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Starbucks Customers Are Already Bored With Wacky Frappuccinos

Plus, some restaurants want to serve fancy tasting menus to children, and more food news

The zombie frappuccino.
The Zombie Frappuccino.
  • “On most days, I have two eggs for breakfast,” Napa Valley celebrity chef Thomas Keller says. “But on days when I’m playing golf, I go for something a little heartier to get me through the round: avocado toast. It’s nutritious, delicious and it’s not hard to prepare.” Is this the most Thomas Keller quote ever recorded?
  • With a new Star Wars movie coming out soon, diner chain Denny’s is serving some Star Wars-themed breakfasts. Merchandising, merchandising!
  • Meghan Markle is about to become royalty, but back in the day, she was hawking Tostitos on television.
  • Parents who are just trying to get by, do you need another reason to feel guilty? Some restaurants are now “catering to young foodies and their parents with sophisticated, multi-course kids’ menus,” per the Wall Street Journal. If you’re not spending big bucks on a tasting menu for your five-year-old, you’re obviously doing it wrong.
  • As the grocery wars rage on, Cincinnati-based supermarket chain Kroger is looking to open restaurants in its stores. Dubbed Kitchen 1883, for Kroger’s founding year, the restaurants serve “a fresh take on new American comfort food,” whatever that means, along with the ubiquitous craft cocktails, beer, and wine. So far, one Cincinnati location is in business and second is in the works.
  • The Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons grocery store chain, on the other hand, hopes to drum up some business with a new line of meal kits. The company purchased Plated for $200 million last year, and the plan calls for meal kits to be available across America at Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, and Haggen locations, and there will be an online market too, according to a press release. Plated kits are expected to hit the shelves later this year.
  • In one of the great mysteries of our time, someone has been leaving pickle jars on one specific on-ramp of Missouri highway for the last six years. No one knows who is doing it, or why this person is doing it. Sounds like the perfect material for the next season of Serial.
  • Finally, there aren’t any known television advertisements for Kirkland Light, bulk-shopping giant Costco’s in-house light beer, so an enthusiastic fan made his own.