I Love Food

by Holly on August 11, 2010

in balance,breakfast,dinner,lunch,travel

I like to think, in a crazy sort of karmic way, I’ve always been a food blogger.

You see, way before I even decided to start my very first blog, I took pictures of my food.

And yes, hot dogs at Mifflin Street Block Party totally count.

Five years ago, I may not have eaten peanut butter + smushed banana toast for breakfast, but then again, I didn’t drink coffee back then either.

Travesty, I know.

I have always loved food.

It’s true.

I mean, why else would I eat drunkenly eat cereal dressed as a red-tailed black cockatoo in some stranger’s house on Halloween night?


I’m also going to chalk that one up to my general hunger for “life.”

Because if I had known a certain thing called Greek yogurt existed, I would have most definitely been eating that post-bar time, alongside a slice of macaroni and cheese pizza for good measure.

My love for food really gets out of control when traveling.

Gelato in Italy?

Vegemite in Australia?

Som tam polamai in Thailand?

Apple strudel in Austria?

Beer Lao is Laos?

How is a gal ever supposed to say no to food (and drinks), especially when said food is an inherent and telling part of a completely foreign culture one seeks to immerse herself in?




Locally-made pretzels are cool too.

And I warn you, utterly addicting.

But not as addicting as The Sandwich Shop on Gloucester Road in London. Not only did I make friends with Hamid, the uber-sweet owner, but their Turkey Avocado is the best sandwich of my life.

Promise me that if you ever visit the motherland, you will go here.

It’s all I ask.


That, and if you are ever in my neck of the woods, we grab a beer together.

Preferably a Wisconsin-made Spotted Cow, but I won’t get picky with you.

It’s cool, crisp and utterly delicious.

Kinda like me…

Nuff’ said.

We can eat healthy food, or we can eat greasy bar food – I will leave that one up to you. Judging by tonight’s “dinner,” I’m clearly not too picky of an eater when it comes to this conundrum…

Multiply the beer and basket by two.

Because, when I’m hungry, it doesn’t matter where I am. I can be in Madison enjoying happy hour with two fabulous gentlemen, or I can be riding around the mean streets of Vientiane, Laos…

…just hand over the food, and nobody gets hurt.

Most of the time, I think I have a good balance on eating + exercise. Some weeks are more healthy than others, while some weeks are more indulgent than others.

This summer, it’s been slightly more indulgent than it perhaps should be.

But then I look at all the things I’ve done, all the places I’ve visited, all the laughs I’ve shared and all the people I’ve met, and I realize I will take my five pounds of fun chub if it means enjoying life with such reckless foodie abandon.

I hope you realize it too.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

To me, it is always worth it if amazing memories, family and friends are involved. That is a fabulous outlook!

Evan Thomas August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I love all the vacation pics! Seriously, last weekend I was watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding(while tivoing it, too, obviously) and had to go through all my vacation pics from Greece and thought “why do we only look at these immediately after the trips and then forget them? They’re precious, lasting memories”. I need to “reunite” with my traveler’s side.

Pure2raw twins August 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Great pictures…and yes I love foo d too! Memories are what matter!

Alison August 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I love food. And I love that last picture where it looks like you are about to be arrested for eating a nutty buddy. And I love the term “fun chub”. And I love you.

Betsy August 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

ahh the Sandwich Shop! my friend studied in London in the UW program and when I visited I ate at that place about 5 times, cheap and GOOD food. Love the post as always!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

You were the one who got me totally hooked on mashed banana toast. THANK YOU! The past few months would have been rougher without them.

Evan August 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Holly, I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I had to with this post. It’s the best thing I’ve read all week and I totally share your thoughts about loving food and drink, because it’s a central part of enjoying life (although I haven’t been as lucky to travel as much as you have). That’s why I’m making a career out of it (hellloooo work/fun chub)! To put it plainly, you rock.

Matt August 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I have always loved food too! I haven’t always loved cooking, but I have always loved food ;)

Christine August 11, 2010 at 9:08 pm

That basket and beer sort of make me want to go to Madison. Also, you’re totally awesome; I’ve been reading the blog for about a year and honestly, it’s my favorite. I love food recipe blogs for the food porn and inspiration, and I often read healthy living food blogs in hopes that they will rub off on me (limited success on that front), but yours is such a great combination of both. I’ve come to think of it as just a “Life” blog, written by someone who happens to really like food. Amazingness.

Also, we have an Ian’s pizza here in Chicago. I drunkenly found myself there after a Northwestern bar night, but I had no idea until I saw it on your blog that it was such a big thing… I guess I’m cooler than I think :)

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

So many of my sense memories are food memories. The taste of a particular recipe can help me catapult back to my childhood, or my extreme hippie vegan phase, or my stoned-out-of-my-mind munchie riddled phase (also known as my chubby phase.) My cousin, the grocery gal, has even said that after much observation, she’s noticed a direct correlation between the way people look and what they eat. The food we eat is as much a part of our character as the people we surround ourselves with, our fashion sense, our sense of humor, and our ethics. To quote the old adage, we are what we eat.

Also, that cockatoo picture made me lol to the point where my boss just asked me what happened. Thankfully, she’s cool and doesn’t mind when I surf the web during office lulls.

Katie August 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Amen sista! I wish I had the carefree attitude like you all of the time! I do sometimes, but I am a pretty obsessive and controlling person when it comes to myself. Maybe in time…

I love your lifestyle. The food. The places you have been. The friends. The fun. Your amazing and funny blog. And lastly, but most importantly: your inspiration. This morning you inspired me to get my my ass away from the computer and open up a book. It was glorious. I do not exaggerate.

I pretty much adore you. :D

Keep doing what you do best, chica!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

You are way too cute for your own good my friend!

Angharad August 11, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Bonjour. We are the same. I agree times one hundred and ten.

Eat, enjoy, experience. The end. xx

p.s. Email relay tomorrow?

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete August 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Hell yes! That extra poundage was worth it, wasn’t it? I’m glad you are enjoying your life!! ;)

Ashley August 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This was the most perfect post to read tonight! For the first time in 5 years I did 2 thing I would of never of pictured myself doing! I ordered a nice greesy cheesy (but still healthy!) burrito with a dessert! And it was no whole wheat nothing it was a straight up icecream sandwhich! To be specific it was 2 large oatmeal cranberry chocolate pecan cookies smushed with white chocolate gelato inside topped with butterscotch! Oh my, this baby was devoured! I challenged myself and simply enjoyed my life! We’ve only got one to live, why live it restricting foods and wishing you would have tried something! This post is perfect!
P.S if your ever in philadelphia, blue sage is the best resturant alive!

Adam August 12, 2010 at 12:24 am

You have been to so many ridiculous places! Could you be any more awesome? You know what really sucks though? I don’t think i have ever been to WI and i have no idea why… I have been to almost every state except WI… never even driven through it, changed planes, NOTHING! It looks like a pretty rockin’ state! You are tempting me to pick the north route on my drive/move to Seattle just so i can say i have been to ‘sconsin and obviously take you up on that offer and buy you a beer or two!

elise August 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

a foodie through and through…im impressed you have such good pics from the past years. my computer has crashed so many times im lucky if i can find photos from 2009. anyways i love food, i love you, and i think we need to love food together.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 12, 2010 at 4:33 am

great pics, holly! reckless abandon and enjoying life…amen girl!

your comment to me tonite = priceless, melted me.

and a zilion apologies that your work and home ‘puter both dont like my blog…so weird, i wish i understood random glitches like that!


Erica August 12, 2010 at 4:39 am

hahaha- LOVE it. I also just adore when you can tell how much one enjoys food from a photograph. I want some of those Wisconsin pretzels….I’d cheat on Penn State for them. And that looks like an interesting bar basket- I’d be down for one of those as well. Hope your week is going well

Angela @ A Healthy Fit August 12, 2010 at 6:32 am

I love this post and I love how wacky you are!

Mary August 12, 2010 at 7:01 am

I LOVED the sandwich shop! It was right by my school in London & my friends & I would go there all the time. YUM. That seriously makes me miss London!

Lauren at Keep it Sweet August 12, 2010 at 7:17 am

I am a first time reader and I love your mentality! Looks like you are having a lot of fun!!

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) August 12, 2010 at 7:18 am

yes! :)
so refreshing to read a “foodie” blog about enjoying life and food not obsessing about whether what you’re eating is organic,local,vegan,free-trade,free-range, etc.
yes, all those things are important, but they are NOT vital to having a good time and good memories.
keep doing your thang, Holly!!

Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 12, 2010 at 8:01 am

I love this post! I love your outlook! So positive and a great way to think!

Sami August 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

there’s the holly we know and love! always bringing a “big picture” perspective to the table. memories over calories. i concur. <3

laura August 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

awesome post! this comes at a GREAT time because i am headed to the HLS this weekend. its my first time to chicago so of course ive already made a list of all of the restaurants i want to go to…get me some deep dish pizza, frozen yogurt, hanna’s bretzel, cupcakes, etc. while im worried about eating all of this not-so-good-for-ya food, its my first time in chi town so of course i have to go all out!

Kacy August 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

I so agree. Gimme a nice belly pooch to show my grandchildren in 50 years that I lived, ate and loved. Food is just too damn good to worry about. And you are too freaking awesome. We will have a spotted cow together someday. It will happen.

Sissy #1 August 12, 2010 at 10:54 am

I feel like you need to tell people you dressed at a red-tailed black cockatoo for Halloween so that you could raise money from the extinct species… I think you only raised a few dollars, but you got a DVD too- so it couldn’t have been all that bad.

Maura August 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

Aww, this post made me smile.
& now, me and my fun chub want to go to Laos. Any takers??

xoxo, Maura

Mama Pea August 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I love food and you.

I just picked up Eat, Pray, Love. Have yet to start reading. I also posted a very Healthy Everythingtarian post last night. I have a feeling a need a bit more of EVERYTHING in my life…including you. Maybe a chat when I finish EPL?

Hope things are going well, baby!

Katie August 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

oh my gosh, I used to take pics of food before the blog existed, too! I think I was destined to become a food blogger too, I’ve always loved food. Always. Love your pictures! That first hot dog one is my fave. :-)

crunchy granola gal August 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm

um. i love food, you and this post. fo shizzle. let’s be friends and ride bikes to brooklyn ice cream shops. then wine and cheese sampling. then more dessert. that’s an afternoon of true food(ie) love, no?

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm


Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries August 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

It’s all about the balance! And I have always taken photos of my food too (like at restaurants of if I made something pretty) so when I stumbled into the blogworld I was like YAY there are other people who do this too! When I went to Italy a few years ago, I’m certain that 75% of my photos were of food. And by food I obviously mean pizza and gelato.

Naomi(oneFF) August 12, 2010 at 3:05 pm

food can always be worth it if it is the right time, place, people, experiece! For instance i would never go to belfium without trying a belgium waffle! DUHHHHH

balance is the key to life…little indulgence, little healthy…follow that and you will live one happy life :)

Laura August 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I’m almost positive i’ve been to the sandwich shop of dreams you are talking about!!!

Jess August 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

You know what I love? THIS POST! Food is a part of living & loving life! Why should we neglect it?

Megan (Braise The Roof) August 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Bahaha fun chub. I love it. I think I have some permanent fun chub. :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

This post reminds me of Eat, Pray, Love which is exactly why I loved this post. :D :D

Life and food should never be about deprivation. :D

Lynn @ The Actors Diet August 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

great post, holly! are you sure you’re not doing PR for eat, pray, love?!

Alexa @ Sohdalex August 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

I love reading your posts! So fun. More people should live with reckless abandon. ;)

Brooke August 13, 2010 at 11:22 am

I LOVE YOU and FOOD!!!!!! FOREVER. AND EVER. AND…. turkey avocado sandwich sounds PERFECT right now.. minus the turkey because I don’t eat turkey.. but then again, turkey and avocado SOUND GOOD. BYE.

Christina August 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm

i feel the same way about this summer!!! not really worried though- i started being more conscious of what i am eating and i THiNK it is helping- or maybe its just in my head? ahhaha anyway- long time no talk- I sort of dropped off the face of the earth with reading your blog? and why? Ihave no idea- i miss your lively happy self, holly! always make me smile and laugh when i read your posts :) hope all is well girl!

Christina August 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm

p.s. this is christina from mindful living by the way haha (you were probably thinking WHO THE HECK IS THIS GIRL!?)

Amanda August 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm

spotted cow is my favorite!!!!! i’m only one state away, but i miss spotted cow. yum. now i want one …

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm

HOORAY! I love this post. I would never give up my pad thai, post-work beers, weekend cupcakes, or late-night ice cream in order to lose some tum-tum flab. These things make me happy and social. And being happy > being perfect.

Love you girl! TGIF =)

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Love this post! Balance is everything. :)

Christina August 13, 2010 at 6:18 pm

p.s. i think you should see the move eat, pray, love. or maybe you should just star in the movie haha- describes you perfectly.

Kailey (SnackFace) August 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

FIVE POUNDS OF FUN CHUB!!!! YES!!!! Oh my gosh, you already know I love you. This? Makes me love you even more. I may be in the six pounds of fun chub club! HOLLA!!!

Also, I initially read this post, like, two days ago, but it was on my phone and I wanted to make sure I did eventually comment because I LOVED it so! I am in the midst of packing right now, which takes me back to the first time you and I g-chatted. Do you remember? I was packing for New York for my winter internship. Isn’t that insane?

Anyway, did you see Eat Pray Love today? I did! Thoughts? I neeeeed to know your thoughts.

K I miss you. So much catching up to do! LOOOOVE YOU!!

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