Photo: dnewman, Thingiverse.com
With the purchase of a Kids' Meal at the restaurant, kids get small toys related to the Marvel comic in addition to codes that entitle them to exclusive digital-comics chapters at its kids' website, www.ClubBK.com. The four comic strips are a prequel to the movie, which opens May 6.
And the chain isn't alone in its digital push. As we reported earlier, McDonald's is getting in the web game with its McWorld.com site ("Ronaldgrams," anyone?), and later in May, Wendy's plans to host "Wendy's Family Week" on "Wheel of Fortune" to encourage customers to enter an online sweepstakes.
Photo: John Lamouranne, The Egg Man
He is the Egg Man -- New Orleans artist John Lamouranne has been making egg sculptures for more than 30 years. (And yes, he made one of the Beatles.) Starting with hollowed goose eggs and adding bits of modeling glue and other crafty materials, Lamouranne creates little people (mostly little famous people) that range from Kate Middleton and Prince William (above) to a bobble-head Elvis, a grinning Ellen DeGeneres, and a whole cast of Alice in Wonderland characters. And you thought dipping a hard-boiled egg in food coloring was hard.
See a slideshow of Lamouranne's eggs at The Telegraph.
Yes, it was "symbolic imagery," according to the letter from publisher Joseph Connelly and his management team. But from now on, the letter assures readers, it will "never again use non-vegan photographs" in the magazine. The staff outlines the following additional claims:
Based on the comments, the readers have largely accepted the apology and the world of vegan photography will now be forever changed for the better.
- Recipes in VegNews will be represented only by custom vegan photography. Count on it.
- All stock images used in the magazine and website will be vegan. We will make sure so that you can be sure.
- VegNews will build and host a vegan photo bank to assure the availability of vegan stock images. Look for details in the coming days.
Photo: Pen Waggener, Flickr
Several news sources have recently pondered, is roadkill safe to eat?
The answer? Well, sort of.
On the pro-roadkill eating side:
If an animal was recently killed but otherwise healthy, the meat is actually much fresher than what you might find in a grocery store, explained Steve Rinella of the Travel Channel's "The Wild Within" on HuffPost Food recently (see his video of finding and preparing raccoon roadkill, after the jump). Daniel Klein of "The Perennial Palate" has a similar philosophy in this video, in which he prepares venison tartare from a deer collected from the side of the road that was "still steaming."
Even PETA basically agrees with both men. The animal-rights group advises, "If people must eat animal carcasses, roadkill is a superior option to the neatly shrink-wrapped plastic packages of meat in the supermarket."
Most recently, Food Safety News interviewed several roadkill-eating enthusiasts and gathered that there are a few good general rules of thumb to follow, such as the fact that eating roadkill in the winter may be safer since the animal is essentially refrigerated upon its death. Rinella adds that for raccoons, when the blood has not yet coagulated and the hair is not oily, those are both good signs that the animal was recently killed and therefore okay to eat.
Photo: Steve Snodgrass, Flickr
Read the full list of restaurant saboteurs at The Daily Meal.
Photo: Michael Weber for Hurricane Club
OpenTable users aren't just logging on to the site to make reservations anymore -- they're coming back to tell others what they think. What are diners loving this year? The website's Diners' Choice awards tell all.
The company's list of 50 "2011 Hot Spot Winners" was fun to read, but many of the picks are perennial favorites. We were most interested in what's new on the scene. Lucky, the site delivered -- after compiling 7 million reviews, OpenTable has come up with a list of the 10 hottest restaurants to open in the past year.
Get the full list after the jump.
Photo: John M. Heller / Getty Images
Read The Daily Meal's list of the 15 most followed chefs on Twitter.
Photo: Supermarket Scrabble
But before you decide to have some fun down at the A&Pee (oops, A&P), you might want to think about the poor staff who will have to re-arrange all of the lewd lettering. Is it fair that the joke is on them?
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Photo: Ruth Bourdain
The hilarious persona is a mash-up of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain who quickly gained attention by reworking Reichl's zen 140-character tweets into raunchy Bourdain-like missives. But before this nomination, the persona was little more than a lark. Now Ruth Bourdain shares the same James Beard ballot as L.A. food critic Jonathan Gold and renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The nomination is shaking up food circles, with some foodies saying it undermines serious food journalism, while others, like Saveur's Gabriella Gershenson, think it's all in good fun. (She gave the nod a "Bravo! (Brava?)" on her twitter account.)