Eclectic Eats 3.28.16: Beverage Edition

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Normally, I like to highlight various dishes I’ve encountered in my virtual tours of the United States in my Ecletic Eats posts. But this time, I’m going to cover some of the most wacky, bizarre, surreal, “I totes can’t believe this shit exists” beverages. What sounds good enough to try? What will fall under the heading of “hell to the fuck no”? What gets a “meh”? Read on the find out!

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Eclectic Eats 3.28.16: Beverage Edition
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Eclectic Eats 12.5.15

For the last several months, I have had a hankering…a craving for something I haven’t had in over a decade. This breakfast item was something I quite liked growing up and for some reason, a few months back, I decided I wanted a strawberry Pop Tart again. But everywhere I looked, all I saw were frosted Pop Tarts. I saw chocolate frosting. Strawberry frosting. Multiple frostings. Frostings with sprinkles. Those just don’t work for me. Too sweet. The kind I was looking for were the old-school Pop Tarts that had no frosting. Alas, I’d pretty much given up until 10 minutes ago, when I posted about missing the taste of these delightful breakfast snacks (though really, they probably ought to be a dessert). Not only did a friend of mine tell me that her local grocery store has some, but she said she was going shopping tomorrow and would be happy to buy me a box. She told me to think of it as a Christmas present.  That was so incredibly kind of her. I imagine sometime next week, I’ll be sinking my teeth into a deliciously warm Pop Tart just out of the toaster for the first time in probably two decades. Mmmm-hmmm. Cannot wait.

When I posted about my craving on Facebook, I learned that some of my friends hadn’t heard of unfrosted Pop Tarts. As I was looking around online for images of these delectably yummy treats, I came across another type of Pop Tart, one that is quite a bit different from any I’ve tried before. One that made me think “hmmm, I might eat that”. And thus the first item on today’s Eclectic Eats was discovered!

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Eclectic Eats 12.5.15

Eclectic Eats 11.19.15

I’m here to share with readers some of the unique dishes I’ve encountered during my online wanderings. The theme of this edition fits this time of the year: soup. In the last few years, I’ve come to really like eating a variety of soups, especially in the fall and winter months. There’s something very comforting about soup, and I love the fact that you can make use of leftovers to come up with a quick and easy soup. As usual, I’ll add my thoughts on each entry and then I’ll give my verdict on whether or not I’d try the dish. In addition to my final verdict, I’m adding a numerical score (based on a 10-point scale) which reflects my excitement over each dish.

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Eclectic Eats 11.19.15

Eclectic Eats 10.31.15

It’s time once again for some eclectic eats. Appetizers are the theme this week. Before I dive into the appetizing goodness I’ve found, can I just take a minute to talk about how much I love edamame? I first learned of the soybean in a pod several years ago at a previous job. It was a seafood restaurant that also served sushi. Edamame was one of the more popular side dishes. The first time I saw someone consuming them, I thought they looked really plain and couldn’t figure out why the person was raving about how good they were. I mean they’re like hot green beans on steroids sprinkled with sea salt. What’s so awesome about that? After I tried them, I came to understand. For me, they’re almost as addictive as popcorn, but much better for you (provided you don’t overdo it on the salt). And I say that as a popcorn lover. They’re a perfect snack on their own, but you can also use them as ingredients for a salad (something else I’ve done more than a few times).

Ok, with that out of the way-let’s get down to the eclectic eats! What unconventional dishes will I like? What bizarre dishes get the thumbs down? Which dishes elicit an ambivalent shoulder shrug? Read on! On to the appetizers!

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Eclectic Eats 10.31.15

Eclectic Eats: Chicken Edition

Once again, I’m here to share with readers some of the unique dishes I’ve encountered during my online wanderings. this time around, i thought to go with a theme: chicken. I’m also looking outside the united states for more inspiration (I’ll probably continue to seek more international dishes in the future). As usual, I’ll add my thoughts on each entry and then I’ll give my verdict on whether or not I’d try the dish. In addition to my final verdict, i’m adding a numerical score (based on a 10-point scale) which reflects my excitement over each dish.  First up:

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Eclectic Eats: Chicken Edition

Eclectic Eats 10.10.15

It’s time once again for some eclectic eats. Come with me as I highlight various dishes I’ve encountered in my virtual tours of the United States. What unconventional dishes will I like? What bizarre dishes get the thumbs down? Which dishes elicit an ambivalent shoulder shrug? Read on to find out!

 

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Eclectic Eats 10.10.15

Eclectic Eats 9.3.15

It’s that time again folks. The time for me to share with you some of the most interesting, offbeat, surreal, or downright icky food I’ve seen in my Internet travels. I’ve decided to start including beverages in the mix too, as you’ll see with two entries. Which ones will I be willing to try? Which ones shall never touch my lips? Read on. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the entries!

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Eclectic Eats 9.3.15

Eclectic Eats 8.28.15

Once again, I’m here to share unique, offbeat, bizarre, or occasionally disgusting foods I’ve discovered in my travels on the internet. Remember, these are foods I haven’t encountered much (or at all), so while they may be familiar to readers, I’ve yet to try them. As usual, I’ll add my thoughts on each entry and then I’ll give my verdict on whether or not I’d try the dish. First up:

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Eclectic Eats 8.28.15

Eclectic Eats: Which “burger” is for you?

In an attempt to reverse a three-year sales slump, KFC China is trying out something new. No, they’re not giving anything away, and they aren’t offering any ‘buy 1, get 1’ coupons. No, some exec at KFC China hit upon the bright idea to-get this-dye their burger buns.

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Eclectic Eats: Which “burger” is for you?

Eclectic Eats: Which "burger" is for you?

In an attempt to reverse a three-year sales slump, KFC China is trying out something new. No, they’re not giving anything away, and they aren’t offering any ‘buy 1, get 1’ coupons. No, some exec at KFC China hit upon the bright idea to-get this-dye their burger buns.

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Eclectic Eats: Which "burger" is for you?