The Stalinist country that you have come to fear the most with the saber rattling and nuclear threats has recently opened their first fast food restaurant in Pyongyang according to Tokyo-based Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper.
“The Samtaesong restaurant opened last month in a joint venture with a Singaporean company, which trained restaurant staff and supplied equipment. The North Korean side is providing employees and food materials. The restaurant sells such foods as hamburgers, waffles and beer. Croissants and hot dogs will be added to the menu in the near future,” the Choson Sinbo said.
I doubt there will be a statue of avuncular Kim Jong-il dressed in his trademark gray pantsuit outside the restaurant to welcome Party Members (probably the only people who will be able to afford a burger and some suds), but it’s reassuring to know that this Cold War leftover is opening up a bit. Maybe it’s time for some McDonald’s diplomacy. Everything else has pretty much failed. You know, strike if the grill is hot.
I love hamburgers. I mean, if I had to choose my favorite all-time food, hamburgers would win hands down. And when I was younger, it was nothing for me to chow down on two or three Big Macs at one sitting.
Gobbling down a 15-pound burger, on the other hand, is entirely different.
The Associated Press recently reported that “a chef at a western Pennsylvania Italian restaurant ate a 15-pound burger with 5.2 pounds of toppings in 4 hours and 39 minutes. Brad Sciullo, of Uniontown, is the first person to successfully eat the huge burger at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, said pub owner Dennis Liegey.”
Wow! That is one massive burger. Appropriately referred to as the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser, this “whopper” includes a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish. I wonder how much Pepto Bismol® or Alka Seltzer® was handed out later – you know, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
As much as thinking about that juicy burger right now makes my mouth water I am just going to stick with a Quarter Pounder with Cheese or two from my local Mickey D’s.
© 2008 Jeffrey Alan Miller