We hate calling ourselves foodies, it’s a term associated with uppity food snobs who like to complain about all the things that aren’t good enough for them to eat. But whether or not you consider yourself a foodie, First We Feast posted a totally accurate list of foods some of us love hate, and some things we didn’t even realize people hated (Flavored vodka? Really? Shouldn’t Russians be the only ones allowed to hate that?)
You are in a restaurant and someone nearby is smoking a cigarette. However, it is not a cigarette because that is illegal. Rather, it is an electronic cigarette, the ones you usually see douchey people carrying around. It looks like a cigarette, and it behaves like a cigarette (except for slowly disappearing), and is supposed to administer the same effect to the smoker. With the rise of the electronic cigarette, the debate over whether or not to allow diners to smoke electronic cigarettes has been simmering for a while, most restaurants allow it. But does somebody smoking an electronic cigarette at dinner really bother us because of the vapor, or is the douchiness of the person smoking it – that condescending aura that they’ve beaten the system and figured out a way to smoke inside while simultaneously figuring out a way to make everyone uncomfortable? Regardless, the debate will continue to smolder until either diners or restaurants take some definitive action.
Banksy is continuing to spread his recent foray of performance art in New York City. The latest installation is a fiberglass sculpture of Ronald McDonald, similar to the ones found at McDonalds establishments across the country, except that the shoes seem exceptionally large and there is a dirty man wearing very distressed clothing polishing his shoe. You can listen to the audio summary of the project here. We can only hope that Banksy shops at farmers markets.
Completely unsurprisingly, salads only make up about 2% – 3% of sales. Basically no one go to McDonalds to eat a salad. Salads are just a facade for providing healthy choices, a rejection of the truth that McDonalds exists to fuel people’s guiltiest desires (french fries). They stopped carrying fruit cups because more were being thrown away than were being sold which is kind of a no-brainer if you think about not only the sadness of a fruit cup that consists of but also that the fruits were probably grown by some form of slaves and has been sitting unsold for goodness knows how long.
The Mast Brothers Cookbook, “Mast Brother Chocolate: A Family Cookbook” first hit shelves yesterday. Most of us know the Mast Brothers by their extravagantly priced chocolate bars we occasionally see at whole foods or other little fancy stores that usually ring up to $8.99. Eater featured their charming little trailer last week and a week later, the New York Times was on their chocolate game. They have been the leaders of the bearded craft movement since 2007 and chocolate-loving hipsters are rejoicing everywhere with the release of a cookbook that features chocolate as its main ingredient.