Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Clean Break

Dear Method 25oz. Dish Soap,

I love you. I love your beautiful, sleek bottle, your hip, subtle colors and your fresh, clean scents (especially you, cucumber and pink grapefruit.) I also love the fact that, like all Method products, you're non-toxic and environmentally friendly. At almost $4 a bottle, you're way more expensive than the other dish soaps, but I buy you anyway. Yes, make that way more expensive - I believe with their sale price and a couple of coupons, I could get one of your competitors and they'd end up owing me $2.95. But such is the price of love.

But I'm afraid form over function has gotten the better of you. Your sleek, shiny body with its clean lines looks great on my kitchen sink, but isn't meant to be picked up with soapy hands. Did you know you turn into a missile with the right combination of water and suds? In fact, just today you slipped out of my grasp , bounced off my espresso machine and went careening off the counter, narrowly missing my cat. Boy was he pissed.

Also, your spout sucks. After repeatedly getting clogged, and me having to repeatedly clean it, I finally ripped your entire top off today. You're not nearly as attractive now.

So, Method 25oz. Dish Soap I'm afraid I've reached the end of the line with you. The next time I'm at Target and I'm tempted to reach for your fetching body, I'll remember all the heartache you caused me the last time I was washing dishes, and I'll reach for one of your less attractive, cheaper shelf-mates instead.


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Monday, April 7, 2008

You Had Me At "Deep Fried"

I was recently sent a gift card by Outback Steakhouse and invited in to help celebrate their 20th Birthday by trying their signature dish, the Bloomin' Onion, or any of their other menu items. As you can imagine, this didn't take too much coaxing. Free steak? I'll be right down.

While my family isn't big on onion rings, I insisted we order the Bloomin' Onion as an appetizer, if only to compare it to this awesome diagram they sent me in the press kit:

I say any appetizer that has it's own blueprint deserves to be tried at least once. Besides, I'm a sucker for anything deep fried; you could roll a toilet plunger in batter, drop it in some hot oil and I'd probably eat it.

The Bloomin' Onion didn't disappoint. Seriously, the thing is huge and looks like the original onion must have been the size of a basketball. It could easily serve six to eight as an appetizer - the four of us, even though we were starving and tore into it like a pack of wild dogs on a spare rib, hardly made a dent in it. And it really was pretty good - much lighter and less soggy than an onion ring, and way easier to eat. I would have liked to have the option of a different sauce though - the one they served it with reminded me too much of warm thousand island dressing. I would suggest a nice ponzu sauce, but that would be so snooty.

For my entree I had one of their special 'birthday menu items' that is available for a limited time - their Charbroiled Tuscan Ribeye Steak. It was quite nice - tender, juicy and cooked rare just how I like it. And if I hadn't just eaten a ten-pound onion I might have even finished the whole thing.

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