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Cafe du Monde Among Most Instagrammed Places in U.S.

Five things to know on this Wednesday.


It's Wednesday, December 2 and apparently the day of Saint Bibiana, the patron saint of hangovers. So go out and drink, Bibi is watching over you! For those who don't drink or don't Catholic, consider the following five topics instead: Instagram released its list of the most photographed places in the U.S. in 2015 and somehow only one dining establishment made the cut; British restaurant critics continue to use colorful language and raise eyebrows; beleaguered food delivery service Good Eggs has plans to expand outside of San Francisco again; China's hunger for Spanish Iberico ham is out of control; and finally: You missed some epic sales on Cyber Monday, bro.


Cafe du Monde Makes List of Most Instagrammed Places in America

The most photographed place in Louisiana, according to Instagram, is Cafe du Monde. Famous for its beignets and chicory-laced coffee, the original shop is still open 24-hours-a-day. Most of the other places on the list were sports arenas, but in Vermont, Harpoon Brewery — not, it should be noted, the Ben & Jerry's factory — is a crowd favorite. Also of note, the state fairs of Minnesota and Iowa are among the most photographed places in the U.S.

Image credit: The Traveling Fork/Instagram


Tanya Gold Strikes Again

The British journalist who tore apart New York City's dining scene earlier this year (for no good reason), is at it again. This time, Tanya Gold of the Spectator sets her claws upon a restaurant with an unfortunate moniker: Sexy Fish sounds like one of those annoying restaurants where rich people take their much younger dates to blow a lot of cash and drink a lot of booze. Choice quotes include: "The golden ceiling — which I read about in the London Evening Standard, because ceilings can be news, if they are ‘it' ceilings — is apparently by the style-editor-at-large of Vanity Fair, which I thought was a made-up job but apparently is not." "Sexy Fish is a ludicrous restaurant with a ludicrous name in a ludicrous town." And finally: "It is like being punched in the face by Abu Dhabi."

Image credit: Sexy Fish/Facebook


Good Eggs Has a New CEO and a New Plan for the New Year

Good Eggs — the SF-based food delivery service that sources from local farms — has hired a new CEO, Bentley Hall. According to Tech Crunch, Hall's resume includes stints at Plum Organics, Clif Bar, and Johnson & Johnson. Existing CEO Rob Spiro will become a chairman but will remain "very active" in the company. The question is, can Hall save the company from itself? Good Eggs sounded like a promising concept right off the bat. It was bringing the farm to people's doors. People wanted this; farmers wanted this. But earlier this year, after over $50 million in investments, Good Eggs pulled out of Brooklyn, LA, and New Orleans. It left thousands of farmers, producers, employees, and consumers in the lurch. Will new management help it stay afloat? Apparently Good Eggs plans to expand outside of SF again in 2016.

Image credit: Good Eggs/Facebook


Spanish Iberico Ham Is Very, Very Popular in China

Jamon Ibérico, the prized Spanish export, is gaining in popularity in China. The New York Times reports that while the best Ibérico hams can fetch nearly $700 in Spain and double that in the U.S., Chinese consumers are willing to pay more. Not only do they love pork, but they see the product — which comes from pigs carefully raised on acorns and natural feed — as healthy. Chinese financiers are investing in elite ham producers. The Chinese appreciation for pork also means they aren't afraid of the unique manner in which the hams are aged; the USDA only began allowing a few Ibérico imports a decade ago. But Spanish producers are wary: "My worry is that the Chinese are willing to import today so that they can work out how to produce their own great ham tomorrow," said Ricardo Sánchez, managing director of Arturo Sánchez, a Spanish producer.

Image credit: Sy/Flickr


Jeb Bush's "Guaca Bowle" Was 20 Percent Off on Cyber Monday

That means it was $60 instead of $75.

Image credit: Jeb Bush

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