When I decided to visit chain restaurants, I promised that I would approach each place with an open mind. I was honestly curious about Golden Corral, and that has now been sated. I most likely would not go back to the Golden Corral. I wasn’t looking for a memorable meal but nonetheless I couldn’t find much that personally appealed, but the cotton candy was fun.
While in wine country, I was very interested to see how each of Thomas Keller’s restaurants treated gluten-free diners given that the popular Cup 4 Cup all-purpose, gluten-free flour was developed at the French Laundry. Of Keller’s restaurants, Ad Hoc, with a family-style concept least conducive to accommodating gluten-free diners, was the most sensitive to guests’ needs.
Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a tool to leverage data from Twitter to help identify likely sources of food-borne illness. Still being tested in New York, the program named “nEmesis” monitors and combines the data from public tweets, looking for relevant hashtags like #tummyhurts. The program’s findings have matched up closely with the New York Department of Health’s current grades for the establishments pinpointed as possible sources of food-borne illness.