Cable and mobile phone companies thrive on surcharges for unrecognizable items like air wave rental fees and federal something taxes. Whenever I've inquired into them with the providers, they've repeated the name of the charge to me and explained that's what it is. We're used to accepting stowaway charges at the bottom of our bills, but sometimes a claim is too ridiculous to quietly pay. Eater.com recently featured a bill received by one of its readers that included a fee for "Due Rounding." The charge in this case added on two cents to a mozzarella-stick bill that brought the total from $6.48 to a much more round $6.50. The restaurant with this bold rounding policy is Ogden Street South, a sports bar in Denver that is now well prepared for the disappearance of the penny.
We've heard of credit cards left overnight at bars getting charged an extra few drinks but this seems differently illegal. The kind of illegal that could accrue a lot of money over time-if it wasn't for the
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Cable and mobile phone companies thrive on surcharges for unrecognizable items like air wave rental fees and federal something taxes. Whenever I've inquired into them with the providers, they've repeated the name of the charge to me and explained that's what it is. We're used to accepting stowaway charges at the bottom of our bills, but sometimes a claim is too ridiculous to quietly pay. Eater.com recently featured a bill received by one of its readers that included a fee for "Due Rounding." The charge in this case added on two cents to a mozzarella-stick bill that brought the total from $6.48 to a much more round $6.50. The restaurant with this bold rounding policy is Ogden Street South, a sports bar in Denver that is now well prepared for the disappearance of the penny.Read More »from Are you getting ripped off on your bar tab?
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Aug 10, 2011 2:31 AM EDT
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Thu, Aug 4, 2011 11:05 PM EDT
Michelada #1A Michelada is a Mexican drink served so many ways it's hard to say which is the original. The one I discovered this summer can't truly be called a "beer cocktail" because you don't mix it with anything. What makes it special is what lies on the rim of its glass, so I prefer to just call it: How a beer realizes its potential. For people who love Mexican flavor, this drink turns a beer into a party. Prepare to walk a tasty road to greatness.Read More »from The best way to serve beer (aka how summer just got better)
Here's what you need for one glass:
1 glass (a Mason jar works well because it has a thick rim)
Mexican hot sauce (like Chalula)
1 very cold pale Mexican beer (Tecate, Corona, Pacifica, etc.)
1. Cut a wedge from the lime and cut a slit in its center.
2. Hook the slit onto the rim of the glass and slide it all the way around to wet it. Remove the lime wedge and save.
3. Pour salt into a small dish that is bigger than the circumference of your glass and turn your glass over onto it so that the rim of the glass is covered in salt.
Breakfast in the Sky on the Ferris wheel at Morey's Piers wins our award for most nutso location to serve a meal this season. The wheel on the Jersey Shore is 156 feet high, the tables have white linen table cloths, and brunch items include shrimp and lobster omelets, Belgian waffles, and a Cuban-spiced steak and egg scramble. The idea belonged to pier founder, Will Morey, and his sons are now making the whimsical wish come to life. Each car seats up to four, and that friend we all had, the one who rocked the Ferris wheel seats regardless of how much we hollered, she's not invited.Read More »from The craziest place to eat this summer
According to the recent article we ran on the 10 weirdest restaurants in the world, it is also possible to eat among tree branches in Costa Rica and Thailand, in a snow castle in Finland, underwater in the Maldives, and at a suspended table all over the world, but because of its pier appeal, Breakfast in the Sky is our favorite idea for this summer.
The cost for two is $86. Would you go for it?
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Aug 1, 2011 11:44 PM EDT
Lauren "Chili-Thong" Jackson is part of a proud tradition of revenge artists known to dunk their adversaries' toothbrushes in the toilet, spit in their food, or, in this case, dump chili all over their underwear. The New York Post reports that Lauren didn't take it well when a Victoria's Secret in White Plains, NY threw her out for a prior shoplifting incident. She reacted by dumping chili over 65 pairs of panties worth $747.50. Oh to be 19 and completely unscrupulous. That was back in April. This past week, Lauren was unable to stay away from Victoria's lacy, mass-market, underthings. She was recognized by an employee at the scene of the crime, where she was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief, which sounds cute, but is actually a felony.
To celebrate justice being served, we've paired some more foods and clothing that go nicely together:
- pants + mojitos
- belts + soft pretzels
- sandals + lettuce
- Spanx + tea
- Boxer briefs + heirloom tomatoes
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively were spotted this week, according to Page 6, eating lunch side by side at Pink Taco, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. The thing that sucks about Pink Taco, aside from its somehow chauvinist name, is that they recently painted a donkey pink in a publicity stunt that got them a lot of negative attention from animal lovers. But what do you expect from a restaurant with a title like that? Don't answer, it's rhetorical. The question we did want answered was what other offensive restaurant names are out there. These are a few of our favorites, some are good enough to make Pink Taco blush...
1. Mother Clucker's
2. A&K Lick-a-Chick
Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia
3. Dirty Dick's Crab House
Nag's Head, NC
4. Hooters5. Big Pecker's Bar & Grill
Ocean City, MD
6. Thai Me Up
New York, New York
7. Hung Far Low
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- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Mon, Jul 25, 2011 11:32 PM EDT
Writing a furious resignation letter to an entire Whole Foods is the stuff frustrated employee dreams are made of. That's why the thing's gone viral, that, and if Whole Foods is guilty of all his accusations, they have a lot of explaining to do. The employee of five years compiled and sent a seething list of wrongs committed by the company. Few are brave (or unbalanced?) enough to express themselves fully in their workplace, but those who do may win immediate attention. I'm not sure this written rant rivals Steven Slater's panache on the Jet Blue emergency slide, but some of his points resonate with readers. From his opus, we learn that Whole Foods is not the utopian love den some of us wish it to be. Are we surprised? No. Do we think the employee has some good points? Yes. (It would be a sin for Whole Foods to waste as much food as the writer implies they do.) Does he go off the deep end? Big time. I mean, what kind of presents does he expect from corporate if not ugly, advertorialRead More »from Pissed-off Whole Foods employee writes tremendous resignation letter
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 22, 2011 12:52 AM EDT
Michelle Obama's good news at her press conference this week was that Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Supervalu, and other regional and independent food retailers will be opening and expanding produce sections in a total of 1,500 stores in an effort to address the health problems found in 'food deserts,' the low-income neighborhoods in America where good produce and healthy foods are difficult to find. According to the organizations involved, these improvements will effect 9.5 million individuals. So far so good. Food deserts are often sited as one of the underlying causes of American obesity, and according to a multi-state study sited by the Let's Move press release "for every additional supermarket in a neighborhood[,] produce consumption increases 32 percent in African Americans and 11 percent in whites." However, according to Reuters, a study released this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says that access to fruits and vegetables in food deserts does not determine intake, but thatRead More »from Michelle Obama and Wal-Mart share the good news: Will better markets make a healthier nation?
- Sarah Fuss, Shine Staff | Shine Food – Wed, Jul 20, 2011 10:11 PM EDT
My parents have a wonderful, probably universal, proclivity to pass along relics from my childhood, reminders of what I was like back then. For instance, my mom regularly rediscovers my third grade "book" on Susan B. Anthony that I comprehensively researched in the A volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica.Read More »from Top foods adults love and children hate
Last night, my dad emailed me a document entitled "Sarah's Food Preferences" from when I was 12 and went to live with him after my parents' divorce. He's a lawyer, partial to lists and other official documentation. Some highlights from my diet then include, "loves hot dogs," "no meat loaf," and "hates spinach, asparagus, 'big green beans.' " Those thick stringy green beans are the worst, young and old can agree, but do some kid hates inevitably become adult loves? By and large, I think yes. Here are the most obvious ones. What would you add or delete from this list of foods that adults love but kids hate?
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