There's 195 days till Election Day, and Donald Trump's latest attack is directed at John Kasich and his eating habits. Said Trump at an event yesterday in Rhode Island: "I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion. ... This guy takes a pancake and he’s shoving it in his mouth. It is disgusting. Do you want that for your president? I don't think so, I don’t think so. Honestly it’s disgusting." Perhaps Trump would like to build a wall outside John Kasich's house and make him pay for it.
In other food news today: Taco Bell is still teasing America with the possibility of fried chicken shell tacos; the co-founder of Noma just opened a restaurant inside Grand Central Station; France has some weird ideas about New York street food; and #NotAllAirlineFood is terrible.
— Taco Bell is taking another stab at fried chicken shell tacos: The chain tested the idea last year at a few stores in California, and now it seems the intriguing menu item is being served in Kansas (though this time it's being called a chalupa instead). Could fried chicken shells be the new Doritos Locos?
— Kellogg's has taken two terrible-for-you things and united them in one terrifying package: soda-flavored Pop-Tarts in A&W root beer and Orange Crush flavors will hit store shelves this month. (Just one question: why?)
— The James Beard Foundation is best known for handing out coveted awards, but that's not all it does. The organization just launched JBF Impact Programs, "an initiative which will enhance JBF’s work to establish a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership" in the areas of "food waste, sustainable agriculture and seafood, and beyond." New endeavors will include roundtable discussions in various cities and hands-on experiences to educate chefs on food system issues.
— Noma co-founder and new Nordic cuisine pioneer Claus Meyer opens a restaurant, Agern, in NYC's Grand Central Terminal today. According to Eater NY, with rather pricey a la carte and tasting menu options, "it seems that the restaurant is not trying to generate broad appeal amongst commuters, but rather establish itself as a dining destination that just happens to be in a train station." (The good news: There's no tipping, as service is included in the menu prices.)
— McDonald's France just launched a menu inspired by "New York street food," and it includes pseudo-patty melts with bacon, burgers with sweet mustard (?!), and a mixed box of chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, and chicken tenders served with bacon-onion dipping sauce. Seems legit.
— The poor quality of airline food is a joke as old as time itself, but some carriers actually serve some pretty impressive menus: On Singapore Airlines, first and business class passengers can dine on beautifully plated sous vide miso beef or steak with foie gras and truffle sauce, and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific offers 14 types of noodle soups as well as traditional English tea service complete with scones. Sure beats orange juice from a can and a tiny bag of pretzels.