Posts for November 12, 2012

White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles Exist

Limited edition.Photo: Courtesy Kellogg's

Here's the first sign that a White Chocolate Peppermint Pringles flavor does, in fact, exist. Legend says a crack team of snack researchers engineered these chips to evoke a one-night stand between a naïve Idaho potato and a semi-tragic, cocoa-buttery candy cane with an indistinguishable accent. Was that Finnish she was spoke? We'll never know. Anyhow, these chips are apparently keeping their holiday-themed brethren flavor Cinnamon Sugar in good company on grocery-store shelves across the nation. There's also a Pumpkin Pie Spice kind, but you must travel to Wal-Mart for that one.

Poisonous Mushroom Soup Kills Two at Northern California Nursing Home

Don't even think about it.

This past weekend brought another cautionary tale for all amateur foragers out there: Two elderly women died and four other people were sickened after consuming some wild mushroom soup at an assisted living facility in Placer County, California. Barbara Lopes, 86, and Teresa Olesniewicz, 73, both died Friday, and the caregiver who harvested the mushrooms and made the soup was also hospitalized, along with three others.

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Anthony Bourdain Is Still Pretty Angry About That Whole Cadillac Thing

"Though not quite a virgin, I have tried to remain fairly pure."Photo: Sean Mathis/WireImage

The reason Anthony Bourdain tweeted a fist-full of expletives at the Travel Channel and Cadillac last week on the night of the No Reservations series finale is simply because Anthony Bourdain does not sell out. "It was clearly expressed in writing," he explains on Tumblr today, "clearly understood and agreed to that I would not use or mention any products in my show and my name and image would not be used in connection with any products in return for anything of value or any other consideration without my specific agreement." The chef and TV personality also apologizes to any of the car manufacturer's assembly line workers he may have inadvertantly offended. [Anthony Bourdain/Tumblr, Earlier]

Well, He Still Has to Eat [Updated]

Hard-hitting political journal Us Weekly reports that Mitt Romney and wife Ann had a somber post-somber-election-results dinner out at Newton's Lumiere on Saturday evening. Reportedly Romney "looked a little down," but Ann was cheering him up and "being affectionate." Aw. [US Weekly]

Cinquecento: All Signs Point to Soon

Signage in the South EndPhoto: Twitter/Giveemhelterman

Or at least one sign does. Here's their front entrance! Whaddya think?

Area Four Launches Sunday Dinners, Looks to Expand

The team at Area Four will launch "pizza party" dinner service for the first time on Sundays, beginning on November 18. They'll serve their pizza menu, plus salads, starters and specials, until 9 p.m. Also on offer: wines and beers that pair especially nicely with pizza.

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Are Chicken Coops on Your Holiday Wish List?

They should be, if you care anything at all for self-sufficiency and trendiness. Boston-based online retailer Wayfair predicts that backyard chicken coops will be the big holiday seller this year, since everyone wants to star in their very own episode of Portlandia people are becoming increasingly cost-conscious and self-reliant. Wayfair will sell 30-plus coops, ranging in price from $100 for the minimalist chicken to $1,500 for luxe coops. Poultry nursing homes sold separately. [Globe, Earlier]

The Western Hemisphere's Largest Wheel of Cheese Rolls into Boston

Hoisting the hulking cheese.

How lucky are we? Grub Street receives word that the Western Hemisphere's biggest wheel of cheese, a 400-pound Crucolo from Italy that stands as tall as a typical four-year-old child, will arrive at the Concord Cheese Shop on December 6. Christmas is coming early this year! This is keeping with tradition: Last year, a similarly fat fromage visited the charming Cheese Shop, which has an exclusive on all sorts of rare, far-flung, and husky cheeses. (Yup, it was also one of our most popular stories that month.) Read on for all of the lactose-unfriendly details.

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