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Last Call: We could all soon own glass rinsers just like bars have Last Call: We could all soon own glass rinsers just like bars have

Pay attention to your bartender and you’ll notice they often give beer glasses a quick rinse before filling them, using a special fountain-like device mounted behind the bar. That quick swish rinses out dust or particles that may have settled there, penetrating even corners where a sponge couldn’t go. I’ve long envied…

Flat wine bottles are environmentally smart, look slick as hell  Flat wine bottles are environmentally smart, look slick as hell 

My name is Kate, and I have a strange fascination with beverage packaging. (“Hi, Kate.”) I get irrationally geeked about innovations like the self-chilling can, and spend plenty of time thinking about beer’s optimal vessel. But I’m not the only one who thinks this innovative flat wine bottle is the cat’s meow. The…

Pizzeria’s proposed flag mural divides small New York town Pizzeria’s proposed flag mural divides small New York town

If we weren’t living in 2018, a local pizzeria’s decision to paint an American flag mural on the side of its building probably wouldn’t be news. The owner would hire a painter; the painter would paint the flag mural; people would see it; end of story. But this being 2018, nothing can be so simple, as the people of New…

Chipotle’s Halloween costume discount forces staff to make the tough calls Chipotle’s Halloween costume discount forces staff to make the tough calls

When I saw Chipotle’s announcement that it will bring back the “Boorito” discount this Halloween, I had but one thought. The discount—a $4 entree for any customer wearing a costume after 3 p.m. on October 31—begs the question: What constitutes a costume? Chipotle says it’s leaving that up to staff to decide.

Ask Kate About Beer: How long do growlers and crowlers stay fresh? Ask Kate About Beer: How long do growlers and crowlers stay fresh?

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.

Last Call: Soothe your brain with gold slime videos and a perfect person’s day Last Call: Soothe your brain with gold slime videos and a perfect person’s day

In researching this week’s article about edible gold, I wandered down an inexplicable internet alley of gold slime ASMR videos. ASMR stands for Auto-Sensory Meridian Response; it describes the reaction your body has to watching or hearing a certain type of stimuli. I discovered that gold slime videos are an entire…

British supermarket renames “Gentleman’s” sandwich after complaints of sexism British supermarket renames “Gentleman’s” sandwich after complaints of sexism

British people use words that we don’t use here in the States: lorry, snogging, chuffed. They also have a brand of anchovy paste called “gentleman’s relish,” which is advertised for use on toast or sandwiches. It seems to be one of those Kleenex- or BandAid-like cases, in which a brand name comes to stand in for the…

Ohio man eats 400 Skyline coney dogs this year, receives gift basket  Ohio man eats 400 Skyline coney dogs this year, receives gift basket 

Who can even remember what their erstwhile New Year’s resolution was for 2018? Ben Cohn can, because he made good on his. The Harrison, Ohio man pledged on January 1, 2018, that he would consume 400 Skyline coney dogs this year, and as of mid-October, he’s already hit his target.

LaCroix: We have proof our water doesn’t contain insecticides LaCroix: We have proof our water doesn’t contain insecticides

When news of a woman’s lawsuit against LaCroix over its “all-natural” ingredients came to light earlier this month, I lamented a lack of science and reason in the ensuing debate. But we now have some objective findings to discuss, rather than just marketing claims and deliberately frightening headlines about…

Last Call: Hey, let’s get this bread Last Call: Hey, let’s get this bread

As an old person, I am usually not down with the youths of today, so I would have been equally flummoxed by the text message Twitter user Satomaa sent her dad. You probably know this already, but apparently “let’s get this bread” is a phrase akin to “let’s go to work,” “let’s go make some money,” and as I like to…

50,000 pounds of food destroyed after employee is caught urinating near assembly line 50,000 pounds of food destroyed after employee is caught urinating near assembly line

If you are sitting down to a meal, perhaps bookmark this story for later reading. In what Smithfield Foods describes as an “isolated incident,” one of its employees was caught on video urinating near a food-processing assembly line at a plant in Virginia. News station WAVY reports the incident occurred over the…

Pizzeria manager drives 225 miles to deliver pizza to terminally ill man  Pizzeria manager drives 225 miles to deliver pizza to terminally ill man 

This is a sweet tale of a pizza delivery driver who went the extra mile. Actually, he went the extra 225 miles from Battle Creek, Michigan, to Indianapolis, Indiana, just to give a man in hospice care a final taste of his favorite pizza. (Cue our Grinch hearts swelling.)

Nebraska school district apologizes for serving students “exotic” kangaroo-meat chili Nebraska school district apologizes for serving students “exotic” kangaroo-meat chili

Monday: Chicken nuggets. Tuesday: Pizza squares. Wednesday: Kangaroo chili? The exotic game meat is causing an uproar for the Potter-Dix Public School District in Potter, Nebraska, where superintendent Mike Williams this week issued an apology to parents after school cafeterias served students kangaroo-beef chili.

What exactly is edible gold? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What exactly is edible gold? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Once the provenance of European chocolatiers and elite Japanese sushi chefs, you’ll now find edible gold atop everything from Popeye’s fried chicken to hamburgers. Thousands of years after it was first ingested as a consumable status symbol, edible gold is mainstream. But is this real gold, like gold-brick gold? And…

5 tips for choosing better beer at the grocery store 5 tips for choosing better beer at the grocery store

Last weekend, I approached the beer coolers at my regular grocery store and chuckled to myself at the hushed line of people assembled there, awash in the fluorescent-white glow. Eyes glazed, slightly slack-jawed, shoppers of all ages stared at the hundreds of options with expressions of lobotomized bewilderment.…

Last Call: This new, tiny cocktail recipe book could nearly fit in your pocket Last Call: This new, tiny cocktail recipe book could nearly fit in your pocket

When you’re just getting started building your bar cart, it’s intimidating to jump straight to a tome like Death & Co.’s cocktail book. If you’re at more of a 101 level, you can’t do much better than PUNCH’s new Mini Bar set, a collection of eight slim, sleekly designed recipe books organized by spirit. Each contains…

USDA approves edible cotton, which apparently tastes like hummus USDA approves edible cotton, which apparently tastes like hummus

Yesterday, the U.S. Department Of Agriculture gave a preliminary go-ahead to an edible cotton product, paving the way for farmers to grow cotton as not just a textile but a food. Before you, like me, get too fixated on the fascinating image of popping cotton poofs into your mouth like, well, cotton candy, that’s not…

Step aside, bodega cats—here is bodega possum Step aside, bodega cats—here is bodega possum

New Yorkers love their bodegas something fierce. But deeper even than their love for bodegas is their affection for bodega cats—the tough, seen-it-all kitties who inhabit the produce aisles, snooze atop the soda coolers, and yawn lackadaisically at the register. But there is a mammal that seeks to supplant these…

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