- Taco Bell is returning to Australia with major expansion plans. In November, the American chain opened a location in Brisbane, where sales have exceeded the company’s expectations. T-Bell previously tried to make headway in the Australian market in the 1980s and ’90s, but both attempts flopped. The third time may be the charm, because Mexican cuisine is gaining popularity in the country.
- A judge on the UK version of MasterChef eliminated a Malaysian contestant because her dish of chicken rendang was not crispy. The thing is, chicken rendang is not supposed to be crispy, and the judge is getting dragged on social media.
Chicken Rendang is a classic Malaysian dish, it’s very special. How could u asked someone to prepare it differnetly jz cuz u like a crispy chicken & sauce placed seperately? Respect the dish! It’s culture @JohnTorode1 @GreggAWallace @MasterChefUK— Shannon Chow ❄️ (@ShannonChowz) April 2, 2018
- Starbucks is once again pushing the envelope for coffee-ordering technology. After previously introducing an app that allows customers to order and pay ahead of their visit, thus eliminating wait time, the Seattle-based chain is trying out mobile voice ordering at locations in South Korea. The system works through Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby.
- You can now work on your meal plan for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Here’s the complete food lineup.
- The Masters golf tournament, one of the stuffiest events in sports, takes place this week at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. On Tuesday night, defending champ Sergio Garcia hosted the annual champions dinner, which is served to all living past winners. Garcia took inspiration from his native Spain and compiled a menu of tapas, an “international salad,” arroz caldoso de bogavante (lobster rice), and tres leches cake.
- The Masters may be stuffy, but that’s not all bad. Officials have banned spectators from shouting “dilly dilly,” Bud Light’s moronic new catch phrase, during the tournament. Offenders will be ejected.
- United States Department of Agriculture secretary Sonny Purdue is accused of siding with industry lobbyists instead of scientific studies. Also of note, per the Guardian: “The director of food policy for the corn syrup industry’s lobbying body, Kailee Tkacz of the Corn Refiners Association, for instance, was hired in July 2017. She received a White House ethics waiver for the position because she had lobbied Congress on the same issues just three months earlier.” America remains open for business.
- It’s a day that ends in “Y,” which means Antoni Porowski, the food expert on the Queer Eye reboot, is clapping back at the haters. On his penchant for using delicious avocados, which was endlessly criticized, for some reason: “If the person needs avocados, then I’m not going to deny them avocados because some troll decided I use avocados too much. If the person needs it, I’m not going to withhold that because of what outside perception of me using a certain ingredient is like.” Give ‘em hell, Antoni.
- Not only is Waffle House America’s greatest restaurant chain, it’s where the idea for Reddit was born. “I’d been studying for the LSAT,” founder Alexis Ohanian tells the New York Times. “I was going to be an immigration lawyer. I had this romantic idea of helping people get citizenship. But then I realized how much I hated what I was doing, so I went and got a waffle instead. It was at a Waffle House I realized I wanted to start something.”
- Wisconsin seems like the perfect place for a sixth-grader to study beer for a science fair.
- Why do humans toast with alcohol? This video explains the tradition.
- Is Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg actually a robot? This video of Zuck eating toast without any butter suggests so.
- The National Restaurant Association, in partnership with United Healthcare, wants to offer group health care to small restaurants. The NRA hopes a “plan like this one could be a step toward helping smaller restaurant businesses provide that benefit to employees with or without cost to them.”
- Following a shooting at YouTube’s Silicon Valley headquarters on Tuesday, employees at a nearby Carl’s Jr. made a tourniquet to stop a victim’s bleeding.
- Finally, Krispy Kreme and 7-Eleven locations in Australia are serving Simpsons-themed “d’ohnuts.” They appear to be big and pink and sprinkled and perfect replicas of their cartoon inspiration.
Time for an Australian edition of Let's Be Jealous! Krispy Kreme in Australia just released new Simpsons D'ohnuts. It's a glazed doughnut dipped in strawberry flavored white chocolate truffle and topped with sprinkles. For the Aussies out there, @gramofsugar already found the single packs at @7elevenaus.