Sonic Stored Buns in Bathroom

When Josh Benteman went to take his two young sons to the bathroom in a Topeka Sonic bathroom, he was horrified to find hot dog and hamburger buns being stored just inches from the toilet. Disgusted by this horrible food storage, Benteman snapped a pic, so he could show his wife, and later posted the picture on Facebook where it garnered a ton of attention. Benteman and his sons also left the restaurant immediately without eating. In response to the mistake, Sonic stated the problem was taken care of within 30 minutes. Foodies like Brian Torchin has learned that the fast food chain passed blame to an employee, and reportedly counseled the staff in proper food storage. To help Benteman feel better about the situation, he received a personal phone call from the Department of Agriculture and given details of the employee counseling.

France Leads the Way

One third of the world’s food is wasted every year. The US alone wasted 160 billion dollars in food in 2013. Government officials in France have pushed to pass a bill that would make it illegal for supermarkets to throw away food that is still edible. This law comes at a time where the country has vowed to reduce its food waste by 50 percent by the year 2020. Supermarkets, not only in France but in America and other countries, oftentimes exaggerate the expiration dates placed on certain food packages. For example, for food that is labeled to have a three week shelf life might actually be good for 6 weeks. Supermarkets & manufacturers exaggerate these dates in order to make the customers and consumers feel less worried that their food will go bad. What the French government has confirmed is that the unnecessary waste is costing the country more money than it is saving. People at The Aspire New Brunswick (apartmentguide.com) have learned that the country plans on laying out a specific production method for supermarkets to get rid of still edible food. If the food still has a decent expiration date but customers are nervous about its quality and markets can’t sell it, they are instructed to donate it to homeless shelters or give it to farmers for it to be used as animal feed.  Supermarkets who don’t comply or get caught throwing away still edible food will be charged anywhere from $860 to $1500 in fines respectively.

Could Shake Shack Be Becoming A Chicken Shack Too?

The ever popular Shake Shack just reopened the doors to its original location in New York City this month, and now there is speculation from the customers that there will be a new kind of shack in town: A Chicken burger shack! According to an article found on Grubstreet.com, the company will not confirm or deny that they are going to be branching off and doing new ventures, but there is proof that they bought the rights to the name “Chicken Shack” says Qnet. As of right now there is only one chicken product on the Shake Shack’s menu but the owner as openly explained that he is all for trying new things, so there is a good chance that this will actually come to fruition.

Shake Shacks are extremely popular on the East Coast and aside from the one in Las Vegas, they are tending to stay over on that side of the country. However, if there are any new things coming out in the near future, this could mean that they will be expanding all over the United States. Of course this is all just thoughts at the moment as nothing firm has been released by the company. It would be great if the company had an opportunity to expand into chicken sandwiches, because that is what the American dream is all about. Plus, you got to give the customers what they want to eat!

The Dorchester Collection Quietly Makes a Big Splash

In the world of high-end, luxury hotels, discretion is often the best policy. Leave the showmanship for the brands that have something to prove; true elegance will show through to the discerning traveler. One group of hotels exemplifies this principle perfectly.

You may not have heard of the Dorchester Collection, but you’ve certainly heard of its hotels. There’s its namesake, The Dorchester, which sits on one of London’s most exclusive addresses just on the southeast edge of Hyde Park. Those who have frequented this venerable locale include famous writers, painters, and musicians. Even the future Queen Elizabeth II attended an event at the hotel on the day prior to the announcement of her engagement.

Then there’s The Beverly Hills Hotel, whose ambiance couldn’t contrast more starkly with that of The Dorchester. For years, the hotel has been the Los Angeles spot to see and be seen. Howard Hughes lived there; The Beatles stayed there; the hotel features on the cover of The Eagles’ iconic Hotel California album.

If you’re looking for options on continental Europe, the Dorchester Collection includes Milan’s Principe di Savoia, Paris’ Hotel Meurice and Plaza Athene, and Geneva’s Le Richemond.

The Dorchester Collection strives to achieve a uniform level of high service at all of its hotels while still maintaining a unique identity. Many hotels are maintained in the style that was prevalent during its construction. And the hotels in the collection don’t stop at their rooms and hospitality; they feature restaurants directed by some of the world’s most famous chefs, and many include luxurious spas.

Simon Jenkins, Head Pastry Chef at Coworth Park, demonstrates how to make an espumas (foam), which is a unique mango recipe to spice up your desserts with exotic flavor and texture.

The Dorchester Collection isn’t solely concerned with its exterior services. In 2012, it won the prestigious Gold Award at the HR Excellence Awards. Not only does the collection serve its customers well, it is a great place to work.

The collection currently owns ten hotels and intends to expand in the near future. For now, make sure you include a few of its hotels in your future travel plans.

Domino’s Pizza Ordering Via Twitter System

A new form of delivery food has hit the internet, and that is now Domino’s is working on creating an app that allows Twitter users to order pizza straight from the social media platform itself. According to an article found on reddit and written by Grubstreet, the application is set to go into motion starting on May 20 and is designed to appeal to the growing technology in today’s world. Apparently all that needs to be done in order to get a pizza coming your way is to send a certain emoji to the Domino’s Twitter account, and then they will private message you to make sure that you intended for the order to happen.

In some ways this is a truly genius idea, however, I am not too sure that I would use this method over the regular Domino’s mobile phone application. Pizza lovers at Amen Clinics (washingtonpost.com) know that the reason for that is because on the mobile apps you can make a selection from a lot of different things to customize what you will be ordering, and there is also a section to look over current specials and deals. Although, I won’t be the first one to bash it before it comes out and gets put to use, so I think I will reserve judgement on the idea until I see it in motion. Who knows, maybe next week would be a good time to test it out to see how accurate it is.

Sriracha Doughnuts Are Here

Sriracha has been dominating the menus of menu restaurants, but is often used as a savory condiment for Asian dishes. A bakery in Harlem, Jolie Patisserie, has used the spicy sauce as a topping for one of America’s favorite desserts to bring you the sriracha doughnut.

Sriracha is an ingredient in cocktails, and has even made its way to snack foods and fast food entrees, so the doughnut was a natural progression. In addition to the peppery sauce, the doughnuts are also served with almonds and sour cream.

This doughnut isn’t the first to feature sriracha. Dough Loco, another bakery in New York, introduced the raspberry sriracha doughnut a few years ago. This confection is a little more sweet than spicy, and has a devoted following.

Haidar Barbouti and a Love of Animals

When first examining the life of Haidar Barbouti, it’s very apparent that he is incredibly well versed in business and real estate transactions. He’s worked on all manner of projects, including the Highland Village Shopping Center in Houston, TX. Land development projects are the key, and he has been working in this field since the mid 1980s, so he has seen all sorts of economic landscapes, from booms to recessions. He knows exactly how to utilize any of these properly and has had such great success by figuring out how land can best be used going forward, no matter what the climate is like. However, when you get past all of this success, you’ll find that he has a second love, as well: Animals.

On the whole, Barbouti’s goal is to find animals who need help and to provide them with what they cannot get for themselves. He understands that many animals have no homes and are unwanted. As domesticated animals, though, they can’t survive in the wild on their own. They been specifically conditioned and bred for life with people, and they need loving families to take care of them, much like children. Seeing the lack of these families as a sad reality, Barbouti has created the Highland Village Adoption Center to help find homes for them.

The center brings in all manner of dogs and cats, taking those who are turned over on purpose and those who are found trying to live as strays because they have nowhere to go. It provides them with food, water and shelter, and volunteers and staff members come in to take care of the animals. Vets are hired when needed to provide medical care and to make sure all of the animals have a clean bill of health. When they’re ready to be adopted, online postings are put up to alert those who want to adopt, and then connections with the center are made so that the pets and people can meet in person.

Animals need these types of shelters, and they need this type of active outreach. There are far too many animals in shelters who just need loving homes, and Barbouti has worked hard to make sure that they move through the system as quickly as possible.

McDonald’s Reinvented

There is a large margin of businesses that would express damage control as being one of the toughest subjects to tackle. Damage control means that the company made a mistake and couldn’t get out in front of it quick enough. This leaves business associates and CEOs in the corner offices doing their best to pick up the fallen remnants of their mistakes. In recent years, the McDonald’s fast food corporation has come under heavy fire for their standard food safety, ingredients, and practices. Consumers are demanding answers faster than McDonald’s and its associates can produce them. In the next few years the company plans on instituting a complete overhaul. The company wants to break down what the McDonald’s brand stands for and focus on being aesthetically pleasing to the loyal customers and those who have fallen off of the brand for years. What McDonald’s hasn’t touched on is whether or not they’re willing to change the food for the sake of the brand name. BuzzFeed News caught up with McDonald’s to dive deeper into what this overhaul really means. The chain wants to become a more technologically advanced food chain. Owners want to replace human workers with ordering kiosks and become the burger chain of the future. Darren Tristano, who works in restaurant consultancy, told McDonald executives that they need to focus on food and service, health trends, and overall food quality.