Party Favors and Pizzas

What happens at a bachelorette party, should stay at a bachelorette party. Especially the party favors.

Since I’ll soon be moving to start my residency, I’m in the process of crossing a number of things off my bucket list. Because this is me we’re talking about, most of that involves eating food from some of our local restaurants.

On this particular day, I was quite exhausted (I’m still a bit worn out post-surgery) and decided that I’d cross one food off the list by ordering pizza. Now, to be honest I was more ordering pizza as an excuse to order breadsticks, but I can’t be faulted for that.

Anyway, my food finally came and I answered the door to the delivery guy, a man probably in his 60s. He was quite nice and polite at first. However, I had to set down my pizza in order to sign the receipt, giving the delivery man a view of my entire apartment.

He then got quite awkward, glared at me, yanked the receipt away from me after I signed it, and didn’t even respond to my polite “Have a nice day!”

For the life of me, I couldn’t at first figure out what had happened. My apartment was quite clean and I thought I looked rather presentable myself.

Then, I looked at the table that had been moved to right by my front door, and I realized what happened.

My delivery man was obviously put off by the large, hot pink penis straw (or “Sippy Dick,” as the bachelorette had called them) that was the only thing that was sitting on that table.

And yes, I had not noticed the presence of the penis straw on my table for 3 days…don’t ask me how that happened.

Eliminate Awkward Moments Pizza Margherita

if only I had just made my own pizza…


  • Pizza dough for 1 pizza (I normally use the Cuisinart recipe since that’s what I have, but any uncooked pizza dough from the store will do)- make sure you leave this on the counter for 20-30 minutes to come to room temperature.
  • Olive oil spray
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 1 medium tomato or 3 campari tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 3-4 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray pizza pan with olive oil. Take pizza dough and spread out on the pan. If it’s not stretching, give it a few minutes and try again.
  3. Spray pizza dough with olive oil (this will help the crust brown). Spread pesto over the crust up to 1in from the edge.
  4. Artfully arrange the tomato and mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until crust is crispy. Remove from oven, cut into slices, and serve.

P.S. I graduated from medical school yesterday- I am now officially an M.D.!


106 thoughts on “Party Favors and Pizzas

  1. That’s hilarious!! The pizza recipe looks fantastic, and I will definitely try it!! Finally, congratulations on your graduation from Medical School!! Are you going to be a Urologist?? (That was a joke… πŸ™‚ )

  2. That’s what he gets for snooping. It’s really no ones business what is in your apartment or if it’s neat and tidy or a pig stye. Loved the story.

    A 60 something old lady.

  3. hahaha this actually made me laugh out loud! thank you for sharing this! I love reading your anecdotes, they never fail to make me smile, and this one was no exception!
    congratulations on graduating! xx

  4. Congratulations on your graduation! That is quite an accomplishment. We have several MD’s in the family and I known that it isn’t easy. Enjoy it now and then it is off to the next challenge. Good Luck in your future adventures.

  5. Congrats on the Graduation!! And although it’s a wee but premature given that you’re still in the liminal relocating mode- Welcome to Chicago!

  6. Congratulation to your M.D – don’t think it was the straw that cause his behavior – maybe he saw something else *smile – and the pizza is great looking.

  7. Congratulations! Where did you match for residency? Pizza looks awesome, btw. One of my favorites. I use the 5 minute artisan bread dough. Were a 2 pizza family now: one yummy margarita and one with lemon pepper cream, caramelized onions and prosciutto. Damn, now I have pizza brain! How can that even happen with a belly full of BLT?

      1. Great city, hope you have a fun crew. Anesthesis, is it? I worked with a guy in San Diego with a plate on his car reading “Inum4U”. Thanks for the amusing stories, great recipes. Great photos too!

  8. Congratulations! The pizza looks great! I had Domino’s delivered earlier for the Coke. That intense craving for a fizz down my throat, otherwise I wouldn’t touch it. :))

  9. Congrats DD, MD! From your blog, I am going to guess that you graduated from my undergrad alma mater. Hope you enjoy eating your way through the city until your move to another great food city!

  10. I have a friend at work who makes phallic piΓ±ata for bachelorette parties. They are very popular too.

    She got “sprung” at work once with one she was delivering. It was so funny. She went so red.

  11. Congrats on graduating! I wonder why the pizza delivery guy got his panties in a bunch over a simple penis straw? It seems like a great conversation starter to me.

  12. This is hilarious. I have a similar experience from my college days involving a woman’s sanitary product and a glass of red wine.

    Love the pizza!

  13. I order supplies for our firm, and I had asked a new supplier for a sample of their feminine products. They arrived in a brown paper bag with nothing but my name on them. I thought that was hilarious. Some things make people unnecessarily embarrassed. Where is sippy dick residing now?

  14. Congratulations, Doc! Hmm, I hope the extra gas in your day compliments your sense of humor and cooking abilities. Enjoy Chicago…it’s a foodie’s dream town! PS: If you like Korean, take the brown line all the way to the end. (Those were the directions we got from our hotel near Navy Pier…)

      1. I had to ask a gent on the train with us where to go. There’s a mom & pop restaurant a block or 2 away from the station. Bulgogi, proper little bowls of yummy meats & kimchee to wrap into big leaves brought to the table… wish I could remember the name!

  15. Holy! Amazing food created by a doctor!! congrats!!

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  16. No joke, I just found a penis straw in the bottom of my purse this weekend. It must have been left over from a bachelorette party a month ago! To say the least, I was embarrassed when I pulled it out in front of mixed company! Thanks for sharing your funny, awkward story as well.

  17. Congratulations on your graduation! I will eventually invest in some gluten-free pizza dough mix so I can have home-made pizza again. Simple really is best when it comes to pizza toppings and I have to confess the last time I had shop-bought pizza it was a margherita. The photo in your post has brought the memory back in all its mouth-watering splendour. What an absolute classic! Thanks for sharing. =)

  18. Oopsie! :p hilarious πŸ™‚ I guess you should order again and let the old guy have another look πŸ™‚

    Congratulations Doctor! And confession.. I also almost always order pizza for the breadstick and the dips! I’ve been thinking of making a pizza at home since long but never got around actually doing it.. maybe now I will πŸ™‚
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog and liking it!

  19. I just spit coffee all over my monitor and keyboard! I’ve had a couple of similar experiences…

    Congratulations on your graduation, Doctor. I wish you much success!

  20. Congratulations! When I moved, I found a bunch of penis straw toppers in a drawer from a bachelorette party and tossed them. It’s amazing how irrelevant they become after they’ve been laying around a while. LOL! No worries about what pizza man thinks – you’re moving anyway!

  21. That pizza looks ‘boss’ as they say in Liverpool (that’s a compliment by the way). Trouble is I have no idea what a campari tomato is.
    Oh the post was a good read too – and you’re right, what goes on at a girls only party should never be made public :-).

  22. Oh, this is a funny story! I can imagine what he was thinking and just wanted to get out of there. Congratulations on your graduation!

  23. CONGRATULATIONS, Dr. Diva!! πŸ˜€ Coming from a medical family, and having worked at teaching hospital as an RD … that is quite an accomplishment!! Well done!! AND, you still have your sense of humor intact! πŸ˜€ Bravo!

  24. Congrats!!! The pizza looks awesome, I always like my pizzas on the simpler side. I have never tried a pizza with a pesto sauce yet, but the idea has been toying with my mind for a while.

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  26. CONGRATS on your graduation!! How wonderful!!! I wish you the VERY best in your career!! With what little knowledge I have of you, it seems to me, you have the perfect personality to be a doctor – a sense of humor which makes for a GREAT bedside manner. Laughter truly IS the best Medicine. Now go out there and heal somebody!!

  27. Congratulations, Dr Diva. That pizza looks absolutely sensational. My stomach started grumbling – loudly! – the moment I saw it. Now am getting some sideways glances from other passengers on the train.

  28. Congratulations on your being an M.D. And I love your story – but where is the picture of the straw πŸ˜‰ just kidding, how funny that his mood changed like that, he should be pleased you didn’t answer the door drinking your beverage from it!

  29. Congrats to Ms. Sippy Dick, M.D.!! Let’s just all keep our fingers crossed that you never become one of those stuffy old “real doctors” and stop being so damn insightful!!

  30. Congratulations! I hate to ask, but my doctor is out of town and I’ve run out of my allergy medicine. I was hoping you would be a lamb and write me a prescription. It’s spelled o-x-y-c-o-n-t-i-n. Just have the script mailed to me. I’ll take care of the rest.
    Seriously though, I’m happy for you and impressed. On a non graduation note, I followed your advice on letting the pizza dough sit at room temp for 20-30 minutes and embarrassingly solved the mystery of why on pizza night, the third pizza was so much better than the first. Sherlock I ain’t. Good advice.

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