Robin Hood Restaurant Charges The Rich To Feed The Poor

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If ever there was a restaurant that deserved our soundest seal of approval, this would be the one.

Madrid’s Robin Hood restaurant just opened in December 2016, and already has celebrity chefs clamoring to cook there and its lunch reservations are completely booked through the end of March 2017.

Robin Hood’s mission is to feed the homeless and the poor for free, while asserting that those with cash to spare — the “rich” — must pay to dine.

Angel Garcia Rodriguez, known as “Padre Angel” to most, is the 80-year-old Catholic priest who runs the restaurant, and came up with the idea for rich customers to pay for breakfast or lunch when they dine at Robin Hood, so that the restaurant can then use that money to feed homeless people dinner totally free of charge.

“I want them to eat with the same dignity as any other customer,” Father Angel told NPR. “And the same quality, with glasses made of crystal, not plastic, and in an atmosphere of friendship and conversation.”

Robin Hood typically feeds about 100 people a night free of charge in two separate shifts. Spain’s unemployment rate, per NPR, is hovering at almost 20 percent, meaning that the amount of people who appreciate and even need a free meal in Madrid isn’t going to dwindle anytime soon.

“Some of our diners are very educated, and some are a bit ashamed to be here,” Nieve Cuenca, a retiree who treks over to Robin Hood once a week to assist in the kitchen, told NPR.

“I love this work. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Robin Hood has a few house rules, and they are all respectful: Patrons may sing, as long as they are not disturbing other diners; they may borrow a cell phone to make a call or take advantage of Robin Hood’s free wi-fi; they’re even welcome to request to use the kitchen if they have a special celebration they’d like to throw.

What do you think of the Robin Hood restaurant?

Sources: NPR / Photo Credit: Juliedesiry/Instagram

Tags: charge the rich, homeless, madrid, robin hood, Spain
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This Guy Charges How Much To Slice Ham?! (Video)

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If you’ve ever been to Spain, you’ve probably noticed the “Jamon” everywhere. It’s a big deal there. Knowing that, it might not sound too crazy to spend a good chunk of change on some quality ham … but Florencio Sanchidrian charges quite a bit more than change.

Foodbeast reports that Sanchidrian charges $4,000 to slice ham. No, I didn’t accidentally let my finger slip on the “0” key once or twice. Four thousand dollars is the price for this man’s slicing services.  As ridiculous as that sounds, understand that people actually pay this amount. It’s not like he’s just your everyday meat-slicer who thought it would be interesting to charge that much and see who’d bite.  This guy is the real deal.

Celebrities like David Beckham and Robert De Niro must agree, because they pay this fee to hire him for their own ham-slicing needs. Even Barack Obama has hired Sanchidrian. If none of that is convincing, you might be impressed that he’s sliced the meat to be served at the Oscars. Clearly, he’s good at what he does. However, we won’t learn too much from him about his technique, as it seems he feels the reason he’s so great at it is because he’s devoted himself to it, “body and soul.”

That’s not necessarily something we could learn by watching, but let’s watch anyway. He performs his ham-slicing techniques quite dramatically in the video below, with Flamenco guitar music playing in the background for an added effect.

His words ring true when you watch his technique. He says that slicing felt natural for him the first time he grabbed a knife and tried it. It’s now been over 30 years and at this point, he says he’s “got a slice that will taste nothing like a normal cut and will in fact remind me that God exists.”

It seems it might be worth the extra cash to pay this man to slice ham for you, if you’d like to know how he can make it taste better than anyone else could. Again, I’d normally question this, except that so many people seem to agree.

Sources: FoodbeastFlorencio Sanchidrian/YouTube / Photo Credit: Florencio Sanchidrian/YouTube 

Tags: Ham, Meat Slicing, Spain
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It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! No, It’s Just Burger King’s Latest Steakhouse-Dorito Burger

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With Burger King’s long history of pumping out frankenfoods, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

After unveiling the Whopperito on innocent Americans, Burger King is now reinforcing that it is, in fact, the king of culinary monstrosities.

Allow us to formally introduce you to Burger King’s latest foray into unnecessary food hybrids: a steakhouse burger topped with Doritos.

Per The Street, the folks manning the test kitchens at Restaurant Brands International — incidentally, also the owners of Burger King — are testing out their new burger on unsuspecting customers in Spain.

The burger comes with two meat patties generously smothered in American cheese. Not only does it come with all the usual fixings (think lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise), but it is topped with a handful of classic Doritos, which somehow manage to maintain their crunch and resist getting soggy under the weight of tomatoes and lettuce.

While a spokeswoman for RBI did not return a request for comment, The Street reports that an alternate source close to the matter said that the new burger is actually a limited-time offering, and will be available at all Burger King establishments in Spain until Nov. 21.

As it happens, Spain is actually one of Burger King’s largest European markets, which explains why the chain has decided to run its promotional offer over there; however, I don’t think any of us would be surprised to see the steakhouse/Dorito chimera making its way over to U.S. soil if the test run goes well.

This is the land of the Mac N’ Cheetos, and home of the Whopperito, after all.

Source: The Street / Photo credit: Burger King via The Street

Tags: Burger King, doritos, fast food, Spain, steakhouse burger
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Blue Wine Is Making Its Way To America Very Soon

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Blue wine from Spain will soon be available in the United States.

Gik Live, a Spanish startup founded by a group of university students, developed a blue wine that has become increasingly popular throughout the Iberian Peninsula. As Spain has an expansive wine industry, the founders of Gik Live “wanted to shake things up,” according to co-creator Aritz Lopez.

“We are not vintners. We are creators,” Gik Live’s official English-language website explains. “So we sought the most traditional and closed minded industry out there. Once having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the [color] to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink.”

Unlike traditional Spanish wines, Gik’s blue wine is composed of both red and white grapes from different regions throughout Spain and France, mostly in La Rioja, Zaragoza and Courthezon.

“That’s right: we work with grapes from different areas of Spain, whose color and flavor we improve through food tech” the website states. “We choose these wineries in terms of the people who work them and their innovative nature. That’s why Gik has no [destination] of origin, but a guarantee of quality and unique flavor.”

The wine was developed in conjunction with the University of the Basque Country and food research firm AZTI Tecnalia. In order to create the blue color, the mixture of red and white grapes is combined with the organic pigments indigo and anthocyanin, both of which are extracted from the peel of the grapes.

Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, owner of Seven Lions Chicago restaurant, told WMAQ that she had never seen blue wine before.

“I have never seen wine that color,” Singh said. “I’ve been doing this for over 20 years and I don’t know anyone [who’s] mentioned blue wine.”

She explained that such an unconventional wine could easily appeal to new customers for the novelty aspect alone.

‘I think anything that delights your customers and adds to [the] experience and makes it … memorable and fun to do, why not?” Singh said.

“It’s so far from the spectrum of what you would consider wine to be.”

Sources: Gik LiveWMAQ / Photo credit: Gik Live/Instagram

Tags: blue wine, Gik Live, Spain, wine
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Blue Wine Is Now A Thing (Video)

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In addition to red, white, and rose wines, we now have an entirely new color to choose from (video below).

Gik Live, a Spanish startup that claims to “represent the innovative side of life,” has developed a blue wine.

“Actually, none of us liked wine, so we decided to make something that we liked,” Artiz Lopez, the 22-year-old co-founder and advertising and public relations student, told Cadena Ser, in Spanish.

As Spain is known for its renowned wines, the founders of Gik wanted to change the attitudes that are often associated with the industry. Lopez jokingly said that he and his colleagues, all of whom are in their 20s, “had always wanted to shake things up.”

“The wine world seemed ideal because it hasn’t changed in centuries,” Lopez explained. “We do not like the atmosphere that surrounds [the wine industry], that obsession with the destination of origin, or the idea that only a few are equipped to enjoy it.”

The wine, which contains 11.5 percent alcohol, was developed along with the University of Basque Country and AZTI Tecnalia, a food research firm. Both red and white grapes were gathered from vineyards throughout the country to create the colorful beverage. Although the company prides itself on its rebellious spirit, it has fully abided by the standards and high quality controls set by the European Union.

The blue pigment is extracted in part from anthocyanin found in the peel of the grapes, which was discovered during the wine production process.

“Someone described our product as blasphemy, but we don’t mind being blasphemous,” Lopez said.

Gik wine costs about $11 a bottle and is already available throughout Spain, mostly in Madrid, Barcelona, Basque Country, and in tourist areas along the coast. Several suggestions for cocktails using the wine are available on the company’s official website, such as “Russian Nights” and “Arctic Flower.”

“People either love it or hate it,” said a spokesperson for the company.

The wine will soon be available in the U.K., France, the Netherlands, and Germany, but customers outside of Spain can currently order the “innovative” beverage by contacting the company directly. Check out the video below to see the wine in action. It’s all in Spanish, but it’s worth it for how pretty it looks.

Sources: Cadena Ser, Gik Live / Photo credit: giklive/Instagram via Metro

Tags: blue wine, Gik Live, innovative, Spain, wine
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