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It's Wednesday, February 20, and In-N-Out Is Pissed About Puma's In-N-Out Sneakers

Also, this man went to a dog park wearing nothing but peanut butter and gold lamé undies.

by Hannah Keyser
Feb 20 2019, 5:27pm

Welcome to Off-Menu, where we'll be rounding up all the food news and food-adjacent internet ephemera that delighted, fascinated, or infuriated us this morning.


  • When Puma's red-and-yellow-and-palm-tree-accented “Cali-0 Drive Thru” sneakers came across my feed, I just assumed they were officially affiliated with In-N-Out—probably because all the coverage of them specifically name-dropped the burger chain. When they sold out in a matter of days, CBS Bay Area touted that "Puma’s In-N-Out-Themed Sneakers Sell Out Quickly." But, apparently, In-N-Out had nothing to do with the shoes, and despite how popular they are (or perhaps because of it) they'd like Puma to knock it off. Officially. “There has been no collaboration between In-N-Out Burger and Puma,” Denny Warnick, In-N-Out’s vice president of operations, told Nation's Restaurant News. He also said that they are looking into sending a cease and desist letter. It makes sense that In-N-Out would be pissed, but knowing the sneakers are bootleg just makes me want them even more.
  • Papa John's, which is struggling financially and has seen its stock prices plummet lately, just announced a new forthcoming specialty pizza: Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles. Which is proof that if aliens landed on our planet tomorrow and started reading pizza chain promotional news, they would have no idea what pizza is.
    • If you were wondering why this man, 25-year-old Steven Shrout of the Dallas area, was at a dog park wearing nothing but underwear and a generous coating of peanut butter, it's apparently because he lost a fantasy football bet. If you were not wondering why a man was in a dog park wearing nothing but underwear and peanut butter, please don't tell me anything personal about your life.
    • Taste has published an in-depth history of scrapple, the world's greatest food and the reason I will eventually move back to Philadelphia.

    Not News

    A UK study found that millennials spend "over £3,000 a year on coffee, socialising, food and clothes." This appears to be another tired attempt to shame an arbitrary age bracket for struggling economically because of factors beyond their control. But this is particularly egregious and internally illogical, considering things like food and clothes are necessary expenses. I mean, it's true that I could probably afford a down payment on a home if I never ate, but is that the new standard?

    Something Nice

    What follows, if you click through, is nearly 6,000 discrete pieces of evidence that our parents put up with so much.

    Buy This Beer

    Cookie Puss beer

    In honor of Carvel's 85th birthday this year (sure), the ice cream company partnered with Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. on two special-edition beers inspired by Cookie Puss, their iconic ice cream cake character, whose name is a lot less notable if you first learned about it as a small child and then just accepted it as meaningless sounds for the rest of your life. The "thick and creamy Milkshake IPA" could well be good, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't come with a thin layer of crunchies buried inside.

    In N Out