Saturday, December 14, 2013

“Big Fat Fatty” == Joyless Eating

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AppId is over the quota

I like food. Always have. And while I’m a strong advocate of healthy eating, it’s not a “prison” that I’ve immured myself in – life’s too short to turn my nose up at indulgences.

I cannot understand, however, those who eat for the sake of eating. Eating contests, for example, give me the shudders. IMHO, it’s disgusting to wolf down food (particularly the crap food routinely featured in such competitions) simply for the sake of… well, getting and keeping down as much as humanly possible.

This has nada to do with nutrition – or even pleasure. It strikes me as a soulless, joyless activity, done largely as an attention-getting device. The sad thing is that it seems to work: various “chefs” and eateries now vie with one another to create the most disgustingly huge, greasy and over-the-top concoctions – just for the publicity the “dishes” bring.

Here’s exhibit A: The “Big Fat Fatty” – as featured in the Los Angeles Times.

Big Fat Fatty Click for full pic and article. Urrrp.

“Imagine every fast-food item you’ve ever loved together in one sandwich. Such a thing exists, and it’s called the Big Fat Fatty.

…Let us break this bad boy down for you. It’s got cheesesteak, cheese burgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, jalapeno poppers, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara and fat sauce. Oh, and it comes on a 27-inch garlic bread roll.

The sandwich looks like every fast-food restaurant in the nation collided with a semi truck and had a big, fat baby, then covered that baby with French fries and pink sauce. Is anyone sweating yet?

The sandwich costs $49.99, and you can only order it if you’re up for the eating challenge — if you can finish it in 40 minutes or less, the sandwich is free.”

Even for free, what’s the point? The thing sounds absolutely revolting. But even if it turned out to be edible – even delicious – what would be the point of stuffing it all down? To save money? I’d just as soon spend more $$$ on a vastly smaller meal that I truly enjoyed, vs. feeling bloated, miserable and gross for “free.” The people who opt for a “challenge” like this should have their heads examined.

(h/t: Consumerist)

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