Zaxby's award-winning chicken sandwich has a new (old) sidekick! Fried pickles are back on the menus at select locations of the beloved chicken chain, and fans are rejoicing."Fried Pickles are a perennial favorite with our guests, and we can't wait for you to try them with our Signature Sandwich," said Zaxby's chief marketing officer Joel Bulger. "They're crispy and tender at the same time while that tasty dill pickle flavor cuts right through."RELATED: McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu DealThe popular side dish is made of thin slices of dill pickles coated in a cornmeal breading—a nod to Zaxby's Southern roots—which are then deep-fried. They're perfect for snacking or adding to any of the chain's chicken items. If ordered as a Shareable, they also come with a side of Zaxby's ranch sauce.Fried pickles will be available at participating locations for a limited time.The chain just recently rolled out its Signature Chicken Sandwich, and while they may have been outsiders in the Chicken Sandwich Wars, the patience seems to be paying off—the sandwich was rated as the best one in the category by food publication Thrillist."When it comes to portion size, flavor and quality ingredients, Zaxby's is in it to win it," Bulger said of the sandwich. "While we may not be the largest brand competing in the sandwich war, I'm confident we have the right ingredients to win on taste and make chicken sandwich enthusiasts switch to Zaxby's."For more, check out Chick-fil-A Is Experiencing a Major Shortage of This Staple, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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You may not think about it much, but it takes a lot of energy to raise livestock that produces some of your favorite foods, including eggs and cheese. In fact, it even disrupts air quality which poses a threat to the environment and human health.According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, poor air quality caused by food production in the U.S. causes an estimated 16,000 deaths annually, and about 80% of these deaths are believed to be caused by the production of animal-based foods. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)Agriculture is a huge contributor to air pollution, which is the largest environmental risk factor for mortality globally. This study was the first of its kind to detail which foods are most dramatically contributing to the decline of air quality in the U.S. and as a result, costing people their lives.The authors of the study estimated how much agriculture elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is known to increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, and even stroke in those who are routinely exposed. Certain farming activities including plowing land, fertilizing crops, as well as storing and spreading manure all release pollution into the air that increases PM2.5 levels. However, the production of animal-based foods tends to have a more significant impact on air-quality related human health issues than vegetables and legumes.When animals eat corn, hay, and soybeans, their manure (which is then used as a fertilizer for crops) releases large amounts of ammonia into the air, which can then react with other pollutants in the air to form PM2.5. This is especially the case for cultivating the correct breeding grounds for cattle, aka beef.This study, in particular, found that the average air quality-related harm that producing red meat imposes on human health is two times greater than that of eggs, three times greater than those of dairy products, and seven times greater than those of poultry.Even more telling? The air quality-related damage red meat has on human health was 10 greater than those of nuts and seeds and a whopping 15 times greater than the average of various other plant-based foods."Air quality-related mortality from the U.S. food system is comparable to that of other sources of air pollution, such as motor vehicles and electricity production. Nevertheless, food-related emissions are lightly regulated and less studied compared to these other sectors," Jason Hill, professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota said in a statement.While this information seems bleak, there are several possible solutions. As Hill mentions, air quality can be improved at the farming level by improving fertilizer and manure management. In addition, the more people who shift to eating a predominantly plant-based diet can also considerably help to reduce air pollution.For ideas on how to include more plant-based protein into your diet, be sure to check out 11 Best Healthy Plant-Based Snack Ideas.
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To help prepare kids for pre-school and beyond, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute test hundreds of toys for safety, functionality and fun factor. Your toddler is probably obsessed with "Baby Shark," so this Good Housekeeping 2019 Toy Award Winner will have them practicing their letters and numbers. This fishy friend is lots of musical instruments in one: Toddlers can bang on him with a drumstick, rattle his fins or shake up the beads in his belly.
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Prices at McDonald's have been incrementally rising for years, but due to labor shortages currently being experienced across the fast-food industry, we can expect the trend to continue this year. Popular items like the Big Mac will likely get even more expensive as operators recognize the need to increase hourly wages and benefits in order to attract and retain employees.The National Owners Association (NOA), an independent group of McDonald's operators, sent a letter to its members last week with the recommendation to "do whatever it takes" to keep their restaurants staffed—even if it means having to increase menu prices as a result."Price increases are happening everywhere you look and will continue as employers pass along these added costs," the letter said. "We will do the same. A Big Mac will get more expensive."RELATED: McDonald's Is Closing Down These Locations in Record NumbersThe nationwide shortage of fast-food workers continues to be a hurdle on the road to recovery for major national chains. A shortage of staff at Denny's, for example, is preventing the majority of restaurants from going back to a 24-hour operation window—a primary source of revenue for the diner brand. And things are getting slower at the drive-thrus, too. A viral video from April shows a sign posted at a McDonald's location in Texas asking customers to be patient, as understaffed kitchens and drive-thru windows are causing longer service times.In an effort to hire back workers, individual McDonald's operators have been offering incentives like sign-on bonuses and paid job interviews, but clearly, these tactics aren't working, said the NOA letter. The blame is placed on unemployment benefits, which allow minimum-wage workers to make more money by staying at home than they would if they were working a demanding job as a McDonald's server.McDonald's employees say it's high time the chain increased its hourly pay for the workers who are at the foundation of the company's success. The Fight For $15 association, formed by those fighting for a $15 minimum wage, plans to put additional pressure on the company the day before its shareholder meeting this month, by staging a walkout from their McDonald's jobs in 15 major cities around the country.For more, check out McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu Deal, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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Ketchup shortages across the restaurant industry aren't the only reason your fast-food orders are tasting drier than usual. Chick-fil-A seems to be struggling with a systemwide shortage of their beloved sauces, and the chain has warned both customers and employees that the amount of free sauce per order will now be limited.According to one insider on Reddit, the chain recently circulated a memo to its employees about the shortage, outlining new rules for handing out sauce packets and containers to customers. This will include Chick-fil-A branded sauces like the Polynesian or the Classic, as well as basics like ketchup and mayo. The limit will now allegedly be four sauces per meal.RELATED: We Tried Every Chick-fil-A Sauce&This Is the Best OneThe memo also suggests employees should offer up the chain's signature sauces in bottles to anyone who asks for more than the allotted amount. Chick-fil-A has been bottling its sauces for sale at its restaurants in 8-ounce squeeze bottles and debuted 16-ounce bottles in grocery stores last year.According to local news station WTRF, the chain has also notified customers of the shortage via email with stricter specifics on how much sauce they can expect to receive with their order. According to the email, the limits include 1 sauce per entrée, 2 sauces per meal, and 3 sauces per 30-count nuggets.Chick-fil-A confirmed the shortage to Eat This, Not That! in an email. "Due to industry-wide supply chain disruptions, some Chick-fil-A restaurants are experiencing a shortage of select items, like sauces," a representative said. "We are actively working to make adjustments to solve this issue quickly and apologize to our Guests for any inconvenience."For more, check out Chick-fil-A's Latest Menu Discontinuation Is Frustrating Customers, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
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In the past year, around 100 of McDonald's locations inside Walmart stores have shut down, and soon, only about 150 locations of America's favorite burger chain will remain in the retail giant's spaces. This means that plenty of other fast-food restaurants have been swooping in to take McD's empty spots. According to reports, Domino's and Taco Bell may get some floor space inside Walmarts around the country, while other chains like Saladworks, Nathan's Famous hot dogs, and La Madeleine French Bakery will call dibs on some of the retailer's locations as well.And now, another type of fast-casual chain has just confirmed it's joining the Walmart family: Wow Bao!The fast-casual chain is partnering with Ghost Kitchen Brands to bring its bao, bowls, potstickers, and dumplings to Walmart shoppers, according to QSR Magazine. Some locations will offer indoor seating, but all will have carry-out and delivery options for hungry locals that may have never before had the opportunity to eat at Wow Bao.Related: This Is the Best Supermarket in America, New Survey Says"We are thrilled to accelerate our expansion across the U.S. and Canada with this important partnership and the innovators at Ghost Kitchen Brands," said Geoff Alexander, the president&CEO of Wow Bao, according to QSR. "As we grow our footprint and our brand, it is important for Wow Bao to form the right alliances."Wow Bao started in Chicago in 2003 and is now a leader in ghost kitchens and quick dining. It had six locations in 2019 and now has over 300. The "fast Asian street food" features different flavors of Bao or "steamed buns" that are soft, fluffy, and filled with savory or sweet flavors like Teriyaki Chicken, BBQ Berkshire Pork, Spicy Mongolian Beef, Whole Wheat Vegetable, and more. Like Saladworks and other chains entering the retail and grocery chain arena, Wow Bao has thrived off quick service for foot traffic.To get all the latest Walmart and other grocery store news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!
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Whether she's hitting the slopes or hitting the gym, working out is an integral part of Lindsey Vonn's daily routine. However, it's not just training for competitions or appearances that's kept Vonn in such great shape for all these years—the Olympian just shared the lower body workout she does to keep her butt toned, and her exercise routine is no small feat.In a May 10 post to her Instagram stories, Vonn revealed her exact lower body workout, which consists of a series of heavily weighted squats, performed using both free weights and machines."Monday 💪🏻 LFG!" she captioned a video of herself performing the routine at her local Equinox gym.While Vonn may be insanely fit, the athlete—who recently teamed up with The Rock and Under Armour to promote Project Rock, the apparel company's latest line of fitness gear—has admitted in the past that it hasn't always been easy for her to embrace her shape."I had a hard time after I won the Olympics because I was taken outside my ski bubble and put in this entertainment and celebrity bubble and around people that were half my size," Vonn revealed on an April 2021 episode of The Keep Going Podcast."I feel like I've never conformed my personality or my style but for positive body image, I definitely struggled with that," she admitted.Despite feeling pressured to conform to a specific standard when it comes to her shape, Vonn says her ongoing commitment to her fitness goals has helped her make the most of a challenging year."It's easier for athletes because they are still are able to train to some degree and to get some sort of outlet," Vonn told CNN."I found that [fitness] is the one thing in retirement that I really need. I really need to stay fit and active. When I don't, I really get depressed when I'm not able to physically exert myself. Even though I'm not competing, I still need that stimulation."Luckily, between skiing with friends and hitting the gym, it's clear that Vonn's found plenty of opportunities to keep moving.For more on how the Olympian stays fit, check out Lindsey Vonn Shares Exact Diet That Got Her Into This Bikini.
The Butchers: novel set in Irish BSE crisis wins Ondaatje prizeRuth Gilligan’s thriller about eight men who cull cattle in rural Ireland wins £10,000 for books that ‘best evoke the spirit of a place’ ‘A page-turning, rollercoaster of a read’ ... The Butchers author Ruth Gilligan. Photograph: Sophie Robinson
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