Monday, August 9, 2010

Monday food links: When bacon jumped the shark

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Be careful at Taco Bell: the CDC has confirmed a salmonella outbreak affecting at least 150 people in 21 states—including one person in Georgia so far.

As summer winds down and the kidlets go back to school, state fairs are snagging up that last summer euphoria and serving it with a side of hot beef sundaes...topped off with a cherry tomato!

Nation's Restaurant News has a list of the top 15 restaurant chains. At the top of the list is The Cheesecake Factory. IHOP, Applebee's, Red Lobster and Olive Garden are also there too.

Dangerously Delicious: The BA-K-47 is what you might've guessed it is: an AK-47 fashioned entirely from bacon. Okay, the bacon trend has officially jumped the shark. (The bacon shark.)

Huffington Post helps us out with a list of how much to tip people ranging from hibachi chefs (who split tips with the servers) to baristas (who make the federal minimum wage, so tipping is technically not required) and everyone in between. Tipping is not a city in China!

Subliminal messages are fun. One of my favorite The Simpsons episodes is the one where Bart's boy band subliminally suggests that people should join the Navy. In a similar vein, 11 Points has a list of subliminal messages in food ads and logos. The Toblerone and Jack in the Box ones blew my mind. (Also, Yvan Eht Nioj.)

Also from Huffington Post, a slideshow of funny food shirts. You Complete Me is cute and Grilled Cheese is punny. The guy wearing the "I'm a hot mess" shirt looks to be a hot mess himself. Most have links to where you can buy your own if you'd like!

This was bound to happen sometime on TV: Eater has video of Harry Smith slicing the heck out of his finger on a mandoline. He didn't even need stitches in the end but OUCH!

If you are visiting New York soon, maybe swing by the new Pop-Tarts cafe in Times Square. The New York Times talks about some of its features, including a create-your-own variety pack vending machine and Pop-Tarts sushi (three varieties, minced and wrapped in a Fruit Roll-Up) along with snacks featuring the breakfast staple. Sweet.

Burger Business reports that Burger King is trying out daily-discount pricing, like specials on Mondays or Wednesdays. Hey, I could be putting Burger King in Daily Deals posts soon if they try this in Atlanta!

But with these deals, sometimes Burger King runs out

This happened in Oklahoma, but still—Chik-fil-a creates world's largest sweet tea. It topped out at 1,140 gallons and was nine feet tall. Chik-fil-a is still the pride of Georgia, though!

Fun video: Whopper and Big Mac duke it out, Pokemon style. (In the end, it's an intense battle but Big Mac is caught. Check out its "Pokedex" info at the end.)

Another fun video! Snoop Dogg asks Martha Stewart to make a "gangsta gumbo, bake a cake, and wake and bake." (He calls himself Martha's nephew!)

I hope this guy is okay... Guy dances in the street [for some reason] and well, I won't spoil the ending.

It's Watermelon Week! Here is Winston the cat enjoying the summery treat. Aww.

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