Things that are on my short list for “Favorite Food in the World”:
- McDonald’s french fries with lots of ketchup
- Cherry Garcia ice cream
- Pan fried Thai noodles (pad thai, pad see ew, etc)
- Pizza slices, New York style
- Cheese, particularly goat cheese
Hey, guess what! I like junky food. It really is a miracle I’m not obese.
However, there is one food that tops them all in my book, and it’s actually relatively healthy. Behold, the Vietnamese summer roll in all of its glory:
Also called fresh spring rolls or goi cuon, it is basically a delicious little salad bound by a rice wrapper and dunked in rich peanut sauce. I am somewhat obsessed with these and could literally eat them every day. When I was traveling in Vietnam last summer, I was on a major mission to find the world’s perfect summer roll. (Which I did, in Saigon – pictured above!)
I even took a cooking class in Hoi An and learned to make my own, wrapper and all! Beautiful and delicious, no?
Oh wait, um, that’s not so beautiful….that’s a sweaty (but very happy!) amateur chef! These are beautiful, and it’s really quite remarkable that I made them from scratch:
Being that they are my favorite food in the world and all, it’s not surprising that I woke up craving them after staying out way too late and drinking too much beer last night. I promptly placed a SeamlessWeb order to Cafetasia to get my summer roll fix.
Far from authentic, but satisfied the craving nonetheless. Traditional summer roll fillings include shrimp, rice noodles, shredded carrot, and herby greens. These had no shrimp and tofu instead. No matter – at the end of the day they are simply a vehicle for the delicious peanut sauce.
(Full disclosure, I also inhaled a carton of Pad Thai, see #3 above. Hey, at least it wasn’t McDonald’s!)
Do you have an unusual favorite food? A lot of people find my summer roll obsession rather weird. But I just roll with it (ha).
Today’s EAT: Dinner was simple. Pesto chicken sausage with caramelized onions and whole wheat pasta:
And salad, of course. Tomorrow is grocery day and it’s about time – the pickins are slim around here!
Today’s DRINK: Before we talk about today’s drink, we must talk about yesterday’s drink. Or the several beers at the bar that resulted in the summer roll craving this morning. (And by “morning” I mean 11:30 AM, when I finally rolled out of bed.) Wine was the last thing on my mind tonight!
However, when the hubs mentioned opening a bottle to have with dinner, I relented. We’re sipping this Rootstock Sauvignon Blanc this evening:
It is light and delicious and reminds me of summer, in spite of the fact that it’s like 30 degrees outside (brr).
Today’s RUN: I dragged my beer-laden butt through a rather unpleasant 5 miles (42:00) this afternoon. I felt like garbage but it’s my own fault (see DRINK, above) so I suppose I can’t complain too much.
P.S. – I probably would have just succumbed to the circumstances and taken the day off, but for the brand new Training page I added this week – see tab at top! Accountability. It actually works – who knew?