Chili's is a darn sight better than cardboard-serving P.J. Bland's

Posted on Mon Apr 20 2009

Who in their right mind would serve cardboard french fries and a tasteless, recycled-paper-looking T-bone? P.J. Bland's would, according to this new spot from fast-casual restaurant Chili's. The campaign, via Hill Holliday, juxtaposes the sizzling, taste-infused molecules of food you'd get at Chili's versus what you miss when cutting back. (P.J. Bland's is a fictitious competitor, we discover.) Thank goodness for the scrumptious footage of foods like Chili's Honey Chipotle Crispers ("We take the time to hand batter each one. That's what makes them crispy pieces of heaven on earth") or else we'd be gagging from all that corrugated cardboard. Ten entrees for under $7 each? Save us a seat.

—Posted by Elaine Wong

Is this Baskin-Robbins Oreo shake the worst food in the world?

Posted on Wed Jan 28 2009


In a recent interview, Keith Olbermann explained that he got his idea for the "Worst Person in the World" segment on his MSNBC show from an old comic's musing that somebody has to be the worst something in the world—thus, there's a worst doctor in the world, and someone has an appointment with him or her tomorrow. But what is the worst food in the world?
  The Center for Science in the Public Interest suggests that Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie is the worst, with its death-inducing 1,590 calories, 37 grams of saturated fat and 910 milligrams of sodium. But the magazine Men's Health seems to have a better one: the Baskin-Robbins large Chocolate Oreo Shake, which boasts 2,600 calories, 59 grams of saturated fat and 1,700 milligrams of sodium. In either case, it seems like it's a good idea to steer clear of any dessert item that's fortified with cookies.

—Posted by Todd Wasserman



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