June 26, 2006, - 2:19 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, we’re very critical of fat people. But that doesn’t mean we support government and liberal food police efforts to remove pop machines and candy from schools and become nannies over our menus.
Just the opposite–personal responsibility without tax-paid big brother involvement is key. And that’s why we enjoyed reading USA Today’s article on the many new cheeseburger offerings, especially the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger Donut.
Keeping kosher, I, myself, have never eaten a cheeseburger. Nope, not in my lifetime. (Kosher diets prohibit eating dairy and meat/poultry within several hours of each other.) And I will never eat one.
But I liked the fact that America rebels against the liberal, no-fun, no-taste-buds, food police. Comedians used to joke that in the Communist Soviet Union the culinary choices were breakfast borscht, lunch borscht, and dinner borscht. Eating what you want and challenging the conventional menu is very American and yet another American freedom and marketplace triumph to be celebrated.
This USA Today article is chock full of that:
Recent cheeseburger pairings:
* Cheeseburger egg rolls. A promotion by Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern of this $6.99 appetizer sizzled, so it gets a permanent menu slot in July, says Clay Dover, vice president of marketing. It is stuffed with ground beef, cheese, pickles, onions and mustard, and deep fried.
* Cheeseburger pizza. Uno Chicago Grill launched a Bacon Cheeseburger Deep Dish Pizza, topped with 6 ounces of grilled ground beef, pickles, mustard and ketchup. Locations are selling about 30 a day, “an unbelievable number for a new item,” says CEO Frank Guidara.
* Cheeseburger doughnuts. The Gateway Grizzlies, an independent baseball league team in Sauget, Ill., started selling “Baseball’s Best Burger” this month: a $4.50 cheeseburger with two strips of bacon grilled between a sliced Krispy Kreme doughnut. (The glazed sides are flipped to the inside for less mess.)
It comes to the plate with 1,000 calories and 45 grams of fat, but the Grizzlies are selling 150 a game, says team spokesman Jeff O’Neill. “People ask us what to put on it,” says O’Neill. “We like to think it doesn’t need anything.”
Yum. If I didn’t have the religious dietary restriction, I’d try that.
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