Fast Food

Controversial Map Shows Every State’s Favorite Fast Food, Somehow California’s Isn’t In-N-Out

Photo by Business Insider

Business Insider is usually a pretty credible source, but we have to question this map of America’s favorite fast food restaurants.

Using data from Foursquare, they took the average visit per location and then divided it by locations in the state. The results are a bit questionable, though.

First red flag, as a Californian, was that Raising Cane’s was the Cali winner and not In-N-Out. Say what you want about In-N-Out — maybe it is overrated, maybe you feel there are better burgers out there — but its popularity is hard to dispute, especially in California.

How Raising Cane’s and its seven California locations beat out In-N-Out, is baffling. Instead, Utah and Texas won the honor of having In-N-Out stamped on the map.

It’s nice that those states have a couple In-N-Outs now, but Californians probably feel like this:

Even Texans are laughing at the fact that In-N-Out is representing them.

Business Insider has since taken down the tweet, because they were getting ravaged by the internet, but the story remains, and remains incorrect. Probably.


Foursquare Targets Foodies, Lets You Search for Specific Menu Items


Beginning Monday, you’ll be able to search for individual menu items on Foursquare. The enhancement comes via a collaboration with Locu and SinglePlatform. The latter enables restaurants to simultaneously update menus on the app, web and Facebook page. This prevents patrons from showing up and being disappointed when their favorite dish is no longer on the menu.

At the moment, over 43 million menu items are searchable through Foursquare’s database of 500,000 restaurants. So next time you’ve got a craving for chicken wings or cronut knock offs, enter it into Foursquare’s search box and boom: you’ll have the food world at your fingertips.

Well, almost. Baby steps here.

H/T + PicThx Mashable


Foursquare Tries to Lift Us from Game of Thrones Depression with ‘Game of Cones’

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Game of Thrones mourners in San Francisco and New York, brace yourselves. Good news is coming. Foursquare has released a new in-game app called Game of Cones. The concept is simple, but brillant, considering the only way to soothe our grief and cool our rage is ice cream. Obviously. Between June 7th and June 21st, check in at any of the participating ice cream shops in the New York or San Francisco areas with the hashtag #GameOfCones. The shop with the most check-ins (cough House Bi-Rite cough) wins the Iron Cone . . . which appears to be an ice cream cone that will shred the roof of your mouth while you try to enjoy your dessert.

Sounds just like the show, doesn’t it?

H/T Laughing Squid + PicThx Foursquare


Bake the Zuckerburg Family’s Eggnog Cinnamon Chip Scones & More in ‘The Startup Chef’

It’s like the memoir got together with a cookbook and a little charity on the side, and they had beautiful social media babies.

This is “The Startup Chef” and this is awesome.

First, the memoir part. See, this isn’t just your average cookbook with a culturally relevant title (like “50 Shades of Chicken“). It’s also a peek into the private, familial lives of famous tech folks, like Mark Zuckerburg (yes, the Facebook guy), who provides his family’s eggnog cinnamon chip scone recipe, or the mother of the guy who founded Foursquare (from whom you can learn how to make sausage soup). It reminds us all that these bajillion dollar tech pundits are real, actual people, who eat real, actual food, with their real, actual families, and maybe even really, actually set off smoke alarms in their real, actual kitchens every once in a while.

But probably not.

So, in addition to learning how to make scones like your favorite techies, the cookbook is also being sold on Leanpub, with proceeds going to charities like No Kid Hungry and Rockaway Plate Lunch. It’s selling for a recommended $20, with a $10 minimum, and is available, of course, in every e-book format you can imagine (PDF, Mobi, and Epub).

The e-book itself comes from Hunter Walk (who contributed a thumbprint cookie recipe), product executive for YouTube, and leader of YouTube for Good, which works with schools and nonprofit businesses, and Maya Baratz, who runs new media products at ABC News, and reiterates the idea behind gathering recipes from famous tech moguls:

These are really interesting people, well-known for what they do in the office during the day, but this is a peek into what inspires them or their creative process.

Get the The Startup Chef here.

via The New York Times/ photo courtesy Discovery Communications Group