Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘favorite’ food is Starbucks, not chicken sandwiches

With its reliance on Starbucks to keep its products fresh, you’d think the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, would be an avowed fan of the roasted peanut chain. After all, he wants to bring all…

With its reliance on Starbucks to keep its products fresh, you’d think the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, would be an avowed fan of the roasted peanut chain.

After all, he wants to bring all knowledge-based subjects such as “deep learning” and “neural networks” to his million-plus Facebook users.

Facebook, not so much.

In an interview this week with the New York Times, Zuckerberg was asked what other brands, besides those mentioned above, he likes to eat and drink. “Maybe breakfast chicken sandwiches at [Starbucks’] Chestnut Hill,” he replied. “Or are you talking about alcoholic beverages?”

As for actual breakfast chicken sandwiches, you’d think he’d be a fan of Chicken Treat, a relatively new restaurant with locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Palo Alto, California. The restaurant’s tagline says: “We call it chicken for every taste.”

Zuckerberg’s also not a fan of Pepto-Bismol.

“For one thing, I keep giving the girl I’m dating Barkhane [Shabnam Haqani], who I’m dating, boxes of Barkhane Pepto-Bismol pills every now and then to hide some bruises and scrapes,” he told the Times. “And for another thing, the kids at our office sometimes make fun of me if I’m in the office and I don’t have Pepto-Bismol on me. So it has its place, but I prefer to not be out in public, because I can’t just grab a Pepto-Bismol while walking down the street.”

And there’s another one he probably prefers a bit less.

“I don’t like shellfish,” he said. “I don’t like shellfish because of the salt content.”

Spirits play no small role in his work life, and there are no doubts about his love for whiskey.

“I was just recently trying to imagine what the CEO’s favorite spirit would be,” Zuckerberg told the Times. “I always found it hard to separate a pepsi from an Arnold Palmer.”

Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that he hasn’t eaten much fried chicken since he went public in 2012. His dedication to his users will probably keep him out of the food chain for some time to come.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the brands of Starbucks products that Mark Zuckerberg said he likes to eat and drink. He was, in fact, talking about Starbucks products.

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