BUSINESS INSIDER: Outback Parent Company Announces Dozens of Restaurant Closures as Threat of Restaurant Recession Looms
"Bloomin' Brands, the parent company of the Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, and Fleming's Steakhouse chains, has announced plans to close multiple restaurants. […] Two main factors are to blame for the casual-dining industry's problems: the rise of fast-casual restaurants like Chipotle and Panera, and more people eating at home because groceries are cheaper." Read full story.
FOODBEAST: Dippin' Dots Were Originally Meant To Be Cow Feed
"Dippin' Dots were invented in 1988 by microbiologist Curt Jones, who was originally trying to figure out a way to feed cows more efficiently. One of Jones's experiments involved freezing cow feed at 350 degrees below zero, turning the cow food into little pellets. Taking that same concept, Jones froze ice cream with liquid nitrogen, which turned them into the little Dippin' Dot beads we've become familiar with. " Read full story.
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WELL+GOOD: THIS SUPERFOOD COULD BE CAUSING YOU MAJOR BLOATING
"Tracy Lockwood, RD, noticed she had a surplus of clients coming in with the same complaint: They prioritize eating healthy, filling their diets with buzzy, nutrient-dense foods—only to experience worse digestive problems than before. The culprit causing all the distress: chia seeds." Read full story.