The closure of every Souplantation restaurant around the country took us by surprise a few weeks ago as many of us have nothing but fond memories at the health conscious buffet. Truly heartbreaking stuff amid this pandemic.
As a bittersweet ode to Souplantation closing down, the team over at Korean restaurant Seoul Sausage has created a first and last-ever curbside Souplantation experience.
On Friday May 22, the team will be packaging together a spread reminiscent of all things Souplantation is fondly remembered for, including their soups, pastas, salads, pizzas, potatoes, and even right down to their blueberry muffins.
Downtown Los Angeles’ Seoul Sausage is known for doing weekly meal kits and collaborations under their #FoodEqualsFamily program that range from Korean BBQ Kits to Hawaiian meals presented as “to go” experiences.
You can check out the one-day curbside experience Friday, May 22. For those interested in being a part of this final Souplantation experience, you can buy your tickets though the Seoul Sausage website here.
What is the key to a perfect salad? Maybe there are multiple keys, all singing in unison. Like the balance between ingredients, the degree of satisfaction after you eat it, and don’t crave a snack after half an hour, and the dressing that works perfectly with it.
I for one, like to treat a simple salad as seriously as I would any dish. I think about the ingredients, add them one by one and taste, trying to figure out, in my gut, what is missing. I love making large quantities even and chop all of the ingredients mindfully, slowly. It’s almost like a Zen ritual for me. And I can always taste it in the results.
5 tips and tricks for the perfect salad
1. Choose the best ingredients
No matter what greens you choose for your salad, make sure that they’re freshly cut and in their prime. Which also means picking things that are in season when you’re making the perfect salad. There are so many things you can choose from: lettuce, arugula, spinach, endives, and many more.
There are even four main types of lettuce, iceberg, butterhead, leaf, and romaine, each with their own texture and taste. It’s important to understand how each of them works. Iceberg is crisper, but not as flavorful as others. Butterhead has soft, supple leaves. Be careful with those, they bruise easily. Green leaf, red leaf, and oak leaf need to be eaten immediately because they have a very small freshness window until they wilt. Romaine has slightly bitter leaves and is a little bit crunchy when eaten. Remember that the center leaves are sweeter and tastier.
After you’ve chosen the leaves, pair them with other healthy ingredients. Here are plenty of salad ideas for you.
2. Don’t complicate things
You don’t want to mix things up too much! The whole idea of a salad is finding a balance in texture, color (because we tend to eat with our eyes, too, isn’t it?), and flavor. I call it the ‘perfect bite’ test. This means that you should be able to grab a small piece of every ingredient with the fork and taste the whole salad in one bite.
So don’t complicate things or you won’t be able to have the full salad experience in every bite. Choose the leaves, make your own dressing, and then have one, two at most extra ingredients. Like chives, herbs, maybe radishes or crushed nuts. I love dill if I’m being honest. The main idea of a salad is to be able to feel its flavor.
3. Clean thoroughly
Once you’ve bought your greens from the market, you need to take some steps to preserve them for as long as possible. First of all, if you clean the leafy greens when you get home and dry them off, you ensure that they get a bit of their ‘life’ back after the ride. Clean them in cold water and then pat them down with paper or kitchen towels.
4. Make your own dressing
In my humble opinion, there is no comparison between a homemade dressing and a store-bought one. The latter would lose any time. So what’s the key to a good dressing? Using the right proportions. You need about three parts oil and one part acid, and the combinations from here are endless. Don’t forget to use some seasoning and some herbs, to give everything an extra dimension.
Now, you’ll need about 3-4 tablespoons of dressing for every four cups of cleaned greens. You don’t want the salad to be too greasy and the veggies to swim in it. On the other hand, you also don’t want the dressing not to touch on all of the salad. Right?
5. Toss gently
Forget about kitchen instruments. Just do everything with your hands, because they will be gentler than any fork or spoon you can think of. Place the greens in the largest bowl you have, and stick both of your clean hands in it, with fingers stretched apart. Then get into the flow and try to reach the whole surface of the bowl. Go to the bottom and then bring the hands to the top, along with the veggies there.
Do this first to mix the ingredients, and then add the dressing and continue with the same movement. Repeat until the dressing is spread out evenly.
And then serve! Because once you’ve added the dressing, you’ve started the clock on the freshness of your perfect salad! The dish is best eaten right after you’ve finished making it.
Those of you who go to McDonald’s for salad, tread cautiously. After dozens of reports in the midwest of customers becoming sick, McDonald’s has preemptively removed salads from more than 3,000 locations throughout the midwest.
CNN reports that both the Illinois and Iowa health departments are looking into a parasite that’s known to cause intestinal illness that may be linked to McDonald’s salads.
So far, Illinois has reported about 90 cases of customers getting sick since the middle of May and Iowa has reported 15 since late June. A majority of those customers said they had salads. Other states reported include Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Known as the cyclospora parasite, this creature can cause diarrhea, fatigue, vomiting, and cramps in individuals. Anyone experiencing these symptoms have been asked to be tested by a doctor and seek treatment.
McDonald’s has already issued a statement saying they’ll be removing salads from the menus in the regions that have been affected while they look for a new supplier of lettuce.
Yes, the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast, the burger. Now this isn’t a “Royale with cheese,” but Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, or the Dave’s Single Burger are literally in the palm of your hands, until March 31.
Ya got an iPhone or Google Pixel or some other smart phone do-hickey right? Well, you pick that up, you download the Wendy’s app, go into “Account” and then get to “Offers” and you’ll see three deals ready for the picking.
On top of getting the two sandwiches for one deal, there’s $2 off any full-size salad.
I just tried to make sure this worked and it took me about five minutes to install and confirm emails to get to the offer. Seems like you can do this while waiting in the drive-through line.
But that’s not all that Wendy’s is offering. On Feb. 23, through its Twitter account, Wendy’s announced their Double Stack Burgers to be newly priced at $1.
When we order at the drive-thru or buy our favorite foods at the store, we probably think we know what we’re getting. ‘Think’ being the operative word there. But even if we’ve eaten our go-to menu item or late-night snack, time and time again, there’s still a chance that we’ll find a little something ~extra~ inside our meal.
Everyone has probably heard the urban legends of finding a Band-Aid in your Big Mac or a finger in your chili, right? Well, it might be easiest to push those nauseating tales deep down and enjoy your food in ignorant bliss, but these sickening stories are all too true.
Here are 9 of the weirdest things people have found in their poor, innocent food.
Not knowing what’s in our processed bread is something that’s sparked outrage for years – but if anyone really has a right to complain, it’s Stephan Forse. This English dad picked up a loaf of Hovis bread and starting slicing into it to make his kids a sandwich for lunch, but then he noticed something unusual.
“To start with, I thought it was just where the dough hadn’t mixed up before it’s put in the oven,” Forse said. “But when I walked back across the kitchen and looked into the bread, I saw it had fur on it and it didn’t look anything like dough.”
As if this could get more horrific, the mouse was found with no tail, and Hovis is unsure where the tail could have gone. *Shudder.* This news clip from Sky News gives the full deets on the unfortunate find.
When it comes to fast, cheap, and delicious dinners, nothing beats the occasional visit to McDonald’s. With their speedy line service, you’re pretty much assured to get the same quality food every time you eat at the chain. Well, almost every time.
North Idaho mom, Crystal English, made a disgusting discovery after she picked up a quick McDonald’s dinner for her family. Her husband was finishing his burger when he noticed something strange had fallen out from between the buns. Local news KHQ6 shared a video account of the gross ordeal they went through.
“My husband got down to his last bite, he dipped it in his ranch packet – and there was a Band-Aid left in the ranch,” English told Channel KHQ6. “First thing that comes to mind is, ‘What diseases can be transferred from that?’ You never know.”
Black Widow Spider
You’ve probably heard the horror stories of people finding creepy crawlies in their produce, but what this Detroit woman found takes the cake. Ariel Jackson was washing a container of grapes she had purchased at a local Walmart Supercenter when she found a venomous black widow crawling through the fruit.
Detroit station WXYZ-TV reported in this news clip that although this scary situation might seem unlikely, there are dozens of recorded incidents of dangerous creatures like this passing through U.S. Customs on imported food.
“My nephew is one, if he had gotten bit – if it had gotten loose in the house overnight – something awful could have happened,” Jackson said. “It’s scary.”
We’ve barely come to accept maggots in cheese, but maggots in our chicken nuggets? That’s too far, universe.
The horror happened when Denna Tracey’s daughter said she wanted chicken nuggets for dinner, so Tracey picked up a bucket of ready-to-eat chicken from Walmart. After eating a few nuggets with her kid, Tracey noticed some little white invaders that made her stomach turn.
She immediately starting filming their contaminated chicken in a video that soon after went viral. Since seeing the maggots in her meal, Tracey was unable to eat for days – which could be the most tragic part of this nasty story, tbh.
“I just don’t feel like a refund is good enough for a situation like this,” Tracey told CBS 13 News in this segment. “This isn’t like returning a pair of pants with a little tear in them, this is something my daughter and I consumed.”
When you pop out of the office to get a quick lunch, you’re most likely hoping for a nice sandwich or salad or cup of soup… basically anything that doesn’t involve a beheaded lizard. But Robin Sandusky was unfortunate enough to find this unsavory topping in a salad she picked up from a deli in Hell’s Kitchen.
GeoBeats reports in this news video that the salad was from a local eatery called Guy & Gallard, which KINDLY offered Sandusky a free salad to replace her first meal. (We’re being sarcastic here, the very least you can do is give this woman a free damn salad.) The restaurant claimed there was no proof that a lizard was in the salad before Sandusky got it, but the complaint was still investigated by local health officials.
Even the most rabid fried chicken lover would admit that some things are just too gross to fry up and munch on, like the head or the claws. And while discovering either of those bits in our food would make us sick to our stomachs, English student Ibrahim Langoo’s experience is a million times worse.
Langoo had picked up some delicious fried chicken from his local KFC in Essex, when he peeled back the skin to reveal some grey, lumpy material. That’s right, he had just uncovered fried chicken brain. b/60 reports that KFC later released a statement saying the entrails could have been a kidney, not a brain – because that’s so much better, obviously.
How? Literally, how?! We’re not sure how to explain a Japanese woman discovering an actual human tooth in her McDonald’s French fries and neither is the Tokyo location where the molar was found; McDonald’s Tokyo offered no explanation, but did apologize to the patron.
Scripps National News reported that executives of McDonald’s Tokyo had this to say: “We are deeply sorry for this.”
If we were that woman, we would have needed a little bit more sympathy than that, dude.
Flying is terrible all on its own. The tickets are expensive, the seating is cramped – hey, you might be violently dragged off your flight at any given moment. So, needless to say, the last thing you need is your airplane food to, well, try and kill you.
Four passengers on a 2012 Delta flight from Amsterdam to Minneapolis opened up their turkey sandwiches to find needles buried in the meat.
CNN interviewed Jim Tonjes, one of the people who discovered a one-inch needle in his club sandwich.
“I took a bite and tasted that, then I took a second bite and felt a jab at the top of my mouth,” Tonjes described. “Sometimes with club sandwiches they’ll put a toothpick in and that’s what I thought it was – but when I looked inside, I saw a one-inch needle. It looked like a sewing needle.”
Moments later, another passenger found a needle in his sandwich and a third would be discovered after all food had been confiscated.
In 2011, CBS News covered the terrifying story of an East Texas woman who found a razor blade in her Great Value ice cream.
“There’s usually a layer of chocolate right here, so I got a spoon to dig into it, and something sharp got the inside of my lip,” Stephanie Granger reported to news cameras.
At first, she thought it was a piece of machinery that fell into her container, but further examination found nope, it was a straight-up razor blade. Granger stayed alarmingly calm over the potentially dangerous situation saying she, “hopes to get an appropriate response” to what she found.
Umm, if that response is tearful apologies and free ice cream for life, then yes, that’s appropriate.
If there is a food that just screams summer, it is shrimp.
Thanks to QDOBA Mexican Eats, it’s time to get your shrimp on this summer with three new dishes from QDOBA.
First in the new line-up: Surf and Turf Burrito Bowls loaded with juicy, grilled steak, cilantro lime rice, freshly made chimichurri sauce, and black beans, all topped off with Fire-Roasted Shrimp.
Also available for some fun this summer: Tropical Shrimp Tacos topped with sweet pineapple pico, creamy guacamole, shredded lettuce, cotija cheese, and wrapped in a corn tortilla. They are perfect for sharing on for those long summer nights.
QDOBA isn’t stopping there, however. For those of us paying extra attention to our beach bods, stay cool with their new Fire-Roasted Shrimp Salad topped with pineapple pico, lettuce and guacamole in a crispy fried tortilla shell, and drizzled with cilantro lime dressing, for a sweet and tangy taste that’s harder to pass up than a day at the beach.
If that still is not enough for you, you can add QDOBA’s Fire-Roasted Shrimp to any Qdoba entrée. But all you shrimp lovers better hurry, because just like summer, these new shrimp dishes are here for a limited time.
Two customers discovered what is believed to be the decomposing corpse of a bat inside a bag of salad they purchased from a Florida Walmart.
According to the Guardian, the discovery has prompted a regional recall as well as an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the decayed mammal was sent to a CDC lab to see if it contained rabies, the state the corpse was in prevented conclusive results. Luckily, both the consumers showed no signs of rabies after receiving treatment.
The brand in question was identified as Organic Marketside Spring Mix. Fresh Express, the company that produces this brand of salad mix, issued a public recall to their item.
Details of the product are shown here:
Walmart has since removed all of the bags from their grocery aisle shelves. Though, bat or no bat, the CDC recommends anyone who ate from the bag of recalled salad should contact their health department just to be safe.
If you happened to purchase this item, you may want to throw it out immediately.