Kansas City

Kansas City has another authentically French bakery.

Gabrianna, A French Bakery, located in Waldo, will deliver fresh pastries to your home, as well as cater a private or public event. Per their FB page:

Gabrianna is a French bakery delivery service new to the Kansas City area. Inspired by the culture and recipes of her native country, France, Cecile Rocher strives to bring traditional pastries, breads, desserts and cookies to those dreaming of having breakfast in Paris. But if a trip to Paris is not in your budget, hopefully an order from Gabrianna’s will transport your taste buds there for a fraction of the cost.

Juste la chose pour une main de petit déjeuner gratuity, n’est-ce pas?

Kansas City

Minnesota Vikings’ Donut Club

“We just like to see commitment from guys. We need to see proof that you want to be a part of this club and want to be part of something bigger than yourself.”

That quote isn’t just another cliché being spewed by an NFL player about next week’s game. It’s a passionate explanation from veteran linebacker Chad Greenway about a different kind of club that meets early on Saturday mornings and follows a rule book that’s nearly as detailed as the league’s: The Minnesota Vikings’ Donut Club.

By even acknowledging its existence, Greenway has already broken the first rule of Donut Club. “I’m now getting yelled at for talking about it,” he says. “It’s like Fight Club. You’re going to get me in trouble.”

Donut Club has its roots in the 2008 season, when starting quarterback Gus Frerotte brought a few dozen donuts into the training room one Saturday morning. 1 They were devoured in a matter of minutes, and it became a regular thing. “I just kept bringing donuts in because it’s a great thing to see when a guy sees fresh, big-ass donuts and they want to eat them,” says Frerotte, who retired after that ’08 season, his 15th in the NFL. If he returned to the Vikings’ training room now, he wouldn’t recognize the cult-like institution that grew from his humble act of generosity.

The Donut Club has a governing body, uniform, membership requirement, schedule and strict guidelines to ensure proper etiquette. “I had no idea that they turned it into a club,” Frerotte said from his home in the Pittsburgh area, unaware of his legacy. “I love that there are rules. That’s what makes the game fun. It’s really nice to have a common bond about something stupid like that.”

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The rules of Donut Club, as established by the board, have never been written down.

Until now.

Minnesota Vikings’ Donut Club

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  1. The donuts come from a local concern – YoYo Donuts. And because I know what you’re thinking…Delivery: Yes. $75 minimum order, within reasonable distance. Call Us! So if you want some you’re going to have to drive/fly up to Minnetonka, MN, yourself.

Burger King

In a little over 4 hours from this posting it will be April Fool’s Day in Japan. And, yes, they enjoy playing pranks as much as we do – maybe more. The most memorable of late was when Hachikō was “stolen” and France offered to replace him with a statue of a poodle.

Burger King is looking to up the practical joke stakes.

For hamburger aficionados who can’t get enough of it, Burger King has an answer: a grilled burger-scented fragrance..

Burger King said Friday that the limited “Whopper” grilled beef burger-scented cologne will be sold only one day on April 1, and only in Japan.

Apparently a real thing, the ‘fragrance’, entitled Flame Grilled, will be sold in a limited amount – 1,000 bottles. The cost? A mere 5,000 yen ($40) per.

Even for Japan this is weird. 1

エイプリルフール!

Burger King

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  1. Though, come to think of it….the ‘fragrance’ would probably go over well at certain Kansas City meat markets down in Westport or at the Power and Light.