Those closest to me know that my eating is nothing if not habitual.
Typical conversation with the woman who answers the phone at Fountain Garden:
Lady: Fountain Garden – May I help you?
Me: Uh, hi. Could I please place an order for delivery?
Lady: Phone number?
Lady: Ahyeah. (she sounds disappointed) The same?
Me: ……..yeah, thanks.
Lady: Same card?
Me: Yeah, thank you.
Lady: Ahokay…[hangs up the phone while she’s still speaking]
As soon as she hears my phone number and realizes who I am, she literally mumbles and hangs up on me as quickly as possible. Is the BBQ Pork Won Ton Soup worth the humiliation? If I don’t have to put on pants to procure it, YUP.
Once, after a two week absence, she perked up: “Long time, no see! You on vacation?!” Sigh.
You know what, I don’t have to defend myself to you people. I like soup!
I wish I could say this was an isolated relationship but I have a long and intimate history with food servers. The In-N-Out people would affirm my order (two cheeseburgers, plain. Large Diet Coke. No fries.) before I’d even finished rolling down the car window. Yikes.
My grocery shopping is just as…..consistent. If not more so. I’d say for the last year, with maybe 5 exceptions, I’ve had a Lärabar every morning for breakfast. Apple Pie or Chocolate Coconut. I love that they don’t have any weird ingredients like rice syrup (wtf?) or whatever it is in Cliff bars that make me feel like I have wet cement in my bellah. Fruit and nuts. Carbs and fat. Perfect breakfast!
Sidenote: I also eat a lot of pre-made chicken meatballs from the deli case. Not only does the deli guy know I want a large container of meatballs but he recognized my dude and assumed he wanted them when he went in *without me*. Awkward. I’ve also realized that I eat a wide range of foods in compressed form. A little weird, no? Bars, meatballs, turkey burgers…
So, the other day, I was filling my basket with bars and I noticed that Cliff Bar has come out with a line of fruit and nut bars called Kit’s Organic. Jumping on the Lära/Kind bandwagon, I suppose. There was a chocolate flavor with almost identical ingredients to my beloved Chocolate Coconut Chew but with the intriguing addition of coconut oil and sea salt. I looooooooove desserts with sea salt so even at $1.79 a bar, a smackdown was in order.
It was not necessary to do a side by side tasting because I’ve had the Lärabar about 14 kagillion times. I did, however, take a side by side photo. On my leg. So profesh!
My first impression of the Kit’s Organic bar was that it tasted like a BROWNIE! The texture was also more consistent throughout. I personally think this even texture makes it look and taste less like real food.
The nuts in a Lärabar (Ugh, enough with the ä’s already!) are whole and I like that each bite has a slightly different texture. Still, the Kit’s bar was delicious. It’s a bit more expensive but it might end up in the rotation. Look at me, growing! There is also a berry flavor I’m interested in trying. They also make Peanut Butter flavor and Cashew flavor. Neither of which I will be trying. Not a fan of peanut butter or cashews.
Okay, any other habitual eaters out there? Anyone else not have to order because the server knows what you want already and it’s kind of embarrassing but kind of makes you feel like a VIP? Holla!