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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Reject All-American

I tried to give a shit about holiday-themed food today but let's face it; this ain't no Thanksgiving. I didn't want to buy a vegan hot dog just because it's the 4th of July and that's what you do and then have to eat the rest of the pack... I didn't want to worry about, "to buy buns or not to buy buns?" I didn't really want to think about anything today but I also didn't want to feel left out of the All-American foodstuffs, so I picked up a ready-made meal from Whole Foods of a black-bean burger and sweet potato fries. That says USA, right?


Burger with mustard and ketchup, over steamed collard greens. Sweet potato fries on the side. I probably shouldn't have bothered. The burger was not bad, if a little dry but the sweet potato fries were pretty gross. They were mushy and didn't taste spiced at all - in fact, they actually kind of tasted like they had gone bad. I covered them in mustard too and tried to forget about the lackluster meal by eating a lot of clafoutis.
Basically, this is my United States of Whatever. So, who tried harder and succeeded today??!

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  1. I want to write something really witty that ends with "whatevah" like Liam, but I'm drawing a blank. Ha! :)

    I know what you mean about disappointing WF meals! I'm going to hold off on buying some sweet potatoes until the fall, as also noticed their flavor can be a slightly off sometimes. I hope the collards were tasty, they certainly look it!

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    1. Good point! I really ought to just wait until they're actually back in season. Guess I can't fault WF for that one.

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  2. If by "tried harder", you mean actually braved the throngs of people also buying staples on Tuesday, then I succeeded! It was a veggie burger & dog day for me and you're right...it will continue to be until I finish the pack(s). What? I can't help it if they were on sale.

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    1. I can get down with a dog or burger occasionally but not enough to warrant a pack before they go bad. I don't mean to dis anyone else's choices! Hell, I'd buy anything if it were on sale.

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  3. I'm with you, I wasn't about to make an effort to have the quintessential American foods today. I've seen that exact meal in Whole Foods before and have come close to buying it, and now I'm glad I passed! I think the clafoutis is a way better choice :)

    That video is hilarious! kind of perfect for my attitude too, ha!

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    1. Toooo hot to make an efffoorrtttt

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  4. haha. this is pretty much what I did, except I did make the "ethereal summer salad" that I posted on my blog. And besides, my Whole Foods was out of FIeld Roast Dogs (the only kind I'll eat now--afraid of soy isolate!).

    Hooray for clafoutis!

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    1. Yeah I'm weird about soy isolate too. The burger had pretty decent and natural ingredients.
      The clafoutis is only getting tastier. Thank you!

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  5. Ha! I laid in bed all day and watched The Wire while nerding out internet projects. Go America.

    If nothing else your meal inspired me to make some awesome sweet potato oven fries. Sometimes the hot bar at whole foods is awesome, sometimes it's a huge let down, in my experience.

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    1. Homemade is definitely the way to go, I just couldn't bring myself to turn on the oven again to make them myself.

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  6. haha! what a delicious looking meal! Whole Foods is great -- bummer about the fries though....they look amazing from the photo though!

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    1. That's why I was so bummed! They do look good, right? Oh welllllzz

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  7. Oh too bad about the sweet potato fries. I was going to say how good they looked, but I guess well...not. Nice idea of serving the burger on collard greens. I recently cooked some collard greens and really enjoyed them.

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    1. They do *look* good, I agree there, haha. Collards are great! I rarely cook them but it worked here.

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  8. I sorta of gagged when I first saw the pic, but now I'm okay.

    Awesome link. Thanks!

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    1. What, the mustard? Or the huge potatoey slabs? Glad you recovered.

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  9. Holiday-themed food, whatever! We had Thai food in downtown Portland for 4th of July, and it was just delightful without being at all holiday-themed. That said, I wholly approve of the yam fries. Fries are in fact all-American! Except when they're French. Not like "french fries," like frites. Yeah.

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  10. Oh honey, good effort! Sorry it wasn't up to scratch. We did blackberry-pineapple vodka granitas and thai red curry...does that count as All American? It should.

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    1. I vote Blackberry-pineapple vodka granitas as the new offical drink of America, in which we all must drink them every 4th!

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  11. Ooops, make that Thai red curry!!!

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  12. HAHA, who needs all-American. Maud style works way better.

    I, for one, don't celebrate July 4th since it's a celebration of freedom from the British. Plus, I'm still mad about you guys abandoning our homeland of England and the Queen. I hold grudges for a long, long time.

    I spent July 4th wearing my Union Jack shirt.
    But I also had the same stand point as you and wasn't going to go out of my way to buy food that would fit in with everyone else's, for whatever it was I was supposed to celebrating. I made my own raw burger with zucchini fries and told everyone to screw it. Kidding, I didn't say that. But I wanted to.

    Too bad that this meal was a let down though, after all that effort. Your fresh food is way better than this anyway. x 1000.

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    1. Yeah I give up. I'm sticking with making pseudo-Asian meals that are super quick and veggie-packed.
      I do however, support independence from our British mother since British food, as I'm sure you're well aware is nothing to write about either ;)
      I like yr way of celebrating and I hope you are doing well with all yr projects!

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  13. Just discovered this blog and added it to my rss feed reader. I have to say that I think I ate better than you did on the 4th of July and I am NOT American and could care less about your independance day lol ;). We are in the throws of winter here in Tasmania Australia and I dare say its a lot easier to get excited about food when its cold and your body is shivering itself into an early meal. Love your blog, your pictures and your honesty and looking for to more posts in the future :)

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  14. Ahh, so disappointing about the fries! Normally sweet potato fries are awesome, too. I can't even remember what I ate on July 4, though on Canada Day I had cinnamon rolls. Not because it was Canada Day, but because I wanted cinnamon rolls. :) Honestly, these holidays mean little else to me aside from getting an extra day off!

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    1. yeah, ditto, but I didn't even get the day off so I had to drown my sorrows in food :(

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