There are five gas station foods that you will meet in heaven.
Provided that you lived a good and decent life, they will be waiting upon your arrival. These dishes are the pinnacle of the gas station food category, which is saying something, because gas station food is the pinnacle of all food categories, and that’s because it fills a certain niche that no other restaurant can.
It is fast and efficient; unpretentious in its presentation but so gratuitous in flavor. I just so happen to be a connoisseur. I suppose before we move forward we should have a conversation about what is and isn’t gas station food. If you’ve rolled your eyes and muttered, “I’ve heard about Takis and Slim Jims, Justin,” then I say, “How very dare you.”
You see, this is not a 7-Eleven situation. This isn’t even a Sheetz meal or a Wawa menu. The gas station food I’m talking about is prepared on a greasy grill, behind the tiniest of counters. It’s like fast food, but de-corporatized. A gas station cheeseburger or grilled cheese may sound generic. It may come wrapped up in unbranded plastic wrap.
But a gas station food item is an ambassador of whichever podunk, side-of-the-highway establishment it comes from, prepared with irreverence yet exuding love.
When desert dwelling Las Vegans find themselves craving water, the natural instinct is to hop on the highway and make the four-hour drive — well four hours on a good day — to the Pacific Ocean.
So many locals and visitors forget that Las Vegas is just moments from the sprawling Lake Mead National Recreation Area where opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and even scuba diving abound.
The 1.5 million-acre Lake Mead National Recreation Area is situated on the border of Nevada and Arizona and is comprised of both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave (a reservoir along the Colorado River). The bright blue body of water can make for the perfect day trip from the Strip or a weeklong voyage on a houseboat.
Here’s where to eat while exploring this oft-overlooked desert oasis
These easy, delicious recipes from Consumer Reports are packed with anti-inflammatory foods.
By Rachel Meltzer Warren February 10, 2021
We developed these nine easy recipes to help you kick off your anti-inflammatory diet. They’re packed with plenty of whole grains, vegetables, fruits—all ingredients that contain antioxidants, flavonoids, and other disease-fighting compounds. And we’ve made sure they’re healthy in additional ways, such as keeping the sodium low and pumping up the fiber.
Each recipe makes one serving, but you can scale up the ingredients accordingly to serve more people. Work these dishes into your regular rotation, or use them as inspiration to create your own meal ideas.
“Katherine Harmon Courage wants us to think about digestion as a collaborative journey between us and our microbes. In her new book, Cultured: How Ancient Foods Can Feed Our Microbiome, she envisions digestion not as a simple food-in, excrement-out process, but as a series of encounters with varying microbial players that takes place along the winding 30-foot tunnel of our gastrointestinal tract. Along the way, microbes digest the food we can’t, and in return we give them a warm, well-stocked place to live.”