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Sarah Jessica Parker on Footloose, Sex And The City, and the life-changing role that came in between Sarah Jessica Parker on Footloose, Sex And The City, and the life-changing role that came in between

The actor: Sarah Jessica Parker has had a tremendous career, starting out on Broadway in the title role of Annie, then working her way up in movies like Footloose, L.A. Story, and Honeymoon In Vegas before landing her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw in the landmark HBO comedy Sex And The City. Now Parker is a mogul in…

Last Call: Netflix will debut an entire series about dogs, called Dogs Last Call: Netflix will debut an entire series about dogs, called Dogs

File under “shut up and take my money:” Netflix will launch a new docu-series Friday, November 16, called Dogs, and it is about dogs. It features the tales (and tails! ugh, I’m sorry) of six dogs from around the world, including a Siberian husky separated from his owner, a Syrian refugee now living in Germany. Netflix…

Keurig tests cocktail-pod machine for those who can’t be bothered to mix a gin and tonic Keurig tests cocktail-pod machine for those who can’t be bothered to mix a gin and tonic

Lovers of the Keurig pod for their morning beverages may be excited about a new product more related to evening sipping. CNET reports today that Keurig and Anheuser-Busch InBev have partnered on a new cocktail-focused machine called the Drinkworks Home Bar. The machine will include a carbonation canister and have…

What constitutes “stealing” from a breakfast buffet? What constitutes “stealing” from a breakfast buffet?

Ah, the breakfast buffet. Upside: Unlimited breakfast meats. Downside: Lotsa melon and possibly suspect eggs that have been sitting out there for lord only knows how long. Still, the weary traveler or overworked business person undoubtedly is cheered by the large silver chaffing dishes of pancakes and waffles, hastily…

Starbucks is cutting 5 percent of its corporate workforce Starbucks is cutting 5 percent of its corporate workforce

Starbucks has not had a great time of it lately, so this announcement isn’t too surprising. Bloomberg reports that the coffee giant will eliminate 350 positions from its Seattle headquarters, mostly cutting from the top: Some of the possible departments mentioned by CEO Kevin Johnson that may see significant changes…

Stovetop lasagna is the king of one-pan dinners Stovetop lasagna is the king of one-pan dinners

In One-Pan Wonders, we look for easy and delicious weeknight dinners that can be cooked using a single pan. 

I may eat Starbucks’ Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini every day through 2018 I may eat Starbucks’ Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini every day through 2018

It is no surprise to me that stuffing is America’s favorite Thanksgiving leftover side dish; it’s easily my favorite part of that holiday meal. But it’s one of those foods that is absolutely season-specific; you would never bring stuffing to a July barbecue, for example. Granted, if you did, people would probably love…

Last Call: Why you shouldn’t shop for regular groceries during Thanksgiving week Last Call: Why you shouldn’t shop for regular groceries during Thanksgiving week

I love the folks over at Consumer Reports and usually find them extraordinarily helpful. Exhibit A is their current list of “5 Ways to Spend Less on Thanksgiving Food”: You should buy your turkey strategically, like now, if you have room in your freezer until the big day. Go for early deals. And this was a little…

Ham company commissions survey for favorite Thanksgiving leftover and no one said ham Ham company commissions survey for favorite Thanksgiving leftover and no one said ham

When it comes to America’s favorite Thanksgiving leftover, there can’t be too much controversy. Most people are bound to gravitate toward the holiday-specific side dish of stuffing. My family use to slice it and fry it on that Friday morning for my favorite breakfast of the year, plus it’s great in sandwiches.…

“Chief Fun Officer” Shaq opens Big Chicken restaurant on cruise ship “Chief Fun Officer” Shaq opens Big Chicken restaurant on cruise ship

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has a lot going on: He’s the Chief Fun Officer for the Carnival Cruise line and the proprietor behind new fast-food chain Big Chicken, which recently opened in Vegas. Now Shaq is combining those interests, by announcing that he will open a second Big Chicken shop on the renovated…

Sugar-monitoring group goes after “freakshakes” that contain over 1,000 calories Sugar-monitoring group goes after “freakshakes” that contain over 1,000 calories

Sure, who doesn’t love a Blizzard at Dairy Queen or a Concrete from Culver’s? Maybe toss some extra cake or whipped cream on or in there, what’s the harm?

Jason Segel tells us the Edward Norton performance that inspired his career Jason Segel tells us the Edward Norton performance that inspired his career

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since Jason Segel first enraptured audiences on the cult TV show Freaks And Geeks, followed by nine seasons on the rom-com series How I Met Your Mother. But Segel is not just a creative force in front of the camera, writing as well as starring in movies like …

Keep the gelatinous monstrosity off my Thanksgiving table and make real cranberry sauce Keep the gelatinous monstrosity off my Thanksgiving table and make real cranberry sauce

It’s not like my family consisted of Thanksgiving gourmets or anything. We weren’t a fancy people. The crescent rolls came from Pillsbury, the pies sometimes from Bakers Square, the gravy base from a packet. But there were some things my parents (mainly my mother) would never have dreamed of compromising on: the…

Australian woman arrested, accused of sticking needles into fruit [Updated] Australian woman arrested, accused of sticking needles into fruit [Updated]

Nov. 12 Update: Australian authorities have arrested a 50-year-old woman in connection with a string of incidents where needles were inserted into fruit, sparking nationwide fears across Australia. CNN is reporting the arrest took place on Sunday in Queensland after what was described as a “complex investigation.”…

Last Call: How early is too early for holiday music? Last Call: How early is too early for holiday music?

I have lived here in Chicago my whole life, and somehow every year winter comes and kicks my ass like I’m from the tropics and I’ve never gone through it before. On Sunday I looked at the week’s weather, saw a prediction for snow by the end of the week, and frantically went online to order parkas and gloves, etc. for…

Oh snap, Papa John’s franchisees are lawyering up Oh snap, Papa John’s franchisees are lawyering up

We haven’t checked in with Papa John’s in a while, wonder what’s going on over there? Turns out, the pizza chain is still in a sales slump after it was revealed that founder John Schnatter used a racial slur during a marketing phone call, following Schnatter’s controversial anti-NFL remarks after the national anthem…

Woman walks out of CVS with nearly 6-foot-long receipt for 3 items Woman walks out of CVS with nearly 6-foot-long receipt for 3 items

Sure, we all stroll out of CVS or Walgreen’s clutching those extra coupons for cat food or baby lotion that we toss in the recycling before we even hit the store exit. But Fox 5 in Washington D.C. reports that resident Emma Keane recently posted an exceptionally egregious CVS “gift” she received upon checking out of…

Pringles Thanksgiving chips sell out in 41 minutes, now running $150 on eBay Pringles Thanksgiving chips sell out in 41 minutes, now running $150 on eBay

Sure, we were pretty fortunate here at Takeout office when we had the Pringles Thanksgiving flavors for breakfast the other day: turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. My colleagues Kate Bernot and Kevin Pang thought they were great. (Personally, I found the sweetness of the pumpkin pie flavor incongruous with the…

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