Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Friday, October 21, 2016
Here’s the Starbucks ‘Secret’ Menu for Fall 2016: Pumpkin Spice Chai Lattes and More
As Starbucks hits the peak of Pumpkin Spice Latte season, get ready for some new and creative Starbucks drinks featuring flavored syrups that smell and taste like autumn. Formerly known as part of the Starbucks Secret Menu, what are now called Barista Originals are all created by Starbucks employees. You won’t see them on any official menu but you can try each of the five drinks Oct. 20 through 23 at thousands of Starbucks locations across America. New offerings include treats like the Grande Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino, served affogato-style with extra caramel sauce and salt.
Chef Challenges Food Critics to Eat Their Words
Canadian chef Paul Shufelt has challenged local food critics to try their hand at cooking and being critiqued — all in good fun, of course. Shufelt plans to host an Eat Your Words dinner at one of his restaurants in which critics will prepare a three-course meal for 150 people that will be judged by a panel. The meal will raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta, CBC News reported. “I understand that it would come across as a little bit of an attack on them, but that was not my intention,” Shufelt said. “It was meant to catch them off-guard and surprise them, much like chefs who end up waking up in the morning reading a review they didn’t even know was coming.” Shufelt said he planned to host the dinner in January 2017, and hoped the experience would “close the gap between the kitchen and the dining room.”
Shanghai Bar Crew Arrested for Overcharging Tourists
The seemingly friendly staff of a Shanghai bar were arrested last February and sentenced this week for extorting tourists and charging very high prices for crummy booze. According to Shanghaiist, the bar was allegedly run by gangsters and it targeted foreigners who might not have had a great command of the Chinese language. The liquor was low-quality, but the bar was staffed with friendly servers who would convince guests to order without asking to see the drink prices. When the actual bill would arrive, it would be exorbitant, but the customers would have no recourse, having already consumed the alcohol. Police said that if the victims objected, the bar staff would make threats and lock the bar so nobody could leave. Police eventually stopped the scam and arrested the ringleaders, though the gang reportedly earned more than $6,500 from eight people in one month of scamming.
KFC Australia Adds a Pumpkin and Feta Wrap to Its Menu
As if the world needed any more pumpkin offerings this time of year, KFC Australia has hopped onto the pumpkin train with its new Pumpkin & Feta Twister. The wrap features grilled chicken, crumbled feta, roast pumpkin, lettuce, and smoky chipotle mayo, all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla, Brand Eating reported. Fortune noted that the pumpkin in the wrap is actually kabocha squash, which is also known as Japanese pumpkin. The wrap, which is only available in Australia, costs $6.95 AUD (about $5).