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Is a Nutella Shortage in Our Near Future?

Is a Nutella Shortage in Our Near Future?


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A frost affecting hazelnut plants in Turkey may end up driving up prices of the beloved chocolate hazelnut spread, Nutella

We would probably cry if there was actually a Nutella shortage, but so we wouldn’t mind paying a little more for that chocolaty goodness.

Get ready to stock up on your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread — a Nutella shortage may soon be upon us. Apparently there’s a frost that has affected the growth of hazelnut plants in Turkey, where approximately 70 percent of the world’s hazelnuts are grown and sold every year. And Ferrero, the mother company that makes the popular chocolate spread, actually accounts for 25 percent of hazelnut sales around the world! As a result, the price of hazelnuts has skyrocketed, and has almost doubled since March, from 6,500 Turkish lira to 10,500 Turkish lira per ton.

It seems that Ferrero can’t get a break! The price of cocoa, the other half of Nutella’s delicious formula, has almost increased dramatically since last year, due to the rising demand for chocolate worldwide, forcing most chocolate companies to raise their prices as well.

We have reached out to Ferrero to see if they can assuage our fears of this potential Nutella shortage or at the very least, dramatic wholesale price increases, but have not yet heard back.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi


Chocolate Banana Crepes

I know I keep saying I’m not a breakfast person, but I sure love breakfast foods. Making homemade crepes had been on my mind forever. Since the beginning of this year actually.

A couple months back when my husband and I went on our annual shopping trip to the Mall of America, we passed their little crepes shop that offers them in any and every way. They have the most amazing flavor combinations, but the Nutella Crepes caught my eye (I know. Big surprise). I was set on getting one until I got close enough to read the prizes on their menu.

After overcoming the sticker shock, I still wasn’t comfortable with spending 7 or 8 dollars on one crepe. But that didn’t mean that I was over crepes in general. Oh no. I knew homemade crepes were in our near future.

You guys, this is a must-must-make.

I guess part of me waited so long because I always thought that crepes were difficult to make. They are so delicate and I wasn’t quite sure how to do the flip without messing it up.

I was seriously surprised how fast I got the hang of it though. It’s not the easiest recipe in the world, but it’s definitely not difficult either. And it’s not the flipping of the crepe that makes it a tad bit harder to execute, it’s the fact that you have to tilt the pan in order to spread the crepe batter as quickly and as thin as possible.

If you are fancier than I am, which is not that difficult to be, you could totally purchase a crepe spreader and have perfect crepes every time. I on the other hand, as indicated above, don’t really like to spend money and have a hard time finding one more spot for yet another kitchen tool in my tiny kitchen.

And I don’t mind some imperfections :). The tilt-pan trick works good enough for me!

I could have eaten ten of these babies. Worth the extra effort. So, so worth it.

And extremely versatile. I can only imagine what I’ll be topping my crepes with next. Not even the sky is the limit. I’m thinking a pb&j version or even a savory crepe is inevitable. As always, you can create anything your heart and taste buds desire :).


French Fry Shortage Sparks Fear for Spud Fans — But How Worried Should We Really Be?

French fries are one of the purest forms of culinary joy in the world. Old or young, rich or poor, the perfectly salted sticks of starchy goodness can unite us all. Which is exactly why news of a potential spud shortage in our near future can send the masses into worry mode.

According to a report from Bloomberg, a string of cold, damp weather caused some serious damage to potato crops across the United States and Canada. Farmers salvaged what they could, but there was still a significant decrease in what they were able to dig up. Plus, the taters they did collect were all on the smaller side and most commercial French fry producers rely on larger, heartier potatoes to slice up. The article claimed this could lead to higher prices and smaller portions at restaurants.

But before you rush out to get your hands on every bag of fries in your grocery store’s frozen section, there is still hope on the horizon. Experts at Spudman (perhaps the best name for a magazine ever) admit that the USDA is projecting about a six percent decrease in potato production, we already faced a similar setback in 2018, too.

Now, think back over the past year — did you notice any difference in the amount of tubers you were served at your favorite restaurants? Drive-thru’s certainly didn’t stop asking us if we’d like “fries with that,” so it’s probably safe to say that the same will continue despite this latest dip in crops.

To make sure the message is clear, Frank Muir, president of the Idaho Potato Commission, told the New York Times, “Don’t panic about the French fries. You can still go out and order them like you normally do.” That is music to our tastebuds.

Now, let’s all celebrate by ordering up a plate of fries without any stress over depleting the country’s supply of spuds. (We’ll go back to salads tomorrow.)


Remembering Michele Ferrero, Candy Kingpin And Pioneer

Michele Ferrero, the candy maker that brought Nutella and Ferrero Rocher to the world, died Saturday at age 89. Food historian Francine Segan discusses Ferrero's legacy and a candy empire's creation.

The man who invented Nutella - you know, that amazing chocolate-hazelnut spread - has died. Turns out, in addition to inventing Nutella, he also was one of the richest men in the world, and he made a lot of other stuff besides Nutella. He was 89. His name was Michele Ferrero, and food historian Francine Segan joins us now to tell us more about him. Welcome.

MCEVERS: Tell us how Ferrero came up with the recipe for Nutella.

SEGAN: Right after the World War II, there was huge shortages of all sorts of food and, of course, the luxury item, chocolate. Michele realized that this would be a great opportunity to re-create something that had been invented because of another shortage right after the Napoleonic wars. And the area of Piedmont - where he's from - invented Gianduja, which is a mix of ground hazelnuts and chocolate, and they made a little candy. So he realized that after World War II, we need a same kind of an invention. Except this time, because the shortages were even greater, he wanted to create a spreadable Gianduja, something that you could put just a little bit on bread so one jar would be enough for weeks for a family of six.

MCEVERS: OK, so basically, something that grew out of scarcity?

SEGAN: Exactly. The scarcities of World War II caused Michele to have to think of how can he give chocolate to the most people in the most economical way possible?

MCEVERS: And then was it a surprise to him that it took off and became as popular as it did?

SEGAN: I think it was a surprise to everyone. It started in the '40s, after World War II. And then it was really Michele's genius at realizing how important this product was. He took it from its Italian name, which was Supercrema Gianduja - kind of a mouthful - and he wanted to give it a more international, easier to understand name. And so he created Nutella as a name and launched it in 1964. So it just had its 50th anniversary.

MCEVERS: Wow. I mean, things obviously went pretty well for this company. I mean, Forbes says that Michele Ferrero was worth $23.4 billion. I mean, it's not just Nutella that he's responsible for, right? I mean, there's this other candy that seems really American but actually came from his company - the Tic Tac.

SEGAN: The Tic Tac was first introduced in 1969 here in the States. He also did so many other chocolate products. They made the, well, of course, wonderful non-chocolate Tic Tacs, but also Kinder Eggs that were filled with little assembleable toys inside. He also created the Mon Cheri, a chocolate covered cherry, and then, of course, the famous Ferrero Rocher. And then there's one of my personal favorites, Pocket Coffee, this little, tiny cube that has liquid espresso covered with dark chocolate.

MCEVERS: Oh my God. I've never even heard of that. That sounds amazing. So what's going to happen with this company now? I mean, who's going to run it? Is there any danger at all that we will not be able to get Nutella in the near future?

SEGAN: Zero danger. Michele was wise beyond his years and there's a huge, important, multinational company. They have a long, long history and great projects, and I think we're set for a good long time with lots of Nutella.

MCEVERS: Food historian Francine Segan, thank you so much for joining us.

MCEVERS: Francine Segan was talking about the Italian candy maker Michele Ferrero, the inventor of Nutella. Ferrero died on Valentine's Day at the age of 89.

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50 Best Things to Eat in Richmond, Virginia Before You Die

Located centrally in the heart of Virginia, Richmond is a city that is growing every day and making its way into the hearts of unsuspecting visitors. It even ranked third on Travel and Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2016—which makes a lot of sense.

Richmond is full of historical sites and museums with eye-catching art and architecture, and boasts an extremely affordable cost of living. The city puts on numerous festivals such as the Greek Festival and the Folk Festival, has plenty of shopping, great universities—Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond—and has beautiful natural recreation at its doorstep in the form of the James River.

Although formerly a largely corporate city, it’s no wonder that Richmond (or RVA, as locals call it) has a growing appeal to millennials as more and more move to the city. But the best thing about Richmond is yep, you guessed it, the food scene. Visitors, nearby suburban dwellers and Richmonders can’t get enough of the local restaurants. They serve up every type of food imaginable. It seems there’s always somewhere new to try.

Compared to New York, D.C., or Chicago, Richmond is a small city. One of the advantages of this is that you can get amazing food without long wait lists or insanely high prices. More time and money to eat? Score.

I’ve compiled a list of what I think to be the 50 best things to eat in RVA before you die, but this list doesn’t even come close to representing everything that Richmond’s dense food culture has to offer. Happy eating.

1. Paella from Kuba Kuba

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If you are only in town for one night, I recommend Kuba Kuba. This bodega-inspired restaurant in The Fan offers an array of authentic Cuban dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not only are they authentic, they are huge.

The bowls of paella are enough to feed a small army. The vegetarian paella—which comes with Cuban toast, plantains and an avocado—is only $12.95. The rice is cooked perfectly, and there are plenty of fresh vegetables and spices to make you feel like you’re in a real Cuban bodega.

Additional menu stand outs include the coconut risotto cakes, the Cuban-style roast pork and cafe con leche.

2. Fresh Fruit Cake from Shyndigz

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Shyndigz is a favorite of every Richmonder with a sweet tooth. A slice of cake is about four times the size of a standard slice, but portion size is not the only thing that makes this dessert restaurant special. Located on Cary Street, Shyndigz is quaint, yet bustling, and serves arguably the highest quality desserts in Richmond. Cake is their specialty, with Fresh Fruit and Chocolate Salted Caramel being the two best-sellers.

Both are exceptional, but the Fresh Fruit cake is really special. It’s moist, and had thick, rich frosting that goes perfectly with the light fresh fruit packed throughout slices as big as your head. Go with a group so that you can also try their cake of the day, key lime pie, peanut butter pie and brownie sundaes.

3. Donuts from Sugar Shack

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Fresh dough, sugary icing and a wide variety of toppings make Sugar Shack the go-to donut shop for those in the Greater Richmond area. With wild flavors like apple cake, chocolate Butterfinger, Samoa, S’mores, chocolate sweet coconut and cinnamon roll, there is a donut out there to satisfy anyone and everyone.

Vegan or gluten-free? You’re in luck. Sugar Shack has a mobile truck that delivers gluten-free and vegan donuts to shops around Richmond.

4. Mountain Tropp from Goatocado

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Goatocado got its fame as a food truck serving up hungry Richmonders and is present at festivals like Riverrock and even Firefly Music Festival. Now located in Carytown inside of Carytown Bicycle Co., and with rumors for a restaurant opening in the near future, Goatocado continues to deliver fresh quinoa bowls, avocado breakfast bowls and mac and cheese.

The Mountain Tropp quinoa bowl is packed full of fresh arugula and topped with avocado, southwest black beans, pico de gallo, gouda cheese and a flavorful mango-lime sauce. It’s refreshing, filling, flavorful and healthy—it’s pretty much the ultimate street food.

5. Açaí Bowl from The Pit and The Peel

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When in doubt, eat a smoothie bowl. The Pit and the Peel, located in The Fan, serves up filling, nutritious and flavorful açaí bowls for a great price. The wide variety of bowls provide something appetizing for everyone, and you can customize any bowl however you like.

The Pit and the Peel also specializes in smoothies and juices at the price of $5, a steal compared to overpriced bottled juices or from other juice bars. Their breakfast sandwiches, panini, salads and quinoa bowls go great with these fresh items. This Fan area café is the ultimate lunch break spot for a healthy and affordable meal.

6. Hangover Cure from Burger Bach

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Everyone knows the cure to a hangover is grease, and Burger Bach has you covered with their Hangover Cure burger, plus more. All of their beef is New Zealand grass-fed beef, which makes each bite juicier and more flavorful than the next. Their fresh cut fries pair well with any of their many dipping sauces like their blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce or organic ketchup.

The Hangover Cure burger has Mexican green chile sauce, a fried egg, bacon, hot sauce, cheese and caramelized onions that all come together to make the perfect burger.

#SpoonTip: Pair it with fries or a plate of their sautéed veggies (if you want something healthy alongside your grease).

7. USS Sandwich from The Black Sheep

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Richmond is full of history, and apparently so are The Black Sheep’s sandwiches. They offer a selection of nine “battleship” sandwiches, like the USS Virginia and USS Congress. These ginormous sandwiches are meant to be shared and are perfect for a large group meal.

Crispy French baguettes are loaded with a meat and stuffed with toppings, from green onions to granny smith apples to parsnip hummus. The variety of sandwiches assures everyone in your group can find something they want, and The Black Sheep is also vegetarian and vegan friendly, with sandwich options for both. All aboard The Black Sheep.

8. Red Velvet Waffles from LuLu’s

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Waffles are good. Red velvet waffles from LuLu’s are great. LuLu’s makes them fluffy yet crispy and with a sweet and rich distinctly red velvet taste. They go well with a mimosa or a Bloody Mary during brunch.

Not only can you get red velvet waffles with pecan cream cheese, but you can also get them with fried chicken if you fancy classic chicken and waffles with a twist. For dessert, order the red velvet waffle strawberry shortcake for even more red velvety goodness.

9. Banh Mi from The Naked Onion

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Serving up only takeout and delivery, The Naked Onion is the place to go for a quality sandwich at a great price. The pork belly or vegetarian sweet potato Banh Mi is a must. The thick toasted baguette with the sweet and flavorful pork belly and fresh vegetables make for an incredible introduction to the Vietnamese classic.

The sandwich is huge and filling, so get it for lunch and you can have leftovers for dinner. Talk about banh-g for your buck.

10. Glazed Donuts from Mrs. Yoder’s at the South of the James Farmer’s Market

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Mrs.Yoder’s Kitchen has taken Richmond by storm, and have even been voted Best Donuts in Richmond. Mrs. Yoder’s sells their donuts out of a truck at the South of the James Farmer’s Market and does mobile catering. What makes these donuts special? Home-made fresh sourdough dough that is made on-site.

Mrs. Yoder and her family make the donuts from scratch and then sell them immediately, instead of making them ahead of time and bringing them. The result is hot, sticky, huge, melt-in-your mouth donuts that make you crave a second (or a third). When in Richmond, these donuts are truly a necessity.

11. Spaghetti from Joe’s Inn

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If you’re heading to Joe’s Inn, go hungry. This small restaurant and bar offers some of the biggest portions in the city. Joe’s Inn serves breakfast all day, along with pizza, subs, steak, crab cakes and other classic dishes, but their spaghetti is arguably the best item on the menu.

The plate of Italian goodness probably weighs close to five pounds, and the noodles are hidden by layers of gooey cheese. Depending on what you order, the entree can also contain toppings like tomatoes, mushrooms, feta, eggplant or chicken. The dish is enough for 2-3 meals depending on your appetite (or one serving if you’re up for the challenge) and is great for sharing.

12. Sushi from Sticky Rice

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If you ask anyone from Richmond where to go for sushi, they will probably say Sticky Rice. They’re known for their unique sushi rolls and they have a variety of vegetarian and vegan options that are fit for any omnivore. Their rolls have creative ingredients from goat cheese to shiitake mushrooms to tempura fried-sweet potato inside them, in addition to more traditional rolls.

Before you order your sushi, make sure to order the bucket of tater tots. You heard me right: tots at a sushi restaurant. The bucket brought to your table will be overflowing with crispy tots that are the best and most unexpected complement to sushi. This is important.

Wash everything down with Japanese sake or a $1 PBR beer during happy hour to live even more like a native Richmonder (it’s a running joke that PBR stands for People’s Beer of Richmond). Sticky Rice also has trivia and karaoke to make for a fun night out with great food.

13. Biscuits and Gravy from Early Bird Biscuit Co.

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Biscuits and gravy may be a tried and true original, but Early Bird Biscuit Co. takes them to the next level. Their biscuits are large and the perfect amount of flaky. What’s better than a fluffy, flaky biscuit with homemade sausage gravy? Nothing.

Gravy not your thing? Don’t worry, Early Bird has inventive biscuit flavors that they change daily. These include pineapple upside down, everything bagel, strawberry Pop-Tart, Old Bay cheddar and countless others. Choosing just one is extremely tough.

Early Bird also makes bakery items like sweet rolls, Nutella hand pies, homemade Pop-Tarts and cakelets. Head over to this Fan area favorite for a biscuit breakfast and be sure to bring home a box of pastries. This spot is truly a Richmond gem.

14. Prosciutto di Parma Sandwich from Olio

There is no shortage of fantastic sandwiches in Richmond, but what makes Olio special is that only they use ingredients from local farms or imported from Europe. This deli makes classic Italian sandwiches and salads, but also has a large vegetarian sandwich selection.

Wishing you were still studying abroad in Europe? Never got a chance to go? Order the Prosciutto di Parma for a little piece of Italy: flavorful prosciutto, a large layer of fresh mozzarella, red peppers, balsamic and greens on ciabatta. A bite of this sandwich will make Olio your regular sandwich stop.

15. Cheese Pizza from 8 1/2

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Located on Strawberry Street, 8 1/2 is a place you must try. Although they offer many Italian foods, their best item is their pizza, and many argue that it’ the best in all of RVA. At 8 1/2 they don’t mess around.

Choose white or red pizza, and then choose a meat or veggies for toppings if you wish, but the plain cheese is to die for. The ratio of sauce to cheese to crust is just right, and before you know it, one slice will lead to three. Grab a pizza from 8 1/2 and open your a bottle of wine for the perfect Friday night meal.

16. Frito Pie from Don’t Look Back

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Ever craved Fritos and Mexican food at the same time? Yes? No? Either way, Don’t Look Back has got you covered with their Frito Pie. It’s simply a bag of Fritos stuffed with beans, red chile sauce, lots of cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and an optional meat filling. This “pie” is arguably the most interesting food creations in RVA.

If that doesn’t entice you enough to go to Don’t Look Back, their Carytown location, adorable outdoor patio, friendly staff, customized tacos and out-of-this world guac will. Choose this place and don’t look back. Ha.

17. Nutella French Toast from 821 Café

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821 Café is popular among VCU students and RVA dwellers, and for good reason. Their menu has every type of food imaginable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there is no shortage of vegetarian and vegan options to cater to the high amount of meatless Richmond clientele.

If you’re having trouble choosing an item, pick the Nutella-stuffed French toast with bananas. Ugh, I’m drooling just thinking about it. 821 serves up thick slices of French toast with just the right amount of Nutella stuffed on the inside and topped with fresh bananas.

Or if you’re not a Nutella fan (gasp), you can order PB&J French toast, buttermilk pancakes, a breakfast (optional vegan) burrito (or any number of other mouthwatering plates) for brunch. You’ll leave feeling artsy vibes.

18. Bagel Sandwich from Lamplighter Roasting Company

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Speaking of artsy, Lamplighter Roasting Company might be the ultimate spot in Richmond to channel your inner hipster. As a VCU favorite, lines are often out the door at peak meal times and weekend mornings—indisputable evidence that Richmonders can’t get enough of their coffee, bagels and sandwiches.

Lamplighter’s best items are their bagel sandwiches, with options to satisfy every type of eater. Egg bagels with ham, tofu, soy chorizo, bacon and asparagus are fit for both meat eaters and vegans. They even have Tofutti (vegan cream cheese).

Come here to get your bagels and lox fix, and make your breakfast even better with a house roast or a Thai iced coffee. Lamplighter is no New York bagel try-hard. They serve their own unique sandwiches, but what makes this a Fan favorite (pun intended) are the friendly vibes, calm atmosphere and great coffee that complement affordable, satisfying sandwiches.

19. Mixed Seafood Pasta from Edo’s Squid

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This hidden gem serves up some of the best Italian food in RVA. While you may feel like you are walking up the stairs into a broom closet, don’t be fooled. Once you try Edo’s Squid, you will fall in love with this rustic and romantic hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Their simple and delicious menu serves up hefty portions of Italian inspired cuisine.

The mixed seafood pasta includes squid, mussels, clams, shrimp, fresh fish and octopus—essentially the entire ocean—and sits in a simple red sauce which allows the seafood to enrich each bite.

I suggest going to Edo’s Squid at lunch to avoid the evening crowds, and if you decide to take a midday trip, you might want to set time aside for an afternoon nap. You are going to need it after such a hearty and filling meal.

20. The Continental Pancake from The Continental Westhampton

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If you’re craving all kinds of American foods at a high quality, you have to visit The Continental Westhampton. They’ve got cheesesticks, hush puppies, nachos, corn dogs, big salads, beef brisket, burgers, fish tacos, pizzas and more—I could go on and on.

In addition to all of those items, they serve giant savory stuffed pancakes that you can’t find anywhere else. The Continental pancake is truly a winner, filled with pastrami, Swiss, sauerkraut, house sauce and Greek yogurt.

If you’re craving veggies, the vegetarian pancake is stuffed with broccolini, carrots, mushrooms, zucchini, sauerkraut, Swiss and Greek yogurt. The Continental may serve foods you might find at ball-park or a chain restaurant, but the quality here is a huge upgrade from anywhere else.

21. Ramen from Foo Dog

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Everyone knows there’s more to ramen than just Ramen Noodles, but not everyone knows about Foo Dog. This Asian street food joint on West Main should be your go-to for big bowls of authentic ramen.

They serve five types of ramen, all of which are delicious. You can’t go wrong with their classic Japanese style ramen, but the kimchi soba noodles are a flavorful alternative. Next time it’s cold or rainy in RVA, do yourself a favor and go to Foo Dog.

22. Ice Cream from Bev’s

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Looking for a place to cool off in the hot Richmond summer sun? Be sure to try the infamous Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream. Beverly Mazursky opened Bev’s over 25 years ago in Carytown and the business has thrived there ever since. If you don’t spot the ice cream parlor for its hot pink exterior, the line of hungry Richmonders will give it away.

You can always find staple ice cream flavors like strawberry, cookies n’ cream and mint chip, but if you are feeling adventurous, Bev’s has flavors for that mood too. Every day they have a flavor specials for those who like to take their frozen treats to the next level. Some of these include watermelon gelato, white chocolate mocha chip and peach yogurt. Two scoops, please.

23. Injera with the Works from Addi’s Ethiopian Restaurant

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Addi’s Ethiopian Restaurant, a Shockoe Bottom local favorite, serves the most authentic Ethiopian food in the entire city. You may even forget you’re smack dab in the middle of Virginia after a few bites of this east African cuisine.

Their traditional Ethiopian dish consists of small portions of many different meats, vegetables, lentils and more, all on a piece of spongy bread called injera, which doubles as a utensil to eat the food with. No serving lacks spices or flavor, and the sharing style allows you to try numerous foods in one sitting. After all, sharing is caring.

24. Koa Pad Sapparot from Sabai

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If you wanted to know where to get the best Thai food in Richmond, look no further than Sabai. This restaurant boasts Thai street flavors and is known for their extravagant colorful cocktails. Make sure to go for dinner though, and be sure to order the Koa Pad Sapparot.

This dish is served in half of a pineapple, and is overflowing with fried rice, vegetables, your choice of protein, cashews and more pineapple. The juicy pineapple adds a tropical element to the fried rice it’s basically a built-in dessert. To-go boxes will are never necessary at Sabai.

25. Popsicle from King of Pops

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What started as a single popsicle cart in Atlanta has now become a Richmond summer sensation. King of Pops is literally popping up all over Richmond you can find them set up on street corners, at local farmers markets, festivals or at their newest location, Pop Patio in Scott’s Addition.

They aim to provide an ecologically responsible, fresh, all-natural frozen treat in a fun neighborhood environment. King of Pops’ inspiration stemmed from a trip to Central America and Mexico where the owners learned about the wonders of a spicy-salty concoction combined with sweet fruit flavors some of their refreshing and tasteful flavors include key lime pie, pineapple habanero, coconut lemongrass and blood orange.

26. Brussel Sprouts from The Daily

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The Daily is a staple restaurant for anyone looking to have a healthy meal in Richmond. They use organic and local ingredients, and have extensive vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo menu options. Located in the heart of Carytown, this bistro style restaurant is a high-quality spot for a family dinner, a cocktail or even a casual lunch date.

The Daily’s crispy seasoned brussel sprouts are a must and are by far the best vegetables you will find in RVA. Other favorites from their extensive menu include the fig & pig pizza, seared rare tuna and blackened fish tacos.

27. Sour Cream and Blueberry Pie from Proper Pie Co.

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There are cake fans and there are pie fans, but Proper Pie Co. has the ability to blow away anyone, even someone on #teamcake. Located in Church Hill, this pie shop bakes all kinds of classic pies—including savory pies—and eclectic flavors like sour cream and blueberry.

A slice of the blueberry is a necessity. The slight tang from the sour cream coupled with sweet berries under a pile of crumbly topping and fresh whipped cream is unreal. Of course Proper Pie Co. also has favorites like apple, lemon meringue, pumpkin to satisfy any and all pie enthusiasts.

28. Goat Cheese Pesto Sandwich from Urban Farmhouse

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Urban Farmhouse Market & Café is a favorite of VCU students and professionals on their lunch breaks. Conveniently located on Broad Street, Urban Farmhouse doubles as a quaint café and a small market, selling a variety of super healthy and organic finds, wine, fresh baked goods and more.

They really stand out when it comes to their homemade food. Urban Farmhouse is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and their menu changes seasonally. Their sandwiches are a standout the goat cheese and pesto sandwich with peppers is one of the most satisfying sandwich combinations and something you should not leave without ordering.

Urban Farmhouse serves their food with sides of fruit, carrot sticks, or organic kettle chips to amp up every meal’s healthiness. Order a mug of their fresh brewed coffee or specialty drinks for a lunch that will leave you feeling both full and fresh.

29. Cupcakes from Pearl’s

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Celebrating a birthday? Need a sugary treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? Then Pearl’s is for you. This gourmet bakery serves up some of the finest confections in Richmond and with everything baked fresh daily, you’ll never be disappointed.

Their cupcakes are works of art. With over 120 flavors, you can find anything from chocolate covered strawberry to brown butter espresso to apple blackberry. You’re going to want to get a dozen—picking one is an impossible task.

30. Lobster Combo from The Hard Shell

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The name of the restaurant signifies their specialty: seafood with shells still intact. At The Hard Shell on Cary Street, “go big or go home” really rings true. To really get the full experience, you have to order the lobster combo. A fully shelled large Maine lobster, mussels, clams, oysters, shrimp and corn plus two sauces of your choice (one better be butter) make the plate a seafood lover’s dream.

If for some reason this doesn’t make your mouth water, The Hard Shell has everything under the sea, pun intended, from lobster chowder to seared salmon to shrimp and grits.

31. Bacon Donut Holes from Lucy’s

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Lucy’s Restaurant is a go-to brunch place in the Jackson Ward for many Richmonders. While their lemon pound cake French toast and chicken and grits are some of the richest breakfast foods you’ll find in RVA, you can’t leave without their bacon donut holes.

Order them as an appetizer or a dessert, or bring them home for later. Just order them. These are no Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins these spheres of cakey goodness are sweet and savory in all of the right ways. You’ll leave Lucy’s as happy as you are stuffed to the brim.

32. Barbeque from Buz and Ned’s

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What’s better than barbeque in the summer? Barbeque from Buz and Ned’s in the summer, of course. Their two locations on Boulevard and West Broad bring more than just barbeque. Buz and Ned’s offers it all: barbeque pork, chicken and beef, brisket, baby-back ribs, catfish, chicken and shrimp skewers, fried shrimp and sides like mac and cheese, onion rings, hushpuppies and more.

This joint is like a backyard barbecue, except ten times better. Next time you are feeling exceptionally Southern or are just craving some quality barbeque, don’t hestitate to head to Buz and Ned’s.

33. Grilled Cheese from Home Sweet Home

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Richmond has a sweet spot for grilled cheese. I don’t know why it does, but I know that I’m not mad about it. Home Sweet Home makes the best grilled cheeses in the city and for brunch, lunch and dinner. They put a major twist on the classic comfort food with gourmet ingredients.

For brunch, try the Yes Ma’am with aged cheddar, peach compote and baby kale, or The Bountygate with cured smoked ham, fontina, giardiniera, hanover tomato and a fried egg.

For dinner, The Jerk (with jerk chicken, sweet and spicy pickles, baby kale, and edam cheese) and The Chesapeake (with crab dip, spinach, and sharp cheddar) are both phenomenal options. Good luck picking just one, and don’t forget to try the tomato soup.

#SpoonTip: Partner up with someone and split two to get the best of both worlds.

34. Anything and Everything from Well-Made Pastry Alliance

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Do you wish you were eating a homemade baked good from your grandma right now? Well, the Well-Made Pastry Alliance, or WPA Bakery, produces the same feeling you have when eating your grandma’s treats. Their assortment of cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, donuts, buns and more are the highest quality possible, and picking just one is a form of torture.

WPA is also known for their vegan and gluten-free recipes, making it an even more appealing RVA spot. Your grandma may have used loads of butter, eggs and gluten, but trust me, at WPA, you won’t be able to taste the difference.

35. Big Breakfast from City Diner

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Classic, simple, cheap, American—these are all words to describe City Diner. It’s no wonder that this little diner is the favorite among Richmond dwellers (including Tim Kaine). With all of the new creative “foodie” brunch places, sometimes it’s hard to find just a simple plate of eggs, bacon and biscuits.

City Diner has got you covered with their Best Breakfast plate, and the name says it all. Consisting of three eggs any style, your choice of breakfast meat, home fries or fried apples and a short stack of pancakes, this meal is exactly what you’re craving.

The best part? It’s only $7.75. Your stomach and wallet (and your possible hangover) will thank you.

36. Number 52 from The Fancy Biscuit

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Number 52 is a biscuit with a kick. This famous order from The Fancy Biscuit starts with a warm, homemade, fluffy buttermilk biscuit. It’s then topped with salty country ham, pepper jack cheese, a poached egg and sriracha hollandaise.

Despite the hustle and bustle of this busy restaurant, diners feel right at home in their cozy booths. The Fancy Biscuit has a welcoming and rustic ambiance, and their efficient order-at-the-counter system gets you in and out quickly.

If you are looking for a satisfying yet quick bite to eat, be sure to stop by this small restaurant on Cary Street. If by some miracle you are still hungry after your meal, Shyndigz 2 Go is right next door, so you can grab a slice of cake to top it all off.

37. Bone Marrow from Graffiato

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Roasted with bacon and pistachios and sprinkled with lemon juice, Graffiato’s bone marrow dish is surprisingly delectable. Their small-plate style of dining allows you to try many different items on their menu, so if the idea of eating bone marrow freaks you out, share it with some fellow skeptics so you can all take a leap of faith together.

I also suggest trying the potato gnocchi served with pork ragu, whipped ricotta and crispy rosemary, or one their creative wood fire pizzas from this Italian-with-a-twist restaurant located on Broad street.

38. Devil’s Mess from Millie’s

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Located in Shockhoe Bottom, Millie’s is the definition of brunch in Richmond. While you will usually run into a bit of a wait, it is always worth it here. I suggest trying to snag a spot at the counter, that way you can watch them cook and serve up each delicious dish.

The Devil’s Mess is a mouth-watering must-order. The open-faced omelet comes with spicy sausage, onions, green peppers, garlic, tomatoes and curry, and is topped with melted white cheddar cheese, slices of fresh avocado and a mound of breakfast potatoes. If that doesn’t send you straight into a food coma, I don’t know what will.

39. Fried Green Tomatoes from Julep’s

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Recently named one of Richmond’s 25 Best Restaurants by Richmond Magazine, Julep’s specializes in new Southern cuisine. The upscale restaurant has a strong essence of both elegance and authentic southern charm.

Their most popular appetizer, the fried green tomatoes, is the most popular for good reason. Exceptionally battered and crispy, these warm, juicy tomatoes rest on top of a bed of pimento cheese grits and are topped with a peppadew aioli. This fancier take on the classic comfort food dish makes Julep’s really stand out.

40. Sautéed Sea Scallops from Acacia Mid-town

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Acacia Mid-town is loved by Richmonders not only for its cuisine, but also its service, consistency and atmosphere. Each dish is beautifully presented and packed with flavor. Its free valet service and growing buzz may make it hard to walk in, so make sure you get a reservation.

One of their best items on the menu is the sautéed sea scallops, served over a bed of housemade potato gnocchi and spinach with a parmesan butter sauce. For a perfect complement to this flavorful meal, enjoy it with a glass of their house white wine and sweet cream panna cotta.

41. Catfish Nuggets from Mama J’s

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If you have a soft spot for good hearty southern cooking, you will absolutely love Mama J’s. Located in Jackson Ward, this bustling restaurant will leave you begging for more. Mama J’s puts a personal touch on every meal and makes you feel like you are sitting in your grandma’s kitchen.

I suggest coming hungry because you’ll want to order everything on the menu. For a complete Mama J’s experience, start with a tall glass of sweet tea and corn bread muffins. Make sure to order their crispy catfish nuggets and some creamy mac n’ cheese on the side. Neither you nor your happy stomach will regret it.

If you still have room, Mama J’s is famous for their homemade layered cakes order a slice of the pineapple coconut cake to close out your evening.

42. Pimento Cheese from Pasture

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If you’re looking for a restaurant that specializes in small plates and fresh local ingredients, look no further. Pasture was built on the concept of sharing quality food with friends and family around the table. Their menu offers snacks, salads, sandwiches, soups and sides to be enjoyed by all.

Among Pasture’s impressive array of choices, the pimento cheese with Ritz crackers is my favorite. This simple snack is crafted with the perfect amount of peppers, sharp cheddar cheese, mayo and a few spices for a little extra kick. If you love it as much as I do, be sure to try out their recipe in your own kitchen. But don’t forget curry roasted cauliflower or black eyed pea falafel.

43. Oysters on the Half Shell from Rappahannock

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This farm to table restaurant provides fresh, locally grown, Chesapeake Bay oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Co. At their Richmond restaurant location, called Rappahannock, we like our oysters served up raw with just a little lemon juice to bring out the natural flavors. You can also order them with bourbon citrus granita and trout caviar or baked with turnips, eggplant, zucchini, sugo and herbs.

If you are trying to save a few bucks, go from 4-6 pm Sunday-Thursday for their happy hour specials. You can get $1 oysters, $3 craft beers, $5 house punch and $5 draft prosecco.

44. Mac’n Cheetos from Social 52

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Social 52 is a popular destination for Richmonders when they hit the town for a night out. With an extensive craft beer list, a convenient location in the Fan District and a build-your-own grilled cheese night combined with Cards Against Humanity on Tuesdays, Social 52 combines a fun atmosphere with a quality menu. It’s a place to be on both weekends and weekdays.

If you stop by for a beer, make sure you order their Mac’n Cheetos. The creamy macaroni and cheese topped with crunchy Cheetos is the ideal snack to indulge in while enjoying a couple of drinks with friends.

I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why I didn’t think of this genius combination first.

45. Banana Pudding Crème Brûlée from Comfort

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Comfort, just like the name, serves classic, comfort soul food. From the pork tenderloin to the mashed potatoes to the green beans, everything tastes like home.

A Comfort staple is their famous banana pudding crème brûlée. I’m not sure about you, but a hybrid of these two equally amazing desserts together sounds fantastic. The layer of caramelized bananas hides a thick layer of pudding-like crème brûlée.

Make sure to save room after your filling, home-cooked meal for this comforting dessert.

46. The Perfect Egg from Dutch & Co.

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Located in Churchill, Dutch & Co. is a quaint and cozy spot. Their prix fixe menu offers an appetizer, entree and dessert for just $28. This restaurant is the definition of fine dining on a budget.

The Perfect Egg is an appetizer taken to the next level. Consisting of a rye crusted soft-boiled egg, a piece of cured salmon on a bed of braised cabbage, topped with quinoa and a cumin yogurt, this plate will definitely spark your appetite for more. Follow it with their skirt steak and the stroopwafel made up of a cinnamon waffle, caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. Be right back, making a reservation right now.

47. Grilled Octopus from Stella’s

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Although you can still see the tentacles and all, the grilled octopus from Stella’s—a Greek restaurant that combines both modern and rustic Greek cooking—is a dish worth being adventurous for. Yes, an eight-limbed sea creature can be that good.

The beautiful presentation of the octopus, just-right seasoning and chewiness of the dish will truly wow your palette. Pair this grilled delicacy with Stella’s classic spanakopita for an appetizer and follow them with a plate of moussaka to really feel like you’re in the heart of Greece.

48. Southern Poutine from The Roosevelt

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The Roosevelt in Church Hill is well-known for their quality entrees like house smoked pork shoulder and their creative desserts, like salted caramel panna cotta with peanut granola and foie gras pound cake. But when dining here, you must order the Southern poutine.

What is poutine, you may ask? Only the ultimate Canadian indulgence (and drunk food). At The Roosevelt, they take a Southern American twist on this French fry dish, topping their homemade fries with pickles, pickled onions, pimento cheese and sausage gravy. Talk about the best and most treat yo’self way to begin a meal.

49. Pizza from Bottom’s Up

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Ah, Bottom’s Up, the infamous Richmond original, serving up huge slices of deep dish pizza. This Shockoe Bottom pizzeria is a go-to for so many Richmonders and a magnet for visitors and tourists. And the fame is definitely deserved. If you come to Richmond, you have to go to Bottom’s Up.

The mounds of ooey gooey cheese on the thick layer of soft chewy crust are divine. One piece is so huge that it’s enough to fill you up, but it’s so good you won’t be able to stop. Since it’s already so big, you might as well throw on a ton of meat, veggies and toppings on your pie for an indulgent slice of pizza.

50. Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich from Whisk

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Whisk is a RVA newcomer, but owner and head pastry chef Morgan Botwinick’s pastries and breads indicate no sign of a rookie. At this bakery, you can find everything from coffee cakes to pimento cheese croissants to Parisian sandwiches to macarons.

The summer staple at Whisk is their macaron ice cream sandwich that comes in a variety of flavors like pistachio, coffee toffee, mango coconut, watermelon, matcha green tea and more. For the most light, airy, creamy and refreshing summer treat, one of these bad boys from Whisk is just what you’re looking for.

Whether you live in Richmond or will just be in town to visit, make sure to try as many of these dishes as possible to get the true experience. You will definitely fall in love with the food, and you might just fall in love with the city.


World's Biggest Nutella Factory Temporarily Closed But Don't Worry, Others Are Open

The makers of Nutella, a popular chocolate hazelnut spread, have shut down its biggest factory in France because of a quality issue, media reports said.

Production at the factory in Villers-Ecalles, France, was halted earlier this week after a "quality defect" was detected in semi-finished products, CNN reported on Friday.

"This defect does not correspond to our quality standards, so we decided to temporarily suspend the activity of the factory," Italian candy maker and Nutella manufacturer Ferrero said in a statement.

"This measure, taken in the name of the precautionary principle, will enable us to carry out further investigations."

Ferrero said none of the Nutella products currently on store shelves is affected by the problem and that the supply of Nutella to customers should continue uninterrupted.

Nutella was created after World War II, when a cocoa shortage in Italy required pastry makers to get creative.

Chef Pietro Ferrero, created the spread using hazelnuts, sugar and a bit of cocoa.

The spread has been extremely popular across the world since.

Over a year ago, there was a near-riot in supermarkets in France after a French grocery chain discounted Nutella by 70 per cent.

In November 2017, Nutella fans outraged on social media after word got out that the recipe for the spread had been changed.


5 Foods to Stock Up On Before They’re Gone Forever

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There is certainly no shortage of scandals and tragedies circulating throughout the American media from this past year. However, in the midst of all the headlines and reports related to our own country, some of us may tend to neglect the well-being of our favorite island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. That’s right, New Zealand, the country that brought us instant coffee and jet packs, is in turmoil, and frankly, I don’t think it has received the media attention it deserves.

You see, the good people of New Zealand have been suffering from a devastatingly low supply of chocolate milk, and it isn’t pretty. The demand is so high that security guards are employed to protect precious bottles of chocolate milk, with bottles being now limited to two bottles per customer. A black market has even emerged with people selling the bottles at extremely marked up prices, some of them selling counterfeit bottles of pseudo-milk.

The New Zealand chocolate milk scandal is alive and upon us (well, the New Zealanders). However, isn’t it only a matter of time before we in the United States face similar circumstances? What can we learn from this tragedy, to ensure that if something of this caliber takes place in our great nation, we will be ready?

The lesson? Hoarding. Buy. in. bulk. And I don’t mean just one case’s worth of food product, I’m talking lifetime supply. As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, chocolate milk isn’t the only food that could be making an exit in the near future. To help you out, here are the top food products you need to stock up on before they slowly disappear.

1. Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk

We’re trusting the New Zealanders on this one. If they are willing to wait in 1 hour+ long lines for this stuff, it must be gold. Only problem: the only stores that sell this stuff are in New Zealand. You know you always wanted to travel there anyway- the time is now. 2. Olive Oil

This “liquid gold” might start selling for a lot more now that climate conditions in the Mediterranean have damaged olive crops, resulting in way low oil yields. Prices are supposed to start rising within months. So buy! buy! buy! or say bye bye bye, to this exquisite staple of Mediterranean cuisine.

3. French Toast Crunch

Don’t be fooled, people. While General Mills has recently announced that they are bringing this beloved cereal back due to customer demand, how sure are we it will stay for good? Was anybody forewarned before the cereal was unexpectedly pulled from shelves during the great-toast-crunch-crisis of ’06? The government does what it wants, the only thing you can do is save yourself and create your own supply no one can take away.

It’s an all too familiar story of bad weather damaging crops: in this case, the bad weather in Turkey impacted the harvest of chocolate’s favorite pretentious nut- the hazelnut. The price of hazelnuts has spiked 60% this past year alone, meaning the price of Nutella will soon rise as well to keep up. Get a hold of this stuff now, or face the empty, hazelnut-spread-less existence that lies before you.

5. Cricket Protein Bars

Maybe not as luxurious as the other items on the list, Exo Cricket Protein bars are becoming a huge success. In fact, the demand for these things is so high that the supply is failing to keep up. If you haven’t heard already, insect-based protein is becoming a thing, so get on this trend before everyone else does, and place orders before demand drives prices out of your budget!

Don’t let the chocolate milk crisis of New Zealand 2k14 happen to you. Maintain some integrity and buy your favorite food products now, before their supplies get too low. Join me… or not, because well, you know- more for me.


World’s biggest Nutella factory temporarily shuts down

The maker of the chocolaty hazelnut spread known as Nutella shut down the world’s largest factory that produces it because of a quality issue.

Production at the factory, in Villers-Ecalles, France, was halted Tuesday, after a “quality defect” was detected in semi-finished products.

“This defect does not correspond to our quality standards, so we decided to temporarily suspend the activity of the factory,” Italian candy maker Ferrero said in a statement. “This measure, taken in the name of the precautionary principle, will enable us to carry out further investigations.”

Ferrero said none of the Nutella products currently on store shelves is affected by the problem and that the supply of Nutella to customers should continue uninterrupted.

Nutella was created after World War II, when a cocoa shortage in Italy required pastry makers to get creative. One chef, Pietro Ferrero, created the spread using hazelnuts, sugar and a bit of cocoa.

This spread is beloved

Nutella is extremely popular. In some places, perhaps a little too popular.

Just over a year ago there was a near-riot in supermarkets in France after a French grocery chain discounted Nutella by 70%.

Chaotic scenes were reported at branches of Intermarche as customers fought to take advantage of the offer. Videos posted online showed the lengths to which people were prepared to go in order to get their hands on the spread.

“It was a real disaster, 200 people were outside waiting for the supermarket’s opening,” one employee at a store in Metz, northeast France,” told CNN. “All of this mess for a Nutella jar.”

And in November 2017, Nutella fans freaked out on social media after word got out that the recipe for the spread had been changed. The amount of skimmed milk powder in Nutella was increased slightly, giving the spread a lighter color.


Well Hello, Dali – Utah’s Crêpes Master Opens Crêpes Cafe

Timing, they say, is everything. Unfortunately, the timing for Dalibor “Dali” Blazic couldn’t have been worse. Following years of operating his successful Dali Crêpes catering business, he chose the wrong time – this spring in the midst of a pandemic – to open his first brick and mortar cafe: Dali Crêpes Cafe. The plan was to open Dali Crêpes Cafe in late April, which Dali did, but at that time was only able to sell his crêpes via curbside pickup for takeout. No one saw COVID-19 coming in late winter/early spring and his gleaming new cafe and patio sat empty, devoid of eat-in customers.

Thankfully, that has changed. Dali Crêpes is now open for business and ready to serve you complete with masked and gloved employees, lots of hand sanitizer and social distancing. Of course, you can still order crêpes for takeout, as well as to dine in. And there are lots of opportunities to do so, since Dali Crêpes Cafe is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on Sundays when it closes at 8 p.m. I don’t know many restaurateurs who work harder or longer hours than Dali.

There is a cool world map that sort of looks like a jigsaw puzzle made of wood on one of the walls at Dali Crêpes. Dali, who is originally from Serbia, explained to me that many countries and cultures worldwide make and eat crêpes of one sort or another – whatever they might be called – from Sudan and France to Brazil and beyond.

Dalibor Blazic emigrated to Utah in 2011. However, he missed the crêpes that his mother made twice per week saying, “I want to eat crêpes every day!” So he decided to make his own crêpes, eventually leading to his Dali Crêpes catering business. With an education in hotel and restaurant management and a culinary focus, he was well-suited to creating his own food business.

Prior to starting Dali Crêpes, Blazic worked in the kitchen of the prestigious Grand America Hotel for six years, where he honed his skills. When asked what prompted him to strike out on his own, he says “Because I stopped coming up with excuses why I couldn’t.” He adds, “Food makes people happy and I love to be part of that happiness.”

Dali’s crêpes come in a wide variety of savory and sweet flavors, including Nutella, raspberry, banana, mango, turkey-avocado, Black Forest ham, veggie, Caprese and plum with walnuts, to name a few. And, Blazic strives when possible to support other local Utah food producers and artisans using locally-made ingredients when he can.

During a Sunday lunch at Dali Crêpes Cafe we enjoyed both savory and sweet crêpes. And although my stepson managed to eat one of each on the spot, I could only muster the strength to eat half of my Black Forest Ham crêpe and took the other half as well as a dessert crêpe home for later. Crêpes might be delicate, but these ones are not tiny – a really good bang for the buck. My Black Forest crêpe was delicious: Black Forest ham slices with melted mozzarella, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and avocado mayo.

Dali offers a gluten-free option for crêpe lovers who want it. My wife absolutely loved her gluten-free Turkey Avocado crêpe, and said she’d not have known it was gluten-free from the taste. Her crêpe was roasted turkey with baby spinach, mozzarella cheese, avocado, cherry tomato and avocado mayo.

Although the menu changes frequently at Dali Crêpes, other savory options currently in rotation include a vegetarian crêpe, a Caprese, a smoked brisket crêpe, chicken Alfredo, and one called Montenegro, which is prosciutto, parmesan, arugula, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto and cherry tomatoes. He’ll also custom design crêpes with fillings to your specifications. Savory crêpes at the Cafe range from $9.85 to $14.

To be honest, I grew up thinking that all crêpes were sweet. Nope. But Dali does make memorable sweet sensations, as well as savory ones. My favorite currently is one called Strawnana, which is stuffed with strawberries and bananas, of course, along with chocolate, chopped nuts and whipped cream.

Other sweet crêpes include You’re So Nutty, Whiskey crêpe, Banana Dreams, Honey Heart, Greatest Passions, Raspberry Land, Just Nutella, and Mango Kaloka. Sweet crêpes at Dali’s run from $6.85 to $8.85.

In addition to crêpes, Dali’s offers hot and cold coffees, blended drinks, teas, sodas, and hand-crafted drinks. Dali treated us to a drink from his homeland which was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. It was sparkling elderflower with orange slices.

During these challenging times, a perfectly made crêpe from Dali Crêpes is certain to put a big smile on your face and, quite possibly, improve your outlook on things for the entire week to come. That’s how satisfying these crêpes are. And this is especially true because Dali and his team are so friendly, outgoing and helpful. There are killer crêpes in your near future and you’ll find them at Dali Crêpes.

Culinary quote of the week:

“If there’s a sexier sound on this planet than the person you’re in love with cooing over the crêpes you made for him, I don’t know what it is.”— Julie Powell

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I, Nutella

The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society’s legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed.” —Leonard Read

I recently came across this fascinating graphic that shows all the countries that contribute to the making of one jar of Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread that has become a cultural phenomena with its own holiday.

Over at National Review, Kevin Williamson breaks it down:

Like Leonard Read’s famously cosmopolitan No. 2 pencil, Nutella is the product of a vast, global network, a spontaneous order through which international, cross-cultural, and cross-lingual cooperation emerges with no central authority in charge of it. The corporate headquarters of the Ferrero Group, which manufactures Nutella, is in Alba, Italy. The sugar comes from producers in Brazil and from France, which also contribute vanillin to the process. The hazelnuts come from Turkish producers, the cocoa from Nigerians, the palm oil from Malaysians. The factories are in Brantford, Stadtallendorf, Belsk, Vladimir, Lithgow, Poços de Caldas, and Los Cardales. Of course, those are only the producers near the end of the process—before them come the makers of the machinery they use, the producers of the steel used to make that machinery, the roughnecks bringing up oil that will make the diesel that powers the trucks and ships that move those 250,000 tons of Nutella around the world, the bankers who financed these endeavors, etc.

Nutella is a product of a truly global economy, and as a model of human cooperation, it is beautiful.

I have nothing to add to the details of Mr. Williamson’s eloquent summary. Nutella is a stirring example of globalization and spontaneous order in action.

Leonard Read’s famous essay, “I, Pencil,” introduced millions (including myself) to the beauty of free markets and spontaneous order. Tracing the journey that goes into the making of a common no. 2 pencil, Read tells a humbling yet uplifting story that illustrates Adam Smith’s metaphor of the “invisible hand” and F.A. Hayek’s insights on dispersed knowledge.

What goes for the simple pencil applies to Nutella and all the other wonderful products of the modern era, including the iPhone and Boeing 787. No government bureaucracy or political commissar ever gave orders for them to be made and get distributed to where they are needed. Instead, the miracle of the market was repeatedly “confirmed” under the guidance of the “invisible hand.”

In stark contrast, government action, exemplified by the use or threat of force, can only be described as an iron hand. Yet, for all their power, governments hold a dismal record in trying to “plan” economies and societies towards paradise. From the mass starvation of China’s Great Leap Forward to the current toilet paper shortage in Venezuela, central planners of all stripes have created no shortage of errors. A hundred million eggs were broken, and not a single omelet was made, let alone Nutella. These follies all demonstrate what Hayek calls “the pretense of knowledge.”

Given the complexities of the modern economy and human nature itself, it is impossible for such utopian schemes to work. As Hayek famously wrote in The Fatal Conceit, “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” Today’s interventionists, “czars,” and other “expert” do-gooders need to heed this warning and recognize that human beings are more than capable of cooperation and coordination without the need of a singular mastermind. Nutella, for instance, did not emerge according to any well-intentioned blueprint by a government bureaucracy, but rather was developed by profit-seeking business executives aware of their limitations and acting in accordance with the spontaneous order fostered by the free market. No central planner can claim credit.

Today, there are few open advocates for full-blown collectivization. However, many people still harbor a deep opposition to time-tested classical liberal ideas urging free markets, free trade, open competition, and the free flow of labor. From labor unions on the Left to xenophobic nationalists on the Right, anti-globalization activists and protectionists are found across the political spectrum. This crowd tends to advocate lofty-sounding, populist policies such as “Fair Trade,” “Buy American,” and “Buy Local.” Unfortunately (vindicating Hayek once more), good intentions do not equate with good results. The rest of us ordinary consumers would be punished and impoverished with higher costs and fewer choices. It would be a safe bet to assume Nutella would be one of the first goods to disappear should these activists get their way in restricting how products get made, sold, and distributed.

Nutella simply would not exist without economic interdependence and the global division of labor. As with the making of the pencil, thousands of people across the world, strangers to each other, were brought together through the invisible hand of the market to produce a jar of tempting hazelnut spread. There is not one country, let alone a single individual, on this planet that could ever make Nutella without outside help. Simply put, globalization is the extension of human cooperation across international boundaries. It makes no sense to confine voluntary interactions among different peoples to one arbitrary area. In his excellent book Global Crossings, Alvaro Vargas Llosa emphasizes that liberty comes as a whole and it would be foolhardy to decouple the free movement of people from the free flow of goods, or vice versa:

Placing more barriers to stave off the “pernicious” effects of competition, as the reactionaries who decry the free circulation of people, goods, services, capital, or ideas would do, will render a disservice to the very nations seeking to preserve their international leadership. Trying to be open in some areas—the circulation of goods—and protectionist in others will place nations at a disadvantage vis-à-vis those that understand that freedom is indivisible and that breaking it up into compartments severely curtails its blessings.

Nutella and the other fruits of prosperity we enjoy in everyday life are the results of capitalism, freedom, and globalization. Most importantly, this system is driven by the underlying principles of voluntarism and free exchange. If only more people understood and appreciated the marvel of emergent order that has made the world around us! This intricate system of cooperation, ingenuity, productivity, and risk-taking on a global scale not only continually improves human living standards, but it is also what makes civilization itself possible.

I do not know what the future may bring, but if we can enjoy delicious Nutella right now, one can only imagine what the economy of the future can provide!


Watch the video: Do Our Children Know Better? Nutella or Hazeltella (May 2022).