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Since opening a humble noodle bar in Manhattan's East Village nearly seven years ago, David Chang has rapidly become one of America's most talked-about chefs, building a mini-empire of Momofuku restaurants in New York City, each of which combines Asian and American influences to create a new kind of cuisine that's both adventurous and accessible.
We sat down with him to find out what makes a world-class chef tick. Here's his top 5 most annoying customer habits:
5. Saying they're right when they're wrong. Like when they ask for a steak to be medium-rare and it's medium-rare and they say it's not medium-rare.
4. Special food requests.*
3. Fake allergies.
2. Being drunk. It's just so annoying.
1. Bloggers who don't know anything. The top one is to say you're a blogger, right off the bat. That always gets a good laugh from the chefs.
*DETAILS: It's surprising that you didn't say vegetarians. (Chang is known for his pork buns)
David Chang: That's the special
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While food manufacturers like to obscure the amount of carbs (read: sugar) by listing it per serving (Vitaminwater for instance, has 2.5 servings), most people consume these drinks by the container. Here's a look at the actual amount of carbs some of these products contain per bottle:
- Budweiser (11 g)
- Vitaminwater (32.5 g)
- Gatorade (34 g)
- Coca-Cola (39 g)
- Odwalla Superfood (57 g)
- Starbucks venti White Chocolate Mocha (79 g)
The closer you look, the clearer it becomes that most common snack foods are simply fattening carb clusters. Here's how a few of these mainstays stack up (per 100 grams):
- Burger King French fries (42 g)
- Pringles Original (54 g)
- Saltines (73 g)
- pretzels (79 g)
- rice cakes (80 g)
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