Food porn: 32,000 sign up for nude dinners at UK naked restaurant

How bored are Westerners that Bunyadi, a pop-up restaurant billed as London’s first “naked food experience” has a waiting list of 32,000 people?

naked.diningSanitarians have e-mailed me in abject microbiological horror.

The butt is covered for a reason.

Opening in June, the central London venue will offer gowns, changing rooms and lockers to guests wanting to digest the sight of their own exposed skin while getting their chow on.

Only 42 diners a time will fit in the restaurant — at an as-yet-undisclosed location — meaning that many of those hoping for a naked lunch, or dinner, will be disappointed.

“I’m both surprised and excited by the response,” Seb Lyall, whose company Lollipop is behind the venture, tells CNN.

“People want to be naked. Whether it’s on a beach or in a sauna, if the opportunity is there to be in a natural state, they will take it.”

Semi-nude staff

Paying up to $95-a-head for food and drinks, diners will be able to choose between clothed and “naked and pure” seating areas, where they’ll be served by semi-nude staff.

Selfies, mercifully, will be impossible as guests will have to leave their devices behind when entering the candlelit restaurant.

Lyall says to create a completely natural environment, both the restaurant and its kitchen will be run without electricity or gas.

Instead, its menu of vegan and non-vegan dishes will be prepared using wood fires by chefs who will, hopefully, be wearing more than just hairnets and aprons.

Food will be served on earthenware crockery and eaten with edible cutlery.

If you email to get on the waitlist, you get this response:

“The ethos behind The Bunyadi is ultimate freedom and liberation from any impurity.

You will enter a creatively designed space where you will dine under a canopy of candlelights, carefully partitioned with bamboo and wicker, as you recline on wood-hewn furniture. In this space, everything is handmade and natural. 

Think edible cutlery, handmade clay plates and a cooking done with only the basic utensils available (The spatula used in the kitchen is a piece of tree branch…)

Please note, although we would like everyone to experience this, tickets are limited and are only released on a first come first served basis.

Meanwhile, please visit us on our facebook page”

Microorganisms are natural, even the kind that will make people sick, and don’t care about marketing hucksterism.

Ask Chipotle.

Please ignore: Katy Perry drinks apple cider vinegar

Whenever I visited my grandparents, this bored kid would check out the tabloids lying around, the real news of the world, the National Enquirer.

apple.cider.vinegarGlamour magazine reports (???) that Katy Perry recently opened up about the reason she says she’s been able to work so tirelessly: She drinks unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

The singer tells SELF that she started drinking Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar for her health on the advice of her mom while growing up. Instead of having soda, she’d drink the vinegar, which contains the “mother,” i.e., stringy strands in the vinegar where probiotics and other nutrients are found.

This BS has been flogged for centuries.

Don’t take food advice from celebrities.

Don’t take any advice

Enjoy their, um, art.



Everything’s bigger in Aus: Poisonous spider in bunch of broccoli purchased at Woolworths

It’s every vegetable hater and arachnophobe’s worst nightmare — spiders hiding among your greens.

spider.wooliesSupermarket giant Woolworths has been forced to pull broccoli from three suppliers off its shelves after deadly redback spiders were discovered hiding among the vegetables.

It is understood the withdrawal affects stores across Queensland and New South Wales.

In the first case, a Gold Coast woman got a little bit more than she bargained for when she washed some broccoli on Saturday night.

She discovered a redback spider lurking in the veggies.

Dee Nott bought the broccoli earlier that day from the Woolworths supermarket in Runaway Bay.

The shocked woman was so upset about her close encounter with the poisonous critter that she took a photograph of it and posted it on Woolworths’ Facebook page.

“Hi team Woolworths. I just had a nasty surprise — a live redback spider in my broccoli purchased today at your Runaway Bay store,” she says in her post.

She placed the venomous spider in her freezer for the night and had planned to return for a full refund the next day.”

“We’re very concerned about this, Dee, and take incidents like this very seriously,” Woolworths responded.

‘Vomit-like’ Australian $5 note unveiled

It may be the smallest-denominated Australian dollar banknote, but a new design for the Aus$5 bill attracted an outsized amount of criticism when it was unveiled Tuesday, with detractors calling it “hideous” and “like vomit.”

n-NOTE-large570The note, which will replace its more bland predecessor from September 1, features a yellow Prickly Moses wattle flower and a colourful Eastern Spinebill native bird. 

“Each banknote in the new series will depict a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird within a number of the elements,” Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens said in a statement. 

“The designs are the culmination of a process of extensive consultation with subject-matter experts and the cash-handling industry, as well as qualitative research involving focus groups.” 

But critics — from social media users to bird-lovers — were quick to express their disdain. 

“Our new fivers look like vomit,” one user wrote on Twitter, while another quipped: “A thousand monkeys with a thousand versions of Photoshop could never come up with something as hideous as the new Australian $5 note.” 

Goats, sheep used for research lived in filth in Washington state, inspector reports

Continuing with the goat theme.

men.goats.apr.16Dozens of goats and sheep used by a Seattle medical research firm backed by a prominent food-safety expert were found in dirty, dilapidated conditions that endangered the animals’ welfare, a federal inspection found.

Many of the 42 goats and four sheep kept at a Redmond farm by Pi Bioscientific Inc., also known as Pi Biologique, suffered from “numerous medical ailments and severe health issues,” according to a March 3 report by the U.S. Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS).

“Lack of adequate staffing, equipment and facilities has adversely affected the care and well-being of the animals, prevented proper biosecurity and has led to the severe discomfort and pain and suffering in these animals,” veterinarian Diane Forbes found.

The animals had little protection from weather and there was no way to remove manure, the report noted.

In addition, staff members couldn’t account for 18 goats and one sheep that apparently went missing since a 2014 inventory that found there were 60 goats and five sheep on the premises.

Mansour Samadpour, the director of IEH Laboratories in Seattle — the firm hired by companies including Chipotle and Costco to improve their food-safety practices — said Tuesday he is a shareholder in Pi Bioscientific and the problems have been corrected.

“We had no idea this was happening,” Samadpour said, adding that staff who had been hired to care for the animals on the farm weren’t doing their jobs properly.

The animals are used for antibody testing for medical research, Samadpour said. Pi Biologique distributes test kits for common food allergies, according to a company website.

I think I’ll just stay here and drink: Merle Haggard dead at 79

Before Powell left Guelph he called me up to give me a bunch of old records he had in his house. I took all the Neil Young, the Stones and the Clash.

And a Willie Nelson album.

That Willie Nelson album led me to Merle Haggard, who is my kind of country artist. Beer, whisky, horses and trucks. 05-og

Merle died today, and while Pancho and Lefty is probably Willie and Merle’s most famous collaboration, one of my favorite albums of 2015 was Django and Jimmie.


German shoplifters hide food in pants at NZ Pak ‘n Save

The most revealing aspect of this story is that Germans wear pants. I picture German tourists in nothing but Speedos stuffed with stolen food.

speedo.german.touristYet three German tourists have been caught putting grocery items down their pants in the latest case of foreign shoplifters in Blenheim.

Felix Kopmann, 18, Lukas Harald Kolb, 19, and Jonas Roth, 20, admitted shoplifting at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.

The trio were from Germany and in New Zealand on a working holiday.

A police summary of facts said they went to Pak ‘n Save Blenheim three times in two weeks to steal food.

Each time, they placed grocery items down their pants and left the store without paying.

They stole between $20 and $60 worth of groceries each time, from February 15 to 28.

Kopmann returned to Pak ‘n Save by himself a fourth time on February 27 about 6.30pm, taking a chocolate bar and a snack bar.


The comma matters when it comes to new food, safety measures

I got all excited when two of my worlds collided yesterday.

Sort of.

As I scanned the news headlines I saw ‘Rays open at Tropicana Field with new food, safety measures’ from WFLA.

The Toronto Blue Jays, my team, are in Tampa Bay this week opening the season vs. the Rays.0267804001444783076_filepicker

I figured this was a response to a 2010 investigative report by ESPN on stadium food safety (which begat about 40 other stadium food exposes). In November 2014, ESPN’s Outside the Lines ran a story about Jon Costa, an Aramark employee at Kaufmann Stadium who reported frustration with his bosses over not being able to address food safety problems; Costa was later fired.

Except, the article isn’t about food safety at a stadium. It’s about new food. And new safety measures.

As ground crews were hard at work Sunday morning, prepping Tropicana Field for the Rays home opener, cooks were also making some delicious preparations in the kitchen there. This week, the Rays unveiled new food options for fans available this year, including the debut of Pipo’s Café, which serves Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and fried plantains. Also new at the “Trop” this season, new Major League Baseball safety guidelines that were put in place to keep fans safe. Last December, the Commissioner of Baseball recommended clubs to implement or maintain netting that shields from foul balls near both ends of the dugouts and within 70 feet of home plate.

Oh well, at least Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman led Toronto to a win yesterday.

McKenzie brothers can explain: ‘We recently found a whole mouse in an energy drink’

This week, Cynthia Mangione, a food laboratory specialist at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Stephanie Brock, a radiation health supervisor at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, took to Reddit to answer questions about their jobs. They spend their days “testing products imported into the US for dangerous pathogens, as well as illegal dyes, metals, antibiotics and more.” Here are the three most surprising reveals:

mouse.beer2) The one food safety testers avoid eating: sprouts

I have given up sprouts because of ongoing concerns with their safety. We also make sure to wash ready-to-eat veggies (despite the “triple wash” designation).

According to the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety website, sprouts — such as alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts — are a higher-risk food. This is because they are eaten raw and, unlike other fresh produce, need to grow in warm and humid environments — the ideal breeding grounds for dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, and E. coli. Washing them doesn’t always kill that potentially harmful bacteria.

Since 1996, there have been more than 30 outbreaks in the US associated with sprouts. In a recent analysis of food outbreaks in the US, sprouts were among the leading culprits.

3) The craziest thing they found in a food they tested…

We recently found a whole mouse in an energy drink!

Can’t really explain this one, but it’s pretty disturbing.