Last Call: Why you shouldn’t shop for regular groceries during Thanksgiving week

I love the folks over at Consumer Reports and usually find them extraordinarily helpful. Exhibit A is their current list of “5 Ways to Spend Less on Thanksgiving Food”: You should buy your turkey strategically, like now, if you have room in your freezer until the big day. Go for early deals. And this was a little…

Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel mix is the most versatile seasoning in our kitchen

How do I put this... I love bagels but I don’t love bagels. One of the great innovations of sandwich-construction is the lox-and-bagel—rich, smoky, briny, savory, melding luscious and crispy textures. But I’ve always taken issue with the bagel itself, mainly with its density. Downing one of these boiled bombs is like…

Man caught tasting soup directly from hot bar’s ladle, horrifying entire world

In this age of viral videos, we at The Takeout try not to shame random citizens. It must be devastating to commit some minor food-related infraction (oooooh, you eat your pizza weird, shaaaame!), then wake up the next morning to find yourself on Reddit’s homepage. But this guy—the soup-ladling guy—is not committing a…

British supermarket renames “Gentleman’s” sandwich after complaints of sexism

British people use words that we don’t use here in the States: lorry, snogging, chuffed. They also have a brand of anchovy paste called “gentleman’s relish,” which is advertised for use on toast or sandwiches. It seems to be one of those Kleenex- or BandAid-like cases, in which a brand name comes to stand in for the…

Alabama store refuses to stock Pepsi bottles with NFL logo to protest anthem protests 

An Athens, Alabama grocery store stated on Facebook that it will no longer sell Pepsi products that carry the NFL logo; Pepsi is a longtime sponsor of the NFL and uses the league’s logo on a number of bottles. But S&Z Grocery made a statement on its Facebook page yesterday that the store will stop carrying the…

Amazon raises Whole Foods workers’ minimum wage to $15, but not all employees are celebrating

The news sounds positive on face: Global retail overlord Amazon—which bought Whole Foods last year—will raise Amazon and Whole Foods’ employees minimum hourly wage to $15. (Fast Company reports it will also offer raises of $1 per hour to employees who earn more than that.) The change would go into effect November 1, …

Frustrated by plastic-bag ban, New Zealand shoppers resort to stealing grocery baskets

New Zealand’s decision to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags has not gone over well with some shoppers. While they haven’t resorted to anti-bag-ban violence as some Australian shoppers have, they are causing headaches with another act of disobedience: walking away with stores’ plastic shopping baskets. One…

Aldi U.K. knows what people want, releases “hangover-proof” Prosecco 

When it comes to the wine, beer, and spirits selection at Aldi’s U.K. locations, the collective longing of The Takeout staff is well-documented. That’s not a slight on Aldi’s U.S. locations, by any means, but we just don’t get things like their color-changing gin or their award-winning whiskey in these parts. With…

Supermarket employees collectively lose hundreds of pounds on keto diet

This isn’t a story about the merits of the keto diet—I’m not a nutritionist, please ask your doctor any and all medical questions, etc. No, this is a story about supportive coworkers, a positive work environment, and a Sprouts supermarket in Katy, Texas. Good Morning America recently profiled five employees of said…

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