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Chick-fil-A’s First Hawai‘i Location Will Bring Pious Chicken Sandwiches to the Central Pacific

Plus, Dunkin and Boston-based Harpoon Brewery are partnering on a coffee beer, and more food news

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  • In its continued quest to take over the world with fried chicken sandwiches and friendly service, Atlanta-based chain Chick-fil-A is headed to paradise. The company is planning its first Hawai‘i location for the island of Oahu, per Hawai’i News Now. Details on a potential timeline for opening have not been released.
  • Congratulations to Starbucks, the coffee mega-chain that has banned plastic straws and thus won the admiration of that guy from Entourage, Adrian Grenier. “This took a little longer than I was hoping, but hey, better late than never,” Grenier tells Moneyish. “And of course this isn’t going to solve the entire ocean plastics issue, but it’s certainly a big, giant baby step.” We’re still waiting on an explanation regarding how one takes a “big, giant baby step.”
  • Big-time New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer takes Architectural Digest inside his newest establishment, Manhatta. The restaurant is located at the top of a skyscraper, and unlike most dining rooms that sit in the clouds, it leans casual instead of formal and fussy. “I didn’t go up to the 60th floor to pray — I went to have fun,” Meyer says. “When we entertain in our homes, we spend most of our time in or around the kitchen.”
  • In extremely Boston news, Dunkin is partnering with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery to release a coffee-spiked beer. The new brew, a porter made with Dunkin-brand coffee that checks in at 6 percent alcohol by volume, is expected to be released in October or November, reports WHDH-TV.
  • We have the first trailer for Little Italy, the forthcoming pizza-centric romantic comedy that will take viewers back to the mid-aughts. The movie, starring Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen, tells the story of story of a love that blossoms between rival pizzeria-owning families in the Little Italy neighborhood of an unnamed city.
  • Mosa Meat, a Dutch startup run by Mark Post, who developed the first lab-grown beef burger back in 2013, has secured nearly $9 million in a round of funding, reports the Wall Street Journal. Post hopes his company will provide lab-grown burgers to European restaurants, at around $10/per, by 2021.
  • For those oenophiles who want to drink on the cheap, Bloomberg has a roundup of the best wines that can be found at Walmart and Trader Joe’s.
  • Bloomberg has also determined snails are the hot ingredient of this summer. This is fitting since France, a country that celebrates escargot, just won the World Cup.
  • Comedy Central’s Drunk History, the show that features hammered comedians recounting the major events from years gone by, is “a corrective to the authoritative, we-know-better tone of most historical nonfiction,” writes New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum.
  • The New York Times spotlights the small Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where clean drinking water is scarce and Coca-Cola has become the primary substitute. Health problems, particularly diabetes, run rampant.
  • Cocoa production is down in Indonesia, Asia’s biggest grower. But thanks to the surging popularity of a chocolate-malt beverage called Es Kepal Milo, the industry may be in line for a comeback, reports Bloomberg.
  • Finally, Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman, is working on a new cookbook and taking inspiration from her legion of fans. Drummond is crowdsourcing recipes, according to Today. “I am working with a general direction in mind that I’m excited about, and I’d love to incorporate your thoughts, hopes, and dreams,” the blogger-turned-Food Network star writes in a post on her website. P-Dub’s new book is scheduled for an October 2019 release.

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