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  • Italian risotto alla Coca Cola - you gotta be kiddin'!

    After spending several months savoring the culinary and alcoholic delights of my temporary workplace here in Northern Italy my high esteem of Italian cuisine suffered a severe blow this week when I was introduced to an aberration of one of the most popular dishes here - the world famous risotto.

    It turns out that Coca Cola operate their biggest manufacturing plant in the town of Nogara, Verona district, which is not too distant from areas of country where prime rice for dishes like risotto is grown.

    With the commercial power of Coca Cola I guess it had to happen. At a local week long festival celebrating risotto in a multitiude of varieties the company has a new claim to fame to poison the locals with their sugar, conservatives and flavouring enriched world famous beverage. Its called Risotto alla Durello e Coca Cola.

    Local restaurants are now offering this 'new' risotto which uses one of the better Veronese wines Durello, along with a can of Coke to produce risotto.

    Adulterating good Veronese wine is bad enough but Risotto with Coke? I ask you, is this progress and if so, in which direction, forwards or backwards?

    Ok - I occasionally take a coke and am not entirely immune to the fact that it is one of the most unhealthly drinks around, contributing to severe obesity, diabetes, teeth rot and God knows what other side effects in folks who drink it to excess, or as in the case of many poor countries I have worked in, in place of unavailable basic foodstuffs, but it just seems to me that enough is enough and its about time folks took a stance against this manipulative commercial giant and kicked it out of key aspects of our daily life.

    Maybe my venting is a waste of time since its only a matter of time before some of these DNA experts discover a new pair of chromosomes on our double helix evolutionary stamp. I guess you know their names?

    Coca and Cola!

    Ciao!
    Last edited by jim_mex; 10-29-2011, 02:38 AM.
    Jim in Mexico

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  • #2
    What's next - baked beans with ....
    Ivar ("treslakter" - read as "woodbutcher")

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    • #3
      Now that sounds positively disgusting. I don't think I would serve it to my worst enemy for fear of being accused of using some new kind of torture.

      george
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      • #4
        Come to the SE US and try some grits with red eye gravy.

        Red-eye gravy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


        Instant heart attack.
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        • #5
          Talk about a culinary abomination, I heard McDonalds has brought back the McRib.
          Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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          • #6
            Coke in Risotto??????? A cultural and culinary travesty, I tell you!!!!!!!!

            Jan

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            • #7
              Bill I tried my first ever McRIB????? WTH? It will be my last ever McRIB!
              "Still Montana Mike"

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              • #8
                Hey Jim, if you get tired of the food over there you could always come to the Islands and have some poi (made from the Taro plant) and spam. This has the be the spam capital of the world...they even offer it at MacDonald for breakfast.
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                • #9
                  Anybody ever try peanutbutter with cream cheese and red raspberry preserves....???
                  It's better than it sounds...

                  I remember when Micky D's put out their lobster roll. Hey I'm a native New Englander, and I know that you just can't. Have never tried it, and never intend to...That's just not something I want as fast food..<shudder>
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                  • #10
                    Hey, Didn't Lavern and Shirly drink Pepsi and orange juice..??

                    Forgot to add,..Funny story Jim...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jim_mex View Post
                      I occasionally take a coke and am not entirely immune to the fact that it is one of the most unhealthly drinks around, contributing to severe obesity, diabetes, teeth rot and God knows what other side effects in folks who drink it to excess
                      So, Jim, how does the risotto taste? I've watched some cooking shows and see what they put in some dishes. Some are a hit, while most are a miss.

                      You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned "drink it to excess". Just about everythine we take in whether it's supposedly healthy food and beverage will lead to obesity, diabetes, etc.

                      On a side note, I was at a Wendy's hamberger joint and got some mayonaise on my french fries. First time I ever tried it and it is pretty good. Now, when I think of it I have a side of mayo and ketchup to dip fries in. I know, fries are bad enough and I'm probably killing myself adding mayo, but it does taste good.
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                      • #12
                        Lavern drank milk and pepsi

                        Larry

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lwsjc View Post
                          Lavern drank milk and pepsi

                          Larry
                          Oh yea...Ok, your right..
                          ...Hey it's been a while...lol.
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