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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Culinary no-no #121

Culinary no-no's


Unquestionably, we all have our favorite foods. Collectively, as a nation, designating those favorites isn’t a tough assignment. You’ve got our pizza and tacos and hot dogs and burgers, right?

AskMen.com surveyed readers on this very topic:

“Fast food -- a little bit is great and a lot is even better (at least before it sets in your stomach). One could consider eating our true national pastime, and if the feedback we received is any indication, then move over baseball, because we only have one true passion, and food is it.  AskMen.com's faithful readers were asked about their favorite fast food in terms of quality, price and speed of service.”

Uhh, wait a minute, Kev.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiitttt a minute!

This is a no-no blog.

You’re the guy accused of being so bombastic and vitriolic all the time (Yes, I’m just an old meanie and a half), and now you come at us with a list of popular stuff. What gives?

Culinary no-no aficionados, relax.

You know that often there’s a buildup before the big bang (In more things than just one of my blogs).

We’re gettin’ to it.

We’re gettin’  to it!!

Now where was I?

Oh, yes.

AHEM.

You know, you just don’t get stuff half this good over on BrookfieldNOW.com.

Here are, according to AskMen.com, America’s Top Ten favorite Fast Foods:


#10




The pepperoni pizza at Pizza Hut




#9


Subway's Steak and Cheese sub




#8






Arby's Roast Beef sandwich




#7


 



KFC bucket of Original Chicken




#6






McDonald's Big Mac




#5






Hooter's Buffalo style Chicken Wings




#4







Wendy's Big Bacon Classic with Cheese




#3




Papa John's cheese pizza




#2


Howie Yamamoto eats a burrito outside a Taco Bell, a Yum Brands restaurant, in San Carlos, Calif. , Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Yum Brands said Tuesday its fourth-quarter profit slipped 12 percent as the strengthening stronger dollar hurt business.

calories in a taco bell burrito supreme

Taco Bell Beef Burrito




And the #1, most popular fast food in America according to AskMen.com...
 



The Burger King Whopper




Personally, my top ten would definitely include





And their

Red Beans


Red beans and rice.

 

But you get the drift here.

These are immensely popular and they are marketed extensively worldwide.

You will note two of the top ten are burgers produced by the two biggest burger fast food restaurants on the planet.

I’M GETTIN’ TO IT!

I’M GETTIN’ TO IT!

Note that in previous editions of Culinary no-no, I have mentioned that I eat just about anything.

May I add that in deference to other countries and cultures, I am very adventurous about exploring and sampling foods that originate beyond the good ol’ US of A.

We move our focus to India.

Shiv Sena is a far right political party in that country.
In order to curry favor with the Marathi people or Maharashtrians that inhabit the Maharashtra region and state of western India and refer to themselves as marathi manoos, the Shiv Sena has initiated a cooperative to encourage Marathi entrepreneurs. The venture is a culinary one.

But Kev, what does this have to with Pizza Hut and Burger King?

I’M GETTIN’ TO IT!

I’M GETTIN’ TO IT!

Shiv Sena wants to, a la the burger, take its staple diet food from the Mararashtra region for the past 40 years and go global.

What is that staple?

It’s called the Shiv Vada.

What’s that?

You say you’ve never heard of the Shiv Vada?

Never ordered it from a drive-thru?

It’s easy to explain.

First, you take potatoes and you roll them into a large ball.

Now you deep fry the potato ball.

When you’re done, you toss that deep-fried potato ball onto a bun.
 

Lo and behold, Shiv Vada, the common man’s burger in India.








"We are  taking the Shiv Vada as a brand on global level, just like McDonalds," Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray told the India Times. "In foreign countries, burger is available 24-hours. Why can't vada pav be also available similarly."

Initially, 25 stands will sell shiv vada throughout India.

Now for the no-no’s.

Sorry, but a potato on a bun doesn’t look too appetizing. There is no correct number or combination of condiments that could make this anywhere near appealing.

I’ve been to a few million fish fries and I have never seen anyone take their potato pancakes and slide them in between their rye bread.

Maybe this will catch on in India and I mean their culture of their people no disrespect, but market a potato burger like McDonald’s? It’ll never happen. Not even in Boise.

I would think even the Indian people would savor two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun as opposed to shiv vada, wouldn’t they?

And this is a political move?

No-no.


CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

Could this help the marketing of Shiv Vada?

ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

The most vile looking fast food items of all time


STILL ANOTHER CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

An $18.25 green chile burger?


AND WHAT COULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST CULINARY NO-NO'S OF ALL-TIME!!!
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This photo presented on Wednesday July 8, 2009 as court evidence and provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows an unidentified FBI agent holding contents seized on Aug. 3, 2005 from the freezer of the Washington home of then-Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. Jurors in the bribery trial of former Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans until losing his re-election bid last year, saw photos Wednesday of the infamous frozen cash, recovered in August 2005. It was wrapped in $10,000 increments and concealed in boxes of Pillsbury pie crust and Boca burgers. Prosecutors allege that Jefferson received more than $400,000 in bribes and sought millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa, Jefferson's lawyers have argued it is not illegal for Jefferson to receive payment for actions as a private business consultant.
 
This photo presented on Wednesday July 8, 2009 as court evidence and provided by the U.S. Attorney's office shows an unidentified FBI agent holding contents seized on Aug. 3, 2005 from the freezer of the Washington home of then-Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. Jurors in the bribery trial of former Rep. William Jefferson, a Democrat who represented parts of New Orleans until losing his re-election bid last year, saw photos Wednesday of the infamous frozen cash, recovered in August 2005. It was wrapped in $10,000 increments and concealed in boxes of Pillsbury pie crust and Boca burgers. Prosecutors allege that Jefferson received more than $400,000 in bribes and sought millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa, Jefferson's lawyers have argued it is not illegal for Jefferson to receive payment for actions as a private business consultant. AP photo

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