As UK eateries close, top chef switches to food boxes for needy
Apr06

As UK eateries close, top chef switches to food boxes for needy

LONDON (Reuters) – Londoners have been struggling to get their food shopping done as panic buying triggered by the coronavirus crisis has emptied supermarket shelves, but some will soon be receiving food boxes prepared by a Michelin star-winning chef instead. Andrew Wong, Michelin starred chef at A. Wong, prepares food at his restaurant for the elderly and needy, as as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez Andrew Wong, who serves up sophisticated interpretations of classic Chinese dishes at his restaurant in London’s Pimlico district, has had to abruptly close down along with the rest of the capital’s restaurateurs due to a government-mandated lockdown. “All our business plans have gone out the window anyway,” Wong told Reuters on Tuesday in the deserted premises of A.Wong, which boasts one star in the Michelin Guide, the bible of fine dining. “Whatever we can do in the immediate future – if we can help one person and make them temporarily happy, give them one meal, then that’s enough for the moment,” he said, cutting vegetables, preparing noodles and pouring sauce into takeaway containers. He and his staff have started producing cook-at-home boxes which they plan to give free of charge to vulnerable people who are struggling as radical measures to curb the spread of coronavirus take effect. The team plan to produce 50 to 100 of the boxes per day, dependent on available supplies. Distribution is a challenge, and they are in the process of working with local charities to make sure the boxes go to the people who need them most. “We’re working together with our local church, which has many links with local charities, who have also got volunteers who are going to distribute it to people in isolation, but also to food banks, the homeless, etc,” he said. Wong’s annual turnover is usually in the millions of pounds, much of which is absorbed by the cost of employing 70 to 80 staff members at A.Wong and its sister restaurant, Kym’s, in the City of London financial district. Source:...

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The Office’s John Krasinski launched a YouTube channel dedicated to good news
Apr06

The Office’s John Krasinski launched a YouTube channel dedicated to good news

John Krasinski, best known for playing Jim Halpert on NBC’s The Office, is back behind a desk and talking into a camera — this time, in a video on his new YouTube channel dedicated to sharing good news. The show is exactly what it sounds like: Krasinski will talk about a few heartwarming, good stories that people might be looking for right now while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are stories about the support cities around the world have shown health care workers from their own apartments, clapping and cheering out their windows. There are stories about a homeowner making a delivery driver’s day by leaving gifts on the porch. There are even stories about a man who purchased 100 lobsters in Maine to help a local fisherman. It’s an adorable video, made all the cuter by Krasinski’s sincerity. “I’m John Krasinski, and if it isn’t clear yet, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing,” he says. But since this is John Krasinski, there are a few guest appearances that make it a little more than a regular vlog. Krasinski is joined halfway in by Steve Carell, who played opposite him in The Office. The show just celebrated its 15-year-anniversary, and the two spoke a little about being on the series together, the lasting success it’s had, and their favorite scenes. Then, toward the end of the video, Krasinski talks to a teenager who went viral over the weekend. Courtney “Coco” Johnson returned home from her last chemotherapy treatment last week and was surprised by a group of her friends welcoming her back — from a safe social distance. “I wrote to your mom and told her that I cried for a very long time after watching that, just pure joy,” Krasinski tells her. “You guys rock for sharing that with the rest of the world.” Krasinski isn’t the first celebrity to turn to YouTube during the pandemic, but he is one of the first to do so just for fun. Late-night comedians like Seth Meyers, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert have uploaded daily “mini” versions of their shows from home. Like the late-night hosts, Krasinski’s tech setup isn’t superb by any stretch of the imagination. The artwork is drawn by his daughters, there’s no microphone for Krasinski to speak into, and it kind of looks like he’s filming with a low-grade webcam. “I’M JOHN KRASINSKI, AND IF IT ISN’T CLEAR YET, I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.” That only adds to the appeal of the video. This isn’t a big production designed to garner millions of subscribers and land top...

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Dating by drone in quarantine
Apr06

Dating by drone in quarantine

This guy tried dating by drone in...

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New York couple shout ‘I do’ as friend officiates wedding from his fourth-floor window
Apr06

New York couple shout ‘I do’ as friend officiates wedding from his fourth-floor window

In a time where fear is spreading rampantly thru the world, let us recognize another virus worth spreading- LOVE. “Reilly Jennings and Amanda Wheeler tied the knot on Friday at a ceremony held on a small street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. Matt Wilson, a friend and a licensed marriage officiant, leaned out of his fourth-floor window to lead the ceremony safely away from anyone who might be carrying coronavirus. “It was the most New York moment ever and was even more special to share with the entire neighborhood in such a scary and uncertain time,” Jennings told CNN. “I love this city.” -CNN Sources: CNN,...

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Here’s how Italy is making the most of quarantine
Apr06

Here’s how Italy is making the most of quarantine

Many countries across the world are implementing self isolation measures in order to flatten the curve of coronavirus, including Italy. The country was hit hard by COVID-19, resulting in empty streets and businesses. Although being quarantined to your home is not an ideal situation, Italians are making the most of their circumstances. Videos across social media show people singing with the neighbours on their street, dancing on their balconies and even cycling indoors. Here’s a look at some of the things people are doing to make life a little more cheerful right now. Sources: https://www.kelownanow.com/watercooler/news/news/COVID_19/VIDEO_Here_s_how_Italy_is_making_the_most_of_quarantine/#fs_84798...

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