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Is Michelle Obama Taking Away Red Lobster’s ‘Endless Shrimp’?

| On 19, Sep 2011

First Lady Michelle Obama talks about healthier dishes in a Maryland Olive Garden. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press Photo)

I apologize in advance for that headline but I had to cut right to the chase.

First Lady Michelle Obama made waves on Thursday when she endorsed Darden Restaurants plan to reduce sodium and calories (read: flavor) out of several of their menu items for adults and children. Darden is the parent company of dining chains such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, and Capital Grille.

The First Lady made the announcement at an Olive Garden location in Hyattsville, Maryland along with the Darden CEO. The changes will reduce sodium by 10 percent over five years and by 20 percent over 10 years. Healthier menu options will be added, especially for kids.

My immediate thought was, “Oh that’s great for the kiddies and our overall health and well-being. But, they BETTER NOT EVER touch my Endless Shrimp special at Red Lobster!” LOL! That’s one constant in my life I can look forward to every fall without fail.

I like to eat and can’t help it. I love the Endless Shrimp special at Red Lobster and just ate there last week. And yes … I’ve eaten (and love) much more expensive seafood. Judge me.

Here’s a friendly heads-up.

In case Mrs. Obama and the Darden team haven’t realized, there will be a riot in communities across America if they ever consider touching the Cheddar Bay biscuits at Red Lobster. For some people, it just may be that serious.

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