The Olympic Village Menu

Free! Free! Free! That’s the million-dollar word for Olympians who moved into the swanky Olympic Village digs in Whistler/Vancouver. After the games, the upscale athlete neighborhood will convert to a residential neighborhood, but for now it’s free living, free Wii, and free food.

 “Food, folks and fun” is the name of the game and “bah, dah, dah, dah, dah…” the athlete’s “are loving it.” For the eighth consecutive Olympics, fast food mega-chain, McDonald’s, spreads its golden arches in the Olympic Village, and they are the only official restaurant feeding the Olympians. On the eve of the Olympic’s Opening Ceremonies, with the help of Olympic gold medalists Cassie Campbell (Canada), Shawn Johnson (USA), Picabo Street (USA) and Katarina Witt (Germany), the fast food chain unveiled its new upcoming menu item — Real Fruit Smoothies.

Available in Strawberry Banana and Wild Berry, the beverages will debut at the three McDonald’s restaurants in the village. For the rest of us, we will just have to wait for the summertime when the Real Fruit Smoothies becomes part of the McCafe line-up. Other items being served to the Olympians include, Mickey D’s signature item, the Big Mac, as well as Chicken McNuggets with a new Spicy Szechwan dipping sauce, and of course, the international favorite French Fries

Now, don’t you worry about your favorite athlete over-indulging on meat and carbs; salads and parfaits will also be available on the menu as well. Beyond McDonald’s there are other options, the Olympic Village contains a cafeteria which serves dishes like Egg Foo Young, Chuckwagon Chowder, Carved Jamaican Pork Tenderloin, and grilled chicken and roast potatoes. The catering is provided by Sodexo.

*Olympic Village Cafeteria Menu Breakfast:

  • Breakfast: (4am -10am) Cereal, egg dishes, assortment of breads, meats, potato dishes, and other hot items such as waffles.
  • Lunch (10am – 4pm) and Dinner: (4pm-12am) – Lunch and dinner meals include soups, international entrees, an Asian section, grill/carvery, a Native Canadian section, pizza and pasta, halal and various vegetables and starches (rice, noodles, pasta).
  • Late Night-soups, pizza, salads, omelets, pasta, salads and a Native Canadian section. *Menu taken from:

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by Monica Johnson

Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast

For the second year in a row, Denny’s announced plans to serve Free Grand Slam breakfasts as part of its Super Bowl campaign. The giveaway will take place on Tuesday, February 9th,  from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the company expects to serve 2 million free meals including some signature dishes such as waffles, pancakes, sausage and eggs. Dennys has over 1,500 locations nationwide.

In addition to the free breakfast on Tuesday, Denny’s is also offering a chance to win a free breakfast once a week as part of their rewards program. The first 500,000 people to sign up can win a free burger and fries, which they can eat in March.

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Golden Globe 2010 Menu: Feeding the Stars

2009 Golden Globe Award Winner Kate Winslet

As one of Hollywood’s most celebrated events of the year, the Golden Globes are viewed by millions of people in over 150 countries worldwide. And we generally know what to expect by the time the 67th annual ceremony rolls around on Jan. 17— the bright lights, gilded statuettes and round tables filled with celebrities. The only thing you probably aren’t used to seeing is what the stars are eating for dinner.

The thought of some celebrities actually eating a real meal might surprise the fans who watch them on screen showcasing their well-trained physiques, but part of the time-honored traditions of this event—held every year at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills—is the food.

This year is no different, albeit a little less flashy than you might expect. According to a recent Associated Press article, the menu includes herb-crusted mozzarella and grilled eggplant salad over vine ripe tomatoes, braised beef short ribs and artichoke sweet pepper ragout, as well as sautéed sea bass with truffle endive fritto.

Moet, still the official champagne brand of the Globes for the past 16 years, will be adding some social lubricant to the party with personal-sized bottles topped with mini-champagne flutes.

For dessert, a chocolate concoction, called “The Envelope Please,” includes a dark chocolate truffle filled with chocolate mousse and mandarin orange jelly sitting next to a chocolate envelope with a thin letter-sized piece of chocolate poking out of it.

With approximately 1300 guests in attendance, the challenge of serving and satisfying the diverse pallets of everyone from Zoe Saldana to Mickey Rourke has to be a challenge, And can you imagine having to plan a menu six months in advance just to make sure everything is perfect? Soon a team of over 100 chefs will be working from 6 a.m. to midnight the day of the awards all the way to the last minute before service ends.

But maybe it helps that the culinary staff will be using some familiar products. With an eye towards fresh, California cooking and the use of native products, the menu for the Globes this year is steeped in predictably tasty local flavors. Organized by Beverly Hilton executive chef Suki Sugiura (a four-time veteran of the Golden Globes) the menu is one that seems to symbolize Hollywood’s health-conscious culture, minus the dessert. And even though Hollywood surpassed $10 billion dollars in box office profit, it’s nice to see that the menu keeps things modest and light.

Article by Nate Jackson

Touched by a Culinary Angel with a Cajun Twist (Now Closed)

Lozina “Lo-La” Stephens, owner of Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food

East Austin, Texas is the proud home of the Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food. The charming purple restaurant, unforgettably covered in alligators, is the brainchild of Lozina “Lo-La” Stephens. According to Stephens, after having a series of God-influenced dreams depicting the minute and major details of her eatery, she created the Nubian Queen.

An experienced cook, Lola learned the ropes of food preparation while “…sitting on a rice sack…” in her mother’s kitchen. The culinary diva expresses her love of cooking by working in the kitchen with love, Jesus, and olive oil. “Cooking,” she declares, “is the best way to a person’s heart.”

There are no guests, patrons, or customers at the Nubian Queen. Stephens affectionately refers to her clients as angels. These angels help the Nubian Queen stay open and fulfill Lozina’s God-appointed duty of aiding the homeless.

Every Sunday “The Queen” is closed. Although the doors are closed to paying angels, the restaurant welcomes the homeless in every Sunday for a meal. In the backyard of “The Nubian Queen,” Lola distributes her culinary blessings to the less fortunate.

With tasty menu items ranging from crawfish etouffe to burgers and fries, Nubian Queen Lola’s Cajun Soul Food will continue to be a blessing to all of Stephen’s angels-paying or not.

For more information on of Lozina “Lo-La” Stephens, check out her website at

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Article  by Catrina A. Sally