[Seinfeld voice] What’s the deal with guilty pleasures? [/Seinfeld voice]
Really, why must there be things that give us pleasure, but cause us guilt? Why do we feel this guilt? This sounds very philosophical, doesn’t it? What’s with all the questions in this blog post???
I don’t know why we feel guilty, but I can probably narrow it down to two things: 1) people are douchebags and 2) people are douchebags. Why? Because they are the ones who tell us that the things we like aren’t things we should like. Where do they get off saying that? I’m sure it has something to do with social acceptance and blah blah blah other stuff. It shouldn’t matter to other people what we like or don’t like! [Well, unless you don't like any of the Rogue Bakery cookies. Then we really need to have a talk. ]
But back to guilty pleasures…we have guilty pleasures when it comes to music, television shows, movies, etc. I also find a lot of people have food guilty pleasures. Or more accurately, foods that people like, that other people think is disgusting, or just wrong. Do you like McDonald’s, but you have friends that look at you like you’ve killed millions of innocent kittens when you admit it? Yeah, we all do. Wait, do we…? I don’t know. I hope I don’t. Then again, I don’t go around saying I like McDonald’s. I do like it, though. “But those burgers are terrible!” Well, yeah, they are, if you compare them to really well-made burgers. But it’s McDonald’s. I don’t view McDonald’s cheeseburgers as the end-all-be-all cheeseburger. I don’t even view a McDonald’s cheeseburger as a hamburger with cheese. In my mind a McDonald’s cheeseburger is, in itself, it’s own food. Like Chicken McNuggets. That’s not chicken. I can’t compare that to any part of an oven roasted chicken, or even compare it to chicken fingers. They’re McNuggets. I’m not even sure what’s in them. It could be chicken, it could be fillers. Who knows? They’re just delicious. And I’m not just talking about McDonald’s here. I also enjoy Taco Bell. See? There’s another example of what I’m talking about. Taco Bell isn’t Mexican food. It’s just Taco Bell. Sure, you can get an authentic Mexican taco from one of the many taco trucks Columbus has to offer. But that taco is nothing like a Doritos Loco Taco, except that they are both called “tacos”. Read the rest of this entry »