- Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern is back with a new Travel Channel series that premieres tonight. Instead of traveling the globe and eating delicacies that some Americans might find, well, bizarre, Zimmern “is sharing his personal recommendations on the food and places where he most loves to eat,” according to an announcement about the show. The first episode of The Zimmern List, which takes the chef-turned-television personality to Los Angeles, airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT. That one will be immediately followed by an episode that delves into the dining scene in Austin.
- Anthony Bourdain, another former chef who now makes a living on TV, once dined at a Hanoi restaurant with President Barack Obama for a segment on Parts Unknown. The table the two shared is now encased in glass.
- Old-timey restaurant chain Cracker Barrel is freshening things up a bit by adding a selection of “bowls” to its menu. These aren’t the healthy-ish items one might find at a hip fast-casual spot. They’re more akin to something that might be found at a place like KFC.
- Being a Top Chef judge requires some serious dieting during the offseason. Padma Lakshmi says she consumes seven to eight thousand calories a day when the show is filming.
- Congratulations to Little Caesars, the pizza chain that has introduced a new pie stuffed with a whopping three feet of cheese.
- The McDonald’s mobile app is making life harder for employees because they are now handling more tasks. That means slower drive-thru service.
- Here is a painting inspired by celebrity Southern chef Sean Brock’s tattoo sleeve.
It’s finished! “Arm to Table” 30 x 40” oil on panel. This painting has been such an exciting journey to bring to fruition, and I can’t thank @hseanbrock enough for modeling his incredible sleeve. #fullsleevetattoo #tattoo #contemporaryrealism #stilllife #allthevegetables #shinystuff #everytubeofpaint #fineart @robertlangestudios @thevendue @huskrestaurant
- Tom Brady, the NFL quarterback who is just as famous for his strange eating habits as his football wins, just ate his first strawberry during a visit to The Late Show With Steven Colbert. Brady’s verdict on the fruit: “Not that bad.”
- Hugh Jackman is expanding his Laughing Man coffee line to include bagged coffee sold in grocery stores. New branding will feature the actor on the packaging.
- The Sporkful podcast takes a nuanced look at St. Patrick’s Day. When one culture’s holiday becomes everyone’s excuse to party, what’s gained and what’s lost?
- The New York Times observes that Filipino cuisine is finally having its mainstream moment in America.
- Someone is suing Kellogg and Frito-Lay over packaging that indicates stackable chips Pringles are all-natural in flavor. Obviously, that is not the case.
- We now have photographic proof that Donald Trump Jr. has been involved in clandestine meetings with some shady characters.
- Ikea, the home-furnishings giant that helped put Scandinavian design and cuisine on the map in the United States, is trying to do the same with mealworms. The company is experimenting with burgers made from “a concoction of mealworms and root vegetables.” This is what Ikea calls the “fast food of the future.”
- In news that must be troubling for producers of those little cans of air, Apple has patented a crumb-resistant keyboard. Finally, desk-lunchers will be able to enjoy their sandwiches with reckless abandon.
- True love really does exist. Tom and Abby, the adorable couple from the first episode of the Queer Eye reboot, are engaged.
It’s official, Abby and I are engaged. What a Netflix special the would be. If the Fab 5 planned and attended our wedding!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4KV4u9Rji4— Tom Jackson (@TomJack20176306) March 13, 2018
- Louisville-based celebrity chef Ed Lee has selected five participants for his initiative’s teaching and empowerment program for women in Kentucky’s restaurant industry. They are: Jen Rock and Nikkia Rhodes of Louisville; Stephania Sherkey and Stephanie Callihan of Lexington; and AuCo Lai of Corbin. Chefs Annie Quatrano (Atlanta), Brooke Williamson (Playa del Rey, California), Carrie Nahabedian (Chicago), Jenn Louis (Portland, Oregon), and Katie Button (Asheville, North Carolina) will serve as mentors to the participants. Louis is a controversial pick; she was arrested on domestic violence charge in 2016, though the charge was later dropped.
- Finally, Jeff Goldblum cooking a meal with famed critic Jonathan Gold is exactly what you need right now.