- A Chipotle mega-fan in Ohio recently set the record for most consecutive visits to the chain with 426 meals under his belt. The burrito eater in question is also a huge Batman fan and goes by the name Bruce Wayne. Chipotle celebrated his achievement by giving Bruce a burrito-themed cape and cufflinks.
- Mariah Carey aced her Times Square performance on Sunday night, thus ensuring that 2018 will get off to a better start than 2017. But the production wasn’t entirely free of slip-ups — somebody forgot to give Mariah the hot tea she requested during a crucial moment of the show. “It’s a disaster, okay, we’ll just have to rough it.” Mariah told the crowd between songs. “We’re just going to have to be like everyone else with no hot tea.” Two hours later, Carey shared an Instagram photo of herself sipping from a tea cup with the message “Found my tea!”
- A group of fun-loving New Zealand revelers built a tiny island beer bar in the Tairua estuary on Sunday to evade a law prohibiting public drinking on the mainland. A local police officer told the BBC: “That’s creative thinking — if I had known [about it] I probably would have joined them."
- Meanwhile, over at Mar-a-Lago, the first family and hundreds of other friends and fans feasted on a four-course NYE dinner that included lobster ravioli, beef tenderloin, baked alaska, and an iceberg wedge salad with Trump’s “trademark Roquefort dressing,” according to the Times.
- 18 states across the country raised the minimum wage for workers yesterday. The pay hikes will impact 4.5 million Americans.
- The Conan Doyle Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland was temporarily renamed the J.K. Rowling Pub as part of a local literary event. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book when she was living nearby many years ago.
- During its first three months on air, Action Bronson’s late night show on Viceland has featured Debi Mazar smoking a blunt, Wyclef Jean breakdancing after glugging wine, and Sally Jesse Raphael stuffing a white truffle in her bra.
- In the UK, Uber is toying with the idea of introducing a subscription service for its food delivery service, UberEats.
- Fine-dining chefs around the world love wearing pricey timepieces on their wrists. Daniel Humm, of NYC’s much-lauded Eleven Madison Park, sports an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin watch that costs over $109,000.
- And finally, here is arguably the finest moment of yesterday’s Outback Bowl:
Plus, who forgot to give Mariah Carey her hot tea on New Year’s Eve?
Eater’s holiday banquet celebrates the food traditions we return to in memory, time and time again
With a few simple hacks — a gravy boat, chopped herbs, and a taper candle or two — your holiday celebration can look like a million bucks