Eating with the King

On Tuesday April 29th, the IFC center here in the NY, NY, NY (props to Zach Bruno) will be showing The Burger and the King, a 1996 documentary about Elvis and his life long love affair with food.
Now the whole thing can be viewed on youtube in 6 parts with Scandinavian subtitles, but Im willing to wait and watch it on the big screen, and as an added bonus, the director, James Marsh, will be there to do a little Q&A afterwards.
I was a pedestrian Elvis fan for a decent amout of time, mainly of skinny young Elvis. However, following a visit to Graceland the summer after graduating from college, I became totally sold on the fat, older, decadent (yet still really religious) Elvis who flew to Denver in the middle of the night to have a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with butter, peanut butter, jelly, and bacon, better known as the Fool’s Gold Loaf. The same dude who ate fried chicken coated with crushed up potato chips and shot out one of his 3 tvs (they were all next to each other in his basement mind you) because he felt like it.

reeses elvis together as one
You might remember that not too long ago Reese’s came out with limited edition Elvis peanut butter and banana creme cups to commemorate…well I dont know what the special occasion was. But I do remember picking up a pack while on a car ride either to or from New York and Cleveland, and finding it to be pretty disgusting. However that might have to do with my total disliking of any banana flavored candy. 

The Peanut Butter & Co. shop in Greenwich Village offers a pretty good Elvis sandwich, though its more of a combo sandwich as they combine the fried (though they just grill theirs) peanut butter and banana sandwich with bacon. I’ve experimented with the bacon and peanut butter sandwich a few times at home with limited success (i think the key is getting good bacon and figuring out a good PB/bacon ratio), though that doesnt mean I will stop. And since I bought some hamburger meat not too long ago (I have a stock of buns in the freezer. Dont ask), I might experiment with the peanut butter burger as well.

But I digress.

Thanks to A Hamburger Today for the heads up and info.



  1. “The ester called isoamyl acetate (CH3COOC5H11) is a fundamental component of banana flavor. If you add these esters to a product, the product will taste, to some degree, like orange or banana. To make more realistic flavors you add other chemicals in the correct proportions to get closer and closer to the real thing. You can do that by trial and error or by chemical analysis of the real thing.” which clearly no one ever does. I too hate banana flavoring, AND The King’s B-day is one day before mine and Craig’s. Real bananas though, are the b-o-m-b

  2. I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned the delicious breakfast treat from TOMMY’S known as THE ELSIE COMBO!!!!

    This sandwich is AMAZING!
    Triple decker sandwich stuffed with bacon, fried eggs, peanut butter, mayonnaise, tomatoes, and lettuce. Holy crap, it’s mighty fine.

    Seriously, as Agent Cooper might say: “There’s nothing quite like the flavor when bacon collides with peanut butter and mayo”.


    btw Banana Reeses??? GROSSSSSSSS

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