Such Lovely Crab! How Do YOU Spoil Yourself With Food?

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    Jun 03, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
    We got back from shopping an hour ago, and I had whined & whined until hubby agreed we could buy some Snow Crab clusters (he's in charge of food shopping & cooking). It seemed to be on sale, $5.99 USD a pound, which I thought was reasonable.

    So I just now cooked one leg to sample it, and it's glorious! We'll probably have it tomorrow night.

    The label does say previously frozen, difficult to get Snow Crab to south Florida without freezing, but it doesn't seem to have harmed it. I wouldn't expect a store to do what my late partner used to do for me in North Dakota: have fresh-caught crab Fed-Ex'ed from Alaska the same day, for dinner that night, not frozen at all. And he'd do the same thing with live Maine lobster.

    So what are your food indulgences, the little things you do to pamper yourself every now & then? Usually we eat out for special treats, one of my favorites being raw oysters on the half-shell. But sometimes we make something outrageous at home, like Lobster Thermidor when we have guests, everyone getting their own whole lobster. But I also love to grill steak, not being limited to seafood.

    What are your own favorite sinful food pleasures?
  • calibro

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    Jun 04, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    oh... dessert, fine olive oil, olives, fresh bread, and expensive cheese
  • Abc123456

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    Jun 04, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    Reese bars...yes...BARS!
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    Jun 04, 2010 1:37 AM GMT
    YES to the fine olive oil icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 04, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    I spend less money on food than anything else in my life (while still never purchasing any fast food or anything processed).
  • delthespaz

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    Jun 04, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    I've never seen fresh snow crab even here in SF. It's like shrimp, the deadliest catch.

    My favorite indulgences are kumamoto oysters, really fresh sushi, and most anything pork (the noun, not the verb).
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    Jun 04, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    Michel Cluizel 99% Cacao chocolate...on a sizzling wood grilled fatty thick-cut prime rib eye steak.

    Pan seared foie gras with a deglace of Pernod and a drizzle of heavy cream.

    A jar of Nutella...and a spoon.

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    Jun 04, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    Wilton said
    So what are your food indulgences, the little things you do to pamper yourself every now & then?
    Smack Ramen Noodles, instead of the cheap ones.

    Oh and Texas De Brazil.
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    Jun 04, 2010 10:48 AM GMT
    I take myself down to the Fish Markets at 7am, grab a couple of pounds of extra larger queensland prawns, about 18 Langoustines, and a few Balmain Bugs icon_smile.gif

    The Langoustines are my favourite, but take quite some time to prepare, but with some chilli, lime and tarragon, people have said they felt high after eating them icon_smile.gif

    Otherwise for winter I would take myself up to one of the finest butchers in the country (www.victorchurchill.com) and buy about 3 pounds of pork belly to slow roast over a few hours and serve with the best roast veg using the pork juices to make a gravy.
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    Jun 04, 2010 11:00 AM GMT
    I just graduated from college and sometimes to treat myself I will buy the name brand boxes of mac and cheese rather than the generic stuff (3 boxes for $1.00).
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    Jun 04, 2010 11:20 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidI spend less money on food than anything else in my life (while still never purchasing any fast food or anything processed).

    There are times I wish I could do that again myself. At your age I considered eating an annoying distraction, merely a refueling I did on the run, about as much fun as having to stop to put gas in your car. But I burned calories like crazy, had to eat constantly just to keep from losing weight.

    Now that I have learned to like eating good food, and live with a partner who loves to cook, I can't indulge these pleasures regularly or I'll become a hippo (half-way there already) due to my lifestyle & metabolism slowing way down. Ironic that when I hated to eat I had to do it all the time, and now that I enjoy it I don't dare but rarely. So my little crab indulgence yesterday isn't a daily occurrence, and besides, crab isn't VERY fattening, is it? PLEASE tell me it's not fattening! Well, maybe the drawn butter I dip it in... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 04, 2010 11:40 AM GMT
    wirefire21 saidYES to the fine olive oil icon_twisted.gif

    My Italian partner does just about all his cooking with olive oil. I just double-checked in the kitchen now, while refilling my coffee cup, and there are over 20 different bottles of olive oil he keeps in one corner of the counter.

    A few are just ordinary supermarket brands, some in regular, light or extra light, but most are quite exotic that he gets directly from Italy, the subtleties of which only he can perceive. But he'll know exactly which one to use for different purposes.

    He also has a large collection of balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Not unlike the way true champagne must come from Champagne, France, genuine balsamic vinegar only comes from Modena. The things you learn when you live with an Italian... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 04, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    Wilton said
    wirefire21 saidYES to the fine olive oil icon_twisted.gif

    My Italian partner does just about all his cooking with olive oil. I just double-checked in the kitchen now, while refilling my coffee cup, and there are over 20 different bottles of olive oil he keeps in one corner of the counter.

    A few are just ordinary supermarket brands, some in regular, light or extra light, but most are quite exotic that he gets directly from Italy, the subtleties of which only he can perceive. But he'll know exactly which one to use for different purposes.

    He also has a large collection of balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Not unlike the way true champagne must come from Champagne, France, genuine balsamic vinegar only comes from Modena. The things you learn when you live with an Italian... icon_biggrin.gif


    I'm inviting myself for dinner at your house tonight. I'll be there at 8pm.