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Sam Mason to open Mayo Shop

Sam Mason, the former chef of WD-50, is opening a new mayonnaise shop called The Empire Mayo, which is set to open in November at 564 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights.

Huffington Post reports, the Empire Mayo will feature about 40 different flavors of mayo. The flavors include: parmesan, foie gras, smoked paprika, and even coffee.

[THX: Huffington Post Photo Credit: IFC Thinkstock]


Original Ray’s Pizza Closes

After many years of fine pizza making, the original Ray’s Pizza in New York is closing its doors at the end of the month.

The New York Times reports, the pizzeria on 27 Prince Street in Little Italy has faced many legal battles with heirs and will be facing eviction. Ray’s, which opened in 1959, has been frequented by many celebrities over the years.

Ray’s will be open until the end of the Feast of Gennaro, which concludes September 25.

[THX: NY Times Photo Credit: Victor Blue NY Times]


Peanut Butter Prices Expected to Rise

Peanut butter prices are on the rise and pretty soon it’ll be just as expensive as gasoline. reports, because of the major droughts and ridiculously hot weather in the peanut agriculture states, consumers will see a rise in prices for peanut butter and peanut products.

States like Texas and Georgia, two of the nation’s leading peanut farming states, have had difficulties growing the crop this past year. The states faced problems due to the dry weather.

The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that this year’s peanut crop is estimated at 3.61 billion pounds, a 13 percent decrease from last year’s 4.16 billion pounds.

Vincent Byrd, Smucker President and Chief Operating Officer, said that, “Our peanut prices will be significantly higher as we end the calendar year 2011.”

Prices are estimated to go as high as 30 percent, so stock up now folks or get use to just plain jelly and banana sandwiches.

[THX: Cleveland Business  Photo Credit: Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer]

News Restaurants

Saudi Arabian Restaurant Charges for Leftovers

According to the global news site Bikyamasr, a Saudi Arabian restaurant has begun charging customers for the food they leave behind after dining.

The Damman Marmar, in an effort to reduce food waste in the Gulf Kingdom, is charging customers depending on how much food they have left on their plates.

“There are many clients who make large orders to impress the people around them and boost their social prestige,” said Fahd al-Anezi, owner for Damman Marmar, regarding the fines.

According to al-Anezi, new system has been met with positive reception.

[THX: Bikyamasr]

Humor News

China Grades Restaurants with Cartoon Smileys

The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of China plan to score restaurant health and safety conditions in a creative way.

China Daily reports that the SFDA will implement a grading system of food evaluation with a series of cartoon smiley faces.

“Smiley” faces will represent restaurants that exceed expectations. “Straight” faces will represent restaurants that meet the expectations or are good. “Sad” faces are for restaurants that are average or below.

According to the draft drawn by the SFDA, the scale will be based upon many different safety factors of the restaurant environment. Things that will be taken into account are: food materials, facilities, processing, food additive, and tableware disinfection.

Restaurants and businesses with a score of 90 and above will receive a “Smiley” and a 75 to 90 a “Straight” face. Score above 60 and below 75 will receive the “Sad” face.

Like the grades, businesses will be required to post the cartoon faces on a surface visible for customers to see. Regular inspections will be held throughout the year.

[THX: China Daily]


German Restaurant sets Bratwurst Record


A Chicago based German restaurant wanted to get themselves into the book of records for something, so what better way than attempt to make the world’s largest bratwurst?

Huffington Post reports, The Berghoff Restaurant challenged the pages of history on Sept 15 by attempting to make the world’s largest piece of bratwurst. The challenge was met during the annual Oktoberfest celebration.

CEO Carlyn Berghoff said, “We’ve been doing this event for 26 years and we wanted to mix things up by doing something crazy and fun,” reported the HuffPost Weird News.

The bratwurst weighed over 40 pounds at 47-feet and 3-inch and took half an hour to cook. It was served with a bun 50 feet long that weighed 35 pounds. The Berghoff was successful in setting the world record and was able to raise $1,000 towards A Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

[THX: Huffington Post Food]

Packaged Food

New Fiber-Rich Waffles from Kellogg

Eggo Fiber Plus Waffles

Kellogg Co. has released its new line of fiber rich waffles marketed as “Eggo FiberPlus Waffles.”

A recent survey conducted by Caravan Survey of 1,006 adults showed that only 1 in 10 Americans were getting the proper daily intake of fiber. Because of this, Kellogg has made this high in fiber product for consumers. Eggo FiberPlus Waffles comes in two flavors: Buttermilk and Chocolate Chip. Both flavors will contain 10 different vitamins and minerals as well as satisfying 20-35% of the daily fiber DRV.

The waffles can be found in the frozen food isles of your local grocery store.

Thx: Grocery





Man dials 911 After Being Refused Tacos at Drive Thru

Taco Bell Man Dials 911


A man from Largo (where?!) was arrested on Wednesday for calling 911 after being refused service at a Taco Bell drive thru.

Terry Kimbell, 50, was intoxicated when he went through the drive thru of a Taco Bell. The only problem was, he wasn’t in a vehicle. Kimbell, who did not want to receive a DUI, walked up to the drive thru to order his food. He was then refused service for not being in a vehicle. Taco Bell has a policy that states that no one could be served food at the drive thru, unless they are in a car.

Kimbell then proceeded to call 911. Kimbell told the dispatcher that he was aware of the car rule as the store manager had explained to him, but he did not want to risk getting a DUI for getting into his car. An officer was sent to the location and Kimbell was arrested for misuse dialing 911 facing a misdemeanor charge.

Thx: TBO