Top Five Foods
Posted by: Paul Nichols
16 Jan 2007
Top Five Foods
Everyone loves lists. Of course, top five lists are not as popular as top ten lists, or top 100 lists. But they have been immortalized in High Fidelity, a John Cusack film released in 2000. He works in a record store pondering his relationship breakups. Naturally, he ponders life and summarizes his happenings with top five lists. I will only too poorly imitate this style here.
Let's start with foods. Being a guy who lives alone I don't necessarily eat healthy food all the time. Naturally, my favorite foods are on the banned list of dieters everywhere.
5. Honey Nut Cheerios
These are actually healthy!!! I eat them pretty much every morning for breakfast. According to the box cover they "can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease as part of a low fat diet with the soluble fiber in Honey Nut Cheerios." Wait - what does that say? I'll need to eat a low fat diet? Pfyah! I eat these cause they taste good - it's like cheating to eat healthy. Plus, I need to get my cholesterol as low as possible in order to eat the following foods.
4. Cape Cod Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Chips
I was introduced to these tasty morsels by my parents. Thanks! Their dedication to this product has made me a faithful follower. Rent a car for a gazillion dollars and drive to Hyannis, MA, the location of God's favorite potato chip factory. Good luck getting there, though. 4 million New Englanders are driving the two-lane Route 6 every day when the weather is warmer than 60 degrees. Traffic is usually backed up to Philadelphia. How 'bout instead you buy these online - at only $35.88 a case they're a steal!
There are two kinds of this marvelous food. Most of us are familiar with the pastry form:
A chocolate topping with a vanilla cream or whipped filling...need I say more? Good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
The lesser known kind of éclair is a caramel candy. Cadbury likes to keep its candy a secret but I managed to find a link from its Australian home base here. I first found out about these while I was in India several years ago. Yumminy goodness in easy-to-carry form.
2. Tostitos Hint of Lime Chips
What was I saying about Cape Cod Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt chips??? I don't remember either.
These are the best chips going. Tostitos' website makes you think you'll want to chomp into a green pepper while you eat these. No need. No need to go for salsa, either. Don't buy anyone's lies about salsa and the hint of lime chip. The lime is all the Latin America you'll need for these things. (Lime with salt is a childhood favorite in many parts of Latin America.) At over 20 calories per chip you'll probably want to balance this food with my number five favorite food.
And, finally, my favorite food...
1. Buffalo Wings
Far and away buffalo wings are my most ordered food at any restaurant. Beware - many restaurants are killing the wonderful legacy of the buffalo wing with all sorts of varieties. For example, try the mango habañero style at the Buffalo Wild Wings chain at your own risk. Bleh!
I suggest you purchase wings on the bone versus boneless. Boneless might be more convenient, but they certainly lack in flavor. Plus you might be getting an imitation "mechanically separated chicken and turkey parts" wing instead of the, um, "real" thing.
Should you get the celery and bleu cheese? Not if they cost more! Eat the celery to avert the guilt of eating such a terribly unhealthy meal. Or have a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios when you go home. The bleu cheese is good for little else than washing down the 10 TUMS tablets you'll need to make it home alive.
How did they get their name? Why, they were invented at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York! There really aren't any buffalos with wings. If you're in the Buffalo area, check this place off your "to see" top 5 list. A jazz combo usually plays on the weekends as an added bonus. If you can't make it to Buffalo, fret not ye faithful buffalo wing fans, you can buy the sauces in your own state - I just hope you don't live in West Virginia!
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