Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Friday, August 19, 2016.
Mario Batali, Dominique Ansel, and Other Chefs Provide Recipes for Hillary Clinton’s Campaign
Hillary Clinton just announced a “Chefs for Hillary” initiative — in collaboration with celebrity chefs such as Mario Batali, Katie Lee, and Dominique Ansel — that calls for the creation of a batch of recipes by well-known chefs (as well as lesser-known home cooks) in support of Clinton's presidential campaign. The first group of recipes has already been posted on a Chefs for Hillary Pinterest board. Look for Democratic Blue(berry) Cookies from Dominique Ansel (Ansel Bakery, Ansel Kitchen), Lady Liberty Lobster Roll from Rebecca Charles (Pearl Oyster Bar), Game On Grilled Lamb Saddles from Donald Link (Herbsaint, Cochon), and more. Surely there's a cookbook in the works.
Taco Bell Replaces Tortilla Chips With Chip-Shaped Chicken
Taco Bell has taken nachos where they’ve never been before by losing the tortilla chips and substituting… chicken — triangular, battered, deep-fried chicken pieces, served with a nacho cheese dipping sauce, that is. Crispy Chicken Chips are the latest Taco Bell test menu item now being tested. Business Insider pointed out that fried chicken is #trending and chicken prices are low, thus explaining the rise of new chicken menu items at fast-food restaurants such as Chicken Fries from Burger King and Chicken Selects from McDonald’s.
Are Our Beloved Avocados Destroying the Environment?
Avocado toast is in serious trouble: Our obsession with avocados has encourage Mexican farmers to engage in illegal deforestation in an attempt to keep up with product demand. As has been previously reported, avocado shortages have been an issue in New Zealand and California, and the increased demands for the popular green fruit has been a challenge for Mexico — still the top producer of avocados. Mexican farmers have been illegally cutting down pine tree forests in the state of Michoacán to make way for young avocado trees.
This Restaurant at the Olympic Village Has Lines Out the Door All Day, Every Day
The most popular eatery at the Olympic Village isn’t some all-natural, organic, superfood juice shop serving booster shots, but a fast-food restaurant known around the world: McDonald’s. Though the choice may seem surprising for many, as McDonald’s hardly seems like the ideal fuel for athletes competing to prove that they are the best in the world, there are reportedly few alternatives. McDonald’s is the only fast-food establishment in the Olympic Village, and it’s free for athletes. The line has gotten so out of hand that, as of this week, the restaurant is enforcing a 20-item limit per person to help speed up the process.
Smart Toaster Makes Toast Exciting Again
Toasteroid, “the first app-controlled smart image toaster,” allows users to toast custom images, messages, and even the weather report onto a piece of bread. Users download the corresponding mobile app and connect to the toaster via Bluetooth. There is a collection of templates to choose from, or you can sketch out your own design. You then select how dark you prefer your toast. The system employs microfilament heating technology to evenly toast bread, ensuring toast that is not only aesthetically pleasing but delicious as well.