Archive for March 5th, 2007|Daily archive page

Kanye West’s $4,000 Meal

That’s $4,000 for delivery. Although that’s probably a fair price since it was delivered from Wales to NYC. Do you have to tip the delivery guy a little more than a few bucks for something like that?

If Kanye West were to walk into the British Raj’s dining room and order dinner, it would cost the rapper about $17.50. But since the restaurant is delivering — from Wales to New York — it’s going to cost a bit more.

For a feast of onion bhajees, chapati breads, biryanis, pappadums, a specially prepared fish dish and vegetables on the side, the bill will top $3,900, plus travel and accommodation for the restaurant’s head chef.

The meal was requested for West and seven guests by a music promotion company, the restaurant said Sunday. The company had previously ordered food from the restaurant near Cardiff, Wales, for an after-show party for a Snoop Dogg concert in London.

But this is different. Normally, they don’t deliver outside a 3-mile radius of the restaurant, which is about 150 miles west of London.

“I was horrified when I heard about this request because of the distance involved,” said the restaurant’s head waiter, Tarik Mohammed. “It’s a long way, and our reputation is on the line. We are doing every thing to make sure the food gets there safely and every thing is aboveboard.”

The meal will be prepared, cooled, shrink-wrapped and packed in dry ice in the British Raj’s kitchens and — along with head chef Kaysor Ahmed — will be helicoptered from Wales to London’s Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

From there, the chef is to hop a flight to New York — monitoring the food’s temperature all the way — clear customs, and head for Manhattan, where the meal is to be served during a meeting Wednesday.

The fee was arrived at by estimating the restaurant’s takings for two evenings, the time Ahmed will be away, Mohammed said.

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R.I.P. Stripper Buffets

Here’s a review from the NY Times on Penthouse’s new venture into the Steakhouse/Strip Club business. For $53 for the bone-in steak, this better include dinner and a show.

To learn more about this new venture, where only the salad is properly dressed, read on. This brings a whole new meeting to supporting your local restaurants.

Take Home Mario Batali

Mario Batali Wind Up

While I’m not a huge Mario fan (I’m just not a fan of grown men who wear Crocs in general), he is a great chef and his restaurants are popping up all over the US. I actually live about 4 blocks from his newest pizza place in LA (Pizzeria Mozza if you’re interested), so it’s easy enough for me to take out from his restaurants, but what if I want to take him home to cook for me? Chances are, if he’s keeping the Crocs on he ain’t coming. But you can now take home your very own food flipping Mario Batali wind up toy. For only $14.95, he’s yours.

5 Boroughs Ice Cream

5 Boroughs

With flavors like Landfill, Soho, Bakla-Wha?! and Rich White Vanilla, who wouldn’t like these? So what’s the story? Well…

5 Boroughs Ice Cream began on our couch in Astoria, Queens. First as a hobby—then an obsession! We thought, “what if there was an ice cream flavor for every neighborhood in the city?” Inspired by the different neighborhoods and the people who live in them, we saw NYC as an inexhaustible source of flavors to create.

Unfortunately, at the moment it’s only available in, well, the 5 Boroughs, so you’ll have to make a trip to NY if you want some.

A Better Breakfast at McDonald’s

According to the Buffalo News, McDonald’s is thinking about extending their menu to “destination beverages” which include smoothies, iced coffee and other specialty coffees.

In other McD’s news, MSNBC notes they recently beat out Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and BK in a coffee taste test.

If that wasn’t enough McD’s news, rumor has it (according to FOXNews) that McD’s might start serving breakfast 24/7. It’s about time.

The Joy of Cooking

Potholders

Who said cooking can’t be fun? Not only are these functional (100% silicone and able to withstand tempuratures from -58 degrees to 446 degrees) but you can also hold impromptu puppet shows while you cook. According to Foster’s these are on backorder until March 2007 (uh, now) so keep checking back. Available in frog and dog.

Whole Wheat Donuts

Whole Wheat Donut

Krispy Kreme hasn’t turned a profit lately thanks to the low-carb craze, but that may soon change. On Monday, Krispy Kreme launched their 100% whole wheat donut that has only 180 calories (compared to the 200-350 calorie usual donut).

Here’s the article from msnbc.com.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., still recovering from the low-carb diet craze that starved the company’s earnings, unveiled a whole wheat doughnut Monday.

The 100 percent whole wheat doughnut with 180 calories has a caramel flavoring and is covered with the doughnut-maker’s original glaze.

Krispy Kreme’s other doughnuts range between 200 and 350 calories each, according to nutritional information published on the company’s Web site.

“The Krispy Kreme Whole Wheat Glazed doughnut delivers the delicious taste that our customers have come to expect from us,” said Stan Parker, the company’s senior vice president of marketing.

Krispy Kreme sales started slipping three years ago as the company expanded its operations during the height of the low-carbohydrate diet craze. Executives also had to sort out an accounting mess, with the company’s board concluding that two former executives were trying to “manage earnings” to meet Wall Street expectations.

While the stock once traded above $50, it fell to about $4 during 2006.