Posts for February 5, 2013

Drinkers Dream of Sushi: Cafe Sushi Teams Up With the Hawthorne

Not everyday that a criminally underrated sushi parlor teams up with one of the most (rightfully) heralded cocktail joints in town for a pop-up dinner. But, thankfully, Cafe Sushi is breaking with the past and joining forces with the Hawthorne for a one-night-only meal on February 18. More details, ahead.

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‘But I’m Huge in Flavortown!’

The Superdome wasn't the only thing to lose power this weekend: Guy Fieri was rejected from the VIP section of a New Orleans Super Bowl party, according to the always-trustworthy sources at Us Weekly. The social anthropologists at Us note that Fieri, perhaps still smarting from his New York Times beatdown, "caused a total scene" when he was denied access to the exclusive area. Apparently he "didn't have the right bracelet, and nobody in New Orleans knows who anyone is." Emeril totally would've gotten in. [Us, Earlier]

Lots of High People Are Taking Advantage of Free Pancake Day at IHOP

A nation stops counting calories for a moment of unity.Photo: Corbis

When it comes down to it, would you rather spend your afternoon plugging away at Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, or just read a lot of tweets written by people who are really high and/or psyched about Free Pancake Day at IHOP? Because, you know, the chain is trending on Twitter, and buttered short-stacks loom large in the collective unconscious of our social media. Carry on, then.

"Back from my high-atus to remind you all its free pancake day at IHOP." »

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MIT "Charm School" Students Might Really Need It

Check, please.Photo: istockphoto

The Globe sits in at MIT's 20th Annual MIT Charm School, which teaches young geniuses social skills how to ace business dinners — you know, how to order properly, network without being smarm-o, and so forth. Thank God, too, judging by the story. A few favorite quotes from this awesome piece, ahead.

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A Woman Pulled Out a Gun at a Chuck E. Cheese’s Last Night

Not a kid's toy.Photo: Cabela's

This isn't good: A Connecticut woman was arrested last night for pulling a semi-automatic handgun on another woman at Chuck E. Cheese's, according to NBC. It's hardly the first time parents have brawled at Chuck's: Over the summer, a woman crashed a Chuck E. Cheese's kids' party to slice off a romantic rival's ear. Who needs farm-to-table when there's buffet-to-jail?

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High-School Students Arrested for Starting Food Fight

Splat.

Clearly the principal of Georgia's Ola High School is not an Animal House fan. He got nine students jailed for staging a food fight in the cafeteria, and they're facing charges of disruption of public school, inciting a riot, failure to disperse, obstruction, and possession of marijuana (that last one's an oops). Since five of the pranksters are adults, this could go on their record. School officials found out about the shenanigans ahead of time and asked the students to halt their plans. Now they're on a witch hunt, looking at surveillance cameras to try to identify more food-throwers. Relax: Sloppy Joes and spaghetti never hurt anyone. [11 Alive]

The ‘Big Mac Index,’ Now Extra Well Done

Packed with number-crunching power.

"The Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in 1986," the magazine writes, "as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their 'correct' level." It's since become the benchmark for understanding the relative values of currencies around the world. It may not be constructed on the best foundation of economics, but that's why they call it "burgernomics," and anyhow — fortified with raw GDP as it is — the chart is not without its insights. Check out the new, "interactive" version of the Big Mac Index here, then school yourself in exchange-rate theory by dredging through the comments, and all that special sauce. [Economist]

Duff Goldman Offers to Bake for Lesbian Couple That Experienced Discrimination

Bravo!

Last month, an Oregon baker refused to help a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake. The women claim that Sweet Cakes Bakery owner Aaron Klein referred to them as "abominations unto the Lord," and said he'd rather close down his business than "be forced to do something that violates my conscience." That's exactly what may happen; Klein's now under investigation for violating the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As sad and vile as all of these stories of discrimination are, what's inspiring is that people are quick to stand up and defend others.

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Cookie Monster’s Carbo-Crime Spree Comes to an End in Germany

The shocking crime has rocked the city of Hanover to its very foundations.Photo: Michael Thomas/Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

You probably heard about last month's theft of an ornamental, gilded bronze biscuit that had been hanging without incident just outside the German bakery Bahlsen's office in Hanover, Germany, for 100 years. Bahlsen's makes Leibniz biscuits, and this 44-pound model is emblematic of the company's history; so naturally, Bahlsen's chair Werner M. Bahlsen appealed to the robber through the press, offering 1,000 euros for any information leading to the gold Leibniz's safe return. But, nothing. But then, just days after the crime, newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung received a really weird ransom note. It was from Cookie Monster.

The outrageous demands. »

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