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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot today at 04:58. 5 comments

Last Call: What’s the best food souvenir you’ve brought back from a trip?

Last Call: What’s the best food souvenir you’ve brought back from a trip?
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More power to you if snow globes, light-up shot glasses, tiny spoons, or license plate keychains are your thing. Me, I like to bring back food souvenirs...

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KFC apologizes to man called “shitface” by his gravy

KFC apologizes to man called “shitface” by his gravy

A KFC customer in the English city of Chesterfield made it all the way back to the office with his lunch order before realizing that his gravy was insulting him. The sticker on the KFC gravy tub, presumably intended to list the customer’s name beside the order, simply says “shitface.” According to Metro, Karl Francis Cooper said of the incident, “It really took me by surprise–I sat there...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt today at 01:14. 10 comments

You can’t blame turkey for your Thanksgiving food coma anymore

You can’t blame turkey for your Thanksgiving food coma anymore

There are many things wrong with turkey, but you can not longer blame it for making you sleepy on Thanksgiving. Yes, yes, you learned in science class that turkey contains the amino acid L-Tryptophan which is involved in the production of the hormone melatonin which controls sleeping patterns, which is why you need to take a nap on Thanksgiving afternoon.

But as Mental Floss points out, plenty...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot today at 00:56. 1 comments

Carl’s Jr. finally ditches “buns” for actual buns in burger ads

Carl’s Jr. finally ditches “buns” for actual buns in burger ads

Sex sells—until it doesn’t. Carl’s Jr., the burger chain that once claimed its advertising of scantily clad women licking burgers “focuses on basic truths about our food and our attitude,” has reversed course. The New York Times reports the company will trade its long-standing ad strategy for one that focuses on burgers instead of boobs. The move comes as Carl’s Jr.’s parent company, CKE...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt today at 00:37. 8 comments

Minnesota Arby’s apologizes for sign asking children to behave

Minnesota Arby’s apologizes for sign asking children to behave

The other night a woman in Elk River, Minnesota, decided to take some of her children out to dinner at Arby’s. When she got to the restaurant, she noticed a sign in front that said, “Notice: Only well behaved Children who can keep their food on their trays and their bottoms on their seats are welcome. If you can’t do this you will be asked to leave. Thanks”

“I was like ‘oh gosh,’” Christine...

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today at 00:31. 6 comments

Goodnight, squeak prince: Chuck E. Cheese removes all its animatronics

Goodnight, squeak prince: Chuck E. Cheese removes all its animatronics

They’re putting the band back together—into storage. Chuck E. Cheese, the children’s entertainment center whose 1980s and ’90s proliferation inspired a warped nostalgia in us all, has unveiled a sweeping redesign that will soon take effect in all 600-plus locations, and is already rolling out this week in several cities. Its new facade and scripty logo font look more like a Starbucks made of...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt yesterday at 23:55. 2 comments

Wendy’s turns 50, unveils first new Frosty flavor in 50 years that it can remember

Wendy’s turns 50, unveils first new Frosty flavor in 50 years that it can remember

Fifty is one of those big birthdays that makes you think about your place in the world and what you’ve accomplished in life and whether you’ve succeeded in living up to your youthful ideals. In short, it’s a birthday that invites some people to make abrupt and drastic course corrections, which the self-help industry politely calls a midlife crisis.

Fast food chains are not immune. On Friday...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot yesterday at 23:40. 14 comments

What if we didn’t have to twist jar lids to open them?

What if we didn’t have to twist jar lids to open them?

While technology has created cooking concepts we couldn’t have imagined 75 years ago—lab-grown meat, nitro-dispensed coffee, The Flippin’ Fantastic —other kitchen gear has remained solidly unchanged for decades. Exhibit A: jars. We still buy pasta sauce, jam, and salsa in almost exactly the same formats our grandparents did, but one packaging company says it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli yesterday at 21:44. 3 comments

McDonald’s Cinnamon Cookie Latte needs more cookie, less everything else

McDonald’s Cinnamon Cookie Latte needs more cookie, less everything else

Since 2014, Starbucks has released, by my own estimation, at least 700 limited edition seasonal beverages. The number of seasonal beverages released in that time by McDonald’s McCafe: zero. While the rest of the coffee universe was so busy that they were able to invent multiple unicorn-themed drinks , McDonald’s has abided by the old “slow and steady wins the race” axiom, waiting until it...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt yesterday at 21:03.

Brace yourself, America: The world’s largest Starbucks is here

Brace yourself, America: The world’s largest Starbucks is here
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Can we agree that Starbucks is a bit cult-like? If there were a scale between utilitarian and Scientology, Starbucks would be closer to the Scientology side. I have heard Starbucks mentioned in wedding vows—as in, “I will get you Starbucks every morning.” I’ve also heard people vow never to go there...

Kate Bernot Kate Bernot yesterday at 20:49. 3 comments

Do air fryers deserve the hype?

Do air fryers deserve the hype?
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It doesn’t feel like 2019 should be the year of fried food. Aspirational “wellness” goals rule everything around us, encouraging us to ditch booze, sugar, sugary booze, and any breakfast that doesn’t include chia seeds. Paradoxically, air fryers have over the past two years become the sought-after...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt yesterday at 20:39.

Escapism Cooking celebrates the power of negative thinking

Escapism Cooking celebrates the power of negative thinking

I have never written a cookbook or even a cooking blog, so it’s impossible for me to say with complete authority that cooking writers have more fabulous lives than other people. Some of them say the trial-and-error process is filled with more error than success and that there are times when they don’t feel like cooking and that their lives amount to nothing more than barely-controlled chaos,...

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Last Call: There’s a weird amount of data on your snacking

Last Call: There’s a weird amount of data on your snacking
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If the name Mondelez International doesn’t ring a bell, the many brands under its mighty umbrella certainly do. Cadbury, BelVita, Honey Maid, Nabisco,...

Kate Bernot Kate Bernot yesterday at 00:50. 3 comments

California brewery’s “Fuck PG&E” beer doesn’t go according to plan

California brewery’s “Fuck PG&E” beer doesn’t go according to plan

Pacific Gas & Electric pissed off plenty of people when it temporarily disconnected power to nearly a million customers last month in order to minimize the risk of power lines sparking wildfires during high winds. The utility company has been roundly accused of negligence for allowing such power lines to spark years of fires, some of which have killed residents and destroyed homes. One...

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Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli yesterday at 00:32. 6 comments

New Jersey's wild turkeys seek revenge on senior citizens, former MLB third baseman

New Jersey's wild turkeys seek revenge on senior citizens, former MLB third baseman

Just in time for Thanksgiving, wild turkeys appear to be unionizing. Their first order of business: forcing a community of senior citizens to experience the sort of terror that turkeys live with ever single day of their goddamn lives.

Residents in Holiday City—a 55+ community built on the site of a razed pine forest in Ocean County, New Jersey—have told local station News12 that a vicious...

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Nov 12, 2019 at 23:55.

Meet the people trying to make Impossible meat taste plausible

Meet the people trying to make Impossible meat taste plausible
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Typically, we only talk about how a product tastes “artificial” or “chemical” when it fails to taste like the “natural” food it’s imitating—but even the best imitators are, of course, meticulously engineered. Flavoring is big business, whether it’s adding notes of char to your fast food burger or adding seasonal...

Allison Robicelli Allison Robicelli Nov 12, 2019 at 23:30. 9 comments

Man has the nerve to complain about Popeyes chicken sandwich with half a joint inside it

Man has the nerve to complain about Popeyes chicken sandwich with half a joint inside it

On Monday, November 4th, New York City resident Jeremy Merdinger wanted the same thing as every other red-blooded American: a Popeyes chicken sandwich. He ordered two sandwiches—one plain, one spicy—brought them back to his apartment to enjoy, and discovered he’d been given a little something extra special in his order:

Speaking with The New York Post Merdinger said that he first ate the...

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Kinja Kinja Nov 12, 2019 at 23:03. 1 comments

Breckenridge Brewery to deliver free Christmas trees as part of holiday promo-ho-hotion

Breckenridge Brewery to deliver free Christmas trees as part of holiday promo-ho-hotion

Behold, that rarest of beasts: the actually useful brand promotion! No novelty throw pillows or inflatable coolers here. Colorado-based, Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned beer purveyor Breckenridge Brewery, recognizing what a total pain in the ass it can be to get a live Christmas tree and shuttle it back to your place (especially if you rely on public transit), is just straight-up giving away...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Nov 12, 2019 at 22:48. 6 comments

Burger King triples down on Impossible Whopper with 3 new meatless burgers

Burger King triples down on Impossible Whopper with 3 new meatless burgers

When a film studio releases a hit movie, we can expect roughly a half-dozen sequels and spinoffs. So, too, with fast food successes, as companies rush to give customers more of what they’ll spend money on. Following the initial success of its Impossible Whopper , Burger King has now logically concluded that it should continue to “yes, and” its plant-based burger offerings. According to a...

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Kinja Kinja Nov 12, 2019 at 21:50. 3 comments

U.K. chain tests gender-neutral cocktails so dudes can order girly drinks in peace

U.K. chain tests gender-neutral cocktails so dudes can order girly drinks in peace

Last week, London-based restaurant chain Burger & Lobster tested a lineup of five colorless, nameless drinks. The goal: to make it possible for patrons to order the cocktail of their choice free from the scorn of their friends and neighbors who think it’s really funny that Darren decided to order a Cosmopolitan, bro. Like, what? Are you on your period, man? Were they out of wine coolers? Heh...

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