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.
Late winter-early spring in California is when we find the best artichokes, and seeing some today occasioned a wonderful recollection: When Cath and I were first dating we took little trips all over Northern California. (You know how it is). One such jaunt was to Monterey where we spent time at the famous aquarium, where I was especially entranced by the sardine tank. The little silver fish just raced round and round and round. I wanted to let them out. (I’ve never been fond of creatures in cages.)
Anyway, all that walking and all those fish made us thirsty so we made our way to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, ordered cocktails and perused the bar menu. The grilled artichokes jumped off the page. These were beautiful — slightly crisp from the grill, lightly salty and served with a spicy dipping sauce that was mostly chipotle and garlic. They were heady, to say the least, and there was nothing left on that platter but two napkins.
We have made these several times at home. I don’t make a chipotle sauce but prefer a spicy lemon aioli.
Have plenty of napkins on hand and a cold drink. And don’t bother with any other food groups, these babies deserve your total attention.
Grilled Artichokes and Meyer Lemon Aioli
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.