Heh. Speaking of too much meat. First, I'd like to shake a stick at my blogmate Dr. Biggles, because although he's more fun than you can shake a stick at, I guess I just like shakin' sticks.
Biggles' blog, Meathenge, was mentioned yesterday on Boing Boing, prominently featured in a roundup of meaty fun sites to gawk at. (Boing Boing is fun, too, if you don't already know.) Biggles says he's had a slew of visitors since the latest hot spotlight of fame flashed his way. Of course, it's just poetic justice that his most recent two posts were not about meat.
As for me: This post is about meat. And Whole Foods.
Although I seem to have a propensity for stepping feet-first into politically charged subjects — just call me the red cape in front of the bull — it is not my intention today to raise the topic of Should We Even Be Shopping at Whole Foods.
I shop at Whole Foods. Occasionally. Wisely, I like to believe. I'm following the debates about locally provenanced items, corporate bullheaditude, "wimping" out on the lobster tanks, yadda yadda. I remain unpersuaded that Whole Foods is the devil. I will, with a clear conscience, buy a jar of spice or a sack of stone-ground grits or a bag of dried seaweed there.
But I keep running into one big problem with the meat. Too Much.
Now, Biggles will tell you there is no such thing as Too Much Meat, but what if all you want is a hot dog?
You don't want an entire plastic-wrapped pack of fake-smoke-juice-enhanced Little League Sawdust Chubbies from Safeway, so you go to the meat counter at Whole Foods and ask for a couple of individual frankfurters.
And you get Log Dogs. Big thangs. Spicy, tasty, yeah. But utterly beyond the scope of a reasonable bun.
I've found that it's not just wieners that are too big at Whole Foods. If you ask the nice butcher for a couple of chicken breasts, first of all he'll try to sell you two double breasts — a pair of pairs. And even when you pare down your order to just the two poitrines, you are given a couple of D-cups, I swear. Way too much meat.
This is meat sold by the pound, by the way, so Whole Foods tends to benefit from fobbing off gargantuan gobs to the unsuspecting.
Anybody else have this problem with meat at Whole Foods? I've inadvertently come home with massive slabs of fish, too, but as I am not the usual meat-buyer in this household, I may have had a few oddball experiences.
But man. Those dogs were just too big.