- Chick-fil-A is fast food’s biggest success story these days, so if anyone can figure out how to win with meal kits, it’s the Atlanta-based chicken chain, right? That must be the company’s line of thinking, because CFA is testing out a line of meal kits at locations in its hometown, according to a press release. In an odd twist, the kits contain recipes and ingredients for dishes that aren’t on Chick-fil-A’s menu. If recent history is any indication, the chain may have trouble luring customers to start using this product.
- Is the world’s growing backlash against plastic straws built on a foundation of lies? Weekend Edition has an interview with the teen who determined that 500 million straws are wasted per day. This statistic, which is now several years old, is the centerpiece of the argument against the beverage accessories, and, uh, it’s not exactly true.
- Three cheers to this Comic-Con cosplayer who dressed up as an In-N-Out employee.
For one brief, exhilarating moment, I didn't realize this was a cosplay and thought he was actually taking orders#SDCC #SDCC2018 pic.twitter.com/oE7T81ce7g— emily @ SDCC (@peppersghosts) July 22, 2018
- Also spotted at Comic-Con: forgotten McDonald’s mascot Grimace, dressed up as Thanos from The Avengers.
Hey, @RamblinGrimace ... You look like you're having fun at #SDCC. This is the best cosplay I've seen since Mark Treastman dressed up like and pretended to be an NFL coach. pic.twitter.com/Hdbw89wrCl— Kevin Skoien (@NShoreSamurai) July 22, 2018
- One more from Comic-Con: Taco Bell set up a futuristic Demolition Man-themed restaurant at the convention, reports iO9. “We were impressed by how much attention was paid to recreating the look and feel of the movie’s vision of a Taco Bell in 2032, right down to the overly polite servers, TV screens showing Franchise Wars propaganda, and funky wall decorations — even the chairs and booths were reupholstered. A representative said it took them about a week to put the whole thing together, and you can tell.”
- Hey, everybody, look at how great a friend Target-playlist-in-real-life-musician-form Taylor Swift is. The pop star baked a birthday cake for he pal and fellow singer Selena Gomez, even though Gomez is on the other side of the world and unavailable to eat said cake. T-Swift made sure everyone knew about the stunt by broadcasting it on her Instagram story, per Jezebel.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson was the bad boy of poetry. He routinely, per the New York Times archives, ate — gasp — pie for breakfast
From the archives, 7/23/1884: Oh, the scandal! Ralph Waldo Emerson eats pie for breakfast https://t.co/pAls7F7Vet pic.twitter.com/4R3SYFefzG— New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) July 23, 2018
- A new restaurant from the team behind Central, the Lima, Peru-based restaurant that regularly tops the World’s 50 Best Latin American rankings, will open to the public on August 10. Kjolle, helmed by chef Pía León, is a “freer concept, less structured and bit messier, than Central.”
- Check your pantry: Some Ritz products have been recalled because of possible salmonella tainting, reports KIRO 7 in Seattle.
- Much of America’s chain-burger debate focuses on Shake Shack and In-N-Out, but in Texas, they love Whataburger. Lisa Fain, aka the “Homesick Texan,” explains Whataburger’s appeal for Bon Appetit.
- Finally, Tips for Jesus is at it again. The anonymous, do-gooding Instagrammers popped up at the Gotham Club in San Francisco with $2,000 in gratuity on a $490 bill.