Today we are debuting a new series of food journals from our favorite bloggers called A Day in the Food Life. Our guest bloggers will share what they ate and drank for one whole day because what better way to get to know a person than by what they REALLY eat? Our debut blogger is my cousin-in-law Tom Riles. He’s a comedian, husband and dad extraordinaire. He has the coolest comedy job ever, warming up the audience everyday for The Ellen Show! Check out his hysterical site Life of Dad for a first-hand account of fatherhood, it will make you giggle. Thanks Tom!
Life of Dad – Chow Time
I’m a dad to an nine month old baby girl. Her name is Babs. She eats sweet potatoes, pears, apples, carrots, and milk. I need more than that to survive. Some celebrities go on baby food diets. I’m not a celebrity, so I eat adult food. Here is my running diary of what I ate yesterday. Thank you Apples and Onions for giving me the chance to finally share this with the world.
Substance: Orange Juice
Explanation: I’m usually up pretty early, and need something that destroys my overnight bad breath. Orange juice is the answer. I love pulp. Baby Babs should be waking up in about an hour.
Explanation: My eyes were still shut, and coffee makes me happy and awake.
Substance: Granola, strawberry/banana yogurt, and a banana on top.
Explanation: Granola is awesome whether it is a bar or a cereal. Yoplait yogurt was 10 for $5 at Ralph’s grocery store. Bananas = 19 cents at Trader Joes. I ate this combination out of a coffee mug, which watching the baby monitor.
Substance: Ice Water
Explanation: I was thirsty. Coffee dehydrates. Baby Babs is awake!
Substance: Cool water (used to be ice water)
Explanation: Just because. I started feeding Baby Babs apples and prunes. That would be a good name for a website!
Substance: Chewy Quaker Chocolate Granola Bar
Explanation: I’ve had more granola than usual today. And I like it.
Substance: Luke Warm Water (used to be cool water)
Explanation: I needed to wash down the granola.
Substance: Salad with grilled chicken, peppers, tomatoes, oil, and vinegar
Explanation: This is not my normal lunch. Somehow today, all of the stars aligned, and this dream meal became a reality. My wife made the salad last night, and I grilled chicken two nights ago. Today the salad and chicken came together magnificently.
Substance: Toothpaste/Water Combination
Explanation: While brushing my teeth, I mistakenly swallowed a Crest/saliva/tap water mix. Baby Babs just attempted to eat her stroller.
Substance: Trail Mix
Explanation: I work at Ellen, and we always have incredible craft services. I try to lean towards the healthy stuff, so it was a trail mix pick me up before the show. Then I watched 300 middle-aged women scream wildly for Justin Bieber.
Substance: Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies
Explanation: I had two of them at home, while feeding my daughter a combination of peas and bananas. I kind of felt bad.
Substance: Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Rice, and a Miller Lite (can)
Explanation: After the baby went to sleep for the night, I prepared this favorite meal of mine. I decided to bake the chicken instead of fry it, cutting down on unhealthiness. It was fantastic, as always. The beer washed the food down perfectly.
Substance: Manhattan (one part whiskey, two parts sweet vermouth)
Explanation: A tradition in my wife’s family, I have now fallen in love with this drink. I have started to realize though, that these put me to sleep. When I know I’ll be crashing in the next hour or so, and I want a stiff drink, I’ll have a manhattan. This stuff works better than NyQuil.
Substance: Ice Water
Explanation: After brushing my teeth before bed, I had a glass of water. Then I dreamt of orange chicken all night long.