I was going out of town for my cousins wedding and was excited since I would also get to see my sister who lives maaaaaaany miles away...like north vs south type stuff.
I was also excited as I would be able to see a friend who had moved there and get the grand tour of the city! Now as I am the fun person I am, I wore a pair of bob-omb earrings I made because...Fuck it! Bob-omb!
We met up, shenanigans ensued and noms were needed. My friend took us to this AMAZING local seafood place for fresh crabs, shrimp and local beer. Our waitress was so fun! She was the type who truly loved people and was honestly super awesome.
We found out she used to work in IT but got burnt out and said 'Screw it, I'm gonna wait tables while I figure my shit out!'
Well, she thought my earrings were super fun and thought it was cool I had made them. My sis looks at me and says, "Dude you should give her your earrings."
Now I'm like, "Would that be weird?"
We look at each other and after cleaning the Old Bay off my hands and face I swapped out bob-omb for some piranha plants and threw them into a little organza bag. Please don't ask why I had that in my purse...
When she came back to check on us, I called her over and said "I will totally understand if say, umm that's strange but since you like them I'd like you to have these!"
She took the bag, looked at me and was like, "For real?"
I said yeah, I can make another pair. She got the biggest grin on her face, hugged me, told me I just made her day then proceeded to shout "OMG!! My table just gave me a gift!!!!!"
We also were able to give her the leftover crabs we didn't eat, so not only did she get fun earrings but dinner too! Best lunch EVER! Happy eating all and remember, one small gesture can make someones day!
From USA Today:
BEIJING (AP) — McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.
The companies said they immediately stopped using meat from the company, Husi Food Co., Ltd. The official Xinhua News Agency said authorities had ordered the supplier to suspend operations and were investigating.
Dragon TV said on Sunday that Husi, owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Ill., repackaged stale beef and chicken and put new expiration dates on them. It said they were sold to McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants.
The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies, fast food outlets and other suppliers.
McDonald's Corp. and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said in separate statements they were conducting their own investigations.
"Food safety is a top priority for McDonald's," the company said on its microblog account. The company said it pursues "strict compliance" with consumer safety laws and regulations and has "zero tolerance for illegal behavior."
Phone calls to the Shanghai office of the food and drug regulator were not answered.
A woman who answered the phone at Husi's headquarters said no one was available to comment. The official Xinhua News Agency cited a company manager, Yang Liqun, who said the company has a strict quality control system and will cooperate in the investigation.
KFC is China's biggest restaurant chain, with more than 4,000 outlets and plans to open 700 more this year. The company was badly hurt after state television reported in December 2013 that some poultry suppliers violated rules on drug use in chickens. Yum said KFC sales in China plunged 37% the following month. KFC launched an effort to tighten control over product quality and eliminated more than 1,000 small poultry producers from its supply network.
Scandal-weary consumers on Monday expressed mixed feelings.
Chen Lu, 24, an employee of an Internet company, was eating a chicken burger and fries at a McDonald's in central Shanghai that was half-empty at midday, a time when most restaurants are crowded.
"My boyfriend called and told me not to eat McDonald's one minute after I ordered this chicken hamburger, but what can I do? I've already ordered and I am in a hurry," she said.
"I am worried about my health," she said. "I will try to avoid it, at least for a while. I am pretty disappointed in this brand."
Another diner, Liu Kun, a 24-year-old student from Nanjing who was visiting Shanghai, said he was unconcerned.
"The incident won't change me eating here," said Liu. "There have been negative reports all the time, McDonald and KFC are the leaders in the industry."
China has suffered a string of product scandals over the past decade in which infants, hospital patients and others have been killed by phony or adulterated milk powder, drugs and other goods.
Foreign fast food brands are seen as more reliable than Chinese competitors, though local brands have made big improvements in quality.
The high profile of foreign brands means any complaints involving them attract attention, while their status as foreign companies with less political influence means Chinese media can publicize their troubles more freely.
From Huff Po:SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- Jan Harding and her husband had just arrived at a Utah restaurant for a relaxing lunch with friends when she filled her cup with sweet tea from a self-serve beverage station.
The 67-year-old grandmother took one sip before spitting it out and exclaiming to her husband: "I think I just drank acid."
In fact, the tea was laced with a highly toxic industrial cleaning solution meant for degreasing deep fryers, authorities said. It contained the odorless chemical lye, the active ingredient in drain cleaners.
Four days later, Harding was in critical condition Thursday at a Salt Lake City hospital's burn unit, unable to talk and fighting for her life, lawyer Paxton Guymon said. She hasn't improved since Sunday, when she and her husband went to Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan after church.
Investigators and the restaurant manager have told the Hardings that a worker mistook the cleaning product for sugar and accidentally mixed large quantities of it into the iced-tea dispenser, Guymon said.
"It's disturbing that this kind of toxic, poisonous material would be in the food-prep area and somehow find its way into the iced tea vat," Guymon said. "I don't know how something like that can happen."
South Jordan police are still investigating how the chemical ended up in the sweet-tea container, but they think it was accidental, police Cpl. Sam Winkler said. South Jordan is a suburb of 60,000 about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Investigators are reviewing video footage from inside the restaurant and interviewing staff who worked that day and in the days leading up to the incident.
They have determined Harding is the only victim, Winkler said. It appears she was the first to drink the tea that day, and restaurant employees dumped it out after she was burned, he said.
John Thomson, owner of the Dickey's Barbecue South Jordan franchise, said in a statement Thursday that he's praying for Jan Harding and cooperating with investigators. He said he would refrain from commenting on the specifics of what happened out of respect for the Hardings. His restaurant is one of 400 Dickey's around the country in the Dallas-based chain.
Guymon said he will wait for the police investigation to finish before determining what legal action to take.
The chemical, also known as sodium hydroxide, comes in both liquid and powder form. The one the worker added to the tea was a powder, Guymon said.
The chemical also is in products such as Drano, said Tom Richmond, professor of chemistry at the University of Utah. "It would start dissolving your insides," he said.
Doctors are trying to determine if it caused any tears in Harding's esophagus or stomach, Guymon said. The woman lives in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy with her husband of 47 years, Jim Harding. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Jim Harding and the couple's children are by her side at the hospital, praying for her recovery, Guymon said. They declined to comment through the attorney, who spoke on their behalf.
It's unclear if the employee who added the chemical still works at the restaurant or if anyone there faced any kind of disciplinary action. Guymon didn't know, and a Dickey's corporate spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The restaurant has remained open since the incident, said Jeff Oaks, Food Protection Bureau manager at the Salt Lake County Health Department. His office inspected the establishment Monday and found all chemicals properly labeled and separated from food items.
The health department is awaiting results of the criminal investigation to determine if it should issue any violations. It's unlikely the restaurant would be fined or shut down, Oaks said. The department focuses on education and prevention over punitive measures, he said.
Health officials aren't aware of anything like this ever happening in Salt Lake County before.
Oaks said restaurant-goers don't need to be worried.
"I believe this to be an isolated incident," he said.
Kendall Jenner was an unsatisfied customer at Mercer Kitchen in Manhattan last week, prompting a sidewalk clash with her waitress. However, the restaurant maintains that the incident wouldn't have occurred had the 18-year-old budding model not tried to order alcohol.
Yahoo spoke to famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who owns Mercer Kitchen as well as 23 other restaurants worldwide, about the drama that played out with Kim Kardashian's little sister at his eatery. Waitress Blaine Morris followed the teen and her friend, Stephen Baldwin's daughter Hailey, out of the restaurant to collect money for an unpaid bill, and claimed Kendall threw the money in her face, according to a tweet posted Aug. 5 (and later deleted). Jenner has called the server's claim "absolutely ridiculous" and her lawyer has reportedly threatened legal action against the waitress.
"It's pretty much what the papers say," Jean-Georges says about the story, which first appeared in New York Post's Page Six. "They came in for dinner. They asked for drinks. We can't serve anyone under 21; we could lose our liquor license, so we can't do that no matter what. What happened is they walked out on their check. Ms. Morris, who is no longer with us, walked after them and they threw money in her face."
Jenner's attorney sent Morris, who's also an aspiring actress and appeared on MTV's Skins, acease-and-desist letter, calling her tweet "completely false, fabricated and defamatory," according to E! News. The lawyer also apparently asked for Morris to publicly apologize to Jenner.
While Jean-Georges wasn't called upon to apologize, he offered one anyway, though maintained that the entire thing could have been avoided had the teenager not tried to consume alcohol in his eatery. "We are sorry about the incident but we cannot serve alcohol to a minor, which is the bottom line," the chef says. "I apologize for the waitress going after her, but Ms. Morris was accountable for all the checks to be closed. It's an unfortunate incident. It's too bad. Hopefully they'll forget it and come back."
So the Kardashians are welcome back in his well-known restaurants? "Of course, of course! They always come in," he says. "But when it comes to the rules and regulations of the city, there is nothing we can do about it."
As for Morris, she no longer works at Mercer Kitchen. She was so upset by the incident that she left that night. Further, restaurant employees are not allowed to tweet about customers on social media, so she would have been in breach of that company policy anyway. (Morris could not be reached for comment for this story.)
Now Jean-Georges just wants to put all this behind him and focus on more important things — like food! "Both sides were upset, it was an embarrassing moment, but it is what it is," Jean-Georges says. "We try to do our best always. I came to this business 40 years ago to please people and to accommodate everybody, but sometimes [things happen] and it's unfortunate. There's not much we can do about it."
A rep for Kendall has not yet responded to Yahoo's request for comment about whether or not she was trying to obtain alcohol underage, though Kendall didn't deny that part of the story on Twitter. Instead, she tried to clarify that she didn't throw money at the waitress "or act that disrespectfully," adding, "I was raised better than that."
NEW YORK (AP) — Burger King is getting rid of its lower-calorie french fries at most restaurants after less than a year.
The Miami-based chain said in a statement that it gave its franchisees the option to continue selling the french fries earlier this week. Only about 2,500 of the approximately 7,400 locations in the U.S. and Canada opted to continue selling them as a permanent item. The others have started phasing them out.
The french fries, called "Satisfries," were a big bet for Burger King when they were announced in September. But they weren't as well received as Burger King had hoped.
The name was mocked in some corners, with one website referring to them as "Saddest Fries." There also is some confusion about their caloric superiority, with a small order still containing 270 calories. A small order of McDonald's fries, by comparison, has 230 calories because the serving weighs less.
Satisfries also are pricier, costing about $1.89 for a small order, compared with a $1.59 for regular fries.
And it's unclear whether customers were aware what made the fries lower in calories. Burger King said Satisfries used a different type of batter to prevent some oil from being absorbed by the potatoes during frying. But the company did not have signs in restaurants explaining the difference between Satisfries and regular fries.
It's just one of the gambits by Burger King since investment firm 3G Capital took it public again 2012. Other moves have included the return of the "Big King," which resembles a Big Mac and a "French Fry Burger," which is essentially a burger with four french fries smashed on top.
The efforts haven't yet sparked any big sales gains at a time when traditional fast-food chains are struggling. In the latest quarter, sales at established restaurants in the U.S. and Canada edged up just 0.4 percent.
This week, Burger King Worldwide Inc. also announced the return of "Chicken Fries" for a limited time. The company said it brought back the deep-fried chicken in response to demand it saw online.