Vanc, an architect based in Arad, Romania, makes elaborate illustrations and tableaux using bits of food that nestle cozily into the bowl of a spoon. Her intricate pieces evoke images ranging from celebrity portraits to animals to exotic vistas and detailed streetscapes to familiar characters from movies like Star Wars, Frozen and Penguins of Madagascar.
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The movement to ditch tipping and bake the cost of service right into the price of menu items, in order to pay servers and other restaurant staffers a reliably higher wage, is gaining momentum. This fall, when influential restaurateur Danny Meyer declared an end to tipping, at least in his renowned eateries, things seemed to have reached a tipping point. But the push for tip-free dining may be moving a little too fast for the average consumer.
Eighty-one percent of adults who eat in restaurants say they’re not ready for gratuities to be factored into menu items, preferring that the decision to tip, and how much, be left to their own discretion, a new study conducted by Horizon Media has found.
Every so often the world brings you something that satisfies a deep need you had no idea you had. Like, for instance, delivering fabulous, easily returnable shoes to your door. Or, perhaps, providing you with a restaurant exclusively devoted to nachos.
Actually, we can thank the same man for both of those things. Nick Swinmurn, the guy who launched Zappos — and then left his job as the shoe e-tailer’s CEO in 2006, three years before the company was sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion — has just opened an all-nacho restaurant in California, with an eye toward rolling it out to other regions, should the idea prove successful.
There’s barbecue and then there’s Franklin Barbecue, a Texas mecca that does smoky and succulent meat like few others. You’ve heard about the scene at this famed Franklin hot spot, where it’s not only common for diners to wait in an hours-long line for a taste of the slow-smoked brisket and ribs, but expected practice there as well. It turns out, though, that one customer in particular wasn’t so keen on having to wait alongside everyone else before finally digging into a meal.
The next big thing in fast-casual dining may come as fantastic news for raw-fish fans: restaurants devoted to poke, the raw fish salad that is Hawaii’s answer to sashimi, ceviche and tuna tartare.
Fast-casual poke establishments, such as Santa Monica’s Sweetfin Poké, are rolling out or expanding in New York City and cities in Southern California, Eater notes. The boom is due to “the relative ease of getting a poke restaurant off the ground, the dish’s appeal to health-conscious consumers, and the persistent trend of bowl foods,” , Eater adds — and the fast-casual trend seems eminently “scalable.”
Unfamiliar with poke (pronounced “POH-kay”)? Here are a few things to know:
Plates — they seem like a tableware staple, but it turns out they’re, like, totally five minutes ago.
Today, it’s all about bowls, baby — big bowls, “bistro” bowls, as well as bowls of more modest size, bowls that are sort of like plates only with big upturned rims (those are officially called “coupes,” you may be interested to know) and bowls that are just, you know, bowls.
“Sales of bowls are rising as Americans prefer more casual, one-course meals that layer flavors,” the Wall Street Journal recently noted in an article that ran under the headline “Bowls Are the New Plates.”
Would you recognize a Kit Kat in a lineup by its shape alone? Maybe, but a U.K. judge has decided that, although the candy bar’s break-apart four-finger design may be easily identifiable to consumers, it is not distinctive enough to be trademarked in the U.K.
According to the court, consumers rely on other information — like packaging and logos — to identify a Kit Kat, rather than recognizing the chocolate-covered wafer confection by its shape alone; therefore it failed to meet the bar (no pun intended) for the trademark to be issued.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the strict “plant-based diet” that Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen and their kids adhere to — and surely there’s a lot to marvel at. (Our sister blog Healthy Eats recently parsed its healthfulness.)
According to their personal chef, Allen Campbell, the New England Patriots quarterback, his supermodel wife and their two young children eat a diet that is 80 percent organic vegetables (only “the freshest,” of course) and 20 percent lean meats: “grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken” as well as the occasional “wild salmon.”
By Lauren Haslett
We love all of our Food Network fans, though we can’t help but get a little extra excited when we find out one of our favorite celebrities has been following what we do here at Food Network. And recently, none other than the Queen of the Vegas Strip, Ms. Britney Spears, was revealed to be one of those fans.
Did you know you could drink 80-proof vodka made from seawater and organic sugar cane?