- Congrats to rapper and Martha Stewart bestie Snoop Dogg, who broke the Guinness World Record for mixing the largest-ever gin and juice. Technically, it’s the record for largest “paradise cocktail,” and the drink, made with the help of celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio, contained 180 bottles of gin. The super-sized mixology took place at the BottleRock music festival in Napa, California on Sunday.
- More plastic straw news: The European Union is planning to ban all single-use plastic products.
- Actress Lindsay Lohan must be in need of some cash, as she’s lending her name to a chain of nightclubs in Greece. The second “Lohan Nightclub” opened this month in Athens, and a third is in the works.
- French politicians are fighting to give chocolatine, a chocolate-stuffed puff pastry, the same legally recognized status as pain au chocolat, another chocolate-stuffed puff pastry. “This is not just a chocolatine amendment,” says one French deputy. “It’s an amendment that aims to protect popular expressions that give value to culinary expertise.”
- World Central Kitchen, hero chef José Andrés’s non-profit that provides aid to victims in the wake of natural disasters, is setting up shop in Ellicott City, Maryland, after flood waters devastated the town on Sunday.
- Doomsday preppers, check the label on your canned meat. Hormel has recalled more than 220,000 pounds of Spam.
- Meanwhile, in Hawaii, the annual Spam festival proves locals still adore the spiced ham product.
- Japanese 7-Eleven locations are now selling ramen-topped ice cream. The ice cream in question is a special butter-caramel flavor that was designed specifically for this application.
- In a forthcoming documentary called Studio 54, nightclub impresario Ian Schraeger tells all about his infamous New York City discotheque, which was the epicenter of the city’s nightlife universe in the ’70s. The movie screened at Cannes and has been picked up for distribution.
- Reminder: Starbucks cafes in America are closing this afternoon as the company implements unconscious bias training.
- In a new NPR interview, Michelin-starred American-British chef Ruth Rogers discusses Italian cuisine and her three-decade career running The River Café in London.
- Burnt food is bad, unless, as is the case with charred peppers and blackened fish, it’s supposed to be burned. Here are a few chefs explaining the right way burn food.
- Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill ate Chipotle before his team’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, and the Cavs won to advance to the NBA Finals. Maybe this bit of positive news will spur Chipotle’s long-awaited comeback.
- Finally, a Chick-fil-A location in Sacramento, California is paying its employees $18 per hour in an attempt to reduce staff turnover. Don’t expect to see this pay grade implemented company wide, since most of its restaurants are franchises.
Snoop Dogg Is Now the Proud World Record Holder for ‘Largest Gin and Juice’
Plus, the European Union is planning to ban plastic straws, and more food news to start this short week
Coffee Shop is closed and they can no longer go to Bed (what’s the point without Samantha, anyway?), but the characters of "Sex and the City" are still swapping puns across the tables of New York restaurants