Pret A Manger

Posted: 14th September 2019 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Delaware House Travel Plaza, Newark, DE

The travel plazas up and down route 95 on the east coast are great! They can be accessed from either direction, have clean bathrooms, gas stations, and a plethora of food options. This is where I came across Pret A Manger.

Hot Chocolate

It was chocolate water and with that bitter cocoa feel like Starbucks hot chocolate but without actual flavor.  Needs salt.

I found at the end of the drink that they didn’t stir all the chocolate in, from the mound of chocolate goo at the bottom, so perhaps it was actually better? Lesson learned, always re-stir your hot chocolate!


Spinach and Tomato Mac and Cheese

It was super creamy, made with small tube pasta, whole grape tomatoes, and lines of spinach.  Very flavorful. I destroyed it before I could take a picture, soooo, here’s the empty box.


What’s Up

Because the hot chocolate wasn’t stirred up all the way, the jury is still out on whether it would still taste like chocolate water. The Mac and cheese, however, was delicious and I look forward to coming across another Pret A Manger cuz that is definitely what I’ll be ordering!

Newk’s Eatery

Posted: 14th September 2019 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Location: Sterling, Virginia

This place is a chain that has a very similar model to Panera Bread, but with an updated fresh look and apparently a bunch of complimentary toppings, which we didn’t use. The one we went to had just opened, so one of the staff handed out menus while we waited in line to order. That may or may not continue to be a thing in the future.

I made the mistake of getting both a grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese.  But they had a two-fer deal (like Panera Bread) so I was doomed at the start. Now I have the tummy rumblin’s.  But FOR SCIENCE!


Pimiento Cheese Sandwich

It was basically a grilled cheese, but with pimiento cheese and a slice of tomato sandwiched (PUN!) between two very Panera Bread-like slices of sourdough.

It was flavorful, but very greasy. So much so that it dripped out of the sandwich by itself, and sometimes with some dripping cheese as well. Honestly, the downfall of this sandwich is it has a little too much cheese, if there even is such a thing. Even as a cheese fiend, I know when my body has had enough cheese. I will fight you.


5 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Very creamy but has that slight chemically taste similar to other chain style restaurants.  Also a little on the greasy side, but still hit the spot.


What’s up


I probably wouldn’t eat the sandwich again.  It’s not bad, and is interesting, but the greasiness unsettled my innards and they don’t stand out.  The mac and cheese, on the other hand, won me over with it’s creaminess.

Blue Blinds Bakery

Posted: 4th September 2019 by doomthings in The Foodening
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Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts

This is a cute little bakery that offers breakfast, lunch, and a wide variety of fresh bakery items including loaves of yeasted and quick breads, croissants, cookies, and more. There are a number of cute tables and a couch inside what was once a small home. 

The porch has a couple coveted tables for outdoor snacking that we were eyeballing as it was a near perfect 75-degree (Fahrenheit) day. The porch tables were still full after our food came out, so we walked to the waterfront, only 10 minutes away.


Grilled Cheese

Made with fresh sourdough bread and white Vermont cheddar cheese, this is one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve had to date. Future posts I’m sure will reveal worthy competitors, but this will certainly be my new baseline.

It was perfectly buttered and browned on both sides and the cheese was gooey and melted through. Even though I didn’t get to eat it until about 10 minutes later, it was still the perfect temperature.

Hibiscus Fruit Cooler

A rich red-pink color, this hibiscus tea is brewed with mixed berries and is heavy on the delicious tart cranberry flavor. Very refreshing and apparently easy to make as sun tea (thanks Google!).

Lemon Ginger Cookie Sandwich

A bonus to our lunch, this ginger cookie had a just enough lemon in it to be noticeable, but not enough to overpower the ginger flavor. The lemon buttercream-tasting goo in between the cookies tied the whole dessert together nicely, again, without an overpowering lemon flavor.

A New Doom Mission…

Posted: 2nd September 2019 by doomthings in the Tastening
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There are two foods, macaroni and cheese, hot chocolate, and grilled cheese… There are three, threeee, foods that I cannot help but order when they are on a menu. It’s a nervous tick that results in deliciousness about 75 percent of the time.

If you have a conversation with me about any of these three foods, you’d immediately peg me as a food snob… for those three foods and those three alone. You’d be right.

Future posts in this little blag will be dedicated to pretty much only these three foods.

How else will the three of you who follow my dumb posts know where to get awesome hot chocolate, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese, and where to say “no thanks”.

It begins…

Arora Leigh goes back to her brutal roots with a creepy routine and music from the Battlestar Galactica mini-series, landing her in 3rd place at the highest level of amateur competition of the Pole Sport Organization.  Look for her next year in the Professional event, April 1st, 2017!!!