“Helping people feel good about making bad choices – it’s what we do here at Blue Moon Burgers. And we’ve got the perfect thing to help you through Halloween – we call it ‘Dante’s Inferno’
“Just as the exiled poet Dante made his voyage through the Nine Circles of Suffering/Hell, the Boys at Blue Moon Burgers are ready to help guide you through the Third Circle (gluttony!) with a spicy temptation offered all day/evening on October 31.
“The centerpiece of the Dante’s Inferno meal is our El Diabo Azul, a devilish burger coated with cayenne and cumin seasoning, topped with deep-fried jalapeno bottlecaps, pepper jack cheese and our spicy buffalo sauce. Fresh lettuce and housemade Pico de Gallo on a delicious Grand Central Bakery bun finish off this burner of a burger.
“The Diablo’s running mate is a full-order of our Jalapeno Bottlecaps, which are floured and deep fried to a perfect crunch, and served with our own spicy buffalo sauce.
“Then to cool you off, we include a pint of one of our great beers on tap – or if you’d rather stay in the spirit of things (and off the spirits!), you can have a Pumpkin Pie Shake instead. Whichever flies your broomstick is fine with us.
“There you have it – our Dante’s Inferno – offered Oct 31 only, at the special price of $10.31 – a devil of a deal!!! There’s no punishment for gluttony here at Blue Moon Burgers…” —Blue Moon Burgers.
“Perhaps a long, hot walk, but a walk none the less. There is such a diverse pepper combination that is difficult to peg a dominate flavor source. I see the listed ingredients are not in order by scoville heat unit scale measure but in a manner that each pepper’s heat compliments each other. Remember the flavor curve? This was excellent. Well done 9 Circles. The chicken was wonderful as well. I look forward to adding this spice mix to my kitchen inventory.
“The pork loin and the chicken breast that were rubbed with the brown sugar spice mix were obviously not as hot. But for the folks that can’t really handle the heat, but want to be bold enough and try the flavors of these wonderful peppers, this mix works. The brown sugar calmed the intense heat as provided by all these peppers. Ultimately, play around with the spice mix and see with what works for you heat wise.
“I’m happy somebody had the creativity and balls to develop and make this mix. The pepper combination worked well. I have had my fair share of hot pepper mixes, but 9 Circles Of HELL did their homework and produced a product worthy of the 9 dissentions of hell.” [. . .] –Stephen Bishop, Perfect Meal Today, July 19, 2015.
Gary Larson’s iconic comic strip The Far Side, which ran from 1980 to 1994, featured several single-panel comics that play with the nature of hell, the devil, and punishment. They often do so in a semi-Dantean fashion, where punishment is doled out ironically. One strip, which was reprinted in 1995’s The Far Side, Gallery 5, featured the damned roaming aimlessly around a flaming cavern, whipped by devils as they refill mugs of coffee from an urn. The caption reads “Oh, man! The coffee’s cold! They thought of everything!”
Contributed by Leslie Zarker Morgan
Gary Larson’s iconic comic strip The Far Side, which ran from 1980 to 1994, frequently featured hell, devils, Satan, and various forms of infernal punishment, often in Dantean fashion. In one panel, Larson illustrates a projector slide reel of the recent vacation photos of a couple. Showing a picture of a grinning Satan with his arm around a sunglasses-and-beachwear-clad woman standing in front of a raging fire, the man narrates, “Oh! Now this is from last summer, when Helen and I went to hell and back.”
Contributed by Dennis Looney