Turns out the fact that they're disgusting isn't the only reason to worry about caramel apples: contaminated versions of the nominal dessert "treat" killed five people and caused 23 more to get sick in ten states over the past two months.
In what has to be the most perfect "goddamit, Aunt Karen, again?!" move I've ever heard, an unnamed contender for World's Biggest Goober accidentally took a big honkin' bite out of a White Alba truffle because she thought it was a free sample. Seriously.
Christmastime is upon us once again, whether we like it or not. In the spirit of a holly jolly Xmas, Kitchenette decided to bring our old standby series back out of retirement for one last go-round.* So without further ado, we give you Christmas victuals that should not be.
Ever been curious if the restaurant in which you're eating has multiple documented instances of cockroaches having an orgy in the walk-in, but haven't known how to easily find out? There's an app for that now.
Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. Today, we bring you a collection of the craziest restaurant stories I've ever heard, and I've been doing this column for nearly nine months now. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers.
So, let's say you're a tiny Vermont-based company that wants to print and sell t-shirts that encourage kale consumption. Whoops! You've been engaged in a massive trademark battle by a huge fast food chain with 1,800 US locations! Wait, what?
Who doesn't love plastic? You're basically legally obligated to love it, that stuff is in everything. About that — it turns out that pregnant mothers exposed to high levels of two types of plastic saw an adverse effect on the intelligence of their children years later, according to a new study.
Well, that was pretty much inevitable. Taco Bell apparently made an oopsie and released a slide in a presentation to investors that appears to be a Frito Taco similar to their Doritos Locos Tacos — although given their talents when it comes to clever marketing, I wouldn't be shocked if this was a deliberate move.
...we bring you this example of the magic of ice cream trucks from Taco Santo in Brooklyn.
This is The Ugly Sweater.
As we've talked about on Kitchenette, McDonald's and other large fast food chains have been having a rough time of it lately, especially compared to fast casuals like Chipotle and Panera. Yet there's one chain that, by all appearances, seems completely immune to the trendline: Taco Bell.
A new lawsuit alleges that a NY cafe owner discriminated heavily against...well, pretty much everyone, and in some pretty creatively screwed-up ways. I figured we'd go a couple weeks without anyone making César Ramirez look like a decent human being by comparison. I was so very wrong.
On the heels of plummeting profits, McDonald's has decided that the best way to beat the fast casual chains so thoroughly kicking their ass lately is to become one, only with less competence. To that end, they give us the Build-Your-Burger option.
Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. This week, we've got more stories of truly horrendous restaurant customers. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers.
In what is surely the most serious and dire story Kitchenette has written about all year, Japan could soon be seeing a significant shortage of potatoes.
Hey, so you know how classists are always arguing that the demands of Strike For 15 are unreasonable because any restaurant that paid its employees a living wage would surely go out of business? Yeah, turns out — shockingly — that's complete bullshit.
An Oakland, CA restaurant is trying something unusual in response to the city's rising minimum wage: a hybrid tipping system involving both a service charge and tips — but tweaked so that it actually saves customers money and appears to allow employees to make a living wage.
I didn't realize until today that Doritos possessed a mating season.
César Ramirez, executive chef of the three-Michelin-starred Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare in New York City, apparently really doesn't like Asians, and treated them so terribly that several of his former sous chefs and servers are now suing the hell out of him for it.