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.
Sometimes an icy alcoholic beverage is the only remedy for the sticky, sweaty, late-summer blues. But what to pour? Rum and cokes? They’re so freshman year. Gin and tonics? Sophisticated, but a snooze. Summertime needs some new classics — and we need your help. Send Salon your favorite warm-weather drink recipes by cocktail hour on Friday, Aug. 10, and next week we’ll select the top contenders, assemble a panel of discerning drinkers to sample them, and declare the winners.
To enter: Submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include both a recipe and an introductory paragraph describing the drink’s origins or inspirations, suggested food pairings, and most important, how many is too many. All cocktails will be evaluated within the following four categories: gin, vodka, rum and other. (Go wild!)
Recipes and photos of the winning cocktails in each category will be featured on Salon, and one grand prize winner will also receive a copy of “The Backyard Bartender: 55 Cool Summer Cocktails,” by Nicole Aloni.
So, readers, start mixing — and cheers!
Sarah Karnasiewicz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Until recently, she was senior editor at Saveur magazine; prior to that she was deputy Life editor at Salon. She has contributed to the New York Times, the New York Observer and Rolling Stone, among other publications. For more of her work, visit thefastertimes.com/streetfood and Signs and Wonders.More Sarah Karnasiewicz.
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.