Tag Archives: Monday Morning TLDR

Your Cheeseburgers Are Ruining the Planet

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Happy Monday, everyone. We know that everyone had a busy weekend trying to milk the last of summer out of the first days of fall. But while you were out enjoying the sun, news was happening all over the world. And not the infuriating, depressing, regular kind of news, but the good kind. Food news.…

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Here’s What You Need To Know About the Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods

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So you made it through another weekend. Good for you. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you’re curious about how scientists are planning on making food from astronaut pee or the history of the guy who invented the tater tot.

Or maybe you’re just wondering how to save a few bucks at Whole Foods with that Amazon Prime membership of yours. Yeah, us too. So let’s start right there this week, huh?

World Domination, Now 10% Off

Look, there are a lot of troubling things about Amazon buying Whole Foods. It re-shapes the delivery landscape ...

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Here’s How Beer Can Boost Your Creativity

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Photograph by Dan Saelinger; styling by Dominique Baynes

So here we are. Yet another Monday morning. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to see why everyone is talking about “sheet caking,” how beer can make you smarter, or what the 10 best new restaurants in America are (according to Bon Appetit).

Or maybe you’re just here to see how Millennials have saved us from the scourge of Hooters and Applebees with nothing but the power of their disdain. Yeah, let’s start with that.

Millennials Just Aren’t That Into Boobs

Or maybe it was the ...

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How Amazon Is Preparing You For The Apocalypse

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So here we are again. Another summer weekend gone, another Monday morning in Philly. And if you’ve found your way here it’s probably because you’re wondering about that school that lets rich kids cut the lunch line, poison tuna, or why Gordon Ramsay has a bounty on his head.

But let’s get started this week with something that we’re all interested in: How Amazon is going to feed us after the apocalypse.

Amazon Not-So-Fresh

Does Amazon know something we don’t? Of course Amazon knows something we don’t. Which is probably why the company is moving fast into what ...

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Philly Chefs Want to Serve You Beef From Potato Chip-Eating Cows

Free for the cows anyway… // Photo via Facebook

Happy Monday, everyone. Glad to see you made it through the weekend in one piece. If you’ve found your way here this morning, it’s probably because you’re looking for the world’s best mai tai, the world’s first oyster vending machine or the world’s scariest new (food-based) A.I..

Or maybe you’re just wondering about those potato chip-fed cows right here in Pennsylvania which local chefs are going nuts over? Yeah, I thought it might be that.

Read on, my friends…

Apparently, cows love Herr’s potato chips, too

Herr’s (yes, the local potato chip company) has had some farmland and some cattle for years. They’ve got about 1,000 acres in Eastern PA, and they use it for raising cows. Not too weird, right? But it’s what they feed the cows that matters — their steady diet of potato peels, over-baked pretzels and too-small chips. They call it “Steer party mix” and, apparently, such a diet makes the beef from these cows taste just delightful. So much so that certain local chefs are now purchasing it for themselves. The good folks over at Food & Wine have the details on these party cows, and you can read about it right here.

The world’s best mai tai is served in a bank in Hawaii

Well, not really a bank. But in a bar in a bank building in downtown Oahu called Bar Leather Apron. And it really is the world’s best mai tai because the guy who makes it, Art Deacons, is a bartender at Bar Leather Apron and he recently won the World’s Best Mai Tai competition with the drink he serves there. Anyway, it’s a weird and interesting story, and if you happen to be heading to Hawaii anytime soon, you should check this place out and then tell me all about it.

Would you eat an oyster from a vending machine?

Because the French? Apparently they love the idea of eating oysters from a vending machine. The upside is, they’ll only cost you about $8 per dozen. The downside? You have to shuck them yourself. But apparently the French never go anywhere without a shucking knife tucked in their belt, so that’s cool.

Skynet loves your food Instagrams

Computer scientists at M.I.T. are creating an artificial neural network designed to derive recipes from looking at food photos. Because you people take SO MANY GODDAMN PICTURES OF YOUR FOOD these days, the data sets they’re working with are huge and the program is learning fast. Does anyone else out there think that, at this point, computer scientists are just in a race to develop the single most ironic way for an A.I. to arise and murder us all? Because I do. We are the engineers of our own fate. And we will be doomed by our love of unicorn frappucinos and chocolate lava cake.

Oh, and here’s a crocodile-vs-shark fight for you

Everything that happens in Australia is insane. This is no different. The video begins with someone feeding a fish to a crocodile. Then a shark shows up. Then it’s Thunderdome time.

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Monday Morning TL;DR: How to Cook Pancakes With a Laser


So that’s another weekend over and another work week begun. If you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you heard the rumor that the kid who played Hot Pie on Game of Thrones has started his own bakery (true), or that the father of one of the best-known chefs in San Francisco invented the McDonald’s Value Meal (also true). But we’ve also got stories about baking bread in space, making pancakes with lasers, and a new gin that comes with motorcycle parts in every bottle–which might just be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

Oh, wait. No it’s not. That would be the list of food and drink available for purchase by humans at the Texas State Fair. Which includes (but is not limited to) Oreo beer. Read on…

No, really. Oreo Beer.

Obviously, this list of the strangest things people can eat at the Texas State Fair leans heavily on the deep-fried end of the edible spectrum. There’s deep-fried Froot Loops, deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick and a deep-fried funnel cake bacon queso burger which the good folks at Eater describe as “not unlike something that would be served at Philly’s famed stunt burger purveyor PYT.” Anyway, you can read about all of it at Eater. Or you can just accept the fact that in 2017, someone thought it wise (or at least Instagramable) to brew Oreo beer–actual milk stout conditioned on what one must assume was thousands of pounds of crushed-up Oreos–and then serve it to people.

But that means there’s less gin in the bottle, right?

Uwe Ehinger makes custom motorcycles. He’s also something of a historian. Nicknamed “The Archaeologist” (which is also the name of this super-limited run of gin), he’s famous for scouring the world for antique motorcycle parts. And now he has decided to put some of them–Harley parts, actually–into bottles of gin. I will admit that the pictures look cool. I will admit that I kinda want a bottle for my shelf. I will admit that he went to great pains to package and seal the parts in a way that wouldn’t poison anyone–and then produced only enough to serve in his own bar, which is apparently in his garage in Germany, plus offer a few for sale (which sold out in hours). But there’s still just something about this that bothers me. Mostly that this has to mean there’s less gin in the bottle if it has to share space with a camshaft, right?

Yes, he sells direwolf bread

Actor Ben Hawkey played the role of Hot Pie on Game of Thrones–Arya’s friend who had a small but important role in early seasons and recently showed back up in a surprise cameo this season. The character wanted to be a baker. And guess what Hawkey has just done? He’s opened a real-life bakery in London that just happens to have the greatest name ever. It is called You Know Nothing, Jon Dough. Which, if you’re a fan, has to make you laugh. You can check out all the details here on the Huffington Post.

One more story about bread — in space!

Know what’s tough? Baking bread. Seriously, people dedicate their entire lives to attempts at perfecting this most basic of human skills. But you know what’s even tougher than that? Baking bread in space. For the longest time, astronauts have had to make do with tortillas (which don’t really make crumbs), but now, some clever folks are trying to figure a way to bake and safely eat bread aboard the International Space Station. Needless to say, it is…complicated. NPR did a long piece about this, and I found it fascinating. I listened to it on the radio, then read about it online. And you can do both right here.

Her dad invented the McDonald’s Extra Value Meal

Angela Dimayuga runs Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco–one of the best known restaurants in a city full of famous restaurants. But when she was a kid, her dad was a McDonald’s manager who (kinda accidentally) invented the Extra Value Meal. I love this story from Vice so much because it speaks to a time before McDonald’s became the perceived enemy of real food, when the food world was a smaller and simpler place, and when true innovation sometimes took nothing more than one good guy with one good idea. If you’ve got the time, you should absolutely check it out.

Laser pancakes!

And when you’re done with that, just go here and watch a man try to cook pancakes using a laser. You’re welcome.

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Monday Morning TL;DR: This Is the Most Hated Restaurant in America

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Happy Monday, everyone. If you’ve found your way here yet again, it’s probably because you want to know about deadly summer margaritas, How Hunter Thompson ate breakfast or that restaurant in Crown Heights that bragged about the bullet holes in its walls.

And we’ve got the scoop on all of that. But let’s begin with something else first. Because friends, we gotta talk about Instagram…

“That’s how you know millennials are starting to open restaurants.”

It’s not the first line of this piece on The Verge about Instagram, restaurants and the industry of making Instagramable restaurants, but it’s ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: When You Play The Game of Cones You Either Win or…Eat Ice Cream

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Happy Monday, everyone! If you’ve found yourself here once again, it’s probably because you heard someone made an Iron Throne out of ice cream cones. Or that we’ve got some information here on pairing wine and weed. Or maybe you were just wondering what a highway covered in 7,500 pounds of slime eels looks like.

Whatever it is, we’ve got what you’re looking for. So let’s begin with…

Game of Cones

Yes, Blue Bunny (the ice cream company) made an Iron Throne out of ice cream cones. Yes, there are pictures. Yes, I’m guessing ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Is the Best Wine in the World Really $10 a Bottle?

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Happy Monday everyone. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to know more about this $10 bottle of bubbly that’s rocketing up the charts and being called (somewhat misleadingly) the best wine in the world. It isn’t. Not really. But it is ranked among the best sparkling wines in the world. And it does cost only $10 a bottle. Which maybe isn’t such a great headline, but IS a rather remarkable feat.

Oh, and also? We’ve got news about a naked coffee fight in Elkhart, Indiana, a McDonald’s lobster roll and the true cost of ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: New York Is Over

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Yeah. Over. There always comes a moment in any movement, any scene, where the core dissolves and begins to spread. Think rap music and punk rock. Think modern art. Think fashion. Food was Paris and Paris was food for ages–right up until the moment that Americans started caring about food and then, suddenly, New York became the center of the universe. Paris, at that point, became like the ancestral homeland, the first Jedi temple.

But everything has a moment where it dissolves. Usually you can only see it in retrospect. But I’m calling it right now. New York’s time is ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: This Place Is Making Garbage Ice Cream (For Charity)

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So here we are again. Another Monday morning, the start to another week. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you’d like to know more about the Whole Foods/Amazon deal, the etiquette of European food fights, that Japanese restaurant that makes you fish for your dinner, or the changing menus at Panda Express.

But let’s start with something that we can all agree is awesome: Ice cream. Here’s how Salt & Straw, a Portland-based “ice cream laboratory” (eye roll…), is making new ice cream flavors out of garbage.

Sure, but are they putting a bird ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: This Is The Craziest Way To Get A Free Shot of Whiskey

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Welcome to another Monday and another week here at Foobooz. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to know more about the “Trump 10”, the naked onion terrorist in Pittsburgh, or how to get a free shot in Thailand (hint: it isn’t worth it).

But we’re going to start off this week with something that everyone wants to know about: weed pizza.

Get High, Order Pizza, Repeat

Okay, so here’s the deal. We know that there are states out there that are more enlightened than our lovely commonwealth — places where you can run ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Punk Rock and Alligators

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Welcome to another Monday morning. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you want to know about that girl who got into Yale by writing an essay about ordering pizza delivery. Or maybe it’s the guys who got arrested for making an alligator shotgun a beer.

But let’s begin this week with something a bit closer to home: The tale of Kevin Sousa‘s Braddock, PA restaurant, Superior Motors, and how food was supposed to save one dying town.

Kickstarting Altruism

Back in January of 2014, Pittsburgh chef Kevin Sousa finished out ...

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Tuesday Morning TL;DR: The Avolatte Is the Newest Sign of the Food Apocalypse

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Because of the long weekend, our regularly scheduled collection of news about strippers, jet-skis and terrible things being done to bagels had to be pushed back a day. But if you’ve found yourselves here, it’s probably because you just couldn’t imagine facing the week without knowing about Noma Mexico, New York’s floating orchard, or the most recent sign of the End Times for the food world (hint: it has to do with avocados).

But let’s start off this odd week with something that’ll get you really pissed off: People talking shit about your favorite cheap beers.

I’m not entirely sure ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Speaking of Last Meals…

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It’s Monday morning, and if you’ve found yourself here yet again, it’s probably because you want to know about eating dogs in China, gas station botulism, and how avocado toast is ruining the housing market (at least according to one idiot).

But let’s start this week with something that you’ve always wanted to know: What they were eating on the Hindenburg right before…well, you know.

Over at NPR’s The Salt, they’ve got the inside scoop on a story that’s 80 years old — namely what was on the menu when the Hindenburg was the last word in swanky in-flight ...

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Monday Morning TL;DR: Olive Garden Knife Fight

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Here we are again. Another weekend done. Another Monday morning upon us. And if you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you want to see some sneakers made of sushi or know the truth about what Trump eats at the White House. Because that’s the news that really matters on a Monday morning.

But we’re going to start with something else this week. Today, we’re beginning with an important piece of investigative (Twitter) journalism: The truth behind what goes on at the Times Square Olive Garden.

New York magazine has the skinny on what goes on behind the scenes ...

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