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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Hold The Pepperoni

Sometimes, in this crazy, messed up world we live in, one comes across something so archly amusing, that you wonder, how can heaven's comedy clubs top this?

(Groucho had better have a new joke, 'cause we've all heard the Aristocrats! one)

Rarely have I laughed so much, and yet, been so touched by the genesis behind the idea, than when I chanced on this site, today:

PizzaIDF.org

That's right, for a few shekels from your hard-earned trust fund, you too can send an Israeli Defence Forces military man or woman, a pizza.



Mmm, mmm. Pizza!

Is there a better, more self-contained steaming pile of edible goodness in this world, than a pizza?

I challenge you to find one, although I will admit to extreme fondness for shepherd's pie.

Still, the Italian's greatest culinary gift to mankind is so much more universally tasty, than our lowly meat pie.

Whether you take it with plain cheese (my fave)...

With pepperoni (not bad)...

With no tomato sauce and four cheeses (white pizza)...

With just a slathering of olive oil and basil (pizza Margherita)...

Or that special Argentinian version I had in Buenos Aires once, consisting of a boiled egg, pineapple, and ham (blech! and yet, so very good)...

...pizza travels as well as a Fuller Brush salesman to a sheep convention.

Now, I don't know what delivery time is in Israel, or if you get a freebie if it's over 45 minutes, but even factoring the traffic and missiles during rush hour, it must suck to be a pizza delivery guy, there.

Except when your job consists of feeding your troops, who are your front-line of defence between you and oblivion.

Then, frankly, even if the soldiers stiff you with a two bucks tip, it's okay.

They'll get you next time.

Look at these soldiers, enjoying a much-needed respite from Hizboombah's rockets. They look almost happy.



Thus is the miracle of dough, some tomato sauce, and a bit of rolled up cheese.

Now, I know what you're thinking.

What if these brave lads and ladettes, don't go in for pizza?

It happens in the best of families, you know -- dementia.

But fear not, because they do have an alternative.

If you want to, instead of sending the IDF a pizza, on you, you can send them a burger instead.

That's right, a juicy, flame-broiled, extra onions, mucho ketchup, hold the kosher pickle burger, YUM.

BurgerIDF.org

I'd part the Red Sea for a burger, just about now, to be honest.

In any case, you can see the dedication, consideration, and kindness given to the soldiers, from the three folks who thought up this scheme.

Gives fast food, a whole different colouring than the McLibel crowd can ever comprehend, doesn't it?

But you know, this begs the question:

I wonder, what do Hezbollah, Hamas, or Al-Qaeda and their supporters, send their troops?

Other than a one-way ticket to hook up with 72 black-eyed virgins, in that great comedy club in the sky...

UPDATE: Here's a site from what seems a new blogger from Israel, a self-described American oleh. He blogged about the PizzaIDF.org idea, and perhaps my link is his first, so mazel tov!

Also, to those of you who are interested in the prices, because if there is something as universal as pizza, is having to fork out dough of another kind to pay for it, here are the list prices:

Pizza & Soda for a patrol
1 pizza pie & 1 bottle of soda
(5 soldiers)
$16.95

(Not bad!)

Pizza & Soda for a section
2 pizza pies & 2 bottles of soda
(10 soldiers)
$31.95

(You can't feed 10 people with $32 from Big Cheese, down here; this is a steal)

Pizza & Soda for a platoon
6 pizza pies & 6 bottles of soda
(30 soldiers)
$89.95

Pizza & Soda for a company
18 pizza pies & 18 bottles of soda
(90 soldiers)
$269.75

(Bang for your buck, pun very much intended)

A Full Month of Pizza
1 pizza pie & 1 bottle of soda
each week for a month
(Tell us how many months,
and you will be charged monthly.)
$61.95

(That's a square deal, as they used to say in gangster movies in the '40s)

All of this, and PayPal, too.

What a crazy, wonderful, awful, terrible, delicious, unforgettable world.

9 Comments:

  • This is quite sublime! We should have different pizzas/burgers named after either vehicles or events in IDF history! (like a 'Balaclava' in English military history!) What kind of burger would a Merkava be? Or a Kfir? (maybe a drink, like a 'Kfir Royale'!) The 'Battle of the Chinese Farm' would be some form of Moo Shu only with Latkes!
    Maybe a 'Six Day Egg', like a 100 year egg!

    Hey! How's about burger with Latkes instead of a bun? Somewhere in Georgia a guy makes a burger that uses Krispy Kremes as the bun!

    'I'd like two Mossads, and a side of Shin Bet please...'

    This whole thing is very cool...Excellent find Victoria!

    By Blogger Ron, at Thu Sep 21, 05:53:00 am GMT-4  

  • Heh, I can't have pizzas anymore. Gluten free pizza sucks much ass :-(

    By Blogger Kullrad, at Thu Sep 21, 07:00:00 am GMT-4  

  • I am assumning the "Hold The Pepperoni" was a gift to Kosher, since as many of us know A.pepperoni is usaully pork based, and 2. It isn't Kosher to mix milk and meat.

    Beyong that neat stuff......

    By Anonymous MrWhipple1, at Thu Sep 21, 11:35:00 am GMT-4  

  • This is quite sublime!

    Ain't it, dough?

    (groan)

    We should have different pizzas/burgers named after either vehicles or events in IDF history! (like a 'Balaclava' in English military history!)

    Capital idea, Ron!

    What kind of burger would a Merkava be? Or a Kfir? (maybe a drink, like a 'Kfir Royale'!) The 'Battle of the Chinese Farm' would be some form of Moo Shu only with Latkes!
    Maybe a 'Six Day Egg', like a 100 year egg!


    If you've ever met an Israeli, you know they are a plain-spoken, almost brusque people who don't go in for all that fancy malarkey.

    But hey, maybe some do!

    So on that note:

    "Golda Meira Pizza" -- gefilte fish toppings, for those who like anchovies usually (which I emphatically do not).

    David Ben-Gurion Pizza -- extra thin pizza, without any toppings, just like him without his tie.

    "Gaza Strip Fox News pizza" -- when you order, you get a conversion to Islam for free.

    Hey! How's about burger with Latkes instead of a bun? Somewhere in Georgia a guy makes a burger that uses Krispy Kremes as the bun!

    Which reminds me!

    Though PizzaIDF.org do not make a big song and dance about this, they also send donuts to the troops. :)

    Check out the second pic here.

    Oh HELL yeah.

    I'd don a flak jacket for a glazed.

    'I'd like two Mossads, and a side of Shin Bet please...'

    This whole thing is very cool...Excellent find Victoria!


    It's fantastic. And yet, tinged with a bit of pathos.

    You could be sending a pizza to those who could die for you tomorrow.

    Come to think of it, when was the last time I did anything for my troops...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Sep 21, 01:32:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Heh, I can't have pizzas anymore. Gluten free pizza sucks much ass :-(

    Oh baby, I'm sorry. :(

    My blogfather, JSU, has your same problem...maybe you can exchange tips.

    Still, you can have a shepherd's pie, can't you? That's something.

    I can't make a pizza, but I make a mean shepherd's pie! :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Sep 21, 01:34:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I am assumning the "Hold The Pepperoni" was a gift to Kosher, since as many of us know A.pepperoni is usaully pork based, and 2. It isn't Kosher to mix milk and meat.

    Beyong that neat stuff......


    Thanks, MrWhipple. :)

    Yes, it was a nod to the kosher amongst the troops, though I'm not sure how that works in Israel.

    Do the non-religious soldiers have to eat kosher, when something is done for the all, instead of the few?

    Or do the pizzerias have a kosher side, and a non-kosher side, in their kitchens -- for such forbidden goodies like pork and shellfish?

    All my Jewish friends in my lifetime, have been non-kosher, save one.

    And even he ate ballpark meat-based franks. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Sep 21, 01:37:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I love Shepherd's Pie! Yum!

    This is prolly a dumb question, but is there something like that for the American forces in Iraq/Afghanistan? Or is it too dicey there?

    I think I'm gonna put some image links on my sidebar for both the Pizza (mmMMmm!) and the Burger links.

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Sep 21, 02:39:00 pm GMT-4  

  • This has been a *cough* staple at LGF since 2002.

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu Sep 21, 03:03:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Do the non-religious soldiers have to eat kosher, when something is done for the all, instead of the few?

    Got me on that one....

    Or do the pizzerias have a kosher side, and a non-kosher side, in their kitchens -- for such forbidden goodies like pork and shellfish?

    With what little I know about kosher(Catholic boy here), I'd guess they would have to have that kind of set up. I think they can't even cook non-kosher stuff in the same ovens but again I'm not sure.

    All my Jewish friends in my lifetime, have been non-kosher, save one.

    And even he ate ballpark meat-based franks. :)

    LOL

    BTW I'm currently in you native land fixing a powerplant in Brigg....

    By Anonymous MrWhipple1, at Sun Sep 24, 06:02:00 am GMT-4  

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