Tea, once regarded exclusively as the drink of choice among visiting Brits and limited in selection to Lipton’s or Tetley, has been making a splash in recent years. At last count, New York boasted somewhere in the vicinity of 90 tea houses—which is welcome news as the cold weather approaches.
Even better news if you have yet to indulge in afternoon tea on this side of the Atlantic is that teany café on the Lower East Side is running a sale via Bloomspot through the end of today, October 10, that will knock a third off the cost of brunch for two. The deal, priced at $20, normally retails for $30, and includes two brunch entrées, tea, and mimosa or Bellini. (Heathens can substitute coffee for tea.) teany café, 90 Rivington Street, 212-475-9190.
Some Don’t Like It Hot
Speaking of things British, The Telegraph reports that EMTs were summoned to a curry-eating contest at a restaurant in Edinburgh “after competitors started writhing on the floor in agony, vomiting and fainting during the contest.”
One participant was so ill after sampling the “Kismot Killer” that she had to be taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital—twice in a period of several hours.
The restaurant’s owner, Abdul Ali, has announced that he plans to “tone down” the heat, which is probably a good idea since half the people who took part in the challenge dropped out after witnessing the other half vomiting, collapsing, sweating, and panting. Who said Scots don’t know how to have fun?
The next time you are in a mall food court or supermarket where samples of food are being handed out, you might want to think twice about indulging.If you don’t, you could suffer the fate of a customer at an Albuquerque market who accepted a sample of yogurt which—much to her dismay—turned out to be laced with semen.
Anthony Garcia, the store worker who gave out the sample, had added a few drops of his own special “flavoring agent” to the yogurt. The Associated Press reports:
The woman told police that after tasting the sample, she spit on the floor several times and wiped her mouth on the garment she was wearing to get the taste out of her mouth. Investigators collected samples of the woman’s spit from the floor and took the garment she was wearing as evidence.
Federal prosecutors have called Garcia’s behavior “sickening and appalling.” No word from Dannon and Larry Flynt Enterprises on whether they will be teaming up to mass produce the flavor.
Scots’ Capacity for Fun, Take Two
Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay and hell seem to be a match made in Hollywood heaven. No, I’m not referring to the celebrity chef’s inability to stay out of trouble and tabloid headlines, but to his newest small screen venture.
FOX has announced that Ramsay will be hosting his fourth reality TV show, named Hotel Hell (not to be confused with a 1984 adult film of the same name). The series, which has no air date as of yet, is a “makeover” show similar to Kitchen Nightmares. In it, Ramsay will travel the globe lending his expertise to struggling hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts.
In a press release, FOX states:
With reputations on the line, one thing is certain: if they [hotels] can’t meet Ramsay’s high standards, they will never check out of ‘Hotel Hell.’
Will Ramsay be his usual colorful self, telling proprietors that, for example, if they “don’t clean their bloody linen, they will have a @#%$! mess on their hands”? Do @#%$! fish swim?
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