So… I have to start by saying, this is not a horribly normal occasion for us. I LOVE fast food. I would eat it every meal of every day if I could. A lot of people that I know say that they feel terrible after eating a meal with enough fat to choke a rhino (AKA Large Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal and a McShake or whatever), but I have never felt those feelings. I am the small portion of this country that has no problem shoving things in my mouth that have enough calories to feed a small village. I never gain weight, and my blood pressure (which is tested annoyingly often in the military) is pretty good for a person my age. But I digress…
We are generally a Keto family, but this particular cheat day and outing to Panda Express cost just shy of $50!
I remember a time that it used to cost much less, but now the children are growing and have much more expensive tastes. My eldest will pretty much only eat the Honey Walnut Shrimp. Now that she has gotten older (13), she orders an adult meal. That means a DOUbLE portion of this, which costs an EXTRA $1.50 each! So something like $6.50 for the meal becomes $9.50! Younger youngling (9) decides that she wants to try and eat an adult meal and gets a double portion of the orange chicken (that’s fine) and the youngest gets a kids meal… the kicker is the 2 extra cookies that we have to get (because it’s not fair that the mini boy spawn gets one and they don’t), the 2 orders of rangoons (why don’t they just call them cream cheese wontons like everyone else?), an eggroll (I’m an addict), and a large Mt Dew to split between the two girls (have you seen Panda’s large sodas? Holy jeebus!).
Yet, what kind of cheat day would it be unless we could have some sweet drinks?
What you see here on the right is an interesting concoction of mine. it includes:
- 1/2 juiced lime
- 1.5oz coconut rum (Malibu)
- 1.0oz vodka
- Fill with orange juice
- Carefully drizzle some grenadine
I have no idea what to call it. As long as you don’t add too much grenadine, it balances sweet and citrus pretty well and has a really good feel in the mouth. I have no idea how to describe it, but it feels ‘full’?
The drink on the left was introduced to me by a bartender at a Coyote Ugly-type of bar in Eastern Washington. It is an incredibly “technical” drink. You can give it a try if you want. The ingredients are:
- 1.5oz Vodka (top shelf if you want to be fancy)
- Crap tons of ice
- Fill the rest with White Cranberry Juice
- Stir (or shake and strain if you want to make it look fancy)
Viola! Vodka and white cranberry juice!
In conclusion: The meal sat well with me (as usual) but now the non-carb-adjusted young female offspring is experiencing what I like to call “Fire farts”. Those ones that just feel hot as they come out and allow you to crop dust an entire stadium if you so chose. Overall, for the price and everything, I think this is going to be a very rare treat.
- Listening to: Dropkick Murphy’s
- Playing: Nothing today (Even forgot to continue my streak on Blades of Brim)
- Reading: The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham