Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh The Crazy Excess! (Review of Ben and Jerry's Peanut Buttah Cookie Core Ice Cream)

Hello LilyOnTheLam.Com Readers:

Every now and again, you need to "Treat Yo' Self" to something great.  I usually do "new product reviews" (products that are new or new to me) on Wednesdays, but in the "Treat Yo' Self" theme I am switching it up to a Tuesday!  

I had an absolutely fun weekend with belly dancing, Persian food, pool parties, watching the sunset on the Intercostal and lunch from a British double-decker bus food truck.  But how do you top a weekend of fun activities?  I was relaxing in the air-conditioning when I spied an advertisement for what seemed like heaven sent nirvana OR gluttony fat fat shame in a bucket - depending how you look at it.

The advertisement was for Ben and Jerry's Peanut Buttah Cookie Core Ice Cream.

Peanut butter ice cream with crunchy peanut butter sugar bits, peanut butter cookies and a peanut butter cookie core.  

I was so intrigued by this advertisement that I literally jumped out of my chair and went to the store.  (Btw, thank you Ben and Jerry's website for having a locator showing which stores sell which flavors.  Technology is fabulous!)

Now to really savor the moment of this peanut laden ice cream, I had to set the mood.  And in my case, setting the mood means watching "RuPaul's Drag Race" while wearing my Team Bianca Del Rio "Really Queen?" tank top.  My inner drag queen-loving gay man loves his ice cream!

At first glance, I notice that this Ben and Jerry's ice cream has the most calories per serving than any other B&J's ice cream I have ever eaten - 320 calories.  And come on, how many of us actually only eat "one half cup serving" of Ben and Jerry's?  Evidently the "peanut buttah" is going to make people's butts expand exponentially. 

The peanut butter ice cream is very rich and decadent.  The "peanut butter sugar bits" were awesome and I wish there were more.  The "peanut butter cookie core" was a bit of a misnomer.  It reminded me more of peanut butter fudge versus a peanut butter cookie.  Back in grade school we made this deadly peanut butter fudge - if I recall the ingredients were powdered sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter.  I seriously have no clue why I didn't die of a diabetic coma from that PB fudge!

The one "off note" on this decadent ice cream is the "peanut butter cookie chunks."  They had absolutely no flavor whatsoever.  They could have been shortbread for all I knew.  (Which by the way Ben and Jerry's, I miss Cool Britannia ice cream and Pink Lemonade Sorbet - BRING THEM BACK!  Cool Britannia was vanilla ice cream with strawberries and fudge covered shortbread.  HEAVEN!)

This ice cream was very very rich and very very sweet.  If you are worried about portion control, perhaps this is the right Ben and Jerry's for you because I couldn't imagine eating a ton of this ultra rich ice cream in one sitting.

If you're having major peanut cravings, check out this ice cream.  But I think I would have been just as content eating a scoop of vanilla with some crushed honey roasted peanuts on top!

Have you tried any of Ben and Jerry's new cookie core ice creams?  Tell me what you thought of them in the comments section below!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Another "Intoxicated in the Asian Dollar Store" Story!


I am back!  I have been on a mini hiatus - which loosely translated means "making other activities a higher priority than blog writing."  Also my hard drive with many months of pictures for "future blog posts" crashed -- so there goes that! I am justifying my next round of whirlwind world traveling as "pertinently necessary" to restock photos for future blog posts.  I do it all for you, dear readers!

If you are a long time reader of LilyOnTheLam, you may remember my self-proclaimed award winning post:  "Why It's Not A Good Idea To Get Drunk And Then Go To The Asian Dollar Store."  And if you don't, click on the link and read it - it is fabulous, people!

Recently I found myself in a state of deja vu ... except this time instead of being drunk in a mall of Vancouver, I was hopped up on pain killers in Berkeley, California.  Evidently the Pacific Northwest drives me to use intoxicants!

I have been having some issues with my back (I'm 974 years old!), so on a gloriously sunny day in Berkeley, CA I took my legally prescribed painkillers and then decided it'd be a great idea to walk around the UC-Berkeley campus.  Sigh ... sometimes I think I need to hire a nanny (or a manny - a male nanny... or a sober living coach) to keep me in line!  

I first stumbled upon Smart Alec's Intelligent Food (website here) on the fantastic Telegraph Avenue.  Like Evos in Tampa, Smart Alec's has "air fries" - baked French fries.  I like to order air fries because I can pretend I am being healthy.  I ordered the veggie chili covered air fries.  (Because why be naughty with just fries when you can be even naughtier with CHILI FRIES!)  One thing I miss about living in California is the spicy food.  Smart Alec's chili was SPICY!  And I loved every hot minute of it.  

I will admit that I was feeling rather spacey on my pain killers as I polished off my "healthy" chili fries.  I realized I was staring off into space and probably looked a little off my rocker.  However Telegraph Avenue has many people who look off their rocker, so I think I fit right in.

Then in true mature fashion, I decided I needed to shop ... while on pain killers.  The Asian Dollar Store gods smiled down upon me as right before me was Daiso Japan - an inexpensive Asian store.  I grabbed a basket and before I knew it I had it completely loaded with things I absolutely had to have.  Did I mention I was loaded up on painkillers while shopping?

I not only purchased items for myself, but for select friends ... Select friends who would appreciate such items as a hedgehog duster ...

or a panda loofah ...

And really - at $1.50 each, don't we all deserve a panda loofah?  Treat Yo' Self!

I also bought my mother a pair of really long socks that had individually separated toes - like gloves but for the feet.  It seemed like a really good idea at the time.  Again, did I mention I was loaded on painkillers?

I will tell you that every person to whom I gave these Asian Dollar Store gifts, gave me the same exact look of "WHAT THE F**K?"  Listen, just be happy you're getting a gift from me and don't judge!  

I am not sure why the Asian dollar store gods tend to place Asian dollar stores in my pathway when I am somehow inebriated, intoxicated and/or incapacitated.  It's like a bizarre Greek myth.

Rest assured dear readers that while I have not been blogging a lot lately, I still have been doing a glorious job of scaring people all around the world with my antics.  Stay tuned for more!  And as always - thanks for reading!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nutter Butters Are Not My Favorite Travel Destination

Hello LilyOnTheLam.Com Readers!

I have been on a writing break for the past 2 months - which will probably last a few more months on top of that - but I had to write a quick post about something that has been annoying me lately.  SPAMMERS.  

It's like I left my house on the frontier and arseholes came to squat!  Well I am putting on my prairie bonnet, loading up my musket and reclaiming my land!  Spammers for a company I refuse to name, have been loading up the comments section on my blog.  They have been pretending to comment on my post in very broken English but really the main goal is to put in links for a tour company.  Or at least I think the link is for a tour company - I refuse to click on the link - it could be some sort of cyber scam for all I know.

I realize this happens on comment boards all over the globe, but my tiny little blog has been relatively free of such nonsense until now!  (Despite the number of Eastern European "readers" that try to link to my site.)  

To wake up every morning and to find notifications that these jackholes have attached more of their ads to my blog posts is INCREDIBLY ANNOYING.  

If you want to advertise at LilyOnTheLam - PAY ME!  

I have been reporting and blocking in the vain hope that these vermin will move on.  

I am so annoyed by it all that 99% of me cannot enjoy the humor of their ridiculous broken English, but every now and again one bad comment post has me chuckle even for just a second.  So today, the spammer wrote a comment on my Nutter Butter Cookie Cheesecake Truffle Ball recipe post.  Something to the effect of: "Nutter Butters are my favorite travel destination too - check out the tour at XXXXXX.com."  

Listen, I am all for the transcendent properties of sugar.  And I must admit that I allowed myself to get whisked away with some Reese's chocolate peanut butter bunnies this past Easter.  BUT NUTTER BUTTERS ARE NOT MY FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION!  

So to any potential scammers, please view this picture of my cat Finnerty - who himself can be quite the arsehole at times -- and know that if you continue to load my blog with your fake comments, this is the animal who will creep into your home and vomit on your head. 

I assume tomorrow I will receive a notification that a spammer has written a comment: "Cats named Finnerty are my favorite travel destination too!"

Happy April, LilyOnTheLam.com Readers!  Look for more tales on my travels or Nutter Butter cookie consumption, in a few months.  Take care!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Where To Stay in Krakow, Poland!

Hello LilyOnTheLam.Com Readers!

Happy February!  January flew by!  I have been traveling a lot for work which means less time for LilyOnTheLam posts.  I am thinking of taking a blog writing break until the summer, so if you don't see any recent updates you will know why!

As I have been working several times in Europe lately, I have made it my mission to knock off a few European countries off my bucket list.  I have been to most of the Western European countries - so in the last several months I was able to cross off Hungary, Austria, Slovakia and now POLAND off my list of countries to see.

I have always wanted to check out Poland - as I am half-Polish, but I was scared because I didn't speak the language.   However after spending time in Hungary and Slovakia (not to mention Russia), I have found that I do just fine in countries where I cannot speak (or even read - as it is the case in Russia) the language.  And a GIGANTIC reminder to myself not to let fear stand in the way of anything you want to do.  I am so glad I finally was able to go to Poland and I hope to see Warsaw soon.

I had a long weekend, so I hopped over to Krakow, Poland to check out the scene.  I chose Krakow because it has a vibrant old city center and is a very walkable city.  

I stayed at the Sheraton Krakow Hotel which I HIGHLY recommend.  It is next to Wawel Castle (pronounced Vah-vull) and the swan-laden Vistula (Polish: Wisla) River.  

Side shot of Wawel Castle and the Vistula River in the morning

Chess pieces in front of the Vistula River with Wawel Castle in the background

Seriously, am I being mooned by swans?

It is in walking distance of the main market square, the fire-breathing dragon statue, the aforementioned Castle, as well as many good shops, restaurants and seventeen million 24 hour alcohol stores.  Which are labeled "Alkohole" which makes me think of the words "alcohol" and "asshole" mashed together!   

Don't be a mobster or an alkohole!

This statue is supposed to breathe fire every 10-15 minutes, but it was COLD
when I was there so I just bought a postcard of it breathing fire instead!

The Sheraton's location is fantastic - and when I arrived in my club level room, I found two delightful surprises.... the best darn looking fruit plate....

and a toy that I thought was a Krakow-dile but turns out it is a dragon!

This toy from the Sheraton may have stowed away in my luggage back to America
People in Krakow love their dragons.  There are bones hanging next to Wawel Castle that are supposed to be dragon bones to ward off bad luck to the city - however supposedly one of the bones is from a whale.  Regardless of where the bones came from, the city was not destroyed in World War II so maybe the bones are good luck after all!

The Sheraton has an amazing breakfast buffet ... that fit my pro-starch, pro-carb political stance.  The breakfast buffet had TWO KINDS OF POTATO SALAD.  It might as well have been called "Welcome Home, Carb Lovin' Lily Buffet."  And who could say no to an abundant supply of champagne flutes filled with fruit, yogurt, bran flakes and pumpkin seeds?  Not this gal!  

I was humbled to visit Auschwitz at the 70th anniversary of when the Nazis started to evacuate the concentration camp (a week later was the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation - a much more positive date).  I had visited the memorials at Dachau concentration camp when I was 19 years old.  

I went on a walking tour of the city and for those who love the movie Schindler's List, there are many places in Krakow that are in the movie.  

I had a lot of fun adventures in Krakow and hopefully one day I'll get caught up on my blog posts!  But in all seriousness, I am in the middle of packing for my next trip!  

If you are ever looking for a beautiful place to visit with warm people and good pierogi - check out Krakow, Poland and the Sheraton Krakow!