Today I dined on the Sriracha Spicy Hot Wings. Excitement was flowing through my veins as I flapped open the corners of my Eat Club box. Anytime I eat chicken wings I am happy and this was no exception. As I sunk my teeth into the soft exterior of the wing a nice subtle zest of hotness tickled my taste buds. The meat was lush/semi-meaty and equivalent to a Pizza Hut wing (don’t sleep on Pizza Hut wings). The meal was paired with ranch, now I’m a ranch guy myself so that was great news for me. If you’re a blue cheese guy, I suggest bringing your own blue cheese/purchasing some prior to the delivery of your Eat Club meal. Ranch/Blue Cheese just another classic debate. Right up there with Beatles/Stones, Backstreet Boys/N’Sync, Smashmouth/Soundgarden. Meal: 4.1.
Today I dined on the Chashu Pork Miso Ramen. Now I’ve had experience with broth based Eat Club dishes so I knew the battle I was facing when ordered. Layering the noodles with hot water historically has been a struggle but people grow, they learn, they adapt, they overcome, they win. Unlike the past, I kept a safe distance away from the “splash zone” as hot water sprinkles from the coffee machine slightly burned my hand. Much less than usual. It was a grind, I was tough though…. “To grow in life be willing to suffer.” – David Goggins. I then saw a fellow co-worker walk past me with a kettle. I am dumb. Meal: 3.9 Experience: 3.7.
Spring time is here. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and spring inspired Eat Club dishes are finally here. Today I dined on the Chef’s Salad, Eat Club describes this dish as, “A popular lunch classic” and I couldn’t agree more. The honey baked ham, boiled egg and oven-roasted turkey gave me my daily protein intake while the greens, tomatoes and cucumbers rounded out the meal with a nice dosage of vitamins. Yay health. This meal took me back to my local pizza shop where my friends and I would drink coca-cola classics and keep the jukebox rocking all night long! Meal: 4.3 Experience: 4.3 (A5 placement. Back has been tight, forced me to get a nice stretch in.)
Today was the last voyage with the Chicken Tostada Salad. The last hoorah if you will. For those keeping score at home, I have now consumed the Chicken Tostada 5 out of the last 6 weeks. I began this quest to gain a better understanding of why Eat Club Members rated this dish so high. At first, my disagreement led to an extremely arrogant attitude, “The average person does not have the palate I do. My ratings are correct, theirs are wrong!” I then came to terms with it, “It’s ok Bobby. People have different opinions. Respect that.” I have changed… and if you can change and I can change… We all can change! – Rocky IV. Meal: 4.1. Too many beans. Experience: 4.1. (+.1 for cookie, -.1 A4 placement).
I have now had the Chicken Tostada Salad 7 times now and I come to you not as a changed man but as an energy source that “gets it”. Sure, I might not believe in the over-exaggerated 4.5 rating but I understand it. The Chicken Tostada is tasty, it’s solid, it’s somewhat nutritious and I respect that. I respect it enough to rate it anywhere from a 4.0 to a 4.3. For all you NFL fans out there it’s the Alex Smith of Eat Club meals. Gets the job done but let’s be real… It’s not taking home any hardware come early February. Next week will be my last dance with the Chicken Tostada. It’s been a wild ride but closure is on the horizon. Meal: 4.1. Experience 4.0 (A6 Placement).
Today I dined on the Hot Dogs with Potato Chips. After I retrieved the dish (A2. Technically A1 but a fellow co-worker moved me down like some sort of evil authoritative king). I sat down and suddenly lost myself. I ditched the bun and Kobyashi’d the first 3/4 of my dog. After I regained consciousness I was bombarded with disgusted glares from my co-workers. I then collected myself and went into Jonathan Gold mode. Now, I’m used to dissecting only the most exquisite meals/flavors and today was difficult. I’ve never truly thought about the taste of a hot-dog. Luckily I was saved by a co-worker who asked me to describe the snap of the hot dog. Apparently this is a scale in which all gourmet hot-dogs are judged. Eat Club Hot Dog Snap Score: .8 (out of 5.) Sure the snap wasn’t there but I enjoyed my time eating these dogs. Took me back to simpler times. Meal: 3.6 Experience: 4.4.
Today I once again dined on the Chicken Tostada salad. For those who don’t know, my plan is to order this dish 5 times in a row in hopes to gain a better understanding of why people are so overtly satisfied with this meal. A 4.5 rating from fellow Eat Club reviewers seems excessive…. I just don’t see it, yet anyways. Who knows, maybe my rating will drastically change to a 4.5. I mean, I’ve changed my opinion heavily on several topics throughout my lifetime. For example, a young (idiotic) Bobby once labeled the Derek Jeter flip play, “Just another play”. People change. So do Eat Club Reviews. Today the Chicken Tostada Salad changed for the worse. 4.1. The dressing was dispersed poorly. “Oh Bobby that’s on you.” No. It’s not. I’m a great salad shaker. Experience: 4.0. (A5 placement again).