- DC Comic’s Green Lantern teams up with KFC’s Colonel Sanders for the third issue of KFC’s comic series. Southern food commentator John T. Edge already has thoughts; people at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 19 can pick up a copy there.
- Crispy taco, fried-green tomato, and everything bagel are the latest Lays flavors, part of their weird annual flavor contest. Try them in stores and vote for the best option from July 24 to October 8.
- This Norwegian chef is turning Nordic cuisine on its head, moving away from the “famously bland” dishes to focus instead of the “intense” smoked lamb, smoked mackerel, and high-quality dairy, produce, and meat available in the country. He’s calling it neo-fjordic.
- Watch the latest British Airways inflight safety video, which features celebrities including shouty chef Gordon Ramsay.
- Dear people who lived in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s: Anthony Bourdain is looking for home videos featuring things like “life in the city and suburbs, Motown performances, protests, views of Hudson's, the Big Three's assembly lines, and more” for a four-part documentary he’s producing about Detroit. Intrigued? Head here.
- For the “Elvis Ain’t Dead Yet” fest, a Charleston bakery is re-creating Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding cake from their sumptuous Las Vegas wedding in 1967. “The monster dessert required 20 pounds of Crisco shortening, 48 2-inch sugar hearts, and 478 silver dragees.”
- What’s the fate of Whole Foods Market’s 365 stores? The cheaper, small format stores were planned in order to attract customers who were looking for better values, but following the company’s sale to Amazon, “there’s uncertainty on when and if the stores will open as planned.” Four are currently operating, but what will happen to the 22 others that were slated to open remains to be seen.
- Today, Tabasco releases its hottest sauce ever — 20 times hotter than original Tabasco Sauce. Dubbed The Scorpion Sauce, it’s only available online
- Walmart is now selling a version of pre-jarred pickles flavored with tropical fruit punch, called Tropickles. Here’s what Walmart has to say: “The modern-day couple, the pickle and fruit punch met on social media (they bonded over recipes on Pinterest, to be exact); now, we are celebrating their union on Walmart store shelves." Okay then.
- Why are we still talking about avocado toast?
- Is Amazon getting too big? The online retail goliath is buying Whole Foods for nearly $14 billion, and one Congressman is now demanding an antitrust investigation to examine exactly what kind of implications such a deal would have on both competitors and consumers.
- LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell on restaurant critics wait for a month (at least) before doing a review.
- And, finally, food writer and culinary historian Michael Twitty’s rules for writing about food include “celebrate, don’t discover” and “watch out for ‘authenticity.’”
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