Padma Lakshmi

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Hardee's Fish Slutburger to Arrive Just in Time for Lent

    Long known for pressing thick, squishy burgers into the hands of famous females who are neither thick nor squishy, St. Louis-based Hardee's (a.k.a. Carl's Jr.) is mixing it up a little bit for this year's Super Bowl commercial. Fret not: It's still porn-y.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Kate Upton Deep-Throats Burger for Hardee's

    Congratulations, Kate Upton! Your journey from viral-video sensation to household name has reached its peak! No, not the cover of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Truth is, no one cares about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue except the three straight teenage boys who have yet to f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning to Work Takes on New Meaning at Hardee's

    The Hardee's logo of our youth.​St. Louis-based fast-food chain Hardee's announced yesterday a new menu item -- hand-breaded chicken tenders -- and while we'll let Ian determine whether the new dish is worth your money, you can be sure the new commercial is annoyingly quotable. (See video belo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Where to Observe Your Jewish Christmas (Places to Eat Out on Christmas Day)​Merry Christmas from Gut Check! We'll return Monday to wrap up the Year-End Bonanza. In the meantime, Aimee Levitt suggests which restaurants to visit on Christmas itself. -- IanOf all Jewish holidays, Christmas is one of the most pleasant. It's a day free of the pressur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    2009 in Review: March

    ​​The world as Gut Check knew it ended in March when we launched our Twitter account. Really, things have never been the same around these parts. The rest of the month after the jump.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    How 'Bout That New Hardee's Commercial? You Know, The One With Padma Lakshmi?

    March Madness has taken on Super Bowl status in recent years with advertisers debuting dozens of new commercials during the tourney. This year, one of those ads has received a lot more attention than others -- at least among the folks I've watched the games with over the past two weeks. I'm talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    The Dish: Hardee's Western Thickburger

    Today on the Daily RFT, my colleague Chad Garrison discussed the rather racy new Hardee's ad in which model and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi expresses her love for Hardee's Western Thickburger. Here's the commercial, which aired many times during this past weekend's NCAA basketball action: So is the ... More >>

  • Film

    July 25, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam.

  • Culture

    November 7, 2001

    Sound and Fury

    The fear of terrorism hits the heartland with the postponement of a visit by Salman Rushdie at Washington University