Gen Z Just Wants To Watch Netflix And Get Takeout, And Its Affecting Restaurants

Connor Freeman really doesn’t like going to restaurants, and he has a host of reasons.

For one, they’re too noisy.

“I’m that person that likes to keep my conversations between me and the person I’m talking to, and I’m a loud talker in restaurants, so I tend to get looks because people are listening to me or hearing me,” he said.

Dining out also takes too long and is too much of an “ordeal,” said the 21-year-old from Sarasota, Florida. “Getting ready, getting to the restaurant, getting food and then getting back home: It can definitely be a big process.”

Freeman’s aversion to dining at restaurants is fairly common among others in Generation Z ― those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s. Slightly older millennials like to see and be seen, but Gen Z often prefers to stay home ...

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Step aside slime, these ASMR soap videos are the newest trend on the internet

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This post is part of Hard Refresh, a soothing weekly column where we try to cleanse your brain of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter.

The internet can be a stressful place, but if you know where to look it can also provide a much-needed sense of relief.

For example, after a long day of screaming at Twitter, fielding push notification from Donald Trump, and fending off trolls, I occasionally enjoy sitting back, relaxing, and watching videos of hot knives melting stuff.

It may sound strange. It may sound devious and even slightly concerning. But trust me, it’s harmless and soothing AF. You know what? Here, let me just show you…

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This Anti-Salt Narrative Needs a Shakeup

When it comes to public health in the developed world, the perfect can be the enemy of the good.

The American Heart Association urges every American to reduce sodium intake to an “ideal” level of less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day – a goal that fewer than 1 percent of the world’s population achieves. No wonder: 1,500 milligrams represents the inescapable amount of sodium that’s embedded in the amount of food we need to avoid starving. Setting that as the “ideal” is really a zero-tolerance policy toward sodium: You can’t add salt when cooking, let alone eat anything from packages or restaurants.

A few years ago the health division of the National Academies commissioned a panel to review all the science to date and concluded that there was no evidence that people would benefit ...

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Pikachu Cooking Method

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Anthony Bourdain’s death: Celebrity chefs ‘in complete shock’

The restaurant world mourned the loss of chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain following his reported suicide Friday morning.

CNN confirmed news that Bourdain, 61, was found unresponsive by close friend and French chef Eric Ripert in a hotel in France. The network said he was working on an upcoming episode of his show “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

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Carluccio’s may close 30 restaurants

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Carluccio’s could close up to a third of its branches in a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) rescue plan.

Over 90% of Carluccio’s creditors approved the CVA, allowing it to close 30 loss-making restaurants.

Under the plan, the company’s majority owner, the Dubai-based Landmark Group, will invest £10m in upgrading the remaining restaurants.

It joins a growing list of restaurant chains cutting back in the face of higher costs and competition.

In the year to 25 September 2016, even though revenues rose 2.7%, spiralling costs meant Carluccio’s pre-tax profits fell by 81% to just £982,000.

The company, which runs 103 restaurants across the UK, had a management shake-up in January, with ...

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The new season of ‘Queer Eye’ will premiere sooner than anyone thought

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Within months of the Season 1 reboot that stole our hearts, Netflix’s Queer Eye will return for a second season in June.

Based on the early 2000s series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Netflix’s Queer Eye reboot charmed viewers with a modern update (more intersectional, less stereotypical) that feels sorely needed in divisive times. 

Queer Eye returns June 15.

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The anti-Obama: Trump’s drive to destroy his predecessor’s legacy

From the Iran deal to TPP to climate change, the whole thing that animates and unites his policy views is antipathy towards Obama

When Donald Trump pulled out of the deal to curb Irans nuclear ambitions, hardline conservatives celebrated, European leaders winced and Barack Obama made a rare, lengthy public statement.

Trumps decision was misguided and a serious mistake, Obama said, as his signature foreign policy achievement was tossed away.

It was just the latest example of Trumps all-out assault on the Obama legacy. From climate change to criminal justice to international relations, rarely has one occupant of the Oval Office appeared so obsessed with taking a chainsaw to the work of another.

Tommy Vietor, a former national security council spokesman under Obama, told the Guardian: The wh...

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The Rock couldn’t make it to her prom. So he hijacked her school’s PA system instead.

Ever consider inviting a celebrity to your prom?

It’s almost become a tradition: teens shouting out requests on Twitter and Instagram, hoping their plaintive cries (a limo! a full meal at Olive Garden! dancing till dawn!) will catch the hearts of their favorite celeb.

Most of the time, there’s no response. Sometimes, these promposals are (rightly) criticized.

This year, though? Something amazing happened when one Minnesota senior invited Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to prom.

In a Twitter video posted in mid-April, Katie Kelzenberg — dressed in her own version of one of The Rock’s most iconic looks (yeah, I’m talking jeans and fanny pack) — laid out the reasons Johnson should come to prom with her.

Her tone? A strong attempt at the “smoldering confidence is my superpower” that Johnson is ...

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A Young Chicago Chef Pursues Wood-Fired Perfection

The James Beard Awards are often referred to as the "Oscars of the food world," and while Chicago chef Erling Wu-Bower has been nominated for three of them, he's lost all three.

"I'm like Susan Lucci!" he jokes, referring to the soap opera star who didn't pick up her first Emmy until she'd earned her 19th nomination.

At the Windy City's Experimental Station, a space which Wu-Bower uses as a test kitchen and where he hosts pop-up dinners, he gives me a preview of the food that will end up on tables at his soon-to-open restaurant, Pacific Standard Time. There will almost certainly be more nominations in his future, but really, I just want to be there when the doors open.

PST's opening will mark a big departure for the chef; he's switching from jobs where he was a precision-cooking disciple ...

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