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Friday, August 10, 2012

The 30th Olympiad and Onion Rings

There's been much controversy surrounding the logo for the 2012 London Olympics. Is it unreadable? Is it obscene? Are we stuck in 1987? No matter your opinion, this Olympics' logo is certainly a conversation starter.

Though each host city will design a logo for their respective games, one element of that logo will always remain the same: the Olympic rings. The rings, originated in 1912, were specifically designed to represent the different regions of the world that meet, or interlock, to participate in the games. The five colored rings, along with a white background, also incorporate almost every color seen on the flags of each participating nation. It's a truly international symbol.

So, what does this have to do with Foodie Friday? Aside from my wife and I being complete Olympics addicts and eating most of our dinners the past week-and-a-half in front of the television, the Olympic rings remind me of another ring I'm quite fond of: the onion ring. As a matter of fact, I'm going to have one for lunch today. My reliable area lunch spot, "The Chalet", is featuring one of my favorite menu items this week: The Crown Jewel Burger.
It's a third-pound, fresh, 100% natural ground angus chuck burger cooked medium and layered with pepperjack cheese, pecanwood smoked bacon, creamy horseradish sauce, and topped with—you guessed it—a gourmet onion ring crown. Absolutely delicious. I bet even the Queen of England could get on board with this royal sandwich.

The London 2012 Olympics end this Sunday and will soon be forgotten, along with its controversial logo. But the onion ring will live on, just as the Olympic rings have, for many more years to come.

Bob Lentz
Art Director

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