Dreaming about guitars and hamburgers

Last night, I had a dream that my friend was going to participate in a musical competition with his guitar.  There were other guys dressed in western clothes with guitars who were also going to be in the contest.

My friend invited me to his house.  It was one of those stucco houses with a porch along the whole front of the house that were built during the 1950’s.  My friend’s family had gathered around a folding table on the porch where there was a tray of nicely grilled hamburgers, loaves of white bread, and dishes with onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and pickles.  I thought that it was curious that they were using sliced bread instead of buns.  As I went to the table to assemble a succulent juicy hamburger with mustard, I woke up feeling very hungry.

Two days ago, I was playing the guitar, and this is probably why the guitars got into my dream.  I also have been eating chicken for two weeks on a restricted calorie diet.  I miss a good burger.  I think I need to change my menu for a few days.  There is a McDonald’s restaurant across the street.  Their Angus Third Pounder Deluxe looks tempting.  The ingredients are[1]:

Angus Deluxe:
Angus Beef Patty, Premium Bun, Pasteurized Process American Cheese, Tomato Slice, Mayonnaise Dressing, Red Onions, Crinkle Cut Pickle Slices, Leaf Lettuce, and Mustard.

One thing that makes me hesitate about this big burger is that it has 760 Calories and 41 grams of fat, including 2 grams of trans fats.  I thought that the trans fats came from shortening used in the bread or the mayonnaise dressing, but I was wrong.  Unlike the Regular Buns which may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil, the Premium Bun of the Angus burger does not contain trans fats, but the Angus Beef Patty is not like the 100% Beef Patty seasoned with salt and pepper used in most of McDonald’s sandwiches.  It actually contains a lot of ingredients, including partially hydrogenated oils.  Here are the ingredients of the Angus Beef Patty[1]:

Angus Beef Patty:
100% Angus beef. Prepared with Grill Seasoning (salt, black pepper) and Angus Burger Seasoning: Salt, sugar, dextrose, onion powder, maltodextrin, natural butter flavor (dairy source), autolyzed yeast extract, spices, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), natural (animal, plant and botanical source) and artificial flavors, dried beef broth, sunflower oil, caramel color, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and soybean oil, gum arabic, soy sauce solids (wheat, soybean, salt, maltodextrin, caramel color), palm oil, worcestershire sauce powder [distilled vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor (fruit source)], beef fat, annatto and turmeric (color), calcium silicate and soybean oil (prevent caking).

If McDonald’s used the premium bun with the 100% beef patties, I could have a hamburger without added trans fats, but alas, that is not the case.  I remember the wonderful hamburgers that I used to eat in a diner during my sophomore year in college.  A large beef patty on a toasted bun with lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, and a good dab of yellow mustard. No artificial ingredients.  Those were the good old days.

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[1] McDonald’s USA Ingredients