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Absolutely Flabulous

In Connecting the Dots on Friday, 28 March 2008 at 11:28

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. were down-on-their-luck, regional fast food chains until they discovered “balls out postmodern gluttony.” The 1,400-calorie Monster Thickburger — which sports two 1/3 pound slabs of Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of American cheese, mayonnaise, and a buttered, sesame seed bun — has helped boost the company’s stock price from $2 to $22. It isn’t just the drive-thru, either: Ballparks are increasingly looking at all-you-can-eat seats, where patrons can eat until they puke, in addition to ostensibly watching a baseball game. Dodger fan and funnyman Neal Pollack headed over to Dodger Stadium with an NPR press credential to explain how this is a rip-off for fans, in addition to taking a few years off of their lives. But living large is even extending to supposedly sophisticated food bloggers: The New York Times takes a look at a not-that-surprising development — food writers getting fat.

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