Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Monday, Ocotber 31, 2016.
McDonald’s Introduces Limited-Edition Fried Nacho Cheese Wedges
Add some South of the Border to your McDonald’s order. As part of a "Great Tastes of the World" promotion, The Golden Arches is now offering a tribute to sorta-Mexican food: fried spicy nacho cheese wedges. (The limited-edition menu item is unfortunately only available in the UK.) Each order of wedges comes with a sour cream and chive dipping sauce, and the bites themselves are covered in fried tortilla chips and stuffed with melted nacho cheese and jalapeño bits. Four cheese bites will set you back £1.69 ($2.06).
Pee-wee Herman Promotes Vegan Halloween Candy in PETA Ad
Comedian Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman, has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to promote vegan candy this Halloween. In the ad, Reubens proclaims: "Boo! ‘Pee-wee Herman’ here, reminding you that the most delicious Halloween candy is vegan. Root Beer Barrels are my favorite, but for all you little witches, ghouls, and hungry characters out there, Smarties, Swedish Fish, and Airheads are great choices, too — and that's enough to make your teeth rot right out of your head! Eat smart, eat with heart: Choose vegan candy!" Some of the candy ingredients that PETA has specifically called out to avoid are gelatin and carmine food coloring, which are made from animal bones and ground-up bugs, respectively.
Edible Spoon Company Makes Advances in Environmentally Sustainable Cutlery
Narayana Peesapaty, 50, was a scientist and researcher in India for 18 years before he quit his job and started Bakeys, a company that creates edible spoons as a “healthy, nutritious, and eco-friendly alternative” to disposable plastic cutlery. The spoons, made of rice, wheat, water, and sorghum, come in three flavors: plain, sweet, and savory. In addition to edible spoons, Peesapaty hopes to expand his line of edible cutlery to chopsticks, salad bowls, and straws, he told The Wall Street Journal. Due to a recent influx, Bakeys is not currently taking orders but should be accepting requests for new shipments by December.
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Google Maps Expands With Option to ‘Place an Order’
The latest Google Maps update now allows users to connect to a food delivery service through the app. Google Maps users can opt to “Place an order” at a restaurant if the establishment works with a delivery service such as Grubhub and Seamless. When placing an order, the user will be redirected to the third-party delivery app or website. The restaurant search options can also be refined further into sub-categories such as “Quick bites” and “Vegetarian-friendly spots.” The Google Maps update is available for free for iOS on the App Store.
Chipotle’s First Burger Shop Opens Today
Chipotle won’t just be about burrito bowls any more. The fast-casual Tex-Mex giant that suffered severe losses over the past year following multiple foodborne illness outbreaks is opening its first burger restaurant in Lancaster, Ohio, called Tasty Made. The “better-burger” concept features a grilled-to-order, customizable burger menu in a style that Chipotle customers will find familiar. The small menu consists of burgers made from grass-fed beef as well as fries, shakes, and sodas. “Lancaster is the ideal market for this, because the people here really appreciate an excellent burger served at a reasonable price," Dave Chrisman, the Chipotle executive in charge of the Tasty Made concept, said in a press release. "I ought to know, because I grew up just miles from here.”