Archive for the Fast Food Category

The Only Day He Skipped a Big Mac was the Day His Mother Died

Posted in Burgers, Fast Food, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags on September 10, 2008 by chomposaurus


It’s the worst type of OCD that compels you to eat nothing but Big Macs. But part of me reading this article wants to stand up and shout “USA! USA! USA!”

Sigh.

Your Local KFC Could Be a Terrorist Trap!

Posted in Fast Food, MEAT POLITICS with tags , , on August 5, 2008 by chomposaurus


As I’ve always suspected, that KFC down the block simply can’t be trusted under any circumstances. Here’s what happened. Fox news, basing their report on a few pictures and some emails by soldiers, ran a piece celebrating the opening of a KFC in the previously terrorist-infested Fallujah area of Iraq. Things must be better, they said, if you can get a bucket of popcorn chicken after hitting a bag or three of goat wine.

The only problem? The KFC was fake. TPM did some actual reporting – an activity largely foreign to Fox News – and called KFC, who denied opening any outlets in Fallujah. Now the real question is: were those soldiers even eating chicken, or did some child’s poor pet sacrifice itself so a crafty Iraqi could profit from our desire for greasy crap food?

My bigger issue with the whole fiasco is the fact that we’re celebrating the opening of a KFC at all. Globalization has allowed American fast food chains to open in a lot of countries who regularly appear on human rights watch lists. Having an Arby’s down the street isn’t a sign that everything is a-ok in your country. It’s a sign that someone wants your money in exchange for a disgusting grease bomb.


So let’s look for a better sign that our troops are succeeding than the fact that the Iraqi middle class can order off the value menu, ok? Maybe, like, a working police force, education system and utilities infrastructure? Ok.

McDonald’s Southern Fried Chicken Rip-off

Posted in Chicken, Fast Food, Sandwiches with tags , , , on July 11, 2008 by chomposaurus


It’s just not as good as the original Chick-fil-a masterpiece, several sites report unsurprisingly, although it seems McDonald’s did a decent job copying it.

But where does Bojangles’ fit into all of this?

The 20 Worst Foods in America

Posted in Burgers, Fast Food, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , , on July 10, 2008 by chomposaurus

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In a recent issue, Men’s Health did a rundown of the worst food in America. Predictably, many meat dishes were featured. The worst steak was Lonestar’s 20 oz T-Bone, with 124 grams of fat. Macaroni Grill’s spaghetti and meatball meal “satisfies your calorie requirements for an entire day.” Chipotle’s chicken burrito turned out to be WORSE than the beef or pork, coming in at 47 grams of fat and 1200 calories. Skip the tortilla and rice people – it tastes better that way. Ruby Tuesday’s “Healthy” Turkey Burger even comes in at 71 grams of fat and over 1100 calories.Although, lest anyone start holding meat solely responsible, check out the stats for the Chili’s Awesome Blossom:

2,710 calories
203 g fat 194 g carbs
6,360 mg sodium

That’s all for a SINGLE ONION, people.

Truth in Advertising, Part 1

Posted in Fast Food with tags , , on June 27, 2008 by chomposaurus

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Listen to Our Radio Station… and Perish!

Posted in Burgers, Fast Food, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags , , , on June 18, 2008 by chomposaurus

Driving through quiet Bladenboro, NC yesterday, I had my radio tuned to KZQ: Myrtle Beach’s station for New Rock. After rocking out alongside the corn and tobacco to “Cult of Personality”, I was intrigued by the station’s newest competition, where you could “fill up for free for a year.” Apparently, you got free gas on the station – not bad considering it now costs something like eight million dollars per cubic inch for sweet, light crude. Then I heard the second way they would fill you up:

A grand prize winner will be randomly drawn from all entries to win… 52 Hardee’s 1/3 Thickburger certificates- good for a whole year’s worth of great sandwiches.

My friends, Hardee’s Prime Rib Thickburger contains 48 grams of fat, 780 calories and 1480 mg of Sodium. This radio station is giving you a year’s supply of death. Or 40,000 calories, 2500 grams of fat and 77,000 mg of sodium to be exact. It’s probably best you don’t call in and stick with ham on rye instead.

Although given current gas prices, you could probably make a killing liquefying the burgers and selling them as ethanol at the side of the road.

Sunday Protein: Better Ways to Eat Meat

Posted in Fast Food, MEAT POLITICS, STUFF ABOUT MEAT with tags on June 15, 2008 by chomposaurus

…that’s not how most people would put the subject of this post. They would say “How to eat less meat,” which might seem more honest. But that’s not the problem here, really. If you’re a typical American, you should probably eat less of a lot of things; I’d cut down on french fries and spicy sweet Doritos before buying fewer chicken cutlets. Along the way, you can develop better meat-eating habits as well. The NYTimes has a good guide, with seven steps.

6. Make some rules. Depending on your habits, it may be no bacon at breakfast; it may be no burgers at lunch; it may be no fast food, ever; it may be “eat a salad instead of a sandwich three times a week,” or “eat a vegetarian dinner three times a week.” It may mean meatless Fridays. It may mean (this is essentially what I do) meatless breakfasts and lunches and all-bets-are-off dinners.

Some of the steps are a bit silly, like suggesting that you order “two salads” instead of a main course in a restaurant. First, it’s pretty hard to find two good salads in a restaurant that don’t have much meat (bacon vinaigrette anyone?) Second, I think you look kind of crazy doing that in Chili’s.

Anyhow, read the article. Its main advice is very sound: when eating at home, choosing to eat less meat, but eating it in more creative fashions, will lead you to a healthier diet. And don’t forget to cut out the junk food, too.