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High-end dog restaurant draws criticism for decadence

A new Berlin deli serving high-end treats for dogs has angered residents who think it is tacky and decadent.

High-end treats for pets are not uncommon in the U.S., with plenty of places serving expensive, dog-safe items like beer and even frozen yogurt for people's pets. Germany just got a dog restaurant of its own, but many residents are displeased by the decadence of feeding high-end custom cupcakes to pampered dogs.

"A store this decadent gives the impression that we do more for animals than for children," said Wolfgang Büscher, who works for a charity that benefits disadvantaged children.

According to The Local, the Pets Deli in Berlin opened over the holidays in the upscale neighborhood of Grunewald and sells meals for dogs and cats priced from €3 to €6, or $4 to $8. It also has dog-friendly cupcakes for €4, or $5.50, which would be ideal for a fancy dog birthday party. The food can be taken to-go or eaten in the restaurant from metal bowls set before rustic wooden logs, where owners can sit back and relax with a cup of human-safe coffee.

The meals are made up by manager Katharina Warkalla, an animal nutrition expert, and combine portions of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates. The meat options include beef, turkey, and kangaroo meat, which can be mixed with broccoli or berries and served with a side of rice, pasta, or potatoes.

"The meat is of such quality that it could be safely consumed by humans," said owner David Spanier, who said he came up with the idea because his dog could not eat supermarket pet food and he wanted something fancier and more healthful.

"Junk food is bad for animals," he said. "It's as if I ate fast food every day. I may like it, but it's very bad for your health."


11 pies to die for at these Wisconsin restaurants, cafes and bakeries

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What's your Thanksgiving pie? Something traditional like apple, cherry or pumpkin? Or, maybe you want to add something new to your tradition like a Butterfinger or peanut butter cream pie.

Regardless of your taste, it will be difficult to wait until Thanksgiving Day for a slice of pie from these spots across Wisconsin.


Surviving the decadent dog days of summer: Where Houston's elite board their pooch

While the summer months find the social set traipsing between exotic private islands and Hill Country second homes, life at HQ never stops — especially for the dogs who have come to expect every last luxury. For this article in our Summer Fun series, CultureMap went out on the town to determine the most decadent of doggie daycares — because for the consummate Inside the Loop canine, only the best will do.

With its proximity to the intelligentsia network of the Texas Medical Center and Rice University, the Southhampton neighborhood is replete with highly rated veterinarians and accompanying kennels. The Pampered Pet Inn's elite staff (all groomers have worked at the inn for over 15 years) promises a "classical" boarding experience, with perks like "turn down" service at night and the signature Kennel Concert Series, in which boarders are serenaded with classical music.

Rover may miss the comforts of the manse, but at least he'll get his daily enlightening quintet concertos to which he's become so accustomed.

Yet the alluring yuppie accoutrements may partly be a load of yap: Pampered Pet Inn boasts a lobby adorned with Victorian-style puppy portraiture, but a CultureMap tour of the back revealed dog tired animals locked in traditional wire-gated kennels. If harsh fluorescent lighting is a personal pet peeve, than keep moving. But there is that turn-down service.

"We just provide each dog cage with a bed and turn off the lights," a receptionist at Pampered Pet Inn told CultureMap when asked to describe the experience.

A similar situation was found on South Boulevard, where Carlisle's Salon & Suites offers expert grooming, yet the dogs ramble around a doggish set of preschool playground furniture. Satisfactory, sure — but far from five-star.

For a more chic scene, head just a bit east to Hotel ZaZa, where the concierge will cover everything, from gluten-free dog bone needs to walks in the surrounding park and Museum District. Pooping and scooping at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's I.M. Pei-designed Cullen Sculpture Garden is just what the cultured canine deserves.

But the quintessential temporary habitat for the dandy doggie is a bit off the stiletto-beaten path, ensconced in the commercial district just below River Oaks: John Andrews Pet Spa and Retreat. Seasoned socialites would never consider placing their poodle in the hands of anyone other than Andrews, an alum of the New York School of Dog Grooming and provider of topnotch dog indulgence for 20 years.

"John Andrews is like the Ceron of doggie groomers," attests Mary Beth Aspromonte, a proud bichon frisé owner. "He does all the best dogs, including those of Franelle Rogers, the Biggios, Fayez Sarofim, Elyse Lanier, Bob Luna, Marcia Backus — the list goes on and on."

The "Doggie DayCare" service is still a relative steal ($20 per day), but the real draw is the just-renovated boutique tucked to the side of the salon. There, patrons can purchase couture collars and one-of-a-kind onesies, as well as draw inspiration from vignettes of well-appointed puppy palaces — one of which boasts a purple satin duvet and wrought iron bed frame, whose traditional delicacy is shrewdly offset by a towering Franz Kline-esque abstract expressionist canvas.


9. Wagyu Kobe Rib Eye Cheese Steak (Price for 8-Oz serving-$160)

On the list of quality most expensive beef is the Kobe Rib Eye Cheese Steak. It has a delightful taste, cut with foie grass and peppered with cheese, truffles heirloom shaved tomatoes, caramelized onions and is served on a homegrown brioche roll. The Kobe beef is expensive, and you can get it at the cost of $100. The roll is served with a glass of Dom Perignon 2000, a perfect casual dish that is superb for dinner dates, an accompaniment with charm and creativity.

Rearing of Wagyu cattle is slow and natural, resulting in fatty streaks on the beef which gives it a unique and creamy texture. Its stake has a feel that of foie grass, which according to myths, the cattle are fed with beer and get massaged by human hands. The meat is pale in its raw state with an ungodly amount of fat. This means the extended lifespan of the cattle is translating to more costs on the meat price. Preparing the steak is quick, first broiling or searing then finishing in an oven or grill for 15 minutes. It can also be seasoned with salt and pepper, placed in a 1,200-degree broiler and finish slowly over the oak grill.

A Japanese Kobe in Las Vegas costs $33 an ounce, totaling to $264.00 for a bill of an eight-ounce serving. At Tokyo Aragawa, you can pay up to $301 for the same eight-ounce serving of charbroiled Kobe filet with mustard and pepper. Outside Japan, in Beverly Hills, an 8-ounce rib eye of 100% Wagyu beef costs $160.


3. Treacle tart

Treacle is a syrup that’s a byproduct of refining sugar, kind of like molasses. This breadcrumb pastry with an open-top middle traditionally relied on treacle for its sweetness, though a synthetic canned golden syrup is often used in modern versions. Treacle tarts are believed to come from the north of England, and one of the oldest recipes (which, naturally, used true treacle) was published in the Newcastle Courant in 1887, according to the Foods of England.


Beefsteak Charlie's

Considering its all-you-can-eat salad bar unlimited beer, wine, and sangria and massive portions of hamburgers, steaks, ribs and chicken—all available at ridiculously low prices—it's easy to see why Beefsteak Charlie's was a restaurant lover's dream in the 1970's and 80s.

Born in NYC, the first Beefsteak Charlie's was a popular sports bar that opened way back in 1910, according to The Daily Meal. After the success of the original restaurant and realizing the name had never been officially trademarked, restaurateur Larry Ellman legally renamed his "Steak & Brew" chain Beefsteak Charlie's in 1976. By 1984, there were more than 60 Beefsteak Charlie's up and down the East Coast, all of which epitomized the chain's slogan: "I'll feed you like there's no tomorrow."

In a 1982 review of Beefsteak Charlie's, the Washington Post reported just what drew consumers to the place: "Exercising no restraint whatever," the WaPo reviewer wrote, "we polished off seven heaping plates of 'shrimp cocktail' from the salad bar, three salads, two orders of barbecued chicken, one sirloin steak Mediterranean with garlic sauce, three pitchers of soft drink, one baked potato, two orders of potato chips, and two dishes of ice cream—for a grand total of $12.49 (plus a $3 tip)."

Unfortunately, that opportunity for self-indulgence wouldn't last. In 1987, the chain sold to Bombay Palace Restaurants, which filed for bankruptcy just two years later, The Daily Meal reports. And by the early 2000s, all the Beefsteak Charlie's restaurants that remained had shuttered.


Recipe Summary

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 pound kielbasa
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • Curry powder to taste

Preheat oven to Broil/Grill.

Pour tomato sauce into a large saucepan, then stir in the chili sauce, onion salt, sugar and pepper. Let simmer over medium heat, occasionally stirring bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, broil/grill kielbasa sausage for 3 to 4 minutes each side, or until cooked through. Slice into pieces 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick.

Pour tomato sauce mixture over sausage, then sprinkle all with paprika and curry powder and serve.


New eats! 9 Tucson food, wine and sweets spots that opened in September

Andi Berlin | This Is Tucson

Hielitos at American Eat Co. makes raspados from Hawaiian shaved ice. From left: horchata raspados, the Michi-Agua and a fresa raspados with lechera and Thrity ice cream.

I don't know about you but I could go for some comfort food right now. Something real decadent, like a classic cheeseburger or a strawberry raspado made with Hawaiian shaved ice and stuffed with Thrifty ice cream.

Thank goodness for food. And thank goodness that Tucson has not one, but nine new food spots this month. Some of them serve cheesesteaks. And others serve pie. Need I say more? Before I leave you with this massive list of awesome new spots, I wanted to tell you that you're awesome too, and that all is not lost. Just this week, the House of Representatives passed the $2.2 trillion “Heroes Act,” which includes more than a billion dollars in grant money for independent restaurants. Now it's up to the Senate, which is a mixed bag right now .

That's why I want to thank everyone for doing their part to support local restaurants by getting takeout or dining out on a patio somewhere near you. The industry may be struggling, but that doesn't stop these hard workers from innovating and opening up new ventures for our enjoyment. Also, check out the list of "upcoming restaurants" at the bottom of this article. Himalayan food? Right on!

Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks

Frankie’s famous Philly-style roast pork sandwich is another popular item on the Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks menu.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

This midtown staple has been slinging cheesesteaks since 2004, but it's finally getting its second location this month. Frankie's South Philly Cheesesteaks opened in a stripmall spot at 3780 W. Ina Road in Marana, next door to Mod Pizza. Although founder Frank Santos passed away last summer after a long battle with cancer, you can still expect the same delicious greasy cheesesteaks that the shop is known for. Make sure to get yours with the Whiz, and maybe a little broccoli rabe and roasted hot peppers in there. Then it counts as healthy! Read more.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Sunday

George Wine Shop

George Wine Shop just went into the old Jones Photo inside the Williams Center on Broadway.

George Wine Shop is named after its owner George Bon, but the name George also means "farmer" in Greek. And that's what this wine shop is all about. Bon wants to highlight smaller production family wineries that practice sustainable farming. A service industry buff, Bon caught the wine bug while living in San Francisco and was most recently doing group sales for conferences and conventions at the Omni Tucson National Resort when he got furloughed in March. His new shop has approachable wines from all over the world, including some familiar Arizona wineries like Sand Reckoner and Page Springs Cellars. They'll also deliver anywhere in Tucson for a $5 fee.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sunday

Rae’s Classics Burgers, Fries & Pies

Ramon and Linda Gonzales launched a ghost kitchen in their Fat Noodle ramen restaurant to help them survive COVID-19.

Does anyone remember the old Shari's burger shack that was on First Avenue for more than 50 years? Well the owners of Fat Noodle are big fans, and they want to recreate the Shari's vibe with their new ghost kitchen Rae's Classics Burgers, Fries & Pies. (Kind of a random flex, but it makes sense considering one of Fat Noodle's best menu items is a ramen burger.) The menu is simple, with everything you see here in the name. And it's available for pickup at Fat Noodle's spot on Wetmore, or delivery through Grubhub. I haven't hit this one up yet, but the pictures look so good! Read more.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday

Sydney’s Sweet Shoppe

Owner Sydney Adams holds a freshly-baked pumpkin pie at her new bakery, Sydney's Sweet Shoppe.

East siders have a fabulous new pie spot, now that Sydney's Sweet Shoppe is open on Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon roads. Owner Sydney Adams learned to bake from her grandmother Patricia “Pat” Finney, who won a first-place award for her chocolatey Texas sheet cake in a "Parade Magazine" Family Weekly Neighbor’s Recipe contest in 1979. The whole family was there during the shop's grand opening this Thursday, and grandma watched as her cakes flew by. Pies are the name of the game here though, and they've got a nice selection of fruit pies, cream pies, pecan and my favorite, pumpkin. Oooh, it was delicious as I stuffed it down in my car. You can also order specialty pies online at Sydney's website, or get pies delivered through platforms like Uber Eats.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday and Monday

Toto's Taco Restaurant

A plate of tacos with carne asada, carnitas and tripas, as well as the Chakoloso Sonoran dog at Toto's.

This new Sonoran taco joint moved into the St. Mary's building that most recently held Mestizo's, which closed at the beginning of the pandemic. Toto's Taco Restaurant is half casual taqueria, half homey Mexican restaurant that serves breakfast burros and plates in the morning and Sonoran soups and combination plates for lunch. The cheesy birria tacos are worth a try, but the tripas was probably my favorite of all the taco selections. They weren't super crunchy, but had a nice fatty flavor with some fresh guacamole on top. Toto's also does a Sonoran dog called the Chackaloso, with two wieners and melted mozzarella cheese.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Monday

Tuk Tuk Thai

Khao Soi chicken, $14.25, is a popular dish from Northern Thailand, with crispy egg noodles bathed in a rich coconut curry with chicken and pickled vegetables.

This trendy new spot comes straight from Portland, which has one of the biggest Thai scenes in the United States. For the past eight years, owner Bud Sayso has owned a Portland restaurant called Khao San Thai Street Foods, which had been written up in the New York Times. His latest project Tuk Tuk Thai serves regional dishes like khao soi curry noodles and hoy joh meatballs, which can't even be Googled, they're so rare. The menu is expertly designed by his wife Noy, who plans to run an ambitious 7-course tasting menu by reservation in a private dining room they're calling Noy's House. Read more.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. daily

3 new concepts at American Eat Co.

Peter "Pops" Yucupicio holds his horchata and strawberry flavored raspados creations.

The southside food hall American Eat Co. is looking pretty different these days, with a host of new vendors including a Sonoran taco spot that serves al pastor on the spit. El Tacoson is the second venture by Raúl and Denise Leyva, who also own Mariscos el Bochas across the dining room. Peter "Pops" Yucupicio of Pops Hot Chicken is opening his second stand as well. Hielitos offers scratch-made raspados, using a Hawaiian shaved ice machine that gives the treat a finer snow-like texture. My favorite was the fresa or strawberry, with layers of condensed milk and Thrifty ice cream in there. Also, GM Kitchen 86 is a new sandwich spot from a classically-trained resort chef. A quick note before you go: For maximum social distancing, you might want to hit up American Eat during the off hours between lunch and dinner. Read more.

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday

On the horizon:

Taegukgi Korean BBQ House is going into the old Fuddruckers at 6118 E Speedway.

— Construction is coming along for Tucson's first all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant, Taegukgi Korean BBQ House. The San Diego-based business is going in at the old Fuddruckers at 6118 E Speedway. When it's completed, Taegukgi will be the fourth Korean restaurant along Speedway, after 7 Ounce steakhouse, Korea House and Takamatsu.

— Popular taqueria Seis Kitchen is opening a third location at 9740 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley, writes Gabriela Rico in The Star. An opening date has not yet been announced.

— Sentinel Peak Brewing Company has changed its name to Fire Truck Brewing, and is opening two extra brewpubs in midtown and Oro Valley (very close to the new Seis spot). That will give them a total of four locations, writes Cathalena E. Burch in the Star.

— James Beard nominees Barrio Bread and El Charro are opening a restaurant together in the Island Plate Lunch spot at 3699 N. Campbell Ave. Barrio Charro will be "bodega-meets-grab-and-go/fast-casual-sandwich-shop," writes Cathalena E. Burch.

— The owner of Everest Souvenirs on Fourth Avenue is opening an "Eastern Asian style health food restaurant" called Lemongrass in the revolving restaurant space next to Che's Lounge at 344 N. Fourth Ave. A sign posted on the door says owner Tank Ojha learned to cook while working as a geologist in the Himalayan Mountains, and recently owned a Himalayan restaurant in Silver City by the same name.

— A sign advertising a business called Hot and Sexy Drinks has gone up at 2230 W. Drexel Road near the Tohono O'odham Swapmeet. The sign advertises "coffee, raspados, juices and more."


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These 10 baking recipes are just as goth as you are

2020 will be remembered for many reasons, but one positive thing that’s come out of it is that people have been spending a lot more time cooking and baking at home.

It seems like more people than ever have been baking bread for the first time or trying a different cookie recipe to learn something new and kill some time.

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In case you’re feeling inspired to go into the kitchen, we found 10 dark AF baking projects that any goth should try at home. Not only will you be rewarded with a totally Instagrammable masterpiece, but you will get to eat your delicious creation after as well. You can check those out below.

Black tiramisu

Recipe developer @itsholly on Instagram has an entire feed filled with the dark creations she makes, including black dumplings with squid ink and tacos. There are almost too many recipes to pick from, but you should definitely try out her black tiramisu, especially if you need to bring a dessert to your next socially distanced celebration. The key is getting black cocoa powder, and the rest of the recipe is pretty similar to a typical tiramisu.

Charcoal ice cream

Black ice cream was the original dark dessert to take over the internet, so why not make your own at home? You will need to get some activated charcoal and dry ice to try out this recipe from Tasty, but it’s a simple and rewarding treat to make on a hot summer day.

Oreo cinnamon rolls

These Oreo cinnamon rolls from A Classic Twist are the ideal treat for any cookies-and-cream lover, and they contain an Oreo cheesecake filling to take it up a notch. This recipe is definitely a bit labor-intensive, but once you master it, your friends and family will beg you to make this for every future brunch.

Black chocolate cake

This black chocolate cake from Food Network Kitchen is as dark as it gets. It’s rich, decadent and definitely a day-long project well worth the work. Perfect the recipe so you can make it as a birthday cake for your most emo friend—or yourself if you’d prefer.

Double dark chocolate chip shortbread cookies

If you love chocolate, these are the ultimate cookies for you. They have a deep flavor from the dark cocoa powder, and they’re extremely moist and gooey. You might have to stop yourself from eating the whole tray right out of the oven.

Black truffle macarons

Macarons are like a milestone for bakers to accomplish, so if you’re going to make them, why not make them goth? This recipe from Tastemade incorporates sliced truffle for an extremely deep flavor, but you could leave it out and stick to cocoa powder and food coloring to make them as black as possible.

Dark chocolate black bean brownies

Adding black beans to this recipe not only contributes to their dark color, but it also makes this dessert healthier than normal. Aside from the black bean swap, the recipe is pretty typical for brownies, so it should be an easy way to mix things up in your kitchen.

Sourdough bread with charcoal

Making sourdough bread is a little passé, but this black loaf with activated charcoal is right up our alley. Bake-Street uses activated charcoal and garnishes with black sesame seeds for a unique loaf that will have your Instagram notifications blowing up.

Black cheesecake

Even cheesecake can be taken to the dark side with a little food coloring and blackberry topping. We like this recipe because not only is the topping black, but so is the entire cheesecake.

Black sesame brittle

If you’re looking to experiment with making candy, try out this black sesame brittle that calls for little ingredients but a lot of precision. This is also a great thing to make and put into gift bags for your friends.


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