Depression Eats: The McGangbang

So wrong it just might be right…actually, there’s no way in hell this is right.  It’s just so clearly an abomination.  The short story is that it is an unholy creation that can be assembled with two items from the McDonalds Dollar Menu.  You take a McChicken sandwich and put inside two double cheeseburgers.  The long story is lovingly chronicled by the Eat Me Daily blog and is totally worth a read…as are a few of the youtube clips of people ordering them.  This is probably the worst thing that’s ever happened to America…but it’s also well over 1000 calories for $2.16.  It makes me want to buy McDonalds stock and then go set one on fire…all at the same time.  Conflicted doesn’t quite cover it.  Is it wrong that I now have an INTENSE craving for McDonalds…but also feel a little sick to my stomach even thinking about it?

The McGangBang: a McChicken Sandwich Inside a Double Cheeseburger [a chronicle] – Eat me daily.

Gridskipper: Best Pizza in DC

Get your pizza on in the District.  I’ll be doing the same here in NYC.  Lucali here I come!!!  Two Amys, Pizzaria Paradiso, Pines of Rome are all awesome.  I’ll have to check out Vace which is supposed to be THE best.  And no matter how broke I am, I can always afford Pizza Mart.  For budget minded and DIY folk, Vace also sells pizza dough.

Gridskipper: Best Pizza in DC.

A day in the life of…a Health Inspector?

Anyone ever read George Orwell’s “Down and Out in Paris and London”?  If you love eating at little neighborhood restaurants, don’t ever read it.  If, however, you’re trying to cut down on that sort of thing, this book will keep you out of restaurants for months…maybe years…maybe even life.  I read the book when I was living in London and flat broke.  PERFECT time to read it.  I couldn’t afford anything other than pints so I got a cheap thrill out of  reading about what happens in the kitchens where the bourgeoisie eat.

This got me thinking recently…now that I’m back to eating in such restaurants (gulp)…naturally those sorts of things only happen across the pond in dirty towns like London and Paris…nothing like that could happen here in America where we have health standards and guidelines for food preparation, right?  Enter this article about the proposed Health Department Grades in Restaurants.  It starts off following a lowly health inspector.  That must truly be the most thankless job in the entire world.  Customers want you to make sure the place is safe to eat but don’t want you to be so strict that their favorite dinning establishments are closed down.  And owners REALLY can’t stand you because you cost them thousands of dollars every visit.  Anyhoo, it’s an interesting article about the inspectors and politics behind this new proposal.  Helped me cross health inspector off my list of possible jobs 😀

Plan to Post Health Dept. Grades in Restaurants Gets Mixed Reviews – NYTimes.com.