It’s getting a lot easier to avoid getting violently ill from food poisoning, and to see just how divey your favorite dive bar is. Yelp announced today that the platform will start featuring hygiene scores of restaurants alongside reviews, photos, and other information. As of today, the feature is available in California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington, DC, but Yelp says it intends to roll the initiative out in other states soon. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of U.S. restaurants should have their hygiene scores listed publicly on Yelp. This new feature is a part of Yelp’s LIVES (Local Inspector Value-Entry Specification) program, which the company started in 2013. LIVES relies on HDScores, a search engine for restaurant inspection reports covering 42 states, which built a special system for Yelp. In a blog post announcing the feature, Yelp’s public policy boss Luther Lowe wrote that cities have been doing restaurant inspections and providing the … [Read more...] about Yelp Will Now Show You Restaurant Hygiene Scores
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Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking about the Masters, walking, goth girlfriends, steak, and more. Your letters! Kevin: In which sport do the athletes fart most frequently during the course of play? My gut instinct is that it’s tennis players, who have that wicked combination of twitch reflexes and quick moments of full body exertion that has gotta be leading to some serious wind; perhaps they’re grunting that loudly to cover up the noise. Yeah but tennis has so many quiet moments that are NOT conducive to farting. You’re out there all alone on one side of the court, with TV mics trained on you and everyone in attendance listening raptly. That’s horrifying. I would hold it in until the changeover and then fart into a towel if I could. There are a lot of other sports where you can not only get away with farting, but can actively deploy farting in the name of … [Read more...] about What Sport Causes The Most Farting?
I blame Grace Jones for my trauma. I mean, everything that happened to me in this scenario is my own fault: It is I who saw that oysters were available on Fresh Direct for $1 a piece. It is I who decided to order a dozen Bluepoints even after my boyfriend told me he had no interest in slurping them down with me. It is I who bought a shucking knife for twice as much as the oysters (it’ll pay for itself eventually I thought, back when shucking seemed a tricky skill to master and not a harrowing atrocity to avoid). It is I who, in my constant fear that my brain is deteriorating and my personal evolution is atrophying, watched YouTube videos to teach myself the craft of gently but firmly prying open oyster shells without leaving any sign of the massacre that just took place, just like they do in restaurants. Of course, I know, I could have gone to any buck-a-shuck oyster happy hour to pay the same amount without having to do any of the work, but it seemed... I don’t know? … [Read more...] about I Ordered Oysters, and I Got Crabs
In Acquired Tastes, The Takeout explores the food and drinks we can’t live without. My carbonara game is strong. It’s the one dish I’ve mastered enough to make without exact measurements. If there’s a word to describe my approach, it’s cockiness. So self-assured I am about landing perfect 10s with my carbonara that my mannerisms when preparing the dish have an air of overconfidence. I toss the diced bacon in the skillet with more wrist action than usual; the cheese sprinkling gets punctuated with a dramatic flick. All that said, there’s a 99.98 percent chance I’m making my carbonara wrong. Romans would see my inauthentic appropriation and heave my plate skyward. Carbonara is a Roman entrée reminiscent of an American breakfast. Thick spaghetti gets lightly cloaked in creamy egg yolk, with diced bacon, grated cheese, and copious amounts of black pepper. Where my version differs is in using Parmigiano-Reggiano in place of the traditional … [Read more...] about Lessons from the school of spaghetti carbonara
Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we’re talking Olympics, All Star Games, peeing, getting slapped, and more. Your letters: Sean: When are they going to invent a garbage disposal type system on a toilet so my shits stop clogging my toilet 45% of the time? As someone who has clogged many a toilet, I sympathize with the idea of a toilet disposal system for big turds, wads of TP, Kleenex, tampons, evidence that be used in a court of law, and such and such. But I don’t think you want to sit down, bare-assed, and have your dick and balls hover over a set of rotating blades. I get nervous enough about snakes and spiders crawling up the toilet and barging into my asshole. No need to introduce sharp objects to the proceedings. I know you wouldn’t flick the switch until after you’ve finished taking a shit, but still. I’m scared to put my hand in the sink when the sink disposal is off. One … [Read more...] about Should Toilets Have A Garbage Disposal?