[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] I went running the other morning. I used to run all the time. I was in shape, and had a six-pack for a week. I then threw all of my shirts in the trash, which was not that sm ... More >>
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In Prospect Park on Wednesday, during a demonstration scheduled to coincide with the last time the minimum wage was raised--four years ago--New York City's fast food workers authorized another citywide strike.
Grand Morelos on Grand Avenue in East Williamsburg is a 24-hour Mexican diner that specializes in quinceañera cakes and never-ending cups of 90 cent coffee. The restaurant does more business at 3 a.m. than at noon, and the waitresses here flip between Spanish and English in a snap. It is a true nei ... More >>
Hey, the pizza here is really good! A thought-provoking piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday by Sophia Hollander ("Economics, Sliced") bemoaned the decline of the neighborhood pizza slice, especially in Manhattan, and blamed it pretty squarely on the dollar slice joints, also fingering gourm ... More >>
Taco Bell posted this photo on Facebook last night with the caption, "Anything could happen in 2013." After their release of the Nacho Cheese Doritos taco, we can only hope to believe them.
Flatiron-shaped 10 Downing is down for the count... [More Pictures: 6 Favorite Dishes From Rosemary's | 5 Best Things To Eat at Food Gallery 32] The summer months in general and August in particular must be the most successful period for restaurants in certain parts the city. In Greenwich Village ... More >>
In years to come, rightbloggers will tell their grandchildren many stories of the glorious summer of twenty-twelve. They'll tell 'em how they warned America about the socialist menace of the Olympics. They'll tell 'em how, in the wake of the Aurora shooting, they defended assault weapons against Dem ... More >>
Big Baby Gandhi hits Glasslands
See what we've been up to at Fork in the Road this week: Where should you go for drunk food on St. Patrick's Day? We've got the answer: our 10 best late-night eats. We're also giving you 5 other ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, including snacking on Burger King's free fries and green ketchup.
Sparkle and ooze, the Triple Steak Stack With Taco Bell's new Triple Steak Stack, we enter the world of "meta-eats." What do I mean by that? Well, Taco Bell is nominally a Mexican fast-food chain, with fare that generally falls within the burrito and taco canon, plus a few we've-seen-them-before f ... More >>
Could petit fours be the next cupcakes? Probably not, but here's hoping. [Wall Street Journal] Todd Wilbur, a recipe hacker, has spent years trying to decode restaurant chains' most famous recipes. [NY Times] France has banned school and college cafeterias from serving ketchup with anything but fr ... More >>
Here's a newsflash: fast-food chains like Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco Bell are slashing their prices and offering amazing deals not because they want to but because the economy sucks. [USA Today] Seamless, the online and mobile app that allows you to order food for delivery, has just bought ... More >>
Health advocates are worried about fast-food chains trying to get in on the food stamp program. Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut are all lobbying to get involved. [USA Today] More on the effects of Tropical Storm Irene on farms in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Vermont: Greenmarkets are abou ... More >>
This Aussie-inspired mini-chain is best known for its cheap and filling meat pies, hearty things perfect for a quick meal before or after a night of drinking in the East Village. Its vegetarian options are no less tasty (or cheap). Take the vegetarian chili. At only $6, it has a flavor and c ... More >>
What the salad looks like before applying dressing. The food at Wendy's is generally agreed to be the best among the national burger chains. While the hamburgers are much better at such regionals as In-N-Out and Five Guys, Wendy's offers a few maverick items that are actually worth eating. ... More >>
You might be smiling, but the kids sure won't be.Kids are out of luck at the mostly West Coast burger chain Jack in the Box -- they'll no longer be receiving a free toy along with their children's meal, following new laws in San Francisco and Santa Clara County that require such meals to meet ... More >>
The Butcher's Guild, a new trade organization for butchers, is opening its membership to regular folk June 1. [Diner's Journal] Remember all those "my meal at El Bulli" articles? Well, get ready for the onslaught of "my meal at Noma" articles starting with Bruce Palling's. [Wall Street Journ ... More >>
Yum! Brands, which owns fast-food chains KFC and Taco Bell, earned less than expected in the first quarter, while Chipotle beat expectations. [Forbes] Fabio Parasecoli, coordinator of the New School's Food Studies program, was in Union Square teaching a "pop up" college course on local and s ... More >>
Looking very much like a prison entrance, the door to Penn Station beckons. Let's face it, Penn Station is never going to be a foodie destination. The hallways are too thronged, the smells too rancid, the eateries too narrow, with tables too filthy. Yet in this great dung heap of a railway ... More >>
Black sees red over taco filler.No taco chain scandal is complete without a frothing-at-the-mouth rant from Lewis Black. At first, he seemed unfazed (well, for him) at the lawsuit claiming the taco meat filling is mostly filler on his 'Back in Black' segment on The Daily Show last night. Afte ... More >>
It's late Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was ... Veritas's Rubén Sanz Ramiro talked about wines with energy and the restaurant's craziest bottle. Cops also have a thing for Magnolia Bakery. Our 10 Best Things to Eat in Manhattan's Chinatown.
Papa John's is offering a free pizza to everyone in America if the Super Bowl goes into overtime. But there's a catch: You have to register for the chain's customer loyalty program, "Papa Points," before 11:59 p.m. ET on February 5. [USA Today] The Flying Pig food truck in L.A. is now suing ... More >>
Yikes! The bland guacamole tastes mainly of oregano, and it's expensive, too. Few food carts have been ballyhooed as much as Calexico's, which show up on a regular basis in Soho, Williamsburg, and Brookyn Bridge Park. In fact, they won a Vendy award in 2008. Inevitably, these purveyors of Ca ... More >>
At least 100 people have contracted staph food poisoning from eating tainted gingerbread houses sold at Whole Foods, according to the FDA. [TopNews] After finding traces of cooked food on the fossilized teeth of Neanderthals, scientists now believe the Ice Age diet included cooked plants and ... More >>
Originating in the world's first hamburger chain, the slider (or "slyder" as they've tried to brand it) at White Castle has a strange and strangely addictive flavor resulting from the steaming of cheap ground beef and onions. Yes, fast food is a great caloric wasteland (we almost wrote "wais ... More >>
McDonald's Hong KongLaughter, tears, acid reflux.If drive-through chapels in Vegas and this guy are too classy for you, then consider buying a plane ticket to Hong Kong. Starting Jan. 1, the city will be the world's very first to offer McDonald's wedding packages to the amorous and nutritiona ... More >>
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Where the magic happens Das Racist's new mixtape, Sit Down, Man, is out next week; among its many delights is "Free Jazzmatazz," a self-explanatory collaboration with wildly feted jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. It seemed like a good idea to a) ask Iyer if we could chat about how this unlikely (?) union ... More >>
Despite so many low-fat and dairy-free ice cream alternatives available, Americans still prefer plain-vanilla ice cream. [Time] Meanwhile, ever wonder how artisanal ice cream can be more expensive than prime rib eye? Vendors say it's the top-quality ingredients. [NY Times] Taco Bell's new l ... More >>
It's sweet, sweet Friday. An ideal time to look back, through the wind and rain, at the best posts of the last five days. Alone in the kitchen with a pig's uterus... Pulino's Beth Ann Simpkins talked about pizza, bi-coastal pizza obsession, and her 100 percent carbohydrate diet... ...While Eugene ... More >>
That taco looks familiar, but where the hell did it come from? Forge ahead to find out. One of the worst aspects of the Age of Bloomberg has been the inundation of the city with nationally franchised fast food restaurants, so that now you can find McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, ... More >>
Puja PatelYou get older, and Amanda Lepore stays the same age.Last night's Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards joined the dismayingly long list of 2009 award-show travesties. The invite-only event went down at M2 (the old Mansion) to a packed audience of important downtown scenesters (that's the ... More >>
Italian-American heritage groups and residents of the Jersey shore are threatening boycotts over a new reality series, Jersey Shore, which MTV is promoting as a look at nine of the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" displaying big hair, good abs, and various forms of lack of continence in a ... More >>
Talking trash at Siren 2008, courtesy of Idolator Islands/Das Racist Bell House Wednesday, August 19 Nick Diamonds emerges in a sparkly cape, which gets me to wondering if anyone other than James Brown will ever be capable of wearing a sparkly cape unironically, but with Islands this is the wrong ... More >>
Max GoldblattAndrew VanWyngarden and Simon O'Connor (left to right, with guitars) You know the one--Cristina Black's much reblogged music feature that ran in print two weeks ago. It seems that in the wake of the piece, every Wes alum with a guitar pick and a cowbell came out of comment-lurker hidi ... More >>
The Deutsche Bank fire is Mayor Bloomberg's "defining debacle," says Wayne Barrett, "a failure of leadership, accountability, and transparency, revealed in one law enforcement report or news story after another." But with the help of a complaisant press, the Mayor's getting off the hook. Asked why ... More >>
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