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September 28, 2020

It's a Cheetos World


[KFC's Cheetos chicken sandwich]

Just last Thursday I featured Cheetos Mac'nCheese as the new new thing.

Or so I thought.

My Crack Research Team©® unearthed an August 6, 2020 Food & Wine magazine review — quite favorable — which, along with my coverage, undoubtedly led to Walmart selling out after my post appeared.

I say this because I was about to order ten cups after I finished creating the post but stopped when I got a message that my order had to be for at least $35. 

At 98 cents apiece, that's a lotta Cheetos Mac'nCheese no matter how good it is.

When I went back to the Walmart website after the post appeared, it was sold out.

Let's move on.

Further drilling down by my Team©® unearthed a very amusing 2019 review in the Washington Post of the KFC Cheetos chicken sandwich (top), which I'd never heard of before now.

In the piece, headlined "KFC's Cheetos chicken sandwich looks toxic and tastes like a missed opportunity," Post reviewer Maura Judkis described it as "a piece of regular fried chicken, halfheartedly drenched in orange 'Cheetos sauce' — I have no idea what is in it, because it has no discernible flavor other than Cheetos dust — with a smattering of whole Cheetos glued to the bun with mayonnaise."

The Team©® had a look at my local KFC's menu but it wasn't among the "Signature Sandwiches" (below).

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I have no idea whether this creation was a short-lived attention grabber or if it's still available in some areas.






No — I'm still not done.

Continued drilling down by the Team©® unearthed a 2017 Washington Post piece by the very same Maura Judkis — who seems to be the maven of all things Cheetos, at least at the Post — headlined "Sorry to break your heart, but you probably can't eat at the Cheetos restaurant."

Say what?

Below, excerpts from her story.

It is easier to get into the Spotted Pig, a restaurant that has won multiple James Beard Awards, than the Spotted Cheetah, a restaurant that incorporates Cheetos into all its dishes, including the desserts.

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[Food Network star Anne Burrell shows off some of her creations for the Spotted Cheetah]

The snack food brand's pop-up restaurant, helmed by Food Network star Anne Burrell, has more than 1,000 people on its wait-list.

The eatery opened Tuesday and closes on Thursday.

The news that so many people are desperate to pay up to $22 for menu items like Cheetos-crusted chicken Milanese — a dish that sounds like the brainchild of an incredibly capable stoner — is both confusing and unsurprising, which makes it like every other crazy thing that’s happened so far in 2017.

The restaurant, at 211 West Broadway in New York, announced its opening last week.

Within six hours, all of the 300 spots were gone, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Burrell, who was tasked with creating the menu (was Guy Fieri too busy?), stacked it with Cheetos-infused comfort food favorites, like "Flamin' Hot and White Cheddar Mac n' Cheetos," "Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes," and "White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepes."

The mac'n’Cheetos has been among the most popular dishes so far, says Joan Cetera, senior director of public relations for PepsiCo, which owns Cheetos manufacturer Frito-Lay.

The restaurant has Cheeto-print wallpaper and paintings of Chester, the Cheetos mascot.

No word on whether they hand out wet naps for the orange dust.

Tuesday night's opening party featured an orange carpet (below),

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[Anne Burrell on the orange carpet]

and Mariah Carey and La La Anthony were among the celebrities who attended.

As the wait-list has grown, Frito-Lay has been rushing to meet the demand: It added an additional 10 seats at the bar, Cetera told The Post, which means 40 people were taken off the wait-list.

And it hints that the pop-up could be extended: "At this time, the Cheetos team is seeing how the remaining two days of the pop-up opening go and then they'll evaluate how the program could continue," wrote Cetera in an email.

Still: You're probably not going to get a chance to eat at the Cheetos restaurant.

And that's a fact that some people might find hard to swallow.

September 28, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Luchita Hurtado — Part 2

Yesterday's Part 1 went to press before my Crack Research Team©® happened on this extraordinary video featuring Hurtado's visit last year to London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery retrospective of her work.

Included are scenes of the artist at work creating a new painting.

After watching the video in 4K, I am reconsidering my decision to stay with my 2007 Pioneer Elite Kuro 1080p plasma TV until if finally gives up the ghost.

The detail, color, and depth of the video are remarkable.

September 28, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

James Dean at 9


He was born on February 8, 1931 at the Seven Gables apartment on the corner of 4th Street and McClure Street in Marion, Indiana.

This picture was taken in 1940/early 1941.

September 28, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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From the Verge:

Telepath is a new app for discussing your interests.

The app, available only in private beta, requires an invitation.

It was created by Richard Henry and Marc Bodnick, who previously worked together at the question-and-answer community Quora.

It resembles a hybrid of Twitter and Reddit.

As on Twitter, the app opens to a central scrolling feed of updates from people and topics that you follow.

And as on Reddit, every post must be created within a group, which Telepath calls a "network."

Its first rule: 

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Henry and Bodnick rebuilt Telepath four times before getting it to this stage, and decided to launch more widely only after implementing a key privacy feature that sparked lots more sharing: conversations delete by default after 30 days, but save to your private archive.

The company raised a seed round from First Round Capital, among others, and plans to expand its user base to about 4,000 people over the next few weeks.

September 28, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hands-Free Phone Holder

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From the website:

When you need to free up your hands, this handy accessory is the perfect tool for any filming situation, live broadcast, etc.

The universal phone mount lets you record the scene from your point of view.

Holds phones up to 2.5" wide in horizontal position.

In addition, you can adjust viewing angle up to 180 degrees.

Easily wraps around your neck.

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$6 (phone, scissors, glasses, sweater, and dog included with orders from southern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia: please specify phone make, L- or R-handed scissors, glasses Rx, sweater size/material, and dog breed).

September 28, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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