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Postmates’ FoodFight! Initiative Aims To Combat Hunger And Reduce Food Waste

Every night in the city of Los Angeles, there’s an estimated 53,000 homeless people that suffer from hunger. Some other disheartening facts about homelessness in LA are that 15% are family units often headed by a single mother and 25% suffer from mental illness.

Further research reveals it to be an epidemic plaguing the second most populous city in the United States. Faced with these staggering statistics, it’s easy to feel helpless. Rent is skyrocketing and neighborhoods are being gentrified as longtime residents are pushed out. With only 1,270 missions and 24 emergency shelters in Los Angeles County, solutions to the homeless equation seem akin to trying to solve time travel.

Despite these facts, I’m of the belief that it’s better to try than to succumb to hopelessness. One brand that shares that sentiment is Postmates. In partnership with Working Not Working and Vice, FoodFight! was launched in February of 2018. FoodFight! is a new initiative started by Postmates to combat hunger amongst America’s homeless population and reduce food waste in the restaurant industry. The Food Waste Reduction Alliance conducted a study in 2014 that found 84.3% of unused food in American restaurants is disposed of, 14.3% is recycled, and only 1.4% is donated.

Los Angeles has fast become one of the most generous contributors to the initiative with 4 of the top 5 restaurants being based within the city. This year, Postmates introduced 41 new cities nationwide to deliver food from participating restaurants to those in need. Emily Slade, Working Not Working’s Head of Growth & FoodFight! Ambassador had this to say:

“If we can eliminate the friction in the donation process by making it as easy as calling Postmates to make the food donation delivery, then we can really make an impact.”

While still in it’s pilot phase, FoodFight! is rapidly expanding as more restaurants are participating nationwide. Although it may not be the end all be all in the fight against homelessness and hunger, FoodFight!’s focus on waste reduction within the restaurant industry is a great step towards improving how we manage our leftover food. As FoodFight! continues to grow, restaurants and non-profits are invited to join the initiative by emailing foodfight@postmates.com.

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How This Humble Filipino Manager Invented McDonald’s Iconic Value Meal

It’s always surreal when you unearth a new fact about your parents for the first time. Executive chef of New York’s Mission Chinese Food, Angela Dimayuga, discovered that her father, Alan Dimayuga, invented McDonald’s iconic value meal when he was a manager at the golden arches.

In a touching feature she wrote for Vice, Dimayuga recalls how her father suffered a debilitating injury that affected his cognitive ability when she was younger but would still tell her stories of his golden days working at McDonald’s.

One of his tales, which took place in the early ’90s, painted him playing a pivotal role in McDonald’s history.

Back then, in the days of Zach Morris and Street Sharks, McDonald’s customers would have to order their burgers, fries, and drinks individually. Dimayuga’s father would bundle menu items together in sets and sell them as meals – making it easier for customers to order and boasting faster sales times.

While his bosses weren’t too thrilled with his changes, a member of McDonald’s corporate took notice and commended the Filipino manager on his initiative. The company decided to implement his value method to other stores, and even made it 15 cents cheaper for customers.

We never think about how concepts so simple as the value meal came into existence, but to discover that your own father was the genius behind it must have been a delightful revelation. Perhaps one day we’ll invent something fantastic we can share with our children.

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#foodbeast Culture Drinks FOODBEAST Hit-Or-Miss

Why Does Boba Tea Receive Such Negative Criticism While Starbucks Drinks Get Praised?

Depending on where in the world you live, you call the drink either boba or bubble tea. Whatever you call it, there seems to be a living trend of news articles that creates a negative outlook on boba (lets just call it boba, I’m west coast) as a major health risk.

In an article by VICE’s Celeste Yim, she addresses White America’s demonization of boba as a drink you could definitely do without. In her piece, she continues to explain America’s rising health trend and vilification of all things unhealthy.

In truth, we all know that boba is by no means a healthy drink, but that isn’t the issue. The problem is the overall tone of how it is portrayed in media. In some cases it has less sugar and caloric levels than your favorite Starbucks Frappuccino, yet there are hardly any articles about how you shouldn’t be going to Starbucks anymore.  Do a quick Google search on their “Unicorn Frappuccino” and I will bet all the boba stamp cards that I’ve been racking up, that you will see a headline that reads along the lines of “This is the Cutest, Most IG Worthy Drink Ever” rather than “There’s a Shit Ton of Sugar in this Drink.” The bottom line is that we, as contemporary American media praise Starbucks and similar companies for serving us “sugar water” that look great on camera, but crucify “sugar tea” popularized by an Asian population.

When you compare a cup of Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino and a milk tea with boba both at 16 oz. (grande) you’ll find that the standard frap contains 420 calories with 66 grams of sugar, while the tea is just 212 calories with 42 grams of sugar, plus another 200-250 calories with boba added.

The main issue is this: The same people that glorify the sugar cult of America’s leading thirst quenchers are the first critics of boba’s insurgency.  Praising the grandeur of “Freakshakes” while denouncing a simple honey milk tea with boba is where their arguments fall apart.  The hypocrisy is ridiculous.

These demonizing articles that Yim sources have gained enough headway that even the popular NY/SF boba chain, The Boba Guys addressed “the rumors about their balls,” citing comparisons between popular cafes and juicers.  They react with similar acclimations—that their drinks are no worse than the leading American joints.  Let me repeat that: they are NOT worse.  In fact, according to Harvard Medical School, drinking tea has been linked to certain health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants.

So the next time you decide to quench your midday thirst this summer, consider your options a little better.  Remember the sugar content of your drinks can always be adjusted to your liking, and you can substitute the tapioca pearls for pudding, grass jelly, or chia seeds (because they are less caloric).

And don’t forget that free stamp card.  It’s crucial for free boba.

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How Two Idiots Accidentally Spent $1,100 On Sushi

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Any lover of good quality sushi knows that if you’re going to enjoy toro or uni, you probably aren’t going to enjoy getting the bill. That’s the lesson that Vice contributor Chris Galletta and his friend Matt learned after eating at a New York sushi restaurant opened by a sushi chef trained by Jiro Ono, the greatest sushi master in the world.

Galletta and his friend Matt had planned to watch the play “Waiting for Godot” starring actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Before going to watch the play, however, the two friend’s decided to try what was supposed to be a great sushi place nearby. Galletta detailed his hilarious misadventure:

“Not too far from the theater, it turned out, one of Jiro’s protégés had opened his own sushi restaurant. It was supposed to be transcendent. And so it was decided: We would fill our bellies with potent, nutrient-dense raw fish and then listen to Magneto and Professor X say some old words.”

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As they entered the restaurant, they were greeted by the extremely polite staff and were encouraged to sit at the bar. Jiro’s protégé, Toma, was there that night to serve the two what might be some of the best sushi in New York. They proceeded to enjoy themselves.

“We started with tuna, then fatty tuna. Then upped the stakes to toro. After each roll, the wait staff would remove our plates and bring new ones, along with a fresh set of hot towels. Chopsticks were discouraged and so were any dipping sauces. (Even soy sauce!) It was like being on Mars. Or perhaps like being in Japan.”

After the tuna, they moved on to uni:

“The uni was particularly good. Uni is sea urchin, which has a disarmingly soft consistency—imagine frozen yogurt that tastes like the bottom of a sailboat. I loved the stuff.”

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But as the friends were enjoying themselves, the thought that this excellent food and service they were enjoying must come at a price.

“At a certain point, Matt leaned over to me and said, ‘This is gonna cost us.’ I agreed; the food was incredible and the service peerless.

“But we were prepared to pony up at least one hundred. Maybe 150.”

Amazing sushi served by a sushi chef trained by Jiro himself for just $150? Only a rookie would be so naive:

“When the bill came, we took a deep breath. ‘This is going to be more expensive than the tickets,’ I joked. We opened it together, like shitty Golden Globe presenters.

“The bill read one-one-zero-zero. Eleven hundred. One-thousand one-hundred. $1,100. Dollars.

“As I mentioned, I write for a living. I didn’t have $1,100. Matt didn’t either.”

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As the two friends were slapped in the face with an unexpectedly large bill, they panicked trying to think about what they would do next.

“My immediate reaction was that it was a misprint. ‘No, no, we need the bill in regular dollars,’ I said, assuming the number in front of me was in yen. The place was authentic, why stop at the bill? Alas, it was eleven hundred American dollars. The wait staff, to their credit, calmly pointed out that the bill was correct and what had really happened here was that the uni was ‘fresh.’”

A piece of the fresh uni they so enjoyed had easily racked up $100 each. Galletta contemplated jumping out the window to escape the bill, but Matt had a more rational plan:

“Matt had a plan. ‘Here’s what we’ll do,’ he said. ‘I’ll put it all on my credit card. Then I’ll call the card company, and I’ll fight it. I’ll fight the purchase.’”

Then another panicked thought dawned on them:

“‘Shit. We can’t not tip them.’ And of course, he was right. The service was first-rate. What’s 20 percent on top of $1,100? More than my last week’s worth of food, easily.”

A bill for $1,100 plus $220 for tip. The painful numbers continued to traumatize the friends as they headed to the theater to watch the play:

“On the walk to the theater, Matt kept mumbling ‘… gonna fight it, that’s all… fight the purchase…’ I walked to an ATM right after the theater and took that very large sum out of my savings account and paid him cash.”

“We agreed next time we’d just order a pizza and watch X-Men, because I still don’t remember a word of that fucking play.”

The lesson here is that good sushi, and I mean THE BEST, served omakase by a chef trained by THE BEST sushi master in the world, at a restaurant in New York City, no less, is NEVER going to be cheap.

Still, it makes for a hilarious and lifelong story to tell.

Written by NextShark

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This Is The Only Guide You Need For Eating And Drinking Your Way Through Miami

Without a doubt, Miami is one of the U.S.’s most diverse and wildly astonishing cities. And that’s not just because it’s where Pitbull AKA “Mr. Worldwide” was born and raised (dalé).

VICE.com and Google recently partnered to explore the town and discover what really makes Miami Miami, and now, they’re sharing everything there is to know about the Floridian mecca with the world. Using Biscayne Boulevard, aka a primary “artery” to the great city, as a reference point, our faves do all the dirty work and ultimately manage to break down the best places to eat, drink, and chill, realistically and with copious detail.

Watch the Streets by VICE: Miami episode, read the written guide, and lend your eyeballs to their carefully pinpointed map so you too can experience the most colorful neighborhoods, bars, eateries and more in the city. Here’s just a sample from the guide to Miami’s essential spots to eat and drink:

EATS:

Burgers and Fritas

LoKal & KushLokaiFor dem artisanal burgers.

El Rey de las Fritas, Morro Castle, & El Mago de las Fritas El Rey de las Fritas For dem fritas, which are American burgers with a generous Cuban twist and make American burgers seem laughable.

A Trip to Havana

Versailles Versailles Since 1971—it’s the most notorious Cuban restaurant in Miami! One look at the menu, and you’ll see why they’ve been around for so long (and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon).

Azucar  azucarLA’s ice cream scene has nothing on Azucar, with unique, handmade flavors like sweet plantain, mamey, caramel flan, and cafe con leche

Enriqueta’s enriqueta What’s a trip to Little Havana without a Cuban sandwich? Enriqueta’s is claimed to be the best. 

Get Fancy

Prime 112 prime 112 Big shots and celebs are fans of their 21-28 day aged Prime beef. After peeping their online gallery…so are we.

Joe’s Stone Crab joe's stone crab Don’t worry, it’s nothing like Joe’s Crab Shack. Open since 1913, this classic Miami Beach hub is pure claaaaaass and has claaaaaaws for days, minus the singing.

Vagabond Restaurant vagabond restaurant Part restaurant, part art gallery, the Vagabond Restaurant maintains “…a casual fine dining concept catering to the ‘Contemporary Vagabond,’ a modern-day adventurer with a penchant for global food, drink, and art.” Part of the adventure should be trying out their peanuts and chapulines, a spiced up snack made with Mexican-imported grasshoppers.

On the Farm

Schnebly Redland’s Winery & Miami Brewing Company schnebly redland's winery The Miami Brewing Company is found within Schnebly Redland’s Winery. Double the farm fun.

Knaus Berry Farm knaus berry farm Apparently Knaus has some amaaaaazing cinnamon buns, amazing enough to make hour-long drives for! We believe it, they look sticky and delicious.

Robert is Here robert is here It’s hard to tell if Robert is Here is more for kids or adults. It’s a farm stand/fruit market/petting zoo that sells local and rare fruits from around the world, serves tropical fruit milkshakes, and hosts a tortoise petting zoo. Either way, this place is perfect for everyone. 

Only in Miami

Salty Donut salty donut Two words: boozy. Donuts.

Myumi offers ‘Japanese omakase dinners from a food truck that are pretty untouchable,’ according to VICE. But luckily you’ll can touch them all you want with your tastebuds.

Garcia’s garcias Garcia’s is a fish market/seafood restaurant combo that sits on the Miami River, and is literally everything you could ever want in a seafood joint. Ceviche, oysters, shrimp, crab cakes—yes, we confirm we want EVERYTHING. 

DRINKS:

Gramps gramps The decor is the epitome of Miami, complete with the “Hotline Miami 80’s coke-den vibe” and Miami Blues poster. That’s hot.

Churchill’s Pub churchills pub The perfect dive to get down, dirty, and get your punk on. It’s where Marilyn Manson played his first gig!

Lagniappe lagniappe Jazz. Wine. Cheese. Pinky up, party down. 

For the full guide head to the VICE Guide to Miami.

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VICE Launched An Extensive Eating And Drinking Guide To The City Of Chicago

Chicago—it’s known to most as the Windy City and/or the champion of deep dish pizza, but in actuality, Chitown is simply the greatest city in the States, according to Chicagoans, VICE.com, and Google. Chicagoans are probably at least slightly biased, but we trust the latter two with all of our deep dish-loving hearts.

The media hub VICE recently teamed with Google to strategize the ultimate guide to navigating the city, using historic Halsted Street as a backbone. From arts and culture to sports, to food and drink, of course, the guide covers multiple aspects of the city in both written and visual form.

A pairing of video (Streets by VICE: Chicago) with a written guide and map to the best neighborhoods, bars, eateries and more, allows those who’ve never known Chicago to peer through a window-like portal into the richly complex city. Peep these samplings from the guide to Chicago’s coolest places to savor and slurp:


Pizza

Pequods 

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‘By far the best in town.’ The pizzeria resides in Lincoln Park.


Art of Pizza 

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Two words: Stuffed. Pizza. Also voted #1 deep dish by the Chicago Tribune.


Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe

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Come for the white thin crust pizza. Stay for their “orgasm-triggering” garlic knots. 


Italian Beef

Portillo’s

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If it’s wrong to love a Chicago dog this much, we don’t want to be right.


Al’s Beef 

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They’ve got spots all around Chitown, which means that many more opportunities to indulge in that GRADE A BEEF.


Jay’s Beef

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Of Wicker Park. VICE recommends ‘the grilled chicken sammy for a change of pace.’ 


Burgers

DMK Burger Bar

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They had us at ‘Parmesan Truffle Fries.’


Au Cheval

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The fancy schmancy stop is among several top lists from Zagat, Time Out, USA Today, and more. We’ll excuse the ‘bougie’-ness. 


Big & Little’s 

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Aka, the joint where Guy Fieri wolfed down some of their foie gras fries that one time. 


Everything Else

Crisp

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‘Out-fucking-standing Korean fried chicken and rice bowls.’ We’ll take it! 


Tango Sur

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We’ve never heard of a BYOB Argentine steakhouse, let alone an ‘affordadable’ one, but now that we know this exists life won’t be complete until we Tango!


Honey Butter Fried Chicken

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Fried Chicken with Honey Butter… is this what Heaven’s made of? 


DRINKS

Spyner’s Pub

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Unassuming on the outside. Kickass ‘lesbian karaoke dive bar’ on the inside. 


The Violet Hour

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It’s obvious this bar takes their drinks as well as themselves seriously, but the floweriness is worth it. Get yo fancy on! 


aliveOne

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Craft beer. Bumpin-n-grindin’. Fair chance of getting laid.

For the full guide head to the VICE Guide to Chicago.

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These Are The 4 Best Dishes Action Bronson Ate On His VICELAND TV Debut

Thank God for good grub and Action Bronson. The ‘Renaissance Man’ has officially returned,  working his palette in addition to spitting the usual fire, in VICELAND’s F*CK THAT’S DELICIOUS.

In the premier episode, we join Bronson and his crew—The Alchemist (DJ/Producer), Big Body Bes (Entertainer), Meyhem Lauren (Rapper)—as they eat and rap their way through a few of the stops part of his Mr. Wonderful tour: Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Miami.

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Action Bronson. Crew. Bomb food. Wackiness ensues. Check out the f*cking delicious things these boys got their hands on:

1. Lychee and Pork Salad: Roses Luxury, Washington D.C.

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General Manager Andrew Limberg and Chef/Owner Aaron Silverman of Roses Luxury presented the table with a signature tasting menu, wanting to ‘highlight the good stuff.’ The good stuff included smoked trout, catfish, brisket, chicken fried oysters with raw oyster tzatziki dill, and scrambled eggs over a soft broiler mixed with uni, topped with an uni hollandaise. Though, it was the lychee pork salad that might’ve won over Bronson’s heart: ground garlic, red onion, marscapone, lychee, and smoky pork. Everyone agreed that Roses did a good job at combining and experimenting with flavors; makes sense, since they happen to be America’s Best New Restaurant according to Bon Appetit and GQ!

2. Barbecued Chicken: Wyatt’s Country Barbecue, East Atlanta

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The gang soon enough found themselves heading south for the tour. Stopping in Atlanta, they met up with Frko Rico, an illustrator who created original artwork for Mr. Wonderful. Rico brought the boys to hidden barbecue gem Wyatt’s, named after the owner, Oscar Wyatt. Wise old Wyatt explained that the key to cooking the best BBQ is a using old-fashioned rock pit, which he definitely has, and takes advantage of. Bronson and Co. take advantage of being in town by loading up on tons of Wyatt’s tasty barbecued chicken.

3. The Original Jamaican Restaurant, East Atlanta

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Within the same city, the squad was able to try out another local-legendary barbecue joint: The Original Jamaican Restaurant. Bronson praised their curry chicken and roti (“It’s all about the surprise inside”). Other squad-approved items included the jerk chicken, coconut water, and caramelized pepper.

4. Bay Scallop Ceviche: The Dutch, South Beach

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“It just made me feel like a man…a man who loves a beautiful thing…”

Beautiful words from Action Bronson, in reaction to sampling some Bay Scallop Ceviche from The Dutch in Miami. Among all the delicacies he sampled—sandwiches, stuffed pasta, shellfish and seafood—Executive Chef Conor Hanlon’s papaya ceviche had Bronson completely intoxicated, so much that he insisted on recreating the dish right then and there. Hanlon said that it was the area’s Latin influence and fascination with ceviche that inspired the summer-flavored dish: a sweet blend of fresh bay scallops, passion fruit, red onion, and jalapeno. Getting to make the dish himself must have been that much sweeter for Bronson—he actually grew up working in kitchens in NY. “I never really went as far as I wanted to culinarily, but now, it’s like I’m living out my dreams.” Just add that to the Wonderful dream he’s already living.

Created in partnership with VICE

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Watch Nick Kroll Make A Steak Sandwich With Foie Gras Mayo, Cheetos And Syrup

In the latest episode of Andy Milonakis’ digital show Fat Prince, he teams up with Chef Robbie Wilson and Nick Kroll to make a ridiculous steak-ish sandwich.

Their hilarious little journey finds them topping the sandwich with a foie gras mayo, pulverized Cheetos, Aleppo pepper and a drizzle of that gooood syrup.