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Like all ridiculous things, the story starts with Twitter. Shira Knishkowy, publicist at Partisan Records, asked if anyone wanted to give her and Leeds, England, band Eagulls tattoos; they wanted something stupid and permanent. A friend recommended me, and I obliged. I've never actually given a ta ... More >>
At this juncture in history, it's baffling that heads of companies continue to ostracize huge swaths of their customer bases by revealing themselves as raging bigots. But yesterday, Barilla became the newest member of this suicidal club when chairman Guido Barilla outed himself on Italian radio as a ... More >>
Since Jerry Katzoff and his business partner Brian Galligan bought Il Mulino in the West Village back in 2001, they've envisioned expanding the shrine to Abruzzo into an international empire. And slowly but surely, they're amassing locations: In addition to a second Il Mulino New York on the Upper E ... More >>
"The last interview I did on mushrooms, I said something about the Beatles, and then I'm like, 'Sorry, I can't do this.'" The day after his first show with his new band, Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe, Andy Animal is driving me to the Bronx Zoo to eat mushrooms and commune with his non-human brethre ... More >>
The sheriff department's officer was standing on my doorstep, still trembling with excitement. The red and blue lights from the patrol car flashed over his face, which was incredulous at the site of the person who opened the door at three in the morning - me, a middle-aged, gray-haired man in Nick & ... More >>
Remember Marilyn Hagerty? She wrote that lovely restaurant review of the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The article went viral, even though she recently admitted that she didn't know what viral meant. The small town food writer was a guest judge on Wednesday's episode of Top Chef , but ... More >>
[See More Edible News: Marilyn Hagerty: The Interview | Cannabis Caramel Corn -- What Will They Think of Next? | From Newsweek: Are These Really the Best Places to Eat in New York?] Our favorite Olive Garden reviewer Marilyn Hagerty will be awarded the 2012 Al Neuharth Excellence in Media Award. Sh ... More >>
The Houston-via-Hollywood rapper Riff Raff dropped a new mixtape over the weekend! Titled Summer of Surf, the album includes collaborations with Internet darlings Kitty Pryde, Chief Keef and Lil Debbie; Riff Raff himself contributes quite a few bizarre boasts, not to mention a song titled "Versace P ... More >>
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Marilyn Hagerty, America's most famous food writer of the moment, is planning a trip to New York City. And she's going to be blogging about her visit, which will include stops to Le Bernardin and, of course, the Olive Garden in Times Square.
See what we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week:
Marilyn Hagerty isn't the first person to review the Olive Garden--in fact, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist Jonathan Gold did that very thing in the LA Weekly last April--and she won't be the last. But for some reason, her very factual review of the "long-awaited" franchise in Grand Forks, North Da ... More >>
Tonight marks yet another Republican presidential debate, and podium enthusiasts across the country will be glued to their TV screens when the candidates take the stage. The CBS/National Journal/Pennzoil/Burger King/Papa John's/AMC Loews/Comcast/Olive Garden/Mercedes/StarKist/Beef 'O' Brady's ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi, who hosted The Moth's storytelling event at Cooper Union Tuesday night, was reportedly paid to get off the stage due to a "grating" performance. [NY Post] The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others are hopping on Michelle Obama's healthy-eating bandwagon and pledging to reduce ... More >>
Real people, real stories, real advertising dollars.Taking a page from the Olive Garden playbook, Red Lobster is has embarked on a campaign to make people think of it as something more authentic and less off-putting than it actually is.
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Lab-grown artificial meat might sound gross, but it could reduce greenhouse gasses by 96% if used to replace conventional livestock. [The Guardian] What national chains do people love most? According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, the Olive Garden and Red Lobster. [Chicago Trib ... More >>
In addition to changing its decor to emulate the Home Depots farmhouses of Tuscany, Olive Garden is altering its beverage policy following an incident last month where a toddler was served sangria instead of orange juice. And the chain isn't alone: as Nation's Restaurant News reports, in the ... More >>
The drunk baby in "Las Palmas"There's been a spree of drunk toddlers of late. Perhaps that brazen child who wrecked the bar in the short film "Las Palmas" has been a bad influence. Perhaps that was just a short film that no babies watched anyway. But either way, in the span of one week, we h ... More >>
Jacob B. asks: Where would you take someone who seems to generally prefer chain (or mini-chain) restaurants? Ideally on the Upper West Side, but I'm open to elsewhere in the city. Dear Jacob: A better question: Why does your friend like chain restaurants? Sure, maybe portion sizes are large ... More >>
Gwyneth Paltrow is everywhere these days and might be coming to a newsstand near you. The actress is rumored to be [groan] planning a food magazine. [NY Post] Olive Garden is remodeling 400 of its more than 730 locations over the next two years to look more like Tuscan villas. [Nation's Res ... More >>
If you are reading this and haven't made any Valentine's Day dining plans, you are screwed. Unless you are one of the millions of Americans who apparently think that Olive Garden is a desirable destination for romantic dining.
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Is your wife as sweet as that sundae? "Sweeter than that," Harry Cooper, 98, told the Today Show camera this morning as he shared an ice cream sundae with his wife of 72 years, Barbara, 93. (Video after the jump, if you missed it.) The couple, Poppop and Cutie to those close to them, grin at ... More >>
Repubs recently got caught hanging out at the racy Voyeur club in West Hollywood, but that's fine; the club insists it's basically an art appreciation joint, not a strip palace! (Yeah, and the Olive Garden is the Italian embassy.)
Olive Garden's lobster spaghettiSomehow, USA Today writer Jim Cox has managed to get Marcella and Victor Hazan to dine with him at Olive Garden--to test out the restaurant's claim that it offers authentic Italian food. How does it go? How do you think it goes? Tortellini in Bolognese, lobster ... More >>
The Cheyenne Diner began its move to Alabama on Sunday as its iconic sign was removed and lifted onto a flatbed truck. [NY Daily News]Jack in the Box is experimenting with outsourcing its order-taking to a call center elsewhere because apparently it's just too expensive to have teenagers making mini ... More >>
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The law that will force New York restaurants with more than 15 branches nationwide to post calories on menus was to go into effect today, but it has been delayed. The Department of Health says that the district court judge has now set Friday the 25th as the new date for the law to go into effect, ... More >>
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