Posts for February 15, 2013

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Are Making People Insane


"If Edinburgh is overweight today," says Tam Fry, the spokesperson of a U.K.-based anti-obesity group, "then it will certainly be obese by tomorrow." Fry is referring to the chaos in Edinburgh, where Krispy Kreme opened its first Scottish outlet last week with numerous promotions and freebies that have caused three days of mile-long lines and a general accumulation of cruller fiends. London resident Ben Esterson camped out in the cold outside the store to make sure he was the first customer. He is now entitled to two dozen free doughnuts per month for one year. "I was first in line for the Wales Krispy Kreme store too," Esterson tells the Daily Mail, "so when I heard they were opening in Scotland I couldn't not be first here as well." Fair enough.

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Discover Chocolate With a Taste of Pakistan, And Other Stuff Happening

A final roundup of some stuff that's happening: there are two new places that are not so new to check out this weekend. By which we mean, a couple of favorites have opened second locations. Raucous Kuma's is trying to adapt its heavy metal mood to a strip mall with Kuma's Too at 666 W. Diversey, while Lakeview brunch-lunch spot Kanela Breakfast Club opened its second location today at 1552 N. Wells. Joining Kanela owner Chris Lardakis in opening this second restaurant is a "Where are they now?" name, former Illinois State Treasurer and 2010 senatorial candidate Alexi Giannoulias.

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School Food Fight Ends With Police Spraying Mace


Food fights aren't supposed to involve chemical spray and trips to the emergency room. But after a fifteen-minute, 200- to 300-person food fight at South High School in Minneapolis turned into a violent brawl, police had to intervene. According to a sergeant, students were throwing "anything they could get their hands on," sending four people to the hospital with minor injuries. So far, no arrests have been made, but the cops are reviewing surveillance video. These kids should probably dye their hair and start donning disguises; the charges can be extensive. School officials maintain that the cops sprayed above the crowd, but students are complaining about the effects: Mace doesn't taste as good as pie to the face. [Earlier, AP]

Watch 13,000 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Get Crushed by Heavy Machinery

Look away, lovers of Samoas and Tagalongs: 13,200 boxes of unexpired, "perfectly fine" Girl Scout cookies were crushed by a tractor in Redlands last spring and then sent to a landfill. A CBS investigation finds the Southern California region's scout council pinning the blame for all this waste on ABC Bakery, which supplies the troops with their product and destroyed the cookies when a local troop bought more than they could offload. The devastation-by-tractor is basically how the unsold extras get disposed of around these parts, a policy set to change now that food banks and churches are catching wind of the practice. "We would have gladly accepted the cookies and they would probably disappear as fast as any product we have in here," says a Westside Food Bank rep. Indeed, the deliberate waste makes good old destruction pretty hard to stomach. Nonetheless, take a look as oh-so-many Thin Mints meet the big metal death machine in this video.

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Want To Grow Good Things, Or Just Eat Them? The Good Food Festival is Coming

In a few years the Good Food Festival put on by has grown into a key meeting point for those in the business of growing and serving better-raised food— and those who eat it. (How good is it as a networking event? We basically turned the panelists at one talk we went to into a movie.) It's a three-day event, with the first two days devoted to in-depth discussions related to good food as a business and as public policy, but Saturday intended for the broader public with chef demonstrations, workshops, tastings from "good food" restaurants and more. There are a lot of interesting programs, including one on fermentation by author and pickling guru Sandor Katz; we will actually be introducing the chef demos with Rick Bayless, Carrie Nahabedian and Paul Virant, in case their star power wasn't enough on its own (that was a joke), so check out the schedule and be sure to keep Thursday, March 14 through Saturday, March 16 open.

Here Are 17 of the Internet’s Best Food-Themed Harlem Shake Videos

While there actually is a hamburger joint called Harlem Shake opening up — in Harlem, naturally — any day now, there's also this viral video phenomenon to contend with, which combines a sort of third cousin to the uptown dance and a Bauuer song, that was released last year. Everyone and their mother has been uploading their own Harlem Shake videos in the last few weeks, recorded in offices, parking lots, dorm rooms, and elevators, so it was only a matter of time before a few restaurants got into the act. Check out a whole MenuPages-worthy multiverse of tabletop dancers and demented dishwashers, just ahead.

Spider-Man, Abusive Santas, drunk Gumby. »

It's Cold, How About a Wine Dinner?

It was only earlier this week that we had so many holidays that we seemed to run a roundup post every day... yet our inbox is empty of President's Day specials, and who knows what Arbor Day will bring. So let's round up upcoming wine dinners; that's the sort of event we can get behind in the winter. First one drawn from the hat: Deleece honors the "Unsung Heroes of California" with a six-course meal devoted to small producers on Tuesday, February 26. It's $37 per person, call 773-325-1710 for reservations.

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The Startling True Life Story Behind Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace

Curtis Duffy's Grace in Chicago has earned, in two months of being open, national acclaim as one of America's most ambitious restaurants, Duffy's eyes set on every prize to be had. What few have known, and only rarely came out in the press about Duffy, was that his ambition and drive as a chef — which led him from a Colorado country club to Charlie Trotter's, Alinea, and two Michelin stars at Avenues before opening his own restaurant — was rooted in a troubled childhood, which climaxed horrifically with the murder-suicide of his parents in 1994, when Duffy was 19.

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Horsemeat News Keeps Getting Worse

Horsemeat was in cottage pies delivered to 47 schools.

Throughout this scandal, food-manufacturing companies have protested that hidden horsemeat is an issue of mislabeling, not food safety. News broke today that adulterated meat ended up in school meals, hospital food, and restaurant dishes in Britain, which is particularly alarming because yesterday, public authorities announced that small amounts of the meat contained a powerful equine painkiller. The phenylbutazone drug is potentially harmful to humans, but the chances of getting sick are low: Out of 206 horse carcasses, eight tested positive for phenylbutazone, and only six of those carcasses were exported to France (French meat wholesaler Spanghero is the current culprit). Horsemeat isn't typically harmful; the issue here is that these horses weren't sourced responsibly and raised to become part of the food chain. [AP, NYT, Earlier]

Introducing the Marc Jacobs-Designed Diet Coke Cans

Women wore houndstooth bikini bottoms with striped pants underneath in the aughts? Really?Photo: Coca-Cola

Recently appointed Diet Coke creative director Marc Jacobs designed these limited-edition cans of Coca-Cola Light in honor of the company's anniversary in Europe, and, surprisingly, he illustrated someone other than himself. Each can celebrates a recent fashion decade (the eighties, nineties, and aughts), and is inspired by Broadway and Radio City Music Hall, where Diet Coke made its debut in 1982. In all likelihood, the corresponding ad campaigns will showcase Jacobs's abs, or at least a topless model. [Earlier, NYDN, Cut]

Sula Unwinds at The Boarding House; Tamarkin Wound Up By Little Goat's Dinerness

Meat and potatoes at The Boarding House.Photo: Galdones Photography

Compared to Julia Kramer on The Boarding House— or himself on Table, Donkey and Stick— last week, Mike Sula approaches Alpana Singh's The Boarding House in a spirit of mellow goodwill born of Singh's own accessible and unpretentious approach to wine: "The Boarding House is, simply, a large-format wine bar on a grand scale. Singh's populist approach to the wine—and the inclusive environment in which to drink it—comes across easy. Finding something good to eat with it is a little more intimidating... You're eating meat and potatoes (or something very close to it) and the more you eat the more difficult it'll be to heave yourself out of your chair. Even when entrees forgo roots for another vegetable or a grain, it's still a bloated, dull affair. From a poached and seared salmon fillet on polenta studded with whole black garlic cloves to gelid seared scallops atop cauliflower puree, one starts to sense that Gosselin is operating out of a slim playbook." [Reader]

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Bruce Willis Recalls His Days As a (Flair?) Bartender

On a promotional tour for his new Die Hard movie — the title of which could have been so much better — Bruce Willis hit Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. One topic of conversation: Willis's days as a New York bartender. Per Fallon, people would actually travel to see Willis, who apparently dabbled in some flair. Willis won't confirm or deny — he'll only say that the secret to being a well-liked bartender is just giving drinks away (especially if the customer is John Goodman). Watch the clip, straight ahead.

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