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Discussion in 'General Discussion | Dining' started by uggboy, Jan 16, 2013.
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|| Creamy pasta dish tops US fatty list ||
That's a little bit too "rich" even for my taste!
Other Xtreme Eating winners for 2013 include:
- Johnny Rockets' bacon cheddar double hamburger with 1,770 calories, 50g of saturated fat and 2,380mg of sodium. For comparison, three quarter pounders with cheese from McDonald's have 1,570 calories.
- Cheesecake Factory's crispy chicken costoletta with 2,610 calories, 89g of saturated fat and 2,720mg of sodium. CSPI said an entire 12-piece bucket of KFC original recipe fried chicken has about the same number of calories but less than half the saturated fat.
- Smoothie King's peanut power plus grape smoothie, which includes peanut butter, banana, sugar and grape juice. A large size of that drink has 1,460 calories and 22 teaspoons of added sugar plus 29 teaspoons of naturally occurring sugar. The US government's dietary guidelines for Americans recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugars per day and that men consume no more than nine.
- Chocolate zuccotto cake from Maggiano's Little Italy. One slice weighs nearly 500g and has 1,820 calories, 62g of saturated fat and 26 teaspoons of added sugar, CSPI said.
Due to the high fat content I never eat more than three of these at a time.
Only 3..???...you've got to be kidding!
Seems like it, well observed.
On a serious note, I have tried to eat at a Cheesecake Factory twice. I have not succeeded in actually consuming anything because every dish seems to be overwhelmed with cream, butter and fat rendering it inedible for me anyway.
Such " food " cannot be taken very seriously IMHO and you're right, shouldn't be consumed nor recommended. Glad you made the right choice.
In mid 90s, I used to have a client who was a huge fan of CF, I did find one item that I thought was 'good', it was a Southwest Egg Roll, filled w/grilled chicken, black beans, corn, onion, cilantro. I did actually enjoy that item. That said, I haven't been back for almost 20 years, as it wasn't that good
Is it just me or do others find the food ads not appealing (i.e. Red Lobster, Fridays, Olive Garden). I don't eat at these restaurants to begin with but the ads on TV show food that does not look good in the least.
That is the perplexing thing to me. Many people obviously patronize these horrible places, but I personally don't know of anyone who does. Scary stuff!
The last time I went to TGI Fridays was a few years ago in Buenos Aires
Just look at the line....scary indeed!
A few month ago I was @ TGI in Dublin, while the steak fillet was good, the service and ambiance wasn't, but the place is always busy. The drinks came only half way through our meal and than it was all served in plastic glasses. That's not what I want and that's not what I'm looking for when spending money for a nice meal.
In September 2012, we had been to Dubai, there we had dinner at the Applebee's Sheikh Zayed Road outlet and it was really nice, they had a great ambiance, some nice drinks and the walls had been decorated with some interesting memorabilia incl. sport and aviation related, while the food was good, it wasn't that good as I hoped it to be, it was our only Applebee's we frequented so far.
Regarding Cheesecake Factory, also in Dubai, at their new Dubai Mall location in Downtown Dubai, it was packed, meaning it was full of people to the rafters.
I hope TGI in Buenos Aires was good? Seeing your emoticon, it must have been good.
This was in 2009 so almost 4 years ago now. I was in BA for an extended period of time for a particular project and after endless nights of Argentinian food (which is excellent), Brazilian food (which is excellent) we were wanting something different and as we were staying at the Hilton walking across to the TGI was easy and quick.
The ambiance was actually good, the food was surprisingly good, and the service was good. I am not a TGI "person" so to speak yet on this one occasion it filled a niche spot in an otherwise packed 8 weeks of very good food.
It's been a couple years since I have eaten at a Cheesecake Factory. I really appreciated the California law that forces them and other chain restaurants to put the calorie count on the menu. Made it easy to exclude 95% of the menu from consideration.
Cheesecake Factory has some amazing avocado eggrolls!
Those little guys provide 960 calories and 65 grams of fat, according to the disclosures I just looked up.
Also of note are the following:
|| 10 Most Ridiculous Cheesecake Factory Menu Items ||
kinda feel ill just thinking about this!
I've only been to Cheesecake Factory twice, and both times against my will - went with boss's family. Their portions are huge, everything is overpowered with sauce or dressing. The salads don't even taste good. I don't understand what the attraction is.
I have to admit it amazes me to see so many people dining at the Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki. So many other places to dine than a fatty chain restaurant!
Agreed, I go to HNL at least once a year and I'll NEVER EVER eat there...
That picture looks like it was taken in Columbus - which, at one point, was the most obese city in the United States. So considering the location, the line doesn't surprise me THAT much.