- Arby’s is testing a massive roast beef sandwich called the Arbynator right now in Holland, Michigan. This beast of a sandwich is stuffed with curly fries, cheese sauce, and honey sauce. Shoving fries inside big piles of meat is all the rage these days.
- Although Whole Foods is earning some good will among shoppers with its recent price-cuts, a new study shows that Trader Joe’s is beating the gourmet grocery store in terms of consumer interest. A Research and Market report finds that 10.5 percent of adults in America go to Trader Joe’s at least once per month, while only 6.3 percent go to Whole Foods. Trader Joe’s also beat Whole Foods in terms of compound annual growth rate over a 10-year period.
- In between opening his new Miami restaurant and cooking for Diddy and DJ Khaled, Instagram star Nusret Gökçe — aka Salt Bae — decided to snap a photo of himself imitating Fidel Castro. After people complained about the political implications of this photo in the comments, Salt Bae decided to remove the pic.
- Chipotle is giving way its new and possibly improved queso to anyone wearing a “cheesy” sweater on December 12.
- While hiking through Kealakekua, Hawaii, a woman named Pamela Wang recently discovered an avocado the size of a watermelon. It looked perfectly ripe, too.
- The “mystery” cookies that Oreo released earlier this year were designed to taste like Fruity Pebbles.
- A sad reality of cooking shows like Chopped Junior and MasterChef Junior is that the kids are going through emotional hell while filming these programs. Kelly Shea, an on-set teacher who has worked on a few of these shows, tells the Wall Street Journal: “For 95 percent of them, this is the major disappointment of their life so far.”
- Maison Ladurée, the purveyor of macarons that people line up for in Paris and New York City, nowships its sweets worldwide via Goldbely.
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