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(The Consumerist)   Dominos pasta bowl in the commercial? Looks pretty delish. Actual product? Not so much   (consumerist.com) divider line 68
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2009-07-22 10:05:50 AM  
Are you kidding me? That looks delicious! Mac - n - Cheeze sloppy all over bread! Whoo-hooooooooo!

Just needs some bacon.
 
2009-07-22 10:08:52 AM  
And people wonder why Americans are mostly obese....

Just like living within your means financially, so must a person live within their means calorically. If you are consuming more calories than your body burns, you will get fat - this is universally true.
 
2009-07-22 10:09:09 AM  
I think I had a heart attack just looking at that picture.
 
2009-07-22 10:10:24 AM  
I had one and it actually did look like the picture. And no, I didn't even eat half the damn thing. Has to be 1500 calories in one at the least.
 
2009-07-22 10:10:48 AM  
The actual picture looks somewhat better to me than the marketing picture - less bread, more substance.
 
2009-07-22 10:10:49 AM  
Confabulat: Are you kidding me? That looks delicious! Mac - n - Cheeze sloppy all over bread! Whoo-hooooooooo!

Just needs some bacon.


Hmmmm...perhaps a Carbonara pasta bread bowl?

Now you can get all that artery clogging fat and your carbs in one convenient meal.
 
2009-07-22 10:11:51 AM  
I think I gained five pounds just looking at it. Honestly it looks like a fattie who's just been disemboweled.
 
2009-07-22 10:39:30 AM  
Elzar: And people wonder why Americans are mostly obese....

Just like living within your means financially, so must a person live within their means calorically. If you are consuming more calories than your body burns, you will get fat - this is universally true.


This is universally true, but it is important to note:

- The price of high calory, low quality food (pasta, cheese, fast food) is significantly lower than the price of low calory high quality food (fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and fish).

- The shelf life of high calory low quality food (pasta, bags of chips, pre-packaged meals, frozen dinners) is much longer than the shelf life of healthy foods (fruits, veggies, etc).

- The effort required to prepare high calory low quality foods (hot pockets, frozen pizza, mac&cheese from a box) is much less than the effort required to prepare a healthy low calory meal from the base ingredients (which is how you'd do it if you were concerned with ensuring there were no hidden calories from a pre-prepared product).

It could be that people, while being conscious of their financial situation and ensuring they live within their means, end up sacrificing the quality of their food for cheap, long lasting, easy meals. It could also be gluttony and sloth. But iirc there is a correlation between poverty and low-income families and higher rates of obesity compared to their wealthy counterparts.

Point was - While it is true that "consume more than you burn = you get fat" when it comes down to people making actual decisions in real life there's more to it than looking at two products, one unhealthy and the other healthy with all else being equal, and knowingly choosing the unhealthy product.
 
2009-07-22 10:42:05 AM  
Is this the first person in North America who has ordered one of those?
 
2009-07-22 10:42:26 AM  
Put that in your mouth, watch your health go south.
 
2009-07-22 10:45:15 AM  
VeI've had the chicken alfredo. I was skeptical about it, but was pleasantly surprised. For the price it's actually pretty damn good.
 
2009-07-22 10:46:50 AM  
Those things don't even look good in the commercials.

And seriously, do we really need to eat that much bread?
 
2009-07-22 10:49:25 AM  
It looks like a cheese-covered abortion created in a fiery trainwreck.
 
2009-07-22 10:53:04 AM  
Elzar: And people wonder why Americans are mostly obese....

Just like living within your means financially, so must a person live within their means calorically. If you are consuming more calories than your body burns, you will get fat - this is universally true.


This is the general attitude I find from people who grew up in the suburbs (as I did...my viewpoint changed after I moved into the inner city of D.C.) with about twenty options within a five minute drive and fresh food five isles deep.

Poor people, disproportionately affected by obesity, tend to live in areas not as well serviced. Imagine being a single mom who rides the bus to work an hour and a half a day to put in eight hours, on your feet, at minimum wage. You have a few kinds and no car, and the only stores within ten blocks are fast food and convince stores. Or pizza delivery.

Just dismissing people who eat fattening foods does nothing to solve the problem.
 
2009-07-22 10:58:57 AM  
Woo, it's FAST FOOD. Farking crybaby, do you expect the burger you get from McD's to be perfect too and go pitch a fit when it doesn't look like the picture?
 
2009-07-22 11:05:59 AM  
GAT_00: Woo, it's FAST FOOD. Farking crybaby, do you expect the burger you get from McD's to be perfect too and go pitch a fit when it doesn't look like the picture?

I don't like how the Big Mac is put together like a disjointed leaning tower of Pisa when the pictures clearly show it as a robust newly built Collosseum.
 
2009-07-22 11:08:35 AM  
GAT_00: Woo, it's FAST FOOD. Farking crybaby, do you expect the burger you get from McD's to be perfect too and go pitch a fit when it doesn't look like the picture?

I pitch a fit when it looks EXACTLY like it does in the picture. Fast food should look like shiat.
 
2009-07-22 11:14:25 AM  
I'm sorry, but I have to call bullshiat on whoever sent this photo in. I have tried their pasta bowls before and they are good. I get 2-3 meals out of one pasta bowl for around $5.

Having ordered these bowls before, I am also familiar with the option of "doubling your topping".

I think that the double-topping goes for around $3 but I am not sure because I never ordered it that way.

It appears that this person did order the double-topping, then acted all surprised when they received their order.
 
2009-07-22 11:16:39 AM  
WTF is the deal with multiple daily greens of bullshiat Consumerist stories?
 
2009-07-22 11:17:10 AM  
Adjective Bird Whiskey: I had one and it actually did look like the picture. And no, I didn't even eat half the damn thing. Has to be 1500 calories in one at the least.

two servings per bowl. damn good guess on calories

megain.smugmug.com

^pdf
 
2009-07-22 11:20:00 AM  
Diogenes: Hmmmm...perhaps a Carbonara pasta bread bowl?

No one in this country makes real carbonara anymore, as you have to rely on the pasta to cook the egg to do it right.

Mmmmmmmmmmm! Spaghetti carbonara!
 
2009-07-22 11:20:26 AM  
Outside of broke students, who eats Dominos? I've got 3 better places within a mile of my house, and I don't even live in NYC or Chicago.
 
2009-07-22 11:21:47 AM  
Megain: Adjective Bird Whiskey: I had one and it actually did look like the picture. And no, I didn't even eat half the damn thing. Has to be 1500 calories in one at the least.

two servings per bowl. damn good guess on calories


I farking HATE those nutrition labels. You buy something that is obviously intended to be consumed by one person, but the nutrition label tells you, "Not so fast, this packet of Instant Noodle Soup is for TWO people!" Why don't they fill those labels out according to how the product is intended to (or will most likely) be eaten?
 
2009-07-22 11:22:07 AM  
Who the holy hell actually eats Domino's? Blech.
 
Juc
2009-07-22 11:22:44 AM  
That reminds me of the bit The Onion did on Dominos.

Link (new window)
 
2009-07-22 11:23:29 AM  
Complaining about fast food looking like crap compared to the ads is like whining that the sun shines every day. Is this worthy of such a post?

I still have a weird craving to try one of those sad KFC bowls, however, even if it sadness in a bowl.
 
2009-07-22 11:25:07 AM  
TheGreatZarquon: I farking HATE those nutrition labels. You buy something that is obviously intended to be consumed by one person, but the nutrition label tells you, "Not so fast, this packet of Instant Noodle Soup is for TWO people!" Why don't they fill those labels out according to how the product is intended to (or will most likely) be eaten?

no argument here
 
2009-07-22 11:26:29 AM  
JGolbez: I still have a weird craving to try one of those sad KFC bowls, however, even if it sadness in a bowl.

are you kidding me? it's like a win sandwich, but no bread.
 
2009-07-22 11:29:27 AM  
Megain: Adjective Bird Whiskey: I had one and it actually did look like the picture. And no, I didn't even eat half the damn thing. Has to be 1500 calories in one at the least.

two servings per bowl. damn good guess on calories



^pdf


Holy Lord Xenu!

Now you know that most of the people ordering that are going to treat it as a single serving meal, so that's 1460 calories, 56g fat, 2840g sodium (!), and 190 carbs.

Further, it's not like most people who eat that are going to go swim five miles afterwards, so all that pasty cheesy slop is heading right for the ass.

I feel like I need a shower.
 
2009-07-22 11:31:49 AM  
kagemaru026: JGolbez: I still have a weird craving to try one of those sad KFC bowls, however, even if it sadness in a bowl.

are you kidding me? it's like a win sandwich, but no bread.


www.slashfilm.com

Would like a word with you
 
2009-07-22 11:31:56 AM  
You'd honestly have to pay me to try one of those things. Or at leas pay for my gym membership and quadruple bypass.
 
2009-07-22 11:32:31 AM  
Confabulat: Are you kidding me? That looks delicious! Mac - n - Cheeze sloppy all over bread! Whoo-hooooooooo!

Just needs some bacon.


My thoughts exactly. Made me hungry.

/Done in one
 
2009-07-22 11:33:06 AM  
Ok, so it's not quite done and has more filling IRL. Other than that it's pretty close to the add. That's not much to biatch about. How about those flat ass hamburgers? biatch about those.

farm4.static.flickr.com

//this one appears to be closer to the ad
 
2009-07-22 11:34:49 AM  
LeafyGreens: Megain: Adjective Bird Whiskey: I had one and it actually did look like the picture. And no, I didn't even eat half the damn thing. Has to be 1500 calories in one at the least.

two servings per bowl. damn good guess on calories

^pdf

Holy Lord Xenu!

Now you know that most of the people ordering that are going to treat it as a single serving meal, so that's 1460 calories, 56g fat, 2840g sodium (!), and 190 carbs.

Further, it's not like most people who eat that are going to go swim five miles afterwards, so all that pasty cheesy slop is heading right for the ass.

I feel like I need a shower.


I love how they list it as "two servings," when you bloody well can't cut the damn thing in half without making a huge mess. If you serve it in separate bowls, you kill the point of having a bread bowl unless you want soggy bits of bread as a side dish. Two people could eat it out of the breadbowl at the same time, I guess, but the overwhelming majority of people are not going to do that.

The label should be printed as if it were going to be consumed by a single person, but they won't do that because if people saw exactly how much garbage they were getting, they wouldn't eat it; so, Dominos says "ah ah ah, this is a two-person meal, so print the label like that" knowing damn well that only one person will be eating it. Most people will read the label, see the facts and interpret them as single-serving data. It's like an even sneakier form of deceptive marketing.
 
2009-07-22 11:35:10 AM  
TheGreatZarquon: I farking HATE those nutrition labels. You buy something that is obviously intended to be consumed by one person, but the nutrition label tells you, "Not so fast, this packet of Instant Noodle Soup is for TWO people!" Why don't they fill those labels out according to how the product is intended to (or will most likely) be eaten?

Most of the time it's because they are thinking that you'll eat a balanced meal. So you'll split that soup into two bowls and make two turkey sandwiches.

Unless of course it's just so they can make the numbers look less unhealthy.
 
2009-07-22 11:39:48 AM  
TheGreatZarquon: Most people will read the label, see the facts and interpret them as single-serving data. It's like an even sneakier form of deceptive marketing.

How about that 20 oz soda you get out of the vending machine that they say you can drink in 2.5 sittings? Then you realize those 27 grams of sugar (almost an oz.) becomes 67.5 grams of sugar. Ack!
 
2009-07-22 11:39:52 AM  
If I'm going to get fat it's going to be from BBQ, cornbread, and sweet tea. Not from processed cheese goop dumped on white bread. Jesus, some people can't even get fat the right way.
 
2009-07-22 11:43:56 AM  
jaylectricity: Most of the time it's because they are thinking that you'll eat a balanced meal. So you'll split that soup into two bowls and make two turkey sandwiches.

Unless of course
it's just so they can make the numbers look less unhealthy.
 
2009-07-22 11:46:12 AM  
Rapmaster2000: If I'm going to get fatter it's going to be from BBQ, cornbread, and sweet tea. Not from processed cheese goop dumped on white bread. Jesus, some people can't even get fat the right way.

FTFY
 
2009-07-22 11:52:30 AM  
elvisbloom: Rapmaster2000: If I'm going to get fatter it's going to be from BBQ, cornbread, and sweet tea. Not from processed cheese goop dumped on white bread. Jesus, some people can't even get fat the right way.

FTFY


You sound fat, too.
 
2009-07-22 11:53:55 AM  
Rapmaster2000: elvisbloom: Rapmaster2000: If I'm going to get fatter it's going to be from BBQ, cornbread, and sweet tea. Not from processed cheese goop dumped on white bread. Jesus, some people can't even get fat the right way.

FTFY

You sound fat, too.


I'm getting fat off of beer. That's how ma daddy did it and that's how I'm gonna do it.
 
2009-07-22 11:58:23 AM  
Adding to Talon's observations. Food being flown thousands of miles, so people can eat 'healthy' year-round uses hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel. People who claim to eat local are kidding themselves. In most parts of the US, eating seasonally and locally would mean snow & ice in the winter, bugs in the summer and gravel in the cities.
 
2009-07-22 12:01:12 PM  
spacechicken170am: Rapmaster2000: elvisbloom: Rapmaster2000: If I'm going to get fatter it's going to be from BBQ, cornbread, and sweet tea. Not from processed cheese goop dumped on white bread. Jesus, some people can't even get fat the right way.

FTFY

You sound fat, too.

I'm getting fat off of beer. That's how ma daddy did it and that's how I'm gonna do it.


Don't you two idiots realize the truth about nutrition? Beer and BBQ are perfect together.

vartian: Poor people, disproportionately affected by obesity, tend to live in areas not as well serviced. Imagine being a single mom who rides the bus to work an hour and a half a day to put in eight hours, on your feet, at minimum wage. You have a few kinds and no car, and the only stores within ten blocks are fast food and convince stores. Or pizza delivery.

One of the saddest stories I've ever read was about the high cost of being poor. Throw in "ignorant/uneducated" and they're basically guaranteed to be stuck in a minimum-wage rut until they die of heart/kidney failure due to TyII diabetes.

Even sadder is considering how much benefit they could get just by walking a lot and eating less of the junk they can afford.
 
2009-07-22 12:01:33 PM  
kagemaru026: JGolbez: I still have a weird craving to try one of those sad KFC bowls, however, even if it sadness in a bowl.

are you kidding me? it's like a win sandwich, but no bread.


media.canada.com
Bon Appetit. It looks like someone already did the OM NOM NOM'ing...
 
2009-07-22 12:04:55 PM  
natazha: Adding to Talon's observations. Food being flown thousands of miles, so people can eat 'healthy' year-round uses hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel. People who claim to eat local are kidding themselves. In most parts of the US, eating seasonally and locally would mean snow & ice in the winter, bugs in the summer and gravel in the cities.

Actually there are harvestable veggies year-round. Ever hear of winter squash? Summer squash? I know, I know... the status quo is perfect and already here, so why even considering doing anything different?
 
Juc
2009-07-22 12:06:35 PM  
Funbags: kagemaru026: JGolbez: I still have a weird craving to try one of those sad KFC bowls, however, even if it sadness in a bowl.

are you kidding me? it's like a win sandwich, but no bread.


Bon Appetit. It looks like someone already did the OM NOM NOM'ing...


Is that thing covered in plastic wrap? I can't quite tell.
 
2009-07-22 12:09:23 PM  
This photo made the rounds 6 weeks ago, surprised to see it pop back up. The photo definitely is not representative of how the Bread Bowl pastas actually look. I do some consulting work for Domino's, so I've seen a lot of photos, and almost all of them pretty closely resemble the actual photos from the ads - they don't look like this at all.

For example, this review has several photos from people on Flickr:
Bread Bowl Pasta Review
 
2009-07-22 12:11:52 PM  
Rapmaster2000: If I'm going to get fat it's going to be from BBQ, cornbread, and sweet tea. Not from processed cheese goop dumped on white bread. Jesus, some people can't even get fat the right way.

CAN I GET AN AMEN????
 
2009-07-22 12:17:15 PM  
Hello, Dominos? I'd like to order the carbohydrate-stuffed carbohydrates. And could you deep fry that for me?

...oh, and a side of low calorie ranch dressing and a diet coke....
 
2009-07-22 12:27:58 PM  
Their pasta is a rip off. I got the Mac&Bacon and Chicken ones. There was barely one piece of bacon sprinkled on top, non on the inside. Same for the chicken one, less than 1/4 what you'd get on a pizza, sitting on top, non on the inside.

Biggest ripoff in a while. Might have just bought the noodles, velveta, and precooked bacon for 1/4 the price, and 10x the bacon.
 
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