Posts for January 2, 2013

Subway Is Putting ‘Creamy Sriracha Sauce’ on Its Sandwiches

Can a hot sauce as virtuous as sriracha jump the shark? Foodbeast reports that a somewhat cryptozoological condiment called "Creamy Sriracha Sauce" is being put on Subway sandwiches at the chain's Santa Ana, California, stores. It will be available for a "limited time only," according to the in-store sign, which is currently the best proof of its existence, and the field report indicates the sauce tastes "less sweet and much more spicy" when applied to a turkey sandwich. Any more rooster sauce sightings out there? [Foodbeast via Gawker]

Eggplant Is Also Trying to Kill You

One dangerous aubergine.

More bad food news: Eighty restaurant patrons in Beijing had to be hospitalized after they ordered and ate eggplant stir-fries that were spiked with clonidine, which caused immediate fatigue, dizziness, and vomiting. 34 of the restaurant's customers needed to have the drug cleaned from their bloodstream, the Salt reports, quoting a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. According to the folks from the No. 307 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army, who authored the study with members of Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the intentional poisoning was designed to draw customers to a rival, presumably clonidine-free restaurant back in 2010, so we should all be safe.

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Get Your Pie Face On: Frasca Pizzeria's National Pizza Week Promos

A-mozz-balls!

Attention, pizza lovers. Lakeview's popular Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar will celebrate the upcoming National Pizza Week in a BIG way, with daily activities and promos that are sure to weaken and delight your digestive tract from Jan. 14 to 20. Peep the details below.

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Starbucks Tops 2012 Most-Expensed Restaurants List

America runs on venti.

Hot diggity Frappuccino! What, if anything, does it say about the state of the collective American workplace that Starbucks ranks No. 1 on a list of last year's most popular expensed restaurants? There were 20,084 receipts for things like lattes and babyccinos filed with the expense-management company Certify between January and November, Bucks reports. “They’re not taking clients there," says Certify executive Bob Neveu. "It’s an individual running between planes, grabbing something quick.” Neveu says McDonald's, Subway, Panera Bread, and Burger King round out the top five, and while there aren't any real surprises here, does this mean that more and more "meals" are being consumed at Starbucks? A "night menu" of bacon-wrapped dates, truffle mac and cheese, and chocolate fondue suddenly doesn't sound like such a wacky idea after all. [Bucks/NYT, Earlier]

Overweight People Somehow Less Likely to Die Than Skinnier People

Happy for a reason.Photo: iStockphoto

Something to tell your annoying friends who made New Year's resolutions to eat more lettuce and enroll in cultlike exercise classes: The "largest and most carefully done" study of body-mass index and mortality suggests that people whose BMI ranked them as overweight are less likely to die than normal-weight people. “Fat per se is not as bad as we thought,” Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, professor of medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine, told the Times. “What is bad is a type of fat that is inside your belly,” he said. “Non-belly fat, underneath your skin in your thigh and your butt area — these are not necessarily bad.” As it turns out, fat may even be protective and nutritional for the elderly. As expected, some experts are critical of this enabling study because factors like blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes weren't taken into consideration. So maybe don't give up jogging just yet. [NYT]

Dragon Ranch Intros Late-Night ‘Country’ Concept

Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ will debut their once-weekly late-night party this Saturday called ACE Country Club. Starting at 9 p.m. and running until 1 a.m., ACE will feature country music "faves" playing alongside other music genres such as hip hop, pop, rock and EDM. You're probably asking yourself right now, "well, what's the food and drink situation gonna be like?" To eat: Things like "hillbilly finger sandwiches," tempura pickles, sriracha pimento cheese, and chocolate-covered Bacon. To drink: Whiskey bento boxes, which are exactly what they sound like, will be an option. Cocktails will all be fittingly served out of Solo cups. Go here to reserve a table.

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Moto Goes Back in Time, Charges 2004 Prices for Dinner

Mad scientist chef Homaru Cantu featured some interesting promotions in 2012 to introduce folks to what he was doing at both his restaurants Moto and iNG. And this year, almost like a new year's gift to you, you're going to reap the benefits of Moto's newest promotion, which celebrates the restaurant's ninth anniversary. Starting today, $160 gets you a 15-course meal inclusive of beverage pairings. Those are opening-day prices, but of course this isn't an indefinite thing--January 11 is the last day for the promo pricing. Call 312-491-0058 to book a table. [Official site]

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