Dispatches from the Capitol: Baseball and Local Natives; Food: Comfort Food (Part of a Series)

6 May

In DC, paupers can thrive as cheap — sometimes free! — events abound in this area. I also went to a Bach cantata performance, but didn’t take any pictures. All together, these events cost under $20.

I’m very excited about this Saturday, when I’ll get to listen to a presentation by Jennifer 8. Lee, a (former?) journalist known well for her writings on Chinese-American food.

On a related note, it’s been some time since I’ve last written about one of my favorite topics,* American comfort foods. I’m hoping to pick that up again, soon. In the meantime, I’m continuing my morbid fascination with KFC, revived by the recent unveiling of the Double Down.

A review of the sandwich, in the Boston Globe:

KFC’s newest offering has redefined the American sandwich landscape. The Double Down sandwich consists of two fried chicken breasts, bacon, cheese, and special sauce. “This product is so meaty,’’ reports KFC’s website with the sort of pride usually reserved for a child’s flawless piano recital, “there’s no room for a bun!’’

Maybe not, but there is room for criticism. If the American public is serious about rejecting all sensible dietary guidelines, KFC completely fails to deliver. The Double Down poses as the atomic bomb of artery-clogging, but it’s really just a grenade. Many people would have to wait years for a heart attack, even if they ate one every day.

Americans have long mastered double-, triple-, and quadruple-decker sandwiches. And yet this ostensibly innovative new sandwich features just one story — a design that is outdated and ill-suited to sate the average American gullet. And it contains merely two types of meat. Would it have killed KFC to add ground beef? Some pork? And, to wash the whole thing down a bit, a bucket of nacho cheese for dipping? If there’s one thing Americans are qualified to do, it’s judge fast-food sandwiches, and they are likely to punish KFC for not going nearly far enough. The Double Down is just a 540-calorie disappointment.

*Actually, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything substantive, period.

4 Responses to “Dispatches from the Capitol: Baseball and Local Natives; Food: Comfort Food (Part of a Series)”

  1. tiffanyy May 10, 2010 at 10:20 AM #

    who’s the dude with the ‘stache? and:


  2. tiffanyy May 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM #

    ooh i forgot this:


    my friends actually tried it!

    • Paulina May 10, 2010 at 7:02 PM #

      that is insane. thanks for this link and the one above. 😀 i think i’m going to start doing a side project on junk food, so keep sending whatever you find.

      the dude with the stache is one of the 2 main singers for the group local natives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pZkZguPAPs (weird video, good song. about his grandfather.)

  3. John May 12, 2010 at 7:53 AM #

    There’s now a Krispy Kreme version of the double down with the Krispy Creme burgers serving as the bun.

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