Thursday, January 29, 2009

And They All Come In 100-Calorie Packs, Which Are Great If You're On The Go

  • Random Pop Culture:
    • The most surprising thing during the entire Idol audition round, besides how great the new judge is, had to be the one guy who came in doing schtick and could actually sing. Not only that, but he made it through mostly because his gay joke about Seacrest and Simon actually made the judges laugh. But here's what's no joke -- how did they possibly let the cursing chick from last year back on the air again? All she wants is attention. You're not helping anyone by giving it to her.
    • On Tuesday's The Biggest Loser, they had two celebrity guests. One was Kurt Warner. You know they picked him a year ago because he's such a great guy and you know this past week the producers were thinking, "We are so lucky."
    • The other "celebrity" was celebrity chef Curtis Stone. They looked shocked when he was announced, most likely because when they heard "celebrity chef" they expected it to be someone they had actually heard of. And the guy had a faux-hawk. Seriously. Unless he is actually celebrity soccer player David Beckham from 2007, that's not cool.
  • Random Hatred And/Or Love:
    • The Pat Quinn indictment watch has begun.
    • If you're a fan of Tony Kornheiser's radio show (which he isn't doing this off-season, sorry to say), you know former Post editor Jeanne McManus and you know she has a sense of humor. So what the hell happened to her in this editorial? You went to the sniper? Really?
  • Monster Matchup:
    • This is a new feature, where we'll analyze two items to see which is the better. Tonight's question: Which is the better cracker -- Triscuit vs. Ritz?
    • This a tough one because they're both great in very different ways. Triscuits are a little healthier, saltier, and grainier. Ritz are buttery, round, and they come in those awesome tube bags. In terms of the health factor, one serving of Triscuits (11 crackers) gives you 120 calories, 5g of fat, and 3g of fiber. One serving of Ritz (4 oz, who knows how many crackers that is -- thanks Nabisco!) comes with 80 calories, 5g of fat, and no fiber. I'm actually a bit surprised that Ritz has fewer calories. But we want to talk about the taste, right? Ritz gives you some cracker options that you can't get elsewhere. You'd never try peanut butter or s'mores on Triscuits. However, I'm a big fan of the wheaty taste. More than anything, this one hinges on one fact: Triscuits don't get soggy in the microwave. That's huge! If I were Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels, I would say, "You can make easy pizzas out of them, you can just melt cheese, or you can have warm salsa." The microwave thing puts them over the top -- the winner is Triscuit!

4 comments:

Roy said...
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Roy said...

Nice one. By the way, CalorieKing web site (along with answers.com) say 8oz of Ritz Crackers = 5 Crackers.

Click here to see the page

Steve said...

REading the Triscuit debate is like watching Rocky Balboa versus Thunderlips with Clubber Lang just sitting on the side watching this fight. The true champ is the Wheat Thin. I believe (but could be making it up) that they are better for you and they certainly taste better than both.

Josh said...

Totally disagree on Wheat Thins. They can't hold Triscuit's jock. Any apologies go to Townhouse, which is my 3-seed.

And thanks, Roy. So the same number of Ritz crackers would be close to 50% more calories than Triscuits.