Guilty Pleasures… recent meanderings in caloric unconcern

by foodhoe on August 12, 2010

I admit that if given a choice between potato chips or an apple for a snack, I will invariably pick the chips.  Here is a collection of some of those bad choices.  A glass full of a childhood favorite cereal crunchberries, which btw are not a real fruit.  Did you know that you can buy a box of just crunchberries, without the Cap’n Crunch?  Mr. K’s nephew Espen was excited to try it out, but in the end concluded that he enjoyed the crunchberries more when they are mixed in with Cap’n Crunch.  It makes you appreciate them more.  Deep thoughts and wise words…

Sonic Burgers recently opened up in nearby Hayward.  They are famous mostly because they have carhops who will bring your order out to your car.  There is something nice about being able to driveup and park and look over the menu without worrying about holding up the drive-thru line. But for me, I was excited because they serve tatertots covered with chili and melted cheese.  The tots were crisp and chewy and the topping just made it insanely delicious. Infinitely better than the standard ketchup!

Warning, fast food alert!  This is the KFC DoubleDown, two battered and fried chicken patties surrounding two slices of cheese and two slices of bacon and a smear of special sauce.  People seem to fear this KFC speciality while others revere it.   I felt a bit indifferent, because I found it to be an unsatisfying experience without the bun and it is in reality a much smaller than I expected.  Very guilty, very little pleasure.  

Now, if you want to talk big and scary, take a look at this, the Three by Three (3X3) burger at In-n-Out.  That would be three hamburger patties smothered with mustard before grilling, topped with three slices of cheese served animal style which includes extra pickles, grilled onions and lots of special sauce.  These additional items can be found on their secret menu.

You can order the Fries Animal Style as well, but admittedly it was overwhelming as a side dish. 

The Zilla Dog, a bacon filled hot dog, topped with $$$ sauce, kimchee and chicharrones from 4505 Meats at the SF Ferry Building.  Yes topped with chicharrones … And yes, the celebrated hot dog is loaded with bacon.   Which means the snappy tube of meat is fatty and luscious with little pockets of rich bacony flavor, the kimchi adds an uproarious pungent spicy kick which is soothed by the curly frills of angelic pork rind topping.

And while we’re on the topic of outrageous eats, have you tried these wacky flavors from Doritos?  Tacos at Midnight taste just like you are snarfing up Jack in the Box crispy tacos from the drive through lane on a late night munchy run, I swear I even taste shreds of iceberg lettuce…  The All Nighter Cheeseburger tastes mostly like ketchup and mustard, which makes them a perfect accompaniment for a cheeseburger.

I am also elated to see another childhood favorite, MUNCHOS® back in the supermarket, at $2 a bag.  Mr. K insists that these are not real food, but I love them.

When we dined with Mr. K’s family, I was introduced to a decadent pairing of french fries dipped into the chocolate shake. 

And speaking of desssert, chocolate and peanut butter is another one of my weaknesses.  This is Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter smeared on a Peanut Butter Girl Scout Cookie.  I was so smitten I had to take a picture to capture and relive the moment.

The bad news is after snacking on things like this, I am on a bit of a regimen as I need to deflate my spare tire…

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa August 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

Aaaahhhh, guilty pleasure! I would also choose the chips over the apple…




Jun Belen August 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

Oh my! I didn’t know about that In & Out secret menu!! 3×3 burger? that sounds soooo good! And those Zilla hotdogs are just AMAZING!!! The kimchee and chicharonnes are delicious add-ons to 4505’s homemade hotdogs


Cookie August 12, 2010 at 11:25 am

Ok the Crunchberries I love, the Sonic tots look yummy, In-n-Out Animal Style, scary but pretty good but fries dipped in milkshake? That’s kinda gross! I do need to find me some of those Late Night Doritos though especially with your comparisons!


hungry dog August 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Foodhoe!! I love this post. I am entrance by many of these items (probably mostly the wild and decadent 3×3 at In n Out…but am also drawn to the beautiful and frightening crunchberries.

Thank you for sharing your guilty pleasures with us 🙂


Carolyn Jung August 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm

OMG! A hot dog covered in chicharrones?? Leave it to Ryan Farr to come up with such decadence. Must try one! 😉


Single Guy Ben August 13, 2010 at 12:59 pm

LOL, this post is so you!! I don’t know how you do this. I have to say, I’ve never eaten crunberries, but they do look so beautiful to photograph. And I’m wondering how you could eat that chicarrone hot dog with out it being a big ole mess?


grace August 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

food porn and gluttony at its finest. 🙂


helen August 14, 2010 at 1:24 am

uh oh. those foods are delicious but they contains lots of fats.


Sarah August 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm

I felt the weight pile on just reading this! How deliciously indulgent.


The Home Cook August 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

This is a marvelous post. 🙂 People keep telling me I need to try the tater tots at Sonic and your photo of them smothered in chili and cheese just made this a priority. The next time I’m on the West coast I need to try In & Out!


Hungrybunny September 5, 2010 at 9:26 am

Oh my god I can die from your pictures. They all look deadly but seriously delicious…we dont have such rich and ginormous foods here in Singapore. Kill me now pls, just kill me..


Edmund Mokhtarian September 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I’m an LA guy, so I have to give a shout out to Inn n’ Out Burger. You just can’t beat a cheeseburger that’s that fresh, especially considering that it’s take-out! Plus, animal-style french fries are unbeatable.

And I’d agree about the Double Down: I can’t see the pleasure in eating that thing. Buns > Fried Chicken.


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