ADDICTIONS… PUBLIX CHICKEN AND COLOMBIANA SODA WILL PUT ME IN REHAB
Hello. My name is Lisa and I am addicted to Publix fried chicken and Colombiana cola champagne soda. My addiction started when I was invited on the 2010 Columbus Day Regatta on board the lovely cabin cruiser named Intrepid. There was plenty of booze but on that sunny October day I was introduced to something that would forever change my life. There was a tray filled with Publix Fried Chicken. Now, for the people in Jersey and New York reading this Publix is our supermarket here in South Florida. It is known to be a place where “shopping is a pleasure.” The staff are painfully slow but their friendly, helpful, and genuinely kind demeanor supersedes the slowness. So if you’re here on vacation and happen to stop into a Publix, don’t let your New York need for things to happen at light speed get to you. Grab a copy of Life&Style and get your celebrity gossip on as you wait at the deli counter. Oh and be sure to use the opportunity to practice your Spanish with the staff behind the deli counter. I adore them because they are my “connection” to the heavenly goodness that is Publix chicken.
I remember my first bite. It was a Chicken tender. My eyes opened wide. “OH MY SWEET LORD, what is this? What the hell is this chicken?” Then I proceeded to sit there in a bikini licking fingers eating and believing in the magic that I was tasting.
I plan to contact Publix Corporate (and if anyone reading this works for Publix pay attention). I want an interview not to steal a recipe and out them but to understand how they get their chicken so addictingly tasty. I must know why is it that when I am out dancing my ass off at Mynt, Mokkai, Foxhole, Villa 221 or Blackbird Ordinary that at the stroke of 3 am I start salivating like a Pavlovian dog craving late night bites of PUBLIX CHICKEN. What do they put in there? I don’t need to know how much of each ingredient just explain what makes it speak to my soul. Now I have developed a fond love for ‘Momma’s Chicken Biscuits’ prepared to perfection at Yardbird Table and Bar. And yes, whenever I can I bring friends to Yardbird for a causal vibe, great burbon drinks and chicken biscuits. Plus the guys there are smoking hot and AMERICAN. So yes, clearly I have issues with chicken. BUT for between $6 and $8 I can get my fix at Publix and it is heavenly. The tenders get chopped up and thrown in an arugula salad with other chopped veggies. The on the bone pieces get thrown in the toaster oven, reheated and shared with my sweet dog TAZ, a Throwback Pomeranian who shares in my addiction and sniffs the bags upon my return from a Publix foodshops like a drug sniffing dog. We bond over chicken. It is shared love. And great things are always best when shared.
WASHING IT DOWN…
As soon as I moved to Miami I noticed the large selection of Caribbean soda’s. Up north we have Goodo Cola Champagne which I haven’t found down here but instead we have what I affectionately call “Colombian Crack Soda.” Colombiana soda is known by my Colombian friends up north. They warned me of its addicting properties that being at least for me the right amount of fizz and crispness along with sweetness. I love the sound it makes when I pour it into a glass. I love the tickle the fizz gives me on the tip of my nose when I take a sip. I love the perfect burnt orange color and how it sparkles in the glass. Oh and if you really want to take things to a defcon 5 crack ass fat ass level, put a scoop of Dulce de Lece Haagen Daz in there and then comment on this very blog about your toe curling, fist banging table sensation. I have turned others onto the “Colombian Crack Soda” and always have to buy an extra bottle in anticipation of these guests. It’s totally okay. I mean it’s $2.00 and I’m an addict who likes to get high with a little help from my friends.
Recipe: Publix Chicken Addiction Salad
(all items available at Publix)
Ingredients: Arugula, Mixed Baby Greens (or any lettuce you prefer), celery, red onion, crumbled feta cheese, red pepper, granny smith apple, cucumbers, dried pomegranates, Santitas nacho chips, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and red vinegar (balsamic works great too). And finally 2-3 Publix Chicken Tenders.
Get a bowl.
Get a cutting board.
Get a knife.
Chop the greens, celery, red onion, red pepper, cucumbers, granny smith apples.
Put everything in the bowl.
Add the dried pomegranates.
Chop the chicken. Add it in.
Add in the feta cheese.
Oil / Vinegar / Salt / Pepper. Add it!
Toss the salad (yes, perverts with the 8th grade sense of humor) TOSS IT!
Crumble up nacho chips and add them on top.
Pour an 8 oz glass of Colombiana Crack Soda.
Turn on TV…
Sit. Relax. Enjoy.
Dulce de Crackie Ice Cream Float
8 oz glass
1 pint of Haagen Daz Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Put two scoops of ice cream in an 8 oz glass.
Pour Colombiana Crack Soda slowly on top. Important to do it slowly so it doesn’t overflow.
Tastes best with a straw.