Friday, July 20, 2007

Favorite Things

Updates in RED, September 2013

Some of my favorite things . . .

Favorite Stadium Snack: hot pretzels (light on the salt, with yellow mustard)

Favorite Pop: Diet Coke (Diet Pepsi is not "okay" and Diet Rite not even worth talking about). I am also fond of regular Dr. Pepper. Yes, it's called "pop."  I find myself saying "soda" sometimes.  It's embarrassing.

Favorite Competitive Reality Programs: Top Chef and The Biggest Loser  I no longer watch competitive reality programs, NTB.  I need to be all-in to really enjoy them, and I don't have that kind of time.

Favorite Piece of Punctuation: the semi-colon

Favorite Fast Food French Fries: Burger King (a good batch of these fries is better than a good batch of McDonalds fries, and BK seems more consistent in fry quality to me).  I don't know what I was smoking here.  McDonald's fries are superior.  Side note, the Wendy's sea salt fries are crap.

Favorite Don Pablos Location: Rookwood Pavilion in Norwood, OH.  Is this even still open?  I don't know.  I will forever refer to it as "The World's Greatest Don Pablos."

Favorite Sport to Watch: My answer are team specific. I enjoy watching Notre Dame play college football and basketball and the Xavier Musketeers play college basketball.  I also watch ND basketball.  Let's be honest though, I don't have the attention span to sit on the couch and watch an entire game of any sport.

Favorite Era of Liturgical Music: 1980's Glory and Praise and guitars era.

Favorite Lean Cuisine Pizza: Spinach and Mushroom. I used to love the Margherita one, but they have changed the recipe and it now tastes like a Healthy Choice piece of crap.

Favorite Cowboy Novel: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (probably the only cowboy novel I've read, but still . . .)

Favorite Brand of Conversation Hearts: Last year I would have said Sweethearts brand ("the official candy of love"), but I suspect the company has changed the recipe as of this year. The colors are now garish and the flavors offensive. My vote goes to Brachs . . . a little too soft, but the flavor is good.

Favorite Grocery Store Chain: Kroger. The absence of Kroger in Chicagoland is a real bummer to me. Kroger is still number one, but Jewel has grown on me.  The stores aren't that attractive and the selective is not awesome, but the people who work there are really friendly and seem loyal to the company.  Now that a fancier chain has opened in my suburb, I still find myself shopping (comfort?  pity?) at Jewel.

Favorite Premium Ice Cream: Graeter's Toffee Chip and Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip

Favorite Ice Cream Available in Your Grocer's Freezer: Edy's Special Edition Girl Scout Cookie Samoa Ice Cream.  Graeter's is now available in my grocer's freezer, NTB!  When I'm not willing to pay for premium, I usually choose something from the Edy's Slow-Churned collection.

Favorite Place to Stop on The Road: Cracker Barrel, though my hubby is almost never willing to stop there and is a bit of a buzzkill about allowing for browsing time in the general store area (i.e., "We don't need any of this crap.")  There was an incident called "The Christmas Miracle of 2010" when my hubby stopped at CB on the way to St. Louis without being asked/begged.  He has also stopped a few times since, but honestly, he gets so pissy about the general store that it almost ruins the experience.

I plan to keep adding to this list, so please check back . . . If you have a "favorite" category for me to weigh in on, please list it in the comments! And, of course, please share your favorites in any category . . . I love comments!


Actchy said...

Holy shit. I think this may be my favorite part of your blog to date, and I really, really like your blog. Clearly I have a soft spot for Glory and Praise, as well.

I expected to see your favorite candy on this list, but suspect the answer is "the kind I figured Actchy would have stowed away in her dorm room."

Heather said...

I LOVE the Don Pablos at Rookwood! Tuesday Taco nights rock!

Have you ever had breakfast at Bronte Bistro at the Joseph Beth Bookstore right across the way? Bellinis and Paula Dean's hashbrowns...pure heaven.

LAP said...

Love this list!!! I do have a few comments, though.

Fries from BK? Seriously? It's McDonalds (pure delight when prepared correctly), Wendy's (consistent, nice size, good salt level), Chick Filet (yum, waffle fries), but BK? I guess I will have to give them another try but it's one of the only fast food restaurant where I don't even order fries sometimes.

I remember when a Glory & Praise accidentally ended up at our house (Muz carried it out with her maybe?) What delight to be able to page through and sing at leisure.

Oh Donny P's, I miss you. (Though, geographically I could easily get to the greatest one on earth.)

Anonymous said...

I love the additions to your blog. Your list is entertaining to read but like LAP I'm a little skeptical of the BK fries as top choice. I was surprised not to have mention of the Frischs vanilla coke and am assuming the Papa goes without saying for pizza. m

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