"Oooh! I totally want to go to lunch at Tortilla Coast today - I'm positively craving those strawberry & lime swirl margarita pitchers, and a quesadilla."
Sounds great, no?
No. Tortilla Coast is in Washington DC. But my salivary glands think we are closer than the 3000-ish miles, and are flexing in anticipation of the lime half of the frozen margaritas. I have no idea why I do this to myself.
By the way, the picture does not show the strawberry half - it's probably on the other side.
I have a frequent, recurring cravings for food at establishments that I recurringly frequented when I lived in certain regions:
- Sub Shop subs (Columbia, Missouri)
- Ruttles' cheese curds (Ames, Iowa)
- Obrycki's crab cakes (Baltimore)
- Au pied du cochon's Croque Monsieur (Georgetown, DC - although I could do without the smug waiters asking me to repeat my order numerous times, just for a good laugh at my French 'accent' - cut me some slack, it was always 2AM when I was ordering this)...
- Kimchi Kimbap at that little place with no name across from the school where I was teaching (Seoul, South Korea)
And one of the 2 main reasons I fly back to Chicago: Portillo's Hot Dogs. (The other reason is the Cubs. Wrigley Field also has some noteworthy hot dogs, but Portillo's are really the best.)
Beef Hot Dog - $2.09 With everything includes: mustard, relish, freshly chopped onions, sliced red ripe tomatoes, kosher pickle and sport peppers piled onto a perfectly steamed poppy seed bun. I only get the mustard and relish, and then put ketchup on it (which is apparently very un-Chicago of me, but whatever, I grew up in the suburbs). I garnish it with the accordian fries and a chocolate milkshake. And a Diet Coke - you know, to balance out the calories...
The longing is excruciating.
So I just need to learn to shift gears to the local eating channel, and focus on all the stuff here in Seattle that I eventually crave when I'm out of town for prolonged periods of time:
- Cactus's butternut squash enchiladas, and mojitos
- Nameless Korean place's Kimchi fried rice
- Red Mill's burgers
- Elliot Bay Pizza Co's pepperoni slices
And a Diet Coke - you know, to balance out the calories.