The Year’s 9 Highest-Calorie ‘Xtreme’ Restaurant Meals

How high can those numbers go? That’s the question each year as the nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) spotlights the restaurant-chain meals that pack in the highest calorie, fat and sodium counts. And just when you think those numbers can’t soar any more, consider this year’s “Xtreme Eating” awards: At the top spot is a  3,540-calorie Red Robin Gourmet Burgers “Monster” meal with a double burger, “bottomless” fries and Monster shake. The sodium alone …

Want Fries With That Test Tube Burger?

It’s a burger that cost $330,000 and the nicest thing they could say about it was, “It tastes close to meat.” I used to say that every time I ate in the school cafeteria, but this burger was different: It’s the very first meat grown entirely in a lab. Dutch scientists, bankrolled by Google cofounder Sergey Brim, wanted to come up with a way to make meat for the world’s growing population that didn’t involve the environmentally and economically costly …

Did This Actor Invent the Gourmet Hamburger?

If you’re a devotee of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, you may well know Harry Lewis, even though you might not recognize his name. In the 1948 classic Key Largo, Lewis played Edward “Toots” Bass, a dapper but menacing gunman in a gang – led by Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) – that takes the occupants of a hotel hostage as a hurricane approaches. When the hotel’s owner, portrayed by Lionel Barrymore, asks whether their motive is robbery, Lewis …