Congratulations, you made it to Friday. Sports fans will no doubt be keeping an eye on the Masters this weekend, but even those who don't know the difference between a birdie and an eagle can appreciate the golf tournament's culinary traditions: Its most popular foodstuff is a pimento cheese sandwich that's been served for decades, and is still priced at just $1.50. (The so-hot-right-now chicken sandwich is a Masters menu staple, too.)
In other vital food news to carry you into the weekend: what the presidential candidates are currently eating; Anthony Bourdain professes his love for Shake Shack; Alton Brown makes a coffee discovery; and how a fresh influx of American tourists is affecting Cuba's restaurant scene.
— As a native New Yorker, Bernie Sanders is obviously familiar with diners. What's his go-to order? The presidential candidate gives Seth Meyers the lowdown:
— Speaking of politicians and restaurants, Ted Cruz was not very well-received at a restaurant in the Bronx this week. No word on what the Republican candidate, who we previously learned loves cheese and hates avocados, had for lunch.
— Alton Brown's world has been rocked by herb-infused coffee:
I never thought I'd like rosemary in my coffee ... now I don't know how I'll live without it. Thanks Rise Coffee Bar pic.twitter.com/Z12prvdxIe— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) April 6, 2016
— What's the first thing that Anthony Bourdain eats when he gets home from an whirlwind trip to another continent? Shake Shack, natch. The Parts Unknownhost tells the Daily Beast, "I'm having a double cheeseburger naked, please. No lettuce. No tomato. No nothing. Just cheese and two burgers on a potato bun. I’ll have two of those and I’m happy. I’m singing America, fuck yeah!" (Bourdain has previously professed his undying love for In-N-Out, but you can't get that in New York.)
— There are somewhere around 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., and their proprietors have come up with a decidedly formulaic way of naming their restaurants to ensure people know where to get their fix of Americanized fare like orange chicken: The Washington Post analyzed Yelp's restaurant database and found more than one-third of the restaurant names include the word "China" or "Chinese." Also popular: "House," "Garden," "Wok," "Express," "Golden," and yes, "Panda."
— As American tourists flock to Cuba, locals are discovering they suddenly have to make restaurant reservations in order to get a table.
— South Korea is suffering from caffeine overload: The number of coffee shops in the country tripled from 2011 to 2015, and now the supply outweighs the demand, resulting in price wars and layoffs.
— Dos Equis' former spokesman is not only no longer the Most Interesting Man in the World, now he's even been forced to resort to taking taxis. What, no more private plane?
look who had a hard time getting a cab yesterday evening pic.twitter.com/ZzbIBvEKhy— gabe ulla (@gabeulla) April 8, 2016
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