The Rock can eat a whole Hawaiian pizza in one sitting
When Michael Scott needs to carbo-load before a big foot race, he takes down a whole thing of fettuccini Alfredo. When football player-turned-wrestler-turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson needs to carbo-load before a big fight scene, he takes down an entire Hawaiian pizza. The Rock revealed this habit in an Instagram post, per Vulture, explaining that he’s “having fun strategically manipulating my diet/body for shooting HOBBS & SHAW (my Fast & Furious spin-off film),” and that he loves “these midweek pizza carb ups like a drunk loves free peanuts.”
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Got the glorious text from my strength & conditioning coach @daverienzi that read “DJ, need a mid week carb up for your big scenes tomorrow. Eat a pizza and send me your pics in the morning” to which I responded - Watch. This. We’re having fun strategically manipulating my diet/body for shooting HOBBS & SHAW (my Fast & Furious spin-off film) and I love these midweek pizza carb ups like a drunk loves free peanuts. As for my pizza toppings - keep in mind, I’m the guy who likes to put tequila and brown sugar in my oatmeal, so pineapple on pizza is MY JAM - with ham. #PizzaCarbUp #StrategicManipulation #HobbsAndShaw #MyPizzaMyRules
While The Rock’s ability to take down an entire pizza by himself is impressive, traditionalists must be dismayed to learn of his preference for pineapple on his pies. But, who’s going to argue with The Rock? As he says in a hashtag closing out that IG post, #MyPizzaMyRules.
Upstate New York has no problem with Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A has been the subject of some negative headlines this week. Officials at Rider University said the chain would not be welcome on campus due to its anti-gay history. The company responded with an official statement claiming it holds no discriminatory corporate policies, but omitting its history of anti-gay public statements and charitable donations. None of this has deterred chicken-sandwich lovers in Buffalo, New York, who, according to CBS 2, camped out in the snow overnight Wednesday ahead of Chick-fil-A’s debut in nearby Cheektowaga. The first 100 diners in line received a year’s worth of free chicken sandwiches.
And in other food news ...
- A man is suing Whole Foods over incident during which a store security guard choked him and pinned him to the ground. [New York Post]
- Tejal Rao eulogizes Patricia Quintana, the iconic Mexican chef who died earlier this week. “Ms. Quintana’s work pushed back against the stereotypes of Mexican cuisine with persistence and finesse, deepening the collective appreciation for regional flavors in her country and abroad,” Rao writes. [New York Times]
- The wellness industry has made Indian food a trend that is ripe with cultural appropriation. [Bon Appétit]
- Food bloggers in Thailand think the inspectors who compile the annual Michelin guides don’t know what they’re talking about. These in-the-know locals say Michelin “lacks cutting-edge credibility.” [South China Morning Post]
- Here is an illustration explaining everything you could possibly want to know about the plastic fake grass that comes in take-out sushi containers. [New York Times]
- Medieval Times, the bizarre dinner-and-a-show chain that was huge in the ’90s, now has its first queen watching over the proceedings. Unfortunately, the restaurants still employ “wenches” to sling drinks. [Washington Post]
- Finally, Paul Hollywood gives out too many handshakes in the Channel 4 version of the Great British Baking Show. [The Ringer]