Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nothing but Excess

In a time when we as an American society seem to be perched precariously on the edge of economic and political unrest, when we are being continually reminded of the huge health issues we are facing, we also seem hell-bent on driving ourselves there as quickly as possible.

I don't know if it's our perverse need to never conceed. That we feel it's better to give a big middle-finger to nutrition warnings or the fact that we can't admit that we're wrong but I am just staggered every day when I hear ever more excessive and decadent (in the degenerate, debased, debauched and self-indulgent meaning) ways.

You can't turn on a TV without hearing about some XYZ burger or triple-tier dessert. I was actually in a restaurant for a party this weekend and the "ultimate brownie" was: brownie, chocolate sauce, ice cream, nuts, whipped cream, Kahlua, etc. It was a bit crazy.

And here are two more examples...

As if the junky empty calories of Doritos were not enough... we now have Doritos Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger flavor. They may not have trans fats but they do have "Natural Beef Flavor", whatever the hell that is, along with all the oil, milk and cheese mixed in and dumped on top.

On the high end we have ridiculous creation of disgusting proportions... the Foie Gras Loco Moco.

This concoction from a restaurant in California. This thing is beyond politically incorrect, it's disturbing. Foie gras (fatty liver), Spam (who knows what), beef patty, a fried quail egg and a reduction of foie gras.

Really, do we need this? In light of the issues with our health, do we really need this? Can it even taste that good? I mean, we're talking Spam here.

We, as individuals and as a nation, need to retrain ourselves. Learn to show a little restraint. We don't need it all, all the time, right now? Do we?

And wouldn't it be better for ourselves, the country and the world if we did?

1 comment:

Sweetie Queen Elbi said...

Here-here! I was just pondering the need to write a blog about this myself, but from a different angle. I think the food subsidies have created such a huge surplus of corn and animal products, manufacturers are buying it cheap and making all kinds of crap. It's ludicrous!