“I know you’re poor, but you don’t have to eat carpet and wallpaper”

There’s a lovely little Jamaican restaurant in Pensacola. I can’t remember the name, and I’m not sure if it’s authentic Jamaican food, but I do know that the few meals I had there were full of yummy greatness. This one particular dish though, was out of this world. I had never (to the best of my memory) had lamb before, so I thought to try it out. I think it was a curried lamb over rice. Oh. My. God. That shit was good. One day I brought some in to work with me (at the time, I was working at a Mexican restaurant), and everyone who saw it inquired what I was eating. When I said lamb and they took a look at the dish, the reaction was-without exception-disdainful. People were like “you’re eating that?”, and I said “yep, and I’m loving it”. I didn’t let their scorn for the meal affect my enjoyment of it.

Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to simply “let things roll off their back”. Especially people who experience such derision on a regular basis. People like the Asian-Americans who experienced ‘Lunch Box Moments‘ while growing up:

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“I know you’re poor, but you don’t have to eat carpet and wallpaper”
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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: 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?

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