Yesterday, while driving through northeast Atlanta (DeKalb County), I saw a plethora of Popeyes restaurants, all packed with fried chicken connoisseurs waiting to taste the new crispy chicken sandwiches. Some people are not happy with Popeyes' success.
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Slutty Vegan is set to open its 2nd location in Atlanta and third overall restaurant at 482 Edgewood Avenue. Owner Pinky Cole made the announcement at a one-year anniversary party on Tuesday, featuring a DJ set from Jermaine Dupri.
Social media is flooded with videos of fast food workers doing questionable activities while on the clock. You can be sure you are getting more than you paid for when you eat fast food.
Lifestyle blogger Tami Reed, of TalkingwithTami.com, wrote a review of our fine dining experience at Le Bilboquet Parisian Bistro at The Shops Buckhead in Atlanta.
Earlier this month, I invited Tami to lunch to sample the French cuisine at the celebrity hotspot. You never know who you will see at Le Bilboquet. We spotted R&B singer/songwriter Musiq Soulchild and his girlfriend on our way out the door.
Read Tami's review after the break!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I'm thankful and grateful for my loyal readers who take the time to read my posts. Blogging is hard, thankless work, but you inspire and motivate me.
This was the scene on Monday when a mob of hungry Filipinos turned out for a 15-cent burger deal offered by the Zark’s Burgers restaurant chain.
The restaurant chain offered the 15 cent burger deal to celebrate the chain's eighth year in business.
A Brooklyn restaurant is in the news for a Beyonce-themed publicity stunt. Brooklyn restaurant Brucie created a Valentine's a la carte menu featuring dinner items inspired by the lounge singer such as "Drunk In Love," "Breastiny's Child," and "I Am Pasta Fierce."
As dumb as this dinner menu sounds, Beyonce's Stans are eating it up.
Swinging her weave onstage for 2 hours is back breaking work. Maybe that's why Beyonce stuffed her face with 20 chicken wings and 3 whole chickens recently? According to Twitter, Beyonce recently visited the world famous Nando's Chicken Restaurant while in the UK on tour. While in the restaurant, Beyonce rang up a total of £1,44.10 ($2,263) after stuffing her face with 20 wings, 3 whole chickens and side orders of cole slaw, rice and potato chips. The receipt of her purchase quickly made its way around the Internet. Celebuzz and other media outlets called the number on the receipt to verify it was Beyonce who made the unreal purchase. Yup, it was her all right. No wonder Beyonce is so energetic during her shows. She has to burn off all those extra calories!
A thief with a conscience broke down crying while robbing a Papa Johns pizzeria in Montana, the NY Post reports. After speaking with the cashier, the robber left with a pizza and chicken wings to feed his hungry family.
"I'd say the clerk was pretty astute," Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said. "I mean, he knows how to talk to this person. Kind of commiserated with him a little. Talked to him about it and you know actually changed his mind about robbing the place. That was pretty good."
Singer/songwriter Akon hosted a brunch at the Bottle Bar in Buckhead on Sunday as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards weekend. Special invited guests included Devyne Stephens (UpFront Records); former MTV VJ Ed Lover, the sharply dressed Kwassi, owner of MODA404; Sony Records exec Shawn Holiday, and more!
America's children are starving as a result of the controversial mandated National school lunch policy, which is the brain child of the first lady Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Obama is fighting obesity by forcing children to subsist on vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts.
But a group of students are protesting what they see as forced starvation diets. They say they are hungry and they're not taking the school lunch policy sitting down.
In a video uploaded to YouTube.com, hungry students faint from lack of energy after eating the 750-850 calories that Mrs. Obama's school lunches provide.
The children argue that the low calories are not enough to meet the physical needs of growing teenagers.
Scott Van Duzer, 46, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, made headlines when he power lifted President Obama off his feet during a campaign stop on Sunday. Van Duzer, who owns the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., says angry residents are threatening to boycott his pizza shop after he hugged the president during the campaign stop.
“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Van Duzer told POLITICO.com. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that's exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”
By now you've all seen the photo of the Republican pizzeria owner bear hugging Mr. Obama. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was where are the Secret Service? If the photo had not been staged Secret Service agents would've beat him worse than Chris Brown beat Rihanna.
According to Page Six, Jay Z filed a lawsuit against his former personal chef, and head chef for the 40/40 Club, Mike Shand.
Jay Z hired Shand to run the sports bar's newly renovated kitchen after Shand cooked for Jigga and wife Beyonce on tour.
But after the health department shut down 40/40 earlier this year, Shand flew the coop -- taking his special recipes with him.
In court documents Jay Z's legal hounds argue that Shand's stolen recipes ended up “costing the club lost profits, loss of good will [and] alienation of clientele.” In other words, the club was hemorrhaging money (again) and Shand jumped ship rather than accept the blame for the latest failure.
Rap mogul Ludacris takes you on a journey to Seoul, Korea, where you follow him behind the scenes of his concert tour, and he treats you to some delicious Korean cuisine. Check out Ludacris in Korea, as he prepares to drop his 8th studio album Ludaversal this year.
On Wednesday, thousands of people -- black and white -- turned out in droves at Chick-fil-A restaurants in response to public criticism of CEO Dan Cathy who voiced his opinion on traditional marriage.
Chick-fil-A announced a record-breaking day for sales. The turnout on Wednesday smashed all records for foot traffic at any fast food restaurant chain in history.
But you wouldn't know about the biggest story of the week just by picking up a newspaper in any major city, or by watching CNN.
Atlanta-based CNN -- which gave major coverage to giant snapping turtles last month -- devoted scant coverage to the Chick-fil-A story.
It will be interesting to see how much coverage the biased media will devote to the planned gay "kiss-in" at Chick-fil-A restaurants today.
Chick-Fil-A customers turned out in droves at Chick-Fil-A restaurants to support family values in America today. Thousands of people stood in long lines at Chick-Fil-A locations in Atlanta and Texas, as concerned Christians participated in "Appreciation Day" at Chick-Fil-A.
KSDK News tweeted this photo of a line queued out the door at one Chick-Fil-A location in St. Louis. The peaceful rallies were in response to the statements of big city mayors who promised to block new Chick-Fil-A restaurants in their cities because they objected to Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy's anti-gay marriage stance.
Chick-Fil-A's supporters made it clear that family values are their top priority -- not who people choose to sleep with.
View more pictures from Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day after the break. The national media won't show you these pics because they choose profit over family values.
The goal for any business is to make a quick profit. But for fast food restaurants, such as Burger King and McDonald's, profit comes at a cost to public safety.
Fast food franchises looking to cut costs -- and maximize profits -- hire cheap labor, mostly high school students who don't care about your health.
Teenage fast food workers are known to brag about slipping something extra into the special sauce, and watching as unsuspecting diners eat their disgusting creations.
But a worker at a Burger King franchise in Cleveland, Ohio went one step further by posting a photo on a message board of himself standing in 2 bins of lettuce.
The employee posted the image with the caption: "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King".
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian family portrait posted by BN83 on Twitter.com.
On June 25th -- Gay Pride Day -- giant cookie maker Oreo rolled out it's new Pride Oreo cookie stuffed with creamy fillings representing the colors of the gay rainbow. Oreo was careful to note that the colorful creamy fillings don't actually exist, so don't expect boxes of gay pride Oreo cookies to hit store shelves any time soon.
The Oreo gay pride cookie is just a symbol of message of tolerance, unity and love from Oreo's marketing team. Kudos to them.
Dog meat is a delicacy is the Far East. The canine meat is so in demand that restaurants pay a premium to dognappers to kidnap family pets by the hundreds per day.
According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, eating dogs is a longstanding Chinese tradition that dates back thousands of years. When food is scarce dog eating is an acceptable necessity.
But Chinese activists Yulin City, Guangxi province, are campaigning vigorously against eating dogs.
In a strange but true story from the Far East, a 63-year-old woman was 'impregnated' in the mouth after eating cooked calamari (squid).
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, the unidentified woman complained of a sharp pain in her mouth after eating a piece of fully cooked squid.
The woman from South Korea took the remainder of her calamari meal to a local hospital where doctors found 12 "bug-like organisms" stuck to the mucosa (skin) lining the woman's mouth.
After examining the woman, doctors found "baby cephalopods" and the "presence of the sperm bag" attached to the inside of her mouth. "The foreign bodies were later identified as squid spermatophores."
Over the weekend rumors were running rampant that Sean Comb's landmark Justin's Restaurant was closing its doors. The AJC finally confirmed the rumor yesterday. But rumors have swirled for years that Justin's was closing down.
Justin's restaurant was never really profitable in the 14 years since it opened to much fanfare on Peachtree Road in midtown. Rumor had it that Combs was just a minority owner who fronted for the real owners of the restaurant.
Justin's business really took a hit when V-103 Morning Show co-host Frank Ski opened his popular restaurant a block away from Justin's last year. Franks Ski's was the nail in the coffin for Justin's Restaurant as the Frank's eatery attracted celebrities and other VIPs.
Combs opened the restaurant in 1998 when he and his family maintained homes and a presence in the Atlanta area. Combs and Kim Porter's children attended private schools in Atlanta.
Porter moved to California when local socialite Sarah Chapman gave birth to Combs' first daughter.
Justin's restaurant's namesake, Justin Dior Combs, made headlines last week when he graduated from high school amid angry reports that his $54,000 free ride to UCLA could have gone to someone less fortunate.
TIME magazine's controversial cover is dropping just in time for Mother's Day, May 13.
Shocking images of the Swedish Minister of Culture carving into a "nigger cake" are sweeping the Internet. The bizarre incident occurred on Saturday in Sweden when Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth celebrated a tax funded party for the Stockholm cultural elite, aka cultural elitist snobs.
The cake depicts an African tribal woman's breasts, abdomen and vaginal areas. The icing is rich chocolate, and the cake is red velvet.
The Minister of Culture is pictured laughing as she performs a clitoridectomy on the cake by slicing into the area of the cake that depicts the genitals.
A performance artist's head in blackface protrudes from the table. The artist screams each time the cake is sliced. Liljeroth then feeds the cake to the artist.
Makode Linde, the Swedish "performance artist" is also responsible for baking the offensive cake. Maybe it will comfort you to know that Makode is black? See what he looks like after the break.
9 time Grammy winner Mary J Blige thinks Burger King knew exactly what they were doing when they posted an unfinished television commercial on YouTube last week.
The commercial featured a cartoonish Blige, 41, standing on a table top singing the praises of Burger King's crispy fried chicken wraps and all its toppings.
Mary's fans reacted with fury across all social networking platforms when the ad was released. But Mary tells TMZ.com she never signed off on the ad that sparked outrage on Twitter.com for its stereotyping of blacks and fried chicken.
Mary J. tells TMZ, “I agreed to be a part of a fun and creative campaign that was supposed to feature a dream sequence. Unfortunately, that's not what was happening in that clip."
Burger King yanked the ad from its YouTube channel, claiming the racist ad was released prematurely "before all of the licensing and final approvals were obtained." But that excuse doesn't hold water for Mary.
Mary tells TMZ, "I understand my fans being upset by what they saw. But, if you’re a Mary fan, you have to know I would never allow an unfinished spot like the one you saw go out."
Burger King has since apologized to Mary, and they say a new, completed version of the controversial ad will be released soon.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Mary J. Blige was on top of the R&B world. Her rich, superior vocals were compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle. But you can bet that neither Aretha nor Patti would stoop so low as to sing for a Burger King fried chicken meal on top of a lunch table.
Thus is how far Mary J. Blige has fallen.
Yesterday, Burger King pulled the commercial ad featuring the 41-year-old singer after she was dragged unmercifully across all major social networking websites on Monday. How embarrassing for Mary, whose 1992 debut album, What's the 411? is still considered an R&B classic.
You can feel Mary's humiliation throughout the commercial as she wails the answer to the question: "What's in the new chicken snack wraps?"
The theme of the Burger King commercial is "Exciting things are happening at Burger King." Apparently, nothing exciting is happening in Mary's career right now.
Watch the ad after the break.
Actress Alicia Silverstone has the Internet buzzing about the method she uses to feed her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu. Alicia chews her baby's food before spitting it into his mouth.
According to celebrity blog TMZ.com, Alicia posted a video of herself feeding her son on her popular health food website over the weekend.
“I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup from my mouth to his,” Silverstone wrote on her blog. “He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating.... Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!”
Before you gag, you should know that the animal kingdom also pre-digests animal fodder by swallowing it and regurgitating the stomach contents to feed their young.
Once again, Beyoncé was caught telling a bold faced lie after claiming she attended her husband Jay Z's concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday night.
But was she really lying this time?
On Tuesday, the 40/40 club's PR people sent out an email stating, “Despite various reports, Beyoncé did not attend Jay-Z’s concert.”
Indeed, the only photos we saw of Beyoncé were when she was leaving Jay Z's 40/40 club after the concert.
Beyoncé herself added to the confusion when a NY Daily News reporter caught up to her outside the 40/40 club. The reporter specifically asked Bey if she attended the concert.
Shortly after the booty-licious mama arrived at her husband’s 40/40 Club for post-concert festivities Monday night, we asked her if she’d gone to the show.
“Yes,” she told us, calling her spouse’s concert “amazing.”
Apparently, Jay Z and his people were concerned that not enough mention was made of Beyoncé's appearance at the 40/40 Club after the concert. The 40/40 Club needs all the publicity it can get. As you know, the bar came under scrutiny when the city's health department shut them down for failing an inspection one day after the grand re-opening last month.
Octavia Spencer should be on top of the world. Her many accomplishments over the past year make her the envy of her peers. But the 41-year-old actress, renowned for her portrayal of a sassy southern maid in 'The Help,' is worried, despite all the accolades.
"I am not healthy at this weight," said Spencer to the media assembled backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where she won a best supporting actress trophy.
"Any time you have too much around the middle, then there is a problem. [And] when you reach a certain weight, you are less valuable," she said, referring to Hollywood's strict physical standards.
Spencer says that Hollywood should be more accepting of actresses of different sizes, including those who are thin.
"I feel for the overly thin women as much as I do for the overweight women. It ... has to change," she said.
Ms. Spencer indicated that her problem may stem from the fact that she overeats when she's feeling down: "If more women ate, they would be a lot happier. Let me tell you, I am a lot grumpier when I don't eat."
How ironic that Jay Z once said "I'm not a businessman/ I'm a business, man." How right he was.
Rap mogul Jay Z, 42, is a former crack dealing rapper turned businessman who doesn't have a clue what it takes to run a business.
The majority of Jay Z's business holdings were acquired to boost his image and increase his visibility in the corporate world. That explains why his businesses often fail.
Take for instance his 40/40 sports bar in New York city. Jay Z threw a splashy Grand reopening bash for the restaurant/lounge earlier this week. But it was more of a show to make himself the center of attention. It's hard to say who is the biggest fame whore: Jay Z or his wife Beyonce.
Photos of Jay Z schmoozing with billionaire Warren Buffet were splashed all over the media on Wednesday. But within 48 hours, Club 40/40 was shut down by the city's health department for violating a number of health code violations.
Apparently, 40/40 wasn't expecting a visit from the health inspectors so soon.
If Jay was really an astute businessman he would have made sure his establishment was prepared to open to the public, rather than using the reopening as a vehicle to flaunt his wealthy friends to the media.
I'm embarrassed for him.