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Social Media Campaign to Lure Ryan Gosling to a Toronto Coffee Shop Actually Works

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Ryan Gosling at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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  • Hey, girl, Ryan Gosling just made a Toronto coffee shop owner’s day. The dreamy actor was in the city for the Toronto International Film Festival, and Joelle Murray, owner of Grinder Coffee, launched a social media campaign in an attempt to get Gosling to pay the cafe a visit. He obliged, Esquire reports, and as a token of gratitude, Murray gave Gosling a 15 percent discount on his java.
  • KFC’s United Kingdom operation came up with an interesting #brand stunt for “Mindfulness Day.” The chain produced a relaxation soundtrack that sounds like rain but is actually the sound of chicken frying, according to AdWeek.
  • A bizarre update to the story of a woman who found a rat in her soup at a Chinese hotpot restaurant: She is pregnant, and the restaurant offered to pay for her abortion “if she was concerned about the baby’s health,” reports Newsweek.
  • As Hurricane Florence nears the East Coast, restaurant chains are preparing for impact. Bojangles, the beloved North Carolina-based fried chicken outlet, has nearly 70 percent of its locations in the storm’s path, according to Restaurant Business Online.
  • Hero chef José Andrés is asking for donations to his World Central Kitchen as the non-profit prepares to provide aide to victims of Florence.
  • An Italian man who has been writing fake hotel and restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor was sentenced to nine months in prison, per Quartzy. TripAdvisor says the “landmark ruling” will deter potential review frauds in the future.
  • These new “PB&J Minis” from Skippy look like peanut butter-and-jelly mochi.
  • Former Mission Chinese chef Angela Dimayuga has a new gig as creative director of food and culture for the Standard International hotel group. Part of her role will entail the launch of a dinner series that benefits the American Civil Liberties Union.
  • And, finally, here is the secret to actor Mark Wahlberg’s ripped bod: He eats three turkey burgers before 8 a.m., according to Elle. This shouldn’t be all that surprising since a look at the menu for Wahlburgers, the restaurant chain Marky Marky operates with his brothers, reveals the “Thanksgiving turkey burger” is denoted as “Mark’s choice.”

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