McDonald’s becomes butt of a joke
Another week, another controversy involving restaurant chains’ holiday-edition cups. This one centers on McDonald’s entry, a red container that features a silhouette of two crossed mittens.
The special cup would’ve been noted as nothing more than a nod to seasonal cheer had it not been for wise asses who saw the suggestion of something different in the mitten outline. With a few scribbles of a pen, they turned the thumbs into hands, so that the image looked like two hands reaching around to grab butt cheeks, as you can see here.
And—need we say it?—the image went viral seconds later on social media.
McDonald’s has yet to respond publicly. But the cups are apparently still being used.
Worst restaurant of the year?
December brings a blizzard of best-restaurant rankings, with the industry sliced and diced in a variety of ways to suggest where consumers should eat in the New Year. Far rarer is the distinction bestowed on Trump Grill, the steakhouse that stands to become a major tourist destination because it serves as a home kitchen of sorts for the president-elect.
The upscale establishment is nestled in Trump Tower, the shopping and residential palace on Fifth Avenue in New York City, and the home of Donald Trump itself. With that sort of pedigree, the place can’t help but be hit—though there is that problem of being named the worst restaurant in America.
The designation came from no less of a buzz maker than Vanity Fair, an arbiter of taste and fashion for those in the know. The publication’s website made the argument that taste and fashion were sorely lacking at the pricey restaurant, leaving little more than gaudiness as the draw.
As any Vanity Fair reader would know, the publication’s editor is Graydon Carter, a major New York figure in his own right. He’s also a restaurateur himself, but the point of notoriety relevant to the condemnation of Trump Grill is his longstanding feud with Donald Trump.
After the Grill was slammed, President-elect Trump tweeted that Vanity Fair's numbers were "way down," signaling trouble for Carter. "No talent, will be out," Trump said.
Too much menu transparency?
Consumers are demanding to know what’s in the food they’re served by restaurants. An establishment in the Netherlands might have gone a little too far with a signature item that cycles on and off the menu, the My Little Pony Burger.
The sandwich’s prime ingredient is indeed horsemeat. The restaurant, Food Guerilla even informs customers of where it buys the protein, a specialty emporium called The Unwanted Animal Kitchen, reports the news site Vice. The restaurant is also ready with further details: The meat comes from unwanted ponies and other horses, some of which are used in animal attractions at carnivals and fares.
The proprietor told Vice that the pony burger is not a big seller.