Eatable News: Holiday coffee cup wars, biggest Subway in America and more

Nov 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. ET

At SheKnows Food, we spend a lot of time reading about — you guessed it — food (and drinks too!). And we’ve come across some stories that are too good to not share. Here are the food items from the week that you don’t want to miss.

1. Dunkin' Donuts fans the flames of the Christmas cup wars

People have been losing their cool over Starbucks' modernist, ombre holiday cups. The specific complaint? They're not Christmassy enough. Donald Trump has even encouraged people to boycott the (secular, not-religiously affiliated) company because of its "War on Christmas." And unfortunately for Starbucks, rival Dunkin' Donuts has come out with a holiday cup this year that is particularly full of good cheer. The cup features the word "Joy" surrounded by a printed wreath that calls to mind the needlepoint on a stocking, and everything on the cup is red and green. Shots fired? Or do Starbucks' holiday beverages speak for themselves? — Grub Street

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2. Subway's largest restaurant makes adulting less terrible

The largest Subway restaurant in the U.S. was recently opened at a Furnitureland store in Jamestown, North Carolina. The 6,668-square-foot restaurant can seat up to 211 people, way more than the average Subway's 24- to 28-person max. The restaurant combines something I hate (furniture shopping) with something I love (sandwiches). That made me wonder — what if other nightmare errands were livened up with a well-placed restaurant? Waiting at the DMV would be a lot more pleasant if there were a Starbucks you could sit at until your name was called, and if there were a Panera attached to my local auto body shop, you know I'd be better about getting my oil changed. Are you listening, boring businesses? You can give out all the coupons you want, but the real way to our hearts is food. — WFMY News 2

3. 100 Years of family dinners shows how much meals have changed

Mode just released a video showing 100 years of family dinners, and my, how things have changed. From Spam with baked potatoes to salmon with kale salad, it seems like our meals are on the healthy track these days (although the sloppy Joes and tacos from a box of the '80s and '90s definitely plucked at my childhood nostalgia). But watching the video mostly made me think that if anything transcends the passage of time, it's not food itself — it's sitting around a table with your loved ones every night. In a world of Netflix and smartphones, it's so easy to disconnect from the dinner table, but I think it's important that we all make it a priority to share our evening meal with our families or someone we care about. So thanks, Mode — tonight's Pizza Friday will be a dining room affair. — Mode

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4. Joe's Crab Shack says "good riddance" to tipping

Following in the footsteps of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and a few other restaurants around the country, Joe's Crab Shack is the first major chain to announce that it is doing away with tipping at all of its 113 locations. Instead, servers will make an hourly rate of at least $14, possibly more, depending on their experience and past performance. To make up for the wage hike, the restaurant is raising its prices by 12 to 15 percent, but since customers won't have to leave a tip, the overall cost of dining will be basically the same. Some people are worried that without the tipping incentive, service will suffer. But in my opinion, well-paid workers will do a better job than underpaid workers every time, and now that every server at Joe's will be getting a good paycheck no matter how slow or busy the restaurant is during their shift, service should be pretty on point. — Restaurant Business

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5. You can now make your entire Thanksgiving dinner in the slow cooker — really!

We know everyone loves the pomp and circumstance that comes with carving a perfectly bronzed turkey at the dining room table, but just wait until you see what it looks like when you cook all of Thanksgiving dinner in the slow cooker. It turns out that making a one-pot Thanksgiving meal with all the fixin's really is possible thanks to some strategic layering. And if you hate cooking, this slow cooker masterpiece is the perfect way to enjoy stuffing, turkey and mashed sweet potatoes without actually having to turn on your oven on Thanksgiving Day. Take a five-hour nap while the slow cooker does its magic, and you're ready to eat (and then nap again). Douse the whole thing with gravy, and you've got a layered Thanksgiving lasagna-casserole hybrid that totally hits the spot — if not as flashily as a traditional dinner. — BuzzFeed

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