Things I ate during food week

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After my Kiefer blog was published, many readers commented and asked for an update on how Eating Week was going. I’m sorry to disappoint you all, but it wasn’t the food week I dreamed of. In fact, I only ate two of the 10 foods on my list. The plan, admittedly ambitious, was to eat out every night, gulping down plates of meaty pasta and Spanish tapas. This plan was not a success. I’ve been to a restaurant and can confirm that it was nice to get back to that familiar ritual, but it also took almost 45 minutes to finish half of my sandwich.

I took my splint off Tuesday and was so happy for about half an hour – until I tried to eat for the first time and realized my back and side teeth were now not touching at all. This is because the tray had taken up space between my top and bottom teeth and now it almost felt more difficult to eat if it wasn’t in the middle! My front teeth might touch, but my surgeon told me to be careful with those teeth and not bite into anything hard or tough for a while.

After my oral surgeon removed my splint and I was struggling to eat my PBJ sandwich, I walked down the hall to my orthodontist appointment. They twisted and pulled my cables so tight that I cried twice and kicked the chair. I looked in the mirror and without the splint it was obvious that my upper jaw had been disassembled and rearranged. Both of my front teeth were now all crooked.

The rail. I’ve never smelled anything worse in my life when this thing came out covered in chunks of ramen.

Despite the severe toothache (perthodontics in adults is actually a lot worse than children) and the wobbly bite, I decided I’d still try to eat the #1 item on my list: a Chicago dog.

So the next day I went to my neighborhood hot dog stand for lunch and ordered a Char Cheddar Dog with all the trimmings. I knew me should order a steamed dog because that would be softer and tougher, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I feared ridicule from the hot dog stand employees, people I had seen judging naïve tourists for ordering a steamed dog. I had condemned tourists and previously corrected their orders. A Chicago Dog is never steamed!

Anyway, I ended up having to peel the charred skin off my dog ​​and cut the inner dog into tiny pieces to actually eat it, but I managed! I also had to avoid the hard chunks of onion, but the rest was delicious. The poppy seed bun, the sliced ​​tomato, the cheese inside the dog that melts on the bun, the fresh relish. This dog was so much better than the closest thing to a hot dog two weeks earlier when I ordered a plain hot dog bun (no hot dog) at the Cubs game. (It was free). But my stomach didn’t like the Chicago Dog, leading me to avoid fatty foods for the rest of the week.

Macaroni and Cheese!

Here’s a list of everything I ate (or tried to eat) during Eating Week:

  • Four popsicles in one sitting (now I can open wide enough to lick a popsicle!)
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich (My First Chicken!)
  • Tagalong Girl Scout cookies (these were too hard to bite before).
  • Ritz Crackers (but after six crackers the salt hurt my tongue too much to continue).
  • Turkey meatballs with couscous and broccoli (no more tiny bits of rice getting stuck! Definitely couldn’t chew the broccoli).
  • Angelfood Muffin
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • French fries
  • Mac and Cheese with Big Noodles! (Had to avoid the stringy, chewy layer of cheese on top)
  • More rice
  • Honey Lavender Scones from the farmers market. This is my favorite scone of all time, the scone I was staring at with longing a few weeks earlier. I woke up at 9am on a Saturday (too early!!!) to make sure I could get this scone (it usually sells out by 10). It took me thirty minutes to eat it but I did and it was heavenly.
  • Fresh strawberries and raspberries
the scone

Similar to Fork Friday, my expectations for Eating Week were unrealistic. So now I’m declaring that Eating Week is going to be Eating Month, and I’m hoping that after a few days of bland rice and chicken and cauliflower rice, I’ll be able to head to the juicy burger spot or the new Sicilian street food spot stay on my list.

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