What is it with the overload of everything these days?
Bacon, pumpkin spice, red velvet... if a little is good, a lot must be better right. Spread that shit over everything. Seriously. I mean, I like bacon as much as the next guy, but I don't want it in my ice cream or my donuts or my Poptarts. I like pumpkin. (Not pumpkin spice - cinnamon and cloves are fine, but nutmeg makes me gag.) Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins... NOT pumpkin coffee. And sorry, but I don't get the allure of red velvet. Meh. But it's everywhere like someone decided it was manna from the heavens. It's vanilla. Dyed red. Might be a little creamier, but it's still just red vanilla flavor.
Everything is overdone. And if it's not it's X-Treme. Bigger, bolder, spicier, more in your face. Your tastebuds will be blown away by this latest craze. BLOWN. AWAY. You can't just have spicy anymore either. You have to have ghost chili spicy. If your tongue doesn't want to rip itself off, jump out of your mouth, and run away, you're not doing it right.
I believe it was Aristotle who said something to the effect of 'everything in moderation.' But who cares about Aristotle. He's some dead dude anyway. America wants what it wants in large proportions, liberally distributed through every aspect of life. They don't want a cheeseburger. They want a 1 pound steakburger with a half-pound of cheese covered in bacon and sriracha.
We want a super-grande, double-whipped, half-caff, pumpkin-spiced latte with extra foam and sprinkles.
And that's certainly your right.
I just don't get it. How do you taste the coffee in there? Or the burger under all that stuff? How can you enjoy a single strip of bacon in all its bacony wonder when everything tastes like bacon?
You know, I think back in the old days, spices were used to cover up the taste of less-than-quality meats. Would the eaters of extra-spicy, in your face seasonings and extreme flavors even know when they were eating rancid meat before they were hit with the aftereffects of it?
Me, I like to taste my food. I like to stick with the moderation. A little of this and a little of that goes a long way. But that's me. Just for petesakes, stop trying to make me eat red velvet. Can't buy a cheesecake or muffin or petit four or donut assortment without someone sneaking red velvet in there. Bleh.