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Jan 26, 2011 10:29 AM

Baffling Food Trends


Some things going on in the American food world at the moment just boggle my mind.

Who decided putting pasta on a sandwich was a good idea?

Who the hell wants a liter of coffee all in one sitting?

Why does Guy Fieri still have a job?

What are your food culture peeves?

  1. Good points. You know that these days anything goes and everyone tries to push the envelope a bit further

    1. Pasta on a sandwich? Haven't seen that one. But agree, that was not somebody's best idea.

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      1. re: gaffk

        I've known lots of people that like spaghetti sandwiches. Never was tempted myself.

        1. re: gaffk

          Don't forget spaghetti tacos! Granted, it's more of a kid thing...

            1. re: fourunder

              All the foods in that slideshow are just wrong on so many levels.

              1. re: gaffk

                I would respectfully disagree with you on the last one.....the Carnegie Deli Pastrami/Corned Beef/Swiss Cheese Sandwich.

                1. re: fourunder

                  My general rule of thumb is if a food requires me to unhinge my bottom jaw to eat it, it's too much. Although, unlike most of the other foods, that sandwich at least looked like good, fresh food (just enough for a family of four ;)

                  1. re: gaffk

                    My general rule of thumb is if a jewish deli has a sandwich that requires me to unhinge my jaw it is worth a 50 mile drive. A prominent hound did a caricature of me as a snake in bow tie, gorging on a sandwich at Katz's. It's proudly displayed on my fridge.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      I'd love to see that caricature. I have never been successful unhinging the lower jaw.

                      1. re: gaffk

                        She posted an image of it here, I'm clueless how to find it. It's dated 9/08.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            You are amazing. Don't reveal the secrets of your magic. And that's a very entertaining old thread. Thanks.

                            1. re: Veggo

                              always a pleasure. and i had never seen that thread before - i rather enjoyed it.

                            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                              Hysterical--wonder why it's not Veggos' avatar?

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  Awesome! Lucky you! yeah that's Katz's. :-)

                        1. re: fourunder

                          Ditto on the poutine.... besides, it's not like most people eat that stuff every day.

                      2. re: fourunder

                        There's not a thing on there that I wouldn't eat. Some of it I'm almost anxious to eat.

                        My neighbour has been to Heart Attack Grill and said it's only okay. Nothing special outside of the calories.


                        1. re: fourunder

                          We saw the chocolate syringes in the Venetian (I think) in Las Vegas… it is disturbing watching adults walk around ‘injecting’ chocolate ganache into their mouth with a syringe

                        2. re: gaffk

                          Pasta on pizza is big in my area. I just saw "ravioli pizza" on a takeout menu for a nearby pizza joint.

                        3. Guy Fieri still has a job because he's excellent on DD&D. The rest of his shows we can do without.


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                          1. re: Davwud

                            Just curious; has anyone eaten at his restaurants?

                            1. re: mucho gordo

                              I've tried a couple places in Seattle. The places were solid, nothing to flip over but still good.

                              1. re: dave_c

                                ive been to a couple of the places he has highlighted. no regrets, enjoyed the food, but not places I would eat every day if i expected to live past 60. never been to one he owned.

                              2. re: mucho gordo

                                My husband and I recently ate at one of his featured restaurants, Joe's Farm Grill in Gilbert, Arizona. The food was excellent and we liked that they use produce from the next door community farm and local beef. We'd be back there again soon except that from one end of the Phoenix metro area to the other is approximately eight million miles.


                              3. re: Davwud

                                >>>>Guy Fieri still has a job because he's excellent on DD&D<<<<

                                Excellent at being the mayor of Annoyingtown, from his office on EyeHateTheEnglishLanguage Boulevard. I still can't decide if Guy Fieddi (sic) or Sean Hannity was the last straw the day I quit cable.

                                1. re: Jay F

                                  As annoying as Guy Fieri Is, I would enjoy seeing him much more than Sean Hannity, who is both a bully and a punk.

                                  Thing about Guy, I have to respect him because he owns and runs a few businesses, and does quite a good job at what he does.

                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                    +1. and he's extremely charitable and generous. his style may not appeal to everyone, but you can't deny that he's a good person. i used to be one of his biggest defenders because i loved DDD, and though i've stopped watching it (mostly because i hate seeing them feature all the gluten-laden dishes that i can never try), i still give him props for what he's accomplished for himself, and what he's done to help a lot of these small places.

                                    i feel the same way about Oprah...i can't stand to watch her - something about her delivery just irks me - but i respect the hell out of her for all she's achieved.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      We like him. We enjoy his show, and would eat at most of the places he chooses.

                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                        i just realized my last comment doesn't read the way i meant it to - i can't stand watching Oprah, but i don't mind watching Guy...what i meant to imply was that even though i've stopped watching DDD regularly, i still like & support him...though i am a bit concerned about his health with the way he scarfs down so much fried, breaded, fatty and salty food for the show. he's looking a little bloated and not-quite-right these days.

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          though i am a bit concerned about his health with the way he scarfs down so much fried, breaded, fatty and salty food for the show. he's looking a little bloated and not-quite-right these days.

                                          I read somewhere that Guy actually only takes a few bites of the dishes he samples on DDD. Rarely more than 2 or 3 bites just for the camera. And if there is a need for a retake it's always of the before/after shot reactions, never of the "eating food" camera shot.

                                          I worry more about Adam Richman, maybe "worry" is not the right word -- perhaps "fascinated" is more like it. How that guy stays as svelte as he does given the ginormous amounts of food he eats on every episode is truly astounding.

                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                            I love that you're concerned about his health. I can see why you would be too!
                                            I like to watch DDD as well, but his other shows completely turn me off.
                                            I find myself watching it less lately, because I'm trying to get in shape again and the food featured on that show is so unhealthy! The portions are crazy too.
                                            This should be an immediate turn off, but I think it makes me go into snack mode.
                                            I like that he talks to real people all over the country, and it's fun to see how they do what they do.
                                            I wish they'd do a DDD lite show. He could visit sushi bars and pho houses!

                                            1. re: rabaja

                                              I wish they'd do a DDD lite show. He could visit sushi bars and pho houses!
                                              i was watching it yesterday and everything he tried was either deep-fried or pan-fried in a boatload of oil & butter. i started daydreaming about what it would be like to have him show up at my restaurant - which i'm DETERMINED to open someday - and discover that it's possible to churn out high-quality, delicious & healthy alternatives to all the stuff he eats at these places :)

                                      2. re: Jay F

                                        Hilarious! I think I have met several other residents of Annoyingtown:)

                                      3. re: Davwud

                                        Agreed. I tivo DDD all the time.. it's entertaining and he's annoying but funny. Some of the dishes he tastes look pretty horrible to me, but others have actually given me some ideas that I've used. Some of the cooks he's featured have great personalities and others have some tasty looking food..

                                      4. I used to drink 1.5L of coffee in one sitting when it came time for the invited speaker presentation. People would gauge my interest by how fast I could finish my mug.

                                        Since I don't watch Guy Fieri my equivalent would be to ask why Michael Smith is still employed.

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                                        1. re: wattacetti

                                          Best line about the new Starbuck's size comes from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on NPR: Nobody who's ever finished one of their previous largest size ever said, "YOu know, I could go for another."

                                          1. re: jmckee

                                            They never met my husband, or his mother. Coffee cup ALWAYS within reach, from dawn to bedtime.

                                            1. re: jmckee

                                              I just wonder.. wouldn't a 32oz cup of coffee get cold before it's finished?

                                          2. Darn I really enjoy eating a pasta sandwich with drinking coffee while watching Guy,,, hell some places that sounds like a heck of Friday Night...hahahah JOKING

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                                            1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                              but what if you battered and deep fried that pasta sandwich? a pasta monte-cristo so to speak.