International House of Pancakes has jumped into the disgusting food combo sweepstakes with a new Pancake Stacker consisting of a crustless cheesecake between two buttermilk pancakes -- topped with strawberry, blueberry, or cinnamon apple compote and whipped topping. You can order it a la carte or as part of a combo with eggs, hash browns, and breakfast meat. That combo meal runs 1,250 calories -- half the total calories adults should eat all day, and double that of KFC'S horrid Double Down chicken sandwich (540 calories). It also includes 2,750 milligrams of sodium; The Institute of Medicine recommends adults not exceed 2,300 milligrams per day. The pancakes will be available through June 20 at participating IHOPs -- which includes most if not all of the Miami and Miami Beach locations. The price is $3.99, with tax $4.35.
Seems as though American gastronomy is following the path of American politics: A disappearing middle ground drowned out by passionate spokespeople with starkly opposite viewpoints.
On the one hand, you've got the Double Down/Pancake Stacker/fast
bacon wing. On the other hand, you've got the Alice Waters/Michael
Pollan/Whole Foods/organic back-to-the-earth sustainable raw vegan
less-is-more/quality over quantity soy milk fringe. And political
preferences tend to be predictive of how one feels about food: Most in
the healthful eating group tend to be politically progressive; those
who like to stuff their faces with greasy crap tend to be
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politically...um, not progressive (this latter part of the claim
admittedly including many many millions of exceptions). Read into it what you