NOT revolver v. semi, nor .45 v. 9mm…
Or even Romney v. the President…
BUT ketchup (aka catsup) v. mustard!
I eat too much fast food. But I like it, and as standing in the kitchen or elsewhere can be painful (due to my various infirmities) it’s easier. Sometimes, in lieu of cooking, I drive-through.
I live in the Southwest, and many of the personnel in fast food establishments are of Latino origin. This is NOT some kind of racist diatribe, but rather an observation. Hell, my neighborhood is largely Latino! So what?
I like mustard, lots of mustard, on my cheeseburgers. The more the merrier. I’m NOT a big fan of ketchup. It’s ‘okay’, but I don’t seek it out and prefer not to have it. When my college landlord Walter worked as the night manager for (franchise excised), I’d get burgers drenched in mustard. Heaven!
I think the taste for mustard emanates from the East Coast and the Midwest. It’s not a usual part of Mexican cuisine (which I also like!).
There’s the rub.
It seems most of the fast food establishments which I frequent do have mustard. But the staff, unfamiliar with the taste or desire for it, doesn’t get it. And my cheeseburgers often have little or no mustard, even though extra has been requested! And sometimes ketchup is substituted in its place!
Now, I realize that fast food places are not blue ribbon dining facilities, and the crews are usually minimum wage folks just trying to eke out a living, but there seems to be a decided dislike for mustard as a condiment and an unfamiliarity with regard to how much is appropriate when extra is requested. A spot the size of a dime is not EXTRA! And substituting ketchup is just wrong.
One of the chain’s branches in another part of town has a largely Bosnian crew, many barely speaking English. There seems to be no problem in that location obtaining extra mustard, further adding credence to my hypothesis.
Then of course, are the places that offer mayonnaise to be placed on hamburgers! I’m not going to dignify THAT with a response!
And no mention of chili until next time! (hint – NO beans!)