Last Call: One perfect croissant, the science of cream in coffee, and U2's "Mysterious Ways"

Photo: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Photo: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

To all who’ve read, followed, or perused The Takeout in our first week online—thank you. We’ve enjoyed your comments and feedback, and look forward to getting to know you more. Until Monday, here’s a few interesting links to take you through the weekend.

A croissant expedition


Some brilliant woman has given herself the best assignment ever: to eat (and photograph) every croissant in Chicago. Emily Long spoke to Chicago magazine about her quest and her obsession with the French pastries. While Long’s goal is admirable, it turns out some Chicago bakeries don’t make the best croissant. But she’s determined: 29 down, 40 or 50 to go. [Jen Sabella]

The science behind the floating creamer drop

Photo: Keystone/Getty Images
Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

There’s debate among coffee dorks over the acceptability of creamer/milk in one’s coffee. My personal belief is that a splash of unflavored milk or cream is fine (unlike drinking decaf, which is not OK and is definitely for Nazis). I’ll watch my morning cuppa more closely now that I’ve learned the science before why a drop of cream appears to hover at coffee’s surface before dissolving. [Kate Bernot]

“Mysterious Ways” from U2's Zoo TV tour

I will be the first to post something not food related, but not everything has to, right? Saturday marks 26 years since U2 released Achtung Baby, my favorite album of all time. Last year, on its 25th anniversary, I wrote about the album for The A.V. Club. I can’t help but think back on how spectacular U2's Zoo TV tour was, underscoring the root word “spectacle,” and this version of “Mysterious Ways” from their Sydney show remains the greatest live performance of that song extant. [Kevin Pang]


Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.

Jen Sabella is Managing Editor of The Takeout. She loves: fried chicken, mezcal, cats and stalking celesbians on Instagram.

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What did everyone have for dinner? I had porkchops and rice with a Thai sauce from Bon appetit that is technically a marinade but it’s so good I just drenched all the food in it.

However I now have half a can of sweetened condensed milk left that I’m not sure what to do with. I don’t really drink coffee so I’m not sure what else calls for half a can of condensed milk!