top of page

Food is The Magical Elixir

The BUB and I were watching the Food Network and on comes this show where the host visits these landmark restaurants known for their gigantic portions and then he tries to eat the entire portion.

We witnessed an 11 pound pizza. Now I will admit that pizza is in my top 3 but 11 pounds? Next up was the Dagwood. He selected 3 meats, a little over a quarter pound of each (pastrami, corned beef, ham). The chef then grills the meats, adds cheese, puts each meat on grilled French bread and then loads it with toppings including a large handful of french fries. OK, you think you can eat one? Sure. But the trick at this place is that you have eat all 3! The fries comes in at one pound between the 3 sandwiches.

We love watching stuff like this. Hot dog eating contests, donut eating contests, rib cook-offs, best place for steak sandwiches, onion rings and milk shakes. One reason we love to watch is that we can imagine eating the foods the host is eating or showing us. It's also fun to watch knowing that you can enjoy without the calories.

Food is the magical elixir. When all else is lousy, you can always depend on food to get you going. Now mind you, all food doesn't have to be high fat or high caloric to be good. Just because someone can eat the Ben & Jerry Trough which consists of 4 pints of assorted ice cream, toppings, whipped cream, nuts, bananas and a cherry, doesn't mean you have to.

One of my favorite pre-dinner snacks is a veggie called Aspiration. It is also known as Broccolini. It's a breed of asparagus and broccoli. To serve, cut off the stalks, separate the heads to liking, drizzle with olive oil, and grated parmesan cheese. Guaranteed you will eat the entire thing standing up.

And what's better than snacks or appetizers? We love small bites, big bites, hot bites, cold bites, heck, we love everything. What's your favorite snack? And what's your favorite splurge?

I will end this because I know you are getting hungry, but one more story. One restaurant was famous for their Hamburger by Death. Half pound ground round grilled and steamed and then covered with special peppers, sauce and cheese and then transferred to a hot buttered bun served with hot crispy fries. Yikes!

Happy Monday!


Adam Harris was born in coal country, right in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. His father, Gregory, worked the mines every day and came home to his best friend, Jim Beam. Gregory had many frie


bottom of page