It’s our favorite time of the week! What time is that, you ask? Reading list time! From restaurant reservation scandals to Oscar-worthy donuts, this week’s collection is positively bursting with the weird and the wonderful.
+Her milkshake brings all the boys to the…farm? Read about how singer-turned-cookbook-writer Kelis plans to grow her own food.
+GQ explores the everlasting trend of pop-up restaurants…because they’re “popping off.”
“The triumph of modern pop-ups in dining culture, a decade after they first began emerging, post-recession, shows us just how transient our desires are. After a month of eating at pop-ups, I figured out only one conclusive thing about them: They are not so much about the food as they are about all the stuff around the food—how we eat, not what we’re eating.”
+Have some noodles? Need a blade? See how this Japanese YouTuber turns ordinary pasta into a sharp knife.
+Restaurant reservation titan OpenTable is involved in a scandal with rival platform, Reserve.
“Last week, OpenTable confirmed it fired an employee who made several hundred reservations at restaurants using Reserve, which resulted in hundreds of no-shows over the course of the past three months. Reserve and several Chicago restaurant workers allege that the employee, who remains unnamed, wanted to convince those Reserve customers that OpenTable was a better product and intended to use the no-shows in their sales pitches.”
+The Infatuation has announced it will buy restaurant-rating giant Zagat from Google for an undisclosed amount. Google acquired Zagat for $151 million seven years ago.
+This Santa Monica donut shop earned a starring role in an Oscar-nominated film with Denzel Washington.
+Processed meats contain carcinogenic chemicals…so how did the meat industry convince us it was safe?
+In the era of Netflix n’ chill, movie theaters are struggling. See how dine-in options are bringing back the movie-going tradition.