Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz, is just as fed up with this government shutdown as we are. On Monday, he posted a letter on the Starbucks website that calls for an end to irresponsible dysfunction happening in D.C. He pleads for for Congress and the President to “put citizenship over partisanship for the sake of our country and the world at large.” Not a bad idea Howard, not bad at all. Maybe if we’re lucky Congress will be visiting the Starbucks website soon and come to their senses. And who knew Shultz was such a politically driven guy. In September he posted a letter asking customers to not bring guns into his stores, even if there was an “open carry” law in the state in which the stores where in. Perhaps we should elect Howard Shultz to some sort of political standing, he seems like a pretty smart guy.
It’s hard to own a restaurant in New York, even if you are the awesome Danny Bowien and you own Mission Chinese. Mission Chinese was shuttered last Tuesday on account of health safety violations that could not be corrected at the time of inspection. Mission Chinese resolved the issues in a matter of just two days, reopening on Thursday and releasing this statement of transparency, an honorable display of honesty. Don’t worry Danny, we would have still eaten at Mission Chinese even if some of your canned items are dented and not segregated from other consumable items.
Will/can McDonalds go healthy? Will/can pigs fly? Will promoting milk, water and juice as a beverage make a difference if soda is still on the menu? And is a side salad really that great if you’re still going to have a big mac and a 16 oz soda with that? And is seven years soon enough for these changes to just start happening in just 20% of stores? Probably not. Nice try McDonalds, but you’re better off focusing on chicken nugget PR.
Have you ever had the urge to hang out in Brooklyn, eat, drink, AND go rock climbing, play mini golf, table tennis, or something called pétanque? Well, there is a place called the Brooklyn Night Bazaar that can make these desires come true and it is real. It launched in 2011 but faced some local opposition in Greenpoint which stalled it from reaching its full potential but now its owner, Aaron Broudo, has bought out a huge warehouse space to host 20 food vendors, plus dozens of other cool people will be selling cool things (like alcohol and crafts!) every Friday and Saturday from 6pm to midnight starting in November. Check out this video that will make you feel totally hipster.
The government shutdown is still real, and at least 300 people across 18 states are feeling the effects from seriously salmonella infected chickens (sourced from Foster Farms in California). The outbreak was announced by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday night but nothing else has actually happen. The FSIS has no authority to recall, only the USDA does, and the USDA is still almost entirely dysfunctional. No CDC (furloughed) to do a deeper investigation. No recall. No corporate responsibility. Just make sure you over-cook your chicken and then you’ll probably live through your dinner. Otherwise, toss packages labeled with “P6137,” “P6137A” and “P7632.” Howard Shultz is not happy (see top of article).