2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Broadsheet (or at least one Broadsheet contributor) has a little thing for Martha Stewart’s new live talk show, in which the recently incarcerated domestic goddess and awkward TV personality seems to really be making an effort to let loose. The result — in the couple of episodes that we’ve watched — has been a series of mind-blowing moments in which Martha has shown us what we can only hope is her true self: bawdy, no-bullshit, and appallingly frank. During a cooking segment a few weeks ago, she asked diminutive television starlet Jessica Alba: “Do you eat?” When a surprised Alba replied that of course she ate, Martha shrugged and said, “Well, you never know.”
This morning, Martha was tasting wines with her friend and crafting “mentee,” “Sopranos” actress Lorraine Bracco. When, during a break, a producer brought out a crock in which the women could spit out the wine, Martha commented on-air, “But I don’t want to spit. I want to swallow. It’s been that kind of weekend.”
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Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.