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a food blog for cheapskates!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I am terrible at this! I really commend food bloggers that are able to eat out, cook, write a blog everyday, or twice a day, or every other day. Between student, work, and boyfriend responsibilities I barely have time to eat at all! So let's talk about Zach's Hot Dog Shack -- which I went to about a month ago now. I went there with my devastatingly handsome mushtache-wielding friend Pete, and one of his mega-foodie friends, so foodie it's scary, Chris. I remember from my beer haze something about only eating steak from kobe beef, and something about a $1,000 hamburger in Las Vegas. Anyway, on with the dogs.

Now first let me clarify, hot dogs have got to be the most repugnant food on the planet. I hesitate to even call them food. If I'm feeling trashy and want some pigs in a blanket I will substitute vegetarian hot dogs. I don't eat them is what I'm trying to say, but I do when I've had a few beers! I had a chili dog. Holy yum. A nice flavorful hot dog, with a good crunch going into it which leads me to think that it might be natural casing. Bonus points for that. The other place where Zach's scored points is that the bun stood up perfectly to the chili. I was nervous that I might just have a big, sloppy mess, but this sturdy bun held it all together! The only bad part was the temperature of the chili. It really could've been hotter. Why is it that whenever you got a chili dog or hamburger with chili on it the chili is always cooler than the hot dog or hamburger? I've had this experience a few times now.

Now on to last nights pasta salad. It started out beautifully until I added the goat feta crumbles. I knew I should've saved them for putting on top, and not mixed them in but I just couldn't help myself! Needless to say the ugliest pasta salad in the world turned out to be delicious. It had fresh herbs from my mini indoor herb garden: parsley, purple basil, and regular basil. Olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, goatzarella, roasted red peppers, soprassata, chick peas, and asparagus. Its base was a $.69 bag of penne from Trader Joe's. How do we love thee Trader Joe's? You make everything so delightfully cheap for us.

Now, off to the Farmer's Market!