Nood Fews: Sim Dum, Meastbrilk Pollilops, Dacon for Bad, and More

userpic=levysToday brings yet another installment of news chum related to food, or should that be chews num felated to rood?

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Friday Food Frenzy

userpic=levysToday’s end-of-the-day news chum brings together a number of articles all related to dining or food:



Saturday Miscellany: Money, Food, Plumbing, and Body Acceptance

userpic=angry-dogIt’s Saturday. Time to clear out the bookmarks from the week that didn’t form into otherwise coherent themes. As always, these are news articles or other items that came across my RSS feed during the week:

Music: If Not Now When? (Debbie Friedman): “Kumi Lach”



Food In The News

userpic=pastramiThis is an offshoot of the previous news chum post that is specifically focused on food news:

  • Packaging and Its Influence. Our first item, from Bon Appetit, is from a food psychologist and explores why we eat the way we do. It posits the notion that we would eat a lot less if our plates were smaller, among other things (e.g., package size influences what we eat). I blame our mothers who taught us to clean our plates before we could leave the table.
  • Bound in Chains. Our second article, from Slate, explores what it takes to open a chain restaurant. I tend to discount chains in deference to local shops, but each chain is really a local shop, hiring from the community and serving the community. The real questions should be: (a) is the menu what you want; (b) is the food prepared on premesis; (c) does the food have the quality and price you want?
  • What’s The Bowl Without Beer? Our third article, from NPR, explores the world of Gluten-Free Beers and performs a taste test. Now, I’m not a beer drinking, but I know those who are. My wife (who used to be one before going GF) has tried some of these, and says they are pretty good.

Unexpected Changes

userpic=observationsTo close out our lunchtime news chum for the week, here are a few articles about some unexpected changes reported in this week’s news:



Altered Lives: Pastrami, Porn, Kings, and Maps

userpic=pastramiToday’s news chum brings together a few stories of people or situations that have altered lives:

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Things That Were, and Things That Never Were

userpic=tombstonesAs we approach the end of the year, the newspapers are bringing a number of stories of things that were, or in some cases, never were…

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Fast Food for the Brain

As you’ve figured out by now, I do a news chum post when three or more collected bookmarks form a theme. That’s happened again, and the theme for this post is junk food:

  • The Twinkie Defense. Evidently, there is a baker’s strike, and as a side effect of the strike, Hostess Brands may file for liquidation if it continues. Yes, folks, that means the maker of the popular snack cake may go out of business (as early as today), and the branded Twinkie (as well, I guess, as Hostess Cup Cakes and Ding Dongs) may go off the shelf. But don’t worry. The ones left on the shelves will never go stale.
  • Ruining Tea. Most people don’t go to Starbucks because their coffee is good. After all, if it was, why would they feel the need to doctor it with so much fattening crap. It’s gotten to the point where real coffee drinkers prefer McDonalds Coffee. Luckily, us tea drinkers have been relatively safe. Until now. Starbucks has purchased Teavana for $260 million. Teavana, which already had overpriced and overmarketed tea, is a perfect match for Starbucks. Starbucks said it plans to expand Teavana’s existing 300 mall-based stores while adding a “high-profile neighborhood store concept.” According to Starbucks, the Teavana deal is a “signal that we have moved our plan to fundamentally transform the consumer tea experience in both North American and international markets into high gear.” Sigh. I love tea because I drink it black… and I already have great sources for tea (Upton, Stash, Franklin Tea). I also believe it is important to support your local coffee or tea shop, not the megachains.
  • Your Drink is Bad For You. We’re learning more and more what we drink is often bad for us. First it was large sodas. I’ve just talked about the junk people add to coffee.  Today’s news brings a report of another hazard: it appears the calories people get from booze nearly equals the calories they get from sodas. According to the report, soda and other sweetened drinks are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent. A 12-ounce can of regular Coca-Cola has 140 calories, slightly less than a same-sized can of regular Bud. A 5-ounce glass of wine is around 100 calories. Now people are asking whether New York will ban large alcoholic beverages. Of course, I’ve got a different question. I only drink black tea. So where am I getting my extra junk calories :-).