Skip to comments.Why Michelle Obama Should Stay Out of Restaurants
Posted on 09/16/2010 1:38:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the National Restaurant Association with stern advice about the fare they should serve up -- less butter and cream, fewer fries.
Im not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business, she said. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love."
She also gave them advice on advertising.
Its not enough just to limit ads for foods that arent healthy," she said. "Its also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy."
A little bossy don't you think?
It's part of her ongoing mission to improve the nutrition of children in this country, which is admirable. She's brought a lot of awareness to the problem of school lunches and childhood obesity, and I am right there with her in the outrage about our nation's unhealthy eating habits.
But she should stay out of restaurants.
Restaurants are where we go to take a break, to celebrate special occasions and occasionally get some relief from cooking. They should be places to enjoy, those in which we do indulge sometimes. While I may never fry cheese in my own home, I might go wild and get my kids some while dining out some night. Big deal.
We don't rely on restaurants for our basic nutritional needs, rather they fill in here and their in our otherwise healthy diet.
If you do rely on restaurants to provide most of your meals then perhaps their menus could be problematic -- but that's an individual problem of eating out too often that individuals need to address, not one for restaurants to solve. Their job is to attract customers, after all.
And most restaurants have upped efforts to offer healthy fare. If you order right, you can go into most any restaurant in the country and get a healthy meal if you look for it ... if you order it. Just because the fries are more tempting to you than the cottage cheese shouldn't really be the problem of restaurants.
It's different in school cafeterias where our children eat regularly. Those choices should be regulated and as healthy we can make them, because, like at home, that fare is standard part of their diets.
Restaurant food doesnt' have to be, and when I do choose to dine out, if I want heavy cream in a dish, then I want heavy cream.
Do you think Michele Obama has any business telling restaurants what to do with theirs?
No, they're eating cheeseburgers, fries, and ice cream.
Say one thing, do another. The Gospel of Alinsky. They can't help themselves.
Maybe they should start with a ‘Healthy’ Food stamps program. No more fatty food allowed to be bought with food stamps. Only veggies and rice. I wonder how that would go over with the ‘base’.
Why is it that everytime I see a photo of Moochelle she is sucking down an ice cream cone? She needs to butt out of the restaurant scene and for that matter everything else.
I love it when she throws her weight around. Something for the restaurant association/owners/staff to think about when they vote.
I was wondering about Lobster tails.
They sale them for $6.99 per lb in the grocery store.
I don’t know there origin though, doesn’t say like other seafood does.
Cheaper than local crab even.
So I was wondering if the Lobster market (read somewhere it dropped out back east, don’t know if that is true) tanked does the Lobster in resteraunts drop too?
I doubt it, just a thought.
I am sure all the restaurant owners were bowing and
and saying, “Yes, Goddess Obama”.
What makes her an expert on anything, much less owning a restaurant?
Michelle Obama ‘thinks being America’s First Lady is ‘hell’
I doubt if there’s a ton of stockbrokers, salespeople, loan officers, business owners, etc flocking to places that serve Wagyu steaks, lobster and caviar like they were in 2005. So of course prices will come down, unless the Chinese or Indians get a hankerin’ for luxury foods.
You sure that’s not $6.99/lb per lobster or $6.99 per tail?
I thought lobster was considered a high cholesterol food. Wonder if Missy knows this or cares.
I will have to check next time and ask where those tails come from.
We have a rule (living in a fishing community) No farmed fish and no non USA water seafood.
I tried to google the price for Maine and the stupid browser shut down.
There are major parts of the world I don’t trust my fish to come from (hello, China), but I see no reason to avoid herring from off of Europe or certain farming techniques, such as how young oysters are fostered in the Long Island Sound.
I expect you save money buying non-American goods from the free market, and there’s no reason that people who work in other industries shouldn’t, on principle, be able to similarly turn the tables on you. Protectionism for me, but not for thee doesn’t seem particularly principled to me.
All that said, localism for food, where possible, does make a lot of sense.
I suspect the White House demand for such luxury foods is up significantly—but maybe not enough to affect overall market prices.
Anybody with that big a rear end has no business telling anyone what to eat.
I never considered oysters as farmed but now that you mention it they are.
At least here they are.
With such a tasty result, strong prices, and so little apparent impact on the environment, I’m surprised there’s not more oyster farming than there is.
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