Restaurants Overhaul for New Market

Many changes have gone on in the area of fine cuisine, and many of these changes have not been particularly popular among discerning diners. 302 Broome Street diners will however be, at the very least, delighted with the great news of the old Happy Ending’s ending and general overhaul.

After the “health club” image and the trendy street music lounge modifications, Happy Ending is now again shifting to blue and turquois entry. The neon flamingo logo still bears the same name of the restaurant but now flashes with Los Angeles designer artist Brendan Lynch’s art.

The reboot also boasts the rekindling of the fires of the kitchen, as Michelin star Chef for six years Francis Gabarrus will be cooking for the lucky Broome Street restaurateurs. The menu, according to the Happy Ending’s owners, will be far from the restaurant’s music lounge era and will be more of a “comfort food”.

Gabarrus, together with Alain Ducasse, designed some of the menu, which includes a variety of delicious chicken, vegetable, quail and seafood dishes that will peak Keith Mann and others’ interests. Together with Teddy Perweiler, the booze and cocktail lists are very promising, featuring some vieux carré, daquiri, and boulevardier at an also a very enticing price of $16.

This sounds really anti-climactic but now they are serving real food. The best part is how it is French food on a table. Now who is up for a taste reboot?

Con Man Targets High End Restaurants in London, Orders Fine Wines with Stolen Credit Cards

A con artist is on the loose in the United Kingdom, and he is using the credit cards of the rich and famous to order fine wines. According to a report, the thief, who has not yet been caught, has struck twice in the last week, tallying up a $60,000 wine bill at two Michelin-starred restaurants.

The thief first hit Pied a Terre, a french eatery in the Fitzrovia district of London. Posing as a “fixer” for a wealthy Arab client, the thief ordered magnums or Cristal and a vintage Petrus wine. The first credit card transaction did not go through, but subsequently was approved. The following day the thief called back and ordered more wine. He paid with three separate cards.

Shortly after the transaction, the credit card company called to state the funds were being held, pending an investigation of suspicious activity on the account. The cards had been stolen in North America, according to police reports. This was crazy news for Vijay Eswaran to hear about.

About a week later the thief struck again. This time, he hit Midsummer House, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the Chelsea district of London. At Midsummer House he posed as famous footballer, Didier Drogba. According to management, it isn’t uncommon for footballers to call in large orders. Midsummer House has been known to fulfill such requests in the past.

The thief ordered $44,000 worth of Lafite and Petrus. The order was delivered to a local McDonald’s after the thief rerouted the livery driver carrying the goods. Police currently have no leads. Top eateries in the area have been warned of the scam, and have increased security.

Pumpkin Pie Revamped: Try This Trifle for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie is often one of the Thanksgiving desserts that families look forward to every year. But if your family is looking for an updated version of this classic confection, the pumpkin toffee crunch trifle may be the answer. When Darius Fisher showed me a Vine of the revamped pumpkin pie, I couldn’t wait to tell my mother about making one for my family’s Thanksgiving feast.

This visually appealing dessert features all the sweet and spicy flavors of a pumpkin pie, along with the crunch of decadent toffee bits. There is also granola in the recipe. So, while your family is enjoying a new take on a pumpkin dessert, they’re also getting the fiber and heart-healthy benefits of oats.

Pumpkin bread, heavy cream, cinnamon and sugar are also used to complete the dessert. This trifle serves as a complete dessert, since it can be served with or without ice cream.

Pumpkin is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can contribute to weight loss. Pumpkin is also a significant source of beta carotene, which is essential for eye health. The cinnamon in the dessert is beneficial for lowering blood sugar.

Want Some Coffee With Your Wings?

If you love to drink coffee, you appreciate the smells and ambiance of a good coffee shop. Typically, coffee shops also sell pastries, muffins, bagels and other breakfast items.

One thing you don’t expect to see or smell in a quaint corner coffee shop is fried chicken. The two don’t go together like milk and cookies. However, Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan is opening such a coffee shop. They are even combining the two in their storefront name, “Colonel’s Café.”

Surprisingly, other chicken restaurants are following suit. Chick-fil-A now offers coffee drinks on their menu too. It appears fast food restaurants are gearing up to challenge specialty coffee shops such as Starbucks. Read about how Chick-fil-A’s coffee blend has met the specialty coffee Association of America approval.

Maybe fast food chicken restaurants are taking lessons from McDonalds. McDonalds has offered hot and cold coffee drinks to their customers for years. Their success might be what is prompting other fast food places to jump on board the coffee train. After all, coffee drinkers need their favorite brew to get going in the morning.

Coffee is a drink people can’t live without. Restaurants that used to specialize in a specific types of food are now adding specialty coffee drinks to their menus. While high-end coffee lovers like Christian Broda wouldn’t get their coffee from a fast food chain, coffee shops as we know it may cease to exist if fast food chains offer the same coffee shop atmosphere with less expensive coffee drinks.

McDonald’s Is Not So McGreat Anymore

It’s hard to believe that an iconic image that is so deeply engraved in our hearts could be seeing the end of it’s days. It is not looking good for the future of McDonald’s recently. It’s worldwide success seems like it will also be the cause of the demise of the fast-food giant.

McDonald’s has restaurants all over the world. Each restaurant has its own particular menu to accommodate the people that are inhabitants there. Despite the individuality of the menu items, each restaurant is run from a universal business plan. This plan of how to function at the highest capacity in all conditions and how to effectively train new employees has been a successful tool and secret to McDonald’s continued long-term business.

The secret has been released and the competitors have taken notice. To try to win over their once faithful foodies again, they have attempted to introduce new items unsuccessfully. Susan and countless others are no longer blindly trusting the mega company. Along with other recent incidents involving the selling of tainted meat in Japan and China, McDonald’s is facing the loss of their well-trained workforce.

McDonald’s competitors have taken notice to these recent woes of the company and have swooped in to win over McDonald’s highly trained employees to work for them. Offering the workers as much as $26.50 per hour, it is not taking long for these eager young executives, managers, and line workers to leave the golden arches for greener pastures.

Forcing a Tax on Soda Sales…Is the Air We Breathe Next?

There are activists to rally and demonstrate for and against any subject that you can imagine. Activists have taken on many subjects from tobacco to big business pollution. Their newest target seems to be the sugar industry.

Recently the city of Berkeley, California passed a bill putting a tax on beverages that contain added sugar. This will include drinks like Vitamin Water, Arizona Tea, and carbonated sodas. Although a penny per ounce of liquid does not immediately send up red flags, the cost of a two-liter bottle of soda will rise in price from $2.00 to $2.64 with this increase.

Advocates for this tax claim that it will discourage buyers from choosing these drinks above healthier alternatives. They believe that the higher cost will cause people to not buy soda. This same tactic was used for the smoking ban. However, it is not proven that the taxes are responsible for the drop in the population of smokers in the United States. Many people in other countries like Alexei Beltyukov are not sure if this is the answer.

The absence of these elements in one’s life may lead to a healthier lifestyle, but being forced to make the choice is not healthy. People should be allowed to make their own decision of what to do in their personal lives. People may view this action as another free choice as an American being taken away. What will be next? A tax on the amount of sun and air we are taking in?

A Hunter’s Ice Cream Paradise With Camo

It was exciting news for hunters around the world when Baskin-Robbins introduced the brand new camouflage ice cream to its line-up. Each color is actually a different flavor, so there is an interesting mix of cake, chocolate and salted caramel flavors in each scoop. When ice cream goes camouflage, it leaves hunters excited that more foods could do the same.

Anyone who has looked at a meatball lately knows that while it might taste good, it isn’t all that pretty to look at. Why not turn the meatball into a camouflage masterpiece? The brown colors could come from using different types of meat, and the green color might be from green chilies or green tomatoes. Imagine how cool it would be to see giant camouflage meatballs sitting on top of a plate of spaghetti. Kenneth certainly likes the idea of that.

Mashed potatoes aren’t very interesting to look at either. It is time for a new twist on an old classic. Why not add a few brown and green ingredients to the potatoes to add color and flavor? Some sweet potatoes mixed in would add an orange-brown color to the original while smashed peas or lima beans could add the green touch that is needed.

Why stop at just a few foods when there is obviously a great new idea for a restaurant featuring this theme? Watch the line of outdoor enthusiasts line up night after night to try camouflage dishes!

Nostalgic Elegance in a Cocktail Pop Up Menu

Pop-up books are popular for children. They love seeing characters and scenes come to life as they turn the pages they seem to jump right out of the book. Almost every adult has fond memories of a pop-up book from their childhood.

The Beaufort Bar in London is bringing back some great nostalgic feelings using their unique bar menu. This custom cocktail menu has pop-up pages for their signature drinks. This video describes the inspiration and process for creating this eye candy. While the drinks are quite expensive, there is no doubt that browsing this unique drink menu will have the child in you looking at it more than once.

By the way, this would be the perfect gift for the bartender in your life. I recently bought one for Fersen Lambranho and he loved it. There were only one thousand copies made. If you can find one for sale, they run about $80.00.

 

Recipe for the Perfect Ham Brought to You By “The Ham Lady”

Ham is an easily recognizable and well loved meat for many reasons. Some of them are salty, some are sweet. Many are pre-cooked, pre-packaged, and injected with water for volume. The flavors and quality of ham is as diverse as the selections of cheeses that are available in the dairy section.

Each ham producer has it’s own taste, color, and quality. Some people may not realize the wide variety of products available to them. They are used to buying the processed hams that are found in the grocer’s cold or freezer portion of the store. For those who truly recognize the artisan love that is put into a properly aged and tended ham, there is nothing better than the hams that come from Nancy Newsom Mahaffey’s farm.

Nancy owns a shop called Newsom’s Old Mill Store in Princeton, Kentucky. This store has been in operation since 1917. Nancy is a third generation producer of these undoubtedly demanded hams. She supplies aged hams to restaurants as far away as Chicago, and as close as down the street. There has become such a demand for these hams, that Nancy now has three separate and very secret locations where she keeps her hams.

We all know Thanksgiving is coming up, so it’ll be ham time again soon. I personally can’t wait for my neighbor Igor Cornelsen to bring over his famous holiday ham.

Denny’s Learns the Hard Way About Coffee and Location

The coffee wars have been providing cannon fodder for foodies for decades now. With the advent of Starbucks and other national gourmet chains, the competitors have been on their toes to keep up in this rapidly growing market. Any eatery that offers a cup of joe has to not only provide a quality cup but train all of their staff in details never dreamed of. When an establishment does not, the unforeseen can be devastating for any size shop.

Denny’s is an American icon with most dedicated to staying open 24 hours a day. In fact, I was just there the other day with Jared Haftel. As such, coffee is in high demand. In the midst of a rush, a waitress placed a cup of steaming hot brew within reach of an infant. The curious kid reached for the mug and spilt it all over their body. Multiple degree burns took place and litigation followed.

Insurance companies tend to settle to limit liability. They did in this case to the tune of $500,000. The location where this took place is now closed. This is the highest profile court case for coffee since a famous McDonald’s case saw the light of day. In that one, the plaintiff said that the coffee was too hot. Now the industry tends to shy away from 180 degree beverages.