Yes, I took that photo myself. How did you know? How did you know that wasn’t the work of a professional food photographer? I mean, the food doesn’t look perfect, that’s for sure—isn’t that the point? (Um, it’s a little more complicated than that.) Every issue of Food & Drink since Summer 2011 has contained…

Every issue of Food & Drink since Summer 2011 has contained one of my columns. Here’s the latest one, from the Spring 2016 issue. (NOTE: The image is unique to this blog entry.) Note: The original title was “Flirting with Danger: Should you acknowledge your competitors or pretend to exist alone in an empty universe?” but it…

Every issue of Food & Drink since Summer 2011 has contained one of my columns. Here’s the latest one, from the Fall 2015 issue. (NOTE: The illustrations and videos are unique to this blog entry.) Whether you’re a major chain, a one-off restaurant in the burbs, or the trendy venture of a serial investor with…

Arby’s has reinvigorated their brand, using the medium of television advertising. KFC is running television advertising because if they don’t, sales drop—and as long as they’re running ads, they might as well try something that appears to be retro-hip and fundamental to who they are. That’s a fun, fascinatingly odd ad for the Colonel, isn’t it?…

Pizza Hut hot dog crust pizza! KFC chicken crust pizza (the suspiciously Snoop-Doggy KFChizza)! Captain Crunch fried tie-ins with an eye to a marriage that captures the same magic as the Doritos + Taco Bell union. By comparison, Arby’s brown sugar bacon seems relatively restrained. Relatively. So yeah. It’s summertime, which is funtime. And I’m certain everyone is still in awe…