The Wall Street Journal labeled it a “Halloween horror story.” The Internet called it something else: a “pumpkin panic.”
During the first week of October, the Journal reported that Starbucks stores around the country were running out of the syrup used to make its Pumpkin Spice Latte — one of several fall drinks the chain releases seasonally, for a limited time.
Customers, like those who frequent StarbucksGossip.com, were shocked.
“WHAT IS HAPPENING?” wrote one user.
The answer is simple.
On a normal Tuesday, Summer Pendle takes orders of duck fat fries, bluefish rillettes and roasted chicken from guests at the dining room tables made from salvaged bowling alley lanes at Northern Spy Food Co. in New York City’s East Village.
On Tuesday, October 30, Pendle found herself nowhere near normal: stranded in California due to airport closures and out of work for the unforeseen future.
“It is hard being stranded in California and watching your city crumble,” she said.
That day after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, an estimated 7.9 million businesses and households up and down the East Coast – including Northern Spy Food Co. – were left without power. As of November 6, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said approximately 400,000 New Yorkers were similarly still without power.
As electricity returned this weekend and local businesses began to regain their footing, Sandy's impact had a serious ripple effect - especially for hourly wage earners in the restaurant industry, like Pendle, who lost up to an entire week of pay.
Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Jeremy Harlan is a CNN photojournalist. He has a hungry baby and he loves Vienna sausage.
Ever wonder how the press corps keeps their stamina as they trek from stump to stump with presidential hopefuls? Our Jeremy Harlan is keeping a detailed food diary as he's embedded with Mitt Romney's campaign. Read diaries from days One, Two, Three and Four
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
This is nacho average Tuesday - November 6 is, more importantly, Election Day, but it's also National Nachos Day!
Nachos originated in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras. In the 1940s, legend has it that military wives from the nearby Fort Duncan went to a small hotel restaurant for a bite to eat. Even though the place had closed for the day, maitre d' Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya took pity on the women's hunger pangs and made them a snack. Not being a cook, all he could come up with was tortilla chips topped with cheese and jalapeño slices.