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Jul 11, 2014 11:36 AM

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I like a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting.
I don't want a key lime cupcake with pomegranate/coconut filling and strawberry balsamic frosting (a la Cupcake Wars.)

I like Belgian chocolate gelato, sweet cream or peach ice cream.
I don't want burnt caramel ice cream with chocolate covered sea salt pretzels and swirls of coconut marzipan.

I like a honey dip donut or maybe a jelly stick.
I don't want a chocolate cake donut covered in white chocolate, drizzled with mocha and topped with espresso bean

Some foods just shouldn't be gussied up!

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  1. Generally simpler is better, but variety and having options is good too.

    Honey dipped donut? Never seen that. That's too fancy and exoctic for me. :-)

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    1. re: dave_c

      "Honey dipped donut? Never seen that."

      Whaa? I was eating those as a kid and most of my ties are probably older than you : )

        1. re: grampart

          Looks like a raised glazed.. so honey is part of the glaze?

          1. re: dave_c

            I'm sure there's no honey in it, I think it's just a regional name for the glazed donut. Exactly the same thing. Maybe they used honey once upon a time but I'm sure they don't now.

            1. re: Jpan99

              I think you are mistaken. A bit of honey added to the glaze isn't very difficult.

              1. re: grampart

                in my area, honey dipped = glazed as it relates to donuts. I

                1. re: grampart

                  It's not about difficult it's about cost. I'm sure the little bakeries don't bother adding expensive honey to the glaze which is powdered sugar and water, maybe with vanilla flavoring.

                2. re: Jpan99

                  Tim Horton's have always had them as far as I can recall and long before tim in the '50s they were available here in Ontario.

                  The menu below lists both honey and sugar glazed.


              2. re: grampart

                That's a glazed donut! Regional names, no doubt.

            2. You have a gussied up donut as your icon. ;-) (kidding!)

              I often feel this way. A simple grilled steak is a thing of beauty. So is beautiful fried egg. Or a still-warm tomato, just picked from the garden.

              But as dave_c says, options are cool, too. Sometimes I want an avocado. Sometimes I want a seven-layer dip.

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              1. re: pinehurst

                My donut icon is classic! Actually a simple chocolate iced raised donut with a little maple drizzle! ;-) Aside from jelly I hate the filled donuts and aside from some cream I hate filled cupcakes with a million flavors going on.

                I do like exotic too, but I find that as I get older certain foods taste better in the simplest of forms. I used to enjoy all the wild Ben & Jerry's flavors of ice cream. Now I find they all taste too sweet and overpower. I just want a something simple and usually one flavor.

                1. re: Jpan99

                  I am with you on the ice cream. I too loved those B&J's flavors 20+ years ago. We used to ski in that area and every night we all sit around with various pints, yumming it up!

                  Now I like just plain ice cream.

              2. Agreed! Gussied up mac & cheese is a pet peeve. Worst case was a Creme Brulee with shredded coconut in the custard served at the Disney Resort in Wabasso FL.

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                1. re: grampart

                  You forgot to tell those kids to get off your lawn!

                    1. re: grampart

                      Reference to a Clint Eastwood movie (Gran Torino) in which (super simplified summary follows) he plays an older fellow who hates his 21st century life and relishes his classic car, hand tools, and what he views as "the good old days"

                      "Get off my lawn" is a sound byte from the movie, in which a gun-toting, fearless Clint tells a gang of Hmong thugs to do their thuggery elsewhere.

                      1. re: pinehurst

                        Oh. Yeah, that sounds like me though better played by Walter Matthau than Clint.

                        1. re: grampart

                          I think Clint's movie stole the line from common usage.

                      2. re: grampart

                        It's a classic phrase used to demonstrate that a person has become old, crabby, and intolerant and therefore never wants the neighborhood kids to touch his lawn, much less walk or play on it.

                  1. I think both styles can be good. Like everything else, it's not necessarily what you do, it's how you do it.

                    Simply and beautifully done is yummy. I agree that for the most part the "fancied up" "flavored up" stuff is poorly done. But when it's done right, more complex things can be amazing.

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                    1. re: sandylc

                      Oh, I should add that a lot of people screw up "simple", too.

                      I'm an individual case person here, although I really do know what the OP means.

                    2. Just the other day I had French toast with a fried egg cooked in the middle covered in sliced strawberries and chunks of battered chicken with a bbq maple syrup drizzled over it all. Freakin' awesome and I wouldn't have changed a thing. Part of dining out is gaining insight into others' creativity. Far from being "gussied up" this dish was clever, delicious and threw flavors together in a non-obvious way.