London's Attendant Cafe, which opened last month, has a concept that it hopes will attract the curious. It's situated in a former public lavatory, and instead of trying to play that down, it's playing it up. So none of the old toilet fixtures have been removed. Instead, countertops were installed around them. Patrons can munch on "super gourmet sandwiches, salads, coffee and cakes" while perched in front of a urinal.
The challenge for the restaurant will be to overcome what psychologists call the law of contagion. "Once in contact, always in contact." That is, once an object is associated with something offensive, such as a urinal being associated with urine, it will always maintain that association in our minds, no matter how clean the urinal is. [nydailynews]
An historic building in the Boston Commons has been repurposed as an Earl of Sandwich sandwich shop. Normally that would not be of great interest, except for the previous use for the building. It was a public restroom in the past and has been padlocked closed and left in disrepair for years. So, is a kitchen in a former public restroom too much of a gross out?
The Globe and Mail has a review of The Feasting Room, a small Toronto restaurant whose motto is "eat the whole animal!" The chef picks a different animal each week and creates a six-course tasting menu from its parts... all its parts. Some of the dishes from pig week included: pig's skin served with a bowl of creamy apple sauce, sweet-pea soup with ribbons of crunchy-chewy pig's ears, pig's spleen layered over pork belly and sage leaves and rolled into a pinwheel, pig's trotter stuffed with pork shoulder, and for dessert pistachio and pig's blood Nanaimo bars.
Shown in the picture is a dish from chicken week: chickens feet with strawberry maple glaze.
I don't know the back story behind this, but Burger King does have some of the strangest commercials on television so I'll assume it is real. I don't know what I like more, the brainmeltingly weird plot or the amazing background music, but somehow this commercial is pure genius. Now if only there were a Burger King nearby...
It's hard to imagine that a company as world renown as McDonald's would have to close any of its stores, but the current state of the global economy is forcing Jon Gardar Ogmundsson, the franchise owner of the three branches in Iceland, to do just that. The country of Iceland is on the brink of bankruptcy and costs of importing anything, let alone the packaging, meat, vegetables and cheese for each store has doubled. Some of the population won't be sad to see the golden arches come down. But from the time of the announcement that a Big Mac will soon be impossible to buy, the three stores have seen a boom in business, with lines reaching out the doors. You can read the Yahoo News article here, but I recommend CNN's humorous Blog by Neil Curry here.
Cereality claims to be "an idea whose time has come." It's a cereal bar:
customers choose from their favorite brands and toppings. Pajama-clad Cereologists™ fill the orders. And customers choose and add their own milk, just the way they like it.
I'm sure there must be people who think this is a great idea, but I'm not one of them. I can't imagine ever wanting to make a special trip to get a bowl of cereal. But then, I'm not a cereal fan. Every morning it's oatmeal for me.
Continuing the "overpriced stuff" theme that I began in a previous post, how much would you be willing to pay for this meal?
What you get -- Dinner at Masa, a sushi restaurant in NY City. From Wikipedia:
Reservations for the 26 available seats are taken three weeks in advance. Chef Masa prepares the menu himself, often including seasonal ingredients. He uses many exotic ingredients, such as truffles and Kobe beef; Most of the fish are flown in from Japan. Chef Masa can be seen working behind the bar and will sometimes serve the food as well.
There's no menu to order from. You get whatever you're served.
The cost: It's a fixed price of $400 per person, to which a 20% tip is automatically added. Then there's tax. So you're looking at a minimum of $513 per person. If you want anything to drink, be prepared to pay extra.
Via J-Walk, the receipt of a recent Masa diner, posted on Flickr. Seriously, if you're going to splurge by going there, why ruin the meal by getting a Diet Coke? Just ask for water.