So I normally never do fast food…

…but if you haven’t eaten for a week, you’d eat up crap like it was caviar too.

One of the first things I ingested after I could finally chew again [if you missed the breaking news, I had my wisdom teeth extracted last week and it was God Awful], one of the first things was…get ready to disown me, throw dirt on me, fling camel poop in my pan…one of the first things was the latest pizza atrocity from Pizza Hut Middle East. The Cone Crust Pizza.

I nearly gagged out of disgust when I’d seen the first creepy crust that hit the market a few months ago, The Cheeseburger Crown Crust…and I’d have never ever, not in a million barfyears, have ever tried it, had the awesome team at Serious Eats not asked me. I can’t say no to them. I can’t. I love them, in that dopey-eyed, floppy-eared way you love one of the most rocking community blogs of all time. I’ll eat anything they want me to. Except camel poop.

Anyway, I pimped out my stomach and subjected myself to the Cheeseburger Crown Crust. And now months later, when Pizza Hut swallowed the crown crust and regurgitated it as The Cone Crust, I slavishly reviewed it once more.

At least the review had doodles, right? *WEEE. DOODLE POINTS.*

On the bright side, sometimes it helps to shock your taste buds with edible nasties so that you can appreciate all the other things you actually love eating and writing about. No? Lame bright side? I tried.

I swear the next post will be about something yummy and authentic and…yummy. Like biryani.

Author: InaFryingPan

With a family legacy of ingenious cooks, a nutritionist and chef-extraordinaire mother, and a father who introduced me to steak and caviar when I could barely reach the table, I had no choice but to acquire a keen awareness of food during my childhood years in Dubai. But it was only after I found myself on a college campus in Philadelphia – far away from home, too cheap as a student to spend on anything other than pizza, and with dorm rooms that had little rat-holes of kitchens if they even had them at all – when I developed a heightened appreciation of food. An appreciation of food that I once ate every night at the dinner table in Dubai, but that was now an entire ocean away. I lusted for the culinary treasures that lay outside the stale walls of my college dining hall, hijacked friends’ kitchens to try my hand at something, anything , remotely edible, and greedily raided different websites in search of highly-rated restaurants. With my move to New York to work for a consulting firm that secretly harbored self-professed foodies, my appreciation transformed into a passion, an addicition. I felt like everyone around me in New York was talking about food: where to get the best cupcakes, pizza slices, banh mi, kati rolls, pho, fried chicken, and every other food item out there that is just a plain old dish in some part of the world, but that’s become hyped to unforeseen proportions in New York. What fuelled my addiction over time was travel to different cities, both for work and play, which gave me unfettered access to the culinary havens of not only New York, but also of DC, Virginia, Chicago, Houston, Vegas, Austin, Seattle and even a little city called Bentonville (Arkansas!). After 9 years away from home, I’ve finally taken the leap to come back to Dubai – with not just an awareness, but genuine appreciation and passionate addiction for what I’d taken for granted as a child. Mom, I’m back to reclaim my seat at your dinner table, and to rediscover this city with its ever-expanding menu of international flavors.

6 thoughts on “So I normally never do fast food…

  1. Carmen Clarke says:

    Hysterical. Thanks for taking one for the team. Now I don’t have to ingest this myself.

    1. inafryingpan says:

      @ef6ce07ddcac90368071aa65624f5ca6:disqus – ;) That’s what I’m here for, taste bud martyrdom!

  2. Chef and Steward says:

    Arva, we too find that awfully tasting fast food really sends us back to the kitchen in a jiffy. We try to avoid it but sometimes, as you outlined, illness and other circumstances forces you to put something in your stomach really fast. But yes, that one will certainly be avoided. Haven’t had a boxed pizza we have ever liked anyway.

  3. Saleem says:

    I don’t think would like to try after your experience with it

  4. IshitaUnblogged says:

    Sizzler – you have made me embarrassed since I don’t fancy chain restaurants like Pizza Hut that much. Your article in serious eats make me feel that I ought to change my mind. Left comment on Serious Eats as well!


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