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Last call: An AMC show tackles the diet landscape  Last call: An AMC show tackles the diet landscape 

Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

English World Cup team reportedly not eating Russian room service over poisoning fears English World Cup team reportedly not eating Russian room service over poisoning fears

Stakes are certainly high at the World Cup, but some teams are more cautious than others. After the March nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, the English soccer team now faces a food ban while they stay in Russia for the games. The Sun reports that security around kitchens…

Behold the donug, the unholy-and-probably-delicious chicken nugget doughnut Behold the donug, the unholy-and-probably-delicious chicken nugget doughnut

The reign of the cronut as most curious food mashup may be over: There’s a new contender for strangest-yet-probably-delicious. Crag Carrick, a Scotsman entrepreneur in Australia, has decided to form a large chicken nugget in the shape of a doughnut. Behold the donug, which is fun to say in your creepiest baritone:

Magical edible coating may extend ripeness of avocados Magical edible coating may extend ripeness of avocados

I love avocados, but am frustrated by them just as much. It seems like no matter what I do to purchase them at the peak of ripeness, unless I use them within the perfect minutes-long window, they edge into unappealing brown territory, and then I have to toss them.

Last Call: S-Town podcast will become a movie Last Call: S-Town podcast will become a movie

Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

How does your summery Negroni cocktail get that cool color? Possibly bugs How does your summery Negroni cocktail get that cool color? Possibly bugs

For some summer cocktail lovers, there’s no concoction like the Negroni: equal parts vermouth, gin, and Campari. It’s a little on the sweet side, but can be tempered with a slice of citrus, and its shimmering red-orange color, thanks to the Campari, is like no other.

Woman almost killed by shopping cart awarded $45 million in damages [UPDATED] Woman almost killed by shopping cart awarded $45 million in damages [UPDATED]

Monday, June 18 update: The New York Times reports that Marion Hedges was in fact awarded about $41 million in damages by a jury, along with $2 million for her husband, and $2.5 million for her son, resulting in about $45 million total for her family. The story also offers more insight on details of the incident: Two…

San Fran brewery trolls Cavaliers with new “LeBron Tears” beer San Fran brewery trolls Cavaliers with new “LeBron Tears” beer

Can’t a man show emotions without being considered less of a man? If his teammate screws up a game-ending shot in Game One of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, does not LeBron James rage in despair? If you prick him, does he not tear up?

Yelp bans 3rd-grade restaurant reviewers; integrity of Yelp reviews now restored Yelp bans 3rd-grade restaurant reviewers; integrity of Yelp reviews now restored

In February, Boston magazine raved, “Boston’s Best Yelp Reviews Are Written by Third Graders,” praising the project of Taryn Snyder’s classroom in Boston Teachers Union School in Forest Hills. For the past few years, to help sharpen their writing skills, the young reviewers have described their favorite restaurants in…

A change of scenery can’t change The Affair’s relationship trenches A change of scenery can’t change The Affair’s relationship trenches

The promo posted for this Affair season is telling: You can hardly tell who’s sleeping with whom, as every embrace contains traces and shadows of another person (it also nicely integrates the show’s water fixation). To paraphrase a former surgeon general, when you sleep with someone, you’re sleeping with everyone…

The Affair returns for another fun season of trying to figure out relationships The Affair returns for another fun season of trying to figure out relationships

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Sunday, June 17. All times are Eastern. 

Last Call: GOOP comes clean about its “scientific” sources, and a fun father’s day movie Last Call: GOOP comes clean about its “scientific” sources, and a fun father’s day movie

Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks recalled in salmonella outbreak Kellogg’s Honey Smacks recalled in salmonella outbreak

Recent salmonella and E. coli warnings have involved vegetables and fruits like romaine lettuce and cut melons—produce seems to be more vulnerable to pathogens than pre-packaged foods. But apparently, that’s not always the case, as Kellogg’s announces a recall today of Honey Smacks cereal (the one with the frog, whose…

What ever happened to home-economics class? What ever happened to home-economics class?

Those of us of a certain age (ahem) may remember a time period (or at least hearing about a time period) when high-school girls took home economics class, and high-school boys took shop. Men were going to grow up and work on their own cars or home repairs, while women would become homemakers and take care of their…

“Spotted Dick” dessert renamed “Spotted Richard” in U.K. Parliament dining room “Spotted Dick” dessert renamed “Spotted Richard” in U.K. Parliament dining room

The English favor desserts consisting of a solid cake-like pudding covered with sauce, like plum pudding with hard sauce, or spotted dick. The latter is a type of sponge cake made with suet, dotted with currents, and topped with custard. The name’s a bit of a head-scratcher, although the currants seem to fill in the…

What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder? What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder?

Amuse Our Bouche is The Takeout’s column that answers your burning, boiling, and flambéed food questions.

Last Call: How the Got Milk? ads were born, and a refreshing mango beer Last Call: How the Got Milk? ads were born, and a refreshing mango beer

Last Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

Senator Marco Rubio takes time out from his busy schedule to defend Chick-Fil-A Senator Marco Rubio takes time out from his busy schedule to defend Chick-Fil-A

Our president is sucking up to a murderous dictator; Florida recently had a devastating multi-fatality school shooting; and children are being ripped away from their parents at America’s border. So, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, you must have a lot of issues to juggle—what’s at the top of your agenda?

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