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    Hungry Much?

    These numbers are staggering:

    https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-9-unh...609409671.html

    29 teaspoons of added sugar? For a frame of reference, I put about 1 teaspoon in my morning coffee.

    5,420 mgs of sodium? That's more than three days' worth.

    Of the No. 1 offender, the report reads: “It’s like eating an 8-piece bucket of KFC Original Recipe chicken with four sides of mashed potatoes with gravy, four pieces of corn on the cob, and eight packets of ‘buttery spread’."

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    What is also interesting to me is Red Lobster's reply to the claims. When I was there last I saw lots of folks taking out part of what they ordered. It is fair to say that even though many customers might order many more calories than they need to consume many are also not eating it all at once.

    I would like to see how many fewer calories the breakfast would be when you refuse the pancakes and syrup.
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    Who in their right mind eats at Red Lobster anyway? Even the ads on TV make me gag.

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    So they picked the fried items from the combo choices and were surprised when they had calories in them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Podagrower View Post
    So they picked the fried items from the combo choices and were surprised when they had calories in them?
    Well one of the items was the "Alfredo", which isn't fried, but which of course is full of butter/oil. Then you dip everything in butter, and eat them with fat laden cheesy biscuits. Anyone going to Red Lobster doesn't care about calories, I think it's rather hilarious that anyone would be surprised that their meals are so packed with them. Although as Black Walnut says, the typical MO of people eating there is to take quantities home for later.

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    I like #2 .
    Now who will order a burger with 7 patties yet get a small order of fries? That makes as much sense as wiping before you poop.

    Why do I drink diet coke? So I can eat real cake thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOHUNT View Post
    I like #2 .
    Now who will order a burger with 7 patties yet get a small order of fries? That makes as much sense as wiping before you poop.

    Why do I drink diet coke? So I can eat real cake thank you very much.
    Also only 7 patties? Amateurs.

    It's all about the In-and-Out 9x9, 9 patties, 9 slices of cheese, and if I've done my maths correctly, 2630 Calories for just the burger.

    Then add 9 orders of fries and 7 milkshakes (one of each variety).
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    You wipe before you poop for a clean exit.

    Also I think I need to go to Sonic, that Pineapple Upside down Master Blaster sounds delightful. It has pineapple in it, has to be good for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
    Also only 7 patties? Amateurs.

    It's all about the In-and-Out 9x9, 9 patties, 9 slices of cheese, and if I've done my maths correctly, 2630 Calories for just the burger.

    Then add 9 orders of fries and 7 milkshakes (one of each variety).
    Amateurs? 9 hamburger patties? Just a mere 2630 calories for the meat? Oh please.....



    That my friend is the Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Belly Buster challenge in Clearfield, PA off of I-80. Ten and a half pounds of ground beef, 25 slices of cheese, a whole head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, 1.5 cups of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard, and banana peppers. It is a 2 person challenge though.

    I've never eaten there. It's about 45 minutes from my home. A very large coworker tried to eat the 3 lb. burger and couldn't do it.

    I did find this quote in a forum but no link to a story...

    Pennsylvania chef chews through 'Belly Buster,' a 15-pound burger with 5 pounds of toppings
    (AP) 06:06:08 PM (ET), Thursday, October 16, 2008 (CLEARFIELD, Pa.)

    It took Brad Sciullo 4 hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds.

    The mountain of beef is the product of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield.

    Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich Monday. "About three hours into it, things got tough," he said.

    When asked what possessed him to eat a burger that big, Sciullo said: "I wanted to see if I could."

    The burger included a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish, pub owner Dennis Liegey said.

    For completing the challenge in the under-five-hour time limit, Sciullo won $400, three T-shirts, a certificate "and a burger hangover, as I call it," Liegey said.
    Ah, google Brad Sciullo. There's plenty of stories on him including video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Podagrower View Post
    So they picked the fried items from the combo choices and were surprised when they had calories in them?
    How did you manage to walk away from the article with that? I don't think they expressed any surprise, and not every dish was fried and/or part of a combo choices meal (e.g., the shake, the dessert, the chicken dish, the steak with potato and salad). I think the point of the piece was to educate. Nearly from 900 calories in that margarita. Wonder how many people know that. Sodium content is also important. Just ask my mother. Oh. Wait. You can't. She's died a few years ago. Decades of high blood pressure destroyed her kidneys.

    I am glad I don'g eat at places like those and rarely eat the sorts of food represented. (Why ruin something by making it alfredo?) They are actually opening a Cheesecake Factory in downtown Philadelphia. What boggles my mind is why anyone in a city with such diverse dining choices would eat at a place like that. Reminds me of staying at the Paramount in NYC off Times Square and seeing tourist families eating at HoJo's and Friday's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
    Who in their right mind eats at Red Lobster anyway? Even the ads on TV make me gag.
    +1. If I want some good sea food, I will usually cook it myself. Grilled sea bass and grilled blue fish with a beet salad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Amateurs? 9 hamburger patties? Just a mere 2630 calories for the meat? Oh please.....



    That my friend is the Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Belly Buster challenge in Clearfield, PA off of I-80.
    That place isn't too far from where I live, I could ride my bike there, it's only about 40 miles. I doubt I'd make it back after that burger though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
    That place isn't too far from where I live, I could ride my bike there, it's only about 40 miles. I doubt I'd make it back after that burger though.
    I dined out in Clearfield last year during a cross-PA tour, but it was not at that place. Forgot to look up the location before I started the trip. Looking at the map, I rode about a block away from it as I was leaving "scenic" (heh) Clearfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    +1. If I want some good sea food, I will usually cook it myself. Grilled sea bass and grilled blue fish with a beet salad.

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    No offense intended but I happen to like Red Lobster and their food looks much more appetizing to me than yours does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
    their food looks much more appetizing to me than yours does.
    Well...The whole fish in the one photo are marinating. The filet is wild blue fish marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, onion and rosemary then grilled with fresh rosemary thrown on the coals. I have actually heard people walking down the street comment about how good it smells when cooking.

    That aside, the popularity of places such as Red Lobster has a good bit to do with how they make food look like what most Americans have come to expect food to look like. It's almost an engineered look. Think Filet 'O Fish. The wildly popular McRib sandwich is another good example. The "meat" is stamped out to look like a small rack of ribs complete with bones. Real ribs don't look like what you get in a McRib sandwich. Uniformity is also key. The goal is to have every store and every dish look the same, whether you are eating in New York, Missouri or California.

    Do you like Olive Garden, too? Do you know that much of the food you get there is cooked elsewhere and heated up in the restaurant? (Same with Taco Bell, BTW.) I get a kick out of their commercials where they talk about how their chefs go to Italy to train. They imply that there is some chef in the kitchen overseeing the production of fresh food.

    Last time I checked, Red Lobster and Olive Garden were not doing well at all.

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    I can't remember when they started adding calories to the menu's in restaurants, but ever since then I found myself eating home a LOT more. Not only is the food exactly how I want it, but it's usually fresher and cheaper.

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    I don't really do chain restaurants or fast food, as I find their food to look and taste to artificial. Red Lobster and Olive Garden are at the top of the no-go list for that IMHO. That said, I rarely eat Italian food out other than pizza, as I can cook it better myself at home. Thankfully, although I live in a town where the restaurants are mainly only "good" at best, there are at least plenty to choose from that aren't chains. No seafood restaurants though, only Red Lobster. Still, we're no where near the ocean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Well...The whole fish in the one photo are marinating. The filet is wild blue fish marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, onion and rosemary then grilled with fresh rosemary thrown on the coals. I have actually heard people walking down the street comment about how good it smells when cooking.

    That aside, the popularity of places such as Red Lobster has a good bit to do with how they make food look like what most Americans have come to expect food to look like. It's almost an engineered look. Think Filet 'O Fish. The wildly popular McRib sandwich is another good example. The "meat" is stamped out to look like a small rack of ribs complete with bones. Real ribs don't look like what you get in a McRib sandwich. Uniformity is also key. The goal is to have every store and every dish look the same, whether you are eating in New York, Missouri or California.

    Do you like Olive Garden, too? Do you know that much of the food you get there is cooked elsewhere and heated up in the restaurant? (Same with Taco Bell, BTW.) I get a kick out of their commercials where they talk about how their chefs go to Italy to train. They imply that there is some chef in the kitchen overseeing the production of fresh food.

    Last time I checked, Red Lobster and Olive Garden were not doing well at all.
    Nope, don't go to Olive garden and for the most part prefer food that is not as you describe. I am not a fan of factory foods. However Red Lobster has salad I like, biscuits that I like, shrimp and crab both of which I can buy and cook myself and lobster which I've not cooked myself. The only fish I cook whole or even partly whole is Salmon and Trout. I do not marinate fish. I generally do not bread it either. I only buy filets of cod or rock fish (Pacific sea bass). I either fry it in olive oil or grill it. Salmon I only buy wild caught and the only trout I eat I catch which has been years since I did that. When I go out to eat it is either pizza from two different local small businesses and it is more of an artisan style or a pizza place that makes pies that would give any of the above dishes mentioned in the linked article a run for the money. 3 narrow pieces of a large literally stuffs me and has a couple days worth of calories at best guess. I also like mexican and oriental both from also small businesses owned and staffed by latinos or orientals respectively.

    Earlier in life I was a truck driver and as such I spent years eating nearly every meal at restaurants. It got to be that no matter what it was it tasted the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LGHT View Post
    I can't remember when they started adding calories to the menu's in restaurants, but ever since then I found myself eating home a LOT more. Not only is the food exactly how I want it, but it's usually fresher and cheaper.
    Chains are required to in some places, like here in Philly.

    Funny. I was just playing around with Red lobster's on-line nutritional portal.

    Caesar Salad: 540 calories. 77% of the RDA of fat. 45% of the RDA of saturated fat. 48% of the RDA of sodium.

    Crab Roasted Garlic Seafood Bake: Sound's healthy because it's baked, right? 1000 calories. 86% of the RDA of fat. 65% of the RDA of saturated fat. 173% of the RDA of sodium. That's without any salad, sides, add-ons or drinks, mind you.

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    Reading this is pretty entertaining as I'm eating my 150 calorie cantelope snack

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    I won't talk about the meal I ate from Sonic for lunch today, although I did not get that Pineapple Upside down master blaster, I am sure I still ate 2-3 days worth of calories. I suppose I will need to hammer my ride tonight. *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Chains are required to in some places, like here in Philly.

    Funny. I was just playing around with Red lobster's on-line nutritional portal.

    Caesar Salad: 540 calories. 77% of the RDA of fat. 45% of the RDA of saturated fat. 48% of the RDA of sodium.

    Crab Roasted Garlic Seafood Bake: Sound's healthy because it's baked, right? 1000 calories. 86% of the RDA of fat. 65% of the RDA of saturated fat. 173% of the RDA of sodium. That's without any salad, sides, add-ons or drinks, mind you.
    Their whole notion of "RDA" is nuts IMHO, fat is not unhealthy, saturated fats are not universally unhealthy, some are in fact very healthy, and sodium is my friend :-). I eat all the sodium I want and need and my BP is very low. Not even to mention "their" fixation with dietary Cholesterol, their "warnings and advice" have killed plenty of people probably with them shifting them to simple refined carbs and trans fats instead of healthy meats, eggs, fish, cheese, and butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Chains are required to in some places, like here in Philly.

    Funny. I was just playing around with Red lobster's on-line nutritional portal.

    Caesar Salad: 540 calories. 77% of the RDA of fat. 45% of the RDA of saturated fat. 48% of the RDA of sodium.

    Crab Roasted Garlic Seafood Bake: Sound's healthy because it's baked, right? 1000 calories. 86% of the RDA of fat. 65% of the RDA of saturated fat. 173% of the RDA of sodium. That's without any salad, sides, add-ons or drinks, mind you.
    Yeah I believe there is a requirement now here in cali, but I avoid most of those fast food restaurants like the plague. Just heard on the radio a spot is being sued after an Attorney analyzed and proved the waiter put a liquid other than what comes out of his mouth into his food....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    Reading this is pretty entertaining as I'm eating my 150 calorie cantelope snack
    It's even more entertaining to read while eating cookies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willbird View Post
    I eat all the sodium I want and need and my BP is very low.
    Well then a lot of sodium must not be bad for anyone. What was I thinking?

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