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"Where's the beef?" Wendy's restaurants once famously asked through its advertising, a swipe at its competitors' burgers.
The same question is now being asked by a California woman regarding Taco Bell's beef products, which she claims contain very little meat. So little, in fact, that she's brought a false-advertising lawsuit against the huge fast-food chain.
The class-action suit, which does not ask for money, objects to Taco Bell calling its products "seasoned ground beef or seasoned beef, when in fact a substantial amount of the filling contains substances other than beef."
It says Taco Bell's ground beef is made of such components as water, isolated oat product, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate, as well as some beef and seasonings.
Just 35 percent of the taco filling was a solid, and just 15 percent overall was protein, said attorney W. Daniel "Dee" Miles III of the Montgomery, Ala., law firm Beasley Allen, which filed the suit.
"Taco Bell's definition of 'seasoned beef' does not conform to consumers' reasonable expectation or ordinary meaning of seasoned beef, which is beef and seasonings," the suit says. Beef is the "flesh of cattle," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"You can't call it beef by definition," Miles said. "It's junk. I wouldn't eat it."
Taco Bell, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., did not immediately return a request for comment.
But it told Alabama television station WSFA-TV in a prepared statement: "Taco Bell prides itself on serving high quality Mexican inspired food with great value. We're happy that the millions of customers we serve every week agree. We deny our advertising is misleading in any way and we intend to vigorously defend the suit."
For many menu choices, customers are given the choice of chicken, beef or carne asada steak as fillings for their Taco Bell products, such as burritos, Gorditas and Chalupas.
"The 'chicken' and 'carne asada steak' served by Taco Bell is, in fact, chicken and carne asada steak. The 'seasoned beef,' however, is not beef," the suit contends.
Apparently, the industry — and Taco Bell internally — calls the substance "taco meat filling," avoiding the word "beef," according to the suit.
However, even that term is supposed to be used for products that are at least 40 percent beef. Taco Bell's taco filling falls short of that definition too, Miles said.
The suit was filed Jan. 19 in federal court on behalf of Amanda Obney of California.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-taco-bell-suit-20110124,0,6513275.story"Where's the beef?" Wendy's restaurants once famously asked... more
Mexican food is delicious, but bringing the recipes to your own kitchen may be tricky. We all love hitting a Mexican restaurant, big or small, and noshing on enchiladas and fajitas and washing it all down with a margarita. These blogs will help you gather the right ingredients and perfect your technique when cooking up something spicy.
http://www.culinaryartscollege.org/top-49-mexican-cooking-blogs/Mexican food is delicious, but bringing the recipes to your own kitchen may be tricky.... more
Taco trucks and other mobile eateries have been gaining popularity in mainstream culture, but for many Latinos, these traveling kitchens have been a staple go-to for fast, cheap and authentic eats. And, what better way to enjoy the summer sunshine than sneaking out for a mid-day taco tasting?
We checked out five mobile eateries across the country that are doing more than their share to dispel the “roach coach” mentality long attached to food truck vendors by selling quality bites that adhere to strict health department standards.
http://www.cafemagazine.com/index.php/articles/86-0810/1150-cuisine-cruisersTaco trucks and other mobile eateries have been gaining popularity in mainstream... more
In Central Mexico, locals are feasting on a unique delicacy that sprouts to life this time of year from the country's corn fields.
It's still called by its Aztec name, cuitlacoche (pronounced QUEET-la-coh-chay). The gray, stone-shaped fungus turns into a gunky, tar-like mush when cooked.
But it is revered by Mexican gourmet chefs and home-style cooks alike. The fungus — which some say has an earthy, tangy, mushroom-like flavor with a hint of raw corn — is a popular ingredient in soups and quesadillas.
Farmers hunt for cuitlacoche during the rainy season from now through mid-October.
Sometimes the farmers call the dish "el oro negro," or black gold.
"We have a very fine Mexican cuisine. It's not all about tacos," she says.
Businesswoman Ruth Martinez recently dined on a dish of chicken-stuffed cuitlacoche at a Mexico City restaurant.
When asked to describe how it tastes, Martinez evokes a popular song by Latino singer Enrique Iglesias.
"It's a religious experience," she says.
Not a bad compliment for a fungus that in other parts of the world is simply thrown away.In Central Mexico, locals are feasting on a unique delicacy that sprouts to life this... more
Gidget, the Chihuahua from the famous 'Yo Quiero Taco Bell' ad campaign, passed away from a stroke at the age of 15.
"She made so many people happy," says Gidget's trainer, Sue Chipperton.
Chipperton said the mostly retired Gidget lived out her days laying in the sun. "I like to joke that it's like looking after a plant," says Chipperton.
"Gidget," she adds, "always knew where the camera was."
Let's all go to Taco Bell and observe a moment of silence before devouring our burritos.Gidget, the Chihuahua from the famous 'Yo Quiero Taco Bell' ad campaign,... more
Taco trucks are an institution in Los Angeles, but owners are under threat by an ordinance that would effectively ban them from the streets of LA.Taco trucks are an institution in Los Angeles, but owners are under threat by an... more
On your mark, get set, eat! Joe Hanson decides to compete with some of the best competitive eaters in the world in a jalapeno-eating contest. Can Joe hold his own or at least hold his nausea at bay? Find out in this Joe Gets... pod.On your mark, get set, eat! Joe Hanson decides to compete with some of the best... more
LA GRANGE, IL May 11 -- "A man impersonating a Relay for Life volunteer stole 100 burritos intended for a benefit concert. Police are searching for a thin, middle-aged, balding white man who picked up the burritos from Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1 S. La Grange Road, at 4:43 p.m. Chipotle was donating the food for the fundraiser. The man, who wore a black Relay for Life T-shirt, had called earlier in the day asking to get the food ahead of the scheduled 6 p.m. pickup, the manager reported. The Relay for Life group at Lyons Township High School had planned to sell the donated burritos at $4 each during a benefit concert in La Grange. The manager described the man as about 45 years old, 5-feet, 9-inches tall. He had black curly hair with a receding hairline and wore prescription glasses and was driving a newer model brown Dodge Charger with black and brown leather seats. Erin Nevicosi, a spokesperson for Chipotle, "I just hope bad karma catches up with him." The concert still generated $1,500, including a $500 donation from two parents to cover the burrito sales loss."LA GRANGE, IL May 11 -- "A man impersonating a Relay for Life volunteer stole 100... more
For all of you who think Burritos are the best thing for 'Mexican' food, take this:
Not in the mission for sure, 'NOPALITOS' (which is veggie heaven dish meaning cactus) is the new addition to the kick-ass Nopa restaurant family.
Nonetheless a great location in the Falletti Foods' complex (at least a few cute local markets are still ran by Italians Yay!)
I think is awesome the cooks for this new restaurant are from the Mexican states of Guerrero and Veracruz. For all of you who think Burritos are the best thing for 'Mexican' food,... more
Just because Lou Dobbs spends night after night fighting to criminalize people who cross the desert to pick your tomatoes, some loony leftwingers have accused him of harboring white supremacist sentiments. Just because he accidentally quotes studies conducted by racist organizations and occasionally references the opinions of eugenicists, some people have decided that Daddy Dobbs is driven by nefarious motives.Just because Lou Dobbs spends night after night fighting to criminalize people who... more