Oh, the irony. Leave it to the French to come up with a way to put an end to rude customers. we all know it’s easy to be ornery before you’ve had your morning caffeine infusion, but the the Petite Syrah café in Nice has developed a brilliant way to condition their customers not to be assholes: you pay based on your attitude. Ordering “a coffee, please” and accepting it with a “thank you” will run you about $1.95, while just asking for “a coffee” will bump your cost up to almost $10. That’s nearly an $8 incentive to be polite! Coffeehouse owner, Fabrice Pepino started the shop’s politeness payment policy as a joke, but he says it caught on with the clientele:
“I know people say that French service can be rude but it’s also true that customers can be rude when they’re busy. It’s our way of saying ‘keep calm and carry on…. What started out as a joke to poke fun at the stressed-out lunchtime crowd has had an amazing effect on people’s politeness levels…Most of my customers are regulars and they just see the funny side and exaggerate their politeness.They started calling me ‘your greatness’ when they saw the sign.”
We can only hope that Starbucks takes note and follows suit. [Gawker]
Different things are hard for different people. For me, eating dessert is easy — too easy. Baking it is hard. I know a bunch of you will roll your eyes at me and tell me how easy it is to whip up a soufflé. I am jealous of you. The only exposure I had to baking as a child was when my grandma came to visit and let me lick the excess cookie dough out of the bowl. And it was not as much as I would have liked to lick, let me tell you. As I mentioned, eating dessert (baked or unbaked) comes naturally to me. Keep reading »
This morning I got up early and went grocery shopping before work. I only did this because we had no vegetables or coffee creamer in the house and I knew I would regret it the entire day if I didn’t just drag my ass to the store and get it done. So I went. And then something weird happened: I had the best time. Turns out the early morning hours at the grocery store are like a whole different world. A world I highly recommend venturing into if you get the chance. Here’s why: Keep reading »
Pumpkin season has finally passed, and now it’s time for ALL PEPPERMINT EVERYTHING. I, for one, have no problem with the peppermint flavor explosion. Peppermint cookies, peppermint lattes, peppermint cakes, peppermint vodka, peppermint popcorn, peppermint mousse — bring it on! Click through for 10 tongue-tingling peppermint recipes to celebrate the season…
Oh, awful “300 sandwiches” people, leave us be! You have your book deal already! But no, you were back in the New York Post again this weekend.
This time Sandwich Boyfriend himself, Eric Schulte, wrote the piece. The Aleksander Skarsgaard lookalike agreed to propose to his girlfriend, Page Six reporter Stephanie Smith, after she makes him 300 sammies and blogs about the experience for 300sandwiches.com. Now he wants readers’ advice on how to propose, because romance. Keep reading »
I do not care how much you claim to lovvvvvvve Thanksgiving dinner — at a certain point, eating the same damn leftovers everyday gets OLD. For a period of time growing up, I actually hated Thanksgiving dinner because I knew we would be eating it the day after Thanksgiving, the day after the day after Thanksgiving, the day after the day after the day after Thanksgiving, and so on. My parents weren’t huge foodies so it didn’t occur to them to take the leftovers and turn them into something different. But YOU CAN. Here are 10 ways to reuse that leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce and stuffing so that no one at your table whines, “Aww man, Thanksgiving dinner again?!”
This Thanksgiving, make it your mission to blow your hard-to-impress in-laws or crotchety relatives away with something other than the expected bottle of wine or pumpkin pie. May we recommend that you come armed to Thanksgiving dinner with a simple side dish that is super easy to make, but seems like you slaved away all day over. We can’t guarantee that these people will admire you year-round, but at least they’ll be impressed for one night. That’s something. Click through for some ideas for sides that shows off your cooking skills (as paltry as they may be) and ingenuity.
The holidays remind us of family get-togethers sharing food, laughter and bonding. But if you are a food addict, the holidays may be one big, guilt-ridden binge. Food addicts think about food and have memories of food too, but they will most likely be linked with memories of hiding it, being punished by withdrawal of food, or being abandoned from loving relationships and using eating as a means of comfort. With all of these complicated issues surrounding the act of eating, it’s no wonder the holidays are so stressful for people who struggle with food addictions. The frenzy and excitement brings stress, and food addicts comfort and calm their stress with food. How can you help if you are addicted, married to or know a food addict during the holidays? Click her to read an expert’s advice on Your Tango…
For the first time since 1888, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. Because this might not happen again until the year 79,811, we’d better play dreidel for squares of pumpkin pie and put gourd stems in our menorahs while we have the chance. Click through for some yummy Thanksgivukkah recipes for this once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
In honor of Movember, that great month where men grow their lip sweaters for charity, pastry chef, Miss Insomnia Tulip of Lou Lou P’s Delights, has transformed Burt Reynolds into a cream-filled pastry. The bizarre eclair features a recreation of Reynolds’ famous 1972 Cosmo spread where he posed naked on a bearskin rug. I’m assuming that his mustache and excessive amounts of body hair are made of fondant, but still, this dessert only slightly more appetizing than those STD cupcakes. [Photo: Splash News]