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‘Friends are waiting’: Budweiser commercial has important message

- September 25th, 2014
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A screengrab of the Budweiser ad Friends Are Waiting. (Budweiser/YouTube)

Budweiser recently released a commercial which manages to pull at the heartstrings while delivering an important message.

The ad, entitled Friends Are Waiting, draws on the bond between a man and his dog to encourage people not to drink and drive.

“For some, the waiting never ended. But we can change that,” reads the commercial, while a doting dog waits all night for its owner to return.

The commercial was posted to YouTube on September 19 with the caption, “Next time you go out, be sure to make a plan to get home safely. Your friends are counting on you. Enjoy Budweiser responsibly.”

It has already been viewed more than 14 million times on YouTube.

However, it still has a way to go to catch up to one of the most memorable commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII – Budweiser’s Puppy Love ad.

As you may recall, the commercial featured a puppy and horse as best buddies, and has been viewed more than 51 million times on YouTube.

Burger King’s black burger apparently tastes better than it looks

- September 23rd, 2014
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Burger King Japan is offering its Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond burgers for a limited time. (Photo courtesy of Burger King Japan)

Burger King Japan recently added a black burger to its menu and photos of the burger being posted to social media make it look, well, unappetizing.

However, it appears that looks can be deceiving.

The fast-food chain began offering the Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond burgers, which feature a black bun, black sauce and black processed cheese, in stores on September 19, for a limited time.

The sauce is coloured using squid ink, and the bun and cheese get their colour from bamboo charcoal.

But does the colouring affect the taste?

Instagram user jisidore11 posted a photo of the Kuro Diamond burger and said the burger was “pretty good! Doesn’t change the taste that much. Sauce was good.”

Black burger is black. #kuroburger #japan #tokyo #burgerking #goodstuff #blackburger

Meanwhile, Instagram user fattiez4life said the Kuro Pearl, “tasted like a salty bk burger, but black.”

#blackburger #allblackeverything

The Kuro burger was introduced in 2012, however it has evolved over the years, according to The Independent.

Beer latte, anyone?

- September 22nd, 2014
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Starbucks is testing a new latte inspired by craft beer. (Photo: AFP)

Starbucks is combining two of life’s greatest things: Coffee and beer.

Carly Suppa from Starbucks confirmed the coffee shop is testing a new dark barrel latte in some Ohio and Florida stores.

According to a photo posted on Reddit, the drink “highlights chocolaty dark caramel and toasty stout flavours. It is topped with whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle.

The dark barrel latte is “inspired by the rise of craft beers.”

It’s also available iced or as a Frappuccino.

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Starbucks Geek’s tweet about the new beer (the same photo was posted to Reddit by a Starbucks employee). (Photo: Twitter screenshot)

If it’s a hit, the drink could become part of fall seasonal favourites, including the pumpkin spice latte.

As a beer lover, and in particular a big fan of stouts, this latte sounds right up my alley and I’d try it immediately.

But, alas, Suppa tells me there are no plans to bring the drink to Canada just yet.

“Starbucks regularly tests new beverages, and testing is an essential part of bringing the Starbucks Experience to our customers,” Suppa said in an e-mail.

“We’re looking forward to learning more from the test, but do not have additional information to share on future availability of this product in our stores in other cities in the U.S. or Canada.”

Appetizing or not? Burger King Japan unveils its black burger

- September 12th, 2014
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Burger King Japan is offering its Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond burgers for a limited time. (Photo courtesy of Burger King Japan)

It’s not quite Halloween, but Burger King appears to be getting a jump on the holiday with its new goth-inspired black burger.

In a press release, Burger King Japan announced the Kuro Pearl and Kuro Diamond burgers would be available in stores beginning September 19, for a limited time.

The creation may be a little off-putting to some, as it features a black bun, black sauce and perhaps the most alarming – black processed cheese.

But this is not the first time the fast-food chain has offered a black burger.

According to The Independent, the Kuro burger was introduced in 2012 but has evolved over the years.

So how does it get its colouring?

The bun and cheese are coloured using bamboo charcoal. And for the sauce? Squid ink.

Would you try the Burger King Kuro burger? Let us know in the comments.

What’s in your kitchen library?

- September 9th, 2014

There are only so many objects you can fit into a 425- square-foot apartment.

Dayna Boyer knew space was at a premium in her Toronto abode, and she didn’t have space for the one thing she wanted, a juicer.

“Everyone told me I would use it a few times then it would collect dust,” Boyer said.

Instead of buying a juicer, what if she could borrow one?

Welcome The Kitchen Library.

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Dayna Boyer shows off some of the appliances available at The Kitchen Library. (Handout/The Kitchen Library)

“It hit me like a light bulb,” Boyer said adding that as far she could tell, there wasn’t anything like it in Canada.

Inspired by the already successful Kitchen Share in Portland, Ore., The Kitchen Library works like a traditional library.

Borrowers can peruse shelves full of kitchen appliances that range from slow cookers to Kitchenaid mixers.

And for $50 a year, they can take an appliance home for up to five days. Volunteers will show them how it operates, how to clean it and offer tips and demonstrations.

Boyer’s experience volunteering with the Toronto Tool Library, a volunteer organization that lends tools to the public for a small fee, helped her get the Kitchen Library off the ground.

“I was brainstorming other ideas for thing we could bring to the (tool) library and I love cooking,” she said.

In fall 2013, Boyer put a call out for any working kitchen appliances people were willing to part with. Soon she had a living room full of donations including a countertop roaster, a food processor still in the packaging and the Kitchenaid mixer.

“I didn’t think I’d get an appliance that expensive,” she said.
Beyond donations, the library’s success shows that more people want to borrow instead of buy.

The idea goes beyond mixers and drills. If Netflix is an indicator, the trend behind owning less and borrowing more is thriving.

Traditional libraries are expanding to meet more needs than books. Start-up businesses are finding success renting everything from prom dresses to bicycles.

This combined with the rising popularity of cooking at home and it is no surprise The Kitchen Library is taking off.

“It has been the most humbling experience,” Boyer said of the support she’s seen from the community.
Inspired by restaurants, food blogs and reality cooking shows, amateur cooks are looking to challenge themselves. Like any hobby, there’s always new gear you need to get better.

With borrowing underway, the next step is more demonstrations and teaching people how to use some of the tools.

“It is not only providing the appliances but the education around them so people feel confident experimenting with it rather than being intimidated,” Boyer said.

Recently they’ve shown people how to make almond butter with a food processor.

“It gets them talking about it and shows them how easy it is,” she said.

For more information on The Kitchen Library visit thekitchenlibrary.ca.