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  • America's favorite fast food chain is Chick-fil-

    07/05/2015 4:13:26 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 10 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 05 jul 15 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    Full title--- America's favorite fast food chain is Chick-fil-a while McDonald's is at the bottom of the heap in new survey The annual American Consumer Satisfaction index polled 70,000 people for their opinions on various consumer offerings, including fast food. In its first year on the index, the Southern-born, Christian-run sandwich chain debuted at the top.
  • Schaumburg girl’s quinoa burger a winner in Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy lunch' contest

    07/05/2015 8:24:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 56 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | July 4, 2015 | sontiveros
    Nine-year-old Shreya Patel of Schaumburg will be among the young winners of Michelle Obama’s “healthy lunchtime challenge” who’ll get to dine with the first lady at the White House later this week. Her garam masala quinoa burger with raita was chosen as the winning recipe entered from Illinois, winning her a spot at the awards luncheon Friday. Entries had to be healthy, affordable and tasty. Shreya wrote in an essay accompanying her entry that she’s been cooking since she was 3 and said she loves to “mix, measure, chop and even clean up afterwards.” Here’s her recipe: GARAM MASALA QUINOA...
  • Why Your Keurig Is Your New Favorite Bartender

    07/04/2015 9:02:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 4, 2015 | Jackie Cooperman
    Is your kitchen crammed with tools and appliances you rarely put to use? Give them a new job: cocktails! Sure, your French press was meant for making coffee — not sangria — but it’s actually perfect for whipping up the latter. Here’s a recipe for doing just that — and three more hacks for using common appliances to put fresh twists on summer sippers. Sure, it’s meant for making fruit and veggie smoothies, but the NutriBullet is also a great summer drinks tool, says Yusef Austin, “cocktail architect” for BR Guest Hospitality, which includes Dos Caminos.
  • Vanity - Need recommendations for a good coffee maker

    07/04/2015 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 160 replies
    I just bought a place and I am not a huge fan of coffee, I use diet Mountain Dew to get me started in morning. I realize that if I am going to entertain a lady (or two) at my place I am going to have be able to serve coffee. My sisters are also big coffee drinkers, and if they visit me, of course, I am going to have to provide them with coffee. I am looking for a coffee maker that is not too expensive, I am interested in quality, but I do not want one that will...
  • Five Connecticut Bros Put Their Minds Together to Revolutionize Beer Pong

    07/04/2015 12:35:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Eater ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Khushbu Shah
    Never play with dirty ping pong balls again. Leave it to a group of Connecticut bros to solve the world's biggest problem: The unhygienic nature of beer pong. If a player misses their shot — which well, happens more frequently the drunker someone gets — the ping pong ball will most likely hit the dirty floor. And no matter how much one tries to clean it off with their shirt, it's still kind of gross that someone must eventually drink the beer in which it lands. To combat this, the bros created the "Slip Cup" which "provides a way to...
  • The government wants you to grill fruit for the Fourth of July

    07/03/2015 6:05:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2015 | 8:45 AM | Pete Kasperowicz
    Forget hamburgers and hot dogs—the U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing people to grill up pineapple slices, peaches, nectarines and other fruit for their big July 4th feast. “Throw some grilled pineapple on the grill & get ready to enjoy nature’s candy,” USDA’s “MyPlate” website tweeted out this week. […] If you must grill meat, USDA is suggesting things like a “low-sodium & tasty recipe for grilled steak with Criolla sauce.” But there’s not much information on how to make a good burger. When a search for the word “hamburger” is run on the MyPlate site, the first three items...
  • Obama's grandmother to cook for president on Kenya trip

    07/03/2015 11:41:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 62 replies
    AFP ^ | July 3, 2015
    Nairobi (AFP) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. "With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available," she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator on a visit to Nairobi. She tempted him with the offer of dishes including fish, chicken and maize porridge.
  • Chick-fil-A's secret to becoming America's favorite restaurant chain

    07/03/2015 6:54:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/03/2015 | HAYLEY FITZPATRICK
    Chick-fil-A is America's favorite restaurant. American Customer Satisfaction Index’s 2015 Restaurant Survey named Chick-fil-A the most-loved restaurant in America. The company scored an 86 out of a possible 100 points in customer satisfaction, beating Chipotle and Panera Bread. Chick-fil-A's secret? Having the perfect blend of great food and excellent customer service. Fast casual companies like Chick-fil-A are successful because they, "typically offer better ingredients, freshness, and more developed décor," according to the report. Chick-fil-A not only beat all other chains in customer satisfaction, but it also took ACSI's top rating in dining experience as well. The criteria evaluated for this...
  • [March 27, 2015] March Hares Hopping on the Rabbit Bandwagon

    Rabbits aren't just for snuggling. They are, in fact, for eating. Though rabbit meat's last heyday (at least in the United States) was during World War II when most of the beef was shipped to troops overseas, the consumption of rabbit meat is again on the rise. While some might find the notion of eating something so cute quite difficult to stomach (Whole Foods' decision to start selling the white meat at select stores in 2014 was met with boycotts and protested by groups such as the House Rabbit Society), the meat has historically been embraced by different cultures and...
  • Giant redheaded centipede found crawling in Texas park

    07/02/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 97 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 7-2-15 | Casey Curry
    TEXAS -- A giant redheaded centipede was found crawling on a broom in a park in Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department posted a photo of the insect on Twitter. The centipede was discovered at Garner State Park in Uvalde County in the Hill Country. This is one scary looking insect. In the wild, it can grow to be 8 inches long with a brightly colored body and legs. Officials at the University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum describe this species of centipede as "fast moving and aggressive titans." The giant redheaded centipede is a predator that primarily feeds on...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/01/2015 4:09:24 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 87 replies
    Eggs! I enjoy a cheese souffle, but I don't always enjoy the work of it. This 'Sturdy Souffle' is adapted from the 1979 edition of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook, and cuts down on the work - no separating or separate beating of eggs. It won't rise as high and light, but doesn't fall as flat as a 'regular' souffle. Sturdy Souffle 4 T. butter (and some to grease the dish) 1/4 cup flour 1 cup hot milk Pinch of salt Pinch of cayenne pepper 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus more to sprinkle the baking dish; or just MORE in...
  • Fake Zamzam Seized in Makkah Warehouse Raid

    07/01/2015 3:51:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | Badea Abu Al-Naja
    Makkah municipality seized about 3,500 gallons of fake Zamzam from a warehouse in Al-Kaakiya neighborhood in Makkah. The raid also involved secret police and other related departments. Officials seized fake Zamzam stickers that were placed on these gallons. A number of people of different nationalities were arrested. Head of the market department at the municipality, Muhammad Al-Osaimi, said that the demand on Zamzam water during Ramadan increase and as such people take advantage and fill Zamzam containers with water from unknown source. He said that the municipality teams work around-the-clock to check on any violations of health and security regulations.
  • Fight over gumbo spices leads to fatal stabbing in Florida

    06/30/2015 2:37:47 PM PDT · by illiac · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 6/30/15 | AP
    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a fight over gumbo spices ended with the fatal stabbing of a Florida restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot. Panama City police say 33-year-old Caleb Joshua Halley was working at Buddy's Seafood Market last Tuesday when he and a co-worker, 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, began arguing about how much spice to add to the restaurant's gumbo.
  • Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

    06/28/2015 10:48:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | June 23, 2015 | Peter Andrey Smith
    The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’ Lyte said to a lab technician. Each vial contained a tiny nugget of monkey feces that were collected at the Harlow primate lab near Madison, Wis., the day before and shipped to Lyte’s lab on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Abilene, Tex. Lyte’s interest was not...
  • Calories Don’t Count At State Fairs, Right?

    06/27/2015 7:35:20 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    wsj ^ | 26 June 2015 | MICHELLE HACKMAN
    the Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb, an 8-ounce brisket infused with jalapeño cheese wrapped in bacon and smoked into a ball. It will contend with 14 other items, including deep-fried nacho balls and Golden Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly on-a-Stick, for the Iowa State Fair’s top honor...] ...In Minnesota, which hosts the largest state fair in the nation by daily attendance, new offerings include Asian flavors, as in the Kimchi ’n’ Curry Poutine and Indian Frites, as well as a vanilla ice-cream sundae drizzled with Sriracha sauce.
  • Tuna Fish.

    06/26/2015 6:08:14 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 72 replies
    Me | 06/26/2015 | Zeneta
    Tuna Fish. Like Rino’s they come packaged and present themselves for appeal. I’m not sure anymore if I want to buy “Chunk” or “Solid”, given their labels it’s hard to tell the difference. And really, what’s the difference between “Chunk” and “Solid”? What’s the difference in the meanings of the words they chose? Why can’t they be clearer? “Prepackaged for your convenience and ready for your consumption.”
  • Antarctic 'Yeti' Crab Uses Hairy Chest to Grow Food

    06/26/2015 2:15:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/25 | Elizabeth Palermo
    What's white and blind and hairy all over? A yeti, of course! Or, in this case, a yeti crab — a marine creature that lives near the thermal vents in the ocean floor where hot water gushes into the sea. There are three known species of yeti crabs, and now, in a new paper, scientists have described the characteristics of one of these species — Kiwa tyleri — for the first time. K. tyleri is the only species of yeti crab known to reside in the Southern Ocean, off Antarctica. Yeti Cra A close up of the male yeti crab...
  • Ramadan Bazaar Food: Seeking Out the Weird and Wonderful

    06/26/2015 2:02:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    star2 ^ | JUNE 26, 2015 | JULIE WONG
    The Ramadan stalls are in full swing and there is all manner of food to buy. Here is a list of unusual fare at several bazaars in the Klang Valley. Great Spiral Fries Stick it to kebab and satay fans with these great sticks of potato chips. A whole potato is given a paper-thin, spiral-cut, stretched out naked on a stick, and deep-fried. It’s then doused with not one, but three types of moreish sauces: mayonnaise, black pepper and chilli. RM2 each from Ali’s Ayam Goreng stall. Paella Kampung So it’s not Bomba rice piled mountain high on the gigantic...
  • Drag a Million Dollars Through the Supreme Court Trailer Park.

    06/26/2015 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 10 replies
    www.freerepublic.com | 1/26/15 | Carvelle
    Who knew? It was this easy to destroy a democracy. Elected to the highest court in the land, but no better than a crack whore.
  • Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! (Memory loss)

    06/26/2015 1:22:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! June 24, 2015 If you love your fried, fatty foods smothered in chocolate and generously dusted with icing sugar? Then, you might just have to say goodbye to mental acuity.A new research conducted in Oregon State University has revealed that a high-sugar, high-fat diet can drastically modify your gut bacteria which in turn may lead to significant losses in ‘cognitive flexibility’ – a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to changes in the environment.The study, which was conducted on...
  • What your smartphone says about your waistline Nicholas Wells

    06/25/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nicholas Wells
    If you're sipping your lunch, you probably have an iPhone. If you're enjoying pizza from Little Caesars, you're probably on Android. Consumer choices have always been about picking this or that, and the current either/or decision is between smartphone operating systems. Your choice when it comes to operating systems says a lot about you, including what you like to eat, according to data provided to CNBC by NPD Group's Checkout Tracking. IPhone users were much more likely to go for a liquid lunch, with soup and smoothies taking the top spots for iOS choices. Soup had an iPhone-to-Android index of...
  • GOP measure would permit longer tandem trucks

    06/25/2015 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 3:34 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation’s highways. The change, sought by the American Trucking Associations and large haulers such as FedEx Corp., would increase the permitted length of trailers hauled in tandem from 28 feet to 33 feet. […] Pushing the measure were large trucking operations that stand to profit from lower costs. In opposition were unions such as the Teamsters, many states and local governments, and safety advocates. Many smaller trucking companies were against it as well. …
  • How to Prepare for a Collapse in 9 Steps – a Case Study with David Holmgren

    06/25/2015 8:58:34 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 17 replies
    Walden Labs ^ | 6-26-15 | William Horvath
    How to Prepare for a Collapse in 9 Steps – a Case Study with David Holmgren By William Horvath It’s 2025, the long troubled financial markets have finally crashed the overleveraged banking system and the world is experiencing global depression on a massive scale. Precipitated by environmental destruction, heatwaves are scorching the planet, destroying the monoculture food crops, and there are food riots in every major city. In order to maintain the social order upon panicked and desperate populations governments are forced to introduce a command economy, issuing people supermarket food stamps.But for you and your family nothing has changed,...
  • Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules

    06/24/2015 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 24, 2015 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. During a hearing before the House, a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. “Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne. “Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from...
  • Are These D.C.’s Weirdest Ice Cream Flavors?

    06/24/2015 6:24:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24 | Lani Furbank
    The nostalgic melody of an ice cream truck always gets the kids running. But what about those of us with more refined palates? Here are five ice cream flavors on D.C. menus this summer that adults can get excited about. Black garlic gelato Bibiana, 1100 New York Ave. NW; 202-216-9550, bibianadc.com You’d expect to see garlic all over the entree section of an Italian restaurant’s menu, but in the dessert? “It’s an aroma more than a flavor,” executive chef Jake Addeo says of Bibiana’s black garlic gelato. The blackness is a result of a 45-day fermentation process, which yields a...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/24/2015 4:55:21 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 65 replies
    I once attended a wonderful wedding dinner given by a Greek lady for a friend of mine. The marriage was a late-life second marriage for both the bride and groom, and they just went off to the courthouse in the morning and 'got hitched'. That evening, they were feted with the first authentic Greek dinner I'd ever enjoyed, with about fifty people seated at numerous tables that were set up in the home of the hostess. This lady and her husband managed the cooking and serving of the dinner alone, in a feat of efficient, elegant hospitality that left me...
  • Lab Tests Confirm KFC ‘Fried Rat’ Is Actually Chicken

    06/24/2015 12:09:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 22, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    The alleged fried rat that was found by a KFC customer is nothing more than another piece of chicken in the bucket. Last week, a California man named Devorise Dixon claimed that a piece of meat that came in his KFC meal was a fried rat. “It was very nasty,” he said. “I spit it out. I looked down at my hand and I realized that it was in the shape of a rat with a tail and everything in it.” Independent lab results showed that the breaded lump was, in fact, a piece of chicken. KFC spokesman Rodrigo Coronel...
  • Is it racist to call them ‘jimmies’?

    06/23/2015 7:52:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 57 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2015 | Sara Morrison
    Summer is here, which means reviving the contentious debate over whether or not a favorite ice cream topping’s name has racist origins. “I’ve heard them called jimmies ... It’s after Jim Crow,” said Carly Fishkin, 25, who grew up in Wellesley and prefers to call them sprinkles. Her nearby friend, Izak Shapiro, also 25, agreed. They are two of many who have heard that the word jimmies has deeply racist connotations.
  • Jellyfish-lamb Hybrid Ends Up as Meat at French Slaughterhouse

    06/23/2015 12:10:50 PM PDT · by palmer · 13 replies
    laboratoryequipment.com ^ | Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:29pm | Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter
    A lamb that was genetically modified with jellyfish genes for advanced research was sold to a slaughterhouse for meat in France, according to European news accounts. An investigation to find out how the genetically-altered animal ended up as meat is underway, according to Le Parisien, the French newspaper that broke the story. "Rubis, the lamb, was found on a plate. Who ate her? No one knows. All that's known is the meat left a French slaughterhouse in November 2014" according to Le Parisien. The story states Rubis came from a program started in 2009 called "Green Mutton" within the scientific...
  • KFC says DNA shows 'fried rat' was chicken

    06/23/2015 8:06:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2015
    The man who said he was served a deep fried piece of rat instead of chicken at a California KFC is being called a liar by the company, following a DNA test of the meat. “Recently, a customer questioned the quality of a KFC product, and this received considerable publicity given the sensational nature of his claim,” the KFC Rodrigo Coronel told FoxNews.com.
  • San Francisco Zoo Adapts Dog Toy for Feeding Rhinos

    06/22/2015 6:37:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/22 | Tamara Palmer
    A circular dog puzzle feeding toy called Foobler is being built in a large scale format to feed rhinos at the San Francisco Zoo. Experts at the Zoo are wondering whether such a toy would encourage their rhinos to exhibit more natural foraging behaviors. An Asian rhino named Gahati and a black rhino named Boone enjoy playing with large balls so a rhino-sized Foobler would probably be received really well by the pair, noted Jason Watters, vice president of wellness and animal behavior at the Zoo. "If we can combine their desire to play basically soccer with a foraging goal,...
  • Study: Global Alcohol Abuse Down 7% Since 1990, But Up 5.5% in US

    06/22/2015 6:16:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 22, 2015 | 2:35 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    A new study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that while alcohol abuse decreased 7.6 percent globally since 1990, it increased 5.5 percent in the United States during that same time period. The research, published in The Lancet on June 8, found that 76.8 million people in the world were diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in 2013—a figure greater than the population of more than 200 countries, including the United Kingdom. Of those, 5.1 million individuals—or a little under 10 percent—were in the United States. In addition to the 5.5 percent increase in alcohol abuse, the...
  • MIAMI BEACH'S PIZZA DUDE: KRAMER’S SEINFELD BIZ BECOMES REALITY

    06/22/2015 6:11:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 6/22 | CLARISSA BUCH
    More than 25 years ago, Cosmo Kramer on TV’s Seinfeld had an idea for a pizza business where customers “make their own pizza.” In 2013, it is finally a reality. Characters Jerry and George weren’t impressed, but South Florida resident Justin Gould and his father, Ronald, were. So they have made Kramer’s half-baked business venture a reality. They call it Pizza Dude, and it's located at 451 W. 41st St. in Miami Beach. The idea is simple and follows their motto, “U make it, Pizza Dude bakes it.” Customers have two choices: the “Kramer Experience” or traditional style (starting at...
  • In New Jersey, Regulators Pay Close Attention to Halal Rules

    06/21/2015 3:28:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Newsworks ^ | JUNE 21, 2015 | JOSH CORNFIELD
    The hundreds of restaurants and suppliers that sell halal food products in New Jersey get an annual visit from state inspectors to ensure they're following the rules to do just that. New Jersey adopted the Halal Food Consumer Protection Act in 2000, requiring halal food sellers to disclose information, including whether they sell both halal and non-halal food. It put out a reminder to businesses and consumers last week about the law, which includes fines as high as $10,000 for first-time offenders. A few hours before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan this week, Ediz Laypan, an...
  • Germans waste 18m tonnes of food yearly

    06/20/2015 11:37:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Jun 2015 09:05 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germans throw away 18 million tonnes of perfectly good food every year, a report showed on Thursday. The Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) study showed that “on average, we throw away 313 kilos of usable food every second,” WWF expert Tanja Dräger said in Berlin on Thursday. More than 2.6 million hectares of farmland are being used to produce food “for the bin”, the environmentalists say. …
  • Group Manufactured Fake 5-Hour Energy for Stores: DOJ

    06/19/2015 11:21:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jun 19, 2015 | Laura McVicker
    Eleven people, including six San Diego County residents, have been charged with illegally manufacturing and distributing a counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drink that was sold in stores across the U.S. The defendants include 63-year-old Joseph Shayota of El Cajon; 44-year-old Adriana Shayota of El Cajon; 51-year-old Kevin Attiq of El Cajon; 57-year-old Fadi Attiq of El Cajon; 55-year-old Mario Ramirez of San Diego; and 30-year-old Camilo Ramirez of San Diego. They are charged with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and conspiracy to introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce. Federal prosecutors said the case started...
  • Mexican Artisan Launches Donald Trump Pinata

    06/19/2015 10:59:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jun 19, 2015
    After Donald Trump's Mexico-bashing comments this week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own. Call it revenge, Mexican style. Artisan Dalton Avalos Ramirez launched a Trump pinata Friday, featuring The Donald's inimitable hairstyle and a big, big mouth. The papier-mache figure will come in a variety of sizes. The first was on display at the Pinatas Ramirez store in the border city of Reynosa. Avalos Ramirez said he created it "because of the hatred Trump expressed for the Mexican people." He said "people want to burn the pinatas, they want to break them. People are angry." During...
  • Obama: Low-income Kids Do Worse in School at Month’s End Partly Because They’re ‘Getting Hungry,’…

    06/19/2015 8:28:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Kids in low-income communities statistically do poorer in terms of school performance near the end of each month, in part, because “they start getting hungry” as their food stamps “start running out,” said President Barack Obama at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday. “Too many of our kids still go hungry in this country,” said Obama. “I was looking at some statistics, because we're looking at policies around hunger and the SNAP program, and the performance of children in lower-income communities in school dips at the end of the month in a statistically significant way,”...
  • Rights group condemns Colorado bike club's 'anti-Ramadan' barbecue

    06/19/2015 5:23:03 PM PDT · by windcliff · 20 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 6-19-2015 | Daniel Wallis
    DENVER (Reuters) - A civil rights group said on Friday it was deeply disturbed by reports that a Colorado motorcycle club has distributed flyers for an anti-Ramadan barbecue, including a pig roast, this weekend "in defiance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan." Scott Levin, regional director of the Mountain States Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said in a statement the "open bike party" was being advertised by the Colorado Springs chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club. "Holding an event mocking the Muslim observance of Ramadan, a holy time in the Muslim faith, is highly offensive and abhorrent. As a community, we must...
  • Lake Los Angeles Woman Accused of Beating Boyfriend to Death With Canned Food

    06/19/2015 10:14:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    ktla ^ | Updated at 11:27pm, June 18, 2015 | Kennedy Ryan,
    A 59-year-old Lake Los Angeles woman was charged with murder Thursday for allegedly beating her boyfriend to death with cans of food. Linda Clarene Jackson faced one count of murder in the death of 59-year-old David Ruiz, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Jackson allegedly killed Ruiz at her home in the 40000 block of 164th Street East by bludgeoning him in the head with the canned food, the prosecutor said.
  • Massive Strawberry Heist Ahead of Midsummer

    06/18/2015 7:13:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Jun 2015
    Thousands of boxes of strawberries have been stolen from a farm in Vinslöv, in Skåne, southern Sweden, with the search for the thieves gripping Swedes planning to feast on the fruits over Midsummer. The berries were taken from Vinslöv in the early hours of the morning, just a day before Swedes celebrate Midsummer, when the sweet fruits typically take centre stage. News of the heist quickly went viral, with reports of the theft among the most read in Sweden by Thursday afternoon. Swedes measure their strawberries in litres, and it is understood that 3,420 litres of the fruits were taken,...
  • Brace Yourself for a Thanksgiving Turkey Shortage

    06/18/2015 3:56:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 18, 2015 | Clint Rainey
    Bird flu has made the three-egg omelette a luxury item in parts of America, but the other fowl bearing the brunt of the highly pathogenic virus's outbreak is the poor turkey, whose flocks have been culled by 7.8 million so far. The USDA is now recognizing that this could have bad consequences in, say, five months, when a certain holiday occurs on the third Thursday of November. The federal agency's latest monthly hatchery report is a bit ominous: Reuters notes that it reports a "significant decline" in the May count for baby turkeys, or poults. That number (22.3 million) is...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/18/2015 3:41:44 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 36 replies
    One Christmas season many years ago, I was invited to a friend's home for her family's annual holiday party. Her son greeted me by saying what sounded like "We have Jowzas!" That was my first experience with the little dumplings called 'potstickers', 'Jiaozi' or, in Japanese flavor, 'Gyoza'. My friend, who is partially of Chinese descent and comes from a family of restaurant owners/managers, was busy at her small cast-iron wok in the kitchen, frying these wonderful little dumplings as quickly as they were consumed by the guests. Several years later when I was planning my own Christmas party I...
  • Man Dies After Cleaning Fluid Served as Wine

    06/18/2015 3:22:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 16 Jun 2015
    A man has died of massive internal burns after mistakenly being served undiluted detergent, which was being stored in an empty bottle of white wine.The 49-year-old man died of internal burns after drinking cleaning fluid he thought was white wine in the city of Benicarló in the Spanish province of Castellón. Andrés Lorente was in bar Raconet, on Isabel de Villena square, for a Sunday afternoon drink on June 14th when he was served what he thought was a glass of white wine. In fact the liquid he was served was cleaning fluid that had been stored in an empty...
  • McDonald's to shrink in US, 1st time in decades

    06/18/2015 5:54:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    AP ^ | June 18, 2015 | Candice Choi
    The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking. McDonald's plans to close more restaurants in the U.S. than it opens this year, according to the world's biggest hamburger chain. That hasn't happened since at least 1970, according to an Associated Press review of McDonald's regulatory filings. Becca Hary, a McDonald's spokeswoman, declined to provide a specific figure but said the reduction would be "minimal" compared with its total of about 14,300 U.S....
  • USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

    06/17/2015 9:31:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 6:45 PM EDT | David Pitt
    A program designed to promote ethanol and biodiesel fuels will be expanded to companies using plant-based plastic, rubber and fiber in manufacturing products such as bottles and packaging, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday. The USDA is proposing in a new agency rule to add manufacturers of these plant-based products to a loan guarantee program that has provided more than $844 million for 10 biofuel projects since 2008. Loan guarantees allow companies building new plants to borrow money at lower interest rates. Under the proposed new rules, loans of up to $250 million will be offered to projects involving...
  • Grateful, Man Who Helped Launch Corona In US Donates $1M To UC Davis Beer Science Program

    06/17/2015 7:45:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    Grateful For His Opportunities, Man Who Helped Launch Corona In US Donates $1M To UC Davis Beer Science ProgramThe University of California Davis is using $1 million donated by a Texas-based brewer to buy new equipment for its beer science program. Mexican immigrant Carlos Alvarez says in a university news release that opportunities in America have enabled him to donate to the education of future craft brewers. A biochemical engineering graduate from Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology,
  • The Miracle That Cured My Son's Autism Was in our Kitchen

    06/17/2015 7:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 17, 2015 | Mackenzie Dawson
    When a doctor told Susan Levin her 4-year-old son, Ben, was autistic, she was shocked. It was October 2007, and autism wasn’t mentioned in the media nearly as much as it is today. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God. What are we going to do?’ ” Levin recalls. “Everyone knew autism was a lifelong disorder and couldn’t be cured.” Except that in Ben’s case, it could be. And it was.
  • please tell me this is not brixton tesco'[s ??? [YouTube Video, U.K. Meat Riot, Britain Starving!]

    06/17/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by familyop · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 16, 2015 | Tears Carpenter, YouTube
    I actually cannot believe what i am seeing in tesco!! People waiting for the reduced food to be brought out, fair enough. But the staff have to tell them to wait and stay back like you would a dog while your preparing its dinner, then have to be told to let the staff out so they don't get crushed when every one piles in....literally, how there was not a fight is beyond me. I'm actually lost for words that this can happen like that in a supermarket and is let to happen nightly.....you have to watch the video to believe...
  • Is it a fried rat? L.A. man claims KFC served him breaded rat; KFC says no way

    06/17/2015 12:01:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    L A Times ^ | Veronica Rocha
    ALos Angeles man ordered fried chicken from a KFC restaurant in Willowbook but instead got a plate of crispy, breaded fried rat, he claims.. Devorise Dixon posted a photo of what he claims is a fried rat on Facebook on Friday, and it has since gone viral. The photo shows a large breaded piece attached to a longer string of fried breading, which could be interpreted to be a rat’s tail. ... But KFC says Dixon’s claim is a hoax. His photographs, they say, don’t include a second angle, which “clearly shows it’s a piece of hand-breaded white meat chicken.”...