In-N-Out’s Secret Menu isn't so secret, but Hack The Menu
has put together a list of off-book items on a bunch of fast food menus.
One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right?
Recently, Business Insider featured "27 Maps That Explain America"
including ones that compared each state's percentage of residents with passports
, most overrepresented job in every state
, percentage of each state's population with a 4-year degree
, number of billionaires in each state
, number of Starbucks locations in each state
, states' stances on climate change (judged by Think Progress)
, fast food consumption
and exercise frequency
(detail in a weird format here
), and cavities per capita
But Business Insider is certainly not the only site 'mapping the states'... [more inside]
Cups and bags at Chipotle (previously
) will now feature stories and essays by famous authors, including Toni Morrison
, George Saunders
, Steven Pinker
, Sarah Silverman
, and Jonathan Safran Foer
, who came up with the idea for the series
and will be curating it as well.
The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back
- She notes that her hourly wage of $7.50 is less than a Wendy’s combo meal: “I make less than the Baconator.”
, one of the weirder videos on YouTube, is a short film about three restaurant employees—Sammy, Bill, and Finger—who hunt demons. Sort of like Invader Zim meets David Lynch's "sitcom" Rabbits
In what could be the largest strike of its kind, hundreds of fast food workers
in Detroit walked off their jobs on Friday, echoing the rallying cry heard (or not
?) across the country that the currently underpaid workers
deserve $15 an hour
and the right to form a union without retaliation. Friday's strike in Detroit comes on the heels of similar actions in other cities—Wednesday and Thursday in St. Louis
, and in Chicago
and New York City last month
We Must Build An Enormous McWorld In Times Square, A Xanadu Representing A McDonald's From Every Nation
"The central attraction of the ground floor level is a huge mega-menu that lists every item from every McDonald's in the world, because this McDonald's serves ALL of them." Previously.
The World's most beautiful McDonalds
may very well be located in Budapest, Hungary. With vaulted, coffered ceilings
wrought-iron scrollwork and modern chairs, it's a lovely place to order a cheeseburger. [more inside]
What Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Pizza Says About Global Fast Food Marketing. [Food Porn] [Pizza Hut-blue?]
Perhaps you've heard by now of the Crown Crust pizza
, the pizza-cheeseburger hybrid recently unveiled by some of Pizza Hut's international franchisees. Available only at Pizza Hut Middle East, this fast food chimera features a vaguely crown-shaped crust studded with "cheeseburger gems," topped with lettuce and tomato, and drizzled with "special sauce."
Many foodies have decried it as a "culinary abomination
," "a sign of the apocalypse
," or proof
that America is finally losing its monopoly on gluttony. A reviewer at Serious Eats, who tried the Crown Crust in Dubai, wrote
: "There seems to be no rational explanation as to why this pizza was created." [Via: NPR.org]
The food desert
has been a regular topic
here on MetaFilter
, posts about which often highlight a particular narrative about the effects of meager food choices for poorer urban communities, negatively affecting health and choice among low income people
. Though not always
. Some new studies
indicate the situation in the US might be more like the latter, not quite as dire as is usually asserted. [more inside]
The West Virginia Surf Report is picking up where they left off [McDonald's McSkillet
), Fast Food: Ads vs. Reality
has recently been updated with picture comparison and comedic review of:
Taco Bell Doritos
Locos Taco Supreme [more inside]
Chipotle is Apple.
"The burrito chain is revolutionizing food. Why doesn't it get more respect?"
[SLYTs all the way down] One wonders why a late-80s fast food chain felt the need to have all their training videos
sung as middle-of-the-road hip hop and R&B songs. [more inside]
Some photos of what individuals and families
around the world eat.
"There was no sleight of hand; each bite was cut open, pushed back together, then dropped on a table. The goal was to see moist white meat when it bounced." Inside the world of tabletop directing
- the people whose job it is to make food look delicious.
Subway has surpassed McDonald's
as the world's largest restaurant chain. [more inside]
In November of 2009, the IWW set up shop in Minneapolis
. Similar to their Starbucks campaign
, organizers set up the Jimmy John's Workers Union
, and began attempting to unionize the employees of local franchises of the sandwich chain, "seeking a pay increase to above minimum wage, consistent scheduling and minimum shift lengths, regularly scheduled breaks, sick days, no-nonsense workers compensation for job-related injuries, an end to sexual harassment at work, and basic fairness on the job."
. When local franchise owners MikLin Enterprises refused to meet with employees, union organizers scheduled a National Labor Relations Board election
. As allegations of dirty tricks
came out, the union lost in a stunningly close vote
. The IWW pressed the NLRB to look into the alleged misconduct, and they did.
The earlier vote has been nullified as a part of a settlement between MikLin and the NLRB
. The union is resuming its push for official recognition.
Hankering for a McRib
? According to the Wall Street Journal
, the elusiveness of this pork sandwich is driven by marketing, and that despite threats of retirement, the fiendish creation will get trotted out whenever they want to pull in the die-hard fans. If you're one of them, then you probably already know about the McRib Locator
. But what exactly are McRib's made of
"What's scary is that we've brainwashed our kids so brilliantly -- so even though they know something is disgusting and gross, they'll still eat it if it's in that friendly little shape." Jamie Oliver shows children how chicken nuggets are made
"The risk reduction associated with the daily consumption of most statins is more powerful than the risk increase caused by the daily extra fat intake associated with a 7-oz hamburger (Quarter Pounder®) with cheese and a small milkshake...Although no substitute for systematic lifestyle improvements, including
healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss, and smoking cessation, complimentary statin
packets would add, at little cost, 1 positive choice to a panoply of negative ones."
Is having free statin drugs
at the fast food counter by the napkins and ketchup packets a good idea? Some doctors think the idea has merit
(original paper .pdf
). Hmmm... maybe if they were minty flavored.
The fast food arms race continues to spiral out of control as Carl's Jr introduces a foot-long cheeseburger
. [more inside]
Reverse Engineering McDonald's French Fries Although not good for you
, one dedicated man determines how you can make them at home, and improves on the recipe.
While US citizens know the Döner under its Greek name "gyros", Canadians refer to it as donair
. And in its country of birth, Germany, it is much more than late night drunk fodder: it is breakfast, lunch and solid dinner rollled into one. "The döner kebab trade may be worth 2.5 billion euros in Germany, but before last weekend, Germany's favorite fast food had never been honored with its own convention", reports Der Spiegel. " The star of the show? A remote-controlled döner robot." [more inside]
Fancy Fast Food.
Fast food reconstructed into (something that looks like) fine cuisine. Recipes included, for those who dare.
My gut reaction was that the story--although a legitimate consumer complaint—seemed to reinforce a cultural stereotype about Black people and chicken. I know for a fact that no one on our staff meant for that to be the point of the story, but the fear that we would be accused of this sounded an alarm to me. It’s sad that I even had to worry about this.
Last week a couple of Popeye's restaurants in Rochester ran out of chicken. And local ABC affiliate WHAM decided to run a story
. Some people complained
, and WHAM responded
. Warning: Second link contains some idiocy.
. Our Meat... Your Mouth.(via)
In which Georgia gives you the McNuggetini
"Features the only hint of vegetable in the form of a few shreds of iceberg lettuce, the nutritionally bankrupt variety. Also features a vile khaki-colored sauce with black flakes we assumed to be pepper. Made it about 80% through before throwing in the towel." An unboxing
of the new Guitar Hero: World Tour KFC Fully Loaded Box Meal
. [more inside]
Hungry? Arteries not quite plugged enough? Behold, the Big MacChicken
Think those salads at McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and Taco Bell are a good idea if you want something lighter? Turns out you're actually better off
getting a double cheeseburger instead. For more info on nutritional facts about fast food, CalorieKing
has a good database.