Thursday, September 8, 2011

My love affair with soft pretzels

I am from Philadelphia, home of the cheesesteaks.  But, more importantly it is also home to the Soft Pretzel. OH dear lord I could eat them all day long.  And I practically did.  If you are not familiar with a Philly Soft Pretzel it is not like the Super Pretzels you see in the frozen section or at a concession stand.  Oh no, these are doughier and fun to mold between your fingers.

Growing up, the best part of going downtown for a game was that we would get a bag of soft pretzels on the street  4 for a $1.  Best deal EVER.  For that price everyone got their own bag.

For road trips I would stop at Wawa (if you aren't familiar it's like a convenient mart but a thousand times better) and grab a soft pretzel or two to go.  They are easy to eat while driving.  Well except the salt that gets all over the seats. That is a PAIN to get out.

My favorite snack at the movies is pretzel bites.  Sadly, they are always gone before the previews are over.

Oh and don't get me wrong.  I am in no way knocking Auntie Anne's pretzels.  I HEART them too.  In fact I want cry because there is one located on the first floor of the mall where I walk at lunch.  I walk on the second floor, but that smell drifts up and gets me every time.  As if that isn't bad enough, they have now put in a small kiosk on the second floor.  I cannot smell it, but I have to walk by those pictures every lap.  I think I leave a trail of drool when I pass it.

I worked for one company for several years that had it's own cafeteria.  Every morning we would go down and either get pancakes or a soft pretzel.  Oh yeah, I was eating soft pretzels for breakfast for about 3 years.  I did not get to 200 lbs by accident.

Along with "donut" days we have Pretzel days at work....a lot.  It just about kills me.  I HAVE to say no.  Because I can't stop at just one. I would binge eat them.  I would sneak around when no one is looking and grab another.  I looked up the calories once and thought "Oh that's not so bad".  Until I saw that it was a serving size of "half" a pretzel.  But, that's not the problem.  If I have one that is just opening the floodgates for more.  I am seriously addicted.  And they just don't have a Soft Pretzel Addicts Anonymous.  Maybe I should start one.  I am now the founding member of S.P.A.A.

Tonight there is a happy hour at a bar that has the best appetizers EVER:

Two giant pretzels brushed with our handcrafted ale and sprinkled with fresh garlic and Kosher salt. Oven-baked and served with Spicy Spinach Cheese Dip.

I don't usually go to work Happy Hours, but I am going to this one.  And now you know why.   I NEED to find someone to share this with though, because I will eat both.

So now that you know this about me, let me just say that I am preparing for this.  I have a delicious homemade salad for lunch. I have snacks for the morning and afternoon (yogurt, carrots, hummus).  I am ready.  I will still feel guilty about eating this tonight, but that's ok.  This is a treat.  It's easier for me to allow myself to eat this than to go to Wawa and pick up a few of theirs at the register.  Don't ask me to explain it, but it makes sense in my head.  Some things are better left unsaid.

******Ok, confession time.  I wrote this last night so that I could go to the happy hour and not worry about posting.  But, the happy hour has been postponed due to the flooding and rain in the area.  (If I see an ark float by I am jumping on).  But, I WANT those now my work husband and I are discussing going just for the pretzels.  I will be going next week so I don't need to go tonight, but I am so fixated on it I probably will.  I will let you know what happens.

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1 comment:

  1. I love Philly soft pretzels! I've traveled to a lot of places and haven't seen anything in comparison. My wife says I complain too much when I say a meal is so so when I compare them to cheesesteaks, hoagies, pretzels, tastycakes, and other Philly foods.