Fast Food

Was Frank Ocean Right to Screw Over Chipotle — and Brag About It on Tumblr?

You’ve probably seen the cute Chipotle ad where a scarecrow starts his own taco business to challenge the giant evil industrial food complex, set to Fiona Apple’s rather lovely rendition of “Pure Imagination.” It turns out that Frank Ocean was meant to record the song, but backed out, claiming that he’d been misled. As per Gawker, “Ocean’s legal team says he was deceived, shown a video with no Chipotle branding, and told the song would be used in a campaign to promote responsible farming. They also claim Ocean was promised final approval on the project.” The company is suing Ocean for the $212,500 it advanced him for the song, on the basis that, well, he never sang it, and Ocean responded this morning by posting this on his Tumblr. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out what Pizza Hut’s Crown Crust pizza says about global fast food marketing. We saw dollar signs reading about Edvard Munch’s The Scream at auction. We brushed up on factoids about children’s books with Mental Floss. We wondered how LA will feel about hosting… Read More

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The Most Beautiful Fast Food Restaurants in the World

The last thing we want to do is perpetuate a fast food nation, but there is something fascinating in finding beauty in the grotesque. In this case, it’s unexpectedly interesting architecture housing the antithesis of the greatest Portlandia skit to date. A contradiction in every sense of the word, we’re not celebrating the evil All-American meal and the global health epidemic it’s played a large hand in creating, but only commenting on the power of design should franchised McArchitecture ever be abandoned entirely as a marketing strategy. Case in point: we might actually consider eating at a beautiful McDonald’s.

Call us aesthetic snobs, but subpar standardization permeates this food culture from top to bottom. We can’t help but wonder, what if it didn’t? The fast food of the past 60 years might have looked a lot more like Ferran AdriĆ ’s latest Fast Good in Barcelona.

From a charming adaptive re-use of a Beaux-Arts train station to a lo-fi pop-up to design blog-worthy modernist buildings, click through to check out what fast food architecture could be. Now we just need to get them to revamp the food. … Read More

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Fast Food Mascots as Gangsters

We all know that fast food is bad for you. But what if, instead of slowly consigning you to a drawn-out, heart disease-related death, it bumped you off execution-style, or coated your feet in concrete and dumped you in the river? That’s the apparent premise behind Fast Food Mafia, a poster by Andrew Shirley that… Read More

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Trend Watch: Fancy Fast Food

Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder… Eames chair? One of these things is not like the other, but if a forward-thinking fast food industry has anything to do with it, lowbrow will no longer be a descriptor for purveyors of insta-food. Eateries like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Blimpie are angling for an upgrade, a palatable modernism that makes sleekly generic design easy for the masses to… Read More

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