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The KFC Double Down? Double Disgusting... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 19:46

KFC's Double Down Sandwich

The Double Down is a horrible sandwich.

I guess I could stop there, but let's keep it going.

The Double Down looks horrible.  Okay, looks aren't everything, but honestly: any traditional burger will be much more pleasing to the eyes.  The contrast of golden colored toasted bun and dark grilled beef?  The bright red tomato complemented by green leaf lettuce?  The Double Down has nothing of the sort.  Rather, its orange on yellow on white motif evokes memories of the worst of elementary school cafeteria food.  The lighter color of the grilled version is even worse, drawing visual comparisons to bathroom sponges.  Perhaps something could have been saved if the bacon wasn't so shy but, alas, the local KFC had both sandwiches sport bacon slices smaller than other fast food joints "junior" versions of bacon burgers.  About the only thing good about the Double Down's presentation is it tries to set up the lowest of low expectations for just how bad this sandwich will taste.

KFC's Double Down Sandwich

It almost succeeds there.

The Double Down tastes bad.  Okay, the original recipe chicken fillet ain't bad, if you're into that.  I can tolerate a few pieces of the stuff myself.  Unfortunately, they had to diminish it with slices of Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack "cheese" with no discernible flavor and and a plain as plain can be Colonel's Sauce.  Despite the almost scary artificial color of the condiments, the stuff between the chicken fillets had absolutely no kick.  The texture of the melted cheese and sauce also did an excellent job of detracting from the eating experience, complementing the decent juiciness of the fillets with a pastiness that made every bite pure torture.  The bacon could have went a long way toward saving the sandwich; however, the little bit of bacon in both of these sandwiches did nothing to enhance the flavor.  Perhaps any sort of meatiness or saltiness it could have provided was sucked away by the sheer disgustingness of the cheese and sauce that smothered it.

And that's not even the worst of it.

KFC's Double Down Sandwich

The Double Down is a bad value.  Each sandwich is five dollars.  Think about that!  Five dollars goes a long way in today's fast food market.  Subway has their five dollar foot long sandwiches that beat the Double Down in every way.  McDonald's and Wendy's are providing options including fries and beverage at the three dollar level.  Carl's Jr. has their large variety of Six Dollar Burgers which provide more flavor and more calories for the same price or even slightly cheaper.  Even at KFC, five dollars can get you chicken and sandwich meal options that include sides and drinks.

So there you have it.  Normally, this is the time where one might suggest that it's worth one try.  I'm not going to do that.  The Double Down is: Horrible.  Verging on inedible.  The worst fast food sandwich I've had in years.

Please don't eat one.

Ace Combat 6, Saitek, and You PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Friday, 12 December 2008 08:25

(edit: Certain things detailed below are bit different, namely the availability of an ACE-EDGE bundle for $99.  Check out this more recent post.)

Right now, Fry's has a fine deal on Ace Combat 6 bundled with a Madcatz Aviator flight stick.  Gotta admit, $50 dollars makes for a pretty cool alternative to the original AC6 bundle with the Hori ACE-EDGE HOTAS (read: hot ass) system that's rarely discounted from its initial $150 dollar asking price.  I personally love the HOTAS setup, but I understand that for some people out there, a stick is a stick; as long as the functionality is the same, it's all cool.  So besides the design (and basically throwaway faceplate and DVD in that big old Namco packaging), what makes the $100 dollar difference?

LFL: Lingerie Football League?!? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 12:49

Most people are surprised to hear that I'm one heluva sports enthusiast.  Actually, I'm a huge sports journalism enthusiast, having grown up in Washington, DC reading Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon and listening to guys like Doc Walker and John Thompson on WTEM 570 (now 980).  In fact, over the last few years, I'm confident I've spent more time listening to sports radio than playing games; this despite being known primarily as a games enthusiast, game music composer, and game design teacher.  (Admittedly, the Los Angeles traffic situation contributes to this...)

Thanks to my insatiable hunger for sports news, I've been busy telling my gaming friends about something I heard on the radio today that is: absolutely ridiculous.

The Lingerie Football League.

It's real.

It's coming.

The players wear a helmet, shoulder pads, and lingerie.  And oh yeah: they play full-contact football.

The league is currently shopping itself out to the cable channels for the Fall 2009 season.  I will be surprised if they don't have a deal wrapped up well before then.  Say... the end of the week.

I likely won't be watching it.  Me, I like the sight of beautiful girls as much as anyone... but I LOVE the game of football.  Somehow, I doubt that these girls will be lofting accurate passes to the far corner of the end zone or pushing definsive tackles five yards off the line of scrimmage to create a running lane.  Not to say that girls can't play football... but if it's anything like the original Lingerie Bowl (or the picture that heads this post), consisting of models rather than athletes (and assisted by Hollywood special effects, even), I'm wondering less about their ability to check down receivers and make open field tackles and more about whether any of the players will be able to consistently hike the ball...

Of course, I wasn't a big baseball fan when I moved out to Los Angeles, and now I find myself following the Dodgers on a daily basis, so who knows...!

Review: Premium Bacon Mac 'N Cheese PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Thursday, 18 September 2008 19:42

Pizza Hut Tuscani PastaPizza Hut claims that its new Tuscani Pastas are restaurant quality.  Well, there are indeed many bad restaurants out in the world.

Friends claim that the first two pastas that Pizza Hut made, Meaty Marinara and Creamy Chicken Alfredo, are pretty decent tasting, with plenty of bang for the buck thanks to the $12.99 price (for ~3 pounds of pasta plus 5 breadsticks).  That may be the case, but I haven't been exposed to them.  Instead, I tried the Premium Bacon Mac 'N Cheese pasta.  Rotini baked with cheddar cheese sauce and topped with bacon. I like rotini and cheddar, and I love bacon.  Sounds good for me, right?

Premium Bacon Mac 'N Cheese is absolutely awful.

2008 Gyoza Eating Championship is Insane, Awesome PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Diamante   
Sunday, 24 August 2008 08:31
2008 Gyoza Eating Championship

I thought my friend's boyfriend was going to be in a relatively silly and casual gyoza eating championship at the Los Angeles Little Tokyo Nisei Week Japanese Festival. When we got there, my friends and I were stunned to see that he was part of a little amateur side show for a serious(ly insanely awesome) Major League Eating contest.

And yeah: Joey Chestnut was there. More importantly, he totally rocked the rest of the competition (which included awesome old man Rich "The Locust" Lefevre and Miki "the waxer from The 40 Year Old Virgin" Mia) and broke his own 2006 world record by eating 231 gyoza in 10 minutes.

Videos of the contest (including slow motion footage) after the jump...