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Aretha Franklin Pink's Hot Dogs Was Her Fav ... Polish Dog Loaded, Please!!!

8/17/2018 1:33 PM PDT

How's this for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T? One of Aretha Franklin's favorite joints paid tribute to the late singer with a gigantic banner making it crystal clear ... she'll never be forgotten. 

Hollywood's famous Pink's Hot Dogs has good reason to bow to The Queen ... Aretha loved her some Pink's, in particular the spicy Polish dog -- loaded!

Simple, yet mouthwatering -- mustard, chili and onions. Aretha loved Pink's so much, she had it brought to one of her shows in downtown L.A. and chowed down during intermission. When she came back onstage she wore a ballgown and a Pink's hat for the rest of the show!

And Pink's traveled for Aretha ... for one of her birthday celebrations in Detroit, she flew out a Pink's staffer to serve up the famous dogs.

BTW ... Aretha was not alone. Sometimes the line for Pink's stretches for more than a block. She was a taste-maker with good taste.

Anthony Bourdain Live Like The Chef ... In New York City

8/13/2018 12:50 AM PDT

People all over the world felt a special connection to Anthony Bourdain ... and now's your chance to live like the beloved chef and TV host. 

Bourdain's New York City apartment is available for rent. His 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is listed for $14,200 per month. It's located at the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle.

The pad features views of the Hudson River and New York City skyline. It's decked out with hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Food was Bourdain's passion and claim to fame ... and the 'Parts Unknown' host's condo has a full kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances ... decked out with white marble countertops.

The building's a short walk from plenty of good eats. There's also a health club, spa, screening room, sundeck, concierge service and residents' lounge.

As you know ... Bourdain died 2 months ago in France from an apparent suicide.

He was 61.

French Master Chef Joel Robuchon Dead at 73

8/6/2018 6:29 AM PDT

Joel Robuchon, who has a seismic influence on French food turning it from stuffy to fun and accessible, is dead.

Robuchon's impact on food was so enormous, he was called "cook of the century" back in 1990. One of the things he did that has been enduring ... letting diners have a peek into how his food is cooked and plated. He was the first major chef to make it cool for diners to sit at a counter next to the kitchen.

Robuchon appeared on "Top Chef" and a variety of French cooking shows.

He was the holder of more Michelin stars than any chef in the world for years. As of 2016, he held 32 stars -- his peak. This year he had 31.  

Perhaps his signature dish ...  puree de pomme -- which you probably know as mashed potatoes. He prepared it simply, but it was amazing.

Robuchon died in Geneva from pancreatic cancer.

Joel was 73.


'Game of Thrones' Star Mountain Becomes Colonel ... Pulls Massive Box of Chicken!!!

8/4/2018 2:58 PM PDT

It looks like KFC's found its next Colonel Sanders -- The Mountain from "Game of Thrones" ... and he's in the Colonel's duds doing something very Mountain-esque.

TMZ got video of Hafthor Julius Bjornsson -- aka Thor, the 2018 World's Strongest Man -- decked out in the famous white suit for a one-of-a-kind video shoot ... for the record books.

We're told it was a success, and along with also being a 4-time Europe's Strongest Man winner and a 7-time Strongest Man in his native Iceland ... he now holds the record for pulling the most fried chicken!

That's finger lickin' impressive.

It's unclear if The Mountain's officially joining the club of actors turned KFC spokesmen like Darrell Hammond, Norm Macdonald, Jim Gaffigan, George Hamilton and Rob Riggle, but if he does ... he'll easily be the strongest of the group.

Unless Riggle's really been working out.

Jon Bon Jovi Meets Bon Jovi ... The 19-lb. Lobster

8/4/2018 12:04 PM PDT
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Jon Bon Jovi gives lobsters a good name ... his own!

The rock star surprised shoppers and fans at Long Island supermarket Stew Leonard's Saturday by popping in to promote his new line of rosé ... which he launched earlier this year with his son.

We're told as soon as word got out Bon Jovi was there, people started showing up to the store in droves ... so police had to be called for crowd control.

Fortunately ... everything was chill, and was highlighted by CEO Stew Leonard Jr. introducing the "Livin' On A Prayer" singer to his 19.5-lb. lobster ... named Bon Jovi.

Barack Obama & Joe Biden Reunited and It Feels So Good!!

7/30/2018 2:20 PM PDT

Barack Obama and Joe Biden's bromance is back in full effect -- as if it ever stopped -- and they're back in D.C. for a power lunch.

The former Prez and Veep hit up Dog Tag Bakery Monday in the Beltway ... surprising the hell outta everyone at the nonprofit bakery. Dog Tag serves as a "living business school" for veterans looking to enter the civilian workforce.

Barry and Joe chowed down on a couple of sandwiches -- ham and gruyere and turkey with brie -- and a fennel salad. They also indulged in a mint-basil olive oil cake, chocolate chip cookie and brownie.

Dog Tag's CEO, Meghan Ogilvie, told The Washingtonian their appearance freaked out everybody, and the duo shook everyone's hands, took selfies and recognized each of the service members who work there.

It ain't a Jay-Z and Beyonce concert, but we're guessing Joe's just happy to kick it with his guy again. Good luck topping this #MCM!

Papa John Sues Papa John's ... They Did Me Dirty

7/26/2018 1:39 PM PDT
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The founder of Papa John's is feeling burned by his former company ... and he's demanding some answers from the pizza giant's board of directors.

John Schnatter filed a lawsuit in Delaware Thursday to get Papa John's to disclose all documents related to its response to him using the n-word. Schnatter wants to see the docs, "because of the unexplained and heavy-handed way in which the company has treated him since the publication of a story that falsely accused him of using a racial slur."

In the suit, Schnatter says it's impossible the board took an appropriate amount of time to make informed decisions ... which included terminating certain business agreements.

As we reported ... he resigned as chairman of Papa John's International, and also left the University of Louisville's Board of Trustees, after he was called out for using the n-word on a conference call in May. Schnatter insists reports falsely characterized the way he used the word.

Schnatter isn't looking for any serious dough in the lawsuit for now ... he just wants them to hand over company records.

McDonald's Fight Customer Is NOT Loving It!!! After Tag Team Beatdown

7/26/2018 11:16 AM PDT

3:20 PM PT -- The brawl video has caught the attention of corporate, a rep tells us the company is investigating the incident. The rep adds, "We do not condone the behavior depicted in this video."One McDonald's customer learned a tough lesson: DO NOT try to steal from the soda machine, and definitely don't pick a fight with employees, 'cause ya might get your ass mopped.

A video posted Wednesday night shows a young lady getting into a blowout with 2 staffers at an undisclosed McDonald's -- and it's one of the worst ass beatings we've ever seen. One much taller staffer tossed the customer like a rag doll ... literally.

Hair is pulled, faces are smashed, boobs pop out -- and all of that happened to the customer. Spoiler alert: David doesn't beat Goliath this time.

BTW, the person who shot the video says this was all over the customer attempting to use a water cup to sneak soda from the fountain machine.

NFL's DeMarcus Ware I Won't Dump Papa John's ... After N-Word Scandal

7/25/2018 6:39 AM PDT
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Just because the NFL cut ties with Papa John's doesn't mean DeMarcus Ware will follow suit -- in fact, the ex-Broncos star is BRAGGING about ordering a PJ's pizza ... despite the n-word controversy. 

Ware -- who's now a consultant with the Broncos -- had a hankering for some pizza Tuesday night and let everyone know the only shop that could satisfy his craving was Papa. 

Interesting considering the NFL and several major sports teams (including the Yankees, Rangers and ATL Falcons) suspended their relationships with the company after it came out that founder John Schnatter used the n-word on a company conference call.

But, D-Ware clearly don't care ... ordering up a big ole pie at around 11 PM CT Tuesday night and captioning the act with, "It's about to go down!!!"

The order? Some sort of ham and ground beef mix ... with THREE garlic dipping sauces. Even D-Ware's dog wants in on the action.

Judging from the video, it seems Ware knows he's gonna catch hell from some people over the order -- but, at the time, the pizza was the priority. 

Jay-Z & Beyonce Get Standing O Leaving Dinner And a Hug Goodbye for Jay

7/23/2018 6:26 PM PDT

Jay-Z and Beyonce are doing it big in Europe, and the locals have certainly noticed when they're around ... just ask these folks who got on their feet when the couple left dinner.

Bey and Jay were dining at a restaurant called Aurora in Capri Monday night, and they got a standing ovation and major round of applause as they were exiting. We're told the owner saw them out personally, and it looks like she snuck in a hug on Jay. 

He was clearly going for a high five or handshake, but hey ... shoot your shot, lady. Also, it's Italy ... everyone's hugging and kissing each other hello and goodbye all the time. 

Buona notte, Carters. 

Drake Plays Ice Cream Man ... Drops $10k on Frozen Treats

7/21/2018 4:26 PM PDT

Drake knows what makes for a cool summer -- ice cream! -- so he threw down some cash to have it handed it out in a lucky L.A. neighborhood.

The 'Scorpion' rapper and singer paid more than $10,000 for 1,000 individual frozen treats at 5 different locations in the L.A. suburbs Friday. We're told 4 stands were set up in Hidden Hills and one at The Commons at Calabasas ... all giving away free goodies.

Sources close to the giveaway tell us Drake did it to promote his new album -- lyrics are plastered on the sides of the Ice Cream Occasions carts -- and because he thought it'd be a "cool thing to do on a hot day for the community."

We're told the community -- especially the kids -- shared in his feelings.

Jeff Bezos In Prime Position for Paparazzi

7/20/2018 6:59 AM PDT

Jeff Bezos was a man of no words Thursday night ... as a throng of paparazzi fired off what seemed like 100 questions in 10 seconds.

We got the Amazon CEO in WeHo leaving Craig's ... and he showed rare talent -- somehow walking to his car as if the only thing in the air were birds chirping.

The $150 BILLION man was peppered with questions, ranging from his rivalry with Elon Musk to his glitches with Prime Day earlier this week.

Oh, and one pap asked for an internship. Good luck.

Jay-Z, Beyonce & Bono Rocking Dinner Party in Nice ... C'est La Vie!

7/18/2018 9:45 AM PDT

The closest thing to a Bono-Jay-Z-Beyonce collaboration went down in Nice, France with the help of a backing band that strolled up to their dinner table ... and it was all recorded by Beyonce's mom, Tina.

Jay and Bey wrapped the first leg of their On the Run II tour in the south of France and, during dinner with the U2 frontman, family and friends ... they got serenaded by a band at the restaurant.

Ya gotta hand it to the band for its rendition of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" because it got Bono and co. dancing along. Beyonce was a little camera shy.

Tina patted herself on the back for the footage, calling herself the "mamarazzi."

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