Archive for the ‘Announcement’ Category

Announcement: The Hall of Fame

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Do you enjoy reading Food In Real Life, but only when the food looks like the picture on its packaging? Do you despise finding out that not everything comes as advertised? Do you hope to stay this sheltered for the rest of your life?

If so, then have I got a deal for you: The Food In Real Life Hall of Fame! Featuring only those meals that have earned a full 5 out of 5 score for their looks, so you can continue living in ignorant bliss.

There’s an RSS feed too, so those of you that prefer the confines of some homely feed reader to the beauty of this site can lie to yourself just as easily as the rest of us.

Update: I’ve had to turn on moderation for anonymous comments. You can thank the loser who is spamming the comments with “cheap airline ticket” links. Thanks a lot, guy.

Announcement: Updated Website

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Over the past few days, I’ve finished moving Food In Real Life off of Tumblr and onto a new Web host running the Crowd Fusion software. This change paves the way for some fun new features I have planned for the upcoming weeks, but it’s possible that you’ll encounter some bugginess.

If you notice any weirdness on the website, would you be so kind as to email me at so that I can fix it? I would be ever so grateful. Even if you don’t have any problems, I’d love it if you could just comment on this post so that I know you’re seeing these new postings.

And to keep this post on topic and not completely boring, here is a picture of what a microwave meatloaf looks like after cooking. (The full post with ratings and a review will be appearing sometime next week.)

Hormel Meat Loaf In Tray

FoodIRL: A Progress Report

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

I’ve been posting a daily food comparisons to Food In Real Life for 50 days now, and a few people have asked me, “Chris, aren’t you going to run out of food in your house to post to your blog?” To those naysayers, I simply show the following picture:

Part of our pantry

This is one of three shelving units in our basement pantry, stocked to the brim with pre-packaged food just waiting to be compared to its packaging. (Keen-eyed observers will notice 18 boxes of pop-tarts on the third shelf; you just never know when a mega-craving will hit you.) And these are just the dry goods – I haven’t even taken a picture of our freezer yet.

To those nay-sayers who will say, “Chris, are you just posting this picture in an attempt to get out of writing a full-fledged review for today?” I say, don’t you have better things to do than to keep asking me questions?

Readers: feel free to leave a comment requesting a food to be IRL’d. Odds are I have it on hand, and if I don’t, well, you can tell I’m not shy at the grocery store.