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New York mayor, officials say they won't go to Chick-fil-A

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials are speaking out against Chick fil-A.

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The suggestion comes as the chicken chain announced plans to open a restaurant in Queens Center Mall, the fourth location in the city. 

"We look forward to opening our first restaurant in Queens and serving all of our customers delicious food in an environment of genuine hospitality," a Chick-fil-A spokesperson said.

But de Blasio says Chick fil-A supports groups that promote discrimination against gay people.

"What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong," de Blasio said. "I’m certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorker to patronize them. But they do have a legal right."

"Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT," councilman Danny Dromm said in a statement. "This group imparts a strong anti-LGBT message by forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love. It is outrageous that Chick-fil-A is quietly spreading its message of hate by funding these types of organizations."

In 2012, Chick-fil-A gained attention when it came to light that the company had donated millions of dollars to organizations that fight same-sex marriage. 

The restaurant chain, which is closed on Sundays, is known for heralding Christian beliefs.

"As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'" Dan T. Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, said in an interview.

But a Chick-fil-A spokesperson said that the company employees thousands of people who represent varied backgrounds and beliefs and that the business' main focus is on satisfactory service and food. 

"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," the spokesperson said. 

Chicken fingers: KFC releases edible nail polish

It's a common joke to say that an unfamiliar food tastes like chicken. But now a new nail polish literally tastes like chicken.

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KFC recently introduced an edible nail polish to its Hong Kong market.

The product, created by marketing firm Ogilvy & Mather and food technologists from McCormick, comes in two flavors -- Original and Hot & Spicy. Original is a gold beige color and Hot & Spicy is a shade of orange red.

According to KFC, the nail polish is applied like regular nail polish but is "sourced from natural ingredients" and can be safely licked. In fact, the company says the nail polish is "finger lickin' good."

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"Yes, it is actually a real thing," said Anna Mugglestone, marketing and communications director for Ogilvy & Mather. "I tried it myself in the office when they were doing testing. It tastes like chicken. It’s crazy. I don’t know how they do it."

"The recipe for our edible nail polish is unique and was specifically designed to hold the flavor, but to also dry with a glossy coat similar to normal nail polish," Ogilvy creative director John Kay told Adweek. "This campaign is designed to be intriguing and fun (and) to increase excitement around the KFC brand in Hong Kong."

Mugglestone said the nail polish is a way "to remind the younger generation (of ) the great taste and good times the brand stands for."

“(The Original color) is actually pretty cute for spring if, you know, it didn’t taste like fried chicken,” said one writer at Glamour magazine.

KFC is running an ad campaign in Hong Kong to ask customers which flavor should be mass produced.

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Starbucks being sued for too much ice in drinks

A lawsuit filed against Starbucks claims there's too much ice in its cold drinks.

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Stacy Pincus of Chicago filed the $5 million lawsuit on Wednesday, with claims that the coffee giant falsely advertises how much liquid is in its cold beverages.

“Starbucks’ cold drinks are underfilled to make more money and higher profits, to the detriment of consumers who are misled by Starbucks’ intentionally misleading advertising practices,” the lawsuit says. "(The company) is advertising the size of its cold drink cups on its menu, rather than the amount of fluid a customer will receive when they purchase a cold drink -- and deceiving its customers in the process."

It continues: "The word beverage is defined as a drinkable liquid. Ice is not a beverage by definition."

Pincus says Starbucks advertises its cold drinks by fluid ounce but that the numbers are only accurate after ice is added to the drink.

According to the lawsuit, a venti-sized cold drink is advertised as having 24 fluid ounces but only includes 14 ounces of the actual liquid. The rest, the suit says, is ice, sometimes leaving customers with only half the amount of drink they expected upon their purchase.

But Starbucks says the claims are "without merit."

"Our customers understand and expect that ice is an essential component of any 'iced' beverage. If a customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, we will gladly remake it," said Jamie Riley, a spokesperson for Starbucks. 

The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages on behalf of everyone who has purchased an iced drink from Starbucks since 2006, Vox reported.

A lawsuit filed in March alleged Starbucks underfills its hot lattes by "approximately 25 percent."

National Pretzel Day: 5 deals and freebies

Get ready to celebrate National Pretzel Day on Tuesday, April 26 with these delicious deals and freebies:

Auntie Anne's

Auntie Anne's app users will get their choice of one free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel, redeemable from National Pretzel Day through May 1.

Carl's Jr.

Customers can use this coupon to buy one pretzel breakfast sandwich and get the second one for free.

Cumberland Farms

On National Pretzel Day, customers can stop by and receive a free Chill Zone beverage with the purchase of a hot pretzel (plain, salted, cinnamon sugar or pizza-filled) for $2.39. 


Get a free soft pretzel by sharing a message of kindness on social media using the #WarmThoughts hashtag. No social media account? Just give an employee a nice compliment.

Wetzel's Pretzels

Customers can get a free original pretzel on National Pretzel Day. As a bonus, customers who like/follow Wetzel's on any of Wetzel's social media platforms (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) and show the like/follow via mobile device or printout can choose to upgrade from an Original Pretzel to a free order of Pizza Bitz.

Chick-fil-A pulls recalled chocolate chunk cookies

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Chick-fil-A said it has pulled its Chocolate Chunk Cookies after its supplier issued a voluntary recall.

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The supplier, CSM Bakery Solutions, recalled the treats because of the potential presence of undeclared peanut allergens, Chick-fil-A said.

Chick-fil-A decided to pull the cookies because it is advertised as peanut-free. The chicken-giant said it will keep the cookies off its menu until the issue is resolved.

Chick-fil-A said customers should discard purchased cookies or return them to Chick-fil-A locations for a full refund.

Chick-fil-A “A-List” program gets customers more cluck for their buck

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Chick-fil-A has a reputation for top notch service -- think friendly cashiers and a happy “my pleasure” after every order.

But the company treats some guests even better.

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The chicken giant has an “A-List” program that offers some guests behind-the-scenes tours, access to special events and even free food.

But it’s by invitation only and not available at every location.

“Chick-fil-A’s A-list program began as a local restaurant initiative in 2013 and is currently offered in more than 1,100 Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide,” said spokesman Mark Baldwin. “Customers are invited by franchisees to register which, in turn, allows the local restaurant team to get to know the customer better.”

Loyalty programs are nothing new in the retail industry. Most chains have some form of incentive for their best customers as a lure to keep them coming back.

Baldwin said Chick-fil-A’s goal is to create a one-on-one relationship with customers.

The customer gets “more personalized rewards and communication from his or her local restaurant,” he said. “The end result is a stronger relationship on both sides of the equation.”

Here's how to get a $1 sub at Jimmy John's

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How does a $1 sub sound to you?

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You'll have the chance to get a $1 sub at participating Jimmy John's locations on Thursday as part of its Customer Appreciation Day.

The deal will be available in-store only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

What sandwiches are eligible for the $1 deal?

  • Sandwiches #1-#6, BLT and Slims are eligible

For more info, visit Jimmy John's Customer Appreciation Day FAQs.

This rainbow grilled cheese sandwich looks magical

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First, there was the rainbow bagel. Now, a rainbow grilled cheese is the latest edible colorful craze.

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Also called the rainbow toastie, the rainbow grilled cheese was created at Kala Toast grilled cheese and sandwich shop in Hong Kong, and it has quickly become an Instagram sensation.

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According to Chinese food blogger @hkfoodiexblogger, each color is a different type of cheese:

"The toast costs (about $6) and the colored cheeses are lavender (blue), basil (green), tomato (red) and the yellow one is actually the combination of four kinds of cheeses (mozzarella, cheddar, emmental and gruyere). The toast was crispy, but I reckon both the flavor of the lavender and tomato were subtle. The basil flavor was the most outstanding one comparatively, but the cheese flavor was still not as strong as my expectation. It was also a bit oily in general. I would say the quality was rather average but we all cannot deny that it is photogenic."

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Too much fast food may cause infertility, study says

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People often warn of excess fast food consumption, citing diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity among health risks.

"Traditional fast food was never meant to be daily fare, and it shouldn’t be," said Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University. "It’s too high in calories and salt, and as we now know, the chemicals that get into our food supply through industrial food production."

But Big Macs and Whoppers might also cause infertility, according to a study conducted by researchers at George Washington University.

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"We're not trying to create paranoia or anxiety, but I do think our findings are alarming," one of the study's authors, Ami Zota, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University, told The Washington Post. "It's not every day that you conduct a study where the results are this strong."

Zota later said it would be more appropriate to refer to the findings as "striking" instead of "alarming."

The study found that increased consumption of fast food results in higher amounts of potentially harmful chemicals, including phthalates -- an acid found in many products, including soaps, makeups, luggage and automobile interiors.

Phthalates, which make items softer and more flexible, are used in hundreds of consumer and industrial products that demand high performance, long-lasting wear and durability. They're also used in the process in which fast food is prepared. The more machinery, plastic, conveyor belts and various forms of processing equipment that food touches, the more likely the food is to contain higher levels of phthalates.

"There's a vast amount of scientific evidence suggesting certain phthalates can contribute to several adverse health effects," Zota said. "I really hope this study helps raise public awareness about the exposure problems associated with our industrialized food system."

But anything that's gone through some form of processing or industrial packaging is vulnerable, The Washington Post reported.

"It’s not fair to say, 'Oh, these exposures only happen if you eat unhealthy foods,'" Leo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics, environmental medicine and population health at New York University, told Bloomberg.

Read more here and read the study here.

Popular Atlanta restaurant is serving 'edible pollen'

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Much of the South is blanketed in pollen right now. Cars are coated in a lime-green color. The streets are lined with it. The latest counts are in the thousands. Look out of a window, if you still can, and you’ll see pollen everywhere. Step outside and you’ll probably get a dusting yourself.

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That pollen count has not escaped Joey Ward, executive chef at Gunshow, who has been dusting a vegetable plate at the restaurant with a thick layer of Georgia olive oil-infused fennel pollen on recent nights. 

Ward starts with a bed of what he calls buttermilk "rampch," a creamy dressing that is less Hidden Valley and more defined by the pungent, herbaceous flavor of the foraged ramps cut into it. From there, he arranges a miniature cornucopia of vegetables in various forms: blanched fiddleheads, roasted and pickled beets, baby carrots, English peas, Easter egg radishes, artichoke hearts, fermented turnips, asparagus, sorrel, tiny crispy potato chips and little edible flowers.

It is a light dish that cuts through the sometimes meat-heavy barrage of dishes that can arrive at Gunshow. But it is also a reminder: Underneath all of that pollen, the bounty of spring is on the way. Just don’t forget to take your allergy pill.

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