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Fast food workers mark fiftieth anniversary of Memphis sanitation strike with day of action

February 12 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers strike, and to mark the occasion, thousands of fast food workers across the country walked off the job. In Memphis itself:

Seeing the rally nearby, 28-year-old Burger King employee Robin Curtis said she made a split-second decision to walk out on her job of about six months, telling her manager, “Time for a change.”

“To make a change, if I have to quit, I will,” said Curtis, who is working multiple jobs as she raised two children in South Memphis.

In Kansas City:

Bridget Hughes, a local mom of three, has worked in fast-food for 10 years. She spoke at the rally.

“Low wage workers today here in Kansas City and across the nation are carrying on the tradition of Dr. King and the sanitation workers. Every day, working people are overcoming our divisions and organizing together to win better for all of us. We know that McDonald’s and these billion-dollar companies are trying to rig the political and economic system against us. Are we going to let them do that? If we are going to win, we must use our strength in numbers and come together as one people.”

Check out more scenes from the strikes and rallies below.

All the Restaurants Where You Can Get Free Food and Deals on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether that gets you overly hyped up or rolling your eyes, we can all get behind some free food. Below are plenty of eateries with discounts for lovers, and if romance isn’t what you’re after, don’t sweat it—there’s a deal for everyone.

Auntie Anne’s: Downloading the chain’s My Pretzel Perks app will get you a buy one, get one free heart-shaped pretzel in either original or cinnamon sugar. But to get in on the action, customers need to download their app 12 p.m. EST on Feb. 13.

Hooters: When it comes to Valentine’s Day, they’re not playing. If you upload a photo of your ex to their website and then shred it, not only will you get serious satisfaction, but you’ll score yourself buy one, get one 10-piece boneless wings.

TCBY: If you and your sweetheart are craving frozen yogurt, head over to TCBY where they’re doing buy one get one 50% off all day— can’t beat a cheap date.

Halo Top: Calling all New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles residents, you can get a free pint of Halo Top delivered straight to your honey, or you know, straight to yourself, on Feb.14. Postmates Fresh is teaming up with the low-calorie ice cream brand for the promotion and there’s no purchase necessary to get in on it—but act quick, it’s only while supplies last.

Schlotzsky’s: Spend $7 at participating Schlotzsky’s stores and they’ll give you a free bottle of their signature hot sauce in the name of love!

McAlister’s Deli: For guests dining in, kids eat for free (two complimentary kids meals per adult entrée purchased).

White Castle: Nothing says “I love you” quite like sliders and a side of fries.  White Castle is taking reservations for its 27th annual Valentine’s Day dinner. You can snag a reservation on Open Table.

Macaroni Grill: $45 will get you and your date an appetizer, two entrées and a dessert to share. Available Friday Feb. 9 to Wednesday Feb. 14.

WATCH THIS: Learn How To Make XOXO Pancakes for Your Valentine

Dunkin’ Donuts: For a chance to win a sweet trip for two to any city in the U.S. that has the coffee chain, share via Instagram how your friendship or relationship runs on Dunkin’ from Feb. 6 through Feb. 15. Don’t forget to tag #DDLOVECONTEST. Obviously we all can’t be winners, but don’t worry—their famous heart-shaped donuts are also back, so that can be your delicious plan B.

RELATED: 20 Delicious Valentine’s Day Treats to Buy for Your Sweetie

Waffle House: The celebrity-favorite chain known for its ’round-the-clock breakfast menu has a Valentine’s deal too—two entrees, an appetizer and dessert for $25.

Qdoba: The Mexican fast-casual restaurant will give you your choice of a burrito, bowl, quesadilla, tortilla soup or the smokey habanero BBQ brisket, gratis, if you share a kiss with someone at the register. Choose your partner wisely, we’re talking free food here.

Pressed Juicery: Is your Valentine a health guru? Send them a “Valentine’s Day Gram”, which includes a free mini 2 ounce juice. Plus, you’ll get your own free mini juice in strawberry almond, citrus, or charcoal lemonade (redeem in stores only).

Whataburger: You could be one of three couples to win free “date nights for a year” in the burger chain’s Valentine’s Day contest. Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of a Whataburger date night using the hashtag #WhataloveContest now through Feb. 8.

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits: Stop by to buy a heart-shaped Bo-Berry biscuit for your honey—now through Feb. 14 at participating locations. The treats are baked with berries inside and topped with vanilla icing. Plus, you can make cute (and free) customized e-cards on their site.

Chuck E. Cheese’s: If you head over to the family-friendly chain on either of the two days leading up to Valentine’s Day—Feb. 12 and Feb. 13— you’ll find yourself gifted one free brownie square (per guest) from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jack in the Box: The hamburger franchise is here to relieve your V-Day blues. On Feb. 14, if you tweet a taco emoji and a telephone emoji to @JackBoxon Twitter (instead of your texting your ex), Jack will respond with not only words of encouragement but a code to redeem free delivery with Doordash on any of your favorite indulgent menu items. Keep in mind this is all first come, first serve for the first 500 people to tweet them. You’ll also need to spent a $10 minimum on food or beverage—but that shouldn’t be too difficult when there are both curly fries AND churros on the menu.

Hot Dog Sushi? Kim Kardashian Invents 'Creative' Food to Please North and Saint

Kim Kardashian West isn’t afraid to get creative in the kitchen!

On Saturday, the mom of three shared that she had come up with a brand new type of food for her daughter North, 4 ½, and son Saint, 2, to eat: hot dog sushi rolls.

Sharing a photo of the innovative snack on her Instagram Stories, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 37, explained that “when your kids LOVE sushi & hotdogs you get creative.”

The reality star and husband Kanye West are also parents to daughter Chicago West, who was born in January.

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The KKW Beauty mogul also continued to break her “no jewelry” rule on Saturday as she posted a picture of a series of chain necklaces arranged over her cleavage, including one which read “Pablo,” likely a tribute to her husband‘s last album, The Life of Pablo.

A few of the other layered necklaces Kardashian West wore also seemed to be a testament to her love for West, as they appeared to be from his 12-piece jewelry collection, which consists of thick-band rings and medallion-style pendant necklaces.

“Hey Saturday,” she simply captioned the shot.

RELATED: Kim Kardashian Posts Topless Photo Taken by Daughter North West

Kardashian West recently caused a stir after posting a topless photo to her Instagram feed on Thursday, which she said was taken by her 4 ½-year-old daughter.

In the photo, the reality star wears an unclasped bra, black spandex and she conceals her chest with her hands. Her reflection (as well as North’s) can be seen in the mirror.

Kardashian West’s hair is brunette in the photo, which indicates it’s probably a throwback as the busy mom of three has remained committed to her platinum locks.

Gerry’s Restaurant & Bar—Home Of The Festive And Authentic Filipino Food

More than 20 years ago, Gerry Apolinario and his high school buddy, Jerome Ngo, opened their first business venture called Gerry’s Grill.

Both of them admitted that they had no any background in cooking, as well as in running a restaurant.

But with high hopes and determination, they took risks and opened their first branch on February 14, 1997.

It was built at a small corner of Tomas Morato in Quezon City. And now, they can’t stop looking back with happiness at how much has happened to them and their business since that first step.

Jerome shared that most of the menus of their restaurant were from Gerry’s recipe list since it was him who was more into cooking.

“I don’t know how to cook, but I really like to eat,” Jerome said to Phil Star.

Gerry’s Grill Into Gerry’s Restaurant & Bar

Image Credits: Phil Star,Dude4Food

Their first branch became a success, so they followed it with a second branch located at Jupiter street in Makati.

The latter flourished quickly, and from that, they decided to make strategies such as connecting to people from the corporate world for their management team.

However, since that was the time when grill-themed restaurants were at their hype, they needed to make a distinction among the bunch of restaurants offering grilled food.

“Almost any concept back then had a grill. [Competition] was really cutthroat because they were opening left and right, and their menus were also pretty good.”

“There was an identity struggle then because people would go [and ask]: What was the name of that grill again?” said senior marketing manager, Francis Villaluz, to Inquirer.

So after the trend of grill restaurants ended, Gerry’s Grill had to cope with the next course of dining trends which was Western-style—so they became Gerry’s Restaurant & Bar.

Through the change in the restaurant’s concept, they consistently served a wide variety of Filipino food.

“The owners were young back then. They were 29-year-olds who wanted a place to hang out on a Friday night.”

“That was the original concept, but they went with the flow, so to speak, and when people wanted food and variety, they [gave them] that.”

Now, their outlets are mostly located in places like malls where families, friends or workers usually stay.

“We offer a wide variety, and the combinations of our items are a little bit more festive. And since the Filipino culture involves sharing [food], you get to sample more, which makes our dining experience a little bit more exciting.”

Hello US, Singapore & Qatar!

Image Credit: Gerry’s Grill

Having rapidly expanded in more than 20 years, Gerry’s now has 89 stores including their branches in the US, Singapore, and Qatar.

And by the end of the year, the company aims to open their 100th branch.

They said that because of their customers’ fondness for Gerry’s Grill, their branches continued to grow, which also led to interested franchisees contacting them.

“Interest was not just limited to those from Filipino communities abroad, but from foreigners as well. We have foreign partners for our Qatar and Singapore ventures.”

Their outlets in Singapore are located at the Rasapura Masters food court at Marina Bay Sand, and at the Cuppage Road.

“Aside from expansion, the opening of more branches in Singapore aims to promote Filipino cuisine in locales where many tourists go. It’s about time we go mainstream,” Gerry said to Phil Star.

Featured Image Credit: Phil Star

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Michigan governor admits his prison food privatization scheme has failed

State prisoners in Michigan would no longer rely on scandal-plagued for-profit vendors to feed them under the budget Gov. Rick Snyder (R) proposed Wednesday.

Snyder’s FY2019 budget plan adds $13.7 million in Corrections funding to move prison food service back into public hands. It is a dramatic reversal for Snyder, who initiated the privatization of the prison food system in late 2013.

Snyder’s move to hand prison kitchens over to profit-seekers placed an inherently public duty — adequately and safely feeding the incarcerated — at odds with the shareholder-service ambitions of the vendors he put Michigan into bed with.

Snyder acknowledged things didn’t work out like he’d hoped on Wednesday.

“We’ve worked with a couple of different private vendors,” Snyder said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “The benefits of continuing on that path don’t outweigh the costs and we should transition back to doing it in-house.”

This is a grave understatement. Michigan’s first prison food contractor was Aramark, a company most Americans only encounter when they get a hot dog at a baseball game or go to a college dining hall for lunch.

Aramark repeatedly failed to provide the minimum caloric nutrition required by the contract Michigan gave it. Underfeeding prisoners should be scandalous enough on its own, but Aramark was also given to more flamboyant transgressions of prisoner rights.

It served maggot-ridden food to inmates. One of its employees knowingly ordered workers to serve meat that had thawed in a broken freezer for days. Another had staff pluck rat-bitten snack cakes out of the trash can, spread frosting over the tooth marks, and serve them.

When the company’s staff weren’t underfeeding people with dangerous and contaminated food, they were breaking prison rules. Some were caught smuggling contraband. Others were caught having sex with people serving prison sentences.

Michigan eventually yanked Aramark’s deal. But Snyder wasn’t yet convinced that such failures are a predictable byproduct of the corner-cutting incentives of privatized public service. His administration explicitly said it was terminating the deal for cost reasons and not due to Aramark’s dangerous and inhumane food provision work.

Almost immediately, he hired a different company called Trinity to smooth out Aramark’s rough places. Trinity didn’t. Prisoners in Michigan were once again expected to accept insufficient and tainted food. Maggots showed up on cafeteria trays again. Aramark had had 186 staffers banned from prison grounds for violating various rules about inmate contact and security protocol. Trinity managed to get 176 staffers banned for similar misconduct.

None of this should have been surprising. Privatization of public duties is a bad gamble in almost every case — whether it’s a toll bridge or a parking meter system or the more viscerally human question of what people doing hard time should be expected to put in their bodies.

Handing the keys of a public problem over to profit-driven penny-pinchers almost always delivers a worse outcome for the public than paying an in-house workforce. Performing public services with public employees also keeps taxpayer money involved inside your local economy rather than shipping large chunks of it off to distant corporate accounts.

Snyder may have been slow on the uptake here, but the proposal to re-invest in professionalism and purpose-driven service is a welcome change for the many organizations that have sought to bring attention to the system’s abuses.

“The abuses and waste that have resulted from these contracts have endangered corrections officers, prison employees, and prisoners. It’s about time Snyder showed some common sense and took our advice,” said Lonnie Scott of Progress Michigan, which helped expose early failures in the Aramark deal.

“It’s time to return this service back to public employees and out of the hands of out-of-state corporations.”

Exclusive: Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they have received certain public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration.

#EatTheRainbow: Colorful food from around the world


Colorful food has been making waves around the world of late, and 2018 will see no stop to that trend. But before Instagram came along, did you know that bright foods have been staples in many countries for years?

Red: Red Velvet Cake (USA)

First up in the rainbow, it’s red. And what could be more red than Red Velvet Cake? Honestly, the clue is in the name! Sure, it’s not really a naturally occurring shade, but the Cheesecake has been an American classic since the 1920’s, with its exact origins somewhat disputed. Was it pioneered by the Adams Extract Company? Or by the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York? Who knows – but what we do know, is that it’s delicious.

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Orange: Mango Salsa (Central & South America)

The tradition of making sauce from fruits dates back to pre-Columbian times. Mango salsa is simply a variation on fresh salsa (Spanish for “sauce”), that’s used across the region as well as generally in Spanish cooking.

Yellow: Polenta (Italy)

This staple of Northern Italian cuisine, Polenta, is a pale yellow in colour. And it’s delicious. On paper, it doesn’t sound too great – boiled cornmeal, yum – but you have to trust us here! You can have it served hard and firm, or creamy and soft, and it’s found everywhere in the country; whether you’re looking for cheap eats, or something a little fancier.

Green: Matcha Ice Cream (Japan)

Green ice cream? What sorcery is this? Who cares – it tastes amazing! Matcha actually originates in China, but it’s widely found across Japan and they use it in traditional tea ceremonies there. Of course, with Japan being famed for a culture that so easily blurs the contrast of modern and old, it’s now used to flavor ice cream, too.

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Blue: Butterfly Pea Powder Latte (Thailand)

Watching boring old tea transform into a beautiful blue is like watching a butterfly complete its transformation… so that’s how we like to think it got its name. In actual fact, the drink – which can be found across Thailand – is made by brewing tea made from the vibrant butterfly pea flower.

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Indigo & Violet: Purple Corn Pudding (Peru)

Move over “normal” corn. In Peru, you can actually get it of the purple variety! It’s hard to find elsewhere, but when you’re off on your travels, trying it in their signature pudding is a must. Mazamorra Morada uses purple corn, fruits, cinnamon and sugar to hit that sweet spot. Good news: it’s super good for you, too. The darker your food, the more antioxidants it contains. Who knew?

Rainbow: Skittles (UK)

Want to “taste the rainbow” – quite literally? British favorite sweeties come in all kinds of colors, literally every color of the rainbow! Fun fact: they’re completely devoid of color during

Rainbow: Mermaid Drinks (Mexico)

Heading to Mexico? Starbucks created a mermaid drink, exclusive to the country. The reason why it’s so unique? Its blend of green melon crème and topped with blue vanilla whipped cream, blue and pink sugar crystals and iridescent violet pearls, probably means it’s a tad on the naughty side to be available everywhere!

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Rainbow: Unicorn Drinks (Worldwide)

When Starbucks released their drinks swirling all the colors in the galaxy, it only made multi-colored drinks mainstream – but the reality is, you can find unicorn inspired drinks all around the world if you know where to look! Check this one out from California.

We’re seeing more and more wild and wonderful rainbow food cropping up in the most unnatural – but awesome – ways. From rainbow layer cake to rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches, to donuts and even mermaid croissants?! The world’s food scene is getting a whole lot more innovative. And more fun, too!

If that hasn’t satisfied your curious foodie self, check out where to find foods in a darker shade of black here >

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