Fast-food Drive-thrus Are Getting Slower

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How things have changed. Today, the Food Network reaches 100 million homes. Its chefs are stars, and its shows are well-known brands: “Iron Chef America,” ”Chopped,” ”Restaurant: Impossible,” ”30 Minute Meals.” In “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network,” Allen Salkin guides readers through the history of the network, from its start in the 1990s to today. Along the way, Salkin serves up plenty of stories that will surprise and entertain. For example, one of the network’s first employees sent a cake with her resume and was hired, even though the cake was made from a mix. The network’s 1996 election night coverage included a sheet cake depicting the United States, and states were frosted either red for Republicans or blue for Democrats as the returns came in. And an episode of the show “Too Hot Tamales” aired with an unplanned clip of pornography spliced in, leading to visits from the FBI. Other treats: “Iron Chef America” contestants were given three possibilities for the show’s secret ingredient 24 hours before the episode was shot, a fact that wasn’t revealed to viewers, and Emeril Lagasse was self-conscious about his bald spot, so a makeup artist used a black cosmetic powder to cover it up. To get these morsels, Salkin talks to an impressive array of people, including many of the stars. In addition to Lagasse, he tells readers he interviewed Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Mario Batali and Bobby Flay. Salkin acknowledges that some stars snubbed him.

“Customers will be patient if you give them hot, accurate orders,” says Oches. Even then, 2013 has not been the industry’s best year in order accuracy, either. Order accuracy for drive-thru meals for the industry was at 87.2% this year vs. 88.8% last year. The chain ranking highest in accuracy: Chick-fil-A at 91.6%. The lowest was Burger King at 82.3%. But Chick-fil-A customers paid for that industry-leading accuracy at the other end they waited in the drive-thru line longer than anyone this year: 203.9 seconds, on average. By comparison, Wendy’s was the fastest drive-thru, at an average 133.6 seconds, says Oches. But even Wendy’s has seen some increase in the time it takes to fill an order. Way back in 2003, Wendy’s posted the industry’s best-ever average order time of 116 seconds. No one’s since come close to that, says Oches.

Best college for food in America for 2013

This bill should become law because the current program hurts the very people it was designed to help. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, once said, “The issue of welfare is not what it costs those who provide it, but what it costs those who receive it.” Giving free food to an able-bodied adult for years without work requirements harms that person’s motivation, self-esteem, and dignity. Job searches are brutal on the ego, and government programs can act as a disincentive to keep on trying, ultimately delaying the satisfaction and self-respect that comes from earning a paycheck. Up to $10,000 a year in food stamps is a powerful incentive to stay home. Lacking attractive job options, a person might decide that a 20-hour-a-week retail or restaurant job is not worth it, even as a stop-gap measure until the economy improves. The status quo has an even more pernicious effect on children. One of the most profound ways parents demonstrate love for a child is by providing for his basic needs. Through their sacrifice, children experience love and learn from example what it means to be a good parent. When I was a kid, my dad was an appliance salesman at Sears and later a tire salesman. My mom took in ironing, watched other people’s children, and occasionally cleaned houses. Like the factory work my grandparents did, these jobs were not flashy or ego-stoking; they put food on the table. Every day, my parents demonstrated the value of work and the beauty of providing for a family in way that a high-profile career, with all of its intrinsic rewards, might not have.

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And if students are still unsure, Dolores, the residing dietician on campus, provides any and all answers through her extensive program. 6Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Cornell Cornell might be known as an Ivy League school with top-notch academics, but theyre more than just that. As the runner-up for PETAs most vegan-friendly college award, Cornells dedication to local foods and environmental conservation is something to be noted. By implementing initiatives like supporting Local Food Growth, Take Back the Tap (choosing tap water over bottled), and responsible coffee sourcing to lessen a chemical footprint, Cornell students are not just educated through their studies, but in their lives. And while this is commendable, Cornells dining service is all about their events. Happenings like The New York Times columnist Mark Bittman dropping by to discuss his book about nutrition, the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS) annual chef competition, and themed dinners like “A Night at Hogwarts,” offering nothing better than chocolate frogs and butter beer, bring excitement to an incredibly hard-working student body. With more than 30 eateries on campus alone, Cornell offers incentives to encourage students to lead sustainable lifestyles: if you buy a mug on campus, you can get a large coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for the price of a small one. Overall, it seems that Cornellians are more than happy to participate in all their collegiate dining services has to offer. 7UMass Amherst, Amherst, Mass. UMass Amherst UMass Amherst might seem like another large school with plenty of food options, but their dining service program really knows how to please its students. Late-night dining is found in almost every dining hall on campus (as well as one delivering food as late as 4 a.m.)! And why wouldnt you want to order this campus food around the clock? Blackened tilapia, chicken breast schnitzel with chipotle salsa, and Irish coffee bread pudding with Kahlua sauce are only a few of the delicious dining hall offerings. While many students rave about Baby Berk, the burger and taco food truck conveniently located on campus, the school’s pledge to stay local and organic is not overlooked.