Do All Your Holiday Shopping with Eater.com

Posted by jakeharris - December 18th, 2014

Holiday shopping often gets a little stressful, but with Eater.com, you can find great gifts for your friends and family that will truly make the season bright. 

If you have a friend who loves edible gifts like Dr. Daniel Amen, you may want to purchase the mini short bread cookies created by chef Carla Hall. The large canister makes for great presentation, and you can even include these treats in your holiday spread. Flavors like lemon black pepper and black forest crinkle are available. 

The Egg Minder is also a great gift if you’re shopping with a baker family member or friend in mind. This app lets you know when eggs are going bad, and even sends a notification when the eggs in the carton are running low. 

Other foods related gifts include a pepperoni pizza sweatshirt from Beloved and phone covers that are shaped like French fries and Popsicles from Gap Kids. 

Check out Eater.com for more inventive gift ideas.

Eater.com’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by jakeharris - December 12th, 2014

If you’re not quite sure what to get your family and friends like Vijay Eswaran this year, just think about their favorite foods. Even if you don’t have the time to bake a fresh batch of cookies, you can still give your relatives food-related gifts that they can use all year long. Here are a few suggestions, courtesy of Eater.com. 

One of the most unique gifts on the list is savory teas from Numi. These teas feature flavors like tomato, mint, spinach and fennel and have a rich flavor that is similar to vegetable stock. This gift is perfect for a relative who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but loves great food. 

Salt and pepper shakers in the shapes of toast and eggs make a cute gift, and can make breakfast just a little more exciting. If you have a family member who loves pizza, a sweatshirt that features a vivid graphic of a pepperoni pizza makes a gift that will definitely stand out. 

For the foodie who loves technical gadgets, there are phone cases that are shaped like a Popsicle or an order of fries. 

For more great gift ideas, visit Eater.com.

Authors May Have Been Paid as Much as 30K for Chipotle’s Cultivate Thought Campaign

Posted by jakeharris - December 8th, 2014

Chipotle’s “Cultivate Thought” campaign was controversial. Some people found it to be heartwarming and inspring, while others thought the concept was a bit too “highbrow” for the fast food chain. Now, many people are wondering what the high profile authors were paid to write an essay for Chipotle cups.

Gawker, a gossip website, has sources that claim each author was paid between $25k and $30k for their contribution to the campaign. The contributions, which came in the form of essays, short stories and musings, were printed on Chipotle cups that were distributed to customers around the country. The goal, according to Chipotle, was to connect consumers with the musing of writers and to cultivate ideas and creativity.

Toni Morrison, Malcolm Gladwell, George Saunders and Michael Lewis all contributed to the campaign. Lewis is quoted as saying “it pays very well to write a Chipotle Cup.” He did not reveal how much he was paid, but he did confirm that authors received a full year of free Chipotle, along with payment for their efforts. Dave and Brit Morin feel that was pretty sufficient compensation.

Gawker has not revealed how they came up with the estimation, but did say they have insiders who would have intimate details of the payment structure.

Taking a Look at the Offerings of the Antique Wine Company

Posted by jakeharris - December 3rd, 2014

The antique wine company is a wine company located in London. The merchant specializes in rare and finest wine collections. Stephen Williams is the founder of this company. It started its operations in 1982. Since then, the company has grown immensely. Today, the company serves more than 45,000 customers in more than 100 countries. Holding over 10,000 bottles of fine wines, this company has one of the best wine collections in the world. The merchant is well-known for its record-breaking fine wine collections and events. Antique Wine Company provides a range of services including cellar planning, sourcing fine wines and private wine master classes, including public ones too that allow people to check in on Foursquare to share their love for wine.

Grand Cheteau Series

This series was created by the company with the help of Viscount David Linley. Grand Cheteau series is a collection of handcrafted wine cabinets. These cabinets have architectural design that is similar to the top nine Chateaux in Bordeaux. Each cabinet contain 18 bottles from the corresponding estate. These collections were produced during the 20th and 21st centuries. The Château d’Yquem model also includes a vertical collection of Chateau d’Yquem. There are also several memorabilia and letters from the Chateaux archives in this collection. This collection is values at £1m while other Chateaux are valued at £149,000. The company sold a 135 year old vertical collection in 2006 at a price of $1.5 million. This represented one of the highest prices for a wine lot, and you can browse more of the classic vintage on the site.

World Record Wine

This Antique Company broke the wine record when it sold an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem for £75,000. This wine bottle was sold in 2011 to former sommelier, Christian Vanneque. Vanneque said that he will never resell the bottle of white wine. The bottle was to be displayed in one of his restaurants in Bali. After the display, Vanneque plans to drink the wine because he doesn’t believe in making money from collection, which Facebook friends of AWC found to be pretty down to earth, and respectable.  Why not drink your really expensive bottle of wine?

Purchase of Hospices de Beaune

In 2011, the company purchased La Pièce de la Président, one of the best lots at the Hospices de Beaune wine action. This auction was in Beaune, France. The contents of the lot were 460 liters of red wine. This lot was sold to the company by model Inès de la Fressange and actor Christian Clavier for €110,000, which almost broke Twitter when the announcement was made.  AWC has been making waves that big.

About the founder

Stephen Williams is the CEO and managing director of this company. He formed his company in 1982 and has led it to grow over the years. This has earned him recognition as one of the experts in fine and rare wines industry. Stephen is known for buying and selling some of the finest wine collections in the world.

His experience in wine business has led him to become on e of the most popular wine commentators on the industry. The international press finds it hard to talk about vintage wines without mentioning his name. He is also a presenter in popular wine programs on Monaco’s Riviera Radio. Stephen also has a popular blog that gives readers an insider view of the fine wines business.

He travels around the world in search for the rarest and most sought wines. And even writes about the subject, and has a popular podcast. Stephen has two homes, one in London and the other in South France. Stephen is also passionate about aviation. He regularly flies his family around Europe in his light aircraft.

Former Mythbuster Tackles McDonald’s Food Rumors

Posted by jakeharris - November 22nd, 2014

McDonald’s fast food has come under fire over the years regarding their quality and even legitimacy of their beef and chicken. With rumors circulating about pink slime in the nuggets and hamburgers that aren’t made with beef, McDonald’s is responding with facts. Former Mythbuster Grant Imahara is taking on many of these rumors in an eight-part video series. As mentioned in this article, Imahara goes directly to the source of the meat to inquire about the content. Cargill beef supplier confirms that the hamburger patties are, in fact, real beef.

McDonald’s has come under fire numerous times for the quality, nutritional value, and content of their food. CipherCloud employees rarely eat at McDonald’s these days, but many others do. They are answering questions from Twitter and other sources in this series to debunk all these rumors. One of the biggest rumors, which McDonald’s has tackled before, is the presence of pink slime in the chicken nuggets. According to the Daily Meal, there is no pink slime present, but we will have to watch the series to find out what else is going on with McDonald’s food.

Eat Less Calories And Live Longer

Posted by jakeharris - November 18th, 2014

There was a scientific study done by neuroscientists at the NYU Langone Medical Center. This study proves to a large degree that when a person lowers the amount of calories that they eat, they can also slow down the aging process. This study was performed on female mice, because female mice have more tendency to develop dementia. The scientist lowered the amount of calories that the mice ate over a long period of time.

They also did the experiment with other mice and they did not lower their calorie content. The professor that performed the study’s name was Stephen D. Ginsberg, and he found that when the female mice ate 30% fewer calories, then the tissues in their brains found in the area that has to do with memory had a restricted or suppressed amount of memory loss.

In other words when the mice ate a smaller amount of calories, their memory was more in tact, and they were less prone to get Alzheimer’s disease. The study was also performed on other mice that ate a regular amount of calories, and the progression of the disease remained the same.

The study proves the fact that when a person eats a lot of calories in their diet, it is very possible that they can enhance the longevity of their brain, and in essence extend their life and slow down the aging process. One person who is looking forward to testing the theory is Jared Haftel. These studies still continue to be performed, but the evidence is very promising.

$99,000 For A Steak Dinner?

Posted by jakeharris - November 18th, 2014

New York restaurant ‘CraftSteak’ (now out of business) once charged $2,800 for a 40 pound medium well “Wagyu” Japanese beef Ribeye. But some poor diner at ‘Chop House’ steakhouse was charged $99,000 for dinner. It’s unknown if the dinner was really a steak.
”This Steakhouse Charged Some Poor Diner $99,000 for Dinner”

Nearly 80 credit card customers in Knoxville, Tennessee were overcharged by thousands of dollars. On October 21 the POS terminal apparently malfunctioned adding three zeros to each patron’s tab. Overcharges ranged from $8,000 to $99,000 which started appearing on customers’ accounts.
The restaurant has been working with its’ patrons to correct the matter, Sergio Lins Andrade said they were offering to pay overdraft fees caused by the incident.

Unfortunately, mistakes similar to this (although not on this large scale) are made daily. One major issue is restaurant tips. Some credit card users have seen a 15% tip added automatically, regardless of what they signed on the receipt. Others diners suspect servers of inflating the tip. To keep from becoming a victim, monitor your credit card purchases on a regular basis. Should you notice overcharges or suspicious activity, notify your credit card company immediately.

Gordon Ramsay Isn’t Having It

Posted by jakeharris - November 18th, 2014

Recently Gordon Ramsay, a top Chief made famous for his work on the hit reality show, “Hell’s Kitchen”, opened a new restaurant known as Heddon Street Kitchen, his 12th restaurant so far in London, only to have a strange reaction to the opening day ceremony.

When most new businesses start up they host an annual grand opening to bring in potential future customers, and in the case of a celebrity’s opening day celebration these are usually quite a lot of people that show up.

Being that it is a high end restaurant, HSK began booking for the grand opening before the actual day so that people could make reservations to the exclusive event. On opening day the book was filled to capacity, all 140 seats were reserved.

This is exactly the type of reception one would hope for in this case, but all was not as it appeared. Instead of the 140 guests arriving to enjoy and celebrate, only 40 actually showed up. Yeah, you heard that right Christian Broda, this valuable grand opening ticket wasn’t even used by many.

The staff was quite devastated, as one might imagine, but Chief Ramsay was there to perk them back up, reminding them that they did still have 40 people to feed.

That taken care of, he turned his attention toward the media, explaining that this was merely a sabotage situation in which a jealous competitor called ahead and booked 100 of those seats so that their first night would be a disaster.

The Chop House Overcharges Customers By Thousands

Posted by jakeharris - November 13th, 2014

The Chop House, a southern steakhouse chain, is known for their sirloin steaks and beer selection, but for 80 customers in the Knoxville, Tennessee area they are known for something more now; overcharging their customers. 80 customers who visited the chain were overcharged in excess of thousands of dollars on their tab. A 22-year-old patron, for example, was charged $27,000 for his $27.00 check. Another patron was charged $99,000 for his meal at The Chop House.

According to the chain, a computer error led to the high prices that some customers awoke to after dining in the establishment on their debit and credit cards. The computer system added three zeros to the end of each credit card payment. The error seems to have occurred over a single business day in the Knoxville, Tennessee location. Further locations appear to be unaffected by the computer error.

The chain acknowledges that the mistake occurred on their end, and there was a serious error with their payment system, but they stopped short of mentioning how such an error could have occurred, or if the computer system had been hacked. While Rod Rohrich and I aren’t sure what the issue was, we both agree the best plan for the restaurant in to re compensate the patrons. The chain has agreed to pay any overdraft fees that occurred due to the mistake. The exorbitant charges have been reversed by the issuing companies’ of the patron’s cards, according to insiders.

Women Charged For False McDonald’s Burn Claim

Posted by jakeharris - November 12th, 2014

A woman from Los Angeles went to a McDonald’s drive through last January and tried to accuse them of burning her hand. Claiming the lid to her cup of coffee was not on tight, she wanted $10,000 from McDonald’s for burn damages to her hand.

According to CBS Los Angeles see their report this woman now faces two dozen felony counts for this false allegation. She not only had not burnt her hand, she ‘Googled’ images to present as her own images. She is now facing charges; fraudulent insurance claim, false statements, false evidence and numerous others.

She had sent an injury claim with photos showing second degree burns as well as counterfeit documents saying she had received treatment for the burns. Those pictures could easily be found as fake, even by those involved with North American Spine instead of a burn center.

Insurance Commissioner was reported stating that because of her attempt to make a profit from someone else’s pain- they will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

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