One of the truly unforgiveable offenses in the culinary world is the “dine and dash.” Leaving a restaurant without paying not only cuts into the restaurant’s bottom line, it’s mean, rude, and occasionally forces the server to cover the tab. People dine and dash for all sorts of reasons, but there’s one thing that they all have in common: they usually result in a crazy story.
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There is never a good reason to dine and dash. If the meal and the service leave you near tears, and repeated requests for the bill go unheeded, even then a conversation with the manager should be able to clear things up before you decide to just walk out. Because at the end of the day, every meal a restaurant serves costs them money.
Dine and dashes can happen for a whole host of reasons. A bunch of rowdy teenagers might be feeling invincible and looking for a laugh. An exceedingly difficult customer might leave without paying due to misplaced indignation. A couple on a date might be so lost in each other’s eyes that they simply forget to pay. A group of people might assume that the other guy is covering it, but nobody does. Some do it just for the high that comes with getting something for nothing. No matter the reason, leaving without paying is always inexcusable.
So while we certainly don’t advocate dining and dashing, we do admit that it often makes for some great stories, either from the scorned server or the offending customer. And if you ever feel like pulling a dine and dash, just remember that not only can you never return to the restaurant again, there’s a decent chance that someone might come chasing after you, ready to give you a beatdown.
Read on for 10 crazy dine and dash stories.
This serial dine-and-dasher was always careful to order under $100 worth of food at the dozens of Baltimore restaurants he stole from, because it carries a sentence of only a few weeks in jail. The man, who was possibly homeless, kept it up for years until finally the judge threw the book at him in June: five years in prison.
One of the most infamous dine-and-dash stories in recent memory involved a Reno man named Saul Zelaznog, who ate without paying at several Reno bars and restaurants. It all came to a head when he hit the microbrewery Brewers Cabinet, and another restaurant owner sent them a photo of Zelaznog, which they promptly posted to Facebook. After a fair amount of shaming, he was arrested in August 2013; the microbrewery brewed a “Dasher Dunkel” in his honor.
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Fresh French, Haitian breads with healthy twist at Savannah's Unforgettable Bakery + Cafe
The start of the COVID-19 pandemic brought out the baker in most of us. Especially out of fear of basic household items becoming obsolete. Local eateries like Unforgettable Bakery + Cafe also recreated their menu by introducing the artisan baked goods into their shop for customers to purchase.
Owner Belinda Baptiste was introduced to French bread-making by her colleague French Chef Edouard Waffalaert. She then used her ingenuity to make traditional bread recipes her own by using a healthy twist that omits the use of eggs, milk and butter in the majority of her breads.
Beyond the wooden saloon doors that lead to the quaint kitchen, one can find batches of fresh whipped icing, sautéed onions being prepared for their Belinda crab cake sandwich, and massive mixers combining fresh ingredients to create Haitian bread and French baguettes.
Though these fresh made-onsite breads might be the newest items added to the bakery, customers can attest to how much they enjoy them as if they have been a part of the cafe for the past 12 years.
Perhaps the newest skill set that Belinda has mastered has always been in her genes. Though she got a late start in the art of cooking in her early 20s, she said the art of making bread was customary for her family who all grew up in Haiti. The family would often have fresh baked bread prepared for the community and the household. She credited most of the baking skills to her father.
Belinda&rsquos knowledge in bread making encouraged her to use ingredients that use healthy fats and are vegetarian friendly. To make her signature Haitian bread, the process begins with a sourdough starter. Mixing 60 grams of water and flour for seven days, this starter creates the basis of the majority of the shop's breads.
For Belinda, the art of bread making always brings her back to Soup Joumou or the Haitian Independence Day that happens every Jan. 1. The holiday symbolizes the overthrow of French slave masters and celebrates the triumph with Haitian soup. A once banned food dish to enslaved Haitian, breaking bread as a side item during this Independence Day is a secondary luxury to the freedom of many Haitians.
Staying true to her roots, Belinda and Chef Tamara Curtis create newer bread recipes that combine fruits, oats, nuts and Haitian spices. So far they have added a brioche, breakfast bread, and Haitian coco bread to the menu. All of their items, including the sourdough starter, are made-to-order and can be purchased for pick up at the cafe. They are also on sale at the Forsyth&rsquos Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Belinda said her goal is to &ldquohave families make memories by baking together.&rdquo
60+ Super Cheap and Easy Dinner Recipes for Every Night This Week
These meals are so quick, you'll have them on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Shopping for a week's worth of fresh ingredients for tasty weeknight dinners can seem like a major strain on your wallet. But smart home cooks can serve up all kinds of creative family dinner ideas on a budget &mdash the trick is knowing how to maximize every ingredient in your fridge and pantry. For example, using one package of ground beef for two different meals, transforming chicken thighs into multiple dinners, or dressing up canned beans for a yummy vegetarian recipe. Our favorite homemade dinners are budget-friendly and surprisingly delightful to put together, and the best part is that most of these easy, cheap dinners come together in 30 minutes or less.
An organized shopping list is key to putting together a menu of delicious weeknight dinners that will have everyone at the table asking for seconds. We have tips for super-fast dinners all your favorite proteins, including beef, chicken breasts, pork, salmon and tilapia, not to mention a variety of healthy vegetables, too. Prepping your meals in advance helps you cut down on time spent in the kitchen at the end of the day, too.
Our collection of the best cheap and easy weeknight dinners can be made using kitchen gadgets and tools you probably already own, including Instant Pot recipes, sheet pan recipes and grilling recipes. You'll spend less time fidgeting over fussy directions and get right to the good stuff with pastas, salads, roasts, and stews that are sure to make you, your family and your credit card very, very happy.
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Duo Allegedly 'Dine and Dash' at Applebee's, Run Over Employee
An Applebee's employee in Tennessee was hospitalized and two people were sent to jail - all over a $28 tab, authorities said.
Felishia Bridges, 19, and her acquaintance, Daniel Humphrey, 25, were arrested Friday evening after "dining and dashing" at an Applebee's in Nashville, Berry Hill Police Chief Robert Bennett told ABC News.
Bridges and Humphrey didn't pay their bill after their dinner and left the restaurant around 10:30 p.m., Bennett said. An employee and some customers then followed the pair out of the restaurant in an attempt to stop them, he said.
"The suspect, according to witness statements, intentionally ran over an employee of the restaurant," Bennett said, noting Bridges was at the wheel.
He was unsure if the employee was their server that night. The 19-year-old employee, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries and she has been discharged and expected to make a full recovery, Bennett said.
A patron at the restaurant tweeted about the incident.
We stop at Applebee's in Nashville and a hostess gets ran over by a guy who ran out on his tab in the parking lot, crazy people out there!!
- Clay Young (@SirClayton15) March 22, 2014
Bridges was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft of services, police said, noting she was booked on a $30,000 bond and is awaiting trial in jail. Humphrey was charged with theft of services and with a violation of order of protection, police said, adding that at the time of the arrest, Bridges had an active order of protection against Humphrey. Humphrey also remains in jail awaiting trial. They are scheduled to appear in court separately on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Applebee's declined comment on the matter when contacted by ABC News.
Felishia Bridges is seen in this undated police photo. (Nashville Police Department)
Serial ɽine-and-dash' dating suspect faces up to 13 years in prison
They called him the dine-and-dash dater, a charming, smooth-talking, handsome 45-year-old man who would allegedly chat women online, offer to treat them at upscale Los Angeles restaurants and then vanish without a word after shoveling down one, sometimes two, expensive entrees.
As he failed to return from the toilet, or from a phone call he said he needed to take from one of his children, the women would quickly realise that he wasn’t interested in dating.
He was in it for the free food.
And maybe the thrill of it. And maybe also the flirtation with danger.
According to police, Paul Guadalupe Gonzales did almost nothing to cover his tracks – he used his own name on online dating sites such as Bumble and Plenty of Fish and did nothing to disguise his appearance or conceal himself from video surveillance cameras that would occasionally capture him as he made his rapid getaways.
This week, Gonzales met his alleged dinner dates for a second time, only now he was in the dock in a Los Angeles-area criminal court and the women were star witnesses for the prosecution.
Gonzales faces 10 counts of extortion, grand theft and other charges for a freeloading spree that prosecutors say lasted two years. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to 13 years behind bars – a punishment prosecutor say is warranted because instead of simply defrauding the restaurant he “set up a third party to take the fall”.
Sometimes, restaurants would take pity on woman who’d been stiffed and pick up the tab for her. More often, prosecutors said in a pre-trial filing, “she would … pay it out of fear of embarrassment or shame”.
Gonzales’ background is unclear, but prosecutors said he had two outstanding bench warrants, including one for petty theft. He was accused last year of running out on a hair salon – no dinner dates involved – and was captured on video still wearing the smock in which he’d received his trim.
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Contrary to the name, there are so many more easy dishes your waffle iron can make besides the favorite breakfast food. Try one of these recipes for sandwiches, pizzas, desserts, and more that you can whip up with this handy kitchen essential.
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Tip: Serve marinara sauce on the side&mdashrather than in the pizza&mdashfor way less mess.
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Whip up these no-fry fritters in just 10 minutes and serve as a healthy appetizer.
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Pile the savory cornbread base high with ground beef, cheddar cheese, avocado, and sour cream.
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Breakfast for dessert? Now we're talkin'!
Even if you don't like waffles, it might be worth getting a waffle iron simply to make these grilled cheese sandwiches.
Get the recipe at Fifteen Spatulas.
In a genius culinary experiment, this blogger stuffed scrambled eggs and shredded cheese into biscuit dough&mdashthen put it all in a waffle iron. The result was these "perfect little handheld breakfast sandwiches." Add bacon bites or diced ham for extra flavor.
‘To be crass, when you see numbers like that, you start to pay attention.’
“Fewo’s a blue-chip artist at this point,” Parrott said. He wasn’t doing badly himself. In June last year he had been driving for Uber for more than a year when a musician friend described the cryptoart market. Parrott had long made digital art on the side, including album covers. He put some works on SuperRare as an experiment. One of them sold for $30 — Sweet! That’s like dinner for tonight! he thought at the time — and by November he had two pieces sell for a total of $10,000. He stopped driving for Uber.
Parrott opened his phone to show me something he sold an hour earlier: a brilliantly colored wilderness scene, with the white outline of a deer in the center, like a cutout ghost. It sold for $5,000. Colin Goltra missed out on the sale and messaged Parrott to say, “You should have made it more expensive.” Parrott argued that the cryptoart boom owed something to the pandemic. “It’s kind of a perfect storm of conditions right now with everyone stuck in their house on the internet and having that desire to collect art still,” he said.
Later in the evening, they moved into an adjoining room to work on their next NFT project. The two of them were collaborating with two other artist friends on a release of multiple pieces of art. One of these would be a limited edition of an image produced together by all four friends. Whoever bought a piece would, they decided, also get a figurine that they were fabricating.
They had bought a 3-D printer to make the figurines. Parrott crouched down beside it in order to refill it with plastic filament. “This is like one of the first pieces of technology that I’ve worked with where it makes me feel like I’m living like a sci-fi movie of the future of something,” he said, pecking at the printer’s L.C.D. screen.
Langlois picked up one of the figurines they had already printed, a humanoid with devil horns and cubelike protrusions from its body. “The curves turned out amazing!” he said. “The feet, you can kind of see some muscle.”
Parrott used a sander to smooth the bottom of the figurine’s feet. Langlois, splayed on the ground next to him, recounted the strange experience of opening up a bank account for his business after settling in Seattle. It wasn’t easy to explain to the banker what he did for a living. “He said to me, ‘You’re self-employed?’” Langlois recalled. “And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m an artist!’”
Parrott chuckled. “First time he heard that in his life.”
“He said, ‘Oh, what kind of art do you do?’ I said, ‘Cryptoart.’ And he said, ‘What?’”
Parrott laughed again. The banker was perplexed by Langlois’s statement of assets it totaled $300,000, but only half of that was in cash. Where was the rest? In Ethereum, Langlois replied. “What’s Ethereum?” the banker asked.
“The world’s changing,” Parrott said.
They grabbed a spray-can of primer, grabbed the five printed figures and went into Langlois’s garage to start spraying them with a white base coat the artists would add their own decorations later. When I left at 11 p.m. they were still painting. A month later, the four artists sold their works for just over $3 million.
The acme of the NFT market — or the height of its delirium, depending on your point of view — is probably Beeple. That’s the art pseudonym of Mike Winkelmann, a 39-year-old digital artist in South Carolina. Fourteen years ago, he began producing “Everydays,” a daily work he posted online to hone his craft. “This decades-long-now project that, you know, I’m working on and will, you know, at this point, continue working on it until I die,” he says. The project began as paper sketches, but later he began using 3-D modeling software. He favored surreal, sometimes grotesque images, sometimes riffing on pop culture or daily events: a burly Tom Hanks punching the coronavirus, a head of Buzz Lightyear cracked open with a blood-flecked brain and Woody inside. His fame grew online D.J.s used his images in shows and then brands like Louis Vuitton and stars like Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber started to work with him. He had more than two million followers on Instagram.
When he heard about cryptoart in October 2020, he was astounded to discover that artists much less famous than he were making thousands of dollars. “People are making a [expletive] of money,” he told me the first time we spoke, in January, over Zoom. He was sitting in his living room in his bright, airy house in Charleston, S.C. “I know all the artists in this space! And to be quite honest, I’m more popular than all of them.”
That month, he began doing his own drops. His first one was three caustic images one depicted an obese and naked man astride a bull, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and raising a middle finger. Winkelmann made more than $130,000 on that sale. In December, he did limited-edition sales of NFTs of some of his “Everydays” images, including one NFT that included 20 “Everydays” together. All told, he brought in more than $3.5 million over a weekend.
He was ecstatic. He also regarded it as validation of digital art, which is, he argues, far more influential now than traditional painting or sculpture. “Digital artists are people who are actually shaping the visual language of society,” he told me. He pointed to the TV behind him, filled with chyrons and graphics from a news show. “Those graphics down there?” he said. “Everything you’re looking at right now — digital artists!”
Winkelmann is hungry for cryptoart to get more mainstream respect. “I want my mother to feel like she can buy this,” he said. He ordered 600 book-size L.C.D. panels, encased in clear plastic, to be shipped to his buyers they can plug it in, place it on the shelf and put their digital art on display. Everyday people just want something pretty on their shelves, he said, and aren’t likely to use the VR galleries crypto collectors are fond of. “We’re not in the metaverse yet,” he said. “A lot of these crypto guys want to freaking get in their tub of goo, plug it in: ‘OK, I’m in the goo, and I’m a giant ostrich and whatever. Jack me in, man!’ But it’s 2021, not 2080, so we’re not there yet. So I think we need baby steps.”
In January, Christie’s contacted Winkelmann about doing an even more prominent auction. “To be crass, when you see numbers like that, you start to pay attention,” Noah Davis told me. They decided he would turn nearly his entire run of “Everydays” — 5,000 of them — into a single NFT. Someone would be buying 13 years of his work.
The auction was held on March 11, and while it was going on, Winkelmann joined a live audio conversation about NFT art on the social media platform Clubhouse. At one point, someone gasped when the bidding hit $50 million. Winkelmann left Clubhouse and watched his NFT finally sell for $69 million. “What the [expletive] just happened?” he said.
The story of who bought it, and why, is a sign of just how deeply NFTs are tied up in the financial engineering of cryptocurrencies. It turns out that Beeple had major collectors: Vignesh Sundaresan and Anand Venkateswaran. They are the founders of Metapurse, a fund that collects NFTs. They bought his $69 million NFT, and back during Beeple’s weekend December sale, they had created several pseudonymous accounts that bought 20 of his NFT “Everydays,” worth $2.2 million together. Sundaresan — who goes by the name MetaKovan online — told me that he had been investing in cryptocurrencies for years. He lives in Singapore, which he has chosen as a home in part because he regards it as friendly to cryptocurrencies. “My fear is that governments are going to be like: ‘You, sir, you hate us and you hate our dollars. So why do you want our police to save you now?’” he said.
Sundaresan and Venkateswaran had a plan for Beeple’s art. For the first purchase — the 20 Everydays — they bought plots in three online 3-D worlds and hired a team of designers to build virtual museums in each, filling them with Beeple’s art. Sundaresan and I met virtually inside one of the museums, where we wandered around as gamelike avatars, stopping at pieces like one that showed Tom Hanks punching a coronavirus. “The gallery’s public,” Sundaresan said, free for anyone.
But the museums were only the beginning of their plan. The other part was to turn Beeple’s work into a new cryptocurrency, essentially. In January, they took the 20 Beeple “Everydays” NFTs they had bought for $2.2 million and created a new set of NFT tokens, 10 million in total, called B20. Those tokens represent fractional ownership in that Beeple work. They paid 10 percent of the tokens to the designers who built the virtual museums, he said, gave 2 percent to Beeple and kept 50 percent for themselves. Some of the remainder would be put up for sale. “The idea here was to take the art and share the ownership with a lot of people,” Sundaresan said, as our avatars floated up and over the museum.
What are the benefits of an air fryer?
Like the near-universally adored Instant Pot, the air fryer promises faster cooking and a high degree of versatility (so it seems only natural that the Instant Pot people have finally come out with their own air fryer , which one-ups some of its competitors by adding a rotisserie function).
The thing that makes any air fryer so good at both crisping foods and cooking them quickly is its hot air circulation -- basically, it's a form of countertop convection oven. While it obviously handles traditionally deep-fried foods with aplomb (and makes them healthier, since far less oil is required), its design makes it great for lots of other things too, from certain baked goods to roasted garlic.