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  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    09/01/2014 3:14:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 99 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2014 5:55 PM EDT | Candice Choi
    McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry’s workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said in an interview that workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests. Fells declined to say what exactly is in store for the protests in around 150 U.S. cities. But workers involved in the movement recently cited sit-ins as an example of strategies they...
  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    09/01/2014 10:54:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 1, 2014, 9:17 AM | Kevin Loria
    In a TED 2014 talk earlier this year in Vancouver, microbial ecologist Rob Knight explained that the bacteria, or microbes, on skin produce different chemicals, some of which smell more attractive to mosquitoes. [....] But there's an equalizer for those that naturally draw swarms of mosquitoes. The same pests are attracted to beer drinkers.
  • "High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study"

    09/01/2014 4:30:03 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 108 replies
    National Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found. Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day. Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too...
  • Italian Eatery Under Fire Over Nazi-Themed Dish ('Long Live the Nazis' Spaghetti)

    08/31/2014 3:34:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan have expressed shock and regret at an Italian restaurant in New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋) serving a dish named “Long Live Nazi spaghetti (納粹萬歲麵),” saying it showed how some Taiwanese lack understanding about history and the Nazi slaughter of Jews and other minorities. The restaurant owner, Tsao Ya-hsin, was quoted by cable news channel TVBS on Sunday as saying that she named the dish to get customers’ attention, but that she did not wish to specifically place emphasis on the word “Nazi.” Tsao added that she named the dish so because...
  • Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

    08/31/2014 3:15:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | August 29, 2014 | APRIL FULTON AND ELIZA BARCLAY
    Banish the phrase "plain vanilla" from your lexicon. Why? Because vanilla is one of the most complex spices around, boasting at least 250 different flavor and aroma compounds, only one of which is vanillin, the stuff that can be made artificially in a lab (and is used in a lot of processed foods). And as we discovered in a round-the-world tasting tour of single-origin vanilla beans — the real stuff — the plant has evolved distinctions in flavor and, dare we say it, terroir, at each stage of its turbulent, globetrotting history. You've likely heard of Madagascar Bourbon vanilla. It's...
  • Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

    08/31/2014 2:38:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | Maanvi Singh
    Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm. The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization. Pizzerias didn't happen upon that winning recipe by coincidence. Food scientists have been studying and finessing the low-moisture part-skim mozzarella we now put on most of...
  • Sriracha Plant's Tour Offers Whiff of Excitement

    08/30/2014 8:11:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors. As many as 3,000 people are expected to visit the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce over the weekend in this eastern Los Angeles suburb. The factory is holding its first open houses to kick off the chili harvest season. During a 20-minute walk through the 650,000-square-foot facility, visitors can watch chili grinding; sample Sriracha-flavored ice cream, popcorn and chocolate...
  • Burrito Fanatic Eats 250 Burritos in Two Years, Still Loses Illegal Pete's Eating Contest

    08/30/2014 5:47:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Westword ^ | Isa Jones
    Coloradans love burritos; both Chipotle and Illegal Pete's started their burrito empires here for good reason. But few people love them like Michael Odbert, burrito enthusiast, amateur burrito photographer -- he chronicles his love affair on an Instagram account dedicated to his burrito-filled meals -- and occasional competitive eater. Last night, for the second year running, he entered the Riot Fest burrito-eating contest hosted by Illegal Pete's. See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Chile Relleno Burrito at El Taco de Mexico The first thing 24-year-old Odbert said when we contacted him this morning is that he had just eaten a breakfast...
  • Pat LaFrieda’s 6 Secrets to Creating the Perfect Burger

    08/30/2014 4:08:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 30, 2014 | Max Gross
    If you’ve heard the name Pat LaFrieda before, you know he’s the city’s foremost meat purveyor. His 100-year-old butcher business has provided some of the most lauded cuts of meat to the city’s fanciest restaurants. The burger blend he created for Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack is the stuff on which business empires are founded.
  • The 10 Best Pastrami Dishes in NYC That Aren't Sandwiches

    08/30/2014 3:47:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Mon., Aug. 25 2014 | Zachary Feldman
    Introduced to New York by 19th century Eastern European immigrants (the same folks who gave us pierogies, knishes, and kishka), pastrami is an easy contender for GMOAT (Greatest Meat Of All Time), and also one of the foodstuffs most synonymous with our fair city. Brined and coated in strong spices including black pepper, mustard seed, coriander, and garlic, beef briskets are smoked and then steamed to create the delicacy's signature meltingly soft texture. The pastrami sandwich? A local luminary and national treasure. But the deli darling that launched a thousand fake orgasms has also found itself the star of numerous...
  • New Jersey Dog Turns on Stove, Sets Fire to Laptop Resting on Burner

    08/30/2014 1:34:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    A laptop sitting on the stove's burner caught fire after the curious pup turned on the cooktop. No one was inside the home when the blaze broke out, and firefighters rescued the dog to safety.Police say a New Jersey family's dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof. The fire was reported early Friday evening in Lacey Township while the owners were away.
  • Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General

    08/29/2014 6:06:38 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 3 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/28/2014 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Back in 2005, when President Obama was a mere freshman senator, his wife, Michelle, found herself overwhelmed with the stress of being a full-time working mother, largely alone in her Chicago home, with two daughters who got sick a little too often. Sluggish and above her fighting weight, she wondered if her family’s diet — lots of prepared food and a few too many Cheetos — might need an adjustment.
  • Brewer Releases 99-Pack of Beer

    08/28/2014 5:30:11 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/29/14 | Richard Cazeau
    We all know the saying "Everything is BIG in Texas." But for beer lovers everywhere, this is even cooler than big hats, belt buckles, and barbecue. Actually, this would be ideal with a lot of freshly charred barbecue...
  • So Much Food, It Fills a Hall (What New York City's one percenters are eating)

    08/28/2014 3:21:05 PM PDT · by dennisw · 6 replies
    nytimes ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | By FLORENCE FABRICANT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/dining/so-much-food-it-fits-a-hall.htmlHere is the link. Go to the source for more. I thought it was interesting to see what they like titillating their jaded palates with.
  • Apparent ISIS terrorists take photos with Nutella to seem softer, friendlier to West

    08/28/2014 2:06:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Members of the Islamic State and their sympathizers have also tweeted about their love for Disney movies and Robin Williams. The posts are part of a social media campaign meant to point out the humane side of the terrorist group that ruthlessly executed an American journalist earlier this week.Apparently the coldblooded terrorists who savagely beheaded a kidnapped American journalist have a sweet tooth. In an attempt to seem friendly and humane, Islamic State militants — the terrorist group that executed James Foley earlier this week — and their supporters have posted images of themselves holding jars of Nutella. The bizarre,...
  • Tim Hortons Rolls Out Monstrous ‘Buffalo Crunch’ Doughnut

    08/28/2014 12:45:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Grub Street ^ | August 27, 2014 9:15 a.m. | Hugh Merwin
    While Burger King moves forward with its bid to buy Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion and its relocation to be closer to the constitutional monarchy up north, the Canadian chain has taken a very deep dive into fast-food mash-up territory with this “Buffalo Crunch” doughnut, now being served exclusively at the New York State Fair through Monday. It consists of a pull-apart yeast doughnut that’s dunked in Buffalo sauce and crusted with crushed-up chips. …
  • Colorado Boy Hospitalized After Drinking Dairy Queen Milk Shake Tainted With Cleaning Products

    08/28/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Lee Moran
    Riley Chase, 7, drank a vanilla milk shake his mother, Lisa, ordered for him at a drive-thru. After complaining of a burning sensation, it was later learned that an employee had accidentally put floor cleaner and degreaser into the vanilla flavoring.A Colorado boy was hospitalized after drinking a Dairy Queen milk shake contaminated by a toxic chemical cleaner. Riley Chase, 7, suffered a bizarre burning sensation in his mouth shortly after sipping from the vanilla shake bought at a Dairy Queen drive-thru in Thornton on Thursday. His mom Lisa tasted the drink and also felt like it was burning all...
  • An All-Nutella Restaurant Will Open in Park Slope

    08/28/2014 11:54:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/26 | Hugh Merwin
    It's unclear how this about-to-open Nutelleria place plans to skirt the rapid-response team of hot-shot lawyers that's likely right now being deployed by Nutella manufacturer Ferrero, but if it does, expect choco-nut-spread breakfast pizzas and bacon-banana-Nutella waffle sandwiches in the near future at 82 5th Avenue in Park Slope (of course). The Pino Torinese-based company previously went after a dinky New England burrito chain for spreading the gospel of the spread and otherwise threatened to sue well-intentioned World Nutella Day creator Sara Rosso, so it's probably not going to be too excited to see its products all over the upstart...
  • USDA: Yucky School Lunches Can Produce “Civic-Minded, Community-Conscious Adults”

    08/28/2014 12:04:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 27, 2014 - 11:43 AM
    Who imagined that the Obama administration’s effort to make school lunches more nutritious (but less delicious) would encourage children to become little community organizers? The U.S. Agriculture Department has found an upside to all those “healthy” school lunches that students refuse to eat: It says schools can use the plate waste as a “learning opportunity” to turn young students into “civic-minded, community-conscious adults.” …
  • Which Country Drinks the Most Alcohol?

    Chart Shows Which Nation Has World's Biggest Boozers
  • Fighting E. Coli Outbreaks With Cinnamon

    08/26/2014 3:12:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Inside Science ^ | Allison Jarrell
    The popular spice could be used to fight bacteria.For centuries, cinnamon has been used to enhance the flavor of foods, but new research shows that the spice could also help make foods safer. According to a study by Meijun Zhu and Lina Sheng, food safety scientists at Washington State University in Pullman, the ancient cooking spice could help prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria. Zhu and Sheng studied concentrated, or essential, oil extracted from the cassia variety of cinnamon – the most popular type for cooking in the United States. Cassia cinnamon has a...
  • Arby’s creates $10 mega meat sandwich

    08/26/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | August 25, 2014 | Chelsea Mies
    After realizing that people thought Arby’s mainly served roast beef, the company made a poster showcasing a large stack of all the meats on the menu, which includes bacon and brisket, according to The Washington Post. It worked. “People started coming in and asking, ‘Can I have that?’” Arby’s vice president of brand and corporate communications Christopher Fuller said. Arby’s decided to go with it, and the “Meat Mountain” was born. It will not be listed on the menu, but store associates will make it for the customers who request it. At $10, the sandwich includes (from the bottom up)...
  • Before He Died, Richard III Lived Large

    08/24/2014 10:48:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-19-14 | Rachel Nuwer
    Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief life Richard III was only 32 years old when he was struck down at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. But according to new research, the King of England at least enjoyed some good eating throughout his life—especially in the few years leading up to his death. Scientists from the British Geological Survey and the University of Leicester analyzed Richard III's teeth, his femur and his ribs to see what they could reveal about the monarch's diet, Phys.org reports. They used isotope analysis to identify chemical signatures...
  • Illinois a terrible hostess: Twinkies leave the state

    08/23/2014 11:53:00 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 68 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | August 22, 2014 | Austin Berg
    Hostess Brands LLC announced on Aug. 20 that the Illinois bakery where Twinkies were first invented will close this fall. More than 400 workers will be affected by the shuttering of the company’s Schiller Park location in October. Sadly, this isn’t surprising. In 2012, Hostess closed three bakeries nationwide after a massive union strike, high labor costs and increased competition turned up the heat on the baked-goods company. It’s hard to believe that some variation of these factors didn’t cause Hostess to sever its ties with Illinois. About 280 of the company’s workers in Schiller Park voted to unionize in...
  • Severed Snake Head Kills Chef Cooking Cobra Soup

    08/23/2014 7:44:16 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 57 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | Aaron Akinyemi
    Chinese chef Peng Fan died after the severed head of a spitting cobra bit him 20 minutes after being cut off A chef cooking a soup dish from cobra flesh died in China after he was bitten by the snake's head – 20 minutes after it was cut off. Peng Fan was preparing the rare Asian delicacy from the Indochinese spitting cobra when the snake's severed head bit him with venom as he was throwing it into the bin, The Mirror reported. Peng died before he could be treated in hospital with life-saving anti-venom, police said. "It is a highly...
  • Feds ban school’s beloved “pink cookie” (Elyria OH)

    08/22/2014 9:01:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    School children in Elyria, Ohio are mourning the demise of a 40-year tradition – the loss of their beloved pink cookie. The fabled cookie, long served in local school cafeterias, was done in by a pound of butter, six cups of powdered sugar and the Obama administration’s food police. […] The USDA “Smart Snacks in School” standards mandate that all snacks must contain less than 200 calories. It’s not exactly clear how many calories are in the pink cookie, but the recipe for the frosting calls for a pound of butter. The cookie was banished to comply with the federal...
  • Shoppers in Venezuela might soon have to be fingerprinted in order to buy food

    08/22/2014 4:16:35 AM PDT · by Rannug · 23 replies
    "fingerprints will have to be scanned before a person can purchase items at the grocery store."
  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market

    08/19/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Salzberg
    I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods Market. On the one hand, I love their fresh produce, their baked goods, and many other food choices there. On the other hand, they have embraced anti-science positions in the interest of keeping everything "natural."
  • Sainsbury's Strips Kosher Food from Its Shelves over Fear of Attacks by Protesters

    08/18/2014 9:25:37 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Dan Bloom & Lucy Osborne
    A Sainsbury's branch emptied its kosher food shelf after the manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack it, the supermarket giant has said. Meats, cheeses and sauces were removed from a Sainsbury's Local branch in Holborn, central London, as it was picketed by demonstrators who were calling on the grocer to boycott Israeli goods. The incident yesterday afternoon happened on the same day anti-Israeli activists 'wreaked havoc' at a Birmingham branch of Tesco when a demonstration got out of hand. Actor Colin Appleby took a photo of the empty shelf, prompting uproar online as hundreds condemned the grocer for appearing...
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • Dallas family turns grandmother's cinnamon roll recipe into delicious business

    08/17/2014 12:51:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Dallas culturemap ^ | Carolyn Overbeck
    Amy Collins knew a good thing when she tasted one. Her grandmother, Rochelle — known as “RoRo” to the grandkids — baked dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls in her Garland kitchen, which she sold at church and school fundraisers. The cinnamon rolls had also become a Christmastime tradition in their family. “I wanted to find a way to always have her cinnamon rolls around for Christmas for my kids and my grandkids,” says Collins, 29, who lives in East Dallas. To do that, she enlisted her husband, Lauren, to help her start a business using her grandmother’s recipes — which...
  • Welcome to a World Where Alcohol Labels Tell the Truth

    08/15/2014 11:13:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Thursday 14 Aug 2014
    It’s a truth universally acknowledged that alcohol does bad things to good people. The results of which have never been made clearer than by these altered alcohol bottle labels. Question their accuracy. Go on, we dare you. True story. True, true story. If only your frenemy hadn’t recorded the evidence. Anyone care to fill us in on what happened? Anyone? Literally everywhere. The reason our phone is full of selfies with a stranger and the toilet attendant. We didn’t eat dinner so it doesn’t count. In your face. NOOOOO.
  • The Untold Dangers of Ramen Noodles

    08/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    In those moments of late-night cravings, Ramen Noodles seem to be your lifeblood -- the key to survival, exactly what you need to keep going. "Consistent quality and the finest of ingredients." But according to a new study -- they're killing you. OK, not necessarily, or not outright, but the research shows instant noodle products like Ramen can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome for women. And metabolic syndrome can mean increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. The study found women who ate instant noodle products more than twice a week were the...
  • What the Haters Got Wrong About Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Comments on GMOs

    08/15/2014 1:22:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Food and Farm Discussion Lab ^ | August 13, 2014 | Marc Brazeau
    Like anything relating to GMOs, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s recent off the cuff remarks on GMOs and his exhortation to ‘chill out’ was met with competing choruses of cheers and jeers. I watched the reaction unfurl on his Facebook page and on Chris Mooney’s posts in Mother Jones. These were interesting vantage points for related reasons. Chris Mooney writes about the politics of science and is particularly interested in how political loyalties tend to scramble our brains when it comes to picking and choosing which science we choose to accept (or even understand). Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great champion of...
  • Baker on Not Providing Wedding Cake to Lesbians: ‘I Have to Stand True’ to God

    08/15/2014 1:16:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 15, 2014 - 3:30 PM | Penny Starr
    A bakery in Pennsylvania has come under scrutiny after the owner declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple who were planning to renew their vows. “It was hard to do,” Lorraine Fleming, the owner of The Cake Pros bakery in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., told WBRE-TV on Tuesday. “We have homosexuality in our family, and it was a hard decision to make, but in the end, when I die and I’m one on one with God I have to stand true to him.” …
  • Mentally Ill Man Saved After Swallowing Orange

    08/15/2014 9:51:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014
    He was rushed to hospital with breathing difficultySaudi doctors saved a mentally retarded local man after he swallowed an unpeeled orange which settled inside his oesophagus. The man, in his 20s, was rushed to hospital having breathing difficulty after swallowing the orange at his home in the southern Saudi town of Baha. “Doctors managed to extract the orange out of his throat and saved his life without an operation,” Sabq Arabic language daily said.
  • Bacon-Powered Motorcycle Departs Austin

    08/13/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KAAL ^ | Justin Thompson-Gee
    We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘bring home the bacon’, but now Austin based Hormel is bringing home the bacon and turning it into motorcycle fuel. It is the definition of a one of a kind – a diesel motorcycle that runs solely on bacon grease. “We actually had the grease from our Rochelle, IL plant so it is all 100% Black Label,” says Hormel brand manager for Hormel Black Label Bacon, Nick Schweitzer. Scott Schraufnagel who works for BBDO Minneapolis, the advertising agency responsible for the idea of the bike, says the motorcyle, “runs on B-100 bio-diesel so what that...
  • Fox co-hosts fight over Michelle Obama's 'booty'

    08/13/2014 12:10:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | August 12, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The debate over first lady Michelle Obama’s war on fat and campaign for healthy kiddy diets has reached, well, a new low.“How well can she be eating? She needs to drop a few,” said Fox News contributor and psychiatrist Keith Ablow.As some members on the cable network’s show “Outnumbered” Tuesday gasped and Lisa Kennedy Montgomery offered, “I like her booty,” he suggested that the first lady is too fat to preach diet and that she’s not eating what children in schools are being offered under the first lady’s guidelines.Instead, Ablow suggested that the lean president should be the one talking...
  • Does Your Coffee Have Dirt In It?

    08/12/2014 9:32:55 PM PDT · by grundle · 61 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Rachel Tepper
    There may be something extra lurking in your morning cup of joe, and it’s not fairy dust. A new report reveals that due to recent coffee shortages, producers may be turning to finely ground fillers such as wood, husks, whole coffee berries, and even clumps of earth to compensate for the lost beans. Once roasted and ground, these fillers resemble coffee, which makes it difficult to visually confirm a coffee blend’s contents. Even more troubling, ”normal people can’t taste [the difference],” research team leader Suzana Lucy Nixdorf told us via email. Other common filler ingredients (detailed in the graphic below)...
  • Relearning How to Eat Fish

    08/12/2014 4:25:41 PM PDT · by windcliff · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8-11-14 | Jane E. Brody
    On a recent weeklong cruise along the shores of southeast Alaska, the dining room menu included wild salmon, Dungeness crab and sablefish. Many of my fellow 63 passengers had neither heard of nor tasted sable. No wonder: Almost all of this delectable, nutritious fish caught by Americans is exported, along with about one-third of all our wild catch. Instead, we dine on farmed seafood imported from countries like China, Thailand and Chile; 86 percent of the seafood we consume is imported. Despite the overwhelming popularity of shrimp among Americans, none was served on the trip. A naturalist who lectured on...
  • How the 'Innocent' Fava Beans Can 'Kill' Some Emirati Children

    08/12/2014 1:53:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    G6pd is an inherited blood disorder fairly common among Emirati families – but not many are aware of it, say expertsPublished Tuesday, August 12, 2014 A 6-year-old Emirati child was rushed to emergency in Latifa Hospital in Dubai with severe breathing difficulties. “Just before the frightening attack, my son passed very dark-orange urine,” said his mother. “The doctors asked me what he had eaten, and I said different kinds of beans - including Fava beans. “Thank God, the doctors were able to save my son,” the mother said, adding that she did not know her child had a reaction to...
  • Morehead City Woman Allegedly Finds Swastika Carved Into McDonald's Chicken Sandwich

    08/11/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    A North Carolina woman who went through the drive-thru at a Morehead City McDonald's reportedly found a swastika drawn in butter on the bun of her chicken sandwich. Charleigh Matice discovered the anti-Semitic symbol when she went to put mayonnaise on her food. Matice went into the restaurant and confronted employees about the offensive emblem. When they offered to replace the sandwich, she asked for her money back instead. "Is this a joke? Does somebody really think they're funny?" Matice told WCTI. "Many people died because of that symbol and it's not something that should be taken lightly. It's not...
  • The secret life of food stamps might get less secret

    08/11/2014 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    MarketPlace.org ^ | 05 Aug 2014 | Krissy Clark
    Should the public know how much money Wal-Mart, or that convenience store down the street, takes in through the federal food stamp program? Or does that amount to a retail trade secret? Those are the questions at the heart of a request for public comment announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program. Here’s the background: Last year we spent $76 billion tax payer dollars on the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). That money goes to about 47 million low-income Americans, who use it to buy...
  • Celebrate S'mores Day (No Campfire Required)

    08/10/2014 8:26:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 | Alysia Gray Painter
    The gooey three-part treat shows up in surprising spots.While the oven or stove top is the route we traditionally go to make colder foods hotter, there've been other heat-it-up candidates through the modern age: hot plates, microwave ovens, the fireplace, even running a packet of something under the hot water tap. (We've all tried it.) But the small, outdoor fire preceded all of these by eons. And that there's only one contemporary dish associated with the original stove seems unlikely, and yet it stands: the s'more. Yep yep: Hot dogs and beans and coffee in a vintage pot all have...
  • KFC Owner Gets Handwritten Apology From Patron who Took Extra Piece of Chicken

    08/10/2014 4:47:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    A Nebraska diner who felt guilty for absconding with an extra piece of KFC chicken sent the restaurant owner a handwritten apology letter and $2. Rocky Rasmussen, the owner of a North Platte KFC, got the unsigned letter in the mail. "This $2 is for the piece of chicken I brought home with me on Tuesday," the letter read. "That's stealing. Sorry!" The conscience of the chicken connoisseur kicked in after he or she claimed an extra poultry piece from the buffet at the restaurant. "I took more on my plate than I could eat and I knew it would...
  • North Carolina Man Arrested After Beating Police in Doughnut-Eating Contest

    08/09/2014 5:11:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 8, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Bradley Hardison is charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.A North Carolina man who beat police officers in a doughnut-eating contest got his just desserts the next day after they realized that he was a wanted man. Bradley Herbert entered the cuisine-eating competition at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime and won it by polishing off eight doughnuts in two minutes. The field that the 24-year-old defeated included local police officers and firefighters. "I did congratulate him," Lt. Max Robeson told WTKR. "Good for him. He can eat...
  • North Carolina restaurant drops prayer discount after fear of lawsuit

    08/08/2014 9:08:18 PM PDT · by Pox · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 08, 2014 | Foxnews.com
    A North Carolina diner that offered a 15 percent for those who prayed before their meal has stopped issuing the price cut due to a lawsuit threat. Mary’s Gourmet Diner has been quietly offering the 15 percent “praying in public” discount for four years and said that it was given to people from all religions.
  • Man Who Takes His Hospital Gurney Through McDonald’s Drive-Thru Shows Us What Dedication

    08/08/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | august 8, 2014
    Some people will do anything to satisfy a craving. One of those people is this man, who rode his bed through the McDonald’s drive through. A couple spotted the man, strapped face down down to an electrical gurney, driving himself across a busy street towards McDonald’s.
  • Dear Mona, How Many People Have Never Drunk Alcohol?

    08/08/2014 4:47:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 8/8 | Mona Chalabi
    Dear Mona, I am 24 years old and have never drunk alcohol. What percent of people in my cohort do not drink? Tyler, 24, North Carolina Dear Tyler, Your probability of having experienced a hangover: zero. aAFXz7a There’s an abundance of statistics on binge drinking and the costs of alcohol consumption, but looking at the people behind the zeros is more challenging. To understand abstention trends, we can’t do much better than the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Its latest data is based on 68,309 interviews conducted across the United States in 2012. The survey asked Americans whether...
  • Sobelman's has introduced the "Chicken Fried Bloody Beast."

    08/08/2014 1:43:48 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | 08/08/2014 | Evan Bleier
    Milwaukee bar starts serving epic Bloody Mary that comes topped with entire fried chicken. MILWAUKEE, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Apparently topping a massive Bloody Mary with a bacon cheeseburger slider just wasn't enough for a Milwaukee bar. After gaining some notoriety for their burger-topped drink, "'The Bloody Masterpiece," Sobelman's has decided to raise the beverage bar once again. The establishment has introduced a new drink, "Chicken Fried Bloody Beast," that features all the same garnishes -- cheese, sausage, pickles, olives, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, scallions, shrimp, lemon, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, celery -- as the Masterpiece. However, the Beast is also topped...