The Dude Diet: Plenty of Fish in the Sea

the-dude-diet-fish-editionDude is smiling, but he hated that (very small) fish.Thankfully, things have been pretty solid on the Dude Diet front this week. With graduation on the horizon, food seems to be taking an unfamiliar backseat to Logan’s schoolwork, and I’ve never been so grateful for his busy schedule. Despite a sizeable Chinese food slip-up on Wednesday evening, the Dude has been keeping it surprisingly tight. However, Logan is currently on his way to Atlanta for yet another Widespread Panic show (sad, but true), and he just called from the airport to tell me about the meatloaf sandwich he had for lunch. Apparently, it’s going to be that kind of weekend.I also feel that it’s important for you all to know that the Dude and I are going to South America on Sunday. Logan’s vacation eating habits are questionable to say...
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese, Sage and Pepitas

mashed-sweet-potatoes-with-goat-cheese-and-pepitasI was walking along the West Side Highway last week when a girl ran by me in the most insane “shoes” I have ever seen. They were sort of like a skinny version of Moon Shoes, and she bounced approximately 3 feet in the air with each stride. Much to my delight, I saw her twice in the span of an hour (bitch was fast!), and although she looked absurd, I was intrigued.As luck would have it, my friend Fifi happened to send me this video the very next day...Kangoo Jumps Plyo Dance PerformanceNow, I don’t know where Fifi found this video, but I felt that it was a sign. It turns out that the crazy girl’s shoes have a name. They are called Kangoo Jumps, and they are worn to workout classes run by some...
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The Dude Diet: Sugar Rush

I am pleased to report that The Dude Diet has been chugging along this week without any major nutritional disasters. In fact, besides attempting to order a sloppy joe for dinner on Wednesday based on the argument that it was healthy “because it had avocado,” the Dude has been doing a relatively decent job of staying on the straight and narrow since returning from Chicago last Sunday. He even went for a run this week...the-dude-diet-dessertsI was on a walk when the Dude ran by me. I chased him for 20 seconds.I’m actually very proud of Logan, since he’s clearly been missing his “glory days” of crushing “dank shit on the reg.” I know this because a.) he frequently mentions how he wishes he could just “eat dirty,” and b.) he seems to have developed selective hearing recently when it comes...
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Shaved Brussels Sprout and Cauliflower Salad

shaved-brussels-sprout-and-cauliflower-saladSo, I have an analytics thing for this blog. I have no concept of how it works (obviously), but it tells me how many hits I’m getting and where my traffic is coming from. I like it because it’s fancy looking and it makes me feel popular. Or it did until somebody recently explained the difference between “hits” and “unique views,” which was a devastating knowledge bomb. Talk about killing my vibe. I suppose deep down I always knew the numbers were too good to be true. And unless I have hoards of friends hiding out at some place called prostituki.eu, I'm guessing this stat counter doesn’t do a very good job of weeding out spam. Disappointing.Despite its shortcomings, one of the fancy little tricks that my analytics thingy does do well is provide me with a list...
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The Dude Diet: Burger Bust

I’m pleased to report that things in Dude Diet land have been relatively unobjectionable this week. Logan has been unusually busy with school and various other projects, which has helped divert his attention from procuring ridiculous quantities of food. However, he is about to board a plane to Chicago for the weekend to kick off Widespread Panic’s spring tour, so shit will be hitting the fan soon enough. I’m trying very hard not to think about all of the things he’s going to ingest over the next 48 hours. Don’t ask, don’t tell.the-dude-diet-burger-editionDude and Cheeseburger.Logan’s impending doom trip to Chicago got me thinking about the subject of burgers, since he has been anxiously anticipating getting down with the cheeseburger at The Drake Hotel all week. Burgers, like pizza and barbecue, are one of the sharpest thorns in...
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Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa and Chipotle-Avocado Crema

Happy Taco Tuesday, friends. Perhaps you should try some Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa and Chipotle-Avocado Crema:shrimp-tacos-with-corn-salsa-and-chipotle-avocado-crema These delicious tacos were born out of a recent personal tragedy. Mallie, one of my favorite friends, is getting married this summer and had her bachelorette party in Miami this past weekend. To say that I’d been looking forward to this trip for months would be an understatement. I had my flights booked, my crop tops packed, and I was excited about being “half-dressed and fully equipped” for 48 hours of bachelorette partying in South Beach.Sadly, I never got to say bienvenido a Miami. Because I got sick. Really sick. And faster than you can say “penis-themed brunch,” my dreams of bouncing in the club where the heat is on were dead in the water. Instead of...
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The Dude Diet: Pizza Party

It’s been a so-so week for The Dude Diet, but I’ll take mediocre over “complete and total shit-show” any day. Needless to say, the enormous candy-filled Easter baskets from my mom didn’t exactly bolster my efforts to get Logan back on the wagon. He’s apparently incapable of eating jelly beans and bite-sized candy in any way other than by the handful and in rapid succession until he makes himself ill. However, Logan’s diabetes-inducing sugar consumption is a subject for another time. Today, I would like to focus on a food that is pretty much the bane of The Dude Diet’s existence…Let’s talk about pizza, dudes.the-dude-diet-pizza"I smell pizza."I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Logan loves pizza. He loves it more than any other food and most of his friends and family. Sadly, pizza is one of his favorite...
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Basil Tofu Bowl with Stir-Fried Quinoa

Last night I made this Basil Tofu Bowl with Stir-Fried Quinoa:Basil-tofu-bowl-with-stir-fried-quinoa-step-by-step-recipeIf you're not into tofu, please don’t stop reading just yet. You might change your mind, since I pretty much hated tofu until yesterday. Seriously. Sure, I’d tolerate it in the occasional miso soup or Pad Thai, but overall, I have always dismissed tofu as tasteless, slimy mush.The few times that I have mustered up the courage to dabble in the world of soy didn’t exactly leave a pleasant taste in my mouth. I happen to do a lot of writing at the vegetarian coffee shop on my corner, where they sell all manner of scary soy-based creations. In a recent over-caffeinated, undernourished state of delirium, I decided to try the soy sausage wrap. Long story short, it made me want to die.Why then, would I...
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The Dude Diet: The Yo-Yo Effect

chipotle-pork-tenderloin-with-mango-avocado-salsaThe dude is out of control.It pains me to admit this, but Logan seems to have lost his way in the past couple of weeks, and The Dude Diet is in a dark place. You are all familiar with Logan’s propensity to go off the wagon, but his eating habits recently have been particularly upsetting. Between an unsupervised spring break and an incredibly disconcerting feeding frenzy last weekend, Logan has definitely been “getting loose."the-dude-dietLoose.I began to realize the extent of Logan’s deviation from the Dude Diet last Friday evening when he took me to a very fancy birthday dinner. Logan “celebrated me” with a giant steak and French fries, after which he ate my birthday dessert. He then spent Saturday afternoon drinking beers and eating God knows what while watching the...
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Cinnamon French Toast Bake with Bacon

Since I’m not particularly religious, I tend to rank holidays in terms of presents, activities, and food (not necessarily in that order). Therefore, I am very much looking forward to this Sunday, since Easter ranks pretty high in all three of these categories. I can’t wait to spend what Wikipedia calls “the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church” tearing through my Easter basket, crashing my neighborhood Egg Hunt, and going to town on a Cinnamon French Toast Bake with Bacon:cinnamon-french-toast-with-baconEaster memories are some of the happiest that I have of any holiday. My mom spoiled my siblings and me by putting together insanely large Easter baskets, organizing brunch, and setting up an elaborate Easter Egg Hunt every year. Unfortunately, the Easter Egg Hunt has recently been discontinued. I’d like to say that it’s because my...
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