The Daily Rail: Is Instagram Ruining Our Food?

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Since dealing with yet another foodborne-illness outbreak Chipotle has been scrambling to get back in the publics good graces. Their idea to do so is adding the option of bacon to their menu. Will this fix anything? Who knows but we’re surprised this wasn’t already an option tbh.


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A woman in Maryland who was a big fan of poppy seed bagels recently failed a drug test which led to some truly awful aftermath regarding her newborn and herself. It turns out the poppy seed making you test positive for opiates is no myth at all. We bet Elaine Benes feels her pain


Why it matters to you: Eater put out an article saying that Instagram is ruining sushi in NYC, but is it ruining all food?

It is utterly undeniable that so many restaurants ‘do it for the gram’ in this day and age, more-so in larger cities where people tend to be trendier and up on their social media. That considered, we weren’t surprised when Eater just highlighted their issue with Instagram versus sushi in New York and how it is effecting it negatively in their point of view. Now, we agree with them completely but also we’d like to have everyone acknowledge Instagram’s negative effects on all food. 

Just think about it, you are scrolling through your feed or the discover page and see all of this super popular photos of avocado toast or sushi piled high with wagyu beef and truffles on top. It is almost always the most popular or trending stuff out there, therein lies the problem. We all know how cutthroat the business can be, competition is fierce. That considered of course if we start seeing these establishments immensely succeed with these sort of insta-friendly dishes we’ll all be tempted to consider trying, or actually try introducing them onto our menus. 

That is where the snowball effect comes in that is apparently ruining New York’s sushi scene as you read this and that is why we must start to acknowledge Instagram’s potential negative effect as a community. What is prettier than a perfectly executed piece of tuna nigiri on an impeccably clean white plate? Close to nothing and that is the point of sushi; simplicity, purity, execution, etc. Not American-fueled social media decadence and excess… A normal burger and fries is a great, cheap, and utilitarian meal on its own. If we add 75 strips of bacon and putting it between two grilled cheeses for $32 is kinda missing the point. We aren’t saying plating and photogenic qualities are a bad thing, quite the contrary we eat with our eyes first, but we need to stop the ‘stunt’ food once and for all before it ruins our food culture and future Americans don’t think that-that is how the food originated or we fulfill our own stereotypes.

[Source: Eater]



Why it matters to you: BWW considers adding sports betting, should you?

Buffalo Wild Wings is a mecca for all things sport and chicken related. You truly cannot find a better place to have any flavor of chicken wing, prepared how you like, with a beer and every sports game on. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that they are considering adding sports betting to the equation (where legal) as a way of reinvigorating the brand as sales are down 9.5% year-to-date. This would certainly attract a good few more patrons that may have typically gone elsewhere. Think about it: The Super Bowl is on, you can drink beers with your friends, eat wings, andbet on the game against the house?! That’s about as American as it gets all under one roof. We are all for it, why not, but should you consider this at your sports bar?

This may be a lot more difficult to introduce in your bar at any significant scale unless you are a chain operator of some sort but it is absolutely worth the consideration, especially if your state has just legalized or is on the verge of legalizing gambling. What to do if your state hasn’t/seems like it won’t legalize gambling and you have a sports bar? Time to really nail down the wings and sports combination before the football season, no doubt in our minds that will pay off, and if you do a good enough job you can become the go-to location for each game.

[Source: RestaurantBusinessOnline]