Sunday, June 7, 2009

That's what a hamburger's all about.

In Korea and even Hawaii there are always foods I crave, and I jump at the chance to have them when I'm on the Mainland.

This includes Olive Garden, Marie Callenders, and add to that list In-n-Out.

When I was young, it was a popular thing to take the "in-n-out burger" bumper sticker and trim off the B and R to reveal a salacious hidden message. Hardly a thing a company that prints bible verses on its food containers would want to be associated with.

Anyway the cheeseburger and choco shake were 맛있다.

[above: I never really got this. I prefer to make it last as long as possible.]


  1. Olive Garden? Yuck. Marie Callenders? YUCK. I've never tasted it, but I don't have to. It's frozen food. Even jacked up with MSG-like flavor enhancers like autolyzed yeast protein, and hydrolyzed soy protein, frozen food still tastes mushy and bland. I'm shocked that a Hawaii transplant from California, with lifelong access to great food, would long for In-n-Out. It's the food equivalent of Liz Hurley's then boyfriend Hugh Grant paying for a BJ from a fat and ugly streetwalker.

  2. Well, the short answer may be that I'm easy. The longer answer is that I start to miss foods I had easy access to before, even if I wasn't a super fan of them before.

    Hence my root beer phase when I had access to that bitter soft drink from on base.

    Similarly, the longer I stay in Honolulu, the more I will tolerate even average-tasting sundubu, when I find it.

    As for Olive Garden, I don't like all of their menu, but they have had particular menu items I really enjoyed, things that tasted pretty darn close to some hearty stuff I had back in Toscana.

    As for Marie Callenders, it's a pie thing from when I was a kid. I love their pie, and I love their chili and corn bread. I can't help it; I just do.

    I'm not sure, though, why you're beating up on In-n-Out. Is there something about their quality claims that you know they're lying about?

    Anyway, Hawaii is full of California "transplants" (and at this point, I'm not really sure where I'm a transplant from; I'm beginning to feel like an army brat), most of whom crave the likes of In-N-Out. There is one conveniently located near the rent-a-car facilities close to LAX.

  3. In-n-Out is the best burger chain on the West Coast. It comes in right after Whataburger in my book.

    I wouldn't put much stock in someone’s health food rants when they have never tasted the burger equivalent of ambrosia (sonagi92). In moderation, it’s called “living a little.”

  4. It's a taste rant, not a health food rant. I eat burgers with a small side of fries on occasion. I serve up some outstanding marinated, grilled burgers, including basil-tomato, Szechuan chili-garlic, and teriyaki, all made from scratch.

  5. Well, it's good to know it's not a quality issue. I hate being lied to by corporate America. Well, corporate anybody. Not that my dismay will stop them.

    But if it's just taste snobbery, well, all I can say is that they make a nice, simple, but good-tasting burger (and I like their shakes).

    I'm going to have to stop writing about this, because each time I do, I feel a need (an urge, really) to go get one. They're cheap, but this is too much beef in too short a time. I try to limit my beef consumption, like that user-81 fellow.


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