Sunday, April 13, 2008

Just What the Dr. (Seuss) Ordered

I've always loved unique marketing campaigns when they're done well. Take, for example, the US Postal Service R2-D2 mailbox promotion. Or the 7-11 store re-branding for The Simpsons movie. Even the Pepsi Ice Cucumber publicity stunt got me excited. Naturally, when I learned IHOP was offering a special Dr. Seuss breakfast to celebrate the film release of Horton Hears a Who, I was so there!

A tough challenge, but someone has to do it. (04/13/2008)
A tough challenge, but someone has to do it. (04/13/2008)

The Mayor's Breakfast, as it's formally called, consisted of — what else? — green eggs and ham! But unlike the eggs in the book, which literally have green yolks, these are simply your average yellow-yolked eggs that have been scrambled with green spinach. I just happy to have bragging rights that at least I had a vegetable for breakfast. The eggs were accompanied by a slice of ham (normal color) and, for extra measure, some hash browns.

James' Green Eggs, Ham & Hash Browns. (04/13/2008)
James' Green Eggs, Ham & Hash Browns. (04/13/2008)

The breakfast also comes with a stack of Who-Cakes. These are essentially five pancakes of various sizes, stacked from largest on the bottom to the smallest on top. The Who-Cakes are drizzled with boysenberry and blueberry glaze, sprinkled with rainbow chocolate chips, and pinned together with a pink lollipop that looks very similar to the pink clover in which Horton places the famous speck of dust.

James' Who-Cakes. (04/13/2008)
James' Who-Cakes. (04/13/2008)

Yeah, this single breakfast probably has as many calories as I should have in an entire day. But since I've committed this far, I figured why not just go balls deep and also order the Beezlenut Splash to wash it all down. This liquid concoction is made up of lemon-lime soda mixed with cubes of cherry and berry blue Jell-O. It's fun to try and suck everything up with a straw — kind of like a boba drink.

James washes it down with a Beezlenut Splash. (04/13/2008)
James washes it down with a Beezlenut Splash. (04/13/2008)

As for my review, I thought the main part of the breakfast was simply delightful. My green eggs, ham and hash browns were cooked to perfection. The who-Cakes, however, are another story.

I think James just heard a who! (04/13/2008)
I think James just heard a who! (04/13/2008)

I'm afraid to say I wasn't a fan of the Who-Cakes. The pancakes themselves were fine, but the blueberry and boysenberry glazes (both tasted identical, by the way) didn't really make for a good topping. It didn't saturate like syrup does. The rainbow chocolate chips, too, were overkill. In all honestly, I kind of wished I had got mine with the regular pancakes instead.

Although I didn't finish my plate of Who-Cakes, I was still glad to have had the opportunity to try my own Whoville breakfast.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Those Who-Cakes look ...um... disgusting. I think I'm glad you didn't post any photos of the drink; that sounded a bit iffy, too. You're quite the epicurean adventurer, James!

T-T-Tommy said...

And just when I think there's nothign left to blog about....

Who cakes? Ugh. I gained respect for ya with the first half of the breakfast. It's good to know you could survive in a southern Waffle House with your hi-falutin' california ways! lol.

But spinach in my eggs? Hell no.


Ok I have to post this: Your captcha below this comment? It's priceless. I have to enter the letters to be able to post this comment. They are (not making this up) "mufusux"...you put that in to an alabama accent and whaddya got?

Jason said...

After reading your blog posting, James, I feel as though I need a trip to the Dr. Seuss set on what remains of Universal Studios to see what is still standing. If only Christine Baranski were available for a cameo, I could just see her sipping a refreshing Beezlenut Splash. I wonder if that can come with Vodka...

beastandbean said...

I am so jealous!! You found a strange, cheesy-fun, awesomely delicious product tie-in that I somehow missed...you suck! :)

Awesome pics though! And as far as the food goes, I think I could handle the pancakes, but that drink...yikes...mmm...I think I just threw up in my mouth again thinking about it...yuck...