The Locanda hands out free condoms with dinner
San Francisco restaurant Locanda has been handing out "Locondoms" for Valentine's Day.
Valentine’s Day is a time for romance, but one San Francisco restaurant is taking a position of responsibility and handing out condoms to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year.
According to Grub Street, the restaurant Locanda in San Francisco has decided that instead of handing out chocolates or candies, it would hand out custom made “Locondoms.”
The restaurant had been advertising the custom printed prophylactics saying, “For those not looking for the added responsibility of offspring, the Locanda team has once again swept in to save the day.”
While the restaurant says it has put together a menu of “sexy foods” for the romantic holiday, it says the condom program is helping it escape the kitschier aspects of the holiday.
"It's so cheesy how ladies are given a rose at a restaurant on Valentine's Day,” said chef-owner Craig Stoll. “This is our answer to that."
Condom-themed restaurant: Birth control for lunch, vasectomy after
Most restaurant themes are meant to entertain you. Popular themes include tiki bars with waitresses in hula skirts and rain forest cafes with palm trees. But some ideas may leave you scratching your head. In Bangkok, for example, there’s a restaurant devoted to condoms.
The restaurant, named Cabbages and Condoms, is somewhat a political statement, and a place where people can get a bite to eat and pick up some birth control. The decor features condom light fixtures and mannequins of condom superheroes dressed in outfits made of condoms.
On the menu is a list of traditional Thai food with curries, noodles, rice and more. At the end of each meal, diners are given condoms to go.
“Our restaurant was conceptualized in part to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA),” reads the description on the website. “And remember, our food is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy.”
Phew, because that’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone eats a bowl of green curry.
The restaurant was founded by Mechai Viravaidya, founder of PDA, an organization devoted to community outreach programs that focus on HIV/AIDS. The idea is to inundate diners with condoms in order to make them seem less taboo. Proceeds from the restaurant benefit PDA.
And if you happen to be in the mood for a vasectomy after lunch, there is a family-planning clinic next-door where Viravaldya arranges for free vasectomies for the restaurant patrons. Getting hungry?
Ernst Meyer -- owner of Scandinavian Deli on S.F.'s Market St.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday For Ernst Meyer, the longtime proprietor of the Scandinavian Deli on San Francisco's Market Street who, with his own gnarled hands, made and served more than 3 million Swedish meatballs.
Mr. Meyer, who enjoyed watching people eat his food as much as he enjoyed slapping it together, died Thursday of lung cancer in his San Francisco home at the age of 75.
A native of Soborg, Denmark, Mr. Meyer came to San Francisco in the 1950s after a career as a ship's cook. He opened the cafeteria-style deli on Upper Market in 1954 and, for the next 42 years, rose before sunrise to begin making meatballs, meat loaf, Danish stew, cole slaw and other specialties of the house.
"You want the recipe?" Mr. Meyer said, in a 1996 interview, asked to reveal the secret of his meatballs. "You take some of this, some of that. Boom,
The thises and thats were largely leftovers, along with pepper and onions. They were cooked eight at a time, on five skillets, simultaneously. If Mr. Meyer ever burned a meatball, neither he nor his customers ever admitted it.
Mr. Meyer also made enough lingonberry pancakes to cover San Francisco to a depth of several lingonberries. Mr. Meyer knew most of his customers by name. He knew what a customer wanted to eat, or ought to eat, often before the customer knew. Often, Mr. Meyer put it on the plates without asking.
Prices were low, servings were large and customers ate beneath pictures of thick-armed Vikings. The daily special was often listed as simply "fish," no elaboration needed or offered.
16 Crazy Food Pranks and Follies
Two Girl Scouts troops in Portland, Oregon, thought they were on their way to summer camp after selling a combined 6,000 boxes. As it turned out, the $24,000 order was a hoax and the troops were stuck with the unpaid cookies. The girls' parents, who had covered the costs, were stuck with the bill.
When the rest of the country heard that a hoax in Alaska had 6,200 people excited over what would turn out to be the fake promise of a Taco Bell, it seemed like a silly trick. But in Bethel, Alaska &mdash where the nearest fast-food restaurant, other than one lonely Subway, is over 400 miles away &mdash nobody was laughing.
We got fooled! Perhaps "fuled" is the better expression, given the moniker used for the "author" of this "lost" medieval cookbook. Who knew the British Library had such a knack for April Fool's Day pranks?!
A startup called TacoCopter exceeded all expectations by coming up with a plan that would completely eliminate the middleman from food delivery. How did TacoCopter propose to deliver food? With an unmanned drone helicopter, of course. Unfortunately for taco lovers, this plan turned out to be one big practical joke.
Burger King's old mascot, the King himself, made a temporary comeback, just long enough to hand out Whoppers at a local McDonald's.
Certainly no prank, this food accident was quite serious. An Olive Garden had an alcohol-related mishap, serving a rum cocktail to a 10-year-old child.
The title "Sex on the Beach" probably makes you think of the cocktail that carries that name. But one Michelin-starred chef in Hong Kong created a Sex on the Beach menu item that's definitely not a beverage. You might think your plate was served with a condom topping, but it's completely edible, and so is the "sand" beneath it.
Several kids were definitely tricked on Halloween when a 23-year-old UK man handed out pouches of cocaine to unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. Manchester resident Donald Junior Green was then arrested.
Coca-Cola created special silver and white-colored polar bear cans to highlight its partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and their commitment to donate up to $3 million to protect the polar bear's natural habitat. But consumers quickly rejected the change. Many Diet Coke drinkers mistakenly bought the cans because the colors are similar to those on the Diet Coke can. When they took a sip, however, the drinkers realized they had been fooled.
WTF may be a common abbreviation for an expletive phrase, but now it's also the name of a restaurant. Oddly enough, the chef and restaurant owner is using WTF as a different acronym.
A car thief became a delivery man when he stole an idling car and proceeded to make deliveries to those who were waiting for their Chinese food. But he wasn't doing it because he felt guilty for depriving those hungry folks of their dinners. He simply wanted to collect the customers' cash.
Anecdotal stories claim that in 1858 Samuel Brannan paid $1,500 for lumber salvaged from a ship that foundered on the rocky shore's basalt cliffs near Seal Rocks [ citation needed ] and built the first Cliff House. While Brannan may have constructed a building there, no historical evidence of this building exists and its role in the origin of the Cliff House remains apocryphal.  The Cliff House was built by Senator John Buckley and C. C. Butler, opened in 1863 and leased to Captain Junius G. Foster.    It was a long trek on foot from the city and the restaurant hosted mostly horseback riders, small-game hunters or picnickers on day outings. With the opening of the privately built Point Lobos toll road a year later, the Cliff House became a Sunday destination among the carriage trade. Later the builders of the toll road constructed a two-mile speedway adjacent to it where well-to-do San Franciscans raced their horses along the way. On weekends, there was little room at the Cliff House hitching racks for tethering the horses for the thousands of rigs. Soon, omnibus, railways and streetcar lines made it to near Lone Mountain where passengers transferred to stagecoach lines to the beach. The growth of Golden Gate Park attracted beach travelers, in search of meals and a look at the sea lions sunning themselves on Seal Rocks just off the cliffs, to visit the area. In 1877, the toll road, now Geary Street, was purchased by the city for approximately $25,000.
In 1883, after a few years of downturn, the Cliff House was bought by Adolph Sutro, who had made a fortune in silver by solving the problems of ventilating and draining the mines of Nevada's Comstock Lode. After a few years of quiet management by J. M. Wilkens, the Cliff House was severely damaged when the schooner Parallel, abandoned with burning oil lamps and a cargo including dynamite powder, exploded while aground at Lands End early in the morning of January 16, 1887. The blast was heard a hundred miles away  and demolished the entire north wing of the tavern. The building was repaired, but was later completely destroyed by fire on Christmas night 1894 due to a defective flue.   Wilkens was unable to save the guest register, which included the signatures of three U.S. Presidents and dozens of world-famous visitors. This incarnation of the Cliff House, with its various extensions, had lasted for 31 years.
In 1896, Adolph Sutro rebuilt the Cliff House from the ground-up as a seven-story Victorian Chateau, called by some "the Gingerbread Palace", below his estate on the bluffs of Sutro Heights. This was the same year work began on the Sutro Baths in a small cove immediately north of the Restaurant. The baths included six of the large indoor swimming pools, a museum, a skating rink and other pleasure grounds. Great throngs of San Franciscans arrived on steam trains, bicycles, carts and horse wagons on Sunday excursions. Sutro purchased some of the collection of stuffed animals, artwork, and historic items from Woodward's Gardens to display at both the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. 
The 1896 Cliff House survived the 1906 earthquake with little damage, but burned to the ground on the evening of September 7, 1907. 
After the fire, Dr. Emma Merritt, Sutro's daughter, commissioned Reid & Reid to rebuild the restaurant in a neo-classical style. It was completed within two years and is the basis of the structure seen today. In 1914, the guidebook Bohemian San Francisco described it as "one of the great Bohemian restaurants of San Francisco. . while you have thought you had good breakfasts before this, you know that now you are having the best of them all." 
In 1937, George and Leo Whitney purchased the Cliff House, to complement their Playland-at-the-Beach attraction nearby, and extensively remodelled it into an American roadhouse. From 1955 to 1966, a "Sky Tram" operated across the Sutro Baths basin, taking up to 25 visitors at a time from Point Lobos, enhanced by an artificial waterfall, to the outer balcony of the Cliff House. 
In 1972, upon the closing of Playland, the Musée Mécanique, a museum of 20th-century penny arcade games, was moved into the basement of the Cliff House.  In the early 1970s the land-side exterior of the building was decorated with an expansive mural painting depicting crashing waves, painted by artist-musicians (and future members of San Francisco rock band The Tubes) Michael Cotten and Prairie Prince.
The building was acquired by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1977 and became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In connection with this acquisition, the NPS contracted with Dan and Mary Hountalas as official concessionaires of the property. The NPS renewed its contract with the Hountalas family in 1998, through the family's company, Peanut Wagon, Inc. 
In 2003, as part of an extensive renovation, many of Whitney's additions were removed and the building was restored to its 1909 appearance. A new two-story wing was constructed overlooking what were by then the ruins of the Sutro Baths. (The Baths burned to the ground on June 26, 1966.  ) During the site restoration, the Musée Mécanique was moved to Fisherman's Wharf. 
The Cliff House had two restaurants, the casual dining Bistro Restaurant and the more formal Sutro's. Additionally, the Terrace Room served a Sunday Brunch buffet. There was a gift shop in the building, and the historic camera obscura is on a deck overlooking the ocean. Peanut Wagon continued to manage Cliff House operations and worked with the Park Service during the extensive site restoration that was completed in 2004.
During the 2013 government shutdown, October 1–17, the US Park Service ordered the restaurant closed. The owners defied the order, but were forced to close. They reopened with permission on October 12, 2013. 
2021 closure and future prospects Edit
The concessionaires of the Cliff House reported on December 13, 2020, that they would be closing their doors on December 31, 2020. They blamed losses from the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their landlord, the National Park Service (NPS), for delaying a long term-lease the restaurant had been operating under a series of short-term leases since June 2018.    According to the National Park Service's website, a 3.5-year lease had been offered to the vendor (the Hountalas family doing business as Peanut Wagon Inc.) on December 30, which was turned down. On December 31, 2020, the Cliff House's sign was removed. 
The NPS says that it "is committed to maintaining this iconic building", but that the "solicitation process [for a new vendor] for this operation is currently paused as a result of the pandemic."  On February 2, 2021 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the NPS to find an immediate vendor for the restaurant while it searches for a long-term tenant. The Park Service confirmed that they planned to do so. 
Trademark issues Edit
In the wake of the departure of the Hountalas family and its company as the private concessionaire for the Cliff House, it has emerged that the company has secured certain "Cliff House"-related trademarks. This has led news organizations to speculate as to whether a future concessionaire would be able to use the "Cliff House" name to protect and promote the identity of the institution.  
The area immediately around Cliff House is part of the setting of Jack London's novel The Scarlet Plague (1912).  Jack London also sets the meeting of Maud Sangster and Pat Glendon Jr. here in The Abysmal Brute (1913). An image of the second Cliff House was used on the cover of the album Imaginos by Blue Öyster Cult. The Cliff House appears in a scene in the movie Race Street starring George Raft from 1948, although the interior scene was no doubt a studio set recreation. The Cliff House is featured in the Ubisoft video game, Watch Dogs 2.
T.G.I. Friday’s Founder Marks 50 Years in the Restaurant Business
Alan Stillman enters the party, which was held at the original location of T.G.I. Friday's at 1152 First Ave.
The New York restaurateur Alan Stillman has been working in the business for 50 years. On a whim, in 1965, he opened the first T.G.I. Friday’s bar and restaurant at First Avenue and 63rd Street, which became a nationwide franchise. Last week, his son Michael, who works with him in Fourth Wall Restaurants, which includes Smith & Wollensky, Quality Meats and Quality Italian, helped throw him a party at the original T.G.I. Friday’s location, now a pub called Baker Street.
“What’s crazy is the bar itself is sort of like it was years ago and they had the original lamps in the basement,” Michael said. “We put them up for one day.”
“I was shocked,” said Alan. “Completely shocked.” The 50th anniversary of the restaurant was actually March 15 and his birthday isn’t until November, “so I wasn’t expecting anything.”
Dennis Martin, Donna Stillman, Danny Kissane and Pat Colton were among the attendees.
Alan Stillman and son Michael.
“We didn’t jump out of a cake, but he was very surprised,” said Michael of his father. “At 78, you have to be careful with that.”
Several original employees came to help celebrate, including Steve Hanson, the founder of B.R. Guest, who got his start in the industry as a maître d’ at the original T.G.I. Friday’s. Amped-up food inspired by the onetime Friday’s menu was served, including a build-your-own-burger bar, enhanced with toppings like summer truffles chicken nuggets with foie gras ranch deviled eggs with Petrossian caviar, and duck club sandwiches on raisin bread with pickled ramps.
Meanwhile, the evening’s signature cocktail was the “Harvey Wallbanger Revisted,” a throwback to one of the restaurant’s most popular beverages. There were also fresh banana daiquiris, and, as befits a 50th anniversary of anything, Dom Pérignon.
“It gave me a complete feeling of nostalgia,” said Alan. “They may have changed the colors, but the place itself—the ceiling, the back bar—is still original.”
The elder Mr. Stillman opened T.G.I. Friday’s kind of by happenstance. He had been working in what now might be called the essential-oils business, and on his way home, he would stop for the occasional beer at Good Tavern.
“There was a bullet hole in the window,” he recalled. “I lived around the corner.”
An appetizer sampler.
Servers dressed as flight attendants hand out Champagne.
There were a lot of young people in the neighborhood at the time—particularly flight attendants—and Mr. Stillman suggested the owner hang some lamps and sell burgers to attract a fresher crowd. In turn, the owner suggested he buy the place. The next day, with “a complete lack of knowledge,” Alan said, and a $5,000 loan from his mother, he did.
“I wanted to meet stewardesses who lived in the area,” Mr. Stillman said. Did he? “You bet. But I didn’t meet my wife.”
Two months later, the place was swinging, and so was the neighborhood.
“It was one of the first singles bars,” said Mr. Stillman’s son.
Maxwell’s Plum opened nearby. Media coverage came in spades. Interest to franchise Friday’s appeared and “next thing you know we had a dozen going,” said Alan.
Because of the success of Friday’s, he opened up several other restaurants named after days of the week, including Sunday’s, “an ice-cream place,” he said. But, though he sold his stake, Friday’s has lasted as a family restaurant all over the country. Alan said he still has a card that allows him to eat there free.
What Alan has learned over the course of 50 years: “The restaurant business is a…hard business,” he said. “You have to build restaurants for people to have fun at. You have to treat them as if they’re coming to a club.”
As for his 50th anniversary affair, “to walk into a T.G.I. Friday’s and drink Dom Pérignon and eat caviar? It was a great party. That was what Friday’s was originally. You had an invitation to a cocktail party that went on every night.”
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5. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer.
Her daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards.
In 2008, she decided to switch to a vegan diet for ethical reasons and to give her more energy.
A hearty meal doesn’t always require an avalanche of ingredients. If you’re after meal-at-restaurant vibes, these 5-ingredients dinner recipes are no-brainers yet extremely fulfilling.
For even easier recipes, these meals call for even less ingredients. The juicy teriyaki chicken here is to-die-for and the chili-glazed baked salmon boasts fork-tender texture with maximum flavour from the sweet-spicy glaze.
Japanese Condom Cookbook Puts Sex Ed On Your Plate
Let's face it: Condoms are versatile. And while there are many uses for condoms -- other than the obvious -- here is one we had never considered: using them to make dinner.
In order to raise awareness of safe-sex practices, a Japanese blogger and a manga writer joined forces to produce the most facetious cookbook to hit your Kindle, "Tsukutte Agetai Condomu Gohan", or roughly, "Condom Meals I Want To Make For You." It's an e-book of 11 recipes -- that we have not tested -- including "Condom Meat Stuffing," "Condom Cookies," and "Condom Escargot Cooked With Butter."
It's condom-as-cooking-utensil, not ingredient (in case you missed that point and rushed to put a condom in your ramen).
The book is published at a time when the spread of STDs (particularly HIV) is expected to rise in Japan because of a societal misunderstanding of sexual health. According to an article published in the "Journal of the Japan Medical Association" titled, "Sexual Practices And The Risk For HIV/STD Infection Of Youth In Japan," sexual activity among Japanese youth has increased since 2000, as have abortion rates in teenagers and gonorrhea and chlamydia cases.
Perhaps this is the authors' unique way of putting safe sex on the tip of everyone's tongue.
The book is available on Amazon Kindle (in Japanese), at $2.99.
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The Rise Of The Home Cook
By March, as it became clear that staying at home and social distancing was the most responsible thing to do, searches for at-home projects started to pick up. All around the internet (and the world), people tried their hands at everything from making Dalgona coffee to sourcing yeast to make their own sourdough loaves. In April, with bars closed in Hong Kong for two weeks, searches for "home bar" skyrocketed from a popularity rating of virtually zero to 87 (out of 100) on Google Trends.
"Recipes" are clearly on the up, which can be no bad thing&mdashif we are fortunate enough at this time to be safe at home, having the ability to reconnect with our food and kitchens. Don't forget to support the restaurants and bars you love in the meantime through any means necessary&mdashmany, apart from offering delivery and takeout, are also selling gift cards or merchandise that can go some way to support them through these unprecedented hardships.