May 29, 2006

NJ eats: Country Pancake House and Soda Pop Shop

I think I'm becoming more in tune with my New Jersey-ness. How?

I am...driving around. By myself. A smidge.

Driving is rather important in NJ because if you don't do it, you're screwed. You end up staying at home all day like I do, which isn't something I'd recommend since breathing in stale air is not so great at sustaining health. However, I hate driving, thus I'm extremely unfamiliar with what roads I live around or, hell, what towns surround my own. "Waldwick? Wuhzuh?" Bergen County has 70 municipalities; I can't keep track of that. I have to keep asking my mum for directions everywhere besides printing out multiple maps telling me exactly what street is where and where to turn and oh my god there's roadkill right there, must avoid the roadkill!

Anyway, since I'm writing this entry now you know I didn't die while zooming down parkways and 25 mph streets (the suggested speed limit, I guesss) in my "death pod", or what is popularly known as a "motor vehicle". I think "death pod" is more truthful. It may not appeal to soccer moms, but a macho guy wanting to reinforce his macho-ness may feel empowered to tell people that he drives a pod of death.

Uh. Food time. Guess where I went yesterday!

banana pancakes
golden cakes of pan

Country Pancake House, it appears that we meet again. People from out of town always want to go to the Country Pancake House. "Robyn, I want pancakes! Robyn! Wah wah! Pancakes! Etc!" Actually, they don't say that—my friends aren't that annoying.

Although I've eaten so many CPH pancakes in my life that I can't take them anymore, I have no problem directing others to the holy pancake haven that boasts over 100 types of pancakes that come in their standard ridiculous satellite-dish size or an even more ridiculous huger satellite dish size. You can get everything from "Italian Delight" (almonds, coconut, and amaretto) to "Carpetbaggers" (bacon, cheddar cheese, corn meal, ham, and a side of sour cream). There's also a diet pancake for the fool who is dieting and still wants pancakes. John asked me for my recommendation, so I said the banana ones were good. Unless you don't like bananas, in which case that just sucks.

John eats must...eat pancake...
Robyn doesn't eat human, human eats pancake!

John managed to down about two of the four pancakes before feeling like his stomach was going to explode. I find this mildly disturbing as I could've probably eaten the same amount and the bodily needs of my 5 foot frame aren't exactly the same as his 6 feet of tall-ness. There's a reason that I'm a bit pudgy. Dammit.

lunch time damage
oh, the carnage

I went with the the "not ridiculously unhealthy sounding" sardine pita sandwich platter with a side of home fries (which I specified instead of french fries figuring they'd be mildly less likely to give me atherosclerosis). The sardines were larger than any other sardines I had ever seen. I'm not sure if that should've bothered me or not. While I like raw onions, I keep ignoring the fact that ingesting them results in my entire mouth-space to taste of onion essence for an uncomfortable long period of time, such as "all freakin' day." It's like the skin inside my mouth is actually emitting onion fumes, time released for optimum discomfort. Is this what happens to everyone? Overall, wrapping mutant sardines, caustic onion and crispy iceberg lettuce in soft pita bread made for a satisfying lunch. The potatoes weren't necessary, but they came with the platter, meaning that I "had" to eat them. AMERICANS LIKE POTATOES, OH YEAH! I'm down with that.

cornbread
cornbread

Unlike my previous visit, the complementary cornbread was obviously fresh and radiated with warmth and squishiness around its soft cakey soul. It's always a mistake to eat this since it just takes away stomach space from your main dish, but ye can't resist. Their irresistable quality is like that of a glowing electric bug zapper to a mosquito, except that the bread won't kill you...right away.

After eating enough to make sitting an uncomfortable position, John and I walked around the not-very-lively Ridgewood while enduring blasts of heat from the sun. This heat blasting triggered my thirst sensors, which tend to not work, and my thirstiness brought me to a public water fountain, which also tends to not work. Damn. In desperation I picked up a random soft drink from the nearby Japanese market (it's okay to drink unhealthy stuff if it's Japanese!) that contained 33 grams of sugar and tasted a bit like flat Mountain Dew and melted Jell-O or Gummi Bears. I forget what it was named, but the can had a few cute little cartoon bees on it (honey was one of the ingredients) and it proclaimed that it contained 10% of something, "something" probably being vitamin C. Or bees.

John is another good friend that I would add to the list of "cool people I became friends with on the Internet and eventually met in real life" (yesterday was the first time we met). He gets a seal of awesomness. The list of uncool people is currently empty. Perhaps I'm just lucky? DID I JUST JINX MYSELF?! Crap. I also met another cool person: Pete! I don't know Pete as well as John, but after meeting him I would also award him with a seal of awesomeness. I was very amused by his candy monster creature paper things. "Is that...candy corn?"

My lazy day ended with me at home accomplishing little. Mm, Sundays...so unproductive.

Soda Pop Shop

Soda Pop Shop
Soda Pop Shop

On Saturday I drove to Montclair for the first time by myself to eat with CJ (a longtime Internet friend made through a common Magnet interest; apparently the Internet is the only way to meet cool people in NJ) at the Soda Pop Shop. There were many instances when I was looking at my map instead of the road and put myself at risk for running over something. Like. A human. Thankfully, I managed to leave the roads clean of spilled blood. Do I get a gold star?

neon sign outside display
outside decorations

As you may have already suspected, the Soda Pop Shop is full of old-timey American charm, a throwback to something that may have existed 60 years ago, except that restaurants back then probably didn't display museum-grade soda bottles and cardboard cut-outs of pop-culture icons. Or maybe they did. [rubs chin Mr. Burns style]

seats old stuff on the walls
madness!

The madness continues inside as you are bombarded with white and pastel pink walls and "I'm not really sure what that color is, but it's kinda turquoise-y" seats. Old cereal boxes, board games, records, and movie posters provide further retinal stimulation.

turkey club
stacked sammich

CJ went with the turkey club sandwich. A rather healthy choice, I think. So what did I get?

muenster cheeseburger
burger time

CHEESEBURGER. Crap. It's not like I'm even a huge fan of cheeseburgers, but...despite knowing what hamburger patties are made of (the uneasiness of which has a lot to do with acutally having no idea what they're made of), there's just something about them that says, "I shall thwart your attempts to eat healthily. Order me, you must."

onion rings burger innards
onion rings and innards

While the onion rings were awesomely crispy and contained adequate oniony goodness, the burger left me wanting more. And less. More meatiness, less cooking time. I had been so spoiled by awesome burgers in NYC that I forgot such hockey puck-esque patties lacking in bovine juices existed. Who would eat such a thing? Oh...I did! Oops. The burger also could've used a lot more muenster cheese, say a few more slabs, and a toasted bun would've been much more enjoyable than the character-less bread discs that hugged the burger innards. Altogether, it didn't taste horrible, but I wouldn't want to eat it again.

But the "real" food isn't the star at the Soda Pop Shop. Nuh uh.

menu
ice cream!

It's all about the ice cream. While I had my eyes on a pop parfait, my stomach felt too compacted to be able to fit a ginormous sundae. CJ went for the "Cookie Monster Meets the Doughboy" (cookies and cream ice cream, cookie dough ice cream, chocolate syrup and an oreo) parfait while I got a two scoop "Muddy Sneakers" (white chocolate ice cream, caramel, peanuts and milk chocolate flakes) hot fudge sundae.

CJ's sundae of doom
hahaha, have fun eating that

Although the waitress said CJ would be able to finish the sundae after he asked how large it was, it was obvious when this tower of ice cream layered with toppings appeared that he wouldn't finish it unless he wanted to suffer the intestinally painful consequences. The freakin' thing moved like lava flows as he wooshed his spoon inside the cup. The ice cream...it churns.

my sundae
my smaller sundae

Although I thought two scoops would be manageable, I soon wished I had only gotten one. It's a lot of ice cream! I'm not complaining, but the rule from now one should be to get a one-scoop sundae if a meal has already been eaten; otherwise, a larger one is feasibly ingestible. Refraining from any ice cream eating is not part of the rules. That kind of uncouth behavior will get you kicked out of my eating club.

chomp plop
thar she goes

If this sundae were a building, it would be a public hazard. The structurally unsound mountain of whipped cream sadly succumbed to gravity and transformed from "tasty ice cream accompaniment" to "goop on the table". When it flopped over I unintentionally let out a loud gasp that most people would only utter when witnessing something of utmost horror, like tortured puppies. That whipped cream obviously meant a lot to me. A little too much, perhaps. I salvaged some of the whipped cream, but a chunk of it actually fell on the table again when I attempted to move it with my weeny spoon. It just wasn't meant to be.

ice cream texture melty
in the process of being eaten

While the ice cream was airier than I'd prefer, I still enjoyed it. The description on the menu was a little off; I didn't come across any peanuts, but the chocolate flakes were actually chocolate chunks, which I thought was an improvement over flakes. If my stomach were more accomodating, I would've eaten the remaining spoonfuls of ice cream goop and semi-solidified hot fudge. Instead, I poked a tthe brown swirly remains while comtemplating the damage I had inflicted onto my body by eating a cheeseburger and ice cream for lunch. Jamie Oliver would not approve.

Overall, I enjoyed lunch and would return to the Soda Pop Shop if CJ felt like going (I live 40 minutes away, he lives 5...bastard). I leave you with a few take-away messages: sandwiches look more promising than the burgers, pop parfaits require an empty stomach, and whipped cream is best eaten in a low-gravity environment.

Too lazy to use google? Fine!

Country Pancake House
140 E Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Soda Pop Shop
558 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

Comments are people too!

Jenny emailed me to ask for advice on restaurants in Tokyo. Unfortunately, I know nothing, nor do I have any friends who live in Tokyo. HOW ABOUT YOU? Hellllp ussss. If you have any suggestions, email Jenny, leave a comment, telepathically beam the information to my brain...ye know, whatever works best.


And I have a question for NYC-ers: where do I buy the best coffee beans? I want to bring some coffee to Morten, the friend I'm staying with in Norway. I've already figured out what cookies to get, but I'm clueless about coffee. Hellllp.


Thank you so much for your feedback on the last entry! I was surprised to get those comments since the entry was quite long, rambly, and food-porn-less, but the issue of school lunches (or Jamie Oliver) was something a lot of you could relate to, for better or worse. I'm too lazy to reply to everything in individually (I read em all and will continue to do so, of course), but I'll reply to some stuff here or rambly some more.

For those who didn't see Jamie's School Dinners, there's a part where he tries to win over the last few kids who won't eat his food by showing them how chicken nuggets are made. After showing the kids liquidy, pasty pink food-processed meat goo, they completely lose their appetites for little nuggets of chickeny parts. I'm sure there are people who would still eat chicken nuggets even after seeing how they're made, but its a good tactic.

Jamie's best tactic is to teach the kids about food and get them involved in food preparation. Giving the kids stickers seems to help too (hey, I loved stickers as a kid). In one segment, he quizzes the kids on vegetable names, a quiz that most of the students fail. To be honest, I'm not sure if I'd be able to name rhubarb as a 7 year old, but at the very least I don't think I'd call it an onion. ...Or maybe I would. Celery is closer, at least.

For those who haven't seen Super Size Me (which shouldn't be anyone reading this site because you should've seen it in theaters or DVD by now, AHEM ahem cough), there's a segment where Morgan focuses on the horrors of school cafeteria food and points out a school for "at-risk" kids that has implemented a healthier meal plan. Cathy describes it: "No candy, twinkies, or anything pre-packaged or processed. The teachers said they saw a dramatic difference in the student's behavior and performance, especially after lunch." I remember thinking how great it would be if my high school could have healthy meals not made by Aramark that would result in less asshole-y students. Or maybe half of the people in my town are inherently asshole-y despite what they eat. Hm. Well, it's still healthier.

Cybele points out the Food Network show All Star Kitchen Makeover on which Emeril transforms the kitchen at The Children's Storefront, an independent, tuition-free school in Harlem. I find that more interesting than making over just any one perso's or family's kitchen. Now to find a torrent...

In Jamie's School Dinners I was surprised that so many of the kids (seemingly all of them, although I guess if anyone said they didn't that part could be edited out) said they got chips at home. I thought it was mainly a treat, but it sounded like chips had the equivalent status of rice in my house as a staple.

OH oh oh I just remembered something totally random! I'm not sure if anyone could give me some insight into this, but one of my professors who's from Italy told us that in Europe (not counting Great Britain I guess), there isn't this widespread idea of "kids food", such as turkey twizzlers and chicken nuggets. Kids are just fed smaller portions of adult food. I guess he was talking about Italy, France and...elsewhere? This makes sense to me, as why would you feed your kids something that you may not want to eat (I don't think parents would really want turkey twizzlers)? I'd apply that same idea to pets. If I had a pet, I can't imagine popping open a can of mysterious meat parts and deeming that as food.

Georgia says that this show saved Jamie's reputation. I have to admit that I found him kind of annoying during certain parts, but the project obviously demanded a lot from him. It took time away from his family, time away from his primary job, time away from...sleep. He handled it well and made major accomplishments that make me feel like I'm not going to do anything with my life. I think he was 28 or 29 during the taping of the show—that's pretty young. Dammit! I'M GETTIN' OLD!!!

Elaine, I LOVE CHICKEN POT PIE! Oh god. Pie. Of chicken chunks and creamy sauce that has a real name, but I can't remember it so I'll just call it "cream sauce". I ate loads of chicken pot pies as a kid, although I never made one from scratch until two years ago during my cooking class. As for not eating breakfast, I don't eat breakfast either. For some reason (perhaps...all the execss baggage), I don't have much trouble eating my first meal in the late afternoon. It's good if I'm stranded somewhere, I guess.

Cat, I'd be interested to hear more about the school lunch change program!

Jessie, your classmates sound like douches! Maybe I was lucky that no one asked me if I was eating dog. :\ As for the three potato chips, my god that sounds so sad.

Bowb, it is pretty sad that ketchup is considered a vegetable. Here's an article from a few years ago about frozen fries being classified as fresh vegetables. Yaay, progress! I hate that schools rely on funding from food companies to sell snacks and soda. :(

Alright, this entry is finally over!

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This is for Jenny... and everyone else interested in Tokyo food.

http://www.bento.com/tokyofood.html

Enjoy!

Posted by: Samurai Nick at May 29, 2006 2:39 PM [#]

Mmm, Tokyo. Lots of good food to be found.

If you really want sushi or sashimi, go to Tsujiki fish market in the morning. Even if you can't wake up for the tuna auction at 5 AM, you can see lots of things dragged out of the sea that can be eaten in the public market, and eat very good raw fishiness in one of the sushi places. The best ones have queues outside. I went to one without a queue outside, and it was still really good.

I had very good, cheap, tempura in Shinjuku. Generally, Shinjuku is a good place for food places. Just wander around until you see something you like.

Cake. Lots of exquisite cakes in department stores (usually on the ground floor) - often in the station complexes. Shinjuku and Ikkebukkero stations stand out for wonderful cakes and pastries. The food halls also do very good sushi and other take-out-and-eat foods.

Oh, and crepes. With cheesecake inside. Shinjuku and Harajuku, just follow the smell of crepes. Not very hard to find!

Posted by: Tim at May 29, 2006 5:45 PM [#]

[quote]...they'd be mildly less likely to give me atherosclerosis [/quote]

Wah, huh? No wikipedia link for "atherosclerosis"

You'r slipping, get it together.

HOOAH!

Posted by: redrhino at May 29, 2006 5:47 PM [#]

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Here is a linky for da
Food Network's All Star Kitchen Makeover:Emeril

Lagassehttp://www.torrentz.com/torrent_214822.html

Posted by: redrhino at May 29, 2006 6:08 PM [#]

ahhh the infamous country pancake house!!!! it is a pity the city does not have one :( the pancakes look soooo fluffy and delicious!!! i did not know cornbread could have chocolate chip toppings. the ice cream look like heaps of mountains waiting for humans to conquer and conquer you almost did. i, too weeped a little, a little part of me died when the whipped cream fell onto the table. *takes a moment of silence*

Posted by: Claudia at May 29, 2006 8:21 PM [#]

We are in the beginning stages of the project, but we hope to have a website within the next month! On another note, my family is from Slovakia,(Though we are American by a few generations) I can't say as though we ever had "kids" food, unless you count me eating copius amounts of tuna fish sandwiches and grapes as a child. We just ate whatever mom and dad ate only not as much and sub milk for juice. I also thought that it was crazy to have chips or fries all the time, and then I looked at what we feed our kids here in the US every day, Pop Tarts for breakfast, Chicken Nugget happy meal for lunch, Deep Dish pizza for dinner, topped off with ice cream for dessert. It's really sad when you think that poor nutrition can lead to soo many maladies.

Posted by: Cat at May 29, 2006 9:30 PM [#]

Nick and Tim, thanks for the suggestions! I keep thinking it'd be cool to go to the Tsujiki market, but all I really want is department store pastries. :P (Department stores in Asia are so so awesome.)

redrhino: Heey, I can't do EVERYTHING. ;) In Firefox I have a search bar for wikipedia and a million other things. It's kind of excessive.

Thanks for the link! I eventually found it, but if you go to the page you'll see no one is uploading it. Booo.

Claudia: Thanks for the cream condolences. CJ said he wasn't very into whipped cream: "It tastes like air!" Nono, it tastes like SWEET, CREAMY AIR! It's awesome.

Cat: I don't get Pop Tarts! That's one of many foods I knew about growing up, but never felt compelled to buy. At some point I tried one and it tasted like crap. :O Weird frosting, weird...other stuff. I have friends who still like them today, but I guess it just doesn't go with my tastebuds.

Mm, chicken nuggets...yeeah, I loved those as a kid. But only McDonald's. :|

Posted by: roboppy at May 29, 2006 10:00 PM [#]

Nick and Tim,
Thank you for your comments! There is just so much good food to chose from in Tokyo that I have no idea where to start. But with your comments I'll have a good base.

Thanks Robyn for the post!

-Jenny

Posted by: Jenny at May 29, 2006 11:16 PM [#]

Mmmmm...structurally unsound goop...

Mmmmm...pancakes...

Mmmmm...Roby - er...CORNBREAD, that's right, CORNBREAD...

Posted by: Adalmin at May 29, 2006 11:17 PM [#]

turkey twizzlers sound like the apocalpyse. maybe taste like them too. grossssss.

coffee beans - gimme coffee in williamsburg (has coffee drinks to die for but i've never bought their packaged beans, but i would trust their expert brains), gorilla coffee (they roast their own beans - really good - and i think whole foods carries them so you don't have to schlep over to park slope), 9th street espresso - never had a chance to check it out but the coffee-crazy-geeks seem to give this place a thumbs up.

Posted by: janet at May 29, 2006 11:41 PM [#]

Pancakes are yummy.

On the subject of rhubarb - it grows wild in my backyard, so last week I made rhubarb pie. It was delicious.

As far as kid's food in Eurpoe goes - I spent a week with a host family in Germany, and the only real kids food out there were just chocolate - and TONS of it. Aduts ate chocolate too, but just in different wrappers. But they fed me SO much over there.

My host mother gave me a sandwich and a piece of chocolate in a tupperware-like container before we left to school, so I thought "Hmm..this must be my lunch". WRONG. They eat almost a whole meal around 10:00 at school, and then we went home at 1:00 for lunch! then there was probably another snack before dinner! They just never stop eating, but they're all skinny. Maybe Germans just have crazy metabolisims or something...lol

Posted by: Kristin at May 30, 2006 2:25 AM [#]

dude the pancakes over there look way bigger and better than over here! and i feel your pain with the loss of the whipped cream i realli do

Posted by: chocolatesuze at May 30, 2006 3:20 AM [#]

Long entry there, but really fun to read. :) I'm supposed to be doing something else now but couldn't resist seeing if you had new posts.

Actually, we do the same thing in the Philippines (feed kids smaller portions of adult food). It saves time, and kids usually want to try out what adults are eating anyway so happy troopers everywhere. :) Very few kids here actually ingest baby food or special kid food unless they have no teeth. There are snacks though but that's pretty much it.

And now, your post has made me really hungry. I'm heading to the kitchen to cook up something. Thanks again! :)

Posted by: Daisy at May 30, 2006 5:48 AM [#]

Hey, I've been reading your blog for about 3 weeks now and I heart it. But what I truly heart is all these posts about places to eat in Northern NJ! My aunt and cousins live there and they seem totally primitive in their knowledge of how to forage for lunch deliciousness. I go there kinda of lot and man, it sucks when apparently the only choices for lunch are KFC or Domino's. mwahahaha A prisoner of pathetic, coupon-chainy lunches NO LONGER!!!! woot!

Posted by: MyDIgitalis at May 30, 2006 9:40 AM [#]

Adalmin: CORNBREAD!

Yes. It's all about the cornbread. Focus on the cornbread.

Janet: "Tastes like the apocalypse!"...I dunno how catchy that is. Hmm.

Thanks for the coffee recs! Gimme Coffee sounds good. OMG, CAN WE GO TO BRIBOULLE?! EEheee!!

Kristin: I've rarely ever eaten rhubarb. I AM MISSING OUT! Damn. I gotta get me some rhubarb-ness this summer.

Chocolate? Gah, what genius. In my opinion. Germany is on my list of places I have to eat in. That fooding sounds pretty intense though...I'm not used to eating at 10 and 1, hehe. My body isn't full of crazy metabolic power. :(

chocolatesuze: Those pancakes in particular are huger than any other ones I've seen, aside from the Japanese place perhaps. Which reminds me, I gotta try those!

Daisy: I'm getting into the habit of writing longer entries, or shoving a lot of things into one instead of making smaller ones. I probably lose some people's attentions that way, but..hey, you read it, WOO, thanks!

I'd like to see some kind of comparison of "kids" food around the world. Or just eating habits.

MyDigitalis: NORTH JERSEY, REPRESENT!

...oh god. Well, I'm glad I can be of some service, as I'm not even sure where to eat around here. Ridgewood has a gazillion restaurants and I think I've eaten at half of em by now. There's much more than KFC and Dominos!...I don't even know where those are around where I live, haha.

While growing up, I ate a lot of McDonalds and Chinese take out. Eep. I'm glad I've shifted away from that now.

Posted by: roboppy at May 30, 2006 12:02 PM [#]

Those are hugest pancakes ever! I think I MIGHT be able to finish two. They looked big close up, but I really got a shock when I saw how big they were compared to your friend. HOLY CRAP! Evidence to the claim that our portion sizes are way out of control.

Dude, I would have licked up that whipped cream directly from the table.

Posted by: Cathy at May 30, 2006 3:11 PM [#]

Oh, you make me miss the American breakfast, as an expat living in Australia where breakfast (or brekkie which THEY, not me, call it) is still really tasty, but lacking in over the top serves of carbolicious delights. I do work in a restaurant that serves ricotta 'hotcakes' with honeycomb butter and banana which comes pretty damn close, but is still restrained in size. When a single piece of food is bigger than your face it evokes a kind of child-like glee, and who doesn't want a little glee on the side?

Posted by: Carolyn at May 30, 2006 7:14 PM [#]

This blog makes me happy :)

Posted by: Matt at May 30, 2006 7:59 PM [#]

Cathy: The pancake house has the most out of control portions I've ever seen! I dont' think anyone ever finishes anything. Maybe a plain waffle is finish-able...or an omelet.

I did want to lick the cream. :(

Carolyn: BREKKIE! I SAY THAT SOMETIMES! Why do I say that?! :O

Stuff that's bigger than my face kinda scares me, depending on what it is. Say...pancakes. Stack of. That's frightening. A steak bigger than my head might scare me too. A sundae that I'm sharing with friends is okay. A sundae that I'm not sharing...is scary. Anything on Pimp My Snack is pretty awesome.

Matt: I'm glad. :)

:) :) :)

I guess the indigestion was worth it.

Posted by: roboppy at May 31, 2006 12:26 AM [#]

dang, girlene, i was under some impression (from your blog) a week or so back that going back to new jersey=less posts. uh, no, and they seem to be longer too. not that it's a bad thing, but when you haven't been keeping up (like i haven't)it's overwhelming trying to catch up....i feel like i'm in the remedial reading class and everyone else is in the accelerated pack.

Posted by: santos. at May 31, 2006 2:25 AM [#]

Sundaes, bloody sundaes....Whoopie!

You're the man, uh, lady, uhm....That list of ice creams and floats and shakes- oh, my! Thank god I don't live near a place like that. The closest thing is Eddie's Sweetshop, which I bet you would like alot....on Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills. One of the few olde thyme soda shoppes left....

Posted by: Backyard Chef at May 31, 2006 12:09 PM [#]

You are becoming quite a legend.

I first found your "Giant lilypad" photo in your online british photo slbum via goodle image search. Then after discovering your album comments were utterly hilarious, I googled for your food blog (which was mentioned in the food photo album).

The third result from googling "Robyn food blog" was Zach Campbell with the comment "the stream-of-consciousness explosion of personality at The Girl Who Ate Everything" .

And I'm thinking: this HAS to be her.

And it was, and your blog is bigger and better than even my wildest expectations drawn from your photo album comments.

Keep up the good work, and keep exposing just how huge those American meals are. Its fascinating. I would be sooo obese I lived in the states!

via and kept fliccing through that particular album discovering that your comments were hilarious!

Posted by: anthony at May 31, 2006 4:14 PM [#]

santos: I still eat too much in jersey. (hangs head in shame) Tonight I ate leftover chinese take out, but that's not really worth blogging.

You don't have to read everrrry single entry. I'm surprised that anyone would read them all! Granted, I try to read a ot of blogs...which is why my butt hurts from all this sitting.

Backyard Chef: Thank god I don't live too close to the Soda Pop Shop either, or else...um, doom. I like the sound of Eddie's Sweetshop. SOUNDS LIKE MY KIND OF PLACE.

anthony: Whoa, there's a backstory to the blog discovery. Where would you be without the giant lily pads? WHERE?! [horror] I totally forgot about that photo, hehe. Kinda forgot about that gallery in general since I use flickr obsessively and it's a lot easier to use. Wooee!

I'm glad you enjoy my blog and that it's better than your "wildest expectations" (people have wild expectations?!). :) I should be obese...not sure when that's gonna set in. Hm. We're just waiting for it to happen.

Posted by: roboppy at May 31, 2006 10:05 PM [#]

Hiya Robyn! another gal from north Jersey here. Thank you so much for testing the foodie places for us hehehe We live in Oakland, and it's such a pain to drive to a "nice" restaurant for meals. I did go to Country Pancake house with my hubby and boy we are hooked! We've been there twice in the past 2 weeks. Although I already know from your post that the serving is huge, I was still surpised that they are that HUGE! when we went there the first time. Even my hubby didn't finish his plate. I will try Ridge Thai next time, the menu seem interesting. Hope they have lotsa vegetarian choices. Keep blogging and we look forward to get more vegetarian friendly restaurants hook ups. Take care!

Posted by: Teresa at June 1, 2006 6:39 PM [#]

What a cool website! I just started mine in June. If I can figure out how to link to it, I will. I do hope we can trade tips!

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May '10: Canon 7D with a Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC macro lens
Aug '07 - May '10: Canon 20D
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Before June '06: Canon SD 450
I "post process" all my photos in Photoshop to make them suck less. Of course, you need a camera to take semi-decent photos first, but without Photoshop, I am nothing.

links

Please don’t hate me if I haven’t included you. I tried to whittle this down to a manageable list, but there are just too many food blogs out there that I like! I shall update this list every so often.

Blogs

A Hamburger Today
A Hungry Girl's Guide to Taipei
The Amateur Gourmet
An American in Ireland
Appetite for China
Baking Bites
Beef Aficionado
The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Bionic Bites
Blondie and Brownie
Boots in the Oven
The Boy Who Bakes
Brave Tart
Candy Blog
Cha Xiu Bao
Chubby Hubby
Chuck Eats
Comme un Lait Fraise
Dan Delaney
David Lebovitz
Deep End Dining
Dessert Comes First
Dumneazu
Eat Drink & Be Merry
Eat to Blog
Eat Your Kimchi
The Eaten Path
Eating In Translation
Eating Asia
FastFoodr
Fifteen Pickles
Food In Mouth
French Revolution
Fries With That Shake
Grab Your Fork
Great Food Photos
Goldilocks Finds Manhattan
Hello Sandwich
I live in a Frying Pan
i nom things
The Impulsive Buy
Just Hungry
Kathy YL Chan
The Kitchen Pantry
Law and Food
Lingbo Li
Lingered Upon
LUNCH
Maps and Fragments
Me So Hungry
Michele Humes
Ms Adventures in Italy
My Camera Eats Food
My Inner Fatty
No Recipes
Noona Blog: Seoul
One Wall Kitchen
Ono Kine Grindz
The Paupered Chef
Paris Breakfasts
Real Cheap Eats
The Scent of Green Bananas
Seoul Eats
Slice
Smitten Kitchen
So Good
Street Foodie
Sui Mai
Suicide Food
Sustainable Table
Swirl and Scramble
Tamarind and Thyme
The Tasty Island
Thursday Night Smackdown
Tommy Eats
The Ulterior Epicure
umami
U.S. Food Policy
The Wandering Eater
We All Go Poopie
World to Table

Non-Blogs

Brooklyn Chowder Surfer
Edible Queens
Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down
Serious Eats
VendrTV

Recurring Eating Companions

These friends have lent me their stomach acids on numerous occasions.

Chichi
Colin
Diana
Eric
Greg
Kåre
Kathy
Melissa
Morten
Olivia
Tristan
Veronica