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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 23, 2020. 6 comments

Fairway and Lucky’s plan to close groceries in New York and Florida—or are they???

Fairway and Lucky’s plan to close groceries in New York and Florida—or are they???

There was much sadness in grocery world last night when news broke that two chains planned to close most of their stores. Supermarket News reported that Lucky’s Market, a specialty chain, would be shutting down 32 of its 39 locations (most of which are in Florida) after Kroger’s divestment last month. And then the New York Post reported that Fairway Market, the beloved New York City...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 22, 2020. 6 comments

How much does it cost to open a fast food franchise?

How much does it cost to open a fast food franchise?
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The Hustle took a deep dive into the world of fast food franchising earlier this week, and the findings are absolutely fascinating. Writer Zachary Crockett researched and analyzed the franchise agreements for 22 American fast food chains and talked to owners for a fuller picture.

In America, the majority of fast-food restaurants...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 22, 2020. 16 comments

Last Call: Here’s the Show Me Your Aspics exposé we’ve all been waiting for

Last Call: Here’s the Show Me Your Aspics exposé we’ve all been waiting for
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

If you are a person who enjoys

Jell-O and other foods that jiggle , and you have yet to discover the Facebook group Show Me Your Aspics, you are in for a treat. Here is a...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 22, 2020. 10 comments

TIL Bombay duck is not actually duck

TIL Bombay duck is not actually duck
Today I LearnedToday I LearnedToday I Learned is a feature where The Takeout writers share something they learned today.

Bombay duck is a misleading name in many ways. Bombay is now known as Mumbai, and the animal that is called Bombay duck is not a duck. It is a fish. A really smelly fish. Or, as the 1975 song “Bombay Duck” puts it, “Here’s a story simple / of a duck with a little dimple /...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 21, 2020. 17 comments

The Midwest Made cookbook is a buttery, sugary tribute to the place we call home

The Midwest Made cookbook is a buttery, sugary tribute to the place we call home

Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking From The Heartland is a dangerous book. Its recipes call for enormous quantities of butter and sugar. And if you leave anything you bake from it on the kitchen counter, the finished product will pull you into its vortex and compel you to cut off one more sliver, then another, then another, until a good-sized chunk is gone. That’s a lot of power to ascribe to a...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 18, 2020. 6 comments

How a stray dog named Subway Sally became a TikTok star

How a stray dog named Subway Sally became a TikTok star

Subway Sally is far from the only stray dog in Portales, New Mexico, but she’s definitely the smartest. Every night for the past year she’s dropped by the Subway where, she’s learned, the employees will give her a nice dinner if she looks up at them with big eyes and wags her tail appealingly. They’re the ones who named her Subway Sally. If they’re late, she’ll go across the street to Taco...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 17, 2020. 19 comments

Kit Kat unveils its first new flavor of 2020—and there will be more

Kit Kat unveils its first new flavor of 2020—and there will be more

Connoisseurs of Kit Kat know that there is a sharp division between the Kit Kats of the good old U.S.A., produced by Hershey, and the Kit Kats in the rest of the world, produced by Nestlé. We hear about how you can get wasabi and sake and strawberry Kit Kats in every run-of-the-mill convenience store in Japan (which are not run-of-the-mill by American standards) and our eyes widen in awe....

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 16, 2020. 20 comments

Oreo brings back Most Stuf, sows crumbs of discord among nation’s cookie eaters

Oreo brings back Most Stuf, sows crumbs of discord among nation’s cookie eaters

If there’s anything I have learned during these past few difficult and troubled years, it’s that even when people agree, in theory, they actually disagree. There is always some little nuance to pick at and fight over. A prime example: Oreos.

We all like Oreos. That’s indisputable. But ever since Oreo started giving us a choice of flavors and ratios of creme to cookie, they’ve been a subject of...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 16, 2020. 7 comments

Utah restaurant sells out of ill-timed kangaroo burgers

Utah restaurant sells out of ill-timed kangaroo burgers

Burger Bar, an old-school drive-thru in Roy, Utah, drums up business by selling special burgers made from exotic meat. In November, it was alligator. In December, it was also alligator. This month, it is

kangaroo .

This month, wildfires happen to be raging across Australia, killing millions of animals, including kangaroos. A few customers noticed the special burger and were concerned. “It’s...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 16, 2020. 22 comments

McDonald’s to owners: Forget the lawsuits and focus on chicken

McDonald’s to owners: Forget the lawsuits and focus on chicken

It’s pretty clear to everyone who follows fast food news (that is, the staff of The Takeout) that the biggest stories of the past year have been

plant -based meat and chicken sandwiches . These are both areas in which McDonald’s has been lagging.

Although McDonald’s has both a

“Southern-style” (read, just like Popeyes) chicken sandwich and a plant-based P.L.T. now, both are in still in the...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 15, 2020. 6 comments

Beer lover Brett Kavanaugh wants to be remembered as the “Pizza Justice”

Beer lover Brett Kavanaugh wants to be remembered as the “Pizza Justice”

The Supreme Court of the United States is a bit like a family. Its members have to spend lots of time together, sometimes on unpleasant tasks, and have to coexist for as long as they live. Sometimes their feuds become legendary. And always, always the most junior member gets the shaft. “I think this is a way to kind of humble people,” Elena Kagan told Neil Gorsuch when he joined the court in...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 15, 2020. 21 comments

Oreo has released two new flavors, which is one too many

Oreo has released two new flavors, which is one too many

It’s a new year, and you know what that means: new Oreo flavors! Well, okay, Oreo pulls out new flavors regularly, including the ones they

make us guess , but a new Oreo is still something to be happy about. And Oreo didn’t just give us one new cookie, it gave us two: Chocolate Marshmallow and Caramel Coconut.

But really, they could have stuck with one.

We tore into a package of each new Oreo...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 15, 2020. 18 comments

Brits not impressed by Heston Blumenthal's 2,000-year-old volcano bread

Brits not impressed by Heston Blumenthal's 2,000-year-old volcano bread

Heston Blumenthal , chef at the Fat Duck in Bray, England, and food experimenter , appeared on the British TV show This Morning the other day to do a cooking demonstration. This Morning seems a lot like the American Today show; its usual cooking demonstrations tend to fall into categories like “quick and easy dinners,” “healthy eating,” and “sweet treats.” Blumenthal, however, decided to...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 15, 2020. 5 comments

Shocking expose reveals that Philadelphia cream cheese originated in... New York

Shocking expose reveals that Philadelphia cream cheese originated in... New York
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Is there any other kind of cream cheese besides Philadelphia? My colleague Allison Robicelli claims there is something called Temp-Tee that possibly exists only in New York City and, in her words, is “the only cream cheese worth spreading on bagels”, but I grew up out here on the sad, bagel- and schmear-deprived prairies of the...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 14, 2020. 8 comments

Panera aims to make its menu 50% plant-based by next year

Panera aims to make its menu 50% plant-based by next year

Panera Bread, inventor of the

“St. Louis bagel,” has made a noble New Year’s resolution: by 2021, CEO Niren Chaudhary told Business Insider, the chain aims to get away from its carb-based roots and make half the offerings on its menu entirely plant-based. Currently about a quarter of Panera menu items are vegetarian, though Chaudhary added, “With just one customization, 60% of our menu is...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 13, 2020. 17 comments

Popeyes jumps in to salvage Family Feud loser’s dignity

Popeyes jumps in to salvage Family Feud loser’s dignity

In case you missed the clip from Family Feud Canada that went viral this weekend, take a minute to watch. It is truly great—the contestant’s excitement and shimmy, the reaction of her family, the amusement of the host (who is not Steve Harvey)—and it will help you appreciate the rest of this story.

Since the clip went viral, naturally Popeyes’ social media team got wind of it. And...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 11, 2020. 8 comments

The story of the bagel makers, the union, and the mob

The story of the bagel makers, the union, and the mob
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Grub Street posted a long and fascinating tale on Wednesday by Jason Turbow called “How New York’s Bagel Union Fought — and Beat — a Mafia Takeover.” There is quite a bit about the mob, but really it’s a history of the rise and fall of Local 338, New York City’s union of bagel-makers, and how it resisted both capitalist oppression...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 11, 2020. 12 comments

The Starbucks Oatmilk Honey Latte will make you feel like a grown-up

The Starbucks Oatmilk Honey Latte will make you feel like a grown-up

Envy us Midwesterners, o coastal dwellers, for while you (probably) “discovered” oat milk long before we did and drank the entire borough of Brooklyn

dry , we get the Starbucks Oatmilk Honey Latte before you do!

I mean, it is fair to say that you probably have lots of oat milk lattes available at cafes that are not Starbucks and that at this point you can waltz into any Starbucks and request...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 11, 2020. 9 comments

Here’s a simple solution to chicken sandwich madness: dark meat

Here’s a simple solution to chicken sandwich madness: dark meat

Last year’s chicken sandwich madness was educational for many reasons—just how far will people go to get a damned chicken sandwich?—but one important thing it brought to our attention was a condition called “woody breast,” which occurs when chickens get overbred for larger breasts and the meat becomes tough and gummy. This is why fast food chains are competing fiercely for smaller chicken...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 10, 2020. 13 comments

Is a farm-to-table diner really a diner?

Is a farm-to-table diner really a diner?

What’s a classically-trained chef who’s cooked in fine-dining restaurants in New York and abroad to do when they want to open their own place and find that big city life is either prohibitively expensive and/or soul-sucking? One option, an article in The Wall Street Journal suggests, is to move back home (if home happens to be somewhere that’s not a big city), take over an old diner, and...

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