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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 25, 2020 at 00:23. 1 comments

Brooklyn man registers a beer as emotional support animal

Brooklyn man registers a beer as emotional support animal

For many people, beer is an important source of emotional support. The yeast that is essential to making beer is a living thing. Therefore, why not register a beer as an emotional support animal ? Right? Well, except for the part about how yeast is classified as a fungus, not an animal, but when you are lonely or have allergies, anything is fair game to become a pet.

But let’s not deal with...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 24, 2020 at 23:37. 2 comments

Yelp taking extra steps to warn you about restaurants that can make you sick

Yelp taking extra steps to warn you about restaurants that can make you sick

Yelp ratings are highly subjective. That is, in fact, the whole point of the site: for five minutes, anyone can be a restaurant critic. But your idea of “dirty” or “unsanitary” may not be the same as mine. Health inspection scores, though, are based on a list of predetermined metrics. And now the app version of Yelp will include popup alerts warning users about restaurants in Chicago and L.A....

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 24, 2020 at 01:41. 1 comments

Do not use the American Dirt book party as inspiration for your own dinner table decor

Do not use the American Dirt book party as inspiration for your own dinner table decor

The main topic of discussion in Book World/Twitter this week is American Dirt, a new novel by Jeanine Cummins about a mother and son who undergo great trials and tribulations on their journey from Mexico to the United States. The book’s publisher, Flatiron, paid seven figures for the manuscript and solicited blurbs from the likes of Stephen King and John Grisham, but also prominent Latina...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 23, 2020 at 23:47. 1 comments

Eli Manning gets his own beer

Eli Manning gets his own beer

Eli Manning, the longtime New York Giants quarterback and noted beer fan, will announce his retirement tomorrow. (Question: if it’s already known that he will be announcing his retirement, is it really an announcement?) Naturally, he will be showered with praise and reminiscences of highlights of his glorious NFL career. (Please don’t ask me what any of those are. I work very hard to avoid...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 23, 2020 at 01:15. 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 at 22:52. 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...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 22, 2020 at 05:18. 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
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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...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 22, 2020 at 00:43. 10 comments

TIL Bombay duck is not actually duck

TIL Bombay duck is not actually duck
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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...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 21, 2020 at 23:55. 1 comments

Mysterious masked squatter in ceiling of Washington grocery confounds police

Mysterious masked squatter in ceiling of Washington grocery confounds police

On Christmas Day, police were summoned to Haggen Northwest Fresh Market, a grocery store in Auburn, Washington, just outside Tacoma, to investigate a possible burglary. When they showed up, they discovered not just evidence of a break-in, but, hidden near a vent in the roof of the store, a collection of jackets, gloves, tools, and a length of rope.

Over the next few days, employees reported...

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Aimee Levitt Aimee Levitt Jan 21, 2020 at 01:35. 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. 1 comments

Was McDonald’s an agent of civil rights and racial justice?

Was McDonald’s an agent of civil rights and racial justice?
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As with many things in America, the Black customers, workers, and franchise owners of McDonald’s have a much different experience with the fast food chain than their white counterparts do. This was made apparent last week when two Black franchise owners filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain for racial...

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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...

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