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Tell us your roommate-food horror story Tell us your roommate-food horror story

Whether it’s homemade kimchi forgotten on the counter over spring break, a secret snack stealer, or something even worse, everyone’s had That Roommate Food Story. College dorms are a breeding ground for plenty of unappetizing things, not least of which are conflicts, drama, and general weirdness surrounding food—if…

This month in overturned trucks: All the livestock This month in overturned trucks: All the livestock

This Month In Overturned Trucks is The Takeout’s monthly roundup of overturned trucks spilling shit over public roadways.

Last Call: A how-to video so bad, I thought it was a joke Last Call: A how-to video so bad, I thought it was a joke

There is no device too simple to be corrupted by the internet of things, not even lightbulbs. GE apparently makes such a product, called C, which can be connected to smart plugs, an app, your phone, etc., in case the act of flipping a switch on and off is too irritatingly easy for you.

Whataburger Chicago shirt for sale, presumably to enrage Texans Whataburger Chicago shirt for sale, presumably to enrage Texans

Who, precisely, is the market for this new shirt proclaiming Whataburger “Chicago’s Most Famous Texas Hamburger Chain”?

Parents are punching stuffed animals to get their kids to eat Parents are punching stuffed animals to get their kids to eat

I don’t have any kids of my own. I am not Dr. Spock. I haven’t read What To Expect When You’re Expecting. But I still think I have enough common sense to suggest that punching your small child’s beloved stuffed animal to coerce them into eating is, maybe, problematic.

All is not well in LaCroixland All is not well in LaCroixland

Sparkling mineral water—Perrier, Topo Chico—has been on the market for decades, but it took the flavorful fruit additions to LaCroix to turn sparkling water into an American phenomenon. LaCroix itself has existed since 1981, but it was just a few years ago when its star truly rose. Today, though, all is not well for…

Biggest complaint on Amazon food reviews: It's too sweet Biggest complaint on Amazon food reviews: It's too sweet

The Monell Chemical Senses Center seems like just about the coolest place you could work—besides The Takeout, of course. Based in Philadelphia, the Center’s mission is to unite multidisciplinary scientists for the purpose of decoding the way humans smell and taste. Though our olfactory system is running all day every…

Chuck E. Cheese bets people will pay $120 for 3 mediocre pizzas and a cake Chuck E. Cheese bets people will pay $120 for 3 mediocre pizzas and a cake

There was a Chuck E. Cheese location a half-mile from my house growing up, and my brother and I spent many a playdate or neighbor’s birthday in its durably carpeted and neon-lit embrace. It was a destination, because no one I knew owned a Skee-Ball machine, ball pit, or animatronic band at their home. The allure was…

Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggs have their return date Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Nuggs have their return date

Perhaps in some future age, schoolchildren will take field trips through historic-recreation villages depicting the early 2000s, where faux TVs will play DVD loops of old reality shows and “Arnold Schwarzenegger For Governor!” signs will litter the model front lawns. A tour guide will attempt to explain life in the…

Last Call: How to (almost) always win at Connect Four Last Call: How to (almost) always win at Connect Four

A friend of mine recently returned from a weeks-long trip to China and Thailand, with a little bottle of baijiu for me in tow. Of course I needed to hear everything about what he ate and drank—pictures too, please!—but among all the wonderful stories and meals, one strange detail stood out to me.

My hometown plans to create the world’s largest hot dog and I’ve never been prouder My hometown plans to create the world’s largest hot dog and I’ve never been prouder

Union, New Jersey’s current claims to “fame” include a Revolutionary War battlefield, a structure that was once the world’s tallest water sphere, and its title as the birthplace of both Ray Liotta and me, Kate Bernot. But later this week, Union will have yet another, more glorious feather in its cap: It will be home…

Stoner sandwich shop founder calls Quizno’s, Carl’s Jr. “bandwagon douchebags” Stoner sandwich shop founder calls Quizno’s, Carl’s Jr. “bandwagon douchebags”

Perhaps you’re not familiar with Cheba Hut. If that’s the case, allow me to paint a picture: Cheba Hut is a stoner-themed sandwich shop founded in Tempe, Arizona in 1998 that now has locations scattered across the West. Long before medical (let alone recreational) marijuana was legal anywhere, Cheba Hut was slinging…

McDonald’s switch to fresh beef beefed up sales McDonald’s switch to fresh beef beefed up sales

Last spring, McDonald’s announced it would ditch frozen beef in favor of fresh beef patties in all its Quarter Pounders, excluding restaurants in Hawaii and Alaska. Wendy’s had been lording its fresh beef over McDonald’s for a while, but it took the Golden Arches years to make the switch. Why? The company had to…

Beer Of The Week: Surreal’s Natural Bridges kolsch is a non-alcoholic beer I can get behind Beer Of The Week: Surreal’s Natural Bridges kolsch is a non-alcoholic beer I can get behind

Perhaps I’ve been unfair to non-alcoholic beer. My review of the mass-market versions left a bad taste in my mouth (quite literally), but I’ve since tried a few smaller breweries’ versions and found them superior. In fact, I’d actively searched for NA beers I can recommend, a goal I haven’t stopped working toward.

Ellis Island exhibit celebrates America’s most beloved immigrant: pizza Ellis Island exhibit celebrates America’s most beloved immigrant: pizza

I can see the brainstorm behind Ellis Island’s new “A Slice Of History—Pizza In America” exhibit: The museum’s staff is stuffed into a conference room full of white boards, tasked with capturing the elusive teen visitor attention span. (I visited Ellis Island as a preteen and, I’m ashamed to admit, found it…

New Jersey cruelly barred from betting on Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest New Jersey cruelly barred from betting on Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

While the annual July 4 spectacle of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest unfolds in all its water-soaked glory in New York, neighboring New Jerseyans will be unable to wager money on the contest. Casino.org reports the state’s gambling authority, the New Jersey Department Of Gaming Enforcement,…

Hey KFC Cheetos fried chicken sandwich, call me? Hey KFC Cheetos fried chicken sandwich, call me?

The best things in life are fleeting: a technicolor sunset, the laughter of children, KFC’s coming-soon Cheetos sandwich. The latter will debut July 1 and grace us with its presence for a mere four weeks. ’Tis better to have loved and lost, it’s said.

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