Welcome to Delicious or Distressing, where we rate recent food memes, videos, and other decidedly unserious news. Last week we discussed Stanley Tucci making Ina Garten her first martini ever.
After consuming the first five seconds of the latest viral TikTok saga to grace (plague?) every digital channel that I frequent, watching a young woman visibly demoralized post-Hinge date, I thought to myself, You go girl—we are her and she is us. Blindly, sans context, my allegiances laid with her. By the end, I was a changed woman, ready to put my life on the line to defend her date, whom she’d abandoned at the dinner table because he wouldn’t pay an extra $3 to add cheese to his burger.
She recently revealed the story is fake and she’s duped all of us, mere subjects in a social experiment. Still, as they say: Art imitates life. Her TikTok, she admitted, was born out of an exchange she observed at a neighboring table. And she was still pro-$3 cheese! You’re on your own here, babe.
Dunkin’ is discontinuing its fan-fave Dunkaccino, we found out this week, drawing uproar from its loyal congregants. Because my brain is irreparably infected by the internet, I can’t help but wonder what Ben Affleck thinks about it. Another institution with a cult following, Vanderpump Rules, made headlines this week—all I know is that a cheater who is also a restaurant owner got his comeuppance, and to that I say 👍. Also, people are tossing a slew of edible things into waffle irons, and I have no reason not to support it; crisp away, my friends.
It feels like the term red flag may have jumped the shark in recent months. To be clear, red flags are things like “keeps multiple birds as pets” and “thinks recycling is for chumps,” and “genuinely likes the Avatar movies.” They’re not, like, “doesn’t use crosswalks”—that’s you looking to sabotage your burgeoning relationship, babe, and I think we should get a couple drinks and really dig into that impulse. For TikTok user @DafnaDiamant, though, a red flag can be as simple as not wanting to pay a $3 upcharge for cheese on a burger. Long story short: She posted a TikTok describing a dinner in which her date turned down cheese on a burger because of the price. This made her so uncomfortable, she said, that she excused herself to the restroom, paid the bill, walked out, texted her date that he should have gotten the cheese—and then blocked him. The video went viral, and nearly every commenter agreed that this was deranged behavior. What’s more, it’s recently come to light that the story wasn’t even real! Apparently, she and her date heard a guy at another table turn down $3 of burger cheese. People lying? On the internet? For content? That, my friends, is the ultimate red flag. I’m giving this a terminally online, dairy-based 2.4/5 distressing. —Sam Stone, staff writer
Dunkin’ has officially announced that it’s discontinued the Dunkaccino, the signature combination of coffee and hot chocolate that has been on the menu since 2000, and it’s a devastating loss to fans. Prior to the announcement, the drink already quietly departed from the menu in an Irish goodbye, stumping people over its disappearance. As an ex-Dunkin’ barista who used to drink the Dunkaccino like water during my shifts, I’m a little heartbroken, though admittedly not surprised, to see this iconic drink leave the menu. I’d speculate that it would find more success if it came back as a limited-time one-off—and I’ll be waiting with open arms if it does. RIP the Dunkin’ Dunkaccino. You will be truly missed. 2.5/5 distressing. —Julia Duarte, art assistant
I love reality TV (ask me anything about Love Island), but I know absolutely zero things about Vanderpump Rules. Based on these qualifications, I will be explaining the show’s recent cheating scandal in today’s blurb. Let’s continue.
A famous man named Tom Sandoval cheated on famous woman and longtime girlfriend Ariana Madix with famous woman and coworker Raquel Leviss. They are all characters or contestants on Vanderpump Rules, which is about following Vanderpump’s rules. Sandoval also co-owns two restaurants in Los Angeles, Schwartz & Sandy’s and TomTom, with another famous man named Tom Schwartz. The show sometimes exploits the restaurants for plot, or name-drops the restaurants in regular conversation, or features the restaurants otherwise in ways that make fans familiar with them.
Since the cheating scandal broke, fans have been flooding Schwartz & Sandy’s (but not TomTom?) with negative Yelp reviews. Sandoval and the restaurant have pleaded with people to stop. That said, Schwartz & Sandy’s has reportedly had the best week since its opening last November. People are booking tables under “Fuck Tom Sandoval,” ostensibly knowing they are giving money to the same Tom Sandoval. Meanwhile, TomTom’s business has allegedly been down. A source told Insider, “We wish people knew we’re Team Ariana too!” An enormous photo of Sandoval and Schwartz kissing also hangs over one table, a decorative placement that I feel people should be discussing more. Anyway, the source says the staff wants to take it down and hang a photo of Madix instead. Madix is not involved with the restaurant to my knowledge. They just really love her a lot.
I’m very much enjoying this sequence of events. It’s like hearing gossip about your friend’s friends—you don’t know anyone, but it’s still fascinating. I want to get in on the hullabaloo so I’m going to say I’m Team Ariana too. And I won’t put this on Yelp, but 2.7/5 delicious…because reality TV is fun, but infidelity is bad. —Karen Yuan, culture editor
Humanity would never have made it to roads and skyscrapers and shoes if we dreamt small, if we didn’t believe, if we looked at that rudimentary clay water jug and said, “Eh, half full.” We are born inventors, forever pushing the limits of what’s possible. It’s an ancestral legacy that flourishes online everywhere you look—and this week, I am looking at waffles.
Across social media, culinary pioneers are plugging in their waffle irons and throwing out the rule book. One creator turned sushi rice into a waffle, topping the crispy cake with salmon, avocado, sriracha, and mayo. The commenters are calling out the recipe developer for switching out the rice waffle for a regular waffle (more sturdy, I guess) in the final shot, but that kind of nitpick, folks, is not the point. These internet explorers are learning that just about anything can waffle if you want it bad enough: carb-free egg and cheese floppy disks for the keto devotees, straight Nutella (a thing of beauty fresh out the iron), pasta, and hot dogs—though I admittedly don’t quite see the advantage here.
Some trends are straight absurd, but waffled foods are easy to get behind: The tiny device is pretty affordable now, it cooks food in minutes, and it functions kind of like a frying pan and an oven all at once (genius). I’ve never been more proud of our species: 4.5/5 delicious. —Ali Francis, staff writer
News Source: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/tiktok-3-dollar-burger-cheese-hoax-explained/amp