Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thoughts of the Week (pre-bowl season)

Apparently it's not just pop-tarts:
Last week I shared my discovery that frosted pop-tarts are healthier than unfrosted pop-tarts. This epiphany must have led to a greater curiosity about food because I think I just outdid myself. BALANCE bars (you know, one of the many "nutrition energy bars") are actually pretty tasty compared to their rivals, but good lord they have some weird ingredients.
My favorite? Fish gelatin. Yes, the next time you eat a Balance bar, remember that you are eating fish gelatin. Don't ask me how or why (or even what), because I have no clue.

What makes Chipotle visits great:
When each and every "burrito line" worker is so distracted that they pile enormous amounts of stuff on your tortilla. You get the equivalent of two meals in one. If you're going for this strategy, try the end of the lunch hour.

Can't say it never happened:
Hail in Southern California. Yes, hail. While working in Pasadena last Tuesday, first I saw my breath when walking to lunch, and later I watched hail pelt my office window. Damn, it feels like home.

Early line on the college football bowl slate:
Tired system. Over/under on games the average fan watches: 3.5


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  2. "Fish gelatin" is basically ground up fish bones and scales:


    it's a great source of protein - hence it's use in a bar such as this.

    I am actually pretty old school and make my own energy bar things:

    1 cup rolled oats
    1/2 cup wheat germ
    1/2 cup oat bran (plus extra for rolling)
    1 cup dried fruit
    1/2 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup light karo syrup
    1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

    Mix together into balls - roll in oat bran.

    Easy and delicious. You can also add in almond flour, or basically any of the cornucopia of available grains at a co-op. It's nice and customizable.