined Comfort, much more completely and … comfortably than any sort of booze, any chocolate, even spaghetti and meatballs. Of course it would kill me now …

                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                  Will, if you just ask most KFC's will make you an order of the H/S-E/C chicken.
                                                  Agree on the potatoes, but wouldn't hang paper on them because of the smell that would inevitably happen.

                                                2. re: ipsedixit

                                                  I recommend taking off the skin, placing a mound of cole slaw and mashed potato right in the middle, and wrapping it all up like a chicken skin ssam. shot of cholula doesn't hurt. you're welcome!

                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Unfortunately not all KFC's have the same stuff in different countries.

                                                    I can get the chicken. But they don't have gravy, which is needed for the fries, and they only have spicy fries anyways. And no coleslaw, potato salad or pasta salad at all. They do sell corn on the cob on a stick, though.

                                                  2. Salty, buttery, homemade (not microwave) popcorn.

                                                    EDIT: I am so sorry about your job. Something else will happen for you, I'm sure.

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                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                      Although I do have an Orville R Micro bowl, I could make popcorn in my wok on the stovetop...

                                                      And thanks for the supporttive comment!

                                                    2. Gravy
                                                      Potatoes (mashed, with a sliver of butter on every bite)
                                                      skinless Buffalo "wings"
                                                      Noodles mixed w/ cottage cheese
                                                      Blintzes with extra sour cream and sour cherries

                                                      1. One double-double with onions, animal style fries with a vanilla shake, 3 shots Maker's Mark and one entire Sara Lee Cherry pie with whipping cream.
                                                        All in my PJ's with Turner Classics and a box of Kleenex.
                                                        It's all meant to be…better things are yet to come.
                                                        You'll see :).

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                                                        1. re: latindancer

                                                          Yes to all of the above, but in one sitting?!

                                                          In'n'Out is fantastic comfort food. I ate it daily when having to go to night school at UCLA. After a long day of work, only a double double with fries could get me through class :/

                                                          1. re: nothingswrong


                                                            No, not in one sitting…!
                                                            Throughout the day into the night for the pie.
                                                            It's just so easy to get In'n'Out, isn't it?
                                                            I've been known to drive through with my PJ's on and no shoes.
                                                            Luckily those 'down' times are very far and few between otherwise I'd be a mess.

                                                        2. Garbage Chinese takeout. The fried rice, eggroll and nuclear red spare ribs combo. For this girl who does imbibe, a few beers. Add a dorky movie or Wife Swap marathon and it's all good.
                                                          I'm always bloated the next morning, but a good run and lots of water will shake that off.

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                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                            Every other day I can't stand the stuff, but when I really need comfort and grandma's cooking is not around it's Chinese takeout every time! An order big enough for a tribe.

                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              Exactamundo! I would never normally just casually pick that crud up, but when I'm wound up about something, it works magic.

                                                            2. re: alliegator

                                                              I used to plop down with a triple order of egg rolls only. With sweet and sour sauce for dipping. Excellent junk food greasy salt bomb.

                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                Hey, there are vegetables in there. That's good stuff!

                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                  Lol, that was my justification too. Kind of like when I eat potato chips, telling myself "Potatoes have TONS of potassium."

                                                                  1. re: alliegator

                                                                    "Extra broccoli" appeases my better half

                                                                2. re: alliegator

                                                                  Garbage Chinese food does work. It is a true panacea. It works every single time for me.

                                                                3. Hmm, where in the DC area could offer you some 羊肉串?...

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                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                      Although supposedly you can't get 羊肉串 in 北京 anymore either due to "pollution controls."

                                                                      And I could stand downwind and pretend the smoke was making me cry...

                                                                        1. re: c oliver

                                                                          //yang rou charrr// cumin-salt-red pepper dusted lamb bits on a bamboo skewer cooked outdoors over coals in a long metal box, by a Uygher* guy in a cute white hat.
                                                                          *Chinese Muslim
                                                                          Occasionally with a "gristle" separator between the meat hunks.

                                                                          See the "meat on stick" illustrated in this character: 串

                                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                                            羊 sheep (lamb or mutton)
                                                                            肉 meat
                                                                            串 (food on) skewers
                                                                            北京 Beijing

                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                              Now, how cool is that???? You're the best, T.

                                                                      1. hot fudge brownie with a pint of ice cream. sorry.

                                                                        1. Ok, this may sound weird. I make Ramen noodles and cook them (with their spice packet and a little water) in the microwave with a big spoonful of chunky peanut butter, a few dashes of Thai fish sauce, red pepper flakes, a drop of sesame oil, and a sliced (well, cut up with scissors) green onion or two if I have any sitting in the fridge. I would say "Yum!" but you probably wouldn't understand...
                                                                          I also make (in the microwave) Cream of Wheat or (plain) Malt-O-Meal with a hefty pinch of dehydrated onion flakes, a little black pepper, and a knob of butter, If I wake up at 4:30 AM, and can't go back to sleep because I'm starving, this is my go-to snack. I usually make 2 servings together in a big soup bowl which I take back to the bedroom with me.
                                                                          I know these things are trashy because no-one in my family knows that I eat them.
                                                                          Oh yeah, just started reading everyone's posts. I agree about the Sun Chips! And, I just remembered, I ate half a "party-sized" bag of Cheetos just last night (this morning)...after taking an Ambien...but at least I didn't have to drive anywhere to get them! (I was wide awake when I bought them last week!) :) I had been wondering why I felt so fat all day.

                                                                          1. on second thought...
                                                                            Instant ramen. With frozen peas, a tin of tuna, and a big handful of dried oregano. Really weird, but good. Even though I'd be in gastro distress for a few hours.
                                                                            Definitely one of my comfort food items.

                                                                            1. I feel for you. I can make you feel a little better, maybe. I lost my job a few years back, too. I also lost my hearing. Went out sick with fuzzy ears and my hearing all went away. I was 36. I'm still totally deaf. I was basically "laid off" even though it was real and they didn't believe me so they fired me. They also cut off all my health benefits. Life can really really SUCK sometimes. Food is my solace now, and talking to people in the internet, where hearing ability doesn't matter.

                                                                              That said, my recommendations and my prescription for you is a plate of serious nacho chips with fresh chips and little cups of different types of salsas for dipping, hot side of queso cheese and jalepenos, followed later by caramel salted vanilla ice cream with smashed up salty pretzels on it and some malt powder, too. Yum.

                                                                              Bottom line? You lost your job, but at least you can still hear. I still can't find a job because no one will give me a shot with my many communications problems. It is sad, but as soon as they figure out I can't hear the job is "suddenly" filled. Nice.