The Beginning of the Food

So, a few of you commented on my last post that you couldn’t wait to hear about all the food I’ll be inhaling while in Texas. I just wanted to thank you for remembering that I have no self control. That means a lot. So far, I’ve been a good girl. The only bad thing I’ve eaten is one giant double chocolate muffin from the hotel breakfast bar.

Ok. Not that one. That’s the second one and I swear I just got it for the picture.

It’s taken all my will power not to get one of those every morning, because OMG. Just, OMG. That’s all I can say. Also, for those of you thinking, “one muffin for breakfast isn’t bad,” just know that I already had breakfast. Then I ate the muffin.

I don’t want to leave anyone disappointed in my eating adventures, so I should mention that the day before I left, my in-laws took me out for a (very belated) birthday lunch at Hash House a Go-Go.

I’ve had my eye on this place for awhile since I always hear about the locations in Vegas and San Diego from others. Once I heard one opened in Orlando, I knew what I had to do. Then, when I saw this on the menu, I was pretty sure it was fate.

I didn’t get that only because I pretty much have that every morning.

The portions are ridiculously huge and we seemed to choose the smaller plates compared to what we were seeing served around us. I got the a corned beef sandwich with Swiss (the only time I will go near Swiss cheese is if it’s on top of corned beef) on rye but a rye bread that’s more like Texas toast. < — oh hey! Preparation for Texas? Plus, it had a weed growing in the middle of it!

It was delicious but the bread could have used less butter and the sandwich could have used more mustard. The fries were amazing. Really, really good. I love me some crispy fries. If they aren’t crispy, they get the Fry Thumbs Down (FTD) from me (aka, Wendy’s and Five Guys = FTD).

Hubs and the MIL both got the same grilled chicken and brie sandwich, which looked normal in comparison to my FIL’s hammered pork sandwich.

I don’t even know what to say about that thing. My FIL didn’t even make it to the bread and he had leftovers for the first time in his life. (Not joking. The man is a champ at clearing his plate. That’s probably where I inherited it from.)

We all left feeling so full and disgusting. None of us could eat another bite. But, we did anyway at a Brazilian bakery down the street. I’m not a fan of pastries. Brazilian desserts are very pastry heavy and weird (but your waxes are cool, I hear, so at least you have that). I like normal stuff like frozen yogurt and cupcakes. So, it was an interesting dessert experience.

My MIL had a piece of peach/mango cake that would have been delicious if it wasn’t for my hatred of mango. My FIL had some mini-bundt cake thick gelatiny orange looking thing that I couldn’t bring myself to try.


I had what can only be described as a “chewy condensed milk ball thing covered in rainbow sprinkles.” No clue what it was called, so I hope you are visually enraptured by that description. It was good, but not something I would get again. Hubs had some giant coconut cluster that was so sweet, it hurt my teeth to chew. So obviously I liked that one the best and ate it for him. I didn’t get a picture of any of the desserts because even mediocre desserts are inhaled too fast to be captured by modern photography.


I found out yesterday that my co-worker’s favorite sandwich is peanut butter and spinach. (wtf?) My other co-worker then said he used to eat banana and mayonnaise on Wonder bread as a kid. (Just, no.) I am learning things I’d rather not know on this trip.

Which sandwich would you rather eat? (You have to pick one. Don’t be a baby. I’m going with spinach and PB.)


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22 responses to “The Beginning of the Food

  1. MIZ

    say hi to my HOME STATE FOR ME!!

  2. Both of those sandwiches sound disgusting, I think I would rather die of starvation than eat either one. I hope you find some more delicious food to eat in Texas!

  3. Melissa

    Spinach and PB for sure. Mayo grosses me out.

    I will be here to give you injections when your diabetes takes effect.

  4. Ali

    Dude The Oatmeal came out with a new comic yesterday about running and I thought of you, specifically on “Part 2: The Feeding”

    I will be scheduling an appointment for that corned beef on rye Texas toast sandwich for *soon*. That looks amazing!!

  5. Spinach and PB I guess if I had to choose. When I was a kid I used to make my specialty sandwich called the Cheez Whiz Cheez Whiz sandwich because it had Cheez Whiz on both sides of the bread. I was a brilliant child.

    I feel you on swiss cheese (only like it melty on sandwiches), but what is wrong with mango?! It’s so refreshing and delicious!

    I laughed out loud about your FIL not making it to the bread of that sandwich. I love food adventures! Keep eating and keep them coming!

  6. I can’t believe someone actually said, “there was too much butter on the bread.” I feel like that could never happen in my world…. and those sandwiches are disgusting sounding. I could do the Spinach and PB but seriously… his FAVORITE?! Like… WHAT?

    PS. Chocolate muffins are the shizzz… if only someone would do them with a PB frosting filled center then we would reallly be talking.

    • Paula

      I know! I was like, what did jelly ever do to you? Peanut butter and jelly are MFEO.

      I condone this PB frosting filled center you speak of.

  7. Both of those sandwiches sound really gross! But I guess I can’t knock it until I try it. But I really don’t want to try it.

  8. My dad used to do pb, banana and mayo when I was growing up. And now, with the thought of that memory, I’m gonna go puke.

  9. Probably spinach and pb as if you put enough pb in you wouldn’t even taste the spinach!

    Your lunch looked delicious! As did that chocolate muffin.

  10. For Hash House, I would only go for the breakfast, because it is seriously amaze-balls. When we go to Vegas, we have to make a stop there. I love it.

    and seriously cannot believe you don’t like mango!! I don’t like it when it is mushy, but I love the pre-packaged mango at costco that’s already cut up. seriously i can eat the whole container in one sitting, so I’m only allowed to buy it like once a year.

    • Paula

      The pancakes were my second choice! I came so close to getting breakfast.

      Mango is one of the only fruits I don’t like but that means there’s more in this world for you and that can’t be a bad thing.

  11. Eff, I’m going with PB and spinach, but just barely. I feel like I should go make one of each and vlog a taste test. I’m allergic to mango, so I assume it is disgusting since you hate it, but I don’t actually remember what it tastes like.

  12. Amber K

    Man I lived on peanut butter and (sweet) pickle sandwiches when I was younger. The sweet pickles were sweet like jam, but also a bit salty. Yum! Haven’t had one in years though.

  13. I like to be adventurous with my food, but not so much that I’d ever eat mayo and banana together. Blech. That muffin, however, is something I can get behind!

  14. So, we went to Hash a go go yesterday and I had no idea it was a chain. The portions were too big, it put me off and made me a little embarrassed to be an American. Why so stereotypical?

    Anyways, I had run 10 miles and walked about 2 to breakfast, so I was secretly a little happy to know I would be able to dominate some food. I had a Chorizo scramble and I was defeated about 1/4 of the way in. The pancake my husband got was the size of large pizza. I wonder what the flipper looks like?

    Texas food is fun, but I would like more info about about boobs in Texas. How are they when you take them out for a run? sore? bouncy?

    • Paula

      Yeah, Fabian doesn’t want to go back. He didn’t like the portion deal either.

      I’m not able to run for another week, but I will definitely let you know once I can!

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