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Are McDonald’s Burgers Made of Horse Meat?

When I was a kid, my older sister told me that McDonald’s burgers were made of horse meat. I didn’t believe her, but she said her high school classmate/friend who works at McDonald’s said it was true. Then somehow when you’re a kid, that adds credibility. But I don’t think I really believe it.

And now over twenty years later, McDonald’s finally puts out these YouTube videos to prove me right. Their burgers are made of 100% beef (cow). I was right all along and that 17-year-old friend of my sister’s was just being a dumbass.

Now that I’m an adult and think I understand the world better, I guess it doesn’t matter if it was horse meat in there. Heck, cow, horse, dog, who cares. As long as it tastes good. But I gotta say, this McRib video is more interesting, because I didn’t realize that it was all just made out of pork shoulders.

So apparently, the McD’s campaign right now is to interact and have dialogue with their customers. Ask them a question on Twitter or Facebook and hopefully they’ll answer or make a video. I really want them to answer my question… Why can’t they sell Egg McMuffins all day long? That’s their best thing. I would eat them all the time if I woke up early enough. Make a video about this. It could be educational –about the cost effectiveness or how maybe the griddles have to be on a different heat setting for daytime burgers. The answer might not be favorable, but at least it would ease my mind.


The Anchored Inn

Went over to Sam Jayne’s old place to check out the aftermath of Scumfest, the scummiest music fest in Brooklyn. Do you have what it takes?

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That was a crazy two-night party. Anyway, we headed over to The Anchored Inn for some food. Really cool bar with black velvet paintings all over in an area that seems so desolate.

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Had some really good food there. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Brussel Sprouts, Chili-Lime Roasted Peanuts, Beef Chili. I love this place. I wish I knew about this place when I lived a little closer.

The Anchored Inn – 57 Waterbury St (btwn Scholes & Meserole St) Brooklyn, NY 11206

Takashi Murakami’s New Exhibit and The Bodega (Bushwick)’s Sausage

The night before Veteran’s Day was pretty eventful. I know I drank a lot, but what I can remember is that I went to the opening reception of Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami’s new exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery. I’ve never seen so many hipsters and Asians in one place since I looked in the mirror.

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I love Murakami’s work and this was some awesome stuff. Now I have a question. If it’s free to see his art, how do they make money? Murakami or the gallery? Do they sell this stuff? And who has the space in their NY apartment to hold these gigantic sculptures?

Then I went to Housing Works to check out the Night School: Lowbrow Lectures, where they talked about things like “The Quantum Mechanics of Time Travel in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Hello Kitty is a Cat: A Polemic,” “The Ron Swanson of the 18th Century,” and “The Complete History of Cats on the Internet.” I remembered getting pissed off at the guy who made fun of Tim Tebow with an animated GIF of the football bouncing off Tebow’s head to make a point about time travel. What a dick.

Then I headed back to Bushwick and hung out at Cobra Club for quarter of Monday Night Football. Then ended up at The Bodega where there was more football. I got a the Basic German Sausage (Grilled Krainerwurst from Ridgewood’s Karl Ehmer, served on pretzel roll with sauerkraut and chips $8). It was really good. Cam Newton wasn’t.

06 The Basic Sausage The Bodega Bushwick Takashi Murakamis New Exhibit and The Bodega (Bushwick)s Sausage

The Bodega – 24 St Nicholas Ave (@ Troutman St) Brooklyn 11237

Tio Wally Eats America: Rolling Hills Redux

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Corning, California.

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Greetings from Corning, California
N 39° 52.4549’ W 122° 12.1464’ Elev. 289 feet

When I wrote about the Rolling Hills Casino buffet recently I noted that on Tuesdays and Thursdays the over 50 set get 50% off, and that they serve great prime rib every night. Well, I finally made it on a Tuesday. It was great as expected … and absurdly cheap. Almost Virgin River cheap!

The dinner buffet is regularly priced at $16.95. But there is a catch to getting 50% off for simply being upright and over age 50 — you have to have a Shasta Card, the card the house uses to track your gambling habits.

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I’d gone in shortly after the buffet opened at 4 p.m. and stood in a long line for about 20 minutes or so. It was almost as if I was not the only person over 50 within a reasonable driving distance who was aware of this spectacular deal. Figure that!

It wasn’t until I got to the register that I learned you also had to have a Shasta Card. Starving and slightly miffed, I begrudgingly steeled myself for the inevitable ordeal of getting a card, but not before asking: Am I going to have to stand in line again? “No,” the nice lady said. “Go get the card and then just come back to the front of the line.” So I trudged over to the Shasta Club Card International Card Service Center Desk and signed up. It turned out to be pretty quick and painless. When I returned to the buffet they let me “jump the line” as promised.

They had all kinds of really great stuff besides prime rib that night. Unfortunately, I’d left the camera on the yacht.

One of the real standouts was Mediterranean Swordfish. I’m not sure what made it Mediterranean but the baked swordfish was quite good. In addition to the nightly offering of fried shrimp, they also had an Artichoke Encrusted Cod. It seemed a bit heavy-handed creamy sauce-wise, yet the fillets were still a little too crunchy for my taste. Cod is such a great fish that, well, it really needs to be beer-battered, deep-fried and served on a piece of newspaper with some malt vinegar and a snappy tarter sauce.

Another great delight was Stuffed Cabbage. I think RH’s stuffed cabbage is better than Chompie’s. Then again, Chompie’s serves sweet-and-sour cabbage rolls and that’s a whole ‘nother creature. Rolling Hills’ had a more traditional Italian sauce, a marinara basically. The cabbage was super tender and the meat-rice filling was exceptional.

Other unusual offerings that night were Deep Fried Zucchini (very good) and Deep Fried String Beans (stringy and rubbery).


Hoping to take advantage of my newfound find, I visited again late on a Sunday morning. It was disastrous. I went in and the throngs of people wanted to endlessly queue, like sheeple. I could almost hear the Seinfeld Soup Nazi exclaim: “No Eggs Benedict for you!” Curiously, there was no line for the omelette station. I got a spinach, bacon, mushroom and cheese omelette that was, well, sadly executed, flat.

The secret to making a great omelette is water. Water! Scramble the eggs with water, keep your pan at medium heat, pull the coagulating egg to the middle, then either cover it or flip and fold it. The water will evaporate. This makes for fluffy scrambles eggs too. Trust me.


I was there again the next Saturday. This time I had the camera but the battery failed after two pictures. D’oh!

I paid full price for the buffet minus the $1 off for being old and in the way. It was Mexican night that night, which was kind of disappointing. Not because it was bad but because I didn’t want Mexican food. They did, however, have Chili Rellenos which surprised the hell out of me. They were decent but, well, once you’ve had the good fortune to eat truly great rellenos from Lisa’s or Mariscos Uruapan all all other chili rellenos have a very high bar to reach.

To my delight they also had Pumpkin Pie — my favorite — that night. Unfortunately, they didn’t have real whipped cream, just that phony Cool Whip psuedo-whipped psuedo-topping psuedo-stuff in a giant tray on the strawberry shortcake station. Lord knows what that stuff is. It’s WRONG regardless. Geez, would it break the casino’s bank to spring for a can of Reddi-wip?

Pumpkin pie is divine. It shouldn’t be messed with. It doesn’t have to be homemade. A frozen pumpkin pie will do. But you must have real whipped cream. The perfect pumpkin pie is made by my sister, of course. She got the recipe from the back of a can of pumpkin pie filling. And she actually whips the cream. She’s a great cook and baker (two separate animals). She’s also very generous and very gracious. I think I heard her say “All devout TWEA readers on California’s Central Coast are cordially invited for slice of pumpkin and/or pecan pie on Thanksgiving.” With real whipped cream! Seriously.


Last Tuesday I hit the buffet again on half-off senior night with a Shasta Card! Twas $8.47!

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The prime rib was better than ever. And I was smart this time. I didn’t overeat and was wise enough to mix the creamed horseradish with the minced horseradish; the creamed is way too mild. Moreover, the prime rib was cooked perfectly rare. It was enough to make a Canadian James Brown scream: “Good gawd, y’all! Eh?” It was so tender and succulent and the au jus was perfect (not salty).

They also had scalloped potatoes. I thought they looked kind of suspicious in the chafing dish. They turned out to be really, really good. Rolling Hills also has mashed spuds and gravy daily which are really good, too.

I screwed up though. You see, they have this program where, if you have a commercial driver’s license, they will comp you $10 dollars cash or a ($10) shower credit if you play 100 points. I’ve talked to them a number of times but failed to ask basic questions, like “What is a point? Is it a penny? A dime?” So don’t ask me how it all works. Ask Uncle Russ.

They gave me $10 credit when I got the card. But the card is only good for slot play. I can’t play slots. I don’t like the noise or the mindlessness. More so I hate the people who play slots. They stare at the machines, the flashing lights, the spinning icons. They’re the glassy-eyed living brain dead.

I played Blackjack to earn my required play; one hour to earn the credit. Thanks to my prowess as a world-renowned card counter, I’ve lost $35 so far. If I were smarter I’d know that the reimbursements are somewhat less than my outlays. But I’m not that smart.

One day I’ll hire a mathematician to figure out how much Rolling Hills Casino’s freebies are costing me.

And so we roll.

Rolling Hills Casino, 2655 Everett Freeman Way, Corning, California

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.

Northern Bell’s Smoked Dry-Rubbed Wings

Sometimes it’s hard to find a place in a hipster neighborhood to watch football. Northern Bell (see brunch) has the NFL Sunday Ticket with lots of TVs, cheap pitchers of beer deal and these really good smoked/dry-rubbed wings. We ordered it with the chipotle aioli sauce on the side. We did have the option to have the wings sauced up, but I realized that would look pretty gross with the yellow/orange/pink sauce. But dang, these wings are great!

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Northern Bell – 612 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Lorimer St & Leonard St) Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tio Wally Eats America: Saya ‘gain

I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Kent, Washington.

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Greetings from Kent, Washington
N 47° 24.7214’ W 122° 13.636’ Elev. 30 ft.

I walked into Saya Thai and Japanese Restaurant and she asked, “Where’ve you been? I haven’t seen you for awhile.” I’d only been there once/twice before, but she remembered me. I liked that.

I’d called Saya at 9:30 a.m. — they don’t to open ’til 11 or so — but they graciously obliged me … if it was take-out. I like that.

When I picked up the food I reminded Denise how much I’d wanted to try their “signature dish for 23 years.” I couldn’t remember what it was called so she kindly wrote the name on a business card.

The dish is called, well, let’s let Denise ‘splain it:

“Don’t put this on FaceBook,” she demanded. Ever the credit to my gender, I lied and said, “I won’t.”

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Gai Yang is crazy good. It has the tang and bite of yellow curry but it’s “smoothed,” I guess, by the coconut milk. Although the chicken is baked, it retains that unmistakable, exquisite Thai char, not unlike satay. It’s accompanied by some sort of hopped-up soy sauce that’s delightfully hot. I wish I could say more but I’m too busy eating.

It’s served with a small iceberg lettuce salad and a yogurt-based(?) dressing. I don’t know what it is. It’s pink and it’s yogurt, I think. I’d investigate it but, again, I’m too busy eating.

I hate to resort to teen saws but … this Bai Yung ROCKS! If only I weren’t too busy eating. I’d tell you about it but, sorry, I’m too busy eating.

And so we roll.

Saya Japanese and Thai Restaurant, 8455 S. 212th St., Kent, Washington

Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.

Fritzl’s Palace Fried Chicken Sandwich

Now that I live in Bushwick, I can have one of the best burgers ever at Fritzl’s. However, I chose the “Palace” Fried Chicken Sandwich instead –Homemade chicken patty (brined breast and thigh) with lettuce and mayo on a roll $9. That sounds really good and it was.

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I assume it’s modeled after Palace Fried Chicken restaurants that’s around New York. This tasted like a really good Burger King Chicken Sandwich …or a Palace Fried Chicken Sandwich. Instead of a ground/mashed up formed frozen patty, it’s real bits of chicken formed into a crispy hockey puck.

You know what I think makes it taste especially good is the mayo and shredded lettuce. Something about that makes it taste good. I think SNL was right on target when they made this skit about a new fake KFC item called KFC Shredders –a bag of lettuce where you put mayo and then shake.

Then I remember McDonald’s soon followed and made something very similar called Salad Shakers, where you shake up the lettuce and dressing in a sundae cup. Or maybe SNL was making fun of McDonald’s, but I remember the timing was the other way around.

Fritzl’s Lunch Box – 173 Irving Ave (btwn Stanhope St & Stockholm St in Bushwick) Brooklyn, NY 11237

Nha Trang One and Shred For Your Life 2014

I headed out to check out the Shred For Your Life guitar competition last night at Santos Party House. But before, I had a bite to eat at Nha Tran One Vietnamese nearby. I remember going with my coworkers here years ago and really dug the fried frog legs.

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This time, I got the Canh Chua Ca (Hot & Sour Fish soup). Pretty big for the small order $9.50. It had a lot of salmon in it. Very good tasting. Although I couldn’t finish it, because I also got an order of spring rolls. I love how they give you the lettuce and mint to wrap them up with.

05 Shred For Your Life 2014 Guitar Competition Nha Trang One and Shred For Your Life 2014

Then over to the Shred For Your Life. It has all the majesty and showmanship of an air guitar competition, but with real guitars. There was a guy with a horse head and a guy dressed like an ancient Chinese god playing this tiny toy guitar –and he ripped it. I was rooting for him. But the winner was really really good. He plays in the band, the Giraffes.

Before the competition, I ran into an old friend so I walked over to him. Then I realized that Zooey Deschanel was standing next to us and I was like “Oh, isn’t that that actress?” And he acted like he didn’t know who she was. Acted like he never saw Elf. I couldn’t believe it. It was like he trying to play it too cool. I’m not sure he even turned to look at her when I asked. He had to know who I was talking about. Now I get what “SMH” means.

Then when I left the show and walked to the subway stop, I realized that I was on the wrong side of the street for the uptown train. So I started running across the street because the traffic light was about to turn. Then I realized Zooey Deschanel was right in front of me and it looked like I was about to chase her …and I think her friend turned around and his eyes got big when he saw me. Then I tried to play it cool, by acting like I didn’t know who she was and started walking in another direction.

Nha Trang One – 87 Baxter St (btwn Bayard & Walker St) New York 10013

Shred For Your Life photos courtesy of Mia Juhng