What's Your Guilty Pleasure Food?
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When it comes to food, everyone has their vices. But what about chefs and restaurateurs? For all their culinary prowess, where do they go for a guilty pleasure food fix when the prying eyes of diners aren't upon them? I asked a few in the Valley and this is what they had to say:
Commercially processed "junk" is my guilty food pleasure. It consists of an after 10 p.m. heaping spoonful of Nutella plunged into a container of Skippy chunky peanut butter and then Häagen-Dazs vanilla bean ice cream.
Ice cream. It's something I can't have in the house. I love to eat it before it melts -- hard and cold. Any flavor is good, as long as it is properly made. I'm a little bit of a connoisseur, the ice crystals must be perfect or it's not worth the calories.
It has to be those Hostess Fruit Pies you get at the convenience store.
Canned chicken noodle soup. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.
I am drawn to anything salty and crispy. The Mayan cochinita pibil quesa at La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop is my current guilty pleasure food. It's a handmade corn tortilla that stuffed with slow-braised achiote seasoned pork shoulder and Oaxaca cheese. I went there on my day off last week and had it with their assorted salsas on their salsa bar (the pecan salsa being my current favorite) and a big glass of jugo de Jamaica.