Category Archives: Food and Drink

Beware the ‘Ghost Kitchen’

First it was fake small-batch bourbon, then fake craft beer, and now we have to look out for the Ghost Kitchens:

Enter the ghost kitchen—also called a virtual kitchen, virtual restaurant, cloud kitchen, or dark kitchen—a nascent internet-native business model that is spreading around the world.

When a virtual restaurant shows up in a delivery app, it may be indistinguishable from a brick-and-mortar pizza shop or mom-and-pop noodle joint, but it’s fundamentally different. The virtual restaurant is optimized for generating orders online and handing them to delivery drivers, and the name that’s advertised may not exist outside of the internet. Additionally, the menu and branding might have been created by a tech firm.


Sometimes a restaurant may advertise multiple menus under different names online but cook all the food out of one kitchen. That’s what was happening in April, when the story of one Philadelphia woman’s experience went viral. She had ordered from Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings on Grubhub, thinking she was supporting a local independent restaurant but then realized it was owned by and operated out of her local Chuck E. Cheese.

Modern life under capitalism requires eternal vigilance….

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A Great BBQ Joint

Yet another reason why 12 Bones in Asheville, NC, is one of the greatest BBQ places in the USA.

(Spotted via the great Slacktivist’s TMI, barbecue and other people’s sex lives.)

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Beer Blogging: Expedition Stout

Bell's Expedition Stout.

It's very good if you like the strong (tasting) stuff. It's also unusually thick. And very very low in fizz, which is fine with me but I suppose might bother some purists.

Apparently it's only available in winter, and in eleven oddly non-contiguous states: I defy anyone to figure out the pattern in FL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, OH, PA, VA, WI.

It's also on the expensive side, although no worse than 60-minute Dogfish IPA.

Then again, at 10.5% alcohol I'm only going to have one at a sitting if I plan to stay awake.

The back label suggests that “it's perfectly content to sit quietly in your cellar, aging and improving.” Well, fat chance of that. And not just because homes in South Florida don't have basements.

Previous beer blogging:

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Cancer-Fighting Beer

Slashdot | Researchers Developing Cancer-Fighting Beer

Oh yes, please.

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Best Pie Chart Ever

Just sayin', but Emergent Chaos has the best pie chart ever.

I think even Ed Tufte would approve.

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Like You Need This

For all those parents who think their kids don't play with their food enough: HOWTO Make Tetris brownies.

I don't think so.

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