- Check out the dinner menu, wine selections, and more details for tonight’s state dinner, during which United States President Donald Trump will host his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. Considering what we know about Trump’s diet, it seems likely he’ll push the food around on his plate in an attempt to convince others he is actually eating his meal (though he may take two scoops of that crème fraîche ice cream). Perhaps he’ll have an errand boy make a McDonald’s run once the festivities are over.
Whet your appetite. WH announces menu for Tuesday night's State Dinner for French Pres and Mme Macron: pic.twitter.com/AHzVE9iUlN— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 23, 2018
- Meanwhile, Erick Erickson, a conservative commentator who believes his worldview is “ghettoized” despite the fact that his Twitter avatar indicates he was once on the cover of Atlanta Magazine’s power issue, and who fondly recalls anti-Asian dining choices on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, isn’t a fan of this “unpronounceable froo-froo garbage.” Erickson, a proud Southerner, apparently thinks jambalaya and buttermilk biscuits are too highfalutin for his taste.
This menu is why I could never be President: https://t.co/GjDFxf24PM I'd serve fried chicken and mashed potatoes with sweet potato pie for dessert. None of this unpronounceable froo-froo garbage.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) April 23, 2018
- On the other hand, hero chef José Andrés, who undoubtedly serves food that would be far too fancy for Erickson, approves of the state dinner menu and offers some rare kind words toward Trump.
Dear @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP Menu looks great! Remember to honor Honoré Julien who was the first known French chef at the White House and Virginia wines, that are full of French influence.... https://t.co/TGxigXb4pa— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) April 23, 2018
- Here is a detailed look at how World Central Kitchen, Andrés’s non-profit that provides relief in the wake of disasters, managed to feed people after an island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico last week.
- The New Yorker has a funny and weird bit of science fiction starring Starbucks coffee.
- In the real world, Starbucks is shifting its focus more toward drive-thru sales.
- Rishab Jain, a freshman at the Georgia Institute of Technology the winner of Jeopardy’s recent college tournament wants to spend his winnings on every college student’s dream: a lifetime supply of Taco Bell. Upon hearing this wish, the chain sent Jain a $500 gift card.
- There’s an internet rumor going around claiming fast-food giant McDonald’s is planning to turn its kid-friendly PlayPlaces into stoner-friendly “weed lounges.” Unfortunately for potheads, Mickey D’s says the rumor is “100 percent not true.”
- CNN has released another ad about the importance of fact-finding and truth in journalism. This one features a giant pile of bananas.
CNN up with a new facts first ad with a pile of bananas pic.twitter.com/AYHGpxFE8t— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) April 23, 2018
- And in other banana news, a British television show used a supposedly psychic version of the fruit to accurately predict the gender of Duchess Kate and Prince William’s new baby boy.
- A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for conducting a years-long series of fajitas thefts valued at $1.2 million. “It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control,” 53-year-old Gilberto Escamilla said while pleading guilty. “It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”
- Thanks to a whopping 80 percent tax cut included in the recently passed tax laws, craft distillers are producing more booze.
- Why do many Mormons have a love for Hawaiian food? They often go on mission trips to Polynesia.
- Disputed claims about A2 milk, which, unlike regular cows’ milk, contains only A2 protein and no A1, being easier to digest are driving demand for the product, and farmers are buying in.
- Finally, this video of a woman silently staring into a camera while eating a raw steak is pretty creepy.