Month: February 2021

Healthy soul food? You bet, says Meik Meals creator

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Femeika Elliott started her business — Meik Meals — because of a product she herself needed. 

Meik Meals providing a healthy alternative



Elliott, who is a probation officer in the County Mayor’s office, says that when she was in college at MTSU, she was always the one throwing the party. “I’d be the one grilling the barbecue, feeding everyone on Sundays after church. Food has always been a big part of my life. I love to eat. In fact, it’s my favorite thing!” 

a man holding a sign: Femeika Elliott of Meik Meals poses for a photo outside Real Good Kitchen on Magnolia Avenue, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

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Why Are Chefs Riffing on Fast Food in D.C. Right Now?

Ask any chef for their earliest fast food memory and prepare to smile. Chef Jon Taub reminisces about trips to Roy Rogers with his dad when he was growing up in Philadelphia. “You know the Fixin’s Bar?” the chef and co-owner of Bub & Pop’s asks. “You got your burger and then you could put all that shit on it. It’s kind of like your first chance to be a chef.”

Chef Katsuya Fukushima of the Daikaya Group recalls the intoxicating aroma of McDonald’s fries in California. He could smell it from miles away, until he couldn’t. “They used to

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6 Fast Food Chains That Changed Their Design During the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way a lot of businesses operate. Retailers, for example, have had to rethink their store layouts to allow for wider aisles and improved traffic flow. Similarly, restaurants have had to push tables farther apart in an effort to adhere to social distancing requirements.

This shift has impacted fast food establishments, too. In fact, a number of popular chains took steps to change their design due to the pandemic. Here are a few notable adjustments.

1. Burger King

Burger King, a Restaurant Brands International (NYSE: QSR) chain, unveiled two new restaurant designs earlier in the

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Ugly Side Effects of Eating Fast Food Every Day, According to Experts

More often than not, most people order burgers, fries, and sugar-filled drinks when they go through a fast-food drive-thru. While it might taste great at the moment, this type of meal lacks the essential nutrients we need including fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that a balanced diet would deliver.

“These nutrients are essential for both optimum health and protecting your body from inflammation and oxidation,” Poon says.

In fact, according to The Cleveland Clinic, the five most inflammatory foods are added sugars, trans fat, red and processed meats, too many omega-6 fatty acids (found in oils), and

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