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Congratulations to the 2014 James Beard Award Winners

Posted on May 6th, by Lindsey McPheeters in Restaurant News. No Comments

The James Beard Foundation held its annual awards ceremony on Monday, May 5th Foundation hands out awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary education, and culinary writing every year. A James Beard award is the highest honor a chef or restaurateur in the United States can receive for their work. The James Beard Awards were originally established in 1990 and are voted on by a panel of more than 600 culinary professionals. This year’s winners are:

Best New Restaurant

Pêche in New Orleans, Louisiana

Outstanding Bar Program

The Bar at the NoMad Hotel in New York City

Outstanding Chef

Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, California

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Dominique Ansel, Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City

Outstanding Restaurant

The Slanted Door in San Francisco, California

Outstanding Restaurateur

Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Boston, Massachusetts (No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and others)

Outstanding Service

The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, … Read More »

Guy eats 12,000 Big Macs over 30 years

Posted on September 13th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

Yes, if you are doing the math in your head that’s more than 1 Big Mac per day, for 30 years. Did we mention he takes a Big Mac break on Sundays?

Dennis Rosenlof has had the same Big Mac routine for 30 years. On Monday and Tuesday he eats one Big Mac and from Wednesday to Saturday he has two.

Rosinlof’s wife of 37 years is actually a registered nurse. While she does encourage him to eat healthier considering that Dennis is six feet tall and weighs 165 pounds with a cholesterol level under 200 she doesn’t give him too much grief about his Big Mac diet.

But doesn’t he get tired of Big macs? “I look forward to going to McDonald’s every single time” said Dennis.

Rosenlof believes that his good health is attributable to his calorie intake regardless of what those … Read More »

Free Bloomin’ Onion Appetizers at Outback Steakhouse: TODAY ONLY!

Posted on September 2nd, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

If you are like me and planning on hitting up every retail store out there for the crazy Labor Day sales you are going to want to stop at Outback Steakhouse for lunch or dinner today. For today only, September 2, 2013, Outback Steakhouse is giving away free bloomin’ onion appetizers! Count me in!!

As they announced back in February every time their sponsored NASCAR racer Ryan Newman qualifies in the Top 10, Outback Steakhouse will offer free bloomin’ onions. It just so happens that Ryan Newman came in 5th yesterday at the NASCAR Advocare 500. Thank you Ryan Newman!

So what do you have to do? Go to your local Outback Steakhouse. Mention that you would like to enjoy the Ryan Newman Bloomin’ Onion Appetizer for free. Enjoy the deliciousness that is the bloomin’ onion. While you … Read More »

Nuclear weapons vault hidden under a McDonald’s

Posted on August 21st, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

For decades the location of a secret US government site containing nuclear weapons has been hidden several hundred feet below a McDonald’s in Los alamos, New Mexico.

Los Alamos National Laboratory says that the top-secret facility known as the “tunnel vault” has been declassified and is being shown on lab tours for families of laboratory workers and the news media. The tours are part of the lab’s celebration of its 70th anniversary. The facility, which served as the nation’s original post-World War II nuclear stockpile storage area, was built in 1948 and 1949 in a remote canyon at the weapons laboratory’s Technical Area 41 (not to be confused with Nevada’s Area 51).

The site was protected by a hardened guard tower with bullet proof glass and gun ports that protected a 230 foot tunnel into the canyon wall which would later … Read More »

Fast-Food Workers Go on Strike for Higher Pay

Posted on August 20th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

Last month the headlines were abound with articles ridiculing the proposed budget for McDonald’s hourly employees making $7.25 hourly. The budget journal, a result of McDonald’s joining forces with Visa, proposed that its workers have two full-time jobs and pay as little as $20 a month for health insurance and $600 a month for rent. It was unrealistic and laughed at by all.

Now labor organizers are calling upon fast-food workers across the country to go on strike August 29th to pressure restaurant chains to raise the hourly wage from an average of $8.94 to $15. One-day job walkouts are expected to take place in New York City, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Detroit.

The spokesperson for the website promoting the event,, has stated that companies like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars, Subway, … Read More »

Pop Up Bakeries Building Awareness Around the Globe and How You Can Get Involved

Posted on August 19th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

I’m sure that many of us have found ourselves at one point or another digging into that snickers bar or a slice of the Cheesecake Factory’s Dulce de Leche cheesecake for no reason other than to replace our sadness with something sweet and satisfying. Those moments may often times be fleeting, a quick fix to having a bad day or getting into an argument with a loved one. However, for many of us, they are moments that we struggle with on a daily basis without any glimpse at the light at the end of the tunnel. We walk around hiding our pain from others because when we do expose that pain they tell us to rise above and overcome it as if it is a choice that one can just easily make. This battle that rages inside as many as … Read More »

Rainy Days Caffe Warning to Families: Messy Kids Not Welcome

Posted on August 6th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

I am OCD. No, I’m not just saying that. I was clinically diagnosed with OCD when I was twelve years old. My obsession? Cleanliness. If you have a dirty toilet in your home I will call you out on it. Cleaning is not only something that I have to do, it is also something that I actually generally enjoy doing. My home is clean, my classroom is clean, and when I go to restaurants, I bus my own table. It used to drive Andrew crazy but now he’ll even help me stack the dishes and pick the crumbs up off the table when we go out to eat.

Having said that, I am almost 100% sure that I have an invisible hole in my mouth. I chew with my mouth closed but I somehow always manage to get food either all … Read More »

NYC Soda Ban: Totalitarianism or A Positive Step in the Fight Against Obesity?

Posted on August 1st, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

It seems like these days the government is all up in everyone’s business, most specifically on what we are and are not allowed to do with our bodies. Texas and Ohio have been in the news with their  crack down on a woman’s right to choose and Mayor Bloomberg more recently has been fighting tooth and nail for his right to ban large sugary drinks from being served to the people of his city. It appears that these individuals in power are riding on a very slippery slope, so the question then becomes to what extent are we going to allow them to determine what we do with our bodies?

Obesity is an epidemic in this country. I for one am someone who has a hard time putting down the Agave Nectar Sweet Tea served at my local Coffee … Read More »

Burro Cheese Kitchen – Austin

Posted on May 19th, by Foodio54 in Restaurant News. No Comments

A month ago I was in Austin at the Lonestar Round Up enjoying my cigars and sipping bourbon while I watch Rat Rods of all kinds cruise up and down South Congress. I happened to be parked in front of a bright yellow shipping container with a spotted burro logo on it, but I never gave it a second thought. Word on the street was that the Burro Cheese Kitchen had some killer eats, but the last thing I wanted with my bourbon was a grilled cheese sandwich.

Now my buddy, who was at the Round Up with me had different ideas. He was hungover like a sailor on shore leave, so he rolled the dice and checked the place out. That was the last that I thought I was going to hear about the place because my palette has evolved … Read More »

Cinco de Mayo in Austin, TX

Posted on April 29th, by Foodio54 in General, Restaurant News. No Comments

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday that celebrates the victory over invading French forces in 1862. Today it’s celebrated all over the world with parades, traditional Mexican food and drinks.  It’s often confused as the Mexican equivalent of the Fourth of July, but it is actually more of a moral victory.  Mexico declared it’s independendence on September 16, 1810.  You may already be planning where you want to go out and get some drinks on Cinco de Mayo here in Austin, but you may not have started thinking about where you want to grab something great to eat.

Here in Austin we have a lot of great options available to us for great Mexican food, but we have put our critical taste buds to the test to provide you with a list of the best in town.


Taqueria Arandas


The service is … Read More »

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Congratulations to the 2014 James Beard Award Winners

The James Beard Foundation held its annual awards ceremony on Monday, May 5th Foundation hands out awards for excellence in cuisine, culinary education, and...

Guy eats 12,000 Big Macs over 30 years

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