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Bisque, Broth, and Booze: The Diet of Champions

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Despite medical advances, dentists still pull teeth.

Yeah, it seems pretty barbaric. Although 3D printed smiles are on the horizon, they aren’t here yet, and I had to endure an extraction last week.

But this post is not all about my health woes.  It’s about making lemonade from lemons — or, more appropriate — turning suffering into soup.

Limited to liquids for several days, I ended up learning much about soup. All kinds of soup. As for the booze, that was limited to the later part of the week. A great dirty martini with a bowl of bisque can be a perfect end-of-day meal.

I lost about seven pounds during the week. I even attended Cooks & Corks, which features the top chefs

A more exciting moment than watching me eat soup.

of Scottsdale. Although I couldn’t sample all the dishes, I went back for seconds on the carrot/ginger soup from T. Cooks at the Royal Palms, which was pretty amazing. And, because it was a Friday night, I had a custom cocktail from Tito’s and sampled Mexican Moonshine Tequila. 

I also learned that most “off-the-shelf” soups, even those in healthy groceries, contain sugar and insane amounts of sodium.

So, what’s the point of all this broth blah-blah?

  • Necessity can be the mother of exploration.
  • Having fewer choices is not necessarily a bad thing. It forces you to be creative within limitations.
  • “Souping” is a trend.
  • Although I can now eat solids again, I’m keeping up with my soupathon. I’m feeling healthy.

So, if you find yourself in a painful situation that limits or changes your normal routine, simply grab a soup spoon (literal or metaphorical) and sip (or slurp) away!

P.S. My not-so-scientific findings: Eddie V’s, Tommy Bahama, and Mastro’s Ocean Club all have better-than-average seafood bisque. I also discovered Kettle & Fire soups — one of the only brands that doesn’t contain sugar!

Not quite full? Here are some random facts about teeth and soup.

BGGB.OkeyDokey-fred A graphic history of tooth decay and treatment. We’ve come a long way!
BGGB.OkeyDokey-fred The best soup in every state
BGGB_Thumbs-Down-fred So sad…the original “Soup Nazi” filed for bankruptcy.
BGGB_Pointer Mind your manners! Here’s the right way to eat soup.



  1. I do like a dirty martini (extra olives) but I can’t say that I’ve ever had it with soup. I also learned to make a couple of tasty soups when restricted by a health procedure. I can’t remember the name of it, but my favorite one had fresh spinach thrown in at the last minute.
    🙂 gwingal

  2. I’m into eating homemade soup but don’t always make the effort to make it. I should, though. I’d love to lose a few pounds too.


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