Author Archives: Rachel Sugar

Top Chef Recap: 30-Minute Octopus and a ‘Little German Festival’

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Having barely survived their tenure in the wilderness, the remaining chefs huddle together for comfort. “I’ve never been so excited to sleep in a fucking bunk bed,” groans Joseph, the wounds of winter still fresh. “That was torture,” agrees Carrie. “Want some protein shake?” offers Uncle Bear Bruce. It is …

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New York’s First Dog Café Is Set to Open This Month

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This summer, the residents of New York City learned that, at long last, the city would get its very own puppy café. In a world that looks more toxic and strange with each passing day, it was the rare bit of good news. Now, there is even …

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This Week’s Top Chef Featured a Genuinely Surprising Development

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Happy New Year! In the spirit of seasonal contemplation, everyone is feeling just a little bit pensive this week. “I realize what a dumb-ass I’ve been,” reflects Bruce. “I gotta do what I do.” That is also my 2018 resolution, to do what I do.

“I like to wake up …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured Family Histories and Lots of Kids

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Yes, yes, we will get to tonight’s action-packed Quickfire Challenge momentarily, but first, big news in the Bear Den: Bruce is having a baby! He and his wife have been trying to adopt forever, but their agency went bankrupt in February, and the details after that are a little fuzzy, …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Included Deconstructed Omelettes and Broken Food Trucks

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As the sun rises over the scenic mountains, the Top Chefs prepare for battle. Connecticut Tyler doffs his sleep-apnea mask. Joe (mustache) is doing his daily stretches. On an idyllic patch of Denver grass, Alaska Laura has a chat with her Alaska son. “I felt that I was going to …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured a Classic Challenge and Lots of Cheese

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It is time to return to Denver, the Paris of Mountain Time. Fourteen chefs remain, which means we are one step closer to the critical point in the season when we can actually keep track of everyone. “It’s awesome to be from small America, like Connecticut, and win the first …

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What Went Down on Last Night’s Top Chef

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The moment has come. The moment is here. The moment is the new season of Top Chef. This year, we’re headed to Denver, Colorado, culinary capital of the Rockies (possibly true) and home to this recapper’s favorite fast-casual noodle company, Noodles & Company (definitely true). Chefs from all over the contiguous 48 …

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How Food Network Turned Big-city Chef Culture Into Middle-America Pop Culture

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In celebration of New York Magazine’s 50th anniversary, this weekly series, which will continue through October 2018, tells the stories behind key moments that shaped the city’s culture.

In the early ’90s, a group of media experts had a crazy idea: Let’s launch a cable network, based in New York …

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The Cold, Hard Reality of Running a Celebrated Ice-Cream Shop

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A weeklong series dedicated to exploring everything that’s happening in the world of ice cream right now.

“You make one thing, how hard could it be?” OddFellows‘s Sam Mason recalls thinking. The former wd~50 pastry chef was definitely not a restaurant novice in 2013 when he went into the …

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Here Is Shake Shack’s Master List of Special Custard Flavors

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A weeklong series dedicated to exploring everything that’s happening in the world of ice cream right now.

Many traits set Shake Shack apart from its fast-food competition: Surprisingly warm service, a pretty great hamburger, a possibly even greater chicken sandwich, those little buzzers, and the fabled Custard Calendar, …

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The Oscars of Horribly Unhealthy Restaurant Food Are Out — and Cheesecake Factory Leads the Pack

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The nutritional watchdogs at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (they’re the ones who sued the FDA over salt) just released their annual list of the most caloric dishes and drinks you can get at America’s chain restaurants, and the results are … well, the results are …

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The Chicken Wing Has Become a Luxury Food

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Apparently, people love chicken wings so much that the price is “skyrocketing,” with restaurants seeing their wing costs rising to unprecedented levels.

The Washington Post shares the sad tale, with one Maryland chef telling the paper that his wholesale-wing costs have jumped more than 60 percent, from $1.80 per pound …

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McDonald’s Teases the Real Return of Its (Classic? Dearly Missed?) Szechuan Sauce

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McDonald’s is bringing back its beloved (?) Szechuan sauce — served briefly alongside nuggets during the summer of 1998 as a promotion for Disney’s Mulan — in honor of Rick and Morty. Wait, what? Turns out the quest for vintage McNuggets sauce is a major plot point in season three …

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Brooklyn Restaurant Takes a Stand Against Its ‘Unreasonable’ Landlord: Jared Kushner

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Restaurant battles with landlords are sadly commonplace these days, but a Williamsburg trattoria, La Nonna, has an interesting adversary: Jared Kushner.

The New York Daily News explains that the troubles go back to February, when owners Cono and Anna Morena stopped paying rent for the space on …

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Grocery Shopping Is Another Activity Men Think They Are Really Great At

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Men, adventurers by nature, have discovered a brave new frontier called “the grocery store.”

According to a new survey from the anthropologists at Men’s Health, 84 percent of dudes are now “the primary grocery shoppers in their households,” up a full 19 percent from ten years ago. Or at least, …

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Starbucks Is Closing All Those Tea Shops You Never Go To

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It is with a heavy heart that we report Starbucks is closing all 379 of its Teavana stores by 2018, citing “underperformance” that was “likely to continue.” Have you been? Soon, you never will.

Starbucks acquired the mall-based tea chain in 2012, in the hopes of doing for loose-leaf tea …

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Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Is Not Elite Because He Eats Pizza

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It is possible that you, like BBC reporter Emily Maitlis, were under the impression that Trump is something of an elitist, in which case newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci would like to clear that up that all up right now. No. Trump is a man of …

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Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Is Not Elite Because He Eats Pizza

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It is possible that you, like BBC reporter Emily Maitlis, were under the impression that Trump is something of an elitist, in which case newly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci would like to clear that up that all up right now. No. Trump is a man of …

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Olive Garden’s Alfredo Magazine Isn’t Real — Yet

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This is a story about American ingenuity.

Imagine if you will a hungry Condé Nast employee, sitting in the company’s plush Manhattan offices, pining for something familiar and comforting. A food that nourishes both the body and the soul. Something that could, in theory, even be eaten in unlimited quantities. …

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Rest of World Simply Cannot Get Enough of Japan’s Kit Kats

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People are so enamored of Japan’s legendary collection of unusual Kit Kat flavors that Nestlé Japan is opening a second factory to keep up with the “booming demand” for the bars, which come in chocolate, obviously, but also strawberry, edamame, grilled potato, sake, and wasabi, to pull at random from …

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There’s Another New Iron Chef Series, and Thank God, the Chairman Is Back

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It seems like just yesterday that Stephanie Izard was churning her way to victory with chicken-liver ice cream on Iron Chef Gauntlet, and already there’s another new Iron Chef spinoff. This one is called Iron Chef Showdown!

The new series is a “fresh take” on Iron Chef America, which …

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An Upstate Restaurant Limits Parents to One Drink If They’re Driving

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Parenting is sobering in too many ways to count, but here’s one more: A restaurant in upstate New York has instituted a one-drink-only policy for patrons who will be driving home with children.

“We love children,” said Melisa Gravelle, general manager at Peddlers Bar and Bistro in Clifton, New York. …

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Facebook Cafeteria Workers Unionize in Hopes of Improving Wages

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While Mark Zuckerberg continues to tour the country, bonding with the real America, cafeteria workers at Facebook have unionized to push for better wages and more affordable health care. More than 500 cafeteria workers — who are employed by food-service contractor Flagship Facility Services, not by Facebook itself …

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Health Officials Have Identified More Than 135 People Who Got Sick After Eating at Chipotle

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Well, the saga of Chipotle continues: Health officials have tracked down “more than” 135 people who reported getting sick after eating at the Sterling, Virginia, location, which you’ll remember was temporarily closed after patrons began to report an illness that sounded a whole lot like norovirus. And indeed, it …

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