Back of the Napkin is a last page feature in Bon Appetit magazine and this month’s issue has a particularly interesting entry . It is a Dream Minibar -Inventory , a wish list by Maureen Dowd , the New York Times columnist. Ms. Dowd travels a lot in the course of her job and this is what she says she would love to see in her hotelroom’s minibar :
3. Pirate’s Booty, White Cheddar
4. Newman’s Own Pretzels
5. Chikurin Sake
6. Zinfandel Blend 2010, The Prisoner
7. Patron Silver
8. Gummy Bears
Hmmm.. a very interesting list . The one item I would definitely lose is the Gummy Bears, an acquired taste which I have not yet acquired. All the other items I understand though I have my own favorites. KitKats are my favorite candybars along with Almond Joy and Butterfinger ( none of which, BTW, sell as well as Snickers. Snickers sells as more than all three combined ). One of the pleasures of KitKats is breaking them apart lengthwise and savoring each half slowly in small bites. Pretzels are fine though I’d also want some nuts . The cheese , the sake , the zinfandel and the Pringles I’m completely OK with . As for the tequila , I haven’t had it in years but I agree that a shot of ice-cold Patron would be nice , very nice.
If I were to make up my list , though , this is what it would be like ( In no particular order):
1. Everybody’s Nuts Salt and Pepper California Pistachios
2. Smokehouse Almonds
3. Roasted Cashewnuts , salted
4. Snyder’s Honey Mustard Pretzels
6. Steakhouse Onion Cheddar / Club crackers
7. Lager Beer ( Red Stripe ) or Fischer Bitter
8. Single malt scotch miniatures ( an assortment )
9. Sparkling water
With an assortment like that in my minibar , I don’t think I’d go out for dinner. I wouldn’t need to. Pistachios , almonds and cashews , crackers and cheese , pretzels and beer .. what more could I possibly need ?
Well , one thing perhaps … a little sign saying ” Compliments of the management . Enjoy yourself at no charge .”
Without that little sign , I wouldn’t even open the minibar to see what was inside . Minibars can be expensive.