- An entrepreneur/mad scientist in Australia has created an unholy doughnut-chicken nugget hybrid, which he has appropriately named the “donug.” This oddity looks a bit like one of Burger King’s bizarre chicken rings, only with half of the circular nugget frosted and sprinkled. The donug already has its own website and Instagram account, and Seth Meyers mentioned it in his Late Night monologue on Monday. Expect to see some celebrity colonel introducing something like this as a new menu item at Kentucky Fried Chicken within the next six months.
- In the meantime, KFC is testing chicken and waffles in North Carolina. It’s hard to believe the chain wasn’t already offering this dish.
- Some pranksters were selling $38 bottles of hot dog water at an outdoor event in Vancouver over the weekend. Don’t be surprised if you see this on the shelves at Whole Foods later this year.
- A politician in New Jersey wants the Division of Travel and Tourism to establish an official “Anthony Bourdain food trail.” It would highlight 10 restaurants where the late travel host visited during a 2015 episode of Parts Unknown.
- The folks at Extra Crispy have brought to life that bot-created script for an Olive Garden commercial. The ad is just as good as one would expect.
- Pat, I’d like to solve the puzzle.
TONIGHT— Wheel Of Fortune Answers (@wofanswers) June 18, 2018
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- The largest-ever wine auction took place in Geneva over the weekend. More than 1,000 bottles were sold to bring in $35 million.
- The latest stunt from fast-food goliath McDonald’s is something called a “frylus.” This appears to be a stylus that works with smart phones and tablets and bears a striking resemblance to a french fry.
- A new survey reveals millennials are bad tippers.
- Here’s a take: Watermelons are too heavy.
- The National Institute of Health has scrapped a big study on the health effects of alcohol after it was revealed the top scientist was planning to skew results in order to secure funding from the booze industry.
- Comedian Michelle Wolf, who has a weekly talk show on Netflix, addressed the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade in her most recent episode. Wolf wants to end the stigmatization of depression.
- Google wants to see more human-less restaurants, so it just invested $500 million in a company that makes robots for the industry.
- Headline of the day: Yelp Bans 3rd-grade Restaurant Reviewers; Integrity of Yelp Reviews Now Restored.
- Cooking at home is going out of style, or maybe dining out is just becoming more expensive. Spending on restaurant meals is growing much faster than spending at supermarkets: 20 percent vs. two percent over a three-year period.
- Lobbyists in Paris want the city’s iconic sidewalk bistros to be given UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status. These establishments became a Parisian symbol of resistance following terrorist attacks in 2015.
- Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman gave his MTV Movie & TV Award for best hero in a movie to the hero who stopped a gunman in a Waffle House.
- And, finally, Whole Foods is now on Instagram, and the upscale grocery chain follows only musicians Beyonce and Sting, for some reason.