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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Mike & Patty's Reopens; Barcelona Wine Bar Arrives

Bay Village: After some stops and starts, beloved breakfast-and-lunchery Mike & Patty's has quietly reopened. [EB]

Washington Square: High-end tapas chain Barcelona Wine Bar has officially replaced American Craft. [BRT]

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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]

Not the New Year's Cocktail They Had in Mind

A man who didn't get hired by the Provo Brazil restaurant in Hyannis threw a Molotov cocktail through the window in retaliation over the weekend. Owner Fabio De Oliviera diplomatically offers that disgruntled Lucas Penna "appears to suffer from mental illness," reports the Globe. Luckily Penna's torching scheme failed, though he did manage to lodge a brick through another window. He's now being held at Bridgewater State Hospital for a psych evaluation. [Globe]

The Happy Tale of Ming Tsai's Lost Dog

Reunited with his favorite canine.Photo: Twitter/ChefMingTsai

Dennis Lehane isn't the only Bostonian who lost a pooch over the holiday week: Chef Ming Tsai's prized labradoodle, Buddy, also went missing while strolling through Elm Banke in Natick. Luckily, this story has a very happy ending, thanks in large part to the "positive energy" of Tsai's legions of Twitter followers.

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Where Do You Want to Hear the Phantom Gourmet?

No static at all?

The Phantom Gourmet's radio show is possibly homeless, striking fear in the hearts of mozzarella-stick lovers everywhere. Their current radio station, talk-format 96.9 FM, switches over to a totally generic "rhythmic contemporary" format after today—which bodes poorly for the Phantom and is pretty depressing generally. And so we wonder: Where should the Phantom go next? We want your opinion!

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