Occupy Wall Street's terrible twos began this morning with a familiar set of scenes: protesters holding signs. Protesters glaring at cops. Cops glaring at protesters. Dozens of metal barricades lining the streets between them. Everyone pausing to look in unison at the Hipster Cop and his improbably ... More >>
A summer of protests over fast food workers' impossibly low wages reached its boiling point yesterday, when employees in New York and 49 other cities walked off the job in a one-day strike. In Lower Manhattan, our own Raillan Brooks interviewed Tyeisha Batts, a 27-year-old Burger King worker who ma ... More >>
Irreverent rap jokesters Buckwheat Groats caused an internet melee last year with the multi-McDonald's mayhem in their "Million Dollar Menu" music video. Along with being featured everywhere from Huffington Post to WorldStarHipHop, the duo landed a deal with The Warner Sound. Now, they've returned w ... More >>
Updated 1:30 p.m.: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says the suspect was caught on a Texas-bound Greyhound bus and arrested. Police tracked his cell phone to a bus station, then stopped both buses that had departed the station overnight. Commisso was found on one of them, asleep. --- While Chris Brow ... More >>
Good parenting or bad? Depends on how how much you like hamburgers. Too early to start thinking about your Halloween costume? Hardly. Remember there are only two more weekends until the sainted holiday, and some of these costume ideas will take some sawing or sewing. What case can we make for at ... More >>
An arrest has been made in an assault on a McDonald's patron who was slashed with a razor blade by a plus-sized perp last week -- and because the suspect allegedly threw some gay slurs around during the attack, he's being charged with a hate crime,which makes the charges considerably more serious.Th ... More >>
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It's not just me, my dog loves to eat too. She can clean a marrow bone in under five minutes and will eat all the cherry tomatoes from the plant if no one is looking. Her taste is guided simply by what she likes, which is absolutely everything, unfortunately. She sees the beauty in a greasy McDonald ... More >>
I deplore bottle service more than anyone on the planet. The sight of wealthy people with no taste commandeering banquettes to order overpriced bottles of vodka, thereby sucking all the creative life out of clubbing, always makes me sick to my stomach. But the new attempts to crack down on and/or ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Serious Eats eats 19 lobster rolls. [Serious Eats] Eddie Huang and Francis Lam talk about whether or not it is fair for chefs to cook other cultures' food. "A huge part of the reason I opened Baohaus is because everyone thought Momofuku pork buns were the original and ... More >>
Tuesday night, we were invited to play a small part in Kate Bornstein's book party at the experimental theater Dixon Place, to celebrate the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger. Earlier that day, our cover story about Kate had popped up on the website, and the print version of this ... More >>
Predictions loom that the next corn harvest will disappoint, and analysts predict the meager crop yield will inflate food costs.[Business Week]The FDA has sent warning letters to 1,200 tobacco retailers in 15 states, finding that many still sell cigarettes to minors as well as offering loosies (t ... More >>
America's fast-food chains keep adding healthy options to their grease-stained menus, hoping that that their Southwest salads and grilled-chicken wraps will keep the nutrition police off their backs. Also, the people demand them! Except for not really, according to the Associated Press (via WaPo). W ... More >>
Back during the Tea Party heyday, months ago, rightbloggers would applaud the guys and gals in tricorners who gathered in public to protest the "ruling class" that, they said, was destroying America, and agitate for a new Revolution. The Tea Party seems to be fading, and now we have Occupy Wall Str ... More >>
McDonald's IsraelShalom, y'all. The latest instance of our country's attempts to make the rest of the planet too fat for its theater seats comes from the combined forces of Chipotle and McDonald's.
Pray for us, children.A year after a corporate watchdog group filed a lawsuit against McDonald's to get rid of its "deep-fried Joe Camel for the 21st century," Ronald McDonald is returning to the television sets of America to peddle french fries to children.
Couples in Hong Kong recently began turning to McDonald's to fulfill their twisted dreams of matrimonial bliss, and now a fast-growing website is making it possible for American couples to gain edible pay-off for their decision to wed.
Orlando has more McDonald's, Burger Kings, KFCs, and other fast-food restaurants per 100,000 residents than any other city in the country. [LA Times] Homes for the Homeless has launched the new Milk From the Heart initiative that will distribute free fresh milk to needy families. [PR Newswir ... More >>
McDonald's is getting its chipotle on with a new Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus burger priced at $3.99 and available through March 31. [Nation's Restaurant News] Restaurants are happy that Valentine's Day is on a Monday night because Mondays are usually slow for business. [Nation's Restaurant News ... More >>
A study in Great Britain found that kids given high levels of processed foods are at a greater risk for developing lower IQs. [CNN] More tainted meat is being recalled in Southern California due to possible E. coli contamination. [Nation's Restaurant News] A new survey finds that more than ... More >>
Economist and Brooklynite Eduardo Porter explains why New Yorkers are willing to pay for certain things -- like fancy coffee and hundred-dollar meals -- but not others in his new book: The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do. [NY Post] Josh Ozersky manages to go ... More >>
McDonald's--your brainwashing won't work on me! Doesn't the "Fruit" in McDonald's "Fruit and Maple Oatmeal" imply more than one fruit? I mused, desperately searching for something besides the apple dice that I was finding in the murky mess. The picture on the poster outside had promised both ... More >>
Just as there are no actual ribs in a McDonald's McRib, there is apparently no actual maple in the fast-food conglomerate's new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. And that nagging discrepancy does not sit well with the state of Vermont, which takes its maple syrup very, very seriously.
Steve Cuozzo offers advice on how to survive dining out during the holidays: for one, do not drive into Manhattan. Hear that, Jersey? [NY Post] The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group, is suing McDonald's for using toys to market Happy Meals to young children. [CNN] ... More >>
McDonald's employees in Ohio received pamphlets with their paychecks encouraging them to vote Republican. [USA Today] Old Town Bar celebrated the 100th anniversary of its lovely Hinsdale Urinals last night, often cited as the most beautiful specimens in the city. [Wall Street Journal] Danny ... More >>
The absurdist text on the side of the box reads: "Your old friend is back...there's no way of getting away with this love affair." Though the official New York area re-launch of the McRib is not until this coming Tuesday, a quick canvass of the area McD's demonstrates that the sandwich was a ... More >>
A Brooklyn bartender was stabbed outside the Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights after his dog became entangled with that of an ex-con. [NY Daily News] Sam Sifton remembers Shorty Tang, the inventor of sesame noodles as we know it, after seeing Tang's biography posted on ... More >>
Hardee's hopes to boost sales with its new Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders, dipped in a buttermilk and egg batter, rolled in seasoned flour, and fried. The idea was inspired by its Made From Scratch biscuits. [MarketWatch] Scotland is cracking down on food waste with the introduction of special ... More >>
The Tribeca Grand's Church Lounge attracts an A-list crowd of bar, restaurant, and club owners; doormen; DJs; and promoters every Sunday for brunch. [NY Post] As Astoria's Bohemian Hall celebrates its 100th anniversary, a look at the city's newest beer gardens, including Mission Dolores in P ... More >>
Want to eat healthy and have a salad for lunch? Here are a couple of your salad bar options at Smiler's Deli. April is the cruelest month, as the poet who wrote Cats once noted, and maybe that's why we're on a negativity binge at Fork in the Road. Last week we put up Our 10 Most Overrated Re ... More >>
We know that fast food is bad for us. We knew that even before Morgan Spurlock gained 24.5 pounds by eating McDonald's for 30 days straight in the name of progressive cinema. We knew that before we had legally imposed calorie counts on the burritos at Chipotle. We knew that before Bloomberg ... More >>
McDonald's is celebrating 20 years in Russia with a buy-one-get-one-free deal on hamburgers. The chain only this year started outsourcing all ingredients. When it first entered the Russian market, all 300-odd ingredients had to be made in-house. [NY Times] Food companies could be charged mor ... More >>
Restaurants are starting to offer more luxurious prix-fixe menus -- or more downscale tasting menus, depending on your perspective. Upscale Greek Milos Estiatorio, The Capital Grille, and Dovetail are all offering wallet-friendly multiple-course menus. [Nation's Restaurant News] Emeril Lagas ... More >>
Just weeks after McDonald's unexpectedly lost its no. 2 executive, Domino's Pizza's CEO, David A. Brandon, has announced he is stepping down from his position in March. J. Patrick Doyle is expected to be named as his successor. [Wall Street Journal] A global tea shortage may worsen this year ... More >>
McDonald's will soon start offering free WiFi access as part of its transformation from fast-food joint into hang-out destination. As of mid-January, the Golden Arches will lift its $2.95 WiFi fee at 11,000 of its 14,000 U.S. locations. [Wall Street Journal] A new study from the Netherlands ... More >>
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A week ago, a story emerged that Les Desirs Patisserie, the 47-year-old Chelsea bakery beloved by neighborhood seniors, was about to be closed by its landlords and replaced by a branch of Sullivan Street Bakery. A petition to save the bakery collected some 700 signatures. But now the landlord is wei ... More >>
A group of food corps is launching the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a national, multi-year campaign to help reduce obesity -- especially childhood obesity -- by 2015. [PR Newsire] A study reveals that customers at fast-food chains, such as McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and KFC, ... More >>
We all remember the McDonald's coffee lawsuit -- probably the most famously frivolous suit in American history -- when a jury in Albuquerque awarded $2.7 million dollars to a woman who spilled burning hot coffee on her lap. (Civil penalties were ultimately reduced to $480,000.) Apparently, New York ... More >>
McDonald's has a new burger on the menu, the first new permanent item since 2001. The Angus Third Pounder--which comes in Deluxe with American cheese, lettuce, and tomato; Bacon & Cheese; and Mushroom & Swiss varieties--seems to be competing with Burger King's Steakhouse Burger and other beefier bur ... More >>
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The Times told us not to spread panic, but it's part of our evil blogger DNA, so here goes: While other restaurants were flailing, McDonald's reports that its same-store sales rose 4.5 percent in November, with much of the growth coming from breakfast items, chicken sandwiches, and value menu items. ... More >>
SpinVox, the voice-to-text company, recently did some research revealing what the top five 'worst' pick-up lines in the US are, and they came up with these clinkers: 1. "If you were a new sandwich at McDonalds, you'd be called McGorgeous." 2. "Have you got a keg in your pocket, because I'd like to ... More >>
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