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Last Call: Are we heading for a boozeless future? Last Call: Are we heading for a boozeless future?

I always look forward to Jeff Alworth’s beer writing for his website, Beervana. His latest post—What If We Just Stop Drinking?—is an especially fun read, and a real doozy of a thought experiment. He cites data on Americans’ declining per-capita consumption of booze over time (Susan Cheevers’ entertaining Drinking In…

Two Florida Chick-Fil-As open within 587 feet of each other Two Florida Chick-Fil-As open within 587 feet of each other

The residents of Merritt Island, Florida, are facing an unusual choice. Come Wednesday, they may eat their fill of waffle fries and chicken sandwiches at the Chick-Fil-A located at 777 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Suite 164, or at the new Chick-Fil-A opening at 785 E. Merritt Island Causeway. Yes, those addresses are…

German restaurant bans kids during dinner to create “an oasis of peace” German restaurant bans kids during dinner to create “an oasis of peace”

Binz, Germany restaurant Oma’s Küche—“Grandma’s Kitchen”—might sound family-friendly, but that hospitality doesn’t extend to children under the age of 14 after lunch time. Oma’s Küche owner Rudolf Markl told DW.com that, fed up with parents who can’t control their kids, he recently instituted a…

Customers threaten violence over hot dog shop's switch from crinkle-cut fries Customers threaten violence over hot dog shop's switch from crinkle-cut fries

We at The Takeout have strong feelings about French fry shapes. (I myself prefer a standard-cut fry or a Jojo.) But even given such ironclad convictions, we cannot recommend that anyone resort to violence over French fries. Thus, we must reprimand some customers of a Maine hot dog shop who have threatened the shop’s…

Public canneries are in desperate need of preservation Public canneries are in desperate need of preservation

Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a grandmother who makes knockout peach preserves, or an uncle whose pickled okra is second to none. If your family’s canned-food traditions originated in the South and stretch back to the World War I era, then they likely owe a debt to public canneries. Public canneries—a communal…

Young alpaca dies after total moron repeatedly feeds it junk food Young alpaca dies after total moron repeatedly feeds it junk food

Alpacas don’t eat much. According to the Alpaca Owners Association Inc., an organization whose website I am thrilled to have any excuse to read, the animals eat about two pounds of hay or grass per 125 pounds of body weight: “the general rule of thumb is 1.5 percent of the animal’s body weight daily in hay or fresh…

Ask Kate About Beer: What is a bitter, and why isn't it very bitter? Ask Kate About Beer: What is a bitter, and why isn't it very bitter?

Welcome to Ask Kate About Beer, in which The Takeout’s resident beer expert answers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beer but were too drunk to ask. Have a question? Shoot it to beer@thetakeout.com.

What chefs really think when you order a well-done steak What chefs really think when you order a well-done steak

“We are not responsible for steaks ordered well-done.”

OpenTable now lets you choose seats in a restaurant OpenTable now lets you choose seats in a restaurant

Aisle or window—er, bar seat or patio table? OpenTable today announced the introduction of Seating Options, a built-in feature that allows diners to reserve specific types of seats at participating restaurants. According to an OpenTable blog post, about a third of the restaurants on that platform have signed up to…

Chobani hopes new squeeze bottles turn Greek yogurt into a condiment Chobani hopes new squeeze bottles turn Greek yogurt into a condiment

Why isn’t more sour cream packaged in squeezable containers? It really grinds my first-world gears: I have to open up my modern refrigeration appliance, remove the plastic lid from my container, get a spoon from the modern dishwashing appliance, and laboriously scoop the sour cream out of its vat. Ugh. Who has the…

An unfortunate running list of food-industry sexual harassment and assault accusations [UPDATED] An unfortunate running list of food-industry sexual harassment and assault accusations [UPDATED]

The Time-lauded “Silence Breakers” movement started in September with revelations about sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood uber-producer Harvey Weinstein. Although the original New York Times article containing those revelations led to a virtual avalanche of stories about other alleged (and…

We're calling B.S. on LongHorn Steakhouse's “left-handed steak knives” We're calling B.S. on LongHorn Steakhouse's “left-handed steak knives”

Both my boyfriend and my best friend are left-handed, and through the years, I’ve noticed the small ways in which this fact makes life just one iota more difficult. When my best friend took hand-written notes in school, for example, her left hand bumped up against the notebooks’ spirals, or smudged certain types of…

5 foods that I, a sane person, cook in my Instant Pot regularly 5 foods that I, a sane person, cook in my Instant Pot regularly

After watching Netflix’s Wild, Wild Country, I try not to use the term “cult” lightly, but I’ll say this: Instant Pot’s most enthusiastic users display a devotion to the combination slow-cooker/pressure-cooker that borders on religious zeal. After receiving mine at Christmas, I joined a couple Instant Pot groups on…

Last Call: Critics have no appetite for new Netflix show Insatiable Last Call: Critics have no appetite for new Netflix show Insatiable

Before it even debuted, Netflix’s new series Insatiable inspired a Change.org petition demanding Netflix cancel the “fat-shaming” show. I wrote about the petition, but I adopted a sort of well-we-don’t-know-yet attitude, because well, we didn’t know yet. All we had to go on was a minute-long trailer (above) that…

Guinness opened a $50 million brewery in Maryland—that doesn't brew its classic stout Guinness opened a $50 million brewery in Maryland—that doesn't brew its classic stout

What does $50 million get you in the brewing world? A lot. Guinness’ first brewery on America soil since 1954 (the 1954 brewery was a quickly shuttered facility in Long Island City, New York) just opened this week ten miles from Baltimore in Halethorpe, Maryland. It’s touted as one of only two “experimental” Guinness…

Edible Arrangements to America: Please buy our smoothies Edible Arrangements to America: Please buy our smoothies

Edible Arrangements’ business plan is thus: Impale berries and melons onto skewers; assemble in a vaguely floral fashion; charge $75. As such, its “bouquets” are generally relegated to Mother’s Day, Administrative Professionals’ Day, or an especially festive Arbor Day bash. But Edible Arrangements’ new CEO is hoping…

Maine chefs spare life of blue lobster that was “too interesting to cook” Maine chefs spare life of blue lobster that was “too interesting to cook”

Scales restaurant in Portland, Maine, received its usual seafood delivery last Friday, but noticed an outlier among the lobsters: a rare “cotton-candy” blue lobster that the restaurant says is literally one in a million. Scales’ chefs named the 1.5-pound lobster Blue Betty—we all know what happens when you name an…

How to make Meat Lover’s Panzanella, the pizza disguised as a salad How to make Meat Lover’s Panzanella, the pizza disguised as a salad

Welcome to The Takeout’s Unhealthy Salads Week, because America.

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