Safety? Food on iPads

Olee Fowler of Eater reports a restaurant in New York City is employing Apple Watches to increase communication between staff; tablets on tables are replacing menus and servers at restaurants across the country; and apps are aiming to smooth out everything from ordering to payment to food delivery. Serving actual food on an actual iPad may be the next big thing in dining rooms across the globe.

food-ipadRestaurants in the United Kingdom have been using iPads as plates since 2015, according to the Daily Mail. Arzak, the San Sebastian restaurant that boasts three Michelin stars, has been serving food on iPads for a few years. Now, acclaimed San Francisco restaurant Quince is the latest to join the trend.

The 13-year-old, tasting-menu-only spot run by Michael and Lindsey Tusk, which just received its third Michelin star this year, is now incorporating iPads into its meals: The dish “A Dog in Search of Gold” is served on a iPad Pro in lieu of a plate. Understandably, this had some on Twitter scratching their heads a few days ago when it was first revealed. According to 9to5Mac, it’s an attempt by the restaurant to attract a younger audience.

The dish, which is made of white truffle croquettes on iPads playing videos of dogs on the truffle-hunt, raises questions about food safety and how thoroughly the iPads are cleaned in-between customers, which is something San Francisco has no regulations on at the moment.

Representatives for Quince did not respond to requests for comment.

‘Stay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be’ Police smash cocaine ring at Sydney Fish Market in Christmas Day raid

A former rugby league first grade player, a Bondi entrepreneur and a maritime worker are among 15 men arrested on Christmas Day in a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring bust.

sydney-cocaine-fishPolice will allege the men were importing cocaine via the iconic Sydney Fish Market and other NSW ports.

It’s alleged they used a shipping vessel named Dalrymple to ferry drugs between NSW ports and a larger ship stationed out at sea that held drugs smuggled from Chile.

About 500 kilograms of cocaine was seized from a dinghy at Brooklyn on the NSW Central Coast.

Several of the men were arrested on board the Dalrymple vessel as it docked at Sydney Fish Market on Christmas night.

The operation by NSW Police, Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force has been running for more than two-and-a-half years.

Police say they have seized 500 kilograms of cocaine and more than 600 kilograms of the same drug in Tahiti which they will allege was destined for Australia.

Authorities valued the total amount of cocaine seized at $360 million. 

North Texas QB misses snap while teammate barfs

Throwing up is common in football. Stakes are high and nerves are wired. Plus, there’s the whole act of physically exerting yourself, sometimes in extreme weather conditions.

But North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson took the act of unloading to a new level by getting sick not once, but twice on consecutive plays during the first half of the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Army. In fact, Wilson’s first puke distracted quarterback Alec Morris so much he missed the snap.

The absolute nonchalant attitude of Wilson as he projectile vomits everywhere is impressive. Here’s hoping no one landed in it.

Army won the game 38-31 in overtime.

Barf plane: Virgin flight passengers vomit after served parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese smells like barf.

Always has.

parmesan-breadPassengers on a Virgin Australia flight on Christmas Day were served a complimentary snack on their journey from Perth to Adelaide.

Aside from coffee and tea, they were also offered bread rolls filled with parmesan cheese, which stunk up their entire plane for the duration of the five-hour long journey.

This caused some passengers to vomit in their seats, and others to race off the plane after landing to vomit on the tarmac.

I get it.

After the flight, a woman took to Facebook to share her experience and how Virgin Australia should improve.

‘I love cheese along with the best of us, however, when sitting in an enclosed space, with a low roof, over the length of 40ft, with not a window to open, and with seating capacity of over 100 passengers, parmesan cheese was probably not your brightest choice.’

A fan of cheese herself, the woman said the strong smell of parmesan became for some of the people sitting around her, including the woman beside her who was heaving into her sick bag for two hours.
‘I am fortunate enough not suffer such an affliction, but after hearing her wrenching and burping, mixed in with the lingering wafting smell of old socks took every strength of effort not to go out in sympathy with her.’

Woman who slipped on vomit and broke ankle at Irish pub awarded €82k

Tim Healy of the Independent reports a woman who broke her ankle when she slipped on vomit while leaving a toilet in a pub has been awarded €82,000 in High Court damages. 

cat-barfBookmaker’s clerk Fiona McGovern, Huntstown Wood, Clonsilla, Dublin, sued Tom Salmon Ltd, owners of Salmon’s Pub in Blanchardstown, Dublin, over the incident on March 24, 2008.

Ms McGovern (39) claimed the pub was negligent in failing to maintain appropriate cleaning standards and failing to ensure the vomit was cleaned up.

Awarding her a total of €82,000, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said she had suffered a nasty injury to her left ankle. On the application of her barrister, Bernard McDonagh SC, the judge also awarded her the costs of the case. 

Mr Justice Cross said Ms McGovern had been at the pub with family on Easter Sunday to watch a football match on the TV between Liverpool and Man Utd.  She was there “for some inexplicable reason to support Man Utd”, he said.

She returned later that night at around 11.30pm to see if her sister was still there and was advised she (sister) was in the beer garden, he said.

Ms McGovern went to the ladies toilet and on leaving it she slipped on vomit which was on the floor. A woman who knew her to see said that earlier one of a group of young lads, who had been sitting near the toilets, had vomited twice on the floor. 

It had not been cleaned up according to that woman, the judge said. The defendant had submitted it was hard to believe vomit would have been on the floor for up to one-and-a-half hours after it happened, the judge said.  

Hockey and Justin Bieber

I get it, Justin.

fag-stratfordYou’re from Stratford, Ontario (that’s in Canada) and I’m from Brantford.

We used to drive for an hour and play the raggedy Stratford team, and about the only thing I can remember was there was a manufacturing facility called Fag Bearings (now it’s Fag Aerospace).

As12-year-olds in the 1970s, this was hilarious.

But not as hilarious as your attempt to fight in a pick-up hockey game (that’s ice hockey for the Aussies)

According to TMZ, the Biebs got in on a beer league pickup game at the Toyota Sports Center — where the L.A. Kings practice — and damn near came to blows after a dirty play.

Watch — as #23 (Biebs) comes in for a shot, a defender comes down hard with his own stick and snaps Justin’s in 2. Safe to say Justin didn’t take kindly to that.

 

Be good at whatever you do: especially preparing food that makes people barf

Amy is away in Adelaide, doing what she is good at: French professoring.

larry-molsonWalking Sorenne to her last day of grade 2 this morning – summer in Australia – she asked me, what should I be when I grow up?

I said, I’ll let you know when I grow up.

We chatted back and forth, and then came the advice I had heard from my father and uncle: I don’t care what you do, but be really good at it.

I told Sorenne mom was really good at the French professoring thing, I was really good at the food safety thing, and she could decide what to be really good at.

My uncle Larry is in this pic (below, left); he worked the railroads and played hockey in the Huntsville-north-of-Toronto-but not-too far-north leagues; settled in Barrie and when I was a kid, about 1970, on those every other weekends we would visit from Brantford, would go watch what I thought were giants of the neighborhood on a sunday morning pick-up, and then watch them drink beers.

I keep this amongst my hockey memorabilia.

In his later years, uncle Larry drove a truck for Molsons brewery out of Barrie.

That plant is long defunct, I don’t know who owns Molsons, but I do know that in 1982, uncle Larry would be delivering a load to Guelph and would honk at me as he passed by.

He also gave me a ridiculous supply of beer returned from the stores.

Larry and aunt  Shirley also let me and my high school girlfriend, Sue, sleep in the same bed.

That was awesome.

larry-hockey-16So when the free beer allotment for Labatt retirees — which was part of the workers’ pension benefit package for more than five decades — will soon go flat, I thought of Larry.

Labatt has announced the long-standing perk will be phased out by Jan.1, 2019 because it’s too expensive. But workers call the cut petty when compared to the company’s ballooning revenues.

Labatt said the allotment for existing retirees would be cut in half in 2018 and cut off completely in 2019.

“I just think it’s nickel-and-diming of our retirees that put in a lot of work for many, many years,” said local union president Jim Stirr. “In the cost of doing business, it’s such a small, small thing.”

Labatt, a formerly Canadian beermaker, is now owned by Belgium-based global super-producer Anheuser-Busch InBev. That’s a publicly traded company that owns more than 400 beer brands worldwide and reported $55 billion in revenue in 2015 alone.

“The reason for the change relates to the rising overall cost of maintaining a full benefits package, including health care coverage for retirees,” Labatt vice-president Lindsay King wrote in a letter to employees dated Oct. 28.

As in hockey, as in life, Some talk, some do, some play hockey.