Some critics have scrutinized Starbucks for being overpriced but now they may be on to something. The coffee chain is looking to expand its market by getting into the fashion industry. Teaming up with fashion brands like Alexander Wang, Starbucks has launched a t-shirt line with designs inspired by the style of the coffee brand. You thought your tall latte was expensive, now you have to shell out $85 for a t-shirt that looks like someone spilled coffee on it!
An angry Missouri man pulled a shotgun on a Taco Bell employee when he forgot to put packets of hot sauce in his to-go order. This is one meal he will definitely need to run to the border for!
Beloved children’s poet Shel Silverstein has released a post-humous book entitled “Everything On It,” with many odes to food’s greatness. In the poem “Italian Food” Silverstein pays homage to Italian cuisine with “Oh, how I love Italian food/I eat it all the time/Not just ’cause how good it tastes/But ’cause how good it rhymes.” Now what rhymes with gnocchi?
Martin Bacon has broken the world land speed record with a vehicle entirely fueled by coffee. His car, dubbed the “Carpuccino” (which eerily looks like a DeLorean) reached a whopping 58.5 mph. Now all we need is a flux-capacitor, Marty McFly and Doc Brown and then we can go back to the future.
News From Around the Restauranteers Way
The best of Sacramento food and drink reader’s choice list has been released. From “best new restaurant” all the way to “best place to drink too much (and get a cab)” the good people of Sacramento really know how to cover their grounds. [Sacramento]
Four Seattle Chefs have made it on this season’s Top Chef: Texas. Chefs Simon Pantet of 22 Doors; Nina Vicente of Spur Gastropub; Colin Patterson of Sutra; and Ashley Villaluz as an unaffiliated sous chef will join the cast to make a total of 29 contestants competing to be Top Chef. With a cast double the size than past seasons, as they say, “everything is bigger in Top Chef: Texas.” [Seattle]
Oktoberfest kicks off this Friday in Fremont and goes through the weekend (Sept. 23- 25). Beer drinkers will get to sample 80 microbrews and German beers while grubbing on tasty festival fare. Bratwursts and Das Boot anyone? [Seattle]
San Diego Restaurant Week ends today (Sept. 23). With 180 eateries registered for the six-day event we hope everyone had a great food strategy to try as many great SD eateries that they could. If you quickly do the math– that’s 30 restaurants a day for six days. Now that’s a food challenge! [San Diego]
New Restaurant Openings
Katsu Burger (Georgetown)
The Buck (E Howell & E Olive)
Rosebud (E Pike & Harvard)