Posts Tagged ‘pizza’

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

April 22, 2021

Domino’s Robot Pizza Delivery In Houston

Perhaps believing there aren’t enough unemployed delivery drivers in Texas, Domino’s Pizza will deliver pies via Nuro R2 autonomous robot vehicles in Houston. Domino’s selling point to customers: no tipping.

Houston traffic. Robot cars with a top speed of 25 MPH. Texan gun ownership rate. What could possibly go wrong?


More:

“Nuro’s self-driving robot will deliver Domino’s pizza orders to customers in Houston,” Kim Lyons, The Verge

“Houston, we have a robot: Nuro, Domino’s team up for autonomous pizza delivery,” Brian Straight, Modern Shipper, via FreightWaves

“Beep Beep: Domino’s Is Testing a Self-Driving Delivery Car,” Jenny G. Zhang, Eater

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Delicious Needlework

January 28, 2021

Kyoto artist Ipnot creates food fiber art, including hamburger, sushi rolls, strawberries, hotdogs, pizza ,and cookies.

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Flaming Pizza

December 10, 2019

Pizza champ Hakki Akdeniz spins a flaming pie.  But that’s a small part of his story:

“‘I Know the Struggle’: Why a Pizza Mogul Left Pies at Memorials to 4 Homeless Men,” Michael Wilson, New York Times

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Federal Reserve Board Pizza Order Canceled

April 23, 2019

Federal Reserve Board Pizza Order Canceled

It is with deep-dish regret that we announce that pizza czar Herman Cain, President Trump’s half-baked choice for the Federal Reserve Board, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

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“Herman Cain withdraws bid to join Federal Reserve, but Trump still eyes allies for central bank,” Heather Long, Washington Post

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Trump Wants Herman Cain on the Federal Reserve Board

April 11, 2019

Trump Wants Herman Cain on the Federal Reserve Board

In what may be an attempt to make make a prior nominee look better in comparison, President Trump announced plans to nominate pizza czar Herman Cain of “9-9-9 Tax” and sexcapade fame to a vacant Federal Reserve Board seat.

Like the 6-times-bankrupt Mr. Trump, Mr. Cain was a brilliant businessman, and brought Godfather’s Pizza to profitability by closing 200 restaurants and firing thousands of employees. He entered politics in 1996 as an advisor to Bob Dole’s presidential campaign, then worked as a restaurant lobbyist before his unsuccessful, Islamophobic, Tea-Party attempt to gain the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Since then, Herman Cain has remained active promoting money-making scams and conspiracy theories. You see why Donald Trump considers him perfect for the Federal Reserve Board. Other Republican leaders are not quite so sure.

More:

“Trump Wants Herman Cain on the Fed Because He’s an Unqualified Hack,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“McConnell declines to publicly endorse Herman Cain for Federal Reserve Board,” Colby Itkowitz and Seung Min Kim, Washington Post

“Herman Cain Admitted He Isn’t Sure He’ll Pass a Background Check,” Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

“Why Does Trump Want to Debase the Fed?” Paul Krugman, New York Times

“Herman Cain is a joke that the Fed can’t afford,” Matt O’Brien, Washington Post

Update:

“Four Senate Republicans signal opposition to Trump’s plan to put Herman Cain on Federal Reserve Board, all but sinking nomination,” Damian Paletta, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim, Washington Post

Herman Cain Will Not Be Bringing Delicious Godfather’s Pizza To FOMC Meetings,” Jon Shazar, DealBreaker

“White House gives Herman Cain an out on Fed amid GOP opposition,” John T. Bennett, Roll Call

“Herman Cain: I Won’t Withdraw From Consideration for Fed Board,” Daily Beast

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L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

April 4, 2019

L.A. Foodie Explores NYC

California food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson explored Big Apple foodways in the April 1 edition of the Los Angeles Times:

“My first culinary encounter was with pizza, a mysterious kind of baked tlayuda, covered in macerated tomatoes and milk coagulation, and occasionally smothered with a type of thinly sliced lap cheong called pepperoni. The odd dish, sometimes referred to as a pie, washed ashore from Naples some years ago. While the taste takes some getting used to, pizza can be enchanting when done properly.”

— “For cramped New York, an expanding dining scene,” Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times

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Robot-Made Pizza

November 29, 2018

Robot-Made Pizza

“Zume, the robotic pizza maker, is now valued at more than US $2 billion, thanks to its latest round of investment. According to The Wall Street Journal, this latest infusion of funds—$375 million—came entirely from SoftBank; and the Japanese conglomerate apparently has another $375 million at the ready should Zume need it. The valuation, in Silicon Valley terms, makes the new company a unicorn, one of the rare breed of startups thought to be worth over $1 billion.

This is just wrong. Because it’s just not good pizza.”

— “Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love,” Tekla S. Perry, IEEE Spectrum

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Judge Orders ICE: Pizza Guy To Go

July 25, 2018

Judge Orders ICE: Pizza Guy To Go

A federal judge has ordered ICE to let imprisoned pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio free. 54 days ago Mr. Villavicencio was delivering a lunch from Nonna Delia’s Pizzeria to Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton army base as usual, presenting his municipal ID at the entrance. The guard asked him for additional ID and, when he couldn’t produce it, called ICE, and immigration agents arrested him and took him to an ICE detention facility in New Jersey. The Ecuador-born undocumented deliveryman has been in the U.S.for ten years, married a U.S. citizen five years ago, and has two American-born daughters. His green card application is pending.

The case of the detained pizza deliveryman gathered wide attention because Brooklyn is a borough of immigrants and New York is a place where they don’t like to see working families broken up. Also, New Yorkers take their pizza very seriously. There was also outrage that members of the military acted as agents of the immigration service. Furor mounted, and area restaurants refused to deliver to Fort Hamilton. Now that Pablo Villavicencio is back with his family, maybe Brooklyn’s soldiers can get pizzas delivered again.

More:

“Pizza Delivery Man Detained by ICE Is Freed by Judge,” Liz Robbins, New York Times

“New York pizza delivery man to be freed as judge questions motive to deport him,” Larry Neumeister, AP via The Guardian

“Judge frees pizza deliveryman seized by ICE while doing his job,” Meagan Flynn, Washington Post

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Self-Driving Pizza

June 29, 2018

Self-Driving Pizza

Self-driving Domino’s Pizza vehicles now roam the streets of Miami:

“Consumers will soon be able to opt to order their pies, groceries, and on-demand rides to be conveyed via robot (with backup drivers behind the wheel in case of emergency). The county, meanwhile, hopes that the experiment can be a learning opportunity and a signal to other self-driving technology leaders.

‘We want to learn from Ford what it is we need to do to get ready for these vehicles, so that when AVs become a reality, fully, we’ll be one of the first communities to get them,’ said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. ‘We want to let the world know that Miami is ready to be a testbed.’”

— “Self-Driving Pizza Just Hit Miami,” Laura Bliss, CityLab

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Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage

December 8, 2017

Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage
Even though one in three of Italy’s pizza makers isn’t Italian, the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has named Neapolitan pizza an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform.” — UNESCO
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