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The Cost of Food (or What I Do When I Get Home From Vacation)


A week of vacation.  A week of eating and paying for food prepared by others.  It always happens.  By the time I get home I don’t want to see the inside of a restaurant for a hell of a long time.

We spent a ridiculous amount of money on food on this trip.  It was the dinners that killed us.  For three days in a row, we left the theme park and ate at one of the Downtown Disneyland restaurants for a break from the crowds.  Yes, we could have stayed in the park and saved a lot of money compared to those restaurants, but there’s only so much amusement park food one can take.

For five people, three of whom were non-drinking minors, we spent over $150 every night on dinner.  I’m still baffled by that.  The first night we ate at a Mexican restaurant, the name of which I’ve forgotten.  My oldest asked for a recommendation between the carne asada and another plate.  The server suggested the carne asada.  I asked if I should have the carne asada or the chili relleno and tamale combo plate.  She replied that the carne asada was her absolute favorite on the menu.  So, we had two orders of carne asada at $20 a plate.  Let’s just say this … if you’re ever in Downtown Disneyland and go to the Mexican restaurant (just remembered the name – Tortilla Jo’s) don’t get the carne asada.  The kid and I have taken to ordering this at just about every Mexican restaurant we go to, and we go to a lot.  This was the worst I’ve ever had and it was easily twice as expensive as it should have been.

The next night we went to The Rainforest Cafe.  Another $150+ down the tubes.  But, I found my dream occupation.  I want to be one of the elephants at The Rainforest Cafe.

The final night we ate at Naples, an Italian restaurant that served very good pizza, but it’s pizza and we still spent over $150 for just five of us.

We got home Friday at 5:30.  I was tempted to get some fast food or Chinese or something to skip the need to cook, but I didn’t.  I haven’t stopped cooking since.  That night, it was white trash tacos.

Last night, it was well …

At Naples, we ordered a margherita pizza.  It was excellent.  They seemed to use fresh mozzarella on all of their pizzas.  I was inspired to try a margherita pizza at home again.  I made the mozzarella.  Made the sauce you’re supposed to use for a margherita.  Made the pizza and put basil from my garden on in the last minute or two of baking.  There’s something wrong with my mozzarella.  It just doesn’t melt the way cheese is supposed to on a pizza.  It stays kind of clumpy.  I’ll have to keep working on it.

Getting back to a more traditional kind of American pie…

This morning it was bacon and homemade chocolate pancakes.  For years, I used Krusteaz.  Than a few years ago, I decided I needed to make homemade pancakes and used the Better Homes recipe, but was never very thrilled with the outcome.  The pancakes were too thin.  So, I went in search of a fluffy pancake recipe.  Apparently, it’s all in use of buttermilk.

Here’s the recipe:

3/4 cup buttermilk (or 3/4 cup milk with 2 TBSP of white vinegar)

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 TBSP sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

2 TBSP melted butter.

Combine the dry ingredients.  Mix the wet ingredients (milk, egg, and butter) and then whisk into the dry ingredients.  Do not whisk until smooth, the batter should be thick and lumpy.  Add in mini-chocolate chips.  How much?  That’s entirely up to you.

Find a buttered griddle and you’ve got some very good fluffy pancakes.

 

Tonight, we’ll be enjoying steak on the barbecue and baked macaroni and cheese.

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2 responses to “The Cost of Food (or What I Do When I Get Home From Vacation)

  1. Melanie June 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I just got home from vacation as well and it’s all I can do to think about food. Ugh…I didn’t spend quite as much as you did, but I also didn’t go to Disney! I just got done grocery shopping and I bought a cart full of fresh fruits and vegetables – you know, all the the things you don’t eat much of on vacation!!

    • kingmidget June 26, 2012 at 2:04 am

      Yes … there’s that, too. To be able to eat right, you have to spend even more money and spend time searching for the fruits and veggies. I think Disneyland does a better job in that area than it used, but it’s still a struggle.

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