Posts for February 1, 2013

Aramis the Sick Lion Is Getting By on Elk Burgers in Texas

Here's a guy who probably doesn't mind a little horse DNA in his hamburgers every now and then. Aramis, an African lion living at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue Education Center in Wylie, Texas, hasn't been feeling too well. "This African lion is very, very sick," the local NBC affiliate explains. "All he wants to do is eat elk meat." Problem is, of course, dude needed to take his pills and no one had any elk filet lying around. Or so it seemed: the local Twisted Root Burger Co., which also grills venison and boar burgers, had just gotten a 50-pound shipment yesterday morning, so now the center's staff have been able to slip Aramis his meds by tucking them into the chop meat. "I think it's awesome," says restaurateur Jason Boso. "I mean a lion and me, we have a lot in common. We eat buffalo, and elk, and venison, and so I need to help my brother out."

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Priorities: Eighth Grader Chooses Fried Chicken Over Young Love

They've surely broken up by now.Photo: Reddit

A hormonal adolescent has penned the most honest ode to fried chicken we've ever seen (and Grub Street has seen a few). This note — apparently found on the floor of an eighth-grade classroom — reflects teenagers coming to terms, as we all do, with how best to balance our love lives and our love of fried chicken. Kids, they grow up so fast. [Reddit via Mashable]

No Bones About It: Vegan Wing Bowl Returns to The Abbaye

A scene from Vegan Wing Bowl II

The spectacle of hot sauce-slathered grown men and women gorging themselves on chicken wings until they puke, which in these parts is known as Wing Bowl, isn’t for everyone. And thankfully in response to this annual celebration of extreme gluttony and waste, the beautiful women of Philly Roller Girls fly in the face of that great gross-out with their own Vegan Wing Bowl. On Saturday that meatless extravaganza takes place at The Abbaye. For the third year in a row, roller girls and their admirers will try to woof-down as many crispy-fried seitan “wings” as they can during the length of a roller derby jam. That’s two minutes for the uninitiated. Winners from each round will be weighed, and the top three weights will be awarded prizes, and win bragging rights. Registration, which runs $20, begins at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit Philly Roller Girls. The contest gets rolling at 4 p.m.

Applebee’s Fires Server for Posting ‘I Give God 10 Percent’ Receipt, Defends Its Actions

But does God serve Weight Watchers entrees?Photo: Reddit

Details have emerged about the customer who wrote, "I give God 10 percent, why do you get 18?" on a receipt and refused to leave a tip. Pastor Alois Bell delivered the holier-than-thou message at a St. Louis Applebee's, where she was dining with a party of twenty. Bell asked to have the check broken up into increments so she could avoid paying the mandatory 18 percent tip, and then proceeded to cross out the $6.29 auto-gratuity. Chelsea Welch, a waitress (but not Bell's sever), posted the photo online "as a lighthearted joke." After it went viral and Bell got outed, she called Applebee's to demand that the restaurant fire everyone involved in the scandal. Welch lost her job.

Jesus Christ! »

Make It Stop! Now Doritos Will Launch Taco Bell-Flavored Chips

Taco Bell and Doritos are like that new couple that just can't stop with the PDA. Following Monday's news that the Bell will release a new Doritos Cool Ranch-flavored taco shell, today Frito-Lay declares "I love you more" by committing to a new Taco Bell flavor of Doritos. Whoa, meta. According to the L.A. Times, the flavor will roll out for a limited time in April and carry the labels of both junk-food giants on the bag. We've done this to ourselves, America. [LAT, Earlier]

Long-Awaited Royal Sushi & Izakaya to Make an Appearance at the Brewer’s Plate

A scene from Royal Sushi's pop-up back in 2011.

Remember Royal Sushi & Izakaya? That’s the Japanese pub that Khyber, Royal Tavern, and Cantina owners Stephen Simons and Dave Frank have been working on with sushi whiz-kid Todd Dae Kulper since the summer of 2010. Well, it’s still a go. When it’s opening still isn’t clear. You’ll recall that a tipster told Grub last September that the project was about two months away from completion. But Foobooz is reporting that Kulper will unveil some of what’s in store at the long-overdue restaurant at Fair Food Philly’s Brewer’s Plate in March. [Foobooz; Fair Food Philly]

Earlier: Royal Izakaya Is Still a Go; Construction Underway

Out-of-Towner Crowned Wing Bowl Champ; El Wingador Indicted on Drug Charges

The one that got away.

James "The Bear" McDonald was crowned champion of Wing Bowl XXI this morning. The competitive eater from Connecticut chowed down a whopping 287 Buffalo wings in a half-hour to cinch the win. Philly.com is calling it a “shcoker,” because McDonald is an out-of-towner. Runner up was Jonathan "Super" Squib of South Jersey, who scrafed down 282 wings. Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein, who scoffed up 247 wings, was named winner of the local portion of the annual pre-Super Bowl pig-out. He was awarded a new Nissan Pathfinder. Meanwhile, former five-time Wing Bowl champ, and arguably the hometown favorite, El Wingador (nee Bill Simmons) was formerly indicted yesterday on drug charges stemming from a huge coke bust last year in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. [Philly.com; Earlier]

Burger King U.K. Admits There May Be a Little Horse in Its Whoppers

Who's going to broil your wild horses?

Looks like someone got a little creative with the custom blend, messed up in the slaughterhouse, or didn't wipe down the grinder too carefully: Burger King announced that contrary to an earlier assertion, there are in fact "very small trace levels" of horse DNA in its products, but that it has taken action in order to cut out the horse-contaminated meat from its supply chain. It is thought that the multinational Silvercrest Foods bought meat from a "non-approved supplier" in Poland, and the fast-food chain hadn't been able to detect equine DNA earlier this month when it performed tests on its patties, in part because "testing for equine DNA is not a standard practice used in beef production." [Guardian UK, Earlier, Earlier]

Ben & Jerry’s Announces Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt

30 Rock is over, but the show's leading lady is cryogenically frozen in the form of Ben & Jerry's. Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt will hit stores this spring, and it comes with a blueberry-lavender swirl. Proceeds will benefit the Jumpstart charity, an education organization supported by Tina Fey that serves children in low-income neighborhoods. That's awfully nice. But our beloved Liz would want full-fat cream in her dessert. [Earlier, Vulture]

Fountain Porter Begins Serving Burgers This Weekend

Fountain Porter's new burgerPhoto: Evan Clancy

This weekend Fountain Porter, the cozy tappy that former Kite & Key barkeeps Evan Clancy and Scott Pawlicky opened at 10th and Tasker streets back in October, will have more to offer than just craft beer, snacks and records. Tomorrow the kitchen there will begin flipping burgers. Up until this point, the edible options were limited to cheese plates, charcuterie, pickles and complimentary nuts at the bar. Clancy told Grub that he’s not interested in rolling out a full-blown restaurant menu, but that he and Pawlicky are trying to focus on a small selection of signature items that go well with beer. The burgers, which he assured us will not come topped with fried eggs, foie gras or even pork belly, are the first of them. They’ll go for just $5 a piece, and will only be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

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