6 Burger Stats That Will Shock You

Photo: Liz Barclay

Photo: Liz Barclay

The hamburger stands among the ranks of the hotdog and the doughnut as a classic American food staple. The original inventor of the burger is unknown—although, there are several contenders, including Louis Lassen (who is said to have been the first one to place the “hamburger steak sandwich” on the menu at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven). To whoever paved the way for modern hamburgers: we are eternally grateful.

Before digging into your next patty, brush up on 6 fascinating (and at times horrifying) facts about hamburgers. Read more at The Daily Meal:

1. The U.S. burger market is a $73 billion business, according to a study done by CHD Expert.

2. There are nearly 50,000 burger joints in the country. That’s 1.6 burger joints for every 10,000 Americans.

3. California has more burger joints than any other state. With 5,500 burger restaurants, Texas places second after California’s 6,000.

4. McDonald’s buys more than 1 billion pounds of beef each year. Seriously.

5. A single patty can be made from the meat of more than 1,000 cows. This happens because beef scraps are mixed communally during processing. Unfortunately, this increases the chances of E. coli contamination.

6. The Heart Attack Grill‘s “Quadruple Bypass Burger” is the most caloric burger in the world. The Bypass contains 9,982 calories, four monstrous two-pound beef patties, 20 slices of bacon, eight slices of cheese, and caramelized onions cooked in lard, all of which is soaked in more lard.
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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in FOOD TALK!!


31 Problems Every Professional Chef Will Understand


1. The customer who incredibly unexpectedly comes in two minutes before closing.
Fine, I guess I have to do their meals. Oh, they want something braised? FUCK OFF.

2. Seriously. Hearing this at 10:58pm is the absolute worst.
And even when you’re off, you’ll hear it. You’ll hear it in your SLEEP.

3. Friends making “helpful” suggestions about how to cook food.
No. I am never going to listen to you.

4. Running out of toilet paper.
Kitchen lifeblood.

5. Someone trying to call in sick because they “have a headache.”
You’re just hungover, you should be here. I mean, I’m hungover too, but I’m here.

6. Customers asking for their steak well-done.
Great, I’ll make you some cardboard as a side then, it’ll taste about the same. Oh, and thanks for fucking up my timings too.

7. Customers sending food back because they didn’t realize what they had actually ordered.
No, it’s not steak with Tartar sauce.

8. Seeing someone else s kitchen and discovering IT HAS WINDOWS.
Bastards. I bet they know what daylight is.

9. Anyone who wants sauce on the side.
This is why you shouldn’t be allowed nice things.

10. Friends and family complaining that you don’t seem to be around for any important occasions.
Did you think I hadn’t noticed?

11. Realizing you’re never truly out of work mode.
The constant yelling doesn’t go over so well in the rest of the world.

12. The guy on the line who always wants extra hours…then to leave without cleaning down.
Not surprised you don’t have any money.

13. The prep crew not doing their job properly.
Things that are not Leeks Julienne – whatever those are.

14. Customers who ask for so, so many modifications.
There’s actually a really easy way to get it exactly how you want it. And that is to cook it yourself.

15. Someone bitching about not getting a break.
HAHAHA. “A break.”

16. Eggs Benedict.
Any eggs, actually. And really, any breakfast.

17. People not saying ‘behind,’ when moving hot things around.
Warning It can hurt.

18. Suppliers calling to have a conversation…right in the middle of service.
It’s not possible they’ve ever sold anything.

19. Anyone, ever, screwing up the walk-in.
Technically, this is a breach of contract that means the offender is allowed to be flayed alive. Technically.

20. Anyone using the wrong knife for the wrong thing.
These all have a purpose. And it’s always a different purpose.

21. The owner making a completely nonsensical decision, and you having to go along with it.
Cajun-inspired sushi with a Greek twist? Sure, totally awesome idea.

22. The newbie spilling stuff.
Wastage, extra slippery floors, and time wasted. Awesome.

23. Anyone touching your knives.

24. SEE #23 IT’S THE RULE.

25. Friends who complain about the fact they have a job that makes them stand up for four hours a day!
Awww, so hard for you.

26. Anyone who asks for something gluten-free.
Sure, you might have Celiac disease. In which case, fine. But you don’t, do you?

27. Someone not sharpening their knives properly.
There’s a reason I’m finding it so much easier.

28. Getting denied the first beer after shift for some arbitrary reason.
Y’know, and the eight after that.

29. An injury.
I cut/burnt myself? Where?

30. That moment when everything suddenly goes wrong at once, and everyone gets screwed for the whole night.
Might as well write the night off, cause you’re not coming back from this.

31. That moment when you’ve done doubles for 17 days in a row with no end in sight and nothing makes sense anymore.

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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in FOOD TALK!!



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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in FOOD TALK!!


BrusselKale Is The Most Upsetting Hybrid Food Yet

From the Cronut™ to the Ramen Burger, food mashups hit big last summer and almost immediately jumped the shark. With monstrosities like ramen pizza and the unstoppable iterations of the Cronut™ — Cro-Nots, Doissants and Brioughnuts and perhaps worst of all, the Crogel — we thought the trend might have been laughed off the food stage. How wrong we were. People just can’t seem to resist ruining perfect foods by combining them into one illogical whole. People also can’t resist capitalizing on a food trend, or even better, capitalizing on two trends in one. Case in point: BrusselKale.

USA Today reported on July 10 that a new hybrid vegetable called BrusselKale is expected to hit U.S. supermarkets nationwide this fall. British vegetable seed company Tozer Seeds has been developing BrusselKale for 15 years by traditional crop breeding. The vegetable is not genetically modified, Tozer says. Hybrid fruits and vegetables aren’t new, and they’re not automatically a bad thing either. Broccolini was introduced in 1999 to great fanfare, and the Honey Crisp apple is a hybrid fruit that has seamlessly entered the market. (It was introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1960 as a cross of Macoun and Honeygold apples.) Combining Brussels sprouts and kale, however, seems like a desperate attempt to profit off the trends of the moment.

The hybrid vegetable is already available in some grocery stores, but it’s currently going by a few different names, including BrusselKale and Lollipops. On Tozer’s website it’s listed as “Flower Sprout” and it’s also appearing as “Kalettes.” After 15 years of breeding the vegetable, you’d think they could have sorted out the name before putting it on the market. Today reports Tozer Seeds is relaunching the vegetable under the name BrusselKale this fall.

According to the Daily Mail, Tozer Seeds says BrusselKale has a more subtle flavor than Brussels sprouts, and was developed with texture in mind, so that it would be suitable for sautéing but also for eating raw.

No matter what BrusselKale tastes like, and no matter what they call it, we wish everyone would just leave our kale and Brussels sprouts alone. Sure these “hipster” vegetables are overblown trends, but they’re popular for a reason. They’re nutritious, tasty, versatile and great canvases for a variety of flavors. These vegetable are great on their own — we don’t think they need to be ruined by joining forces.

BrusselKale, go away. We’ve already had enough of you.

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in FOOD TALK!!


People Kept Complaining This Restaurant Sucked………….


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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in FOOD TALK!!


UPDATE: China food scandal spreads, drags in Starbucks, Burger King and McNuggets in Japan


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By Adam Jourdan

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in U.S. coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald’s products as far away as Japan.

McDonald’s Corp and KFC’s parent Yum Brands Inc apologized to Chinese customers on Monday after it emerged that Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a unit of U.S.-based OSI Group LLC, had supplied expired meat to the two chains.

On Tuesday, Starbucks said some of its cafes previously sold products containing chicken originally sourced from Shanghai Husi, a firm that was shut down on Sunday by local regulators after a TV report showed staff using expired meat and picking up meat from the floor to add to the mix.

A Tokyo-based spokesman at McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd said the company had sourced about a fifth of its Chicken McNuggets from Shanghai Husi and had halted sales of the product on Monday. Alternative supplies of chicken have been found in Thailand and China, he added. The company’s shares briefly fell as much as 1.4 percent to a 15-month low before closing down 0.4 percent.

China’s food watchdog said it ordered regional offices to carry out spot checks on all firms which had used Shanghai Husi products, and would inspect all of parent OSI’s sites around China to see if enough has been done to ensure food safety. It said the case could be handed over to the police.

The regulator’s Shanghai branch said in a statement on Tuesday it had demanded production, quality control and sales records from OSI. It added it already ordered McDonald’s to seal over 4,500 boxes of suspected meat products and Yum’s Pizza Hut to seal over 500 boxes of beef.

Fast-food chain Burger King and Dicos, China’s third-ranked fast food chain owned by Ting Hsin International, said they would remove Shanghai Husi food products from their outlets. Pizza chain Papa John’s International Inc said on its Weibo blog that it had taken down all meat products supplied by Shanghai Husi and cut ties with the supplier.



Food safety is one of the top issues for Chinese consumers after a scandal in 2008 where dairy products tainted with the industrial chemical melamine led to the deaths of six infants and made many thousands sick. Other food scandals have hit the meat and dairy industries in recent years, and many Chinese look to foreign brands as offering higher safety standards.

China is McDonald’s third-biggest market by number of restaurants and Yum’s top market by revenue. McDonald’s is due to report quarterly earnings later on Tuesday.

The scare has stirred local consumers and become one of the most discussed topics online among the country’s influential ‘netizens’, with some users spreading long lists of firms thought to be tarnished.

The incident highlights the difficulty in ensuring quality and safety along the supply chain in China. Wal-Mart Stores Inc came under the spotlight early this year after a supplier’s donkey meat product was found to contain fox meat. It also came under fire for selling expired duck meat in 2011.

Starbucks said on its Chinese microblog site that it had no direct business relationship with Shanghai Husi, but that some of its chicken acquired from another supplier had originally come from Husi for its “Chicken Apple Sauce Panini” products. This had been sold in 13 different provinces and major cities. The company added that all the products had already been removed from its shelves.

Burger King said in a Weibo statement posted late on Monday that it had taken off its shelves all meat products supplied by Shanghai Husi Food and had launched an investigation.

Dicos said it pulled all ham products supplied by Shanghai Husi, and would stop serving its ham sandwich product for breakfast. “We will continue to carry out a probe into Shanghai Husi Food and its related firms, to understand whether or not it followed national regulations,” Dicos said in a statement.

Swedish furniture firm IKEA [IKEA.UL], which has in-store food outlets, said on Weibo that Shanghai Husi had previously been a supplier, but had not provided the firm with products since September last year. Domino’s Pizza Inc and Doctor’s Associates Inc’s Subway brand, which were named in online reports as being supplied meat from Shanghai Husi, said their outlets in China did not use meat products from the firm.

Yoshinoya-parent Hop Hing Group Holdings Ltd, Japanese convenience store FamilyMart Co Ltd and Chinese chain Wallace urged diners not to worry, and said they did not currently use any products from Shanghai Husi.


(Additional reporting by Pete Sweeney, Shanghai Newsroom and Teppei Kasai in TOKYO,; Editing by Kazunori Takada and Ian Geoghegan)

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in FOOD SAFETY, WORLD FOOD


Chinese TV Report Prompts McDonald’s and KFC to Drop U.S.-Owned Supplier


China’s Dragon TV has thrust a Chicago-area meat supplier into the arms of its crisis communications team with public apologies and promises for quick corrective action. But Aurora, IL-based OSI Group could not act fast enough to stop McDonald’s and Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC from cutting business ties with its Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd.

Late Sunday, the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration shut Shanghai Husi down.

Dragon TV’s aired report purportedly shows workers at Shanghai Husi picking up meat from the factory floor as well as mixing meat beyond its expiration date with fresh meat. Workers were also recorded as saying that customers would not buy the company’s products if they knew what was going on.

Both McDonald’s and KFC used Shanghai Husi as a meat supplier.

OSI, with a presence in 10 cities in China, issued a statement on its website saying that it was “appalled by the report” and promising to deal with the issue “directly and quickly.” It also noted that food safety is “the cornerstone of our company and our guiding principal.”

The company, formed more than a century ago as a Chicago meat market, promised to conduct its own investigation and to share results with the public.

The new food safety scare caused both McDonald’s and Yum! Brands to drop Shanghai as a meat supplier. Shanghai Husi Food Co. Ltd. is a major supplier to Shanghai-area restaurants, according to the two U.S.-based companies.

Yum! Brands said it will not tolerate any supplier violating government laws or regulations and that all of its KFCs and Pizza Hut restaurants in China were under orders to seal up and stop using any product from Shanghai Husi.

The practices show in the Dragon TV report “are completely unacceptable to McDonald’s anywhere in the world,” a spokesman said. McDonalds was supplied with chicken, beef and lettuce from Shanghai Husi. China is the fast-food chain’s third-largest market in the world.

The U.S. companies were on the rebound from recent food safety scandals, including 2012 disclosures about excessive antibiotic use by companies contracted to supply chicken.

Both New York Stock Exchange companies saw market declines on Monday, with Yum! shares down 3.5 percent to $74.72 and McDonald’s shares down 0.9 percent to $98.13.

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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in FOOD SAFETY


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