Saturday, March 11, 2023

And the debate winner is....


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Although I was intrigued today by an article in the WSJ from Mike Edleson and Andy Puzder, I will not share my views about ESG investing.  Is it moral or amoral?  Sensible or not?  Profitable or not?  Actually I'd like to express myself on these topics but I won't do so publicly.  Suffice it to say, one can make a reasonable case....both for and against ESG investing.  (OK, it's a safe statement).

I will, however, publicly express myself about other equally polarizing topics: foods and beverages!  You won't see me equivocate during these debates.  I can't cover the subject in one post, but here's a sampling of seven culinary flashpoints for low risk debates.

Pizza & Hot Dogs

Possibly America's favorite food, I must have only thin crust pizza with cracker crisp qualities and zesty toppings (toppings is a topic for another post).  To my friends in Chicago; please forgive me, but what you call "Deep Dish Pizza" is actually a satisfying casserole with too much dough.  However, Chicago can lay claim to the finest hot dogs (and I agree, no ketchup on a dog allowed).  For store bought frankfurters; I'm partial to Hebrew National brand.


The classic cocktail must be made with Gin not Vodka.  Vodka works with Lemonade and other sugary mixers, but as the featured component, it doesn't work for me. Shaken or stirred?  I don't know.

Coke vs. Pepsi

Talk about polarizing debates!  Cola devotees might never patronize both giant beverage makers, but I do.  Diet Pepsi is not only wildly superior to Diet Coke, but I find Diet Coke almost undrinkable.  Regarding Coke Zero vs Pepsi Zero -- I'll give Coke the edge.


Follow your Doctor's or Nutritionist's advice.  Gluten doesn't affect me.


When did this onslaught of Peanut allergies begin?  Why did it begin?  I love these little legumes and Virginia Peanuts are the best I've found.  Please do not serve me the un-salted type and consider serving Peanuts really cold.  That's something I learned from my brother, from another mother.

Charcoal vs. Gas Grilling

For purposes of taste comparison -- there is no comparison.  Charcoal is best.  I sometimes hear the argument about the speed of Gas Grilling, to which I normally respond, "What's your hurry?"  The same principle applies to smokers (the method of food preparation, not people) -- well worth the wait.

Orange Juice

There are few things in this life I find as gratifying as a glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice.  Unfortunately, every substitute for the fresh variety I have found distasteful.  Take McDonald's, I've long believed that their orange juice is the worst-tasting item on the breakfast whole menu.