Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #10 - Eating Out!

I love food, anyone that's seen me knows that I didn't get this way by my healthy lifestyle (beware, the sarcasm is deep in here!). As I was picking up my lunch today (see #7!) and wondering what to do my TT on, I decided it might be fun to tell what my favorite restaurants are, and what I like to order (I seem to get fixated on one thing, and always order that), and to find out what your favorites are! These are in no particular order.

1. Starbucks - I've been totally addicted to Starbucks lately. I love coffee flavored things, ice cream, frosting, etc. but have never really enjoyed coffee itself (it smells good, but it never tastes like it smells) until I got turned on to Starbucks. Now a White Chocolate Caramel Mocha with soy and whip cream just makes my day! Seriously, I call it my liquid mood adjustment! The bigger the better! I even got my mother hooked! lol!

2. Mr. Goodcents - I prefer them over Subway or any other sandwich shop, seriously. I can't say it's because they're better, or that you get more, or anything like that, because they aren't, I'm just stuck on them and the thin shaved ham, and it's just what I like! I always get a ham and cheese (provolone) on wheat (if I'm trying to be good *snort*) with lettuce, tomato, whatever seasonings they use, vinegar, but no oil, and mayonnaise and jalapenos. My mom got me started on the jalapenos part.

3. Thai Place - I have 2 favorites here, a primary and secondary. I ALWAYS get Paenang, sometimes beef, sometimes shrimp, sometimes chicken. Paenang is a peanutty flavored curry dish, very rich, and super tasty! I like medium spicy, but I may have to graduate to hot, we'll see! ;) Often I will also get Phad Thai, because I love it, but don't really like it as a whole meal. It's a noodle dish, I'm not sure what the sauce is for it (I've seen fish sauce mentioned, but it tastes kind of chili based to me), but it usually has shrimp and chicken, egg, scallions, chopped peanuts and I can't remember what else in it. Love it love it love it!

4. Bangkok Pavilion - another Thai place (not THE Thai Place which really is the name of the restaurant in #3), I love their buffet, and from it I get the red curry chicken (I think this is also called Gang Dang), their Phad Thai, and their fried spring rolls (?) they have these glass noodles in them, and I'm just stuck on them, I could eat a ton of them! I also love their house salad dressing!

5. Fortune Wok - Chinese this time, (though I think I saw Phad Thai on their menu last time I was there) and here I love the steamed dumplings and the hot and sour soup, to me, theirs are the best I've had. I lately have been getting their Princess Chicken, but it's the soup and the dumplings that stand above all others for me!

6. Bo-Lings - Chinese again (are you sensing a theme here?) but this is the place I come if I want General Tso's Chicken, I like theirs the best! Their hot and sour soup comes in #3 on my list, it's pretty good!

7. Pei-Wei - alright, alright I promise, last Chinese place I'll mention though I do go to others (I like it, alright? :P) Here I always get Honey Seared Chicken. Also, their hot and sour soup is #2 for me, and their crab rangoon are much different than anywhere else I've had. Usually they are mostly filled with a cream cheese mixture, right? These are more shredded crab than anything else, I won't say they're my favorite, because I like the normal cream cheese type too, but they are pretty good!

So let's take a quick break and digest all that Chinese food, what have we learned here? Shaunie REALLY likes hot and sour soup, but it VERY particular about it and has a ranked list... hmmm... maybe Shaunie has issues... LMAO!

Alright, back to the food!

8. Olive Garden - Most of the time I get their Pasta Fagioli soup, bread sticks and salad (they have great house dressing!), cause they'll just keep bringing it, WOO! There's just nothing better than never ending breadsticks and salad, right?

9. Pizza Shoppe - I love Pizza, I really do. But what stands out about PS to me is their house pink salad dressing, there has to be something addictive in it! They even have t-shirts that says "Give me the pink stuff" so it's not just me, really!

Ah, so now we've learned that not only does Shaunie rank restaurants by their hot and sour soup, but also by their salad dressing... yep, girl's got issues, definitely (my favorite at home dressing is Seven Seas Viva Italian by the way, I can just drink that stuff, and *blush* have, on occasion... just to convince you of the fact that I have issues! Okay, it wasn't like, a big gulp or anything, but if you're just in the mood to taste something, and don't want to make a whole salad for it, what do you do? Just a quick little swig! LMAO!)

10. Lone Star Steakhouse - here we go with the salad again, they offer a lettuce wedge with bleu cheese and diced tomatoes (at least they did before the tomato problems, I'm not sure what they do now!) that I love! I also get their Delmonico steak and baked sweet potato with butter, cinnamon and sugar! I'm so mad because they closed the one that's nearby, so now the closest one is at least 30 minutes away, probably a little more! *cry* I know, but Shaunie, how hard is it to cut a head of lettuce into 4th's and pour some bleu cheese and diced tomatoes over it?

11. Chili's - I almost always get the Chicken Ranch Sandwich and fries here, a breaded chicken breast with buffalo sauce and ranch dressing on it, LOVE buffalo sauce (wings are much too much work though, unless they're boneless!) Sometimes I will get the Shanghai Wings (cause they're boneless, and they're sorta tangy like my favorite Chinese dishes heehee) and their Southwest Eggrolls are good too, love the dipping sauce!

12. Red Robin - My current favorite hamburger place (they'll just keep bringing the fries if you ask them too!) and I almost always order the Banzai Burger, it has pineapple and teryaki sauce on it! TASTY! Weird, I would have said so too, but the first time I tried it, it was awesome! Sometimes I'll get the Santa Fe Burger if I'm not in the mood for sweet flavors, it's got tortilla strips and guacamole on it, so it's kinda Mexican flavored.

13. Kokopelli's - I'll all about the fajitas here, and the last time I was there, I had a strawberry margarita and it was REALLY good! Chips and salsa are also one of my favorite things, and that's at about every Mexican restaurant I go to, I think I could eat my weight in chips and sauce (one of the many reasons I'm a not a skinny girl!)

Now that I'm at 13, I've thought of about 10 more places that I like, but since this isn't Thursday 23, I'll stop here! Now it's your turn, tell me what your favorite thing to eat out is! Thanks for stopping by and Happy TT!

21 comments:

  1. I love #11 and #12.

    My mom is from Thailand, and I cannot stand Thai food. Go figure, right?

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  2. You might like Asian food more than I do! When I was pregnant with #2, I couldn't eat much more than won ton soup. I kid you not. We are on a first-name basis with the owners of the local (fabulous) Chinese place here.

    And yes, I CAN run out of outtakes. I've been working with this same base of characters for so long, I've been feeling a little stale lately. That's why there have been so many new people around.

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  3. Well, to my knowledge we only have 3 of these in our area... Starbucks, Chili's, and Olive Garden. Most of our Starbucks are coffee/tea only - and a few sweets. Olive Garden... I always get the salad - but I also always order something different for my main course. Chili's - I usually get classic sizzling fajitas or the fajita quesadillas - with guacamole!

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  4. Most of these I've not heard of---living in a small, small town, but I have eaten at a Chili's and once at the Olive Garden. Starbucks I tried once at a convention and frankly, didn't see what all the fuss was about. Anyway, thanks for putting together a great TT. Maybe if I travel to a big city, I look for one of these.. . especially the Chinese places.

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  5. I think my favorite place to eat is Zio's - they have great Italian, and it isn't all about the marinara. 'Cause I'm just not a crazy marinara person - it's OK, but I like other stuff, too.

    I also love Irish food - I could do corn beef and cabbage daily. Really I could.

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  6. The only thing I like better than good Chinese food is a good diner meal. There is one near the Newburgh bridge in New York State that serves everything. I could stay there and eat day and night.

    This great list is making my snack of peanuts look like what they are!

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  7. I love to drink coffee at Starbucks but I have never eaten anything there.

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  8. Oh, that sounds so good. I don't think we have 13 restaurants in my neck of the woods. Definitely no oriental ones. We have to drive...*gasp* to TOWN for eating out.

    Good T-13!

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  9. Fun list. Of the ones you listed, Red Robin is our favorite. In all, our favorite is Moe's Southwest Grill.

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  10. The only place I go to on a regular basis is our local coffee shop.

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  11. I won't give away any of my favorites, because I was going to do this TT next week (done already). the only thing I'm going to do is go back and do what you did and put my favorite foods (great idea!)

    Let's just say we have many of the same favorite restaurants, but with different foods. I enjoyed this!

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  12. We have Pei Wei, Olive Garden, Starbucks, and Chili's where I live. Great TT post!

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  13. I'm starving!

    Gotta go cook dinner.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo
    http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2008/6/18/3751571.html

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  14. Starbucks and Lone Star - Check! I also love El Torito and On the Border. A couple of local places Mimi's Cafe and Harbor House Cafe. Nice TT!

    http://sunlightsucks.com

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  15. my 3 favorite words "Lets Eat Out" LOL!

    Happy TT!

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  16. 3, 8, 10, and 11....with an invitation, I'd jump at the chance to go to those!!!

    My 13 is posted, come join me?
    Happy Thursday.

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  17. I'll call you when I need a restaurant recommendation--sounds like you are the authority. We don't eat at chains much. I always say that the best place to eat in my town is my house. That's not bragging; it's just that we don't have many fine dining establishments from which to choose.

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  18. My friend somehow got the Olive Garden recipe for Pasta Fagioli and it is EXACTLY like at Olive Garden.

    I took my son and his friend to Chili's the other day and had the BEST salad...Chicken Quesadilla Explosion. It was yummy!

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  19. I LOVE Chick-fil-a but my husband always complains I want to eat out every day (which I do want to but I don't do it of course :)

    Hmm, haven't heard of half of these places. They sure sound interesting though. I'll try just about anything once.

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  20. Have you ever had Papa John's? That's one of my favorite pizza places!

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  21. I love Starbuck's Strawberries and Cream in the summer.

    Dairy Queen's Moo-Lattes

    Sonic Onion Rings

    Love a good Chinese restaurant myself.

    Red Lobster - awesome Garlic cheese biscuits.

    Colton's Steak House

    and Cracker Barrel - just about anything there especially breakfast. They have a great BLT salad too.

    Now I'm really, really hungry.

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