— If you don't mind bitter, watery brew, consider swapping your Pumpkin Spice Latte for a free cup of coffee from 7-Eleven this week. Today through Friday the convenience store chain is passing out free cups of coffee to app users. Download the app, register your name and email, and find a code the cashier will scan each day.
— This weekend, Grammy Award-winning indie rocker St. Vincent popped up at a restaurant in Dallas where she waited tables. It's true: Vincent was spotted at Resident Taqueria, a new restaurant owned by the singer's brother-in-law and sister. Proof:
Hungry? thirsty? when do u ever get to have Annie brings u the best tacos and margaritas to your table! #Repost @kkdubya with @repostapp. ・・・ Dallas people, go to @residenttaqueria this weekend and let waitress extraordinaire @st_vincent serve you delicious tacos y margaritas! Seriously, the food is amazing. #shortribtacos #palomastoo
— Are the world's biggest coffee retailers risking lives for high quality beans? The Wall Street Journal reports that Starbucks, Keurig, and Nespresso are negotiating deals with farmers in Southern Sudan, an area ravaged by war. The moves come from a "belief of premier coffee purveyors that securing a dedicated supply of high-quality beans will be more reliable than the volatile coffee futures market—even if those beans are coming from a nation at war." But could these big deals also help war torn areas rise out of poverty and government oppression? That remains to be seen.
— Little known fact about chef Marcus Samuelsson: His bedtime ritual involves a conversation with his wife. "My wife and I, at around 11:30 or 12, we talk. Not just, ‘How are you?' I like to have a soulful conversation with her, a meaningful conversation. And then after that, I fall asleep within two seconds."
— It's possibly time to revisit the cutest chef pets on Instagram. Chicago-based chef Graham Elliot just got a new puppy and the creature is incredibly adorable:
The newest member of the family~ everyone say hello to Schnitzel pic.twitter.com/HF9ZFpkXUY
— GRAHAM ELLIOT (@grahamelliot) October 12, 2015
— The big beer merger is still maybe possibly sort of on the table? According to Bloomberg, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is thinking about raising its takeover bid for SABMiller Plc. Last week, SABMiller rejected an offer of $104 Billion. The new number? $108 Billion.
— Just two guys hanging out on some swings: