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I tend to go through cycles of craving random foods. I'm not talking about the usual cravings that occur from time to time for certain things but recurrent cravings for specific things that I just can't stop thinking about until they are statisfied (and I'm not pregnant).

For example, lately it's been those dried apple bananas (the kind that cost a small fortune from Kokua or Down to Earth, go figure!), plain old Vanilla Yami Yogurt (even over good ice cream), and anything eggplant that's spicy.

What are your wacky and/or unexplainable cravings? Or is it just me?

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What? No body wants to share? Come on guys. It's kind of funny and nice to know you're not alone don't you think?

Sorry, but in my life I just have constant cravings (I bought the k.d. lang production just for the title; the genius of the work was a bonus).

Three kids in school. Debt over my neck. College and wedding expenses looming.

So we could talk about everything under the sun. Bluefin Chu-toro. Hairy crab from Hokkaido. Bison filet. Chiu Chow goose.

But I gotta admit that if I had one inquiry, I would ask: is there any regular source of ox-tail stew in Honolulu? The nearest source I know of is the Main Street Casino in Las Vegas, where it is a wonderful feature of their brunch.

So there! I've outed myself. Will I find my oxtail stew?

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This morning, all morning I was craving a calzone from a wee place that I used to go to a lot as a child, it had sooo much garlic stuffed inside, but devine,I think it;s been about 10 years since I had one. DOn't know where that craving popped up from. Now I'm craving Cadbury's Mini-eggs. No chance I'm going to get eihter any time soon. Had to settle for some crackers as I forgot to bring lunch to work :(

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What? No body wants to share? Come on guys. It's kind of funny and nice to know you're not alone don't you think?

Sorry, but in my life I just have constant cravings (I bought the k.d. lang production just for the title; the genius of the work was a bonus).

Three kids in school. Debt over my neck. College and wedding expenses looming.

So we could talk about everything under the sun. Bluefin Chu-toro. Hairy crab from Hokkaido. Bison filet. Chiu Chow goose.

I hear you! I know, I just started to think about kumomoto oysters yesterday and the mandoo from Sis Kitchen which I guess I'll never have again!

But I gotta admit that if I had one inquiry,  I would ask:  is there any regular source of  ox-tail stew in Honolulu?  The nearest source I know of is the Main Street Casino in Las  Vegas, where it is a wonderful feature of their brunch.

So there!  I've outed myself.  Will I find my oxtail stew?

Although I don't share your love for ox-tail stew (sorry). Maybe it's cause I was raised on my grandmother's and any other is just not as satisfying. But I would imagine you can get ox-tail stew at many places. I Feel like more people I know prefer the soup instead...hummm now you got me thinking stew...like tripe mmmmm!

It can't be as difficult as finding good Mexican maybe someone else will be kind enough to help you out. Happy Hunting!

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I can eat chocolate turtles at any given hour of the day.  :rolleyes:

Wow! Thats amazing! I think my craving would be gone after about 7th or 8th hour. I'm more of a periodic long-term craver myself (I think the APA classifies it as something different, ha, ha) but will need to eat a lot of it right away and fast, then won't crave it again for a week or two when the viscious cycle repeats itself again! :wacko:

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This morning, all morning I was craving a calzone from a wee place that I used to go to a lot as a child, it had sooo much garlic stuffed inside, but devine,I think it;s been about 10 years since I had one.  DOn't know where that craving popped up from.  Now I'm craving Cadbury's Mini-eggs.  No chance I'm going to get eihter any time soon.  Had to settle for some crackers as I forgot to bring lunch to work

I don't know if I"m really supposed to post 3 separate replies in a row! Is that bad gullet etiquette? Oh well.

Anyway, I feel for you. There's nothing worse than a sudden craving while your're stuck at work with crackers! This is the story of my life (I work on a college campus) but usually it's crackers and a protien bar or shake. Blahhh! I used to get that Cadburry thing when I was a kid. I tried some not too long ago and haven't craved them since.

I think someone should do some scientific studies on "Cravings Across the Human Life Span or "Growth, Development and Cravings". Really, isn't it funny how a year ago you couldn't get enough of something and now you barely remember what it tasted like? :raz:

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Although I don't share your love for ox-tail stew (sorry). Maybe it's cause I was raised on my grandmother's and any other is just not as satisfying. But I would imagine you can get ox-tail stew at many places. I Feel like more people I know prefer the soup instead...hummm now you got me thinking stew...like tripe mmmmm!

It can't be as difficult as finding good Mexican maybe someone else will be kind enough to help you out. Happy Hunting!

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I have been craving a Bloody Mary for about a month. Where that craving came from, I don't know!

I will get the craving for a fried Spam sandwich about once a year too!

The worst craving I get is the one I think is genetically inherent in Texans - a plate of tacky Tex-Mex. Just gotta have it!

If you can't act fit to eat like folks, you can just set here and eat in the kitchen - Calpurnia

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Every once in awhile I get a serious jones on for the hot & sour soup from a really bad Chinese carryout near my old job. That soup was the only thing on the menu worth eating, along with a side of fried wontons for 99 cents. The total for this fabulous lunch came to $2.10

Also have been craving the scallion pancakes from a different Chinese place. They have recently taken them off the menu :angry:. When they came to the table, 3 to a plate, they looked exactly like balloons. I always wondered how they did that.

I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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My husband craves loco-moco about once a week. Doesn't do much for me, but, man, he loves the gravy, rice, meat patty and egg combo. Yikes!

edited to get the name of the dish right! :rolleyes:

Edited by petite tête de chou (log)

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PPC, I think you're right about oxtail stew - I haven't seen it anywhere. Bea's Drive In! Makes me think about Jolly Roger, Chunky's, and now KC's. All the local-style drive-in landmarks that have gone to meet their maker. . .

But getting back to your question, it was not oxtail stew but I though I saw stewed oxtail (as in red-cooked style) at the okazu section of Shirokiya the other day. That might not satisfy the cravings, but. . .

Ms. Meliss, having lived in Tucson for a few years, I emphathize with your remarks about good Mexican. There are a few good places that serve either decent tex-mex or taqueria-style food - the latest that people are talking about is Taqueria la Michoacana, which is run by the same people that run Quintero's.

There are actually a number of academic studies of food cravings - look, if a subject exists academics will find a way to render it incomprehensible. Most of these studies are from the physiological side, but a number look at psychological and cultural issues as well. You might seek out the journal called Appetite - yes such a journal exists.

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Au contraire!  I have not seen oxtail stew on a menu board since Bea's Drive In was sold.

Really? I can't believe it! Why do you think that is? The price, the process, is it just not that popular? In my mind (cloudy as it may be) I consider this to be a local favorite, no? Now I'm going to start craving it.

You touched upon a variation of my craving.  I have imagined that a stew of oxtail and tripe together might be a dynamite beef inside-outside exotic blend.  Maybe I can get Chai's to offer it as a blue plate special....

Let me know if you do. I'd love to try that!

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I have been craving sate for several days. Beef, pork and chicken. Since I can't make up my mind which one, I will probably do some of each. My housekeeper is having some of her classmates to dinner tomorrow evening so I will probably make it then. I will probably make gado gado to go with. It may be a lot of peanut but I love the combination, particularly with coconut rice.

"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

 

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I would just about give anything to have some fresh pineapple from the islands, a big o' bowl of poke, and huli huli chicken...ono!

Do you have a Whole Foods near by? I used to buy the pineapple from there when I lived in CO and I gotta say, they were amazingly sweet and jucy (better than some I buy here). Worth satisfying the craving if you're willing to pay for it!

The worst craving I get is the one I think is genetically inherent in Texans - a plate of tacky Tex-Mex. Just gotta have it!

Hi Lone Star. I know EXACTLY what you mean. One of my best friends in CO was from Texas. The foundation of our relationship was built eating at a place called "On The Border". Queso (with homemade tortillas), cheesey fajitas, and huge blended strawberry swirl margaritas from one of those mixer thingies! Took me long time to get over it when I moved back here and everytime I go back it's a priority!

skchai - Thanks for the restaurant tip. I love that journal. Hopefully I'll have time to read through some of those. It's so me! I'm analytical about everything (although I often like to make up my own theories)! :raz:

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