Tag Archives: Food Fight

Netherlands Rocked by Countrywide Herring Scandal

Source: Grub Street NY

Herring might as well be sanctified in northern Europe. Each country has its own particular way of consuming the fish, and there are entire festivals dedicated to it from Alfta, Sweden, to Helsinki, Finland, where the October herring market is believed to have been held for over 270 years. But …

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José Andrés Is Fighting With FEMA Over Puerto Rico Aid

Source: Grub Street NY

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, José Andrés and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen established 18 kitchens and delivered 2.2 million meals in a decimated Puerto Rico. The chef started scaling back his efforts on October 25, and a New York Times article published five days later described

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A Pizza Hut Executive Just Savaged Papa John’s NFL Excuse

Source: Grub Street NY

During an earnings call yesterday, Papa John’s CEO and founder John Schnatter went back to his wheelhouse and blamed the NFL for poorer-than-expected sales. This time, though, he added that “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders” by not putting a stop to the anthem protests held by players. (It’s …

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New York Times Responds to Backlash Over Clueless Bubble-Tea Article

Source: Grub Street NY

On Wednesday, the New York Times‘ business section published an article about boba or bubble tea that was head-scratchingly clueless and out of touch. The original headline — “The Blobs in Your Tea? They’re Supposed to Be There” — referred to the drink’s namesake tapioca pearls as “blobs,” treating …

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Trump Made Up His Story About the 21 Club Renovation, Former Owner and CEO Say

Source: Grub Street NY

Last week, it was reported that President Donald Trump compared an Afghanistan policy review to the renovation of upper-crust restaurant the 21 Club. In typical Trumpian fashion, it turns out that the morality tale he was trying to tell was just made up. That’s what “Page Six” has been …

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Lyft Drivers Really Hate the New Taco Bell Drive-through Feature

Source: Grub Street NY

Lyft drivers aren’t as thrilled as taco enthusiasts about “Taco Mode,” the ride-hailing app’s new collaboration with Taco Bell. The new feature, scheduled to debut in the next year, would allow for riders, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., to request for their driver to stop at Taco Bell.

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Rockaway’s Pizza Nazi Gets the Boot for ‘Vulgar’ Behavior

Source: Grub Street NY

The saga of the Pizza Nazi continues. On Monday, Rockaway chef Whitney Aycock was kicked out of the Riis Park storefront where he ran Slice o’ Whit for being the offensive individual he is well-known to be. A slew of complaints prompted the National Park Service to evict Aycock …

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Rockaway’s Pizza Nazi Gets the Boot for ‘Vulgar’ Behavior

Source: Grub Street NY

The saga of the Pizza Nazi continues. On Monday, Rockaway chef Whitney Aycock was kicked out of the Riis Park storefront where he ran Slice o’ Whit for being the offensive individual he is well-known to be. A slew of complaints prompted the National Park Service to evict Aycock …

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José Andrés Has Already Invited Sean Spicer to His Restaurants for a Resignation Celebration

Source: Grub Street NY

White House press secretary, punching bag, and resident meme Sean Spicer announced his resignation today, news that has been met with its fair share of derision. Perhaps recognizing that their time together is coming to an end, chef José Andrés — who recently settled a lawsuit with the …

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The State of Alabama Has Taken a Bold Stand Against Margarita Pitchers

Source: Grub Street NY

In these fraught times of looming climate and political collapse, there is no greater threat than margarita pitchers. Yet, politicians have proved unwilling to confront this public menace — except Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC). It has banned margaritas — and any other cocktail — sold by the …

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A Complete Ranking of New York’s Pizza Feuds

Source: Grub Street NY

Casual observers might think that New York’s only vicious food fight is its decades-long battle between factions of ice-cream vendors. They’re wrong. News broke this week that the owners of Emmy Squared are locked in a legal battle with their investors — exactly the kind of behind-the-scenes drama that …

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Disgruntled Investors Are Suing the Owners of Brooklyn’s Trendiest Pizzerias

Source: Grub Street NY

Any number of factors can doom a restaurant, even one that appears successful by all traditional metrics. Brooklyn favorite Bark Hot Dogs seemed poised to be a fast-casual success, only to vanish in a matter of weeks. Keith McNally’s Pastis was famously pushed out of its space in …

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Everyone Is Mad at Staten Island Baker Who Complained About Charity Event for a Fallen Soldier

Source: Grub Street NY

This past Sunday was the inaugural SSG Michael Ollis Memorial 5K Run/Walk, named and held for the soldier who died in 2013 saving the life of a fellow soldier in Afghanistan. The proceeds went to the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit created to benefit veterans, and …

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Did Monsanto Hire Online Trolls to Attack Critics?

Source: Grub Street NY

Even our agriculture wars are being waged with trolls. In the U.S. district court in San Francisco, plaintiffs in a pending lawsuit have accused Monsanto of using online trolls to counter negative posts online. The accusations were revealed after a judge ruled that pretrial documents from …

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Brooklyn Café Sues Starbucks for Stealing the Unicorn Latte

Source: Grub Street NY

In April, Starbucks unleashed its Unicorn Frappuccino, a drink inspired by what its Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino would look like if you took too many shrooms. But one New York café is crying foul over the chain’s attempt to cash in on the unicorn-food trend, an …

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A Major Reservation Service Keeps a ‘No Show’ Blacklist

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s no secret that, in this business of razor-thin margins, no-show diners can easily hurt a restaurant’s bottom line. Some chefs and restaurateurs have taken to publicly complaining about the issue; many more choose to charge a fee for diners who make a reservation, but don’t show up …

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Icelandic President Clarifies He Still Hates Pineapple Pizza, But He Respects the Public’s Right to Eat It

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Of all the pizza toppings out there, pineapple has long been the most polarizing. And now, Icelandic president Guðni Jóhannesson has caused a furor by saying in an interview that he is “fundamentally opposed” to pineapple as a pizza topping. Continuing his remarks, which he made last week, …

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Donald Trump Could Be Deposed for 7 Hours in the José Andrés Lawsuit in January

Source: Grub Street NY

Just two weeks before his inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump will be deposed for his ongoing legal squabble with chef José Andrés. The chef, you’ll recall, was originally supposed to open a restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., before he bailed on the projects

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Fed-Up Chef Challenges Local Critics to Actually Cook Something for the Public

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s drama at the dinner table up in Canada. A chef from Edmonton, Alberta, has challenged his city’s food critics to show they can not only talk about food — but actually make it, too. The chef, Paul Shufelt, has invited any willing writers to get a taste …

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Chef Hammers Yelper by Picking Apart All of His Reviews

Source: Grub Street NY

Chefs and restaurateurs going after Yelpers who post overly negative reviews of their restaurants is quickly becoming a time-honored American tradition. There was that time the owners of Sparks, home of New York’s top strip steak, sued Yelp to make it identify a malicious reviewer. Then there was the case…More »

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Chill Couple Arrested for Assaulting Each Other With Pizza Rolls

Source: Grub Street NY

Here you thought illegally setting off contraband fireworks while draped in the stars and stripes was as American as it could get: A North Carolina couple, likely deciding they had exhausted all other options, reportedly got into a fight on the Fourth of July throwing pizza rolls around 1 a.m.

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Donald Trump Also Grossed Out by John Kasich’s ‘Disgusting’ Eating Habits

Source: Grub Street NY

Donald does not approve.

As you may recall, presidential candidate — and new strategic pal of Ted Cruz — John Kasich hit Mike’s Deli in the Bronx for a campaign stop earlier this month, where the Ohio governor set about inhaling the spread of Italian-American food set before him. It was terrifying, and plenty of people took notice. One of those people, of course, was fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump. And today, while in Rhode Island, Trump let his fans know how he feels about Kasich, saying, “I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting ...

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What You Need to Know About Carbonaragate, the Pasta Scandal That’s Rocking Europe

Source: Grub Street NY

The real deal.

Italians do not take kindly to people messing with their pasta. That didn’t stop the French website Demotivateur from publishing a recipe for one-pot pasta carbonara. The recipe, and its accompanying video, took some … let’s call it creative license with the traditional mix of pasta, cured pork jowel, and an egg.

The French version called for farfalle (spaghetti is the traditional noodle) and suggests the cook just throw everything into a single pot of boiling water. That means the guanciale is never properly cooked. The recipe also called for onions and — in a très French ...

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Manager at Landmark Boston Restaurant Rips Reporter After Scathing Review

Source: Grub Street NY

Reporter Nestor Ramos called the food an afterthought.

The Union Oyster House is as Boston as dumping tea into a harbor or flipping over cars after the Sox win the Series. Opened in 1826, one year before the original Delmonico’s, it has been continuously operated ever since, is a national historic landmark, and was named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the world’s ten most ancient restaurants. With that history in mind, a no doubt innocent-minded Boston Globe reporter named Nestor Ramos decided to check in on the restaurant — and did not particularly like what he found.

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Customers Trash Pizzeria After Receiving Cheesy Garlic Knots

Source: Grub Street NY

Scandal!

For once, someone actually feels passionately about garlic knots, the afterthought of the pizza world. When a customer at Florida pizzeria Palm Coast Pizza discovered her garlic knots were covered in cheese, despite her strict order that they be sans cheese, she decided she couldn’t take it anymore. She argued with employees and demanded her money back — which she got — but then three of her friends busted into the pizzeria and proceeded to help her trash it, causing less than $1,000 in estimated damages, according to employees. After knocking a fax machine and cash register to the ...

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