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The Takeout's 2018 holiday gift guide spectacular The Takeout's 2018 holiday gift guide spectacular

The best holiday gifts, we’d like to think, are food gifts. Not just gifts you could eat or drink, but gifts that improve your life through food in some tangible way. This year, The Takeout has assembled a roster of gift ideas that we think will improve the well-being of the recipient: Spicier, sillier, classier,…

8 holiday beers that don’t taste like a Yankee Candle 8 holiday beers that don’t taste like a Yankee Candle

Holiday beers needn’t taste like months-old bread pudding or licking a Christmas tree. Traditionally, these year-end releases were boozy “winter warmers” loaded with nutmeg and clove and every other spice cabinet ingredient—but that’s no longer the only option. Breweries’ holiday beers these days range in style from…

Last Call: Anyone else excited for an Edward Gorey biography?  Last Call: Anyone else excited for an Edward Gorey biography? 

I use Edward Gorey as a sort of friend litmus test. If you’re a fan of author/artist Gorey’s dark, Victorian humor—expressed best, in my opinion, in The Doubtful Guest—then we will probably get along swimmingly. If you’re ignorant of his work, that’s a wonderful opportunity for me to lend you some of my Gorey books…

101-year-old’s secret to longevity: daily 4 p.m. Coors Light 101-year-old’s secret to longevity: daily 4 p.m. Coors Light

A nightly sip of single-malt whiskey reportedly helped the oldest woman in Great Britain live to 112 years old, and an afternoon can of Coors Light has apparently worked similar wonders for a 101-year-old veteran from McMurray, Pennsylvania.

Amazon fined for selling force-fed foie gras in California Amazon fined for selling force-fed foie gras in California

Since 2004, the state of California has—with many fits and starts along the way—effectively banned the sale of foie gras (the livers of duck and geese) if the poultry it came from has been force-fed to enlarge the liver “beyond normal size.” Following a district court’s decision, there was a brief blip in 2015 in…

Philadelphia passes law ensuring predictable schedules for fast-food, hospitality workers Philadelphia passes law ensuring predictable schedules for fast-food, hospitality workers

Sometimes lost in discussions of minimum wage and tipping is the burden that “on-call” or unpredictable work schedules pose for employees in the hospitality industry. For employees with children or those who might be juggling multiple jobs, not knowing whether their employer will call them into work in a couple of…

Ask Kate About Beer: I accidentally froze my beer. Is it ruined? Ask Kate About Beer: I accidentally froze my beer. Is it ruined?

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.

Despite value deals, fast-food prices are on the rise Despite value deals, fast-food prices are on the rise

Though menus are full of dollar deals, $4 combos, $5 meals, and even one-cent burger promotions, fast food overall has become more expensive in the past decade—and not just to keep up with inflation. According to analysis of data provided to The Takeout by food-industry market research firm Datassential, the median…

Lawmaker seeks to name ribeye the “State Steak Of Oklahoma” Lawmaker seeks to name ribeye the “State Steak Of Oklahoma”

Oklahoma’s state bird is the scissor-tailed flycatcher. Its state flower: The aptly-named Oklahoma Rose. Its state tree: The Eastern redbud. But you know what Oklahoma doesn’t have yet? A state steak. But one man seeks to correct that oversight.

Mom showed photo of son at grocery store, successfully got him a date Mom showed photo of son at grocery store, successfully got him a date

My initial reaction when I read this story—a story of a Texas mom who showed a photo of her college-age son to some girls at the grocery store to maybe spark a love connection—was something like fear-mixed-with-horror. No no no no, I thought, moms, please don’t try to play wingman for your adult children. But I have a…

An all-dip holiday party was the best idea our office ever had An all-dip holiday party was the best idea our office ever had

The newsroom where I used to work was staffed primarily by twentysomethings with journalism-school loans and journalism-industry paychecks. We were a spirited bunch who lived by the work-hard/play-hard maxim, in which the play-hard portion usually amounted to cheap pitchers of beer or happy-hour Jameson shots on…

Last Call: You can get food-themed ugly holiday sweaters now Last Call: You can get food-themed ugly holiday sweaters now

You probably have an ugly sweater at the ready in case of a last-minute invitation to a fun, themed holiday party. Once my husband won the ugliest sweater prize at a neighborhood ugly sweater party, filling me with shame/pride. But anyone can go to the thrift store and search through the scratchy sweater section. You…

We’ll see your lasagna pizza and raise you a popcorn shrimp pie We’ll see your lasagna pizza and raise you a popcorn shrimp pie

Little Caesars, not usually known for its innovation, announced this week that it has unfurled a lasagna pizza in select locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Georgia. Brand Eating announces that said pizza will feature a toasted Parmesan breadcrumb crust, a meaty marina sauce, Italian sausage, some ricotta added to…

Banana-shaped toy involved in departure of two Iowa government officials Banana-shaped toy involved in departure of two Iowa government officials

It’s one banana, Michael, how much harm could it do? Plenty.

Mountain Dew launches energy drink for gamers Mountain Dew launches energy drink for gamers

I never graduated much past Sega Genesis and the gray-and-green Nintendo Game Boy, so Mountain Dew’s new line is not for me, I guess. Dubbed MTN DEW AMP GAME FUEL (pretty sure you have to type it in all-caps and imagine a Hulk Hogan voice screaming it), the four-flavor energy drink/soda line boasts that it’s created…

Why the accusations against popular brewery Trillium are so scandalous [UPDATED]  Why the accusations against popular brewery Trillium are so scandalous [UPDATED] 

Update, December 6: Trillium’s owners, Esther and J.C. Tetreault, yesterday published a second response to the allegations outlined below. In a post on the brewery’s website titled “Always Improving,” the owners explained changes to their employee compensation plan and for the first time, responded to accusations…

Pandemonium ensues at Virginia Cheesecake Factory during free cheesecake deal Pandemonium ensues at Virginia Cheesecake Factory during free cheesecake deal

It started innocently enough. The Cheesecake Factory intended to give away 40,000 free slices of cheesecake yesterday in honor of its 40th birthday (the slices were available to anyone who ordered via DoorDash). What could go wrong, you ask? Plenty.

Stollen is the German holiday bread that can’t shake its fruitcake resemblance Stollen is the German holiday bread that can’t shake its fruitcake resemblance

I have a hidden holiday dessert wrapped in foil and stashed in the back of my pantry. It’s not cookies or candy, and if I’m being honest, I don’t need to hide it. No one is stealing my stollen.

Last Call: Time announces one very simple way to eat healthier Last Call: Time announces one very simple way to eat healthier

Surrounded by Christmas cookies and candy and planning big meals ahead, some of us are grappling for ways to balance out our holiday diet with something less artery-clogging. So I spied with interest this headline in Time today, designed exactly for people like me to click on it: “Here’s One Simple Way You Can Start…

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