Keepin’ it Classy

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I’ve been logging a lot of time in coffee shops recently finishing up my capstone project/research study. Some of the views are more romantic than others. Here’s a great example of how we keep it classy here on the Upper West Side. IMG_2181

Maybe it’s supposed to be tongue-in-cheek-funny or something but oh dear…

Happy Friday!

Do you ever work in coffee shops? What’s the funniest/weirdest street vendor or food cart you’ve seen? 

The Secret Password is “Round Egg.”

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Want a real egg on your McDonald’s Breakfast sandwich? Of course you do. This Serious Eats post  lets you in on how to make it happen: ask for a “round egg.” Why settle for an awkward egg patty when you can have a real egg cooked in a ring on the flattop? It’s the little things that make a big difference. Observe…

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt

Not that I’m condoning regular consumption of McDonald’s breakfast, but if you find yourself on a road trip, in need of sustenance and options are few, I’d recommend an egg-and-cheeese concoction over donuts or a pastry and sugary coffee fluff drink. It’s slightly closer to the  real-food end of the spectrum, and it offers up some protein and fat to keep you satisfied rather than just a bunch of sugar (hello, highway hypnosis). I’m not going to tell you not to enjoy it with the bacon if you can’t stand to go without, but you know, just make that your one “bacon meal” for the weekend. Balance.

What are your go-to road trip foods? 

Twinkies are coming back?

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photo courtesy of CNN

Personally, I wasn’t sad to see Twinkies go, but a lot of folks were bummed about the demise of their favorite post-apocalyptic treat. Well, for better or worse, a bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Twinkies, Wonderbread, and some of Hostess’s other top food-like products.

Hostess snacks —Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs and Zingers—were sold for $410 million to a joint venture of private equity firms Apollo Global Management (APO)and Metropoulos & Co. They are expected to be available again in stores this summer.

In somewhat healthier news, Burger King is offering turkey burgers & veggie burgers for a limited time as part of their “Burger-Fest.” Um, wow. I just said “Burger King” and “healthier” in the same sentence. “Limited time” is in there too, though, so I guess it all evens out.

How do you feel about the rise and fall and expected rise of the Twinkie empire? Would you try Burger King’s turkey burger? 


Well well

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Thank you for all your kind words yesterday! There’s a heartfelt, gushy post in the future, but for now, please enjoy this little bit of silliness. - I see McDonald's is making a deep fried pickle covered in a batter...they are going to call it the Mc Dill Dough.


Happy weekend!

Burger King Unveils Bacon Sundae

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Oh dear. The bacon sundae is real and coming to a Burger King near you. Starting today and through September 3rd, you can purchase this 510-calorie sundae, which includes vanilla soft serve topped with fudge, caramel, bacon crumbles and a piece of bacon and—oh yeah—18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar. Good times for your arteries and blood glucose. My pancreas is crying just thinking about it.

What do you think of Burger King’s new bacon sundae? 

Say it 3 times fast: “hot-dog-stuffed-crust pizza…”

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Well, well, well—It looks like the junk food mad scientists have been up to their usual tricks. My friend Alex sent me this article the other day, and I could not believe this stuff.

Exhibit A: Pizza Hut restaurants in the UK are set to unveil a hot-dog-stuffed-crust pizza with a mustard drizzle. 

I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t even sound good. Hot dogs and pizza in the same bite? I dunno…

Also mentioned, Burger King is testing a “Bacon Sundae” in Nashville. Apparently, the sundae comes with your traditional toppings like fudge and caramel, but it also includes a strip of bacon. Huh. I guess they want to compete with Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae and the Jack in the Box Bacon Shake that was introduced earlier this year.

I don’t want to sound like the food police here, but um, what about that obesity epidemic? It kind of gets to me that fast food companies are rolling out even more over-the-top crap. I guess one of the ways people line their pockets is by lining the public’s organs with fat. Ew. I went there.

What do you think? Does it bug you when you see advertisements for fast food? 

Nothing but Nuggets

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Stacey Irvine

Did anyone else see this story about Stacey Irvine, a 17-year-old British girl who reportedly collapsed after subsisting on only chicken nuggets for the past 15 years? Granted, this was first published in several tabloids, so consider the source, but still—can you imagine eating one thing for that long? No wonder she’s said to be suffering from anemia and swollen veins along with various nutrient deficiencies. Who wouldn’t if they’d never eaten a fruit or vegetable and ate nothing but nuggets all the time?

“I loved them so much they were all I would eat,” Irvine said. “I just couldn’t face even trying other foods. Mum gave up giving me anything else years ago.” She admits that although she now knows this diet is bad for her, she can’t give them up. Legitimate food addiction or not, that’s still pretty scary!

What do you think about this story? Have you or anyone you ever known been on a crazy food jag?