I was at Federal Bar in NoHo last night, and ordered their signature cheeseburger. I've lived outside the U.S. for the last twenty years, so I have a perhaps dated idea of what a hamburger should be like (particularly in an upscale establishment). When it arrived it was swimming in their "aioli" sauce (read mayonnaise). WTF?? Like a bacon cheeseburger isn't fattening enough? The whole mess was so slimy I could barely hold it in the bun. It was loathsome.
Then it occurred to me that this is how everybody does it now. It's the new American calorie cuisine. I'm hardly a diet Nazi, but this is over the top. And the French fries were some mega bomb of salt, parmesan cheese and truffle oil, which I couldn't stop eating, not because it was delicious, but it was hitting some low pleasure center in the reptile part of my brain.
Are there any other Rip van Winkles out there who know what I'm talking about?