Thursday, April 13, 2017

Man Escapes Paying $600 Restaurant Tab in This Unusual Way

By Margaret Whitfield

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The stories of people finding more and more artful ways of beating the check in restaurants are legion.

In his 1970 bestseller "Steal This Book," anarchist Abbie Hoffman laid out an ingenious strategy, whereby cohorts — acting like strangers — would sit down in adjacent seats at the counter in a chosen restaurant. One would order a complete meal, the other a cup of coffee. When the checks were presented, the patron who ate well would pick up the other man's check, pay it at the cashier's counter, and leave. The coffee drinker would feign shock that he had been left with the larger check and ultimately pay for this coffee and leave.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Here’s a Technique for Softening Butter that Will Have You Swearing Off the Spread

By Howard Portnoy

The story, reported by the Daily Mail, offers a clever solution for an age-old problem — hastening the softening of butter needed for a recipe. But it also calls to mind a slightly off-color joke that has its punchline “You should see the way he makes donuts.”

The trick? Placing the butter under your armpit. Food & Wine even has a video showing the method:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

'Clean Meat' Is Coming (UPDATE)

By Margaret Whitfield

Clean meat? So what is that? Is it meat rescued from the floor of the restaurant kitchen within 5 seconds of being dropped (and hence is covered by the 5-second rule)? No (even though restaurants are not beyond doing that).

Nor is clean meat a product that's unusually heart-healthy because it's been stripped of every last iota of fat.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Robots Coming to a Restaurant Kitchen Near You

By Margaret Whitfield

Machines haven't yet taken over the world. But give them time.

London customers of the food delivery service, Just Eat, got their first taste of the future late last year when the service made its first delivery via automatons. And if robots can bring your food to you, why can't they also cook it?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Restaurant Patron Hospitalized After Chef Throws Hot Chili Powder in His Face

By Margaret Whitfield

If you thought the idea of the temperamental chef was apocryphal, a story out of Wales will disabuse you of that notion.

The protagonist in this morality play is David Evans, who was out to dinner at a curry house with his wife, Michelle. But rather than my narrate what happened, let's let an eyewitness, the wife, tell what transpired (via The Telegraph):

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Who's Up for a Yummy Placenta Smoothie?

By Howard Portnoy

Frozen berries, check. Honey, check. Milk, check. Placenta — what? That was my reaction when perusing the ingredient list of Amethyst Hertsens’s smoothie, which is made with a placenta, the bloody mass of tissues delivered by a female following the birth of a baby. If it’s yours, too, that’s probably culture shock more than anything else because according to a how-to video Hertsens has made, most mammals consume their placenta after giving birth.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Some Stocking Stuffers and Last-Minute Gifts for Foodies

By Margaret Whitfield

Following up on our previous pricey gift guide, here are some more down-to-earth suggestions for food lovers in your life who have been nicer than naughty. (We are realists here.) Let’s get started.