To all restaurants: can we dial it back on the dried cranberries?
I've been perusing local restaurant menus, with the excuse that we might order out. Really, it's just boredom and being restless. We hardly ever go out to eat…mostly just when we're on our wanders, or a family meal at Fries and Peanuts. My eating is pretty limited these days with my low-fodmap diet. It's a pain in the ass but it really helps so I do it. What it means for me (going by general guidelines and lots of trial and error) is no gluten, no onion, no garlic, no beans. Most other things that are high fodmap I can do in small quantities but those are pretty non-negotiable. Now just imagine going to your favorite restaurant and trying to order. It's not that there aren't things there but it does limit your options incredibly. I often end up with a salad, or a quinoa salad and every god damn one has dried cranberries in it. I don't dislike dried cranberries at all but really? I guess they are the sun-dried tomatoes of the new millennium. What happened to sun-dried tomatoes anyway? Anyway, next time you look at a menu, just think about it. It's usually the salad they're trying to convince you can be a whole meal.
In other boredom inspired food news, my query on Facebook as to whether you like your bacon crispy or chewy came out strongly in favor of crispy with a second runner of 'who cares? It's bacon.' Those of us who believe in chewy bacon seemed to be in the minority, but two brilliant women I know, Mary King and Susan Bauer Lee both chimed in with crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle and I was impressed and intrigued.
I woke up in a foul mood yesterday. Ernie took me out in the country for a drive and it helped. Thanks, baby.