Munchies feed for https://munchies.vice.comenFri, 16 Nov 2018 23:22:09 +0000<![CDATA[Watch the 16 Most Iconic Fast Food Scenes in Film Cuz It's National Fast Food Day]]>, 16 Nov 2018 23:22:09 +0000 Forget the marketplace vendors and street food of Ancient Rome, the meat pies of Paris and London during the Middle Ages, and the fried dough and stuffed buns of 12th-century Asia. Fast food is, and forever will be, the most quintessential American pastime. From the grab-and-eat automats of 1920s New York to the genetically-engineered foodstuffs of 2018 delivered by Uber drivers (and probably soon, by drone), the United States has vaulted fast food into a culinary mainstay, from a $6 billion dollar industry in 1970 to $200 billion strong in 2015.

In honor of November 16 being “National Fast Food Day” (like we need another excuse to eat more cheeseburgers and French fries), here’s a roundup ranking of our favorite fast food moments in movies; scenes starring burgers to breakfast, presented in all their mass-produced, pre-cooked, deep-fried, and assembled-to-order goodness. Plenty of spoilers and greasy food ahead:

16. Double-stacking slices of pizza from Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Legendary Lenny’s Pizza in Brooklyn will forever be known as the pizza joint where Tony Manero (John Travolta) orders two, not three, cheese slices and eats them folded AND stacked, as he struts through Bay Ridge to the rhythm of “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees. Is there a greater boss move for your average 19-year-old in the city?

15. Morgan Spurlock vomiting while filming Super Size Me (2004)

Just two days into his month-long experiment to eat nothing but food from McDonald’s three times a day to test if it’s really as bad for you as people say (spoiler alert: it, uh, is), documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock finishes a Super Size double quarter pounder with cheese (that’s a double Royale with cheese, for those of you in Europe), French fries, and a 42-ounce Coke. It takes him 22 minutes to gulp the food down, but only seconds for it all to come back up in the McDonald’s parking lot. This awkward scene is the furthest thing from a “happy meal” that we’ve ever seen.

14. Delivering fish and chips (and getting humiliated) in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

High school is miserable enough without having to work part-time at “Captain Hook Fish & Chips,” complete with a white turtleneck and pirate hat uniform. But Brad Hamilton’s (Judge Reinhold) manager makes it infinitely worse by making him wear the outfit (“Show a little pride!”) while on special delivery of “catch of the day” boxes. On the road, an attractive older woman (played by Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson) spots Brad trying to look suave in his ridiculous getup and laughs at him. Fed up, he dumps his hat and the entire takeout order out his driver’s side window—and we don’t blame him (although we might’ve kept the kinda cool hat).

13. Opening a new Krusty Krab in The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (2004)

The entire plot of the first Spongebob movie revolves around fast food, from the opening of a new Krusty Krab restaurant (directly adjacent to the first restaurant; when asked why, Mr. Krabs only says, “money”) to the evil Plankton’s attempt to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula to bring customers into his rival restaurant, The Chum Bucket, whose menu items include the Chum burger, Chum-on-a-stick, and “Chumbalaya,” to SpongeBob’s ultimately heroic rise and earning the title of becoming manager of the new franchise. Never since Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (probably even more so) has the fake food from a fictional restaurant chain seemed so enticing.

12. Junk Food Raining From the Sky in Kazaam (1996)

Is the movie called Kazaam, starring Shaquille O’Neal as a 5,000-year old genie who grants wishes to an inner-city kid?... Or is the movie called Shazaam, starring stand-up comedian Sinbad as an awkward genie who grants wishes to two young children? Whatever universe you’re from, there’s no forgetting the scene where, for one wish, the dysfunctional genie makes it rain junk food: burgers and burritos that explode as they hit the ground, loose French fries that fall like rain, and just about the thickest, slimiest-looking stacks of pancakes we’ve see anywhere. I guess having more fast food than you know what to do with was cool when we were a kid, but who wants to scrape together and chow down on a sloppy Whopper picked up off the the ground in a filthy back alley in Brooklyn?

11. Getting In-N-Out Burgers in The Big Lebowski (1994)

It would take too long to describe the meandering, mistaken-identity plot of The Big Lebowski enough to explain how enjoying “some [In-N-Out] burgers, some beers, and a few laughs” factors into the story if you haven’t seen this Coen Bros. classic (and frankly, if you haven’t, you need to stop reading this article and go and watch the movie immediately). Suffice it to say that it’s the result of a failed interrogation of an unmoved high school student by “The Dude,” an aging hippie slacker played by Jeff Bridges; his high-strung friend, Vietnam veteran Walter (John Goodman); and chill Donny (Steve Buscemi). They’re on the search for a missing million-dollar kidnapping ransom between drinking beers, discussing the tenets of socialism and nihilism, and participating in competitive bowling sessions.

When the high school kid neither talks nor reveals the whereabouts of the money (that The Dude and company later realize was never actually stolen), Walter decides to wreck a nearby sports car, thinking the kid bought it with the missing cash. It was actually a neighbor’s car, who reliates by attacking The Dude’s car next. At the end of the night, all the trio walk away with are a couple of burgers, no beers, and definitely no laughs.

10. Inventing the “speedee service system” in The Founder (2016)

Every second of this biographical drama may be all about McDonald’s and how businessman Ray Kroc took over the burger operation that brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald originally pioneered and built, but the scene that steals the show is this montage where the brothers (played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) explain to Ray (Michael Keaton) how they developed their innovative “speedee” assembly-line service system that ensures burger-making continuity and smooth operations, from buns to pickles to the perfect squirt of ketchup and mustard. Moving over a chalk-outlined tennis court in a pseudo-serving ballet, the brothers coordinate with their new hires for hours about the right kitchen layout and process to ensure their restaurant is “a symphony of efficiency, not a wasted motion.”

It’s a heartbreaking level of care and love that the McDonald’s brothers brought to their original restaurant—a far cry from the weird antics and general grossness too often seen from the fast food conglomerate in 2018.

9. The entirety of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Flynn Lockwood’s inventions are all terrible (monkey thought translators, spray-on shoes, “rat birds”), save for one: a machine that looks like a microwave combined with a colander that can convert water to food. Mostly fast food, like cheeseburgers, hotdogs, pizza, donuts, and anything else that the residents of Swallow Falls, a dumpy island in the Atlantic that formerly specialized in sardine fishing and canning, can imagine and ask for. But as tourism increases, so does the size of the falling food, which causes climate change in the form of spaghetti tornados and food storms that threaten cities around the world.

Under all the impressive visual CGI imagery of giant food falling on the city (and on people) is a story built around the idea of being one’s self, no matter how bizarre or seemingly unpopular. This plus countless sight gags and the best food-raining montage in recent memory makes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs one of the best 3D, computer-animated, sci-fi/disaster/satire/family comedies out there. And it’s definitely out there.

8. A “superb” review for Mystic Pizza (1988)

Everyone’s on red alert when snobby food critic “The Fireside Gourmet” (Louis Turenne) visits Mystic Pizza in small-town Connecticut, takes a few tentative bites of pizza, and dickishly abandons the entire rest of the pie after only eating half a slice. But a few days later, when the critic calls Mystic Pizza “superb” on his famous TV show and awards it his highest “four-star” rating, the women of the pizza shop (played by Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, and Conchata Ferrell) are ecstatic. On a larger scale, it’s meant a symbol; an affirmation that, despite everything, whatever they’re doing over there at Mystic Pizza, from figuring out college, to dating, and marriage, is OK. They’re going to be alright.

7. Going through the drive-thru in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

While protecting annoying federal witness Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), LAPD sergeants Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) hit a Subway drive-through for dinner and the sandwich shop gets their order wrong. Leo demands the group goes back (“I hate tuna, okay? I refuse to get stuck with tuna!”) but they’re already several blocks away and not turning around. So Leo lays some truth on them on one of the realest monologues in all of movie history:

“Can I give you two guys a friendly piece of advice, okay? Don’t ever go up to the drive-thru! OK? Always walk up to the counter. You know why?” Leo asks. “They fuck you at the drive-thru! They know you’re gonna be miles away before you find out you got fucked! OK? They know you’re not gonna turn around and go back. So they don’t care. … I’m not eating this tuna!”

6. The American cheeseburger from Iron Man (2008)

Three months after escaping captivity in Afghanistan, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) asks for two things when he steps off the plane: a press conference (to publicly announce that his weapons company will no longer produce weapons) and an American cheeseburger. Stark’s already finished one burger when he later rolls up at Stark Industries, consumes a second one walking in, and pulls a third (?!) from his jacket pocket as he addresses reporters.

It’s a cute scene that feels like product placement for Burger King. But in real life, Robert Downey Jr. had previously stopped for Burger King back in 2003 while driving a car filled with drugs. He ordered “a disgusting burger … and this big soda, and I thought something really bad was going to happen.” Realizing his visit to Burger King was virtually the same thing as hitting rock bottom, Downey Jr. threw all his drugs into the ocean that night and vowed to get cleaned up. The cheeseburger scene in Iron Man is a nod to Downey Jr.’s own life-changing cheeseburger moment.

5. Ordering pizza in Home Alone (1990)

After older brother Buzz (Devin Ratray), younger cousin Fuller (Kieran Culkin), and the rest of his gigantic extended family eats all the cheese pizza that he specifically asked for, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) decides to order his own pizza once he gets full run of the house in Home Alone. But how to do that without alerting the pizza delivery guy (love the name of the pizza joint, “Little Nero’s,” which promises “no fiddlin’ around!”) that Kevin’s just an eight-year-old kid left at home by accident during the holidays?

A VHS copy of the fictional gangster flick Angels with Filthy Souls might help. Using the film’s dialogue as instructions for where the delivery guy can leave the pizza and how much change he can keep (“Ya filthy animal!”), Kevin’s able to test out his movie pause-and-play technique in advance of his later encounter with “Wet Bandits” Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern). Although why Kevin thought he’d be able to keep a lower profile by pretending to “open fire” with sounds of a machine gun firing at the pizza delivery guy is anyone’s guess.

4. The chicken dinner from Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Dad (Greg Kinnear) is sweating over a possible publishing deal for his motivational self-help seminar, academic scholar Uncle Frank (Steve Carrell) has temporarily moved in after a failed suicide attempt, Nietzsche-reading teenager Dwayne (Paul Dano) has taken a vow of silence until he can become a test pilot, and Cheryl (Toni Collette), the mother, is just trying to keep it together and put food on the table.

“What’s that, chicken? Every night, it’s the fucking chicken! Holy God almighty,” yells the family’s heroin-snorting grandpa, who spots the big bucket of fried chicken going around the table. “Is it possible, just once, to get something to eat around here that’s not the goddamn, fucking chicken?”

In this film about “winners” and “losers,” Little Miss Sunshine is a reminder that just being ourselves (and accepting who we are) is infinitely more important to one’s happiness than the beauty pageants and dumb competitions of life. If we can’t make room for a little ice cream, what’s the point of living?

3. Trying to order breakfast in Falling Down (1993)

“I want breakfast,” recently laid-off defense contractor William Foster says to the cheery front counter person at Whammyburger. So begins the tense-as-hell ordering scene from Falling Down, where Michael Douglas’ character first attempts to order breakfast (after breakfast serving hours have ended, a lesson that McDonald’s learned to change in recent years) then becomes upset that the savory-looking “Whammy” burger in the picture doesn’t match the flaccid, pancake-like “miserable squashed thing” he’s been given.

Falling Down perfectly captured the tension of a sweltering early 90s Los Angeles on the brink of being ready to burst; shot in Lynwood, the film’s production in 1992 actually had to be paused due to the LA riots. Douglas plays the ultimate angry white male (his father, Golden Age veteran actor Kirk Douglas, thought it was his son’s best work to date) whose long-simmering rage finally culminates into explosive violence.

2. The Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction (1994)

All of Pulp Fiction is essentially an homage to fast food: Pumpkin and Honey Bunny hold up a Denny’s-type diner at the beginning and end of the film, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) considers the merits of a $5 milkshake for Miss Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) at the 50s-themed Jack Rabbit Slim’s restaurant (don’t miss Steve Buscemi moonlighting as their waiter, Buddy Holly), and Vincent and Jules Winnfield’s (Samuel L. Jackson)’s discussion about what McDonald’s Quarter Pounders are called in Paris. (“They got the metric system, they wouldn’t know what the fuck a Quarter-Pounder is.”)

But Pulp Fiction’s ultimate fast food moment arrives early in the film when Vince and Jules go to retrieve a briefcase for their mob boss Marcellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) from a few associates that have double-crossed the boss. This tense sequence is punctuated by Jules’ sudden interest in the “Big Kahuna” burger that one of the guys is eating. (“This IS a tasty burger! … I can’t usually get [burgers] because my girlfriend’s a vegetarian, which pretty much makes me a vegetarian.”) Jules tries a bite of the burger, slurps all of the guy’s Sprite—then proceeds to shoot nearly everyone in the room. Say what?

1. Harold and Kumar finally go to White Castle in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

What should only be a 90-minute drive from Jersey’s New Brunswick to Cherry Hill takes Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) all night in this 2004 stoner comedy that’s basically one giant commercial for White Castle. But what a commercial it is; by the time Harold and Kumar reach the blue-and-white cheeseburger haven, we’re almost as hungry for those delicious little sliders as they are. Krispy Kreme missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime by saying no to appearing in Harold and Kumar, a decision they’re still probably kicking themselves over.

In his positive review of the film, Roger Ebert wrote that “one secret of fiction is the creation of unique characters who are precisely defined. The secret of comedy is the same, with the difference being that the characters must be obsessed with unwholesome but understandable human desires.” Nothing’s more understandable than a sudden and pervasive craving for fast food, unwholesome as it may be. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle captures this deep emotional struggle, while also casting an Asian-American actor and Indian actor in lead roles, and doubles as a decent stoner buddy flick and a road trip movie. What more is there to ask for?

Maybe some fries with that.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for Threatening to 'Blow Up Restaurant' Says He Just Wanted to Take a Dump]]>, 16 Nov 2018 22:33:55 +0000 Look, we appreciate a good poop joke as much as the next 13-year-old, but if your alleged attempt at bathroom humor ends with a mugshot, an arrest warrant, and a pair of serious-sounding charges, you might be doing it wrong.

According to the Times-Picayune, 30-year-old Arthur Posey walked into a Willie’s Chicken Shack in New Orleans at about 7 PM Tuesday night. According to Posey, he commented to a female manager that he was going to “blow the bathroom up” and—again, according to him—what he meant was that he was going to take a massive shit. (Arthur, regardless of how this all shakes out, you need to work on your game.)

But according to the manager, Posey strolled into the restaurant, walked toward the food-prep area, and asked her how late the restaurant stayed open. She told him she didn’t know (side note: YOU’RE THE MANAGER, why don’t you know this???), and he told her “Y’all about to close right now, because I’m going to get a bomb and blow this place up.” She reported the incident to the Chicken Shack’s general manager, who advised her to call the police.

Posey had left the restaurant by the time the officers arrived, but they spotted him walking into a different business on the next block. He told the cops that he didn’t have a bomb, and just meant that he was about to “blow the bathroom up” with a swift, unyielding bowel movement.

The police didn’t buy it—especially not after the manager said that Posey never mentioned a bathroom to her. A second employee told officers that she heard him say that he was “going to get a bomb and put it under the middle table of the restaurant closest to the front door,” which sounds both weirdly specific and strangely… not at all like what the manager reported.

Posey was taken into custody, and is facing two counts of “communicating of false information of planned arson,” which has to be one of the most grammatically awkward charges a person can face. Orleans Parish Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell scheduled a mental competency hearing for Posey on November 29.

If Posey’s account of events was true, we hope he found a bathroom.

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<![CDATA[Study Says Students Would Rather Go Without Food than Without Their Phones]]>, 16 Nov 2018 21:20:27 +0000 I’ve started to dread Monday mornings for a new and different reason lately, and it’s one that has zero to do with the workweek. Instead, it’s because Monday is when my stupid iPhone sends me its stupid Weekly Summary that calculates how much stupid screen time I had during the previous week. Yeah, iPhone, I get it: I’m trash.

That Weekly Summary isn’t helpful, it’s not changing my behavior, and it’s not turning me into a better person; all it’s doing is making me resent iOS12 (and yes, I had to pick up my GOTT-DAMN PHONE just to confirm what iOS it’s running). It’s no secret that none of us have any chill and we all spend too much time staring at these shiny little demons, but a new paper published in the journal Addictive Behaviors shows just how fucked up our phone obsessions are.

First, this paper was published in a journal called Addictive Behaviors, which is a huge tip-off. Next, according to lead author Sara O’Donnell, college students would rather go without food than without their phones. For the study, 76 college students between the ages of 18 and 22 were denied food for three hours and were denied the use of their phones for two hours. During that time, they were allowed to either study or read a newspaper. (I’m assuming that they spent a full 20 minutes of that time sounding out the word ‘newspaper’ and promising themselves that they’d Google it when they got their phones back).

After what O’Donnell described as a “modest deprivation period,” the participants were allowed to do a task on the computer in order to either earn some phone time or a 100-calorie serving of their fave snacks. Every time they opted for either reward, the time it took to earn additional phone time or additional food increased. According to the University of Buffalo, there were two parts to the study: the first part was a questionnaire that asked the participants how many minutes of phone usage they would buy at a number of different price points from $0 per minute to $1,120 per minute. The second part measured how many mouse clicks each student would be willing to make in order to earn some phone time.

The purpose, O’Donnell said, was to measure whether smartphone use served as a “reinforcing behavior” in the same way that food, alcohol, or drugs could reinforce their behaviors. The answer? O B V I O U S L Y.

“In this study, we provide evidence for the first time that smartphones are reinforcing,” she said. “We also found that when deprived of both food and smartphones, students were much more motivated to work for time to use their smartphone, and were willing to part with more hypothetical money to gain access to their phone.” (And even the researchers were “very surprised” by those results).

O’Donnell said that research into smartphone addiction—as a real addiction, not just yaasss I’m addicted—is still in its nascent stages, but this study suggests that our smartphones are “highly reinforcing.” I’m not sure if that makes me feel better or worse about the ever-increasing number on my Weekly Summary. Maybe I should look that up.

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<![CDATA[This Man Will Eat Anything on Ice Cream Reddit Tells Him to]]>, 16 Nov 2018 20:30:00 +0000Eric is a man with iron tastebuds and a Ron Swanson-esque vibe, both of which he has successfully combined to great effect thanks to the peculiar fascinations and machinations of the internet.

Over the summer, a man named Ben Rosen, whose father is friends with Eric, posted on Reddit that Eric would eat anything suggested by strangers on the internet and that they would upload videos of the consumption. Surprisingly, this backfired less than you might think. Thousands of suggestions—of varying degrees of actual edibility—came in and Eric chewed his way through a truly insane number of them: Lemon, popcorn, taco shells, dog food, garbage bags—you get the idea.

Now, Eric is back at it, but eating just one foodstuff at a time is old hat. Today, Ben is inviting Reddit users to suggest ice cream toppings and then, with comic stoicism, Eric opens up a pint, piles on whatever monstrous combo the internet has cooked up, and chows down.

This is way more... impressive(?) than the single foods. Because watching a man eat lobster salad is fine (I mean, no judgement if that's your fetish) but watching him eat it on ice cream? That's fascinating.

Crumbled Cheetos? Eric is on it.

Raw oyster? He wouldn't. He would!

Pizza? Well, this one is more 'ice cream on pizza' than 'pizza on ice cream' but whatever it takes!

Ketchup? For some reason this one squicks me out most of all but if you can handle it, here it is for your viewing displeasure:

So far it's been about five hours and the pair have uploaded more than 120 videos. Each one is less than 30 seconds which means you can dive in, thinking it'll be a quick jaunt down the World Wide Rabbit Hole, and find yourself wondering if sardines and ice cream might be just the right sweet-and-salty-combo almost an hour later.

I'm not saying that's what happened to me, but I do have one question for Ben and Eric: What'd you do with all those pints of Ample Hills?

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<![CDATA[A Robert Mueller-Themed Ice Cream Truck Is Trolling the Trumps in DC]]>, 16 Nov 2018 18:49:50 +0000 Everyone knows that President Donald Trump has the same sophisticated palate as your niece’s preschool class, what with his fondness for fast food and Diet Coke, well-done steaks, and, of course, a generous squirt of ketchup to garnish his overcooked beef. He also loves ice cream, and it just took him less than six months to learn one of the perks of being the Commander-in-Chief. “At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else,” Time reported in an early profile of his presidency.

But President Two Scoops can’t be thrilled about the companies that are trying to turn his fave dessert against him. Last spring, Denver’s High Point Creamery released a limited-edition flavor called I’m Peach Mint to benefit an immigrant advocacy group. In October, Ben & Jerry’s introduced Pecan Resist, a pint that promised to “peacefully resist the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies.” And as of this week, there’s a Robert Mueller-themed ice cream truck driving around Washington, DC, serving scoops of Fudge the Truth Chocolate and Putin’s Vanilla Delight.

The truck, officially called Guilty Pleasures—with an accent on the ‘Guilty Pleas’ part—was launched by the MoveOn organization as a delicious and tangible way to advocate for Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. (In its own report about the truck, Washingtonian notes that MoveOn also organized the “Mueller Protection Rapid Response” demonstrations that followed the firing… er, the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions).

In addition to urging acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation, Guilty Pleasures is trolling the Trumps hard. On Wednesday, it tweeted to Donald Trump, Jr., encouraging him to grab a quick scoop of IndictMint Chip. Although wintery weather canceled the truck’s appearance outside the Trump Hotel, its upcoming schedule includes stops at the Russian Embassy, the Capitol Building, and the Watergate Hotel.

Although the rumors are nothing but rumors right now, there’s still speculation that Mueller will be serving up an additional indictment or two soon. With news like that—and the fact that this truck is circling the city—those two Presidential scoops might be hard to swallow.

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<![CDATA[West Coast Crab Fishermen Sue Big Oil Over Climate Change]]>, 16 Nov 2018 16:57:47 +0000It's been a big year so far for food- and agriculture-related lawsuits. There was the landmark Round-Up case, where a judge ruled in favor of a man with terminal cancer stemming from years of working with the herbicide, which opened Round-Up’s parent company, ag-tech giant Monsanto, to thousands of lawsuits alleging that the chemical caused cancer. There was the case in North Carolina where a jury ruled in favor of the neighboring community of a Smithfield Foods hog farm, ordering the pork producer to pay $473.5 million in damages due to the “nuisance” of giant hog waste lagoons. And on Wednesday of this week, another case was opened with similar industry-wide implications in its charges: California crab fishermen are suing Big Oil for climate change.

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations filed the suit in a California state superior court against 30 defendants, all major petroleum companies who, the association charges, “knowingly caused harm” with their business. Rising global and oceanic temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions has had serious negative impacts on California’s fishing industry, particularly Dungeness crab fishing. As The Guardian reported, fishing seasons have shortened dramatically and algae blooms off the west coast of North America have built up a neurotoxin in whatever small catch of crabs fishermen are able to bring in, making them potentially poisonous and un-sellable.

“Defendants have known for nearly 50 years that greenhouse gas pollution from their fossil fuel products has a significant impact on Earth’s climate,” the suit reads. “Including a warming of the oceans.” It then goes on to claim that the oil companies—like ExxonMobil, Chevron, and BP—hid those dangers, undermined public support for efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and encouraged even more use of their products.

This is not the first time that a lawsuit has tried to put Big Oil on the stand to be held accountable for the damages caused by climate change, but it is the first time a the first time an industry has tried to do so, citing commercial damages.. (A judge threw out the case brought by the city of New York against a handful of oil companies in July, and the state of Rhode Island filed a suit the same month.) The San Francisco Chronicle reported that in a single season, the CA Dungeness crab industry lost $110 million when major fishing areas had to be closed down after they tested positive for the neurotoxin domoic acid. Some fishermen had to sell their boats entirely.

The PCFFA’s case stands to set a precedent in climate change litigation, which essentially will answer the question of who is responsible for footing the bill when industries and individuals start to see the second and third order effects of climate change. In 2010, BP was made to pay $1 billion in damages to Gulf Coast shrimpers after their disastrous oil spill, but that’s a first order effect. A lawyer for Exxon Mobil Corp. rebuffed the premise of these new allegations entirely, telling the SF Chronicle “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue and requires global participation and actions. Lawsuits like this — filed by trial attorneys against an industry that provides products we all rely upon to power the economy and enable our domestic life — simply do not do that.”

The crab fishermen, in their suit, have demanded a jury trial, which a judge has yet to order to begin, but if and when it does, environmentalists will surely be watching with bated breath. But in the mean time, now we know why Dungeness crab has gotten—and is likely to continue to get—so expensive over the last few years.

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<![CDATA[Jell-O Is Jumping in on the Internet's Weird Slime Obsession with Its Edible Ooze]]>, 16 Nov 2018 15:00:00 +0000For reasons unbeknownst to an old like me, children not only want to touch slime, but also apparently want to put it in their mouths, as kids are wont to do with most things that they play with (dirt, boogers, etc.). That’s not ideal, given that most slime is a combination of borax, food coloring, and white glue.

While parents worry about the safety of their kids’ goo-eating habit, pediatricians have weighed in about the risks of ingesting slime, and the consensus actually seems to be that it’s not the worst: A small child would need to eat a fairly large amount of borax-containing slime for it to cause issues. (More likely to cause illness: ingesting large amounts of straight up borax while making homemade slime, or touching borax without gloves on, which can cause red, peeling skin.)

To head all of that off, enter the demand for truly edible slime. Because who doesn’t want to eat sticky, squishy, brightly colored goop after poking and stretching it with your grubby fingers? While that demand has mostly been met by lists of recipes on parent-focused blogs and many videos devoted to its creation, Jell-O’s now officially getting in the slime game.

The gelatin giant is releasing a 100-percent edible slime mixture, available in strawberry (“Unicorn Slime”) and lime (“Monster Slime”). Just add water and you’ve got a slime that “stretches if you pull it slowly, but snaps if you pull it apart fast,” writes Jell-O in its product description. It's basically a mix of food starch, sugar, gelatin, plus additives like adipic acid and fumaric acid that help the mixture form a gel. Though the slime isn’t on sale yet, it looks like Amazon is currently taking pre-orders.

While Jell-O’s just now taking advantage of the Slime Boom, parents have been making edible Jell-O based slime for a while. The secret, according to their recipes, is basically just a little cornstarch, which, as you might be familiar with from making sauces, acts as a thickener, giving that wiggly, jiggly Jell-O a little more heft.

Maybe this is my fear of germs talking, but I feel as though literally the last thing you should ingest is food that’s been mashed around by a child’s dirty, undiscerning hands first. While the premise of edible slime as a party activity, as Jell-O suggests on its product listing, would ideally mean a separate slime for each child, kids do inevitably share. (As we all know, kindergarten emphasize sharing above all else.) That means sharing not just slime, but all the germs, carpet particles, crud, and whatever else can get embedded in that sticky pink mixture. (Yum! I’m really selling you on this, right?)

But, like my partner always tells me after I ask that he politely not lean on the walls of the subway station and bring that cursed poop bacteria into our home, we need a little exposure to germs.

Luckily, as adults, we can leave this shit to the kids.

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<![CDATA[Mackerel Escabeche Recipe]]>, 16 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000Servings: 2-4
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 40 minutes


20 ground cherries
15 cherry tomatoes
6 fairytale eggplant
2 Spanish mackerel fillets
2-4 radishes, halved
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup white wine
1 cup fish stock or water
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
Grilled bread, to serve


1. Place the ground cherries, tomatoes, and eggplant in an oven-proof dish with the mackerel. Using a blow torch, singe the vegetables all over until charred, as well as the mackerel skin. If you don’t have a blow torch, use the oven broiler. Add in the radishes and set aside.

2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add the carrot, garlic, pepper, shallot, and onion and season with salt. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes, then stir int he peppercorns, bay leaf, and chile flakes. Cook 2 minutes more, then stir in the honey and cook for 1 minute longer. Add the white wine and cook until the alcohol has burned off, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the stock and vinegar and bring to a boil, then pour over the charred vegetables and fish. Cool completely, then serve with grilled bread.

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<![CDATA[Iceland's President Walks Back His Desire to Ban Pineapple Pizza]]>, 15 Nov 2018 22:23:59 +0000 Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is the current president of Iceland, and the sixth to hold that office in the country’s history. His unabbreviated middle name is Thorlacius. His nephew, Jói Pé, is apparently a popular Icelandic rapper. And before his political career began, he was a historian, who was working on a sure-to-be riveting history of the Cod Wars.

I didn’t know any of that five minutes ago. Because until I copied-and-pasted his name into Google, the only thing I knew about President Jóhannesson was that he once said that he wanted to ban pineapple pizza from his entire country. Maybe people who aren’t me and don’t live Iceland have already forgotten about that strange aspirational policy—but Jóhannesson hasn’t, and now he seems to wish that he could take it back.

Jóhannesson might forever be connected with his least favorite pizza topping because of a silly comment he made during a visit to a local high school last February. A kid asked him what he thought about pineapple as a pizza topping, and the President said that he was “fundamentally opposed” to it, and that he would ban it if he could. That got everyone’s attention, possibly because another president who who lives, oh, 2,811 miles southwest of Reykjavik was using the word "ban" rather often at the time.

Jóhannesson quickly backtracked. He told MUNCHIES that it was “a tongue-in-cheek joke, or a joke attempt” and declined to comment further. “I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza,” he clarified on Facebook. “I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power [...] For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”

The damage was done, though. Thinkpieces were distributed like $1 slices. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he “[stands] behind” the pizza topping. And even Sam Panopoulos, the then-82-year-old inventor of pineapple pizza, was dragged into the controversy. “He can have whatever he wants—I don't care," he told the CBC. “He can do whatever he wants as far as I'm concerned." (Panopoulos died in June 2017, hopefully at peace with himself and his contribution to world cuisine).

But during a recent interview with the CBC, Jóhannesson expressed remorse. “That's where the influence of this office sort of, yeah, got the better of me," he said. "I went a step too far." (Although he’s reconsidering what he said, he hasn’t changed his mind about pineapples on pizza, calling them “all sort of mushy.”)

The one thing he’s not budging on, though, is his recommendation that seafood should be everyone’s go-to topping. “Iceland are a nation of fisherfolk and, you know, if everyone put seafood on their pizzas, that would be a very nice thing to do," he said.

OK, but only if you tell us about the Cod Wars first.

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<![CDATA[15 Thanksgiving Desserts That'll Upstage Your Turkey]]>, 15 Nov 2018 21:00:00 +0000There’s something sort of sadistic about preparing a Thanksgiving meal and serving it to your loved ones. Your lineup of starchy, carb-heavy, buttery, tryptophan-laden savory dishes are designed to make it damn nigh impossible for your guests to resist stuffing themselves to the point of pain. (No one ever remembers to wear the stretchy pants, do they? You know everyone’s going to pop the button on their jeans under the table and hope no one notices.) And then, when they’re up to their eyeballs in stuffing and mashed potatoes and yams and gravy, you really do it to ‘em. You bring out the pie. And everyone groans and hems and haws and says how they just couldn’t possibly. But of course they do, the liars. “Just a thin slice,” they say as they cut a totally normal-sized portion anyway. When all is said and done, everyone is performatively regretful of how much they ate, but low-key very smugly happy with themselves because it’s a goddamn national holiday and they have tradition as an excuse for their bad choices. And you, you little freak of a host, are equally pleased with yourself for feeding everybody into a near coma and making them like it. But you can’t cross that finish line without having a strong dessert plan. Here are our best Thanksgiving dessert options that are sure to put your entire family to sleep, but in a good way.

Pumpkin does not have the monopoly on Thanksgiving pies. A good old fashioned double-crusted apple pie is just as all-American as pumpkin.

The filling of a pumpkin pie usually is set with lots of eggs, but here, we swap those out for silken tofu and vegan butter for the crust.

The true classic, the one everyone looks for in the holiday buffet spread, with a slightly sophisticated little twist of brown butter in the filling.

Some people really hate on pumpkin pie, and to those people, we say you probably need to find something better to do with your time, but also—have a pecan pie, then, you jerks.

Don’t let the inclusion of goat cheese in this pie throw you off—with an almond cookie crust, and plenty of sugar and cream cheese in the filling, it’s perfectly sweet with a little tang that’s welcome at the end of a long, heavy meal.

Stay with us here, because vinegar pie doesn’t taste anything like vinegar and we don’t want you to turn tail and hide just yet. This pie has what is otherwise just a basic vanilla custard, and a few tablespoons of vinegar take the place of lemon juice to make it nice and tart. This will be the sleeper hit of your dessert menu this year, we promise.

Chocolate on Thanksgiving? Why the hell not.

Who needs ice cream or whipped cream to top your pie if it’s covered in marshmallow fluff?

If you’re looking to make your Thanksgiving a little more Southern this year, try this chess pie with a Meyer lemon and buttermilk curd.

Embrace the sweetness of the sweet potato and stop trying to turn it into the savory side dish it’s not. Combine it with sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and warm spices for an excellent alternative or addition to your traditional pumpkin pie.

If you can get your hands on them, ground cherries are the subtly sweet pie filler that you’ve been needing in your life.

Hell, who said pie was the only thing you could serve for Thanksgiving dessert? Apple cider makes this layer cake so perfectly moist, no one will miss the pie.

The rustic frosting job on this cake is just right for a homey, cozy holiday like Thanksgiving.

No matter what pie or cake you go with, everyone’s going to want some ice cream to go with it. This honey and rosemary concoction will pair well with just about any of them. This brown butter and sage option would work well, too.

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