Captain’s Log: Quarantine Day 978

Captain’s Log: Quarantine Day 978

I have been watching cooking shows for three days now. I’ve been actively dieting for two months. The two activities are NOT compatible. 

It all began when I saw a new cooking show on Netflix called Cooked With Cannabis. I love to cook, and to watch cooking shows, so this was not only right up my alley, it also sounded fun. Well, just so you know, it is a cute show and I learned a few odd bits about using cannabis in cooking and what makes things psychoactive or non-psychoactive, etc… During all of this “baking”, I realized I hadn’t made homemade (in a bread machine, but whatever) bread in a while, so I decided a loaf of bread was exactly what I needed to make. I forgot however, that bread smells absolutely goddamn delicious while it bakes. 

I tried so hard to ignore it. I drank water. I ate a banana. I drank more water. I tried to cure the craving for fresh, hot, bread by eating yogurt, and cheese and even a few chips with hummus. It was all to no avail, my body ached for that warm, soft, perfect loaf. It wanted lashings of melty butter and – oh god, what if I put some gooey honey on top of that? I ate half of the contents of my fridge trying to avoid this carb overload. It turns out I should have just eaten the damn bread. Not only did I end up eating my weight in bread and butter, I ate all of that other food trying to quell my craving. 

As I’m writing this post, I have found myself watching  Iron Chef on Hulu playing in the background. I also had a grocery order delivered about half an hour ago. I am in the position now of:

  1. Being a tad hungry because of my diet.
  2. Craving five-star food because I’m watching Iron Chef.
  3. Having access to a crap-ton of food because I’m now fully supplied thanks to InstaCart.

Jesus take the wheel. Help me. Send reinforcements and a muzzle. I do not need to be left unsupervised around all of this food along with access to limitless cooking shows. I am going to end up coming out of this quarantine looking like a hairless water buffalo (see picture). It is not going to be pretty.

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I must remember to make the rations last. I must remember that I am a chubby little goblin and must continue my weight loss journey. I must remember how nice it feels to have lost twelve pounds. I must continue this log entry, but honestly, I think I’m going to go eat. 

Fatback Soul Shack

Fatback Soul Shack – Party of Two 

2440 Roanoke St
Christiansburg, VA 24073

I have to give this place 4.5 stars out of 5 because this place was absolutely wonderful!  Good food and great service. 

Everything from the decor (It looks like a truck-stop garage blend with the giant tires made into the counter and actual tailgates for the backs of benches) to the food (if you never have fried green tomatoes anywhere in the New River valley EAT.THEM.HERE.)

My husband and I ordered a side of fried squash and a side of the fried green tomatoes to share as an appetizer. That was the best decision ever. Both were amazing. They were fried and seasoned to perfection! They needed no salt, they needed no sauce…just needed the quickest way possible into my mouth! 

My main course was the half rack of St. Louis Style ribs and a side of collard greens. I wasn’t wowed by the greens (they tasted like they were cooked with vinegar in the pot and that isn’t my thing but for others it may be awesome) and it came with 3 hush puppies (those things were golden balls of yumminess). The hunk of rib meat that came out as my meal was the size of my head… seriously, this thing was huge. The flavor was really good but it could have been more tender in my opinion because I don’t like to have to take a knife to my ribs I just like to bite into them and have them all but fall off the bone.  Also, upon eating the rest later because there was no way I could eat it all in one sitting, I ran into more of that toughness and a lot of gristle and fat and not much meat left considering the size of it…I was a little disappointed in that but I’d order it again (I am guessing that this was a fluke because meat cuts can be odd like that). Anywho, I had everyone in my office wanting BBQ thanks to me heating that up in the microwave for lunch. 

I can easily see myself working my way through the menu at this place. 

Also, do yourself a favor and try the beer they have on tap… you will not be disappointed.

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Dining Area: 5 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5

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Three Li’l Pigs Barbeque – Daleville, VA

Three Li’l Pigs Barbeque – Party of Five

Three Li’l Pigs Barbeque
120 Kingston Drive
Daleville, VA 24083

The food here is pretty good. They serve you good sized portions and the food has nice flavor. The meat can be a little dry but it’s nothing the sauce can’t fix. The sweet potato fries are awesome along with the peach ketchup. The pigtail curly fries and onion straws were really tasty as well. They have this cute little pig game on table to pass the time and there is a Television on one wall too if catching the game highlights is more your thing. The service here is attentive as well as kind and the restaurant is very clean and well maintained. 

The bathrooms are amazing! They are well stocked, clean and more welcoming than any restroom I’ve been in, in the area. Stylish and stocked with anything you might need. They even keep diapers and wipes by the changing table!

Now for the downsides. Be forewarned if you come with a group of four or more the seating area is small and crowded. We felt really claustrophobic at the table in the middle of the dining area and moved to a booth. But they were nice about it so no issues there. The drinks are overpriced in my opinion, three dollars for a fountain soda and two dollars for an ice tea, yes you get refills but how many glasses do you really drink at dinner? Two at most on average so these prices are a bit much in my opinion. Also, if you want a slab of ribs with sides (and of course we all want sides because they rock) be prepared to drop around thirty bucks, $21 for a half slab. 

Overall a nice place with good food and we will return.

Food: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Dining Area: 3.5 out of 5
Value: 3.5 out of 5

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