— Guess who's back? Back again? Starbucks' melted Yankee candle-like concoction, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Except this year, the fall drink that the internet collectively loses its marbles over, is going more natural. Shocker of shockers, the Pumpkin Spice Latte will be made with actual pumpkin from now on. It also will no longer contain artificial caramel coloring. But sorry vegans, there is still no animal product-free version.
— Pumpkin Spice Lattes are not the only new thing on the menu at Starbucks. The chain announced that it is expanding its "Evenings" program to 12 more locations across the country. Starting Wednesday, these locations — which are in Denver, Miami, Brooklyn, Orlando, and Northern California — will sell beer, wine, and small plates like bacon-wrapped dates during certain hours.
— Do you know who won't be drinking Starbucks' more natural Pumpkin Spice Lattes or knocking back glasses of wine at the coffee shop? The animal rights activists that are protesting the coffee giant's treatment of "cows and pigs for items used on the coffee chain's menus" in New York City today. The activists want to bring attention to the "dairy industry's practice and low wages of coffee-plantation workers."
— French chef Inaki Aizpitarte has split from the London restaurant he opened in June, Le Chabanais. Aizpitarte and the team from his famed Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand have left the restaurant completely after "a chaotic launch and poor reviews." The chef tells Bloomberg, "I've finished by contract: Everything is finished... I cannot talk about it." The restaurant opened to invited guests in May but then quickly shuttered because the kitchen ventilation system was not working. And then when the restaurant finally reopened in June, it was quickly panned by critics.
— McDonald's Japan is jumping on the avocado trend: The chain is currently running an avocado-centric breakfast promotion that features English muffin sandwiches topped with different meats (including a shrimp patty and a burger) and plenty of avocado. It's not exactly the avocado toast the chain is serving in Australia, but it's close.
— Former NFL star Eddie Jackson is now a Food Network star. The former athlete won the latest season of Food Network Star, which promises winners their own show on the channel and a feature in Food Network Magazine. The 35-year-old, whose pro-football career ended due to an injury, owns the Caribbean Grill food truck in Houston. Jackson previously competed on Fox's MasterChef.