Cava-Topping

Cava-Topping
Cavatappi gently mixed with Shrimp Fritta, glazed with Spicy Three Meat Sauce
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As a "Premium Sauce", Spicy Three Meat is definitely lacking a certain je ne sais quoi.

Penne Loafer

Penne Loafer
Roasted Mushroom Alfredo sprinkled with Italian Sausage, gently swaddled in a deep well of Penne
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I struggle on a deep and personal level with Italian Sausage.

Day 7

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Today's dinner marked the end of my first of seven weeks of eating nothing but Olive Garden's food, and I couldn't be happier with my life as it stands in this very moment. Life seems full of color, the future seems full of possibility, and I seem full of pasta. I admit that when I started the journey, I had my misgivings. To paraphrase the Bible: man shall not live by breadsticks alone. Yet here I stand, a testament to the raw power and conviction of a man with a dream.

Lunch was "Hall & Oates".

Dinner was comprised of three plates of pasta:

"Simon & Garfunkel"
"David & Goliath"
"Spaghetti & An Entire Sausage"

In conclusion, I'm still hungry. Bring on Week Two.

A special thanks to my dining companion, Nick!

PS: Today I received an email from one Michael T, a bartender at an Olive Garden somewhere in America. He informed me that I technically am not limited to merely 180 permutations of pasta, sauce, and toppings, but can double up, substitute, mix and match, and otherwise make the servers' lives even more hellish with monstrosities such as "Spicy 3 Meat+5 Cheese Marinara with Sauasage and Meatball over Penne".

I'm not going to be doing this for several reasons, but it was very interesting to hear! Thanks for your feedback, Michael, and thanks to everyone else who has written in to, or about, the blog! :)

Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates
Roasted Mushroom Alfredo sprinkled with Chicken Fritta, wrapped in a deep dish of Spaghetti
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Just as Daryl Hall's rich tenor is perfectly accompanied by John Oates' smooth backing vocals on a solid foundation of rock-soul grooves, this dish is tightly balanced between two stars, either of whom would be a laughingstock if they ever did attempt to Go Solo.

Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel
Roasted Mushroom Alfredo sprinkled with Chicken Fritta, set upon a pile of Angel Hair
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The replacement of spaghetti with angelhair makes Simon & Garfunkel appear to be a lighter, folksier Hall & Oates - to the untrained eye.

David & Goliath

David & Goliath
Meatballs nestled within a pile of Penne, gently sauced with Roasted Mushroom Alfredo
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Whereas our previous two dishes today are defined by an equal balance between two forces, David & Goliath, as you may have guessed, is a story of an underdog's triumph despite an insurmountable foe.

Day 6

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Had a slight misunderstanding with a new manager today over the legality of using my Pasta Pass in a to-go order. "You can't order an unlimited amount of food to go," he said, as if talking to some idiot who didn't understand the basic premise of the Pass.

"It says right here on your site that I can use the Pass on To Go purchases. I've done it every day for almost a week now."

"You can't do that. I mean, if we let you just...take as much as you want, you could eat until you died."

I thought of the 1700mg of sodium in just my lunch and smiled humorlessly. "Yeah, I suppose I could."

Lunch was Night On The Town.

Dinner was comprised of three plates of pasta:

Gas Station Special
Tasticles
Asian Buffet

We eventually did get things sorted out, and thankfully my quest continues unabated.

A special thanks to my dining companion, this mysterious man who would only answer to "'Jungle' Jim"!

Night On The Town

Night On The Town
Five Cheese Marinara intriguingly settled on a hill of Spaghetti, embedded with Shrimp Fritta
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Some foods seem to be designed exclusively for consumption during an inebriated state:

Gas Station Special

Gas Station Special
Chicken Fritta resplendently blended with Five Cheese Marinara, impressively settled on a bundle of Angel Hair
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Something about fried chicken mixed with orange cheese goo brings to mind the ubiquitious roller grill stationed in every mid-size gas station.

Tasticles

Tasticles
Spicy Three Meat Sauce delightfully put upon a baseless basin of Spaghetti, studded with Shrimp Fritta
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Shrimp Fritta always remind me of the Futurama episode where the crew discovers a planet full of delicious, crunchy snacks that turn out to be the larval form of a hideous alien race.

Asian Buffet

Asian Buffet
Marinara woven into Meatballs, united at last with Fettuccine
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God knows why, but sometimes, if you're very lucky, an asian buffet will contain some non-asian food.

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