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Last night my coworkers took me to a place that had jalapeno popper cheeseburgers (with half a brick of deep-fried cream cheese on top) and key lime cheesecake milkshakes (with an actual chunk of cheesecake inside). Last weekend, we got hot dogs topped with grilled onions and cream cheese, and fried mac-and-cheese sticks on the side. Denver is very good at stoner food. (But today I think I will have a salad.)

Date: 2016-03-19 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdreams.livejournal.com
Oh, man, the stoner food is UBIQUITOUS. It's almost disheartening.
Same with the hipster food.

Which, I have to say, is an improvement over the 1980's.

Date: 2016-03-20 05:49 am (UTC)
ivy: (odd hand)
From: [personal profile] ivy
What did people eat in the 1980s? Pop Rocks? [desperately searching memory] Fruit roll ups? Astronaut ice cream?

Date: 2016-03-20 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdreams.livejournal.com
Do you remember Space Food Sticks? That was late 1970's. Twinkies. Pixie sticks.

Date: 2016-03-20 06:40 am (UTC)
ivy: (odd hand)
From: [personal profile] ivy
No Space Food Sticks, but we may not have had them in Mississippi. The only way I got Astronaut Ice Cream was on my family's trip to DC where we went to the Air and Space Museum. I also got to try Dippin' Dots there. (Not sure if that was late '70s or early 80's, but we didn't have my brother yet, so before 1981.) Twinkies and Pixie Stix we did have, but I wasn't allowed to eat them because my parents were hippies.

Date: 2016-03-20 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonstone.livejournal.com
It honestly took me awhile to recognize the pattern, because at first it seemed like just following the current (waning, but nowhere near dead yet) trend of over-the-top indulgence. But... no. This is the stuff I crave when I am very sad or in an altered state of consciousness, and the stuff I see the high people around me crave. So: stoner food.

Selfishly I am cool with the prevalence of hipster food. Hipster food--especially hipster food in a part of the country very proud of its edible livestock--means that it is possible for me to have a very good, high-quality, skillfully-prepared meal that's almost entirely protein and fat (which in turn means that it's possible for me to have a good and special meal without eating things that cause me pain later).

I am super curious as to what the Denver food scene was like in the 1980s. I am envisioning... well I don't know what I'm envisioning. I have literally no context here. The only thing CO natives tend to tell me about Denver in the 80s is how "scary" and "ghetto" everything I see now was. :(
Edited Date: 2016-03-20 07:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-20 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randomdreams.livejournal.com
Columbine Steak House. You walk in and choose what type of steak you wanted, and then you were handed a salad, a baked potato, and some texas toast.
Or Bastien's, on Colfax just a bit past The Tattered Cover. I don't think their menu has changed since 1960. Similarly Patsy's, which is in your neck of the woods: new jersey italian, since 1920. My grandmother used to go there in the 1930's, and confirmed in roughly 2005 that it was essentially the same.
The first big change was influx of southeast asian foods, and the second big change was influx of local/organic, that turned into hipster. Third big change is stoner food. We went to Southern Comfort a couple weeks ago, and oh man talk about stoner food.

We should start exploring some of these places!

Date: 2016-03-20 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonstone.livejournal.com
Oh man both Columbine Steak House and Patsy's sound right up my alley.

I actually declined a suggestion to go to Southern Comfort a few days ago because I just wasn't in the mood for that much of that. Definitely planning on checking it out when I am, though. :)

Yes let's!

Date: 2016-03-20 05:53 am (UTC)
ivy: (grey hand-drawn crow)
From: [personal profile] ivy
Hah, yeah. After my Wednesday of sucktasticness, I have tried to be strict about stupid diet. It's hard to be strict when on vacation (I'm in British Columbia at the moment about to do a trail race), but I too went the kale salad route for dinner.

Date: 2016-03-20 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonstone.livejournal.com
I actually almost failed yesterday, too. I ended up spending the day with a coworker I've been enjoying getting to know better, and we wandered around his suburban neighborhood and also went to the movies. But I opted for a steak salad at lunch (and shoved the battered shoestring onions aside), declined dessert, and then bought a small popcorn at the theater, but did not actually eat more than a handful. Today I'm still in pain, but it's from all the walking, and not carbs. :)
Edited Date: 2016-03-20 07:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-03-21 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xandyssin.livejournal.com
back in "the day", the so called stoner food was pointed out by the pot nay sayers to be one of the reasons why they thought pot was deadly. Reading the above descriptions I am inclined to believe them. The manager of the local seven eleven says if it wasn't for stoners and drunks they would be out of business.

Date: 2016-03-25 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jensmitkil.livejournal.com
Just hearing what you ate makes me gain weight and I can hear my cholesterol climbing! But my mouth is watering . . . .

Date: 2017-04-06 04:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] randomdreams
Have you been to the place that claims to serve southern comfort food but mostly just serves tater tots?
I swear this whole town is the land of stoner food. I think there are places that make stoner Thai.
Was mildly nonplussed to bus past your workplace and see that the tilted kilt went out of business. Maybe short skirts and cleavage isn't sufficiently stoner.


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