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Eater National : The National Restaurant, Bar, and Nightlife Blog

Eater National : The National Restaurant, Bar, and Nightlife Blog

Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's NYC Restaurant Loses Its Star Butchers  

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2018-03-21 13:39:37

New York's Chelsea Market Is Trying to Expand Globally  

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2018-03-21 12:23:57

Watch: How to Speed Dry-Age a Steak  

You Can Do This takes a seasoning staple to mimic big steakhouse flavors in a home kitchen In this episode of You Can Do This, I am chasing the funk of a dry-aged steak without having to put in the time, or the bags of money. I'm certain the age-old, dry-aging process cannot be mimicked exactly — but what if we could get really close? And what if we could do it quickly and without any special aging equipment? The key to this speed-aging experiment is to use something thatâ...

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2018-03-21 11:59:02

Is Fast Food Making Good on Its Promises of Cage-Free Eggs and Humanely Raised Pork?  

Despite customer pressure, many major brands are falling short on their animal welfare goals This story originally appeared on Civil Eats. In early January 2018, Smithfield, the world's largest pork producer, announced that it had achieved its "animal care" goal to provide group housing for pregnant sows on all of its U.S.-based farms. Over the course of 10 years, and with a $360 million investment, the company transitioned operations away from individual stalls, known...

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2018-03-21 11:29:54

No Bun Can Contain Indiana's Pork Tenderloin Sandwich  

The Hoosier State's most beloved dish, explained Every sweltering August during my Indiana childhood, I stood in line at the 4-H Knox County Fair to order a pork tenderloin sandwich. It's a classic Hoosier dish, with a thinly pounded, breaded, and deep-fried portion of meat hanging over the edges of a bun. At its best, the breading is crisp and crunchy, the meat juicy and well-seasoned, and the bun toasted enough to hold up to the grease, with a few condiments to top things...

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2018-03-21 10:30:11

Cheese and Bacon-Scented Hair Products Are Here to Make You Smell Terrible  

Plus, Outback is serving a Bloomin' Onion topped with cheese fries and ribs The desperate food #brands hoping to drum up business with outrageous stunts are taking it too far. In today's news: Einstein Bros. Bagels is introducing, god only knows why, cheese shampoo and bacon conditioner. This is the bagel chain's way of letting everyone know about one of its new menu items. "What better way to start the day than with the delicious aroma of the new Cheesy Wakin' Baco...

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2018-03-21 09:24:04

Restaurant Delivery Is Harder Than You Think  

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2018-03-20 17:16:39

Amy Poehler and Her SNL Pals Head to 'Wine Country' for Netflix   

Tiny Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Maya Rudolph are all on board the party bus Comedian extraordinaire Amy Poehler is directing, producing, and starring in a movie for Netflix called Wine Country that will take place in Napa, California. The comedy will focus on a group of friends who head to the land of oaky Chardonnays and big, bold Cabernet Sauvignons for one member of the squad's 50th birthday party. Presumably, hilarity will ensue once they start hitting up the wineries. Poehl...

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2018-03-20 16:54:10

St. Louis's Ben Poremba Is Back in the Kitchen at the Benevolent King  

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2018-03-20 13:19:18

Porcelain That Looks Like Pastry  

Margaret Braun's sugar-sculpted marvels have appeared in books, museums, and before royalty. Now, she's embracing a new role in the food world Sunlight pours through the windows of Margaret Braun's New York City private studio, coating the interior in a syrupy, golden glow that makes the scene look like a bizarre Dutch still life. A glazed bowl piled high with Froot Loops sits on the couch next to its two siblings, one brimming with clementines, the other with wobbling cu...

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2018-03-20 12:15:12

Gaze Into the Starbucks Crystal Ball Frapp to See Your Sugary Future   

There's a new novelty beverage on the block, and it's full of sparkles and whipped cream Starbucks, the coffee company that wants to be everything to everyone, is gearing up to debut a new limited-time-only product that's extremely different from the blonde espresso beverages that it launched earlier this year, to great fanfare. Pictures of the colorful new Crystal Ball Frappuccino started popping up on Instagram earlier this week, along with photos of what appears to b...

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2018-03-20 11:19:24

Restaurants Are Charging $2.49 for Water With Lemon Now  

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2018-03-20 10:45:05

Why China Loves American Chain Restaurants So Much  

McDonald's, KFC, and Starbucks are growing faster in the Chinese republic than in the U.S. The highest Pizza Hut in the world is perched on the 24th floor of a skyscraper in Xiamen, a city (population: 3.5 million) in the Chinese province of Fujian. There's often a wait for seats; calling in for reservations is highly recommended. Unlike in the States, there's much more to the experience than just pizza. Pizza Hut in China has a full wine list and a three-course menu com...

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2018-03-20 10:23:39

McDonald's Wants to Save the Planet by Tweaking Its Beef Production  

Plus, Cronut mastermind Dominique Ansel has invented a chocolate-avocado Easter egg, and more food news The world is slowly coming to the realization that beef consumption is terrible for the environment, which is bad news for fast-food burger chains such as McDonald's. The Big Mac and Quarter Pounder purveyor is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint by changing the way its beef is produced. Mickey D's hopes to "prevent 150 million metric tons (165 million tons) of ...

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2018-03-19 16:33:34

Modernist Cuisine's Next Enormous Tome Will Tackle Pizza  

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2018-03-19 15:11:22

D.C. Chef Mike Isabella Sued for Sexual Harassment   

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2018-03-19 13:38:32

David Chang's Majordomo Is 2018's Most Exciting Restaurant (So Far)  

Momofuku's first LA outpost is the most exhilarating restaurant opening of 2018 (so far) David Chang speeds through Majordomo, his first Los Angeles restaurant, in a super-heroic blur. From the perch of my hard-won bar seat, I sip a soju cocktail and watch Chang manifest everywhere at once. He's a blip with a furrowed brow among the kitchen's stainless steel, gray tiles, and legion of cooks; he's by the kitchen window, conferring with an anxious-looking server about a d...

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2018-03-19 12:47:56

Watch: Charring Bone-In Tomahawk at a New York Steakhouse  

How Brooklyn's St. Anselm perfected the hefty cut Prime Time hosts Ben Turley and Brent Young are visiting their favorite local steakhouse on this week's episode — St. Anselm in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The petit restaurant specializes in pitch-perfect, grilled steaks like the butcher's cut and the NY strip au poivre. Of the cuts with a particular loyal following at St. Anselm is the "Ax Handle," a Tomahawk steak that ranges between 45 and 65 ounces and gets its name...

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2018-03-19 12:41:41

Gabrielle Hamilton's Second Memoir Is About Difficult Goodbyes   

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2018-03-19 11:24:18

Watch the Trailer for Netflix's 'Chef's Table: Pastry'  

The new series will focus on four of the world's most acclaimed pastry chefs For the new pastry-themed mini-season of the hit Netflix series Chef's Table, filmmaker David Gelb and his crew filmed four acclaimed chefs on three continents. Here are the stars of Chef's Table: Pastry: Christina Tosi, the James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur/TV star behind the ever-growing Milk Bar empire Will Goldfarb, a former NYC pastry chef who decamped to Bali to open Room...

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2018-03-19 10:10:55

Sonic Wants to Make Pickle Juice Slushies the Flavor of Summer 2018  

Mike Mozart/Flickr" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> Plus, there's a Fritos shortage in NYC, and more food news to start your week Throwback drive-in chain Sonic is giving the people what they apparently want by debuting a pickle juice slushie this June. â...

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2018-03-19 09:26:56

Tracking Fast-Food Workers' Efforts to Unionize  

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2018-03-18 15:00:02

Watch: Master Sushi Chef Shiro Kashiba Celebrates Local Seattle Seafood  

Kashiba was one of the city's first chefs to focus on the traditional Edomae style "When I first came here, the local fish weren't ready to be used for sushi," remembers chef Shiro Kashiba — the chef and owner of Seattle's Sushi Kashiba. "So I started looking for local seafood that I could use." This lead Kashiba to squid, smelt, and geoduck — a clam local to the Puget Sound that's highly sought after by sushi chefs. Amazed by these newly discovered ingred...

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2018-03-17 09:15:01

'The Zimmern List' Offers Tours of America's Great Food Cities  

A smart new travel show and more TV recommendations for the weekend This post originally appeared on March 16, 2018, in "Eat, Drink, Watch" — the weekly newsletter for people who want to order takeout and watch TV. Browse the archives and subscribe now. Congratulations on making it through another busy week. Now it's time to kick back and catch up on all the great food TV shows you might have missed. Here are recommendations on what to watch (and cook!) this weekend,...

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2018-03-16 17:37:32

Watch: Brisket-Topped Kimchi Stew Is the Pinnacle of Korean-American Food  

Dallas restaurant Bppop puts a new spin on kimchi-jjigae It's always interesting to me to see how Korean food evolves and develops in different parts of the country; and in the land of barbecue, it's no surprise to see a heavy dose of Texas-style 'cue is making its way to Korean dishes. Bbbop — a chainlet in Dallas — comes from accomplished chef Sandy Bussey and her husband Greg. At their Oak Cliff location, the duo is experimenting on dishes and concepts that arenâ...

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2018-03-16 16:58:13

After 500 Days of Chipotle, Burrito Hero Calls It Quits   

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2018-03-16 12:39:05

Anthony Bourdain's 'Hungry Ghosts' Is Not for the Faint of Heart  

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2018-03-16 10:13:48

Critics Are Panning Jimmy Buffett's Boozy 'Margaritaville' Musical  

Plus, Amazon may be working on an Instacart competitor, and more food news The reviews are in for Escape to Margaritaville, the Broadway show written by Parrothead musician and paradisiacal cheeseburger expert Jimmy Buffett, and the critics aren't impressed. "If ever there were a time to be drunk in the theater, this is it," writes Jesse Green of the New York Times. Bloomberg's Chris Rovzar agrees: "[L]ike the worst versions of its namesake beverage, it's too wate...

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2018-03-16 09:22:39

David Chang's Má PĂŞche Will Close This Summer After 8 Years in NYC  

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2018-03-15 15:16:05

Crowning the Men's NCAA Tournament Champion Based on Local Craft Beers  

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2018-03-15 12:15:23

Blue Apron Will Now Hawk Its Meal Kits in Actual Stores  

That means buyers won't be forced to subscribe Online meal kit purveyor Blue Apron will now sell its products IRL: Following a sales slump and major stock price woes, the company is rethinking its subscription-only model, the Wall Street Journal reports. Both full kits, which contain multiple meals, and a-la-carte cooking kits could be available on store shelves "by the end of this year," per WSJ. Big trouble for Blue Apron began last summer when Amazon announced it was ...

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2018-03-15 11:18:41

Watch: A San Antonio Smokehouse That's Breaking Texas Barbecue Tradition  

Pitmaster Esaul Ramos is using Mexican flavors at 2M Smokehouse "My food isn't full-blown Mexican, but it definitely has Mexican flair to it," says Esaul Ramos, the pitmaster and owner of San Antonio's 2M Smokehouse. Ramos is referring to 2M's staple homemade sausage that's infused with Oaxacan cheese, and the smokehouse's barbacoa — only available the first Sunday of every month and a dish Ramos was admittedly nervous to offer to a city devoted to it. Growing...

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2018-03-15 10:42:02

Which Bougie Desk Lunch Salad Chain Will Reign Supreme?  

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2018-03-15 09:52:21

NFL Player Casually Signs $10 Million Contract While Waiting in Line at Chick-fil-A  

Plus, the "Queer Eye" food expert is clapping back at his haters, and more food news Congratulations to Josh McCown, the National Football League quarterback who casually signed a lucrative contract while waiting in the drive-thru line at fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A. McCown's deal with the New York Jets will net him $10 million for one year of service. There's no word on what he ordered to eat, but that payday could cover an awful lot of nuggets. No better time...

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2018-03-15 09:22:01

Nina Compton Debuts Highly Anticipated Second Restaurant in New Orleans Tonight  

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2018-03-14 16:15:17

Watch the Trailer for 'Ramen Heads,' a Documentary About Noodle Obsession  

The movie premieres in New York and LA this week Ramen heads, take notice: A new documentary film that covers the art of Japanese noodle soup premieres in the United States this week. Appropriately titled Ramen Heads, the doc will be shown at Landmark theaters in New York City and Los Angeles this Friday, March 16. Director Koki Shigeno spent 15 months learning what makes some of Japan's top ramen chefs tick. Shigeno's film showcases six restaurants, including that of Os...

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2018-03-14 12:12:14

'Top Chef' Favorite Sheldon Simeon Has Big Plans for HawaiĘ»i   

Lineage brings family recipes and Hawaiian culinary traditions to Maui this summer Like Tin Roof, the mostly bowl-focused lunch spot chef Sheldon Simeon opened in 2016, Lineage, the Top Chef alum's newest restaurant, is located in an unassuming Maui strip mall. And like that restaurant, which is named for the tin roofs that cover houses in Sheldon's native Hilo, Hawaiʻi is at its center. "I think it says it all in the name," Simeon explains. "It's celebrating famil...

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2018-03-14 11:09:01

How One Chef Is Using Food to Explain the Injustices of Mass Incarceration  

Kurt Evans wants to show diners how the prison system is broken This story was originally published on Civil Eats. It's about an hour before dinner service, and Kurt Evans is working on an appetizer. This dish doesn't require mincing, chopping, searing, or slicing — in fact, it has only three ingredients, and most cooks make it without the luxury of a kitchen. The chef opens two bags of puffy orange cheese doodles to let the air out, then mashes the snacks into a powd...

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2018-03-14 10:47:30

Taipei's First-Ever Michelin Guide is Here  

Le Palais/Facebook" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> Cantonese restaurant Le Palais is the city's first to earn three stars Michelin — the French tire company that also publishes international dining guides — announced its starred selections for Taipei, the latest ...

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2018-03-14 10:22:53

Here Are the 2018 James Beard Awards Restaurant, Chef, and Media Finalists  

The full list of nominees Today the James Beard Foundation revealed the "short list" of finalists for its 2018 awards. The awards, considered among the highest honors in the American hospitality industry, cover chefs, restaurants, and food-related books, journalism, and broadcast media. The first Beard Awards to take place after the explosive #MeToo allegations of sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, the 2018 semifinalist list marked the Foundation's first steps...

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2018-03-14 10:12:14

Name a Patch of Guy Fieri's Hair or Goatee After a Loved One  

Plus, the 'Friends' set designer explains how he created Central Perk Back in the 1990s, naming a star after a loved one was a strangely popular gift for holidays and birthdays. The 2018 version of this idea is naming a Guy Fieri hair follicle after a loved one. A single hair costs $10, two at a time is $15, and a "constellation" of a few hairs is $20. Each purchase comes with a certificate. The project doesn't appear to be officially affiliated with Fieri, and itâ€...

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2018-03-14 09:44:15

Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Pi Day With a Dominique Ansel Pie  

Learn how to make the pastry master's salted caramel apple pie It's Pi Day (March 14, 3.14 — get it?), and to mark this occasion, today's Google Doodle — that interactive/animated drawing that sits atop the world's most popular search engine — pays tribute to perhaps the world's most popular pastry chef: Dominique Ansel. Ansel, a native of Beauvais, France, is the man behind Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York City, as well as five m...

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2018-03-13 16:06:53

Walmart to Offer Grocery Delivery in More Than 100 Cities  

The retail giant faces pressure from competitors like Amazon and Target

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2018-03-13 16:06:53

Here Are All the Pixar-Themed Treats Coming to Disney Parks This Year  

What to expect from Pixar Fest and the Pixar Pier Seven new Pixar-themed restaurants and food stands will land permanently at Disney parks this summer, and dozens of items inspired by films like Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, Coco, and Inside Out will be available throughout Disneyland Resort during the limited-time Pixar Fest, running from April 13 to September 3. When Disney California Adventure's new Pixar Pier opens June 23, the theme park land-sized ode to animation will br...

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2018-03-13 15:39:02

Chef Kate Williams Announces Follow Up to Detroit Hit Lady of the House  

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2018-03-13 15:16:47

Opinion: What Made Noma Great Is Now Its Biggest Flaw  

Should the most influential restaurant in the world look beyond its place and time? Since 2010, there have been four so-called Best Restaurants in the world, but only one of them can realistically call itself the most important. Noma's ascent to the top of the World's 50 Best list eight years ago — symbolically beating not one but two high temples of avant-garde molecular gastronomy into second and third place — was the start of a new era, animated not just by a previou...

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2018-03-13 14:29:02

Laurent Tourondel to Open New Restaurant in 153-Year-Old London Hotel  

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2018-03-13 11:56:37

Watch: These Edible Helium Balloons Are a Floating Dessert  

You Can Do This recreates the signature sweet from Chicago modernist playground Alinea In 2012 I sat down for a meal at Chicago's Alinea for an evening that was a collection of firsts. I was a young line cook at the time, training under Dave Arnold and his modernist cooking techniques, but I still hadn't experienced this style of cooking as a diner. One of the first things I asked the staff after I sat at my table was: "Do you have the balloon?" You know the one, the ...

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2018-03-13 10:44:44

Say Hello to Bar Crenn, Dominique Crenn's Luxe Tribute to the French Classics  

Patricia Chang/Eater SF" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> The latest addition to the chef's growing SF empire opens tonight Bar Crenn — chef Dominque Crenn's much-anticipated homage to classic French cooking — opens in San Francisco today. Although the latest resta...

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2018-03-13 10:03:51

Andrew Zimmern Returns With a New Travel Channel Show, 'The Zimmern List'  

Plus, NFL quarterback Tom Brady just ate his first strawberry, and more food news Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern is back with a new Travel Channel series that premieres tonight. Instead of traveling the globe and eating delicacies that some Americans might find, well, bizarre, Zimmern "is sharing his personal recommendations on the food and places where he most loves to eat," according to an announcement about the show. The first episode of The Zimmern List, which take...

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2018-03-13 09:47:59

Taco Bell Has Already Sold 53 Million Orders of Nacho Fries  

It's the chain's most successful product launch ever Move over, Doritos Locos tacos: Taco Bell's Nacho Fries have snatched the title of the most successful new menu item launch in the chain's history, Nation's Restaurant News reports. Since their launch on January 25, Taco Bell has sold 53 million orders of the fries, which are coated with a "bold Mexican seasoning" and served with a side of nacho cheese sauce for dipping. The company tells NRN that they're see...

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2018-03-12 17:38:54

NYC Blessed With America's Fanciest Mall Food Court   

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2018-03-12 17:24:46

Watch: Should You Be Cooking With Blood?   

At M. Wells Steakhouse, three dishes are made with animal blood "If it's not in sausage, I don't know how to cook with blood," admits Ben Turley in this episode of Prime Time, joined as always by his co-host and co-owner of New York City butcher shop the Meat Hook, Brent Young. The duo is visiting M. Wells Steakhouse in New York's Long Island City, where chef Hugue Dufour is cooking more than one dish with animal blood. Dufour grew up in Quebec and remembers eating ...

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2018-03-12 16:56:10

Celebrity Chef Gets Burned by Italians for Serving 'Healthy' Pizza  

Don't mess with tradition Carlo Cracco made a mistake. The chef in Milan, Italy, should know locals don't take kindly to innovation when it comes to traditional recipes, but he just couldn't help himself. He's bucked tradition and introduced a "healthy" version of the iconic margherita pizza. The reaction has been quite negative, reports the Telegraph. "We are certain that nobody will go on purpose to Carlo Cracco to eat his revisited pizza margherita, except per...

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2018-03-12 15:32:05

JosĂ© AndrĂ©s Accepts the Inevitable, Is Ready to Be Replaced by Robots  

The 9 best quotes from the chef's SXSW interview with Kara Swisher Jose Andres is in Austin for the annual SXSW festival, and yesterday, the D.C.-based chef sat down to discuss the future of food with Recode's Kara Swisher. Andres, whose restaurant empire includes the fine dining Jaleo, fast-casual Beefsteak, and even a food truck, envisions a world in which technology can help feed the world. At this point, Andres is as much a humanitarian figure as well as a culinar...

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2018-03-12 13:24:41

Watch: Lau Laus and Pork Adobo Complete This Hawaiian Feast  

Cooking in America explores the flavors of Hawaiʻi at Seattle's Kauai Family Restaurant "I'm excited to taste a little bit of Hawaiʻi," says host Sheldon Simeon on his way to Kauai Family Restaurant — a Hawaiian restaurant in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood. Simeon grew up Hilo, a town on the Big Island, and it's not lost on him that he's finding the comforting food of his home all the way in Seattle. Like Simeon, Kauai Family Restaurant's owner Peter Buz...

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2018-03-12 11:58:23

Even the 'Great' Restaurant Groups Can Foster Bad Behavior  

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2018-03-12 11:10:51

David Chang Launches Multi-Faceted Entertainment Group 'Majordomo Media'  

Get ready for podcasts and more TV shows from the chef/restaurateur/"Ugly Delicious" star Less than a year after the collapse of his acclaimed food magazine Lucky Peach, Momofuku head honcho David Chang is embarking on a new media endeavor that will incorporate an editorial platform as well as podcast and video projects. To launch Majordomo Media — the company shares a name with the newest Momofuku restaurant — Chang is teaming up with one of his Ugly Delicious collab...

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2018-03-12 10:35:26

UK Chef Heston Blumenthal's Next Restaurant Is in Dubai   

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2018-03-12 10:06:10

Taco Bell's Strawberry Skittles Slushie Is a Toothache in a Cup  

Taco Bell/Facebook" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> Plus, a proposed law would prevent restaurant employers from skimming tips, and more food news to start the week Taco Bell now sells Skittles-flavored slushies. Don't your teeth ...

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2018-03-10 09:32:02

7 Reasons Why Netflix's 'Nailed It' Actually Nails It  

A culinary game show, an acclaimed comedy/drama, and more TV recommendations for the weekend This post originally appeared on March 9, 2018, in "Eat, Drink, Watch" — the weekly newsletter for people who want to order takeout and watch TV. Browse the archives and subscribe now. March is already shaping up to be a very good month for TV. Here are recommendations for three shows to check out this weekend, plus a roundup of the week's entertainment news and food-related...

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2018-03-09 16:59:21

Which of These Headlines Is NOT from Giada's Lifestyle Site?   

The celebrity chef is clearly trying to diversify her brand Taking a move from the Gwyneth Paltrow playbook, the Food Network's resident over-pronouncer Giada De Laurentiis decided to launch a site that features recipes, as well as advice on beauty, fashion, entertaining, travel, and parenting. This publication has a name that definitely does not roll off the tongue — Giadzy — and a seemingly bottomless well of posts bearing De Laurentiis's byline. It appears that when...

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2018-03-09 12:19:30

RIP the Noma Science Bunker: 2014-2018  

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2018-03-09 11:38:01

Chris Oh Wants to Bring a Piece of LA's K-Town to Honolulu   

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2018-03-09 10:43:52

Danny Meyer's Company Mishandled Misconduct Allegations for Years, Staffers Say  

Despite Union Square Hospitality Group's noted employees-first approach, its record of handling staff complaints is less than stellar Eric Korsh became a problem shortly after he became the executive chef of North End Grill in the spring of 2014: He gave unwelcome massages to female staffers, made inappropriate comments about female customers that he found attractive, and regularly lost his temper at both kitchen and front-of-house staff, according to eight former staffers. ...

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2018-03-09 10:39:03

The Most Anticipated Openings Across Eater Cities This Spring  

Nashville hot fried chicken, a San Diego Mexican spot from a 'Top Chef' competitor, and pitmaster Aaron Franklin's new smokehouse A beloved Nashville fried chicken restaurant aims to set up shop in Atlanta. Several seafood restaurants are slated for Charleston. Rising star Julia Momose will debut a Japanese bar in Chicago. A Philly favorite for noodles and dim sum will next turn its attention to yakitori. Spring tends to be one of the busiest seasons for restaurant openi...

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2018-03-09 10:15:29

After Running Out of Chicken and Gravy, KFC UK Is Dropping Its Delivery Partner  

Plus, buying organic probably makes you snobby, and more food news for this Friday First, KFC's United Kingdom outposts ran out of chicken. Then, they ran out of gravy. The shortages, which caused locations across the UK to temporarily shutter, were blamed on a switch of delivery services, so KFC is switching back. The company is dropping DHL and once again partnering with Bidvest Logistics to get its fast-food chicken products in a timely fashion. New York City is crack...

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2018-03-09 09:47:49

Joe Flamm and Adrienne Cheatham Cooked the Meals of Their Lives on the 'Top Chef' Finale  

Spoilers for the last episode of Top Chef: Colorado Joe Flamm, the executive chef of Spiaggia in Chicago, was crowned the winner of Top Chef: Colorado last night after cooking a blow-out meal against runner up Adrienne Cheatham from New York City. For the final challenge, Flamm served a menu of luxe Italian fare that included handmade tortellini, a riff on vitello tonnato, steak with asparagus, and a brown sugar cake with ricotta. Cheatham, meanwhile, put together a haute South

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2018-03-09 09:22:02

The 16 Hottest New Restaurants in Indianapolis  

Crispy Bird / Facebook" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> Where to find killer fried chicken, sizzling yakitori, and crisp Belgian waffles with beer in the Hoosier State capital Today Eater once again looks to Indianapolis, Indiana, to

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2018-03-08 15:53:00

McDonald's Is Rolling Out Fresh Beef Nationwide. What Took So Long?  

For the world's largest burger chain, no menu change is minor The world's biggest burger chain is finally serving fresh beef — but only in one very specific iteration: McDonald's announced this week that it's rolling out fresh, rather than frozen, Quarter Pounders in all U.S. stores (minus those in Alaska and Hawaii) by May. The fast-food giant has been publicly testing this initiative since mid-2016, when it began serving the cooked-from-fresh burgers at a handful of...

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2018-03-08 15:20:07

Pok Pok's Andy Ricker Is Opening a Pub  

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2018-03-08 15:02:38

Food Brands Celebrate International Women's Day in All the Wrong Ways  

This year's cynical attempts from McDonald's, KFC, and more to cash in Today is International Women's Day, a century-old designation that predates women's suffrage in the United States and commemorates the struggle for women's rights worldwide. It's also — just like Valentine's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and National Margarita or Whatever Day before it — an awesome day for #brands. Here's how some are "celebrating": • McDonald's has upended its iconic ...

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2018-03-08 11:57:10

What It Took to Create the Stunning, Sea-Focused New Noma Menu  

How the Noma test kitchen worked with sea snails, cod face, and other ocean creatures for the eagerly awaited relaunch Mette Søberg is the head of research and development for Noma's test kitchen and since the fall, she and her team have been on a mission: to develop never-before-seen preparations and presentations of Nordic seafood to fuel Noma's buzzed-about relaunch. "Preparing for this opening menu has been a very long process," she said just a few days before the ...

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2018-03-08 11:22:47

Barbie Releases Chef Doll Inspired by HĂ©lène Darroze  

She's one of 14 "role models" who are getting their own dolls Acclaimed French chef Helène Darroze — who owns and operates a handful of Michelin darlings in Paris, London, and Moscow — is one of the inspirations behind a new line of Barbie dolls that Mattel is releasing to celebrate International Women's Day. According to an announcement about these dolls, Barbie wants to honor "women who have broken boundaries in their fields and have been an inspiration to ...

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2018-03-08 10:16:28

Coffee Snobs Will Never Love You, Starbucks  

The coffee giant is trying (and failing) to appeal to third-wave connoisseurs The other day I did something very out of character: I went to Starbucks. I walked in, perused the large sprawling menu, and uttered the words, "I'll have a blonde espresso, please." I did it for science. I wanted to know what the big deal was, and why the $27 billion company was trying to offer such a product, which it added to its menus in January. I'm a longtime lover of coffee — I've ...

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2018-03-08 10:02:40

KFC Malaysia Introduces Claudia Sanders as Its International Women's Day Stunt  

Plus, a cannabis wedding expo has all your weed wedding cake needs, and more food news McDonald's isn't the only food brand attempting to make a buck by ignoring its business model and "celebrating" International Women's Day. In Malaysia, Kentucky Fried Chicken is replacing Colonel Sanders with Claudia Sanders, who is the chicken chain mascot's wife. Marketing Interactive notes that the team "decided to bring to life Claudia Sanders, the lesser known woman behin...

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2018-03-07 17:17:21

McDonald's Upends 10,000 Years of Patriarchy with One Weird Trick  

Reuben Hernandez‏/Twitter" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> The fast-food behemoth will flip its logo to make a "W," in support of the female workers it's committed to underpaying Great news, everyone: To help celebrate International Women's Day (which is tomo...

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2018-03-07 12:39:35

The Essential Guide to Eating Texas   

Everything a food obsessive should know about the Lone Star State As anyone who's driven from the high plains of the panhandle to the saline curve of the Gulf Coast, across the arid expanse of West Texas and through to the lush creek beds of the Hill Country can tell you: Texas is more than a state. It's a region unto itself — a vast quilt of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes knitted together by screaming highways and cowboy swagger. The food here is as broad as the stat...

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2018-03-07 12:33:29

What to Do Between Meals in Texas  

Shutterstock" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> From bourbon tasting in Dallas to fine art in Marfa, things to do — and where to stay — when you're not busy eating Face it: Great trips are planned around great meals. There are, however, a few things th...

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2018-03-07 12:32:06

Everything You Know About Tex-Mex Is Wrong  

Overshadowed by barbecue in its home state, Tex-Mex is the most important, least understood regional cuisine in America The official version of chili con carne can only be made by people from Texas. It's literally the law: In 1977, the 65th Texas Legislature enshrined the stew of beef and chile peppers as the official state dish, but also an official version of the dish, declaring that "the only real 'bowl of red' is that prepared by Texans." Defending chili from non...

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2018-03-07 12:25:38

The State of Dining in Texas  

All of America should be paying attention to the Lone Star state — its food scene has never been more exhilarating Texas has 261,232 square miles to fathom — roughly the combined landmass of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia — including six major, fiercely distinctive cities. Where and how does one even begin appraising such a vast, prismatic dining landscape? I asked myself this question continually in a recent month I spent rambling through the...

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2018-03-07 12:23:51

The 38 Best Texas Restaurants, Mapped  

Where to eat in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and beyond The time has come for Eater's first-ever guide to Texas, wherein we choose the 38 essential restaurants in a state so immense it stands plainly as a region unto itself. Sure, this collection includes singular steakhouses, barbecue standard-bearers, Tex-Mex strongholds, and cafes serving outstanding burgers, breakfast tacos, and kolaches. But many of the state's defining restaurants also serve Vietnamese-Cajun crawfish bo...

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2018-03-07 12:23:19

The 38 Essential Restaurants of Texas  

Smoky brisket, breakfast tacos, chile con carne, and 200,000 square miles of belt-busting beauty The time has come: We're messing with Texas. Eater's "Regional 38" series previously named the vital dining destinations across three fertile swaths of America: the South, New England, and the Great Lakes region of the Midwest. The project builds on our city sites' 38 lists and our annual guide to the essential restaurants in America. But Texas is a state so immense, so fu...

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2018-03-07 12:21:08

The Best-Designed Restaurants Across 12 Eater Cities   

Adam Larkey/Eater Denver" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> Stone-cold stunners, from Portland to London A restaurant makes a first impression with its decor, even if diners say they're ultimately there for the food. Eater pays tribute to the stunners of the restaurant world wit...

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2018-03-07 11:35:32

Massive Water Main Break Forces Waffle House to Serve a Limited 'No Water' Menu  

Reed/Flickr" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> That means no waffles, no hash browns A water main break in DeKalb County, Georgia, which is home to a portion of the city of Atlanta and multiple metro-Atlanta municipalities, left some residents and busine

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2018-03-07 10:58:53

More Accusations Fly Between Grace Owner and Former Chef Curtis Duffy  

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2018-03-07 10:25:57

Coca-Cola Is Launching a Booze Brand in Japan   

Plus, the organizer of the disastrous food-and-music Fyre Festival pleads guilty to fraud Coca-Cola is getting into the booze business, but only in Japan. The canned, flavored drinks will be made with sparkling water and shochu. Jorge Garduño, president of Coca-Cola Japan, says there are no plans to expand the new venture elsewhere. "I don't think people around the world should expect to see this kind of thing from Coca-Cola," he says. Rest in peace, Orin C. Smit...

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2018-03-07 04:42:42

Millennials Are Killing Dining Critics  

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2018-03-06 13:18:39

NYT Critic Pete Wells Gives Beijing Import DaDong Zero Stars  

Gary He" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> It's a goose egg for the famed Peking duck restaurant Beijing-based DaDong is considered by many to serve some of the best Peking duck in that city. In fact, some locations of the high-end chain, which has loca...

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2018-03-06 11:43:50

Nigella Lawson and Ruth Rogers Will Keynote Cherry Bombe's Jubilee   

The conference takes place April 14 in New York City The biannual food magazine Cherry Bombe will host its sixth-ever Jubilee conference on April 14 in New York City. Headlining the event will be two London superstars: OG domestic goddess Nigella Lawson, and London's River Cafe chef-owner Ruth Rogers. "The two women are such a powerhouse duo, in terms of one representing the working chef and the other the home cook," says Cherry Bombe co-founder Kerry Diamond. "And itâ...

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2018-03-06 11:15:36

Watch: How to Print Works of Art Onto Food  

You Can Do This experiments with edible ink and summer rolls I was recently snooping around online for edible ink pens when an internet rabbit hole introduced something way better: edible ink printer cartridges. Writing on food was completely out the window — now all I wanted was to print photos on my food. The internet also offered a few options for what to print on. First I found an edible paper made out of potato starch; it has the look and feel of regular printer paper a...

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2018-03-06 10:10:55

Guy Fieri Has No Patience for Boring Airplane Food  

Plus, Michelin has revealed its list of Bib Gourmands for Taipei Patron Saint of Donkey Sauce Guy Fieri shares his tips for snacking while traveling. The Platinum Prince never touches airplane food, instead opting for a personal stash of beef jerky, almonds, Corn Nuts, and seaweed salad. Fieri's philosophy on plane cuisine is pretty brilliant. "We get so few opportunities to eat in this lifetime," he tells GQ. "All of them should be treated with as much consideration ...

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2018-03-06 09:55:18

On the Border Between North and South Korea, Spicy Catfish Stew Is on the Menu  

Getting to Jeonseon Hyugaeso requires a 2-hour drive from Seoul, plenty of paperwork, and turning in your passport There's only one thing on the menu at Jeonseon Hyugaeso: maegi maeuntang. "No additional sujebi (pulled dough) after you get your stew. Ask for a lot when you order," a handwritten sign instructs. Diners can choose the size, from a small pot for two up to a five-person serving, but there's no dinner service, only lunch. That's because there's a sunset c...

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2018-03-05 18:32:42

7 Alternate Headlines for USA Today's 'Female Chef in Every State' Story  

Luis Molinero/Shutterstock" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> Who thought this reductive list was a good idea? Today, USA Today released a slideshow called "50 States: 50 Female Chefs," which helpfully implores readers to "add the 50 female chefs in the ph...

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2018-03-05 17:35:11

Watch: Cutting Into Rare American Wagyu at a Secret NYC Restaurant  

Bohemian has a referral-only reservation policy Japanese wagyu beef is well known as one of the world's priciest proteins, set apart by its impeccable marbling of fat. Not long ago a farm in Oregon crossbred Japanese wagyu with a domestic Black Angus, creating a special breed called washugyu that is thoroughly rich in fattiness, yet still lean. The rare breed is a trademark on the menu at Bohemian — a New York City restaurant with a referral-only reservation policy, which...

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2018-03-05 15:09:49

What the Critics Are Saying About Noma 2.0  

Rene Redzepi is serving food from "the future," but is it worth the trip? Last month, Copenhagen star Rene Redzepi opened the doors to Noma 2.0. It's a new space, a new seafood-focused menu (for now, anyway), and a new start for one of the most written-about restaurants of our time. So, is the Noma reboot as good as the original? It is, and maybe it's even better, at least according to the critics who have weighed in so far. "The first act of a meal at Noma p...

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2018-03-05 14:33:53

OpenTable Employee Fired After Booking Fake Reservations on Competitor's Site  

"This was obviously done with the intent to harm"

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2018-03-05 12:49:38

Watch: Searing Beef Tongue on an All-Charcoal Korean Barbecue  

K-Town heads to San Soo Gab San in Chicago to grill offal with a side of banchan Most all modern takes on Korean barbecue bring with them a gas-powered grill that cooks marinated cuts of short rib and pork collar, and pork belly or brisket. I love this version and everything it offers, but for me there's nothing quite like the simple pleasures of charcoal-grilled Korean barbecue. A fine example of this genre is San Soo Gab San — a Michelin-recommended restaurant in Chicag...

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2018-03-05 12:47:02

 Talking Activism and Food  

From the Editor: Eating Out Loud with Jessica Valenti This post originally appeared on March 3, 2018, in Amanda Kludt's newsletter "From the Editor," a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now. Last week, we launched an exciting new video project with feminist writer Jessica Valenti. Valenti, a bestselling author, columnist, and speaker, approached us last year about a series that would center on conver...

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2018-03-05 11:54:47

Zagat, Explained  

Bob B. Brown/Flickr" data-has-syndication-rights="1" src="/> The guidebook was once a go-to source for restaurant recommendations After shopping around the once-lauded restaurant review guide for months, Google just successfully unloaded guidebook brand Zagat to the Infat

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2018-03-05 11:16:28

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