PartySugar begged me to keep them far away from her, because, as she says, plain potato crisps are her "guilty pleasure chips." I believe everyone has at least one of these; mine, for instance, are Flamin' Hot Cheetos. They're not good for me, but every now and again I ache for them so badly that I let myself buy them. What bag of goodies can you not resist?
We all have our guilty pleasures — like eating a delectable piece of dark chocolate. Unfortunately, there are some actions we don't get much pleasure from, but still can't say not to. Whether it's continuing to hook up with an ex-boyfriend or never being able to turn down a dinner invitation when you really need to save money, which temptation do you wish you could resist more?
I have a few. They include: watching The Millionaire Matchmaker, eating too much cheese, listening to Britney Spears, buying pricey coffee instead of making it at home, celebrity news, and savoring dark chocolate (OK I don't feel so guilty about that one).
Do you have any lowbrow tastes or regular indulgences that make your life that much better?
Growing up, there were a few dishes that my dad cooked, and one of them was an item that my mother taught him to make: almond tofu. In retrospect, the quasi-traditional Chinese dessert, which actually contains no tofu, sounds like it came right out of a 1970s recipe book, as it was simply canned fruit syrup, cubes of almond-flavored gelatin, and pieces of canned peaches, pears, and — my favorite — cherries. But back then, whenever Dad made that dish, my heart (and stomach) would do a little dance inside.
As an adult, I crave my father's barbecue: I make a special request for it every time I fly home. (I suppose canned fruit no longer makes my stomach flitter the way it once did.) What special dish requests do you make of your family? Growing up, was there a certain thing that you were always excited to eat?
Whenever I interview chefs, I always ask: "What's your favorite guilty pleasure food?" Of course, my definition of "guilty pleasure" is quite different from, say, FitSugar's. I don't consider it a guilty pleasure if it's high in fat or calories; that is a mere pleasure.
No, I'm talking about the food that you don't want your foodie friends to know you eat, whether it's Totino's frozen pizza rolls or "cappuccino" from 7-Eleven. Obviously, I make no secret of the fact that I'll eat pretty much anything, so now it's time for you to 'fess up. What foods do you secretly adore?
When you're home alone, do you do the same things that you'd do if your boyfriend, husband, or sister was over? I've been home sick for the past few days and I've noticed that I definitely have my own secret single behaviors that are actually quite funny: I eat my favorite comfort foods, I set up shop on the couch and indulge in reality TV, I wear my most comfortable worn-in baggy sweat pants, and I soak in the tub until I turn into a prune! Now you all know my secret routine, so what's yours? Do tell ladies, what do you do when you're home alone?
Today marks the end of a year and that means it's time for New Year's Resolutions (be sure to put yours in FitSugar's Declare IT group). For many of us, one of those resolutions will be to "cool it with the guilty pleasure food," but before you do that, fess up and let us know about your dirty little 2006 secret.
What was your 2006 guilty pleasure food?
I'm talking about the food that you try and hide from your friends and family!