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Eater National : The National Restaurant, Bar, and Nightlife Blog

Spend the Long Weekend With Alice Waters, Jacques Pépin, and James Beard   

Five food TV recommendations, plus a roundup of the week's food-entertainment news This post originally appeared on May 25, 2018, in "Eat, Drink, Watch" — the weekly newsletter for people who want to order takeout and watch TV. Browse the archives and subscribe now. If you're reading these words, it means that Memorial Day weekend has officially begun. Congratulations: You made it that time of year that's full of picnics, backyard barbecues, and low-key luxuriou...

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2018-05-25 13:05:57

Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield Shed One Restaurant as Partnership Dissolves   

Several key members of the team are also fleeing their restaurants The bi-costal restaurant empire built by chef April Bloomfield and restaurateur Ken Friedman is starting to crumble in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations that were recently lodged against Friedman by former employees of their group. As the Spotted Pig's chef and restaurateur enter the final negotiations to dissolve their partnership, the Times reports that they have lost their six-year-old Mex...

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2018-05-25 12:15:04

Mario Batali's Three Restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip to Shutter  

The closures come days after '60 Minutes' presented new sexual misconduct allegations against the disgraced chef Three of Mario Batali's Las Vegas restaurants are set to close, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. B&B Hospitality informed employees of Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, B&B Ristorante, and Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria that the restaurants will permanently shutter on July 27. All three high-profile restaurants are located on the Las Vegas Strip, in the Vene...

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2018-05-25 11:48:20

Watch Guy Fieri Impart His Burger-Eating Wisdom to Jimmy Fallon  

Thursday's episode of the Tonight Show also featured a burger-centric segment with Cate Blanchett The Platinum Prince himself, Guy Fieri, stopped by the Tonight Show on Thursday to school Jimmy Fallon on the proper way to eat a hamburger. In the clip above, Fieri employs a technique called "the Hunch" which involves removing the toothpick that holds everything together, pushing down on the top party of the burger, and putting both hands underneath to "cradle" the b...

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2018-05-25 11:40:12

Restaurant Workers' Rights Slashed by Supreme Court  

A new ruling makes labor violations harder to police • A recent Supreme Court decision means employees, including restaurant workers, bound by certain types of arbitration agreements are not allowed to join class-action lawsuits or group arbitration proceedings. • Arbitration agreements bar employees' access to courts, whether individually or as a class. • If restaurants violate wage or other labor laws, employees will only be able to bring claims up individually, i...

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2018-05-25 10:19:58

'Queer Eye' Returns With a New Set of Avocado Recipes Next Month  

Plus, David Chang filmed a Reddit AMA while driving a sports car, and more food news A few TV updates to kick things off: The second season of Netflix's popular Queer Eye reboot premieres Friday, June 15. Nailed It, the hit baking show that is actually relatable for home cooks, is coming back to the streaming platform for a second season on Friday, June 29. A weed-cooking show called Cooking on High will also premiere on Netflix Wednesday, June 20. Meanwhile, the first eight ...

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2018-05-24 17:33:02

Noteworthy Cookbooks on Sale This Memorial Day Weekend  

The books from James Beard Award winners, buzzy chefs, and acclaimed restaurants you've been wanting to buy Memorial Day weekend is here, marking the unofficial start of summer and of picnic and barbecue season. The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to mess around in the kitchen for a few hours — and thanks to the holiday, many of the most exciting and buzzed-about cookbooks of spring 2018 (including several James Beard winners) are on sale. From Southern home cookin...

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2018-05-24 14:05:52

Watch: The Giant Sticky Rice Ball That's a Viral Vietnamese Street Food  

You Can Do This recreates a tricky treat made from mung beans Like me, I'm sure plenty of you have seen the almost four-minute-long YouTube video of xoi chien phong — fried sticky rice ball — being made on a Vietnamese street corner. I was amazed at how just a couple simple ingredients were turning into a giant ball of puffed-up rice right before my eyes, which very quickly and very naturally turned into my need to recreate it. For the task of deeming whether of not we ca...

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2018-05-24 13:37:22

Where to Eat at 32 Airports Across North America  

Don't waste a single layover on a sad sandwich The land of airport food has always been rife with bad chain fare. But thanks to some enlightened planning, better and better options are starting to infiltrate airports across North America. There's One Flew South, Atlanta's destination airport restaurant. Newark's 2017 revamp brought us the Tsukiji Fishroom, with fish flown in straight from Tokyo by United Airlines. In Dallas, there's no lack of great barbecue — plus,...

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2018-05-24 12:31:33

Chipotle's New Drive-Thru Is for Preorders Only  

Burrito fans will need to think ahead and order online or with the app to satisfy their cravings Chipotle, the burrito chain that is still attempting to recover from a series of foodborne-illness disasters in 2015 and '16, is adding drive-thru lanes to some new locations, reports CNBC. It's the latest move by new chief executive officer Brian Niccol, the former Taco Bell CEO who took over for embattled founder Steve Ellis in February. At first blush, this may appear to be ...

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2018-05-24 12:20:31

Shave Ice, Explained  

From New Orleans sno-balls to Filipino halo-halo, icy desserts are beloved across the globe One of the world's oldest desserts is suddenly everywhere. Chef Sota Atsumi of Paris's iconic Clown Bar recently served a foie gras kakigori, or Japanese-style shaved ice, at a menu preview for his highly anticipated forthcoming restaurant, Maison. At the Lobster Club in New York City, pastry chef Stephanie Prida serves a dolled-up kakigori dressed with blood orange in three forms: a...

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2018-05-24 10:01:30

KFC's Colonel Sanders Pool Float Is Where Summer and Fried Chicken Meet  

Plus, Starbucks previews its forthcoming anti-bias training, and more food news Kentucky Fried Chicken's latest marketing stunt is a big ol' pool float that is shaped like Colonel Sanders. Not only can KFC fans enjoy some fun in the sun with this thing, it has two cup holders: one for a beverage, and one for a bucket of chicken. Sadly, this item won't see a wide public release, but a small number of the limited-edition floatation devices will be given away via an online...

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2018-05-23 18:30:09

ABC Cancels 'The Chew' After Seven Seasons  

The show's most high-profile co-host, Mario Batali, was fired following sexual misconduct allegations in 2017 The next season of The Chew will be its last. ABC confirmed today that it's canceling the celebrity chef-hosted daytime talk show, Deadline reports. The Emmy Award-winning program is presently hosted by chefs Michael Symon, Carla Hall, fashion consultant Clinton Kelly, and, until recently, chef Mario Batali. Batali was suspended and ultimately fired from the show...

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2018-05-23 15:17:55

McDonald's Employees Expose On-the-Job Sexual Harassment  

In a new filing with the EEOC, 10 workers, all women of color, say they were harassed by managers and co-workers Last year, while working at a New Orleans McDonald's, Tanya Harrel experienced sexual harassment twice in the span of a single month. First it was the male coworker with whom she had thought she had a platonic friendship. That feeling ended we he started groping her against her will, often when she was washing dishes and there were no cameras keeping watch. "He ...

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2018-05-23 14:55:36

Watch: The Jewish Roots of Rome's Iconic Fried Artichoke Dish  

Dining on a Dime heads to Nonna Betta to sample the Jewish-Roman staple Rome's old Jewish Quarter is where many of the city's culinary traditions originated — most of them during the hundreds of years of oppression the local Jewish population experienced starting in the 1500s — before those dishes made it into the city's mainstream eating culture. Fried artichokes are the prime example, known locally and lovingly as carciofi alla Giudia (Jewish-style artichoke). It ...

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2018-05-23 13:31:01

Kombucha's Health Benefits Might Be a Fantasy. That Doesn't Matter  

Kombucha's unlikely rise from Soviet elixir to modern-day miracle drink In May of 1995, Ruth Patras realized that something was wrong with her 5-week-old daughter, Ciara. Initially happy and healthy, about a month after Ciara was born, the whites of her eyes started to turn yellow. Over the next few days, the color deepened, and her appetite diminished. Patras took Ciara to her pediatrician, who sent the family to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Tests revealed that Cia...

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2018-05-23 13:18:28

What the Failure of the Farm Bill Means for Good Food Advocates  

Last week's collapse of the bill surprised many, but it's too soon to declare it a win This story originally appeared on Civil Eats. • Congress's Farm Bill, meant to replace the one set to expire in September 2018, did not have enough votes to pass last week. It included language that would have cut programs supporting environmental conservation efforts and impose new requirements on recipients of SNAP benefits (food stamps). • Many progressives viewed the failure...

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2018-05-23 12:45:28

Why Tex Mex Never Gets Its Due  

A deep dive into a much loved, under-appreciated regional cuisine with experts Meghan McCarron and Mando Rayo on the Eater Upsell This week on the Eater Upsell, we delve into all the issues raised by writer Meghan McCarron's March feature on Tex Mex cuisine. She appears on the show along with taco journalist Mando Rayo to discuss the origins of Tex Mex, why the cuisine doesn't get the same respect as barbecue, the dual negative effects of Taco Bell and Mexican scholar Diana...

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2018-05-23 12:35:41

Watch: How a Glass Master Makes Iconic Neon Signs for Restaurants  

How to Make It visits Brooklyn Glass to demo glass blowing "I don't think people realize that these aren't being mass produced," says Katie Pickens about neon signs during her visit to Brooklyn Glass — a Brooklyn-based glass blowing factory that specializes in making neon art. Co-owner David Ablon notes that neon recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary, but it's only recently that new restaurants have embedded the trend into their designs. In this episode of ...

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2018-05-23 11:15:37

Donald Trump Is Not Welcome in Robert De Niro's Restaurants   

Nobu is off-limits for the POTUS When he's not playing the cranky grandpa in movies that people typically only watch on airplanes, screen legend Robert De Niro spends his days opening new Nobu restaurants all around the world with his business partner of 25 years, chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The famous friends own dozens of restaurants and a bunch of hotels that tend to attract absurdly wealthy tycoons and Hollywood heavy-hitters. But there's one very famous person who you won't...

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2018-05-23 10:25:09

Watch: Stephen Colbert Made 'Cum' Cakes After Publix's Censorship Fiasco  

Plus, New York City is getting another Chick-fil-A, and more food news Try not to blush while reading this: After a Publix grocery store bakery censored the Latin word "cum" out of a message on a cake that was meant for a summa cum laude high school graduate, Late Night host Stephen Colbert tackled the topic in his Tuesday monologue. The segment ended with Colbert presenting a tray of "cum cakes" and promising to send them to the grad. Watch the clip below: The ...

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2018-05-22 15:39:03

The 18 Essential Restaurants in Oaxaca   

Where to find magnificent moles, crisp tlayudas, and suckling pig tacos in one of Mexico's most famous food towns Just a 45-minute flight from Mexico City, Oaxaca City is a photogenic gem with colorful colonial-era streets, majestic Baroque churches, and charming plazas. Expats and bohemians have long called this small yet lively city home thanks to its rich multicultural arts scene and, more importantly, Oaxaca's unique and complex regional cuisine. In recent years, Oaxa...

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2018-05-22 13:05:54

Watch: Tokyo's Tuna King Reigns at Tsukiji Fish Market  

How Yukitaka Yamaguchi sells fish to over 1,000 restaurants Tokyo's Tsukiji Market is home to hundreds of fishmongers, and the king among them is Yukitaka Yamaguchi. For 35 years now, Yamaguchi has been buildling the brand of Yamayuki Group — the seafood purveying company that Yamaguchi started with his father that provides fish for over 1,000 restaurants around the world. The Yamayuki Group offers five varieties of fish to its customers: bluefin tuna, big-eyed tuna, yell...

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2018-05-22 11:35:20

Publix Refuses to Write 'Cum' on 'Summa Cum Laude' Graduation Cake  

This cake tarnished one graduate's very special day If you want to buy a cake for a student who's graduating "with the highest distinction," do not go to popular Southeastern grocery store chain Publix, because, as one mom in Charleston, South Carolina, recently found out, the chain will refuse to write the middle word in "summa cum laude" on the pastry. Cara Koscinski decided to order a cake for her son's graduation party using the Publix website, which lets...

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2018-05-22 10:33:45

McDonald's Bites at Dunkin' With Breakfast Catering Test Run  

Plus, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville musical is a flop, and more food news McDonald's is testing breakfast catering in Orlando. The fast-food behemoth is using the UberEats delivery service and selling packages that can serve six, 12, or 18 people. It seems Mickey D's is doubling down on breakfast after implementing all-day service ended a years-long sales slump for the chain. Rock-and-roller Dave Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, made a surprise appearance as...

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2018-05-22 10:31:18

Jim Meehan's Chicago Bar, Prairie School, Shuttering After Eight Months  

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2018-05-22 09:32:01

At Atelier Crenn, Modernism Expresses the Chef's Childhood Memories  

Dominique Crenn's tasting-menu flagship is as thrilling as ever This post originally appeared in Bill Addison's newsletter "Notes From a Roving Critic," a twice-monthly dispatch from Bill's travels across the country. Subscribe now. Hello from Brooklyn, where I'm packing for a three-week road trip through California. Eater's travel editor Lesley Suter and I are working on a whopping project — as in, this kind of project — so I'll be roaming from Sacrament...

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2018-05-22 09:12:02

A Guide to Navigating Netflix's Food-Filled Reality Show 'Terrace House'   

Everything you need to know about the Japanese-language TV series that's become a cult hit in America With each passing month, Netflix offers more and more original programming aimed at markets all around the globe. One prime example is Terrace House, the Japanese-language unscripted series that's not quite like any reality television you've seen before. It's a fascinating show that's full of gorgeous food and relationships that often blossom around the dinner table....

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2018-05-21 16:36:39

Sweetbitter's Third Episode Kicks the Restaurant Drama Into High Gear  

Things heat up between staffers at the restaurant with no name In the latest episode of the Starz restaurant drama Sweetbitter, the young protagonist, Tess (played by Ella Purnell), enters a fling with a co-worker and learns about an intriguing relationship between her mentor, Simone (Caitlin FitzGerald), and a former employee. "Everyone Is Soigne" begins with Tess dropping a hot plate in the kitchen. To help improve her plate-carrying skills, she invites fellow backwaite...

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2018-05-21 12:53:15

A Restaurant I'll Go to for Its Name Alone  

From the Editor: Denver's pan-Latin dim sum, a new awards ceremony nobody asked for, and more in food last week This post originally appeared on May 19, 2018, in Amanda Kludt's newsletter "From the Editor," a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now. Opening of the week: Super Mega Bien Photo by Ryan Dearth/Eater Denver The space was designed by LIVstudio, a RiNo-based ...

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2018-05-21 11:50:09

Twitter Unleashes Fury on Food Network Host Josh Denny Over 'N-Word' Comments  

The host has been slammed for comparing "straight white male" to the "n-word"  Josh Denny, a stand-up comedian who is perhaps best known as the host of Food Network series Ginormous Food, invoked the wrath of Twitter over the weekend by asserting that "straight white male" is a derogatory term tantamount to the most offensive word in the English language: "Straight White Male" has become this century's N-Word. It's used to offend and diminish the...

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2018-05-21 10:42:02

Want Better Working Conditions in Restaurants? Build a Co-op  

When employees make decisions and advocate for themselves, good things happen At Blue Scorcher in the seaside town of Astoria, Oregon, customers count on a few things. There's, of course, the golden braids of challah and the crisp loaves of sourdough, but also those flaky pinwheel pastries that go so well with the cafe's frothy honey-cardamom lattes. But for the workers who find their way to Blue Scorcher, the business means much more than artisan breads and a paycheck. "...

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2018-05-21 10:15:48

Royal Wedding Guests Played Beer Pong at the Post-Ceremony Reception  

Plus, Food & Wine released its best-new-chefs list, and more food news to start the week Get ready for some juicy new details regarding the royal wedding between American actress Meghan Markle and Brit-with-good-bloodlines Prince Harry. At the exclusive reception, guests sipped on vintage Pol Roger Champagne and ate locally raised pork belly. And, perhaps to make the Americans feel at home, there was beer pong. Take a peek at the complete reception menu. Meanwhile, Markl

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2018-05-21 09:56:17

You Officially No Longer Need to Buy Anything to Sit Inside Starbucks  

No purchase? No problem. The coffee chain is now officially open to all It's official: No one needs to buy anything to sit inside a Starbucks. The coffee company's announcement was sent to all staffers over the weekend. Called the "Third Place Policy," it reads in part: "We want our stores to be the third place, a warm and welcoming environment where customers can gather and connect. Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes and...

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2018-05-20 22:01:01

The Best Moments of Anthony Bourdain's Visit to Armenia on 'Parts Unknown'  

A roundup of the most memorable lines and scenes from this week's episode of CNN's hit travel show Some episodes of Anthony Bourdain's CNN travel show Parts Unknown are chock full of food porn and hilarious one-liners, while others offer a solemn look at life in places that have gone through a lot of turmoil. The Armenia episode definitely falls into the latter category. While there are moments of levity and quite a few memorable meals, a lot of screen time is devoted to ...

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2018-05-19 09:02:02

You Should Watch 'Beatriz at Dinner' on Hulu This Weekend  

Three TV recommendations, plus a roundup of the week's entertainment news This post originally appeared on May 18, 2018, in "Eat, Drink, Watch" — the weekly newsletter for people who want to order takeout and watch TV. Browse the archives and subscribe now. Welcome to the weekend, a glorious time when you can ignore your inbox and bask in the glow of your favorite movies and TV shows instead. If you have a serious case of Royal Wedding Fever, you might consider waki...

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2018-05-18 16:20:59

How One Cafe Is Making Vegan Food More Accessible  

Brooklyn's Sol Sips is serving its community with sliding-scale pricing This story was originally published on Civil Eats. When she was 19, Francesca Chaney wrote in her journal that she wanted to open a vegan cafe. It would be a place, she imagined, where her friends and family could gather and eat plant-based food. For young people who are surrounded by organic grocers, boutique cafes, and fancy restaurants, that type of dream may seem easily within reach. But for Chan...

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2018-05-18 16:03:28

A Brief History of British Royal Wedding Cakes  

From Queen Victoria's English plum cake to Prince William and Kate Middleton's eight-layer fruitcake, these masterpieces have taken many forms By Victorian standards, modern wedding cakes can appear quite amateur: The wedding of Queen Victoria's oldest daughter, Princess Royal Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, on January 25, 1858 (to German Emperor Frederick III), featured a cake that appears modeled after elements of St. Peter's Basilica. At the top is a square structure ...

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2018-05-18 15:34:00

On the Trail With a Cheap Eats Icon  

A podcast profile and walking tour with food critic Robert Sietsema Robert Sietsema has been covering food in New York since way before food was cool. On this week's episode of the Eater Upsell, the critic and cheap eats savant takes Dan to some of his favorite spots in Queens and explains how he went from chemist to rock musician to food critic. Listen to the full episode below and/or scroll down to read some choice Sietsema quotes. On anonymity as a critic: I haven't l...

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2018-05-18 10:42:30

Watch: Is Cheesier Mac and Cheese Actually Better?  

You Can Do This revs up the childhood staple to 11 For mac and cheese fanatics, the cheese component is usually the bigger sell. So in this episode of You Can Do This, I'm crafting a recipe that yields the cheesiest mac and cheese out there, to decide if cheesier means better. Tried and true mac and cheese recipes call for milk and flour, two ingredients that can dull the flavor of cheese. So if we eliminate the flour completely, and reduce the quantity of milk — the flav...

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2018-05-18 10:33:35

Watch a Preview of Anthony Bourdain's Trip to Armenia on 'Parts Unknown'  

Plus, Tom Colicchio is opening a food hall in Kansas City, and more dining news On this week's episode of Parts Unknown, former chef and current TV host Anthony Bourdain gets a tour of Armenia from Armenian-American musician Serj Tankian, of System of a Down fame, as well as historian Richard Giragosian, a resident of the country. During the episode, Bourdain dines at the highly regarded Dolmama restaurant and learns about the Armenian people's achievements against tough o...

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2018-05-18 10:01:38

Disney World Now Serves Booze at Every Sit-Down Restaurant Inside the Magic Kingdom  

Excellent news for parents braving the theme park this summer Is Disney World really the happiest place on Earth? Absolutely not, but it just got a little more tolerable: Alcohol is now served at every full-service restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom, People reports. Wine and beer are newly available at three additional restaurants inside the main park, a press release from Disney World explains: the Plaza Restaurant, a casual sandwich and salad spot on Main Street USA; the C

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2018-05-18 09:47:41

Why You Should Always Pay Attention to Food in Shows Like 'The Handmaid's Tale'   

TV's most popular dystopian shows use the dining table to lay out the power struggles of their bleak worlds The mark of a good dystopian thriller is how much it can make you see traces of our own society reflected in its world. And while plenty has been said about the power of dystopian novels in our current political climate, this idea is even more resonate when it comes to the genre's TV shows, whose success depends on their abilities to create compelling worlds that can ...

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2018-05-18 09:14:39

Groundbreaking Toronto Restaurant the Black Hoof Will Close This Summer  

10 years in, restaurateur Jen Agg is shutting the doors at her flagship Huge news out of Canada this evening: Restaurateur and writer Jen Agg has announced that she will close her groundbreaking Toronto restaurant the Black Hoof in August. That restaurant, which earned as much of a reputation for its stellar meat-driven menu and bustling vibe as its owner's strong voice in the community, departs the scene after 10 years. News of the Hoof's closure follows more surprises f...

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2018-05-17 15:10:44

Alton Brown Raps, Sings, and Plays Guitar on His New Album, 'Bitter Like Me'  

There's a music video for one of his new songs, too Alton Brown, for years America's favorite dorky food dad thanks to his time hosting the theatrical and scientific culinary series Good Eats, may now be America's favorite dorky music dad. Brown released a collection of nine songs under the name the Alton Brown Trio, and the album, called Bitter Like Me, is available via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon. He put out a music video for a track called "Pop Son...

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2018-05-17 15:10:44

The Nordic Museum's Cafe Serves a Cultural Smorgasbord in Seattle  

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2018-05-17 13:42:08

All About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Cake  

American-born pastry chef Claire Ptak is making a lemon and elderflower cake for the royal couple When, on April 18, 1956, American actress Grace Kelly wed Monaco's Prince Rainier, no extravagance was spared. Sixty seamstresses worked on the bride's ornate lace dress for six weeks. Guests — including Cary Grant, Ava Gardner, Aristotle Onassis, and Conrad Hilton — feasted on caviar, lobster, and plenty of champagne (all paid for by MGM studios). The centerpiece of the re...

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2018-05-17 11:19:41

The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Nairobi, Kenya  

Where to find Mexico City-style tacos, Kenyan beef burgers, and haute vegan feasts on a garden patio Today, Eater turns its attention to Nairobi, Kenya, the country's bustling capital city, whose restaurant scene has experienced what can only be described as an explosion in recent years. Incredible eateries run the gamut from roadside food stalls to five-star dining establishments and everything in between. We asked local food writer Soni Adriance to share with us her picks f...

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2018-05-17 10:24:17

Carla Hall Says 'The Chew' Is in No Hurry to Replace Mario Batali  

Plus, Stephen Colbert made a fake Ingmar Bergman film about "Swedish" meatballs, and more food news Celebrity chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC's daytime food talk show The Chew, says producers are in no hurry to find a replacement for disgraced chef and former co-host Mario Batali. ABC fired Batali from his TV gig last year after his long history of sexual misconduct came to light. Swedish meatballs, it turns out, are actually Turkish, not Swedish, which is news that h...

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2018-05-17 10:01:51

Finding Room for Korean Barbecue in the American Steakhouse  

One year in at New York City's Cote Restaurateur Simon Kim didn't expect Cote to be one of the most talked-about restaurants of 2017. But the "Korean American steakhouse" was a hit with critics, appeared on GQ's best new restaurants list, and was nominated for Eater NY's 2017 restaurant of the year. In October, Michelin awarded Cote a single star. Now a few weeks shy of Cote's first anniversary, Kim says he just wanted "to make red meat sexy again." Increasi...

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2018-05-16 14:12:55

Do We Need Another Coffee Subscription?  

Yes Plz wants to end the tyranny of single-origin coffee with better blends Years after Portlandia and SNL started poking fun at the elitist barista, the cliche of the mustachioed, bespectacled, houndstooth-vested coffee snob persists. Over the past decade, terms like "fair trade" and "single origin" entered the vocabulary of a larger swath of the American population, denoting quality, as coffee's third wave gained steam. Consumers of craft coffee at once-independent ...

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2018-05-16 11:30:03

Do We Need Another Coffee Subscription?  

Yes Plz wants to end the tyranny of single-origin coffee with better blends Years after Portlandia and SNL started poking fun at the elitist barista, the cliche of the mustachioed, bespectacled, houndstooth-vested coffee snob persists. Over the past decade, terms like "fair trade" and "single origin" entered the vocabulary of a larger swath of the American population, denoting quality, as coffee's third wave gained steam. Consumers of craft coffee at once-independent ...

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2018-05-16 11:30:03

Watch: Crafting Rome's Best Porchetta Sandwich  

Dining on a Dime heads to Er Buchetto, where the recipe for crispy, herbed pork is six generations old Er Buchetto's name translates to "little hole," a reference to the fact that this Roman sandwich and wine bar is just a step above being a hole in the wall — so tiny that we could barely fit our crew inside to shoot. I remember when I first saw it from the outside, falling in love with an exterior that perfectly captures what I imagined a small, rustic, family-owned Ro...

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2018-05-16 11:22:15

Anthony Bourdain Can't Quit Popeyes   

The Parts Unknown star just wants a tub of mac and cheese, please When he's not traveling the globe eating things like jellied foie gras and pit-roasted goat on his hit CNN travel show Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain is perfectly happy tucking into a cardboard box full of chicken from Popeyes. The Kitchen Confidential author has professed his love for the chain several times over the years, and in a new People profile, he brings a reporter along to the last remaining buffet-...

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2018-05-16 10:55:28

Gordon Ramsay to Close Iconic Restaurant Maze After Reporting £3.8m Loss  

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2018-05-16 10:18:50

Food Truck King Roy Choi Is Contributing a Cookbook to a New Beastie Boys Memoir  

Plus, Zima is making another comeback, and more food news Legendary rappers the Beastie Boys have a new memoir coming out, and the cover features an old photo of the boys posing in front of Stromboli Pizza in New York City. The book sounds pretty thorough, spanning 592 pages and including photos, illustrations, maps, and even a cookbook insert written by chef Roy Choi. Details on Choi's submission have not been revealed, but perhaps there will be recipes for sugar with coff...

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2018-05-16 09:32:35

Whole Foods Rolls Out New Discounts for Amazon Prime Members  

Shoppers will get an extra 10 percent off already-on-sale items Amazon's quest to rid Whole Foods of its pricey "Whole Paycheck" image continues apace: This week the company unveiled forthcoming new in-store discounts for Prime members, including an additional 10 percent off a rotating selection of hundreds of already-on-sale items. The discounts begin at stores in Florida this week; a national roll out is expected by this summer. According to a press release, Prime memb...

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2018-05-15 17:51:22

Rudy Giuliani Says Trump's Diet Includes Burgers With Half the Bun  

Plus, Amazon's cashless convenience store is expanding, and more food news Good on Donald Trump for receiving not-so-great results from a physical and making big dietary changes to improve his health. Trump is no longer restricting himself to soups and salads — come on, that's way too extreme — but he's still keeping his meals in the health zone. A Washington Post report reveals that at a recent lunch with his new attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, ...

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2018-05-15 13:54:53

LaCroix Swimsuits Will Make You Look Like a Giant, Tanned Can of Seltzer  

Perfect for all the LaCroix bois and girls out there Beach season approacheth, and while this Guy Fieri bathing suit is still the epitome of high fashion for surf and sand, no one wants to get caught donning last year's trends. It's time to update that coastal wardrobe with a line of swimwear inspired by every young adult's favorite beverage. It's not booze, it's LaCroix. Yes, it is now possible to rep that ubiquitous bubbly drink while showing off one's tanned bod...

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2018-05-15 13:32:30

Molly Yeh's Food Network Show 'Girl Meets Farm' Premieres June 24  

My Name Is Yeh gets its own series Molly Yeh, a blogger known for creating charming cakes and cheesy casseroles out of her home on a farm in the midwest, just landed her own Food Network show, Girl Meets Farm. Fans know that hers is a dream-come-true blogger story: Juilliard-schooled musician starts a food blog on the side, works hard to develop creative recipes, wins awards for photography and writing, secures lucrative sponsorships with brands like Cabot, garners legions of

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2018-05-15 13:20:12

Watch: How Medieval Times Serves 1,300 Chicken Dinners in 30 Minutes  

Stepping into the 11th century for a four-course meal (with jousting) on How to Make It Chef Katie Pickens has held every role in a restaurant's back of house during her 20 years in the industry, starting as a dishwasher when she was 16 years old. Still, no time prep-cooking, oyster shucking, sauteing, or number of appearances on Iron Chef America could properly prepare Pickens for her latest task as server at New Jersey's Medieval Times — a dinner theatre experience tha...

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2018-05-15 13:18:59

Everyone Should Try Restaurant Work, According to Chef Katie Pickens  

Meet the host of Eater's new How to Make It video series It can be hard for chef Katie Pickens to articulate exactly what her day-to-day is like. Pickens is the culinary director for Michael Symon — chef and co-host of The Chew — and her job can be a catch-all role. "Everyday is just so different," she says. "Some days, I'm working on The Chew, developing and testing recipes, while other days I'm hiring or training staff at one of our restaurants." Those res...

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2018-05-15 12:54:45

The 38 Essential Stockholm Restaurants  

Where to find wild game, spicy köfte, and brunch in a seaside villa Thanks to its many citizens born abroad, Stockholm has become a truly diverse city, both culturally and gastronomically. With only some 2 million Stockholmers, the city is not huge, but it boasts residents from just about every single country in the world. Visitors yearning for traditional smörgåsbord, pickled herring, meatballs, and gravadlax need not to worry. You can still find it all. And the megatrend...

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2018-05-15 12:17:37

Super Mega Bien Brings 'Pan-Latin' Dim Sum to Denver   

The second restaurant from chef Dana Rodriguez opens tonight Denver diners will find out if Super Mega Bien is as fun as it sounds when the much-anticipated restaurant opens for dinner tonight at the Ramble Hotel. And by the looks of it, the eagerly awaited restaurant, named for a line cook's response to "How are you doing?," just might be. "Everything here is more big and better than good," chef Dana Rodriguez joked to Eater Denver. Rodriguez moved to Denver from C...

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2018-05-15 12:12:20

Just Let Them Eat Cake  

What a decision in the Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop case means for the food industry — and LGBTQ rights • At the heart of a case concerning a gay couple and their wedding cake maker is a crucial debate: Which laws should be given more weight? Those that protect civil rights and that bar public businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation (so-called public accommodations laws) or those that defend free speech and religious freedom? • A decision in ...

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2018-05-15 11:53:24

Netflix's New Docuseries 'Evil Genius' Tells the True-Crime Story of the Pizza Bomber  

The terrifying tale of a pizzeria employee held hostage by a bomb around his neck, plus more TV recommendations and entertainment news This post originally appeared on May 11, 2018, in "Eat, Drink, Watch" — the weekly newsletter for people who want to order takeout and watch TV. Browse the archives and subscribe now. No matter what your plans are this week, it's probably a good idea to find a few hours to unwind in front of your TV, so here are recommendations for thre...

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2018-05-15 10:57:42

Michelin Expands Guide to Thailand With Phuket and Phang-nga  

They'll be included with Bangkok in the 2019 guide to Thailand Michelin, the tire company that awards stars to dining institutions across the globe, is expanding its presence in Thailand. The second-ever Michelin guide to Thailand will include Phuket and Phang Nga in addition to Bangkok, which got its first Michelin-starred restaurants late last year. According to Michelin, the expansion "contributes to the prestige of the local gastronomy," with the goal of attracting...

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2018-05-15 10:23:51

Watch: Does the Instant Pot Beat a Traditional Pressure Cooker?  

Testing the internet's favorite appliance against its stovetop counterpart Seen as one of the year's hottest gadgets, the Instant Pot has become quite a staple in home kitchens around the United States. That's because it does it all — pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, sauteing and browning, yogurt making, and steaming — easily, and in a shorter amount of time compared to other appliances. But is it worth it? And do you need to invest in the gadget over ...

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2018-05-14 13:35:39

The Salad Shift That Shook New York  

From the Editor: The Eater Guide to Rome, the James Beards Awards, RIP chopped salad, and more in food this week This post originally appeared on May 12, 2018, in Amanda Kludt's newsletter "From the Editor," a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now. I have two main stories to talk about, both equal in importance to me (no offense to either story). But before we jump in, please check out our beautiful,...

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2018-05-14 13:02:01

Curtis Stone on Keeping the 'Chef' in Celebrity Chef  

The Top Chef Junior host talks LA restaurant culture and transitioning from TV to restaurants Curtis Stone has been a fixture on U.S. screens since the early days of food TV. He was the host of 2006 TLC show Take Home Chef, competed with Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, and has occupied various roles on the Top Chef franchise. And if that wasn't enough to earn him the title of "celebrity chef," his stint on Celebrity Apprentice certainly did. But although much of the country know...

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2018-05-14 12:41:29

Sweetbitter's Second Episode Turns Into an After-Hours Rager  

Two Eater editors discuss the latest episode of restaurant-focused Starz show The second episode of Sweetbitter, the new Starz half-hour drama set in the NYC dining world, is all about the main character Tess (played by Ella Purnell) getting to know her new coworkers outside of the restaurant. Some drugs are snorted, a few fists fly, countless shots are downed, people kiss each other in the bathroom and hallway of a bar, and Tess ends the night puking on the pedestrian pathway

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2018-05-14 12:04:50

After a Fiery 2017, West Coast Winemakers Are Adapting to a Changing Climate  

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2018-05-14 11:50:17

Tech Bro Wants to Disrupt How You Think About Flavor  

Why one startup believes data is the future of food manufacturing While terrifyingly sophisticated robots a la Westworld are still a long way off, artificial intelligence technology has found plenty of applications in the food and restaurant sphere — from making restaurant recommendations and reducing food waste to recognizing customer's faces and ensuring pizza toppings are evenly distributed. And one startup believes that A.I. holds the key to the future of flavor: As th...

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2018-05-14 10:22:35

KFC's Royal Wedding Commemorative Bucket Will Be a Greasy Collector's Item  

Plus, Chili's was hit with a data breach, and more food news to start the week Kentucky Fried Chicken's operation in the United Kingdom may still be recovering from shortages of both chicken and gravy, but the chain seems to have found an excellent ploy to boost sales. KFC UK is peddling a commemorative chicken bucket in honor of this weekend's royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The fast-food vessel looks sharp: all white with gold trim and a seal tha...

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2018-05-13 22:02:01

The Best Moments From Anthony Bourdain's Visit to Newfoundland on 'Parts Unknown'  

A roundup of the most memorable lines and scenes from this week's episode of CNN's hit travel show This week's episode of Parts Unknown, ex-chef and current world traveler Anthony Bourdain's hit CNN series, takes viewers to Newfoundland, which Bourdain describes as "a part of Canada all its own, with its own distinctive history and culture." Specifically, Bourdain and his travel buds — chefs Frederic Moran, David McMillan, and Jeremy Charles, and restaurateur-sla...

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2018-05-13 10:21:13

Watch SNL's Food Network Parody 'Gospel Brunch'  

Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones, and Amy Schumer cook up some heart-clogging comfort food On last night's SNL, the late night comedy show introduced audiences to fictional Food Network stars Traci and Pervis Scott — played by MVPs Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson — who cook calorie bombs on a gospel brunch-themed program that includes a six-member choir and a deacon/announcer. "It seems like there's a new case of diabetes or heart disease every week around here," Tr...

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2018-05-11 17:53:07

'Little Italy' Looks Like a Cinematic Trip Back to 2005  

Everything you need to know about the movie that's basically one big LOL, starring Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen Has the early aughts nostalgia boom kicked in yet? Because the new poster for a 2018 movie called Little Italy looks like something that would be released in the era when fedora bro Ashton Kutcher was pranking his celebrity friends left and right, and the iPod Nano was all the rage. New poster for "Little Italy" starring Emma Roberts and Hayde...

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2018-05-11 16:23:24

Good Millennial Couple Prince Harry and Meghan Are Having Wedding Food Trucks  

Plus more (rumored) details on the royal reception Like the good millennials they are, Prince Harry and his lifestyle influencer-turned-princess bride Meghan Markle are planning a wedding reception fit for Instagram. Which is ironic, given it's unlikely that Instagram or any other social media or press will witness it. As it stands, details about the royal wedding — coming to a TV near you on May 19 — are hard to come by, and glimpses inside the reception itself will be...

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2018-05-11 14:36:42

Nahm's New Chef Is Ready to Continue Its Legacy  

San Francisco star Pim Techamuanvivit on taking over the kitchen at one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world Last month, Australian chef David Thompson announced that he would be leaving Nahm, the acclaimed Bangkok restaurant he opened in 2010. But the restaurant, which appears on the World's 50 Best list (currently No. 28) and earned a Michelin star in the first-ever Michelin guide to Bangkok, will continue to serve its take on Thai fine dining. And as Thompson lea...

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2018-05-11 14:11:17

Listen to a Hilarious Takedown of Jonathan Cheban's $1,000 Gold Chicken Wings   

Influencer culture gets ripped to shreds in this song by comedian Tim Heidecker One of the most insipid culinary trends of the Instagram era — comfort food smothered in gold — is the inspiration behind a biting (and catchy!) new song from comedian Tim Heidecker, of Tim and Eric fame. His tune is specifically a vicious takedown of Kardashian acquaintance Jonathan Cheban — aka the Foodgōd— who recently appeared in a video for Food Insider hawking $1,000-a-plate gold-encr...

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2018-05-11 11:28:44

Bernice King Urges Waffle House Boycott Following Violent Incidents  

Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter is encouraging people to avoid the chain following recent incidents involving black customers and police Following a string of recent incidents involving black customers and police at Waffle House, Bernice King — the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. — is calling for a boycott of the beloved 24-hour diner chain. Earlier this week, a video of a May 5 incident at a North Carolina Waffle House went viral after being posted to Face...

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2018-05-11 10:28:42

Taco Bell Ousts Chipotle as America's Favorite Mexican Restaurant  

Plus, another McDonald's movie is in the works, and more food news to end the week Taco Bell is America's favorite Mexican restaurant, according to a survey conducted by Harris Poll. T-Bell unseated flagging burrito chain Chipotle to take over the top spot. "Taco Bell's marketing is ubiquitous so it wasn't surprising to me that they came out on top this year," Amir Kanpurwala, director of the survey, tells Yahoo Finance. Add New York City to the list of places ...

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2018-05-11 10:16:07

Starbucks Bathrooms Will Now Be Open to Everyone  

Following the arrests in Philadelphia, the company's policy on non-customers and store restrooms is changing Following the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks that ignited protests and boycotts, the coffee giant is changing its policy on who can use store bathrooms. On Thursday night, at an event in Washington, D.C., founder and chairman Howard Schultz said the company wants everyone to feel welcome, the Washington Post reports — regardless of whether or not...

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2018-05-10 13:20:06

The Selfishness of Google Duplex  

Google's phone-calling AI seeks to enhance our lives, but at what cost?

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2018-05-10 11:57:50

The Best Quotes From Nigella Lawson on The Eater Upsell  

The author and TV star talks journalism, food photos, and home versus restaurant cooking This week on the Eater Upsell podcast, we talk to cookbook author, TV star, and former restaurant critic Nigella Lawson, who just published a new book At My Table. Lawson discusses her long career in television, her thoughts on restaurant criticism today, why she needed to get out of the op-ed writing world, and her feelings on long tasting menus ("I'd rather have ground glass rubbed in...

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2018-05-10 11:01:42

Michelin Announces 2018 Stars for Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo   

Alex Atala's D.O.M. retains two Michelin stars, while two new restaurants earn the same rating This week, fine dining guidebook Michelin revealed the 2018 stars for Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It's the the fourth year Michelin is covering Brazil and the fourth year the tire company awarded no restaurants three stars, Michelin's highest honor. But, for the first time since the guide debuted, Alex Atala's São Paulo restaurant D.O.M. has some company at the two-star le...

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2018-05-10 10:31:43

Starbucks Is Heading to Milan, and Italians Are Pissed  

"Italy needs Starbucks like a hole in the head" Nearly five decades after it was founded in Seattle, Starbucks is set to open its first store in Italy — and while founder Howard Schultz has promised his company will enter the country that perfected the cappuccino "with great humility and respect," the Frappuccino slinger's impending arrival is being met with plenty of wrath from Italians. Earlier this week the coffee giant confirmed a September 2018 opening for its...

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2018-05-10 10:10:15

Watch a Preview of Anthony Bourdain's Trip to Newfoundland on 'Parts Unknown'  

Plus, DoorDash delivery is a hit for Chipotle, and more food news On this week's episode of Parts Unknown, former chef and current TV host Anthony Bourdain packs his bags for Newfoundland, the rocky Canadian province that sits between Quebec and the North Atlantic Ocean. Chefs Frederic Moran, Jeremy Charles, and David McMillan show Bourdain around, and the host digs into such local delicacies as charred whelk with brasciola, caribou tartare, Jiggs Dinner (boiled meat and vege...

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2018-05-10 09:01:00

Why the Internet Rejoices When Truckloads of Food Spill on the Highway  

When vehicles carrying liquid chocolate, frozen pizza, and ramen noodles overturn, the puns come out in full force Earlier this week, on a brilliant, sunny day in Western Poland, a tanker carrying 12 tons of liquid chocolate overturned in the middle of a highway. Immediately tragic and comic, the scene stirred up a bevy of headlines: "Chocolate Spills, and Brown Goo Closes a Polish Highway," the New York Times wrote; "Choc-a-block traffic after liquid-chocolate tanker spi...

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2018-05-09 15:46:26

On Black Excellence at This Year's James Beard Awards  

The most exciting thing about the Beards' historic night is what happens next On Monday night, I watched the James Beard Foundation Awards via its live Twitter feed. I've tuned in every year since 2012, but this year was going to be different: A lot has been written about how this was one of the awards' most diverse years (according to a Mic study, in 2010, just 5 percent of nominees were chefs of color; this year, that number was 21.3 percent, a slight dip from last year...

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2018-05-09 15:28:34

Broke White Nationalist Richard Spencer Can't Even Order a Cheap Drink   

His credit card was declined on a $4.25 bourbon order White supremacist poster boy Richard Spencer is having a bad week. On Friday, his hate site was shut down by domain registrar GoDaddy for violating the company's terms of service, and then on Sunday, the hate-monger's credit card was declined at a Montana bar where he was trying to order a $4.25 shot of Bulleit bourbon, perhaps to drown his sorrows after losing his homepage. Doug Rommereim, the owner of t...

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2018-05-09 14:39:57

Watch: Chicken That Deserves as Much Love as Steak  

French chef Antoine Westermann is on a quest to educate diners on the finest poultry Prime Time hosts and butcher shop owners Ben Turley and Brent Young are used to people talking about the fat cap on a piece of steak, or caring about how long sirloin is aged for, but note that no one seems to pay the same attention to chicken. On the hunt to change all that is acclaimed French chef Antoine Westermann of Le Coq Rico, an offshoot of his bistro of the birds in Paris. "When I ...

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2018-05-09 12:34:54

Mike Isabella Remains In Control of His Restaurants Despite Sexual Harassment Lawsuit  

The D.C. chef is unlikely to step away from operations, according to the Washington Post This week, D.C. chef Mike Isabella settled the lawsuit alleging sexual harassment at his restaurants for an undisclosed sum, and as part of the settlement, promises to improve sexual harassment training. And today, the Washington Post reports that this may be the extent of the consequences for his alleged actions. Unlike other chefs implicated in the #MeToo movement, like Mario Batali and J

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2018-05-09 11:23:19

The 20 Best Pizzerias in Rome  

The Italian capital takes its pizza fixation very seriously When Americans think of "real Italian" pizza, they're probably imagining Neapolitan pies — round and soft with a charred, bubbly crust. Romans, however, eat just as much pizza as their neighbors from the South, but in two completely different styles. Pizza al taglio is served by the slice, either teglia — a square pie cooked on a sheet tray — or alla pala — oblong and cooked on the oven floor; both are u...

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2018-05-09 10:25:57

Watch Cartoon Gordon Ramsay Blow His Lid in the 'Rocky & Bullwinkle' Reboot  

Plus, Pizza Hut is adding beer delivery, and more food news Like everything else from the past, the old Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon is getting a reboot, and, for some reason, famously verbally-abusive chef Gordon Ramsay has a cameo. Ramsay plays himself as the host of a culinary competition called Le Grande YumYum, and he brings his standard prickly attitude to the scene. At long last, old white guys are getting some justice. Seasons 52, the health-consciou

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2018-05-09 10:02:18

The Eater Guide to Rome  

The Colosseum is nice, but the carbonara is better When people fantasize about the charms of the Old World, its narrow winding streets and grand piazzas, what they're really conjuring is Rome: the gleaming edifice of the Vatican and the gargantuan ruins of the Colosseum, the wraiths of caesars and gladiators, polychrome street art splashed against imperial monuments, and sharp-suited Romans walking down cobblestones eating rustic pizza and potent gelato. For all the faded sp...

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2018-05-09 09:32:02

Watch: Meet the Chef Transforming Classic Roman Food  

Chef Sarah Cicolini heads the kitchen at the genre-pushing neo trattoria, Santo Palato In a brightly painted dining room crowded with vintage wooden tables, Sarah Cicolini deftly slices the tops off artichoke after artichoke, trimming them up for what will be one of the nightly specials at her popular year-old restaurant, Santo Palato. The hardy green flowers are a Roman staple this time of year, found at just about every trattoria and osteria in the city. But Cicolini has m

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2018-05-09 09:32:02

Nine Enchanting Roman Neighborhoods to Explore  

Where to stay, how to find good coffee, and what to do while planning your next meal The central part of Rome developed organically over 2,000 years, so an ordered, grid-like pattern of streets and clear city planning was never in the cards. Still, there is a bit of method to Rome's madness: The city center is surrounded by the Aurelian Walls built around Rome's seven fabled hills between 271 and 275 CE. Similar to the spiraling arrondissements of Paris, Rome comprises 22 n...

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2018-05-09 09:32:02

How to Eat Your Way Through 24 Perfect Hours in Rome  

An ambitious itinerary to carry you from morning espresso to afternoon gelato, and beyond In Rome there's a saying, una vita non basta — a single lifetime is inadequate for experiencing this city. To really do the Italian capital and its food justice, you need a trip that lasts somewhere between a month and a year. But with a big appetite and a little planning, it is possible to eat extraordinarily well in a single day. The itinerary laid out below is ambitious at best...

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2018-05-09 09:32:02

A Pasta Lover's Guide to Rome   

Tonnarelli and fettuccine and spaghetti and bucatini and rigatoni and gnocchi and... Pasta is one of Italy's few culinary constants, but it's also endlessly diverse, with hundreds of shapes and styles that vary by region. Depending on geography, pasta can be short or long, made with flour and water or flour and egg, by hand or in a factory, fresh or dried. It can be folded or stuffed, served in broth, dressed modestly or to the nines. Situated about halfway down the boo...

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2018-05-09 09:32:02

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