Feel Good Restaurants

Restaurant Owners Drive Six Hours To Cook Meal For Customer Dying From Cancer

Photos courtesy of Ekiben Restaurant

Baltimore’s Ekiben Restaurant is known for creative and interesting takes on Asian food. Recently, they’re also becoming known for an amazing deed of kindness they performed: Serving a dying customer their favorite dish.

The customer lived in Vermont, and was the mother of a Baltimore local and would often come visit. According to the Baltimore Sun, the family would regularly eat at Ekiben, with the tempura broccoli becoming one of the mother’s favorite dishes.

Sadly, the mother had fallen ill with lung cancer, and although she had jokingly said she would want to eat the broccoli on her deathbed, the family wondered if they could make the dish for her one last time.

They initially planned to try to make it on their own and get tips from Ekiben’s owners, Steve Chu and Ephrem Abebe. However, after the family contacted them for some advice, Chu and Abebe decided to drive up to Vermont and make it themselves.

It took six hours to get there, plus a few more hours to heat up the fryer in the freezing snow, but the owners were able to make the tempura broccoli and some tofu bowls outside of the customer’s house and safely deliver the meals inside.

For the mother, who enjoyed the meal thoroughly, it was a surreal and happy experience, one she was happy to enjoy. As for the owners, they told the Sun that they were just glad to make her happy.

Alcohol News Sweets Toasty

ArcticBuzz Brings Vodka and Ice Cream Together For a Boozy Frozen Treat

Growing up, the only time you might equate spirits with ice cream was when your uncle asked for Rum Raisin.  And recently, the trend of boozy milkshakes has been all the rage (as seen here and here). Now, a new brand is bringing vodka to our favorite frozen treat.

ArcticBuzz has created homemade, hand-churned, smooth, vodka frozen dairy dessert. The Baltimore-based creamery worked closely with a local distillery to create artisan flavors that are formulated solely for them. Arctic Buzz currently features six flavors — Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Key Lime, Raspberry, Coconut and Vanilla — and contains 8.6% – 8.9% alcohol.

ArcticBuzz is only currently sold in Maryland, so you will have to visit the Old Line State for your fix or have someone ship it to you.
Hit-Or-Miss Restaurants

Baltimore Eatery Skips ‘Restaurant Week,’ Feeds the Homeless Instead


Michael Tabrizi, owner of “Tabrizi’s” Mediterranean restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, decided to pull out of the city’s 10th annual restaurant week in order to feed the homeless.

While Baltimore’s Restaurant Week promotion is financially beneficial for those who work in the restaurant district of Baltimore County, Israeli-born Tabrizi believes that it is his moral responsibility to make the homeless feel respected this year. He told CNNMoney:

“I just wish people would treat the homeless in a different way. People should remember it’s always good to hear kindness and it’s important to look people in the eye. The homeless feel less human — like they’re invisible. They just want to be respected.”

For five days during the promotion, July 20-25, Tabrizi’s dining room will be closed to the general public.

Tabrizi is spending $20,000 of his own money to host the event. While the meals have yet to be finalized, Tabrizi plans on serving a main course like their Cordon Bleu chicken, salad, sides, sparkling apple cider and dessert, all buffet style. Tabrizi told Baltimore Magazine:

“These people don’t only suffer from hunger, but also from hopelessness, they feel that they don’t have any dignity anymore. We want them to come in and feel like they’re cared for.”

He has teamed up with local shelters and organizations to serve upwards of a thousand of the homeless population. He coordinated with the Baltimore Area Concierge Association to provide transportation to and from their shelters.

Tabrizi, who isn’t condemning other businesses for participating in the city’s promotional event, is aware that pulling out of the restaurant week and shutting down his business to regular diners will cost him more than just the money he spent for the food. However, he is willing to take the loss, as he feels that the homeless are in need now more than ever.

“It isn’t about revenue and money right now, we’ve done restaurant week before and we know the numbers, but right now it’s more important to promote the welfare of the city and its residents rather than to promote the business.

“The main goal is just to show people that actions do matter.”

At least one restaurant owner with a good heart knows what’s most important for his community.

Written By Riley Schatzle of Next Shark 


Starbucks Testing New Strawberry Banana & Mango Pineapple Smoothies


Looking to upgrade their current smoothie lineup, select Starbucks locations in San Diego, California and Baltimore, Maryland are testing a new, and possibly improved, version of their regular smoothies. The coffee chain is currently testing Strawberry Banana, Greens, Banana & Pineapple and Mango Pineapple with their Evolution Fresh brand of juices. The smoothies are made of Evolution Fresh juice, nonfat Greek yogurt and two different types of fruit. Each smoothie will be around 250 calories give or take.

For the rest of the nation, at least for now, we’re still stuck with Chocolate, Orange Mango and Strawberry.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating


The Top 5 Foodie Ads for Superbowl XLVII

The Top 5 Foodie Ads of Superbowl XLVII
The outlandish and witty ads that we get bombarded with on game day were at a premium this year, but there were a few standouts sandwiched in between a Destiny’s Child reunion and an exciting, close championship game.




5. Beck’s Sapphire – No Diggity

This one was simple, simply featuring the sleek bottle design of Beck’s Sapphire. However, there’s something about a fish serenading Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” that gives this ad a spot on the top 5:


4. Taco Bell – We Are Young

This one got some buzz on the web when it was released earlier this week and it made its national debut yesterday. The clip earned a good chuckle as the elderly wreaked havoc while a terrible Spanish version of Fun’s “We are Young” played in the background.


3. Got Milk? – The Rock’s Milk Mustache

This commercial portrayed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a superhero making his way through the madness of the city, drinking milk (of course) to help him along on his crime-fighting errands.


2. Wonderful Pistachios – Crackin’ Gangnam Style

We thought we left Psy and Gangnam Style in 2012, but he made his way back for the Superbowl. At least for one last time, Gangnam Style was funny.


1. Doritos – Goat for Sale

A man buys a goat and quickly finds out why it was for sale. Well done, Doritos.


Late Addition – Jell-O Pudding Surprise

At the end of the game, Jell-O decided to give a surprise to the losing San Francisco 49ers. In the ad, it promised the city free pudding on Tuesday and mocked Baltimore in the process.

Hit-Or-Miss News

Vote Yes on Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog for Official LA Hot Dog!

Most major cities across our nation are known for some sort of food. When it comes to hot dogs, there is a multitude. Chicago has the Red Hot, Baltimore has the Half Smoke and New York City has the Dirty Water Dog. But what does Los Angeles have? That’s right, they don’t! And with the help of Farmer John we are all going to try and change that and make Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog’s the official hot dog of LA! For every vote, a pound of food is donated to local food banks. So help make a change, and make history by voting. Check out the official site here!