Without hopefully giving anything away, there's talk in season two about an inmate getting a furlough, or a 48 hour break from prison (normally to attend a funeral or be at a deathbed, but let's ignore that for now). A character even mentions The Spotted Pig which made me giddy because I've been there. So it got me to thinking - if I were in prison and granted a furlough, what would I eat in my 48 hours in Houston? What are the foods that I would have missed while I was imprisoned that I would need to get me through the rest of my sentence?
Let's assume I get out of prison at 8 a.m. one day and have to return by 8 a.m. two days later. Here's the game plan - specific restaurants are in parenthesis as to not bore you non-Houstonians.
Pizza from Pizaro's | Vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting from Ooh La La | Almond Croissant from Common Bond | Four options from Jus' Mac | A BBQ Plate from Killen's with my favorite sides | Burgers (from Hubcap Grill, even though that isn't my top choice) | Avocado salad from a favorite Mexican place | Donuts actually from The Fractured Prune in DE - I didn't have any Shipley pics of my own!
Breakfast - An almond croissant and iced coffee (from Common Bond, since I can't get enough).
Lunch - Tex-Mex - definitely fajitas with queso and guacamole (from Pappasito's because the garlic butter would be a must if fajitas weren't in my life regularly!)
Snack - Chocolate Ice Cream (specifically creamy dreamy truffle from The Chocolate Bar)
Dinner - I often crave hamburgers and fries, so I'm sure I would have to take care of that. My pick would most likely be a bleu cheese burger with a side of fries, preferably mostly crispy ones. I give the soggy ones to Andrew (from Bernie's Burger Bus, though their fries aren't my favorite).
Breakfast - Brunch buffet with unique salads, traditional Mexican food, Mexican hot chocolate, Mexican coffee, and flan (from Hugo's, my favorite).
Lunch - Pizza. Definitely pizza (though I'm torn between greasy New York style from Brother's or more refined, thin-crust pie from Dolce Vita or Pizaro's)
Snack - A vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting (probably from Ooh La La, yum)
Dinner - Mac and cheese is one of my favorite things, ever. I could pick Jus' Mac, but after trying the delicious mac and cheese from one of the best places in Houston for the second time recently, I may have to go with a barbecue meal - I'll take a three meat plate with brisket, ribs, and turkey along with mac and cheese and creamed corn, please (from Killen's).
Breakfast - There would definitely have to be time before prison check-in to run through the drive-thru at my favorite donut place for an iced cake donut, a plain glazed, and a sausage and cheese kolache (Shipley's because when in Houston, one mustn't prefer anywhere else).
Let's ignore the fact that all of this would leave me physically ill and focus on the fact that it's surprisingly non-fussy (and not-so-surprisingly loaded with cheese). I honestly thought going into this that I would have picks from lots of high dollar places, but when you're imagining the things you would miss most, for me at least, comfort foods came to mind. What are some of your furlough foods?