US chain BURGER King wants people to feel less guilty about gobbling up its french fries.
The world's No 2 hamburger chain is launching a new crinkle-cut french fry on Tuesday that it says has about 20 per cent fewer calories than its regular fries.
The chain says a small order of the new "Satisfries'' clocks in at 270 calories because of a new batter that doesn't absorb as much oil. By comparison, a small order of its regular fries, sans crinkles, has 340 calories.
The concept of taking an indulgent food and removing some of the guilt isn't new, of course. Supermarkets are filled with baked Lay's potato chips, 100-calorie packs of Oreos and other less fattening versions of popular treats. Such creations play on people's inability to give up their food vices, even as they struggle to eat better. The idea is to create something that skimps on calories, but not on taste.
Burger King executives say people won't be able to tell that Satisfries are lower in calories. It says they use exactly the same ingredients as its regular fries - potatoes, oil and batter. To keep kitchen operations simple, they're even made in the same fryers and cooked for the same amount of time as regular fries.
Read Full Article @ News
Some intrepid Belgian inventor came up with this clever French fry vending machine, which serves up a bucket of beef-fat fried fries and a dollop of either ketchup or mayonnaise (but not both) in 90-seconds for €2.50.
Full Article @ TN
They're not just for burger joints and ballparks anymore. Brasserie, Fred’s at Barneys, Bryant Park Grill and The Harrison are among the elegant eateries that offer this salt-of-the-earth treat, which are often given a creative makeover
Would you like fries with that?
It’s a de rigueur question at McDonald’s and Burger King, but buttoned-up servers at high-end New York eateries are also asking.
That’s what the waiter at the upscale midtown French eatery Brasserie suggested after my mother and I ordered more sophisticated fare.
“I can’t believe they’re upselling you fries in New York,” whispered my mom, who hails from a place, Michigan, where fries aren’t only suggested, but supersized.
Full Article @ NYDN
While New Yorkers are clearing out every aisle of their local Gristede's, teenagers in Japan are apparently taking advantage of a McDonald's French fry promotion to … well … take pictures?
According to Kotaku, all McDonald's French fry sizes are currently ¥150, the equivalent of about $1.90 — pretty cheap! The low, low price is inspiring Japanese kids to order lots and lots of fries and take pictures of all those potato sticks, then post them to Twitter, at which point the shots get retweeted The record appears to be 60 large orders of fries.
So this is of course bothering people, since it's a waste of food and it means Japanese Mickey D's tend to run low on fries for other customers. But luckily, there's an end in sight: The promotion ends this week.
At McDonald’s in Japan, French Fries Are Causing All Sorts of Chaos [Kotaku]
Wondering what new foods you can expect to eat in the new year? According to the trend report compiled by consulting firm Andrew Freeman and Company, you can look for custom french fry bars and grilled-cheese-infused vodka. During eight months of research from a variety of restaurant and hotel sources, they found that food in 2012 will be focused around American comfort food classics with a twist. Here are a few of the crazy food trends we can expect to taste.
Whether you eat carbs or not, 2012 will be the year of the potato. Look out for make-your-own mashed potatoes with mix-ins and custom-cut potato chips with an assortment of dips to order.
Wondering what to order with your french fries? The grilled cheese sandwich is going to replace the hamburger on restaurant menus. Chefs are working on creating menus devoted to the sandwich and enhancing it with their own signature twists.
Do you think your lychee martini is out of the ordinary? Try the Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwich Infused Vodka martini served at Lafitte, in San Francisco. Watch as your dinner entree becomes a new signature cocktail.
As Christmas trees pop up in homes across the country, so will pine tree flavors on menus. Flavors like douglas fir and eucalyptus will be used in everything from sauces to spice rubs.
Do you need to eat more vegetables in the new year? Try the offerings from two New York City restaurants: Max and Mina’s grass and horseradish ice cream or Del Posto’s goat cheese with celery and fig agrodolce. The typically sweet pastries we’re accustomed to will take a savory turn in 2012.
Here are some other food trends to look out for:
- Breakfast takes over dinner: Waffle sandwiches and hollandaise sauce aren’t just your average diner food. Breakfast invades dinner menus everywhere in the new year.
- Noodles take shape: Watch as chefs hand-pull noodles right before your eyes while you dine. This ancient art will make a big comeback.
- Not-so-fancy formal food: Casual dining will become the norm as waiter service becomes limited and celebrity-chef-run fast food joints pop up everywhere.
- Everyone wants to be on the Food Network: Food careers are hot; culinary schools and hobby classes are booked.
- Red hot peppers: Aleppo what? Ghost Pepper who? These specialty peppers will make their way onto menus across the U.S.
- Dieters rejoice: Despite all these fat-laden yummy choices, chefs will be responding to the need for waistline friendly foods. Expect to see whole grains like quinoa and gluten free menu options.
Are you looking forward to trying these foods? What are some of your favorites?