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Clean Plate Charlie Pranked The New York Times!

Every year, when April Fool's Day rolls around, Clean Plate Charlie is faced with the same dilemma:

Do we write a prank blog post?

The answer, of course, is yes.

The best April Fool's posts are the ones that could possibly be true as you read. Then, a few nuggets of information that are so outrageous they cannot ever be real are introduced to the story...sending out a signal to the savvy that this is a prank.

In the past, we've written about a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale that serves only "alternative proteins". In other words -- bugs.

This year, we decided to take on pop culture and cocktails with the opening of Mad Cocktails, a Mad Men-themed lounge opening in several airports throughout the United States. Happily, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Read also:
- Mad Men-Themed Cocktail Lounge to Open at Fort Lauderdale Airport
- Ladybug, Ladybug: New Restaurant Offers Different Kind of Protein

The premise isn't as nutty as it seems. After all, Food Network Kitchen opened at the airport last November and a series of Game of Thrones brews is currently selling out throughout south Florida.

When we wrote the Mad Men post we realized that this bar sounded too real ... so we peppered it with clues like the fact that Roger Sterling's cocktail was a Manhattan (Roger is a vodka man) ... and that patrons would be fitted with a shock collar that would zap them when their flights were boarding (in case they got too drunk and passed out).

But, someone at the New York Times got too excited about the thought of enjoying a "Dapper Don" cocktail while waiting for their plane -- because our little prank was listed on their Diner's Journal's "What We're Reading" page:

While we're a little giddy about "punking" the New York Times, we are honored to be included with the late Roger Ebert's article on how life had changed for the film critic and journalist after losing his ability to eat, drink, or speak after cancer surgery. That story is all too real.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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