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Johnnies Hideaway, Orlando Fl
My parents, a few of my friends, and I went to this restaurant for a relaxing meal. We have driven by it many times and wanted to give it a try. So when my parents came to town for a visit, I thought that it was a good as time as any. Now even though it is a nice place, dressy attire is not required. They understand they’re in a tourist town so you can wear what you want. After you sit they serve you spicy pickles. This I found to be odd, but they’re something original and definitely worth a try. Spicy pickles though are probably one of those foods you have to form your own opinion on though. I don’t like cucumbers all that much, which are relatives to pickles, but I tried one and wasn’t all that impressed. The menu is very diverse. They have the usual basics such as chicken, seafood, and steak. I’m a huge fan of bacon and right there staring at me on the menu was a strip of bacon for $3.50. I was picturing a nice fatty piece of fatty bacon. Not exactly what I got. It wasn’t all bad but it was more just like a skinny slice of ham. Next thing I got was a Cesar salad, and we got a garlicky, buttered piece of bread. Both were really good, and the bread wasn’t your normal garlic bread either. It was more like a monkey bread made with butter and garlic. It is a kind of messy and greasy bread, but it sure did taste good. By the way the bread comes with your meal. As for the Cesar it was made just the way I like it, with a nice even coating of dressing on every piece of lettuce and crouton. For my main course I went with their hand breaded jumbo shrimp. This I was disappointed in a bit. I know it was just breaded shrimp, but it just tasted like something I could get at Red Lobster. It had no pop to it, no flare at all that would make it stand out from anywhere else. Lastly for desert I went for the crème brulee. I have always been a fan of this dish and when it is done right it can be a thing of magic. This one was pretty good. Again like the breaded shrimp, it had nothing to make it great, but it wasn’t bad. Over all I can say Johnnie’s Hideaway is fat kid tested and fat kid approved, but I probably won’t be making it a regular spot at all. It’s just a little expensive to be just good. Stay peckish my friends
Oblivion Taproom, Orlando Fl.
I went here on Tuesday night with two friends. It was my first time, but not theirs. They suggested the place as they know I love a great burger, wings and beer. Well, I’m glad they suggested this place. It’s a little bit of a hike from the Disney area, but well worth the drive. We were greeted at the door by a nice host covered in tats. She welcomed us right away and asked if we wanted a table or booth. I love this detail; being big, I don’t really like booths, and this attention is nice. It’s like recognizing that I’m big and accommodating it without pointing it out at the same time. The place itself seems kind of like a biker bar, but it’s a very nice, clean one. Once seated, you see that it isn’t that at all. In fact, all kinds are welcome here. The night I went, they had some sort of Cosplay group there. To add to that, there were people sitting there drawing as well as a table of obvious beer snobs. All seem to be having a lot of fun in a pretty much judgment free zone. One of the best things is they have an actual dart board. I have not seen one of these since I moved to the area. Plus, they have pool tables to enjoy. As for the food and beverage part, their menu mostly consists of burgers and appetizers. They did, however, have an awesome special that night of gourmet hot dogs. I wanted to try everything they had so we divided the menu up. I ordered an order of the special, which were double Wild bill dogs, a hot frank covered with cole slaw, french fries, bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce. For an app I got an order of BBQ wings. My buddy got a Wild Bill Burger, which is the same as the dog, but instead of bacon you get pork belly. He also ordered pork belly sliders. We pretty much split up all the food between us. Everything tasted great, but my favorite was by far the sliders. The pulled pork just melted in my mouth. I can’t say enough good things about this dish. Now, if you’re a beer, fan Oblivion is the place for you to visit. The menu they have isn’t for food - the food menu is just one page. The beer/cider menu consists of at least four pages. Now, I have been to beer clubs before, but I’m use to just picking a number and giving it a try. Here they go into great detail of each beer so there isn’t much of a guess here. You should know or at least have an idea what your drinking. I will warn you about one thing. If you’re just going out for a Budweiser or a Miller Lite, you may want to look elsewhere. Sure, they probably have it, but this really isn’t the place for it. I have to say all things considered, I really do like this place. Yes, the food is great, and the meal portions are humongous, but that’s not why I like it so much. I like that anyone can come and feel like they’re at home. You can sit here and be in a judgment free zone. So come on in, grab a pint, a meal, and relax. Because Oblivion Taproom is definitely fat kid tested, fat kid approved. Stay peckish my friends.
 
 

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Columbus Cupcakery, Columbus, NJ

Got out of work early and while driving by I thought of this place. It has very little road presence.  The only reason I knew it was here at all. Is because I saw it when I visited Toots awhile back.  So I popped in and took a look around.  It looks like your nice basic bakery just with a few tables and chairs for people to enjoy their cup cakes.  I walked up to the display case where I see about 8 to 12 options in front of me.  The ladies in the back come out and have a nice conversation with me.  Giving me there opinions on the cup cakes that I asked about. I am a chocolate fan so I settled on the ” Totally Chocolate”. The cost did throw me off a bit. it was $2.50 for a single cupcake.  Its does seem a little high for a cup cake, but I do understand it.  These are the place’s main products. Its not like I can go in and order a  steak sandwich here as well.  They sell cupcakes and that’s mainly it.  I did read that they also have cookies and brownies which I don’t doubt at all, but since I didn’t see I can’t confirm this.  After paying for it, my cupcake was placed in it’s own little carrying case, and given to me.  I went to my car to eat it, since I feel awkward eating by myself here.  Plus I knew it would be a messy experience, and I wasn’t wrong at all. My usual cupcake eating way is to eat the bottom first. I do this to make the cupcake fit in my mouth easier, and not make a big mess.  Well this didn’t work this time. Not known to me was the fact that they fill all their cupcakes with some sort of yummy filling.  I bit in to find this out, and at the same time getting crumbs all over the place. Despite the mess that is now in my car.  The cupcake was quite good.  Not as excellent as the ones from seven deadly sweets I had at a show in the city, but  still pretty good.  Good enough to bring me back for another round on my next drive through.

Lastly the Columbus Cupcakery is Fat Kid Tested, and Fat Kid Approved.

As always stay peckish my friends. 

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rookieoftheday:



Do you understand how scary this picture is



god forbid a real person do real person things he wasnt just a robot who killed people jesus fucking christ



uh yeah its not like he killed and tortured six million jews or anything



Hold on just a tick. Listen, I’m Jewish, so I’m perfectly capable of understanding that what he did was just…..well, there are no words for it. But let’s not round it up to simply Jews that got killed. It was six million people that died in those camps, not just Jews. Did you know that homosexuals were sent there, too? Yeah, I’m sure you did. They had to wear special little symbols on their clothes. Do you know what it was? It was a pink triangle.
It was six million PEOPLE. 
But you let that roll over in your mind for a while and you are going to forever see this man as a monster, but that’s not what he was. He was someone who thought he was truly doing something right for his nation, no matter how shitty he was doing it. Believe me when I say that I don’t like him. I really don’t. My grandfather’s brothers died in those camps, and my grandfather escaped to Spain, then to Mexico. He was lucky.
This is not a monster holding hands with a little girl.
This is Adolf Hitler, a man, holding hands with a little girl. 
Yeah. It’s fucking scary. It really is. Do you know why?
It’s because you’re seeing that he wasn’t, in fact, a monster. You’re seeing in this picture that he was a man. He was a man, and that’s really the saddest part of it all.






As a History major who specializes in the history of early modern Europe, I’ve studied a lot of dictators in detail, not just Hitler. The number one mistake anyone could ever make in history is making the assumption that only inhuman monsters are capable of doing terrible things. Stop dehumanizing Hitler just so you can reassure yourself that “normal” humans aren’t capable of doing bad things. Hitler liked children and dogs, he was a vegetarian and he cried like a little boy when his mother died. I’m not saying he was a good, innocent person, but when you stop attributing human characteristics to historical figures like Hitler, it’s how you overlook people just like him in real life, and it’s how people like him end up back in power.


That’s the real truth: Human Beings are scarier than any ‘monsters’ out there because we’re all born blank slates and BECOME our legacy.

This is the best post I’ve seen in a while.

this is amazing!

I will reblog this forever. This picture is beautiful. Out of all of the other pictures on tumblr, this one has to be my top favorite. This is not scary, this is beautiful.

I adore this picture.

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jchelseaw:

lauriejuspeczyk:

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rookieoftheday:

Do you understand how scary this picture is

god forbid a real person do real person things he wasnt just a robot who killed people jesus fucking christ

uh yeah its not like he killed and tortured six million jews or anything

Hold on just a tick. Listen, I’m Jewish, so I’m perfectly capable of understanding that what he did was just…..well, there are no words for it. But let’s not round it up to simply Jews that got killed. It was six million people that died in those camps, not just Jews. Did you know that homosexuals were sent there, too? Yeah, I’m sure you did. They had to wear special little symbols on their clothes. Do you know what it was? It was a pink triangle.

It was six million PEOPLE. 

But you let that roll over in your mind for a while and you are going to forever see this man as a monster, but that’s not what he was. He was someone who thought he was truly doing something right for his nation, no matter how shitty he was doing it. Believe me when I say that I don’t like him. I really don’t. My grandfather’s brothers died in those camps, and my grandfather escaped to Spain, then to Mexico. He was lucky.

This is not a monster holding hands with a little girl.

This is Adolf Hitler, a man, holding hands with a little girl. 

Yeah. It’s fucking scary. It really is. Do you know why?

It’s because you’re seeing that he wasn’t, in fact, a monster. You’re seeing in this picture that he was a man. He was a man, and that’s really the saddest part of it all.

As a History major who specializes in the history of early modern Europe, I’ve studied a lot of dictators in detail, not just Hitler. The number one mistake anyone could ever make in history is making the assumption that only inhuman monsters are capable of doing terrible things.

Stop dehumanizing Hitler just so you can reassure yourself that “normal” humans aren’t capable of doing bad things. Hitler liked children and dogs, he was a vegetarian and he cried like a little boy when his mother died. I’m not saying he was a good, innocent person, but when you stop attributing human characteristics to historical figures like Hitler, it’s how you overlook people just like him in real life, and it’s how people like him end up back in power.

That’s the real truth: Human Beings are scarier than any ‘monsters’ out there because we’re all born blank slates and BECOME our legacy.

This is the best post I’ve seen in a while.

this is amazing!

I will reblog this forever. This picture is beautiful. Out of all of the other pictures on tumblr, this one has to be my top favorite. This is not scary, this is beautiful.

I adore this picture.

Atlantic Club, Atlantic City, NJ.

During a three day trip down to Atlantic City I heard tales about these low minimum bet tables down at the Atlantic Club. These stories really were not that unbelievable since it’s known as Atlantic City’s only locals casino. This fact alone was enough to get me nervous enough about the place. I lived and worked in this city for 2 years and know how rough the locals can be. Plus the location of the casino is at the very end of the boardwalk pretty much by itself. Now I have stopped by there before when it was The Hilton Casino which at the time was slowly dying away and all the once star drawing power had long ago left. During the time of my last visit the only visitors the old girl had was the elderly hoping to relive some of their memories.

The building itself was built in 1980 as the Golden Nugget by the future casino magnate Steve Wynn and venture capitalist, soon to be convicted of racketeering Michael Milken. Unfortunately soon after the casino control commission in New Jersey and Mr. Wynn had some high profile battles and he left to go back to transform Las Vegas to what it is today. Bally’s purchase the building and changed the name to Bally’s Grand Casino/Hotel in 1987. When Hilton purchased Bally’s, the build changed to its most famous name so far, The AC Hilton. During this time the experience was drawing in the biggest names of the entertainment industry and was doing great business, but business slowly started to decline. The initial reason for this decline was the opening of newer and hipper casinos on the other end of the boardwalk in addition to in the marina. This left the Hilton sitting with the also struggling Tropicana to slowly slip away. Then to put the final nail in the coffin was the general decline of the city attendance in the 2000s, which was due to the legalization of casino gambling in surrounding Pennsylvania and New York. Lastly the casino went on sale in March of 2011, but with its bad location and a very much outdated building there was no interested buyers in site. So the state came and instead of closing the property redeemed it to what it is today.


Now on this visited I expected to walk into much of the same. Just slightly polished up a bit and a bunch of new signs. Instead we stepped out of the cab into a very vibrant and happening front lobby. They were having a million dollar drawing, which had brought in the crowd. We made our way to the tables, which is the whole reason we came. They are rumored to be the cheapest in town and some have great bonus options. Well the rumors were true, the table limits were as low as $5 min bet, and this was a Friday night. The usual table limits higher up on the boardwalk or in the marina the limits start at $10 and go up on a Friday night. So my two buddies sat down at a 5x bonus craps table. And I left to explore the old casino. Cosmetically nothing had really changed. They have obviously changed all the signs, brought the technology where it should be, and cleaned up a hell of a lot. As for the building itself nothing has been added as in new hotel towers or floor space. Which means they have to draw guest with what they have. Since I was there late I didn’t try any of the food, but I did take a look at all the establishments and their menus. Every one of them looked good and the prices seemed to be quite fair. There are 2 bars, but one is a beach bar, which is obviously closed during the winter. All of the staff was very up beat and friendly with the exception of one cocktail waitress. She was greatly stressed out due to the business of the place. At the tables themselves the staff interacts great with the guest making it a fun experience all around. I stayed there till about 2 am and when I finally left it was still jam packed and pumping. I don’t know if this was a isolated experience or if it’s like this every night. If it is maybe the Atlantic Club isn’t going to die out just yet. Like I said I didn’t get to try any of the food, but I have to say this fat kid was happy and I definitely approve.

As always stay peckish my friends

Bagel Bistro, Millstone NJ

 A friend told me about this place while we were driving to the Cheese Cake Factory in Freehold. He said it was phenomenal and I should stop by and try it one day. Well, I finally found myself in the area during the morning-ish hours, and it actually happened twice. I figured I should stop on in and give it a try.

Inside it looks just like any other bagel joint you have ever been to, nothing much to say there. They are more than just a bagel shop. They offer a lunch menu as well which includes hamburgers, salads, and both hot and cold sandwiches. All their breads and bagels are made fresh, and you can really taste it.

On my two times there I ordered two separate things. First off was a basic plain bagel with plain cream cheese. I know it’s not really all that creative or daring, but the way I see it, if a bagel place can’t make a good plain bagel then it’s not worth coming back another time. Here they didn’t disappoint. Like I previously stated, the bagel was nice and fresh, and at 11:45 in the morning. Hey I said morning-ish, didn’t I?
So another visit was owed and this time I went with bacon, egg, and American cheese on a plain bagel with a splash of ketchup. Again they didn’t disappoint. The bagel was still nice and fresh, with fluffy scrambled eggs. You add that with the perfectly cooked crunchy bacon, and the melted cheese, you end up with a perfect breakfast sandwich. So what did this perfectly created sandwich cost me you ask. Well total cost is a whole $3.50. So not all that bad of a hit on the wallet. So if you find yourself riding on by stop on in and grab a bite. Because Bagel Bistro is Fat kid tested and Fat kid approved.

As Always stay peckish my friends.

Delaware River Tubing Company, Frenchtown,NJ

 After spending days upon days working out in the 95-100 degree heat for the past month, I was looking forward to spending the day floating down the Delaware.  My grandparents lived along this very same river when I was kid, and I’ve watched thousands of people pass by through the years.  That being said, the first chance I had to go back, I decided to jump on it.  I talked my friend Ash into taking the journey up north with me.  Out of all the days enduring the heat wave, we managed to pick the one with a temperature of a balmy 75 degrees.  Needless to say, the water was a bit on the chilly side, but overall it was a fun trip. There are a few things to note, however, so you are not taken by surprise like we were. When you arrive, you have to pay $7 for parking. Not a huge deal, but it would have been nice to know.  This might have been on the website, but if so, I didn’t see it.  Also, while looking at the website for prices, they list the group pricing first instead of individual. This caused a bit of sticker shock when paying for the tubes. Once again, it certainly wouldn’t ruin a trip, just make sure you look at the correct price. Finally, when you rent the tubes, it is definitely worth paying for the upgrade with the head rest, and make sure you bring water shoes. You will be happy you did in the long run.

 

Once on the river, I suggest staying in your tube.  I decided to get out and swim. I found out the hard way that it is not a wise idea.  First off, it is impossible to get back into the tube while in the current, and secondly, the only consistency the river floor has is that it is covered with big boulders.  If you are out of the tube, you get beat up by said boulders.  About half way through you have the option of stopping at the The Famous River Hot Dog Man (it’s included in your ticket price so stop by), but it is really easy to float past, so watch out for it.   As for the food itself, it is exactly as you would expect; nothing really spectacular aside from the fact that the stand is floating on the water.  The hot dogs were definitely a welcome snack, and they give you enough to eat.  Plus, if you want more, they do have the option but you need to pay extra. That is only, of course, if you managed to not have lost your money to the river.

 

The second half of the river goes a lot faster.  We chose not to follow the suggested route and went the wrong way around the island. It was indeed slower than the suggested path, but we found a small cut-through which contained the fastest water we hit all day.  At the end of the day, the process was quite simple. Get out on the left side of the river, walk up a slight hill, and wait for the bus back. The whole trip took about 4.5 hours and was a very fun experience, and I plan on making a return visit next summer.                                                                   

Bubba’s Dog House, Seaside Heights, NJ

What memories are brought back walking the boardwalk of Seaside NJ, a place where my family would go to take day trips when I was growing up. A lot of things have changed since those days on the boards. Back then seaside was not as popular as it is today. Sure it had its beach that was always packed with people. The rides on the piers were pleasing kids of all sizes just as they are today. Since those days, MTV brought the shore houses in the 90’s and The Jersey Shore show is in town now, which has brought a whole lot of changes to the small beach resort. Depending on who you ask those changes can be considered good or bad.

Upon my resent visit to Seaside I saw a mixture of both old and new. One thing is for sure though, the town is definitely striving in a time where traveling and entertainment budgets are tight. One of those that are new to the area and making great food is Bubba’s Dog House. Located on the boardwalk’s north end right next to the world famous Jersey Shore house, it gets plenty of foot traffic from the tourist trying to get a picture of Snooki or J-wow. I actually had no idea the place existed before I happened to stumble by it on my way back down the boardwalk to my car.

I have been craving a specialty hot dog since the last time I was in Providence and had one of Spike’s. After studying the menu for awhile I finally settled upon what is called a Big Blue Dog. It is a simple foot long hot dog topped with bacon, blue cheese, and BBQ sauce. I really don’t know how to describe how good this dog tasted. I being the lover of sauce that I requested extra to satisfy my craving. The blue cheese is an acquired taste and can make or break anything you use it with. If too much is present then you overpower the taste of just about everything else. On the other hand, too little just teases you with the taste. Bubba has seemed to find just the right amount that he needs. It blends perfectly with the sauce and bacon to complete this great dog.

I love finding places that are willing to go out of the norm when it comes to hotdogs. Don’t get me wrong, the classic with mustard, ketchup, relish or kraut is great, but a little adventure never hurt anyone. Bubba, please keep up the good work and come up with some other creations for those who are brave enough to try. So if you find yourself fighting to walk down the boardwalk in Seaside this summer. Know that there is a hot dog Mecca at the end of it, and Bubba’s is definitely fat kid tested fat kid approved.

As always Stay peckish my friends

Meat BBQ Co, Forked River, NJ

This place has been hyped up to me for the past few months by a friend of mine. Before I go any further, you have to understand that all my friends and family say that I have to “go here” or “try this place out.” Usually I do, eventually, get to the places they recommend, but it does take me some time. Especially when it comes to places like this one, which was unfortunately located nowhere near me. These usually require some unusual circumstances for me to get to it. Well, eventually, the untimely passing of a family member brought me to a funeral home right across the street in this circumstance. After attending the somber event, I decided I could use a little pick me up. Nothing is a better pick-me-up for a fat kid than BBQ.

Would it meet the hype my friend has been saying for months, or would it fall short of my standards like so many of my friends’ suggestions have in the past? I am happy to say my buddy was right. The food was fantastic and the service was beyond friendly. When I walked in, it was about twenty minutes before closing. I know what it’s like to be the server seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and wanting to go home. I said I would be putting an order for take-out since they were closing soon. The hostess/counter person responded with a smile and said it would be no problem if I wanted to stay and eat. I really appreciated this, but was extremely tired and really just wanted to get home. So I went about placing my order, which consisted of an appetizer of BBQ skins and the main dish of Pig on Pig. Plus the biggest Pepsi they had, and a refill before I left. Now, here is what made the place for me: as I stood there waiting for my food to come out (I could have had a seat but probably would have fallen asleep), the nice young lady who took my order conversed with me the whole time, making the ten to fifteen minute wait feel like mere seconds.

It took me awhile to get home and the intoxicating smells in my car didn’t help make it faster at all. So once I got home, I quickly dove right in. First I pulled out the BBQ skins. I ordered these based on the description which got my attention, and I really didn’t know what to expect. I have to say, it was a good choice. First off, feel free to share these. The natural starch of the potatoes fills you up quickly. Two is the perfect amount for one person, but they give you more than that. The mix of the succulent meat with the crunchiness of the potatoes went perfect together. Next up was the main dish. Out came the Pig on Pig sandwich. I picked this sandwich simply because I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted. This sandwich is a blend of different cooking methods and cuts of pork. In its basic form it was a pulled pork sandwich topped with bacon, but this sandwich was so much more. First off, the bacon is so thick, crisp and flavorful, it could have been alone on a sandwich and it would fall off the grill. (They do have it so you can just order the bacon by itself.) I do have to say though, the sauce is what did it for me.
It has a nice, sweet and tangy spice to it. I fell in love with it instantly.

After the meal, I wished three things were different. The first is that I had the opportunity to eat this succulent meal as soon as it came out of the smoker. Second is that I had actually gotten a dessert as well (not as if I had room anyway). And third is that The Meat Co. was closer than it is to me so I could actually remedy the first two wishes and go by more often. I will tell you that The Meat Co. is fat kid tested and fat kid approved.

Stay peckish my friends.