— Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck is opening his very first restaurant in New York City next year. The chef has "opened dozens of restaurants around the globe over the last three decades," but never one in Manhattan. Eater NY writes that Puck is opening a branch of his popular upscale steakhouse chain Cut in the Financial District in the summer of 2016.
— Not all caffeine buzzes are the same. Turns out the other compounds found in a drink alongside caffeine can affect stimulation too, which can explain the difference someone might feel when drinking tea versus coffee. Tea also contains an amino acid known as theanine which can either increase alertness or kill the caffeine buzz depending on the dosage.
— Starbucks is expanding its Reserve bar concept across the pond. The chain is opening a "coffee theatre" in central London. It will be the first UK location to offer pastries, salads, and "sharing platters of cheeses, meats, and flatbread" and there will be an evening menu that offers beer and wine. Plus, customers will be able to order from their tables from a handheld device.
— There is also a rumor that Starbucks is opening a giant roastery, like the one the company has in Seattle, in Brooklyn. However, a spokesperson for the coffee company tells Eater that the story is "pure speculation."
— Anthony Bourdain is officially on List, a new app by actor B.J. Novak. His first entry? A very useful list of "underrated, douche-free destinations" that are free of "high living bros, oligarchs in Speedos, binge drinking soccer fans, [and] tour busses filled with ugly ass leisure wear."
— Tokyo's first Shake Shack is opening very soon:
— While people keep demanding higher quality food from McDonald's, the chain keeps running in the opposite direction. Bloomberg writes that the restaurant is testing selling highly-caffeinated, very sugary Monster energy drinks in 20 of its stores. The drinks are available at locations in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, and Illinois.
—UFC fighter Ronda Rousey really loves wings. She loves them so much that she had a private chef flown in to make her a celebratory batch after her last fight. "I eat about 50 hot wings... I love hot wings. After my last fight, one of the UFC owners flew in a private chef to Rio de Janeiro so that he could make me hot wings, because there are no hot wings in Rio! That's how important they are to me."
— Turns out Ferran Adrià is not opening a new restaurant in London. His brother Albert, however, will, but it will be a completely new project — not an outpost of his famed Barcelona restaurant Tickets as rumored:
Spoke with Albert Adria, Ferran will not open a restaurant in London. However, Albert will - no Tickets bar but a new project. #AdriaLondon— Ryan King (@RJKingSays) October 20, 2015
— Here is empire builder Jay Z on his favorite pizza and and Beyonce's favorite toppings: