guilty pleasures...


We all have them. We know Mei's was Cheez-its, among other things.

What are everyone's guilty pleasures? And not just snack foods!

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Slagar's picture

Devotee

My biggest gulty pleasure is mowing down fields of rookie fighters in my sport. Just 30 or 40 of them, all by myself. It's similar to when lvl 70 players do it in WoW, only it's much, much more satisfying to actually hold the sword, and to actually whack the hell out of all of those noobs. I have to restrain the literal urge to giggle demonically.

Also, pecan pie.

Kittae's picture

Postulant

What's the sport again?

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

My recollection: Kendo. I might be wrong, but it fits...

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Mixed Martial Arts, if memory serves. Slagar also likes to dress up in armor and pound the crap out of people with foam weapons at RenFaire type events. I find this hilarious for some reason.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

Holy cow, Slagar, that's so badass! I did BJJ for a while and loved it, despite being the only girl, and MMA is just so brutal! That's great that you're so good at it! :O

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

Like that one time you told me about fighting people while hopping on one foot?

Stormy's picture

Supplicant

Ben & Jerry's Phish Food. That right there is perfection in a pint. I can't think of any activities I consider guilty pleasures...mebbe the sheer amount of time I spend on tribe and forums... Wink

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I love reality TV. Dancing with the Stars, Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Who Wants to Be a Superhero--yes. Love them. I don't watch the romance/sex ones like The Bachelor; that's a little too squicky for me.

I try to maintain a balance by watching lots of geek reality TV--Mythbusters (Adam and Jamie are household gods here), How It's Made (LOVE that show for some reason, it's fascinating), and when it's not suppertime, Dirty Jobs, only because I adore Mike Rowe. And of course, way too much History Channel and History International. Re-enactors FTW!

waffles's picture

...you should check out the discovery channel show Prototype This! I'm kinda forced to be a fangirl, since I lived with Zoz as an MIT undergrad.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

That's geek cred. Smile I've seen the show but it hasn't reached Mythbuster proportions here at the house yet.

Blue Coyote's picture

Devotee

Haz u seen it?! http://science.discovery.com/tv/deconstructed/deconstructed.html
Now that is an awesome show, they take things completely apart and show you how it all works. For instance, the first episode I caught they were taking apart the digital camera I have.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

That looks good! We'll have to watch for it!

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/wreckreation-nation/wreckreation-nation.html Wreakreation Nation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmnNiVpkPK0

This has a clip where they did an episode featuring the foam fighting Slagar and I do (they talk to Dagorhir, but Belegarth is the same thing, they used to be one until some political crap went down).

Nye's picture

Supplicant

We live in the land of Mythbusters (they use the same gun range we do for a lot of their filming), so they are much revered among our group.

I had to get some DVD's for my parents who still live in the stone ages without cable and answering machines.

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

Winning debates. I can come across as a super-bitch, but mowing down every argument you can raise against me and pretty much proving that anything you've ever believed was wrong? Feels so good. Wink But then after the euphoria wears off I feel bad and have to go give the person lots of hugs and ego boosting.

raecchi's picture

Devotee

Ooh, I am so with you on that. I adore beating people down in debates, and -- if I lose my temper -- in arguments as well. I tend to start debates as well, but I let people I know "opt out" if I drive them nuts. Smile

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Oh man, so much love for just the few indulgences already shared. Kicking ass euphoria, Mythbusters and Mike Rowe, sweet tooth... excellent Wink

Mine: watching talent (music/dance/comedy) reality TV shows only during the auditioning rounds, reading romance novels purely for the smut, oogling sexy David Tennant and John Barrowman videos on YouTube, overindulging on cookies, doughnuts, or bagels (thank goodness I'm still young and have an outdoors job), binging on books, tickling my husband nearly to death, being physically aggressive and wanting to kick much ass (thank goodness for karate!).

raecchi's picture

Devotee

I meant to list things besides debating! Hmm... I'll second Ben & Jerry's, and more recently cake balls (ask and I'll link to the recipe, but they're addictive!). Novels by Sharon Shinn or Mercedes Lackey, especially the Elemental Masters series that are all based on fairy tales. Really horrible, sugary techno-pop like Aqua that no one else can stand.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

Gotta ask. Cake balls- recipe please ^-^ (What can I say, I like to cook, when I have access to a kitchen [long story, don't ask >.

And while I'm here: Secret indulgences/guilty pleasures. . . hmmm. . .
I must agree with whomever said it before me- reading romance novels just for the. . . .'juicy bits' (although what one finds here is I find a bit satisfying). Those little Koala March cookie things they sometimes have at Pat Catan's ( Oh, and feeling like my brain is working to come up with intresting things, or just working more than it normally feels to be working. And getting my hair washed/cut. Love it. Its a treat ^-^
Ah hem. . . there's my disjointed list. Now- off to play with more shinies ^-^

blwinteler's picture

Supplicant

I used to be on the local cast. I was Janet and Columbia (not at the same time though). So much fun! As for a corset, I made my own. You can use this pattern generator: http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/index.html for a nice corset. It is easy to follow. I've made 3 over the years. One was used as a bodice on a dress my niece and I made together.

Anyway, my guilty pleasures are chocolate, cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, sleeping all day . . . hmm. . . I know there are others, but I really don't know what right now.

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

I did it twice!

raecchi's picture

Devotee

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/10/cake-balls-halloween-style/

My most successful batch so far was chocolate cake with lemon frosting, and plain chocolate with orange extract added in for the coating. There's a lot of room to experiment!

I don't bother with the sticks, nor the decorating: these things are good just plain. Putting some crisco or similar in with the chocolate will make a smoother coating. Refrigerating them after a while is a good idea -- the coating can be a little soft sometimes.

And whatever you do, don't make 'em too big! Think fairly thick ice cream bar coating -- if you make them huge, it's almost impossible to take a bite, and THAT is a tragedy.

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

I made them for a party at college and everyone basically went into an orgiastic sugar coma and died. I did fudgy chocolate cake with double chocolate frosting, covered in either white or milk chocolate, with drizzles of the opposing colors. Cake balls didn't sound as good, so I called them pseudo-truffles and they were the first thing gone on the table. Biggrin

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

and lol! I LOVE IT!! ^-^. So wanna make em now. (I wonder if my Gramma's kitchen is up for grabs soon). I love making candies adn whatnot for the holidays (peanut brittle, peppermint back, peanut butter cups, truffles [tried em for the first time this year and boy did I do a half-a$$ job at it. I fell asleep halfway through and messed up the filling consistency but they tasted all right], chocolate covered strawberries, etc) and these seem to fit right in. TO THE KITCHEN MOBILE!! Thanks for sharing ^-^

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

While wandering through the Super Source for Cheap Plastic Crap (aka Mal-Wart) I almost picked up a strawberry cake mix and cream cheese frosting to make an attempt at these things. Then I realized I needed eggs as well, which I never have on hand. So, I shall try making these after I get paid. ^-^

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

If you can spare the extra expense, get a little bag of white chocolate chips, too. Melt them in the microwave once you've made your balls, dip the balls, and chill them in the fridge. That would be epic with strawberry cake mix.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

I was thinking about that. Now I shall try it (a friend is donating the eggs and I'm getting the mix and frosting)

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Maybe it's just the new antidepressant, but "a friend is donating the eggs" in addition to all the balls talk? Just that hair too much. Biggrin

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I can't believe I missed that...
And I was just talking to a friend about a mutual acquaintance who donated eggs.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

was disappointed. Wink

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

me too.
or two.

I've had THAT conversation before... Sad

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

Actually I realized what I was typing aftr I typed it out and before I posted it. The 'donating eggs' made me laugh and I never even put together the balls talk. >.

Vayshe's picture

Petitioner

cake balls....

so i was curious and had to look. and i made the mistake of looking while 2 and 4 year old daughters were present Sad

4 year old daughter: mommy i want cake lollipops!
2 year old daughter: cake!

i made them wait a day to go to the store, and then they wouldnt let me sit down until they were made.

i rolled half of them myself (filled one pan) and then had the hubby roll the other half. interestingly his half was only half of a same sized pan (think HUGE cake balls here-- bigger than donut middles) and by the time i got to those ones they were already frozen and i was almost out of bark so they look like possessed cake ball eyes.

oh well my girls will be happy in the morning.

Marri's picture

Supplicant

I've got a couple from Charlotte Russe: http://www.charlotterusse.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=corset&origkw...

They're not really "authentic" corsets in the same way a better made, more expensive corsets would be, but for Rocky Horror / related dress up purposes, it doesn't really matter. All you need is a cheap $20 corset and lots of fishnets, right? Biggrin

Someone's picture

Postulant

I'm really trying to fix this, as it's a HUGE character flaw, but I really do enjoy feeling/acting superior to people.
though, as I read once "it's hard not to act superior to people when they insist of being so inferior!". I don't believe that, though. not anymore.

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

In high school I was just "high strung." Now that I've gone to a school where everyone is as smart as me or smarter, I pass into "self-confident superbitch/geek goddess" when I come home. I hate being a bitch, but it just feels so good, doesn't it? Especially if you've been downtrodden your whole life... Ha, to give a bit of perspective:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5479339&l=02b49&id=688990284
Top row, middle, white t-shirt. Take a look at that hair and tell me if you think I was popular. Blum 3

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

as smart as I (implied am). Wink

MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

....I AM THE WORST ENGLISH MAJOR EVER. Blum 3

Someone's picture

Postulant

I was hoping to encounter that when I went off to university. Alas, it seems that people here are no smarter. maybe because they spend so much more time drunk ...

annekat's picture

Petitioner

i have soft spot for really girly movies/tv shows, i dont know why, and i don't always like what they stand for but they are quite addictive.

also. tim horton's honey dipped doughnuts. though i haven't had one in quite a few months. which is good for my health

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

. . . honey dipped doughnuts? o.0?

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

honey glazed I think is the official name on them. mmmm.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

Snuggling with the boyfriend when he has a paper to write and I should scold him and make him do it.
Mindless gaming on the internets.
Zoning out in front of HDTV. So cool!
Eating really, really high sodium things because they are just too good... things you are supposed to eat other things with. Like olives and artichoke hearts.
Sex when I have to kick out my roomie to have it.
Clothes shopping. BPAL, to some extent.
Drinking whilst still underage.
And the sugary pop music as mentioned above, Aqua and... Cascada! Eep!
Pretentious indie music listing when asked what music I like.

I feel very much guilty for all of these. }:)

raecchi's picture

Devotee

If you like Aqua, you should check out Toy-Box -- assuming you haven't heard of them already, of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0aXY2pM2sA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDErgD9YNyc

Those two are up on my list of favorites by them, at least from their first album. The second is filled with a lot of great songs.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Audible sugar rocks my socks off. No one knows that I love it, and sometimes I just pick one song and listen to it over and over again through my headphones.
For food, it's cereal and hard candy. I can eat a box of cereal in a sitting. I'm currently working on a box of raisin bran. I also looooove hard candy. Fox's Glacier Mints are my favorite, but I can't get them anymore because I don't live in England any more.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I know them too, and those are actually my favorite songs as well. Biggrin Great minds think alike, hmm?

KtO's picture

...the Roman Catholic feels very little pleasures are "guilty." WoW, perhaps, but I enjoy the feeling of usefulness and achievement when I help my guildmates in a raid or a friend with a quest. I'm with everyone who enjoys that surge of power: I'm convinced that there's really no high like it.

But guilty? Perhaps hookah, perhaps microwave taquitos (which, despite having a degree in Spanish, I remain convinced translates to "make much fatter") with lots of salt and lime.

KtO's picture

Snickering when I see "hyper stylish" girls wearing Ugg boots and making a "Vrrrrm....LOP!" noise as though I'm lopping the offending footwear (and accompanying limbs) off with a chainsaw, and passing this joke on to my entire- may I say enthusiastic- family.

Yes, I understand if you wear them because they're comfortable, that's fine, your (incorporeal) legs are safe. It's the girls who pretend they're fashionable that make me giggle.

Elle's picture

Petitioner

I may have to co-op that one Smile

KtO's picture

Be my guest! My grandmother's even doing it, and my uncle's now added his own little twists: he revs the "motor" and puts in tiny theatrical Evil Dead-style shrieks of anguish.

blwinteler's picture

Supplicant

offenders at my job. It is scary. What is with the cute little skirts and tops with those hideous boots? If you are all bundled up with them, it kinda makes sense. But if your legs are cold enough for those things, don't wear a tiny skirt!

Marri's picture

Supplicant

I own a pair of Uggs, but since the Fashionistas irritate me (see case in point: my younger sister) mine are black leather, treated to be water resistant. Half the time people don't know they're Uggs unless I tell them. Cause to be honest, they ARE comfy. But there is really no comfort level on Earth that would convince me to give up my awesome black boots for something pastel pink.

Blue Coyote's picture

Devotee

...I know not of this "guilt" of which you speak...
Heh, for me the things I feel guilty about are the things I love but know I should be above, like cartoons. I love anything animated over a live-action movie anyday, a look through my DVD collection reveals an astonishing amount of Disney for someone with no children. I will unashamedly tell you I bawled my head off when I thought Wall-e had died, and cried again when he woke up, because I am a huge huge corny sap.
All the stuff I do like SCA and things I watch like all the Discovery, Natn'l Geographic, Green Network, and all those kinds of things are educational and stuff. So they count as self-improvement not as pleasures, nothing to feel guilty over at all.
Oh, and chocolate is rich in anioxidents and lowers your blood sugar and raises your seritonin levels. Wink

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

I think besides sexually explicit stories online, mine is Atheism.

... Huh. :?

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

I think that if Atheism is a guilty pleasure for you, YOR DOIN IT WRONG! Blum 3

I'm with the What Guilt? crowd. I have many pleasures, none of them particularly guilty.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

You guys have to check this out, especially if you feel guilty about atheism. Or if you are an atheist and don't feel guilty about it. Or if you're agnostic and want some more reasons to swing one way or another. This is my favorite monologue/speech thing ever (transcribed).

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5015557

It's all about why a world without God could most definitely be a better world (Nerr and Neya excluded).

raecchi's picture

Devotee

Don't know if anyone else is interested, but this seems like somewhere we might be able to discuss religions or atheism and not have it devolve into name-calling and madness. I'll leave the thread-starting to someone else, though, as I'm not that great at kicking off discussions.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

If someone will second the motion, I'll start the thread (or someone else can). Starting it makes me a little nervous, because I know it's a sensitive topic for most people, but I also trust that the sort of people who would read this story are sensitive people. Maybe I should start a thread to see if people want a thread on religion. Anyone? Mei?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

That's what "Random Stuff" is for. I'm religious (albeit Pagan), so I'll stay out of it. Smile

Saramander's picture

Petitioner

I am fascinated by religions of all kinds and love nothing more than symposiums on religion. Do you have a specific topic in mind? I vote you start the thread and I'll jump right in Smile

Saramander's picture

Petitioner

Actually, I'm inspired, I think I'll just start one right now! I-m so happy

Nye's picture

Supplicant

I don't feel guilt, as a rule. So things that I'm actually embarrassed about liking?

TV: America's Next Top Model, Project Runway, and Top Chef

Author: Nora Roberts (it's romance even if it has a plot)

Genre: True Crime

Book: Whisper of the Cat by Norma Johnston (I was young)

Food: truffles (especially Godiva), mochas

Music: Real McCoy (again, a thing from junior high or earlier)

Other: emotionally eviscerating someone with a pointed remark (obviously used very sparingly... a shame)

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Not feeling guilt...fuckin' impressive. seriously.

Do you ever feel bad about doing something?
Ever feel like you've done something wrong?

wow.

Forgive me if I'm taking your statement over-broadly, but if that's a blanket rule...I worry for you.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Don't be embarrassed! They did some really great stuff!

Lost Child's picture

And Sushi with actual dead fish in it.
I'm a vegetarian, have been for almost ten years now; I have no problem with not eating meat, I rarely eat eggs and use more soy milk than dairy, I don't eat gelatine and don't buy leather products - but I just love fish and seafood so much. I eat it very very rarely, because I always feel guilty and feel as if I'm betraying my principles, but I love it. Grrr. I used to go fishing as a kid, and killed a lot of fish myself, so I tell myself it's justified, but that's just utter lying-to-yourself... Oh well. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure I guess.

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

*cough* Britney Spears. <_ not="" the="" headlines="" about="" her="" girl="" just="" music.="" rather="" catchy.="" also="" in="" past:="" online="" romances.="" o:="">

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

also, I totally love (online) stalking the lovable sweet Felicia Day. squeee. Biggrin my bf likes to tease me.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

If you want truffles (and chocolate in general) to die for - or at least to be worth paying express shipping rates for - you MUST try something from the Chocolate Fetish.
www.chocolatefetish.com
Awesome little chocolate boutique in Asheville, NC, run by a couple who are both nationally famous chocolatiers. I've never been one for "fancy" chocolate, truffles, etc., but my husband and I went to their store on our honeymoon - oh my goodness. They don't make any chocolate that isn't ridiculously delicious. Having one of their truffles is to learn what a truffle is really meant to be.
Hm... thinking about it, the Chocolate Fetish is to chocolate almost like BPAL is to perfume.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I WANT those sea salt caramels! Someone send me those caramels. Biggrin

raecchi's picture

Devotee

You're in or around PDX, right? Trader Joe's does some lovely sea salt caramels, both chocolate-covered and plain. The chocolate covered ones are just fantastic. Good enough that I want to send some to my mum on the other side of the planet!

Edit: And Moonstruck chocolates! How could I forget them? You can go in and pick out which ones you want, and pretty much everything is good. They also do wickedly awesome coffee and chocolate drinks.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Oddly, my favorite chockies maker is...Sees. Plain old Sees. Especially butterscotch squares, mollasses chips, dang, all of em, their bonbons, love em.

raecchi's picture

Devotee

It's my mum's favorite as well, so I got a taste for 'em early on. I adore the lemon truffles, and more than anything in the world, the bordeaux. Brown sugar buttercream is like heaven. Sweet, slightly gritty heaven.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

*fwump* The butterscotch squares have a similar filling, except denser--like butter creamed with brown sugar and compacted. oh gods...Valentine's Day is coming!

raecchi's picture

Devotee

There's a recipe on the bottom of this page: http://www.chocolatesnowball.com/ for a chocolate penuche cake that's meant to taste like a See's Bordeaux. I made it for my birthday last year, and it's quite good, but the penuche is really the selling point. I'm tempted to whip up a batch of just that and try to make my own little Bordeaux.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

You're just full of recipes, aren't ya? Cake balls, Chocolate Penuche Cake, what next?

raecchi's picture

Devotee

Hmm... my cream cheese brownies are always a hit, and I have a vegan white cake recipe that I've made several variations of over the past couple weeks. (Strawberry-marshmallow, coconut with chocolate glaze, and peach with peach chunks in it)

Baking is a not-quite-guilty pleasure for me. I've got yeast proofing for bread as I'm typing this, and half of that peach cake sitting in the kitchen as well. I bake for stress relief, for celebrations, for feeding my family, and pretty much any other excuse I can muster. So yep, I'm chock full of recipes. Smile

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

Baking and cooking in general is just the best. The only thing I read probably as much of as the History is my favorite food blog. Yum.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

I second that!!

raecchi's picture

Devotee

I will totally start one -- tomorrow! I'm actually dashing off to get some quick baking ingredients. I want to do a lime cake with candied lime peel on it tomorrow. Does lemon sorbet go with lime cake, do you think? Hmm. Great mysteries.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

Thanks for volunteering, Raecchi! I'm excited. I would definitely do a lemon sorbet if you didn't want to go to the trouble of just making the sorbet yourself, which isn't that hard- and then it could be any flavor, really. In my mind, though, lime cake + lemon sorbet + lime peel = too much lime overpowering the lemon. How about candied orange peel instead? Biggrin

KtO's picture

A resounding THIRD'D!

Drakenrahl's picture

Just make your own. making Caramels is REALLY easy. I make my own caramels, sea salt caramels, caramel corn, toffee, brittle, hard candies. It's easy.

i really want to make a caramel with smoked sea salt.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

have been wanting to make candy. Perhaps we shall attempt some caramels.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

Another fairly easy candy to try is truffles using the Joy of Cooking recipe for it. Its time consuming but easy and they taste good. Another is peanut butter cups. Oh, and peppermint bark, or a variation there of (one year I did one using white chocolate and fruity candy canes).

KtO's picture

Oh, God, I love that place! Thank you for mentioning this, I'd forgotten the name!

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I should add my two cents. Reading Intimate History at work is mine. Though with how CH 4 ended, I think I may get in trouble looking at CH 5. Damnit, it's sitting there taunting me...

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

harlequin romance novels, the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton, Ben & Jerry's Half Baked (sin in a pint), milk chocolate truffles from Godiva, oh and these cookies from Walmart's bakery. Double chocolate chunk I believe they're called. They are moist goody and 430 calories a piece!!

Marri's picture

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I haven't read Anita Blake, but my boy has most of them. He lent them to my former roommate to try. It was FABULOUS. She comes storming in going, "He judges US for reading Georgette Heyer? Have you READ these? This girl could trip and she'd fall on a dick and it would turn into sex, that's how much sex there is! And I don't care what the heroine says, it still counts as an five person orgy if there isn't penetration!"

...I still can't decide if this description has scared me off or interested me Biggrin

Saramander's picture

Petitioner

Its a pretty epic scene, the five person orgy Wink I burned through the majority of the Anita Blake books in High school and I liked them alot, because of the AMAZINGLY HOT sex scenes but also because there is actually some really interesting plot going on. At least in the first few books. Te thing is, Anita is a total badass, and then there are super sex vampires and lycanthropes and let's not forget that Anita is a hardcore Necromancer! Yes, she raises the dead, for a living. She is a cop, and a badass, and its super fun to read Hamilton's style. If you like Alexandra Erin's narrative voice for Mack, you'll enjoy the Anita books. Just know that you get hooked super bad in the first books where things are kinda normal and then things just get insane but you just can't stop reading. The instances of sex multiply exponentially with each book.

seia's picture

Devotee

I don't really have "guilty" pleasures because things generally aren't fun to me if I start feeling guilty afterwards.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Van Halen was a sort of a guilty pleasure for a long time; the hipster in me couldn't bring myself to admit that when "Panama" comes on the radio, I bang my head and sing real loud. I'd pretty much gotten over my cooler-than-thou self about it, but then I saw Henry Rollins speak. I fucking LOVE Henry Rollins. Henry Rollins loves Van Halen. So no more guilt. Wink If you ever have a chance to hear Henry, GO. And pray he tells his Van Halen stories; he does a hilarious impression of David Lee Roth.

bewilderme's picture

Sesame Balls. You may have seen them around Chinese New Year in Chinese Restaurants as that's when they are traditionally served. They're filled with red bean paste, wrapped with this rice flour-type dough... Rolled in sesame seeds and then fried. Soooo good. I have to watch it, because I can eat 7 in a sitting without even thinking. For some reason though, my husband thinks they're disgusting.

I, uhm, also really like dressing up and pretending I'm a princess. Still. I even have a small collection of vintage rhinestone jewelry that I wear when I play.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Are they rice flour? Please say they are--I just assumed they were wheat, but now that you mention it, they are kinda mochi-like. On that same line, I love daifuku mochi, the chestnut kind with the bean paste and that yellow square thingie inside--GOD I love those. Also big fat daifuku mochi from Hawai'i covered in sesame seeds and filled with red bean paste. No1 and I totally pigged out on chestnut daifuku mochi last week. yummy.

Yeti's picture

Devotee

The sesame balls I am used to are usually just a core of red bean paste in rice, rolled in sesame seeds and quickly fried. Since the rice is usually sticky rice you don't need to flour the balls to get the sesame to stick [the seeds take the place of the breading]. You do get seeds all over the place if you handle them too much, but they are too delicious for that to matter.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

hooray! something I can eat at dimsum!

V's picture

Embodiment

While looking up dim sum as a cultural cripple, I noticed rice noodle roll as another common item that seems non-grainy.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I can't tell you how many times I burned my mouth on piping hot bean filling in the Kobe Chinatown. mmmm.

Marri's picture

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My guilty pleasures:

-Lying in bed with the boy for hours and cuddling (and fooling around) when I should be going to lecture. This guilt has recently been mitigated by the fact that my classes are useless. For example: As a web developer, I'm taking a web class, but it's still in the intro lecture stage. And I positively REFUSE to sit through a lecture on "this is what an end tag is!", no matter how good a teacher it is. Soon they'll get to stuff I don't know and I'll have to actually attend, but meanwhile, cuddlecuddlecuddle!

-The boy in general. Purrrrrrrr. The 'guilt' here being that a) he's a friend's former hookup, even though I got her permission before going for him and b) my mother only has the vaguest idea he exists when I've been living with him for three months now.

-Fooood. Massively unhealthy food, huge quantities of food, or both. In-N-Out burgers (Double Double, just meat and cheese), McDonald's, any homemade dessert ever to emerge from our co-op dorm's kitchen, guacamole and chips, the flourless chocolate fudge cake I make for my gluten-intolerant friends, white bread in almost any form, bananas, grapes, raspberries, blueberries, cheez-its, Dino Nuggets (clearly superior to all other chicken nuggets), Coca-Cola (caffeine will steal my soul!)... If my metabolism wasn't so high, I'd be at least 300 pounds by now.

-Drinking. I don't get sick (a couple nights of throwing up took care of that) but I drink socially once or twice a week and get pleasantly drunk once a month or so. Personal favorites: chocolate cake shots- hazelnut liqueur, vanilla vodka, lemon and powdered sugar, blowjob shots- almond liqueur, cream liqueur and whipped cream, and what's known at my school as Bitch Pop- things like Smirnoff Ice in bottles the same size/shape as beer bottles, tasty fruity girl drinks low in alcohol and high in delicious. Two more years until this isn't a guilty pleasure! Whoo!

-Sims 2. I LOVE THAT GAME. Zoo Tycoon 2 to a lesser degree. It takes all this time that should be spent working, homeworking, doing chores, socializing, being an actual human... but I STILL LOVE IT. Humph. My roommates and I made ourselves as Sims. You know you're officially dating someone when your Sim starts dating their Sim. The step beyond "Facebook official" is now "Sims official."

-Trashy romance novels. I have six shelves of them and counting. Most common ones: Catherine Coulter, Stephanie Laurens and Julia Quinn.

-Being OCD. All my bookshelves are alphabetical by author and I organize the music on my external hard drive for fun. Kinda for fun, that is. There's a lot of duplicate songs and I NEED that 20GB extra space. Could be worse; my mom's closet has a little map taped above her hanger bar showing 'this is where blouses go' and 'this is where pants go'. The pants section is divided into subsections, too.

-Music. 20GB? That's just the duplicates. I've got 93GB total at the moment, so probably around 75GB in unique songs. Best moment ever: The boy was watching Dexter and one of the characters says to another "Did you listen to any Chopin yet?" and she says "Yes, I got the Nocturne in E Flat Major." And he asks me, jokingly, if I have that song in my vast amount of music... and I did. Epic, epic win.

-This website. Chatting with people on it as well as reading it. After all, how long is this post now...? Biggrin

Probably more stuff. But I'm totally pretending they don't exist.

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

pistachios.......their delicious, but my friends tell me that the way i savor, suck, and roll the shells around in my mouth borders on the obscene.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Drives everyone nuts, but it's the only way to really get the full pistachio goodness.

Paisleigh's picture

Devotee

those are my favorite nut. My Dad's girlfriend bought me a 3 pound bag of them a few Christmases ago.

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

The bookstore. I can loose a day in there. And i will never EVER be able to buy all the books i want..........so i'm ashamed to say it but i will read in the store. In my defence i NEVER damage the book (or books, or graphic novels, or manga) i read, i always put the items back where i found them, and i always try to leave the store having bought something (a book, a latte, a book and a latte etc..) and i when i do get the money to add something to my library i buy it from where i read it. My friends are amazed that i get away with this and tell me that if they sit for too long in one of those comfortable chairs reading something a clerk invariably comes up to them and pesters them. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME. i dont know why. maybe when i'm reading i release an anti-pester pheromone. No that cant be the case cuz when i read anywhere else I invariably get someone asking me what im reading? whats it about? do i like it? but anywho yeah i usualy feel guilty afterward.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

ZOMG! I know EXACTLY what you mean - that is so me. I need a chaperone to go into a library or bookstore, otherwise I'll be there until they close (and be surprised when they do!). And I, also, have never been bothered by the clerks - in fact that last time I did it I was at a new Barnes & Nobles and the cafe girls came by with a sample tray and offered me a new kind of hot cocoa! I usually read/skim while standing on my feet in the aisles, tho, so maybe that's why I don't get bothered. And I do buy or borrow something almost every time I'm there.

So glad to meet a fellow sufferer Wink

MeiLin's picture

Most High

The home of the City of Books itself. Yes, I have actually gotten lost in there. Didn't mind a bit...

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

It killed my feet. so i sat down in the isles. which killed my back. and generaly got in peoples way which i didn't like. Ive noticed even the "comfortable" chairs aren't all that comfortable. the seat is to long for a normal sized person. if my back is to the back of the chair my knees are just passed the edge which means i have to stick my legs straight out. Its ok if you have a footstool but most of them dont. Probably to dissuade people from sitting around all day...................wow thats realy passive agressive. Borders needs to see a therapist. or an interior decorater.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

Shoe shopping. I love high heels, and I wear them everywhere, even now in the depths of winter, so I never seem to leave a shoe store empty handed. I'm not even practical - purple patent leather stilettos, you had me at hello!
Oreos. I can literally eat an entire package unless someone smacks my hand and puts them away. Oreos with milk is ... perfection. I'd take it over an expensive dessert any day.
Romance novels (and really, books in general, but this is about the guilty pleasures). I have a few Harlequin author friends, and I get free reading material. w00t!
And last but not least ... Emo Boy Bands. Like, with the skinny ties and the floppy hair and the arm warmers? I love them. I don't want to. But, I do.

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