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.

Kruller and punishment. »

Bon Me's Restaurant Will Open on February 22

Inside the new Bon Me.Photo: Bon Me

We've received word that, at long last, Bon Me will open their first brick-and-mortar restaurant on February 22. The fast-­casual restaurant at One Kendall seats 16. Truck fans, take note: Their three signature entrees, the Bon Me Sandwich, noodle salad, and rice bowl, will appear on the menu. However, expect more fillings for the entrees than at the mobile locations, plus new menu additions. They'll also do catering. A nice banh mi sandwich at a lunch meeting beats oily pizza, right?

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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Scott Haas on Tony Maws: "He's a Work in Progress"

The Braiser offers up a juicy interview with psychologist-writer Scott Haas, whose new book, Back of the House, examines the inner workings of Maws's mind and kitchen. He doesn't mince words in this fairly cutting interview, either. The upshot: The guy is inconsistent.

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Szechuan Dumpling Opens in Five Days

Dumpling fiends, rejoice: A restaurant specializing exclusively in dumplings will open within the week. A call to Arlington's new Szechuan Dumpling reveals that the shop will debut early next week and will be open seven days a week. With Szechuan Dumpling in Arlington Heights and Little Q in East Arlington, the town is finally anchored by two non-Americanized Chinese restaurants. Of course, we'll still cross the town line for a trip to Golden Garden now and then. [Earlier]

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. »

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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Matt Lauer Gets Handsy With Michael Schlow's Shellfish Stew

We see beer.Photo: Radius

Chef Schlow, busy re-concepting Happy's as Barrio Cantina and contemplating the fate of Radius, made time to pop over to the Today show this morning for their Faneuil Hall taping. He made shellfish stew, red flannel hash, and Boston cream cupcakes. Looks like Lauer's enjoying the product off-camera. [Today, Radius]

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]

Patio Party! Restoration Hardware Wins Beer and Wine License

Can't wait for the press release about the reclaimed wood bar.

Who hasn't wanted to walk out of a restaurant with the furniture? Soon you'll be able to at Restoration Hardware: They earned their beer and wine license yesterday, so it looks like their shop-slash-restaurant wil open soon in the Back Bay. Customers "willl be able to sit on the furniture that hopefully they will be interested in buying," promises the chain's attorney.

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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]

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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Kara Baskin
NY Mag