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Food and Drink

September 17, 2014

"Forget the Mediterranean diet . . . go Nordic!"

The Nordic diet is the new hotness.

More information here

September 16, 2014

One old "joke" about conservatives is now obsolete

There's a joke about conservatives that runs along the line of "A conservative is someone who's desperately afraid that someone, somewhere is having fun."

But now in the very, very liberal UK Guardian we have this: "Brunch is a waste of time, money and drunken pleasure that you don't have".

(Is it satire? No, I don't think so, but make up your own minds.)

August 30, 2014

"The Hot 10 2014: Rose's Luxury, Washington, D.C. (No. 1)"

Sounds like a great restaurant. But my daughters went and couldn't get in. (Link via my younger daughter.)

August 29, 2014

"Arby's Has A $10 Secret Menu Item Called The 'Meat Mountain'"

I don't think it's a "secret". Here in NC they're advertising that bad boy on TV a lot.

The $10 sandwich has 2 chicken tenders, 1.5 oz. of roast turkey, 1.5 oz. of ham, 1 slice of Swiss cheese, 1.5 oz. of corned beef, 1.5 oz. brisket, 1.5 oz. of Angus steak, 1 slice of cheddar cheese, 1.5 oz. roast beef, and 3 half-strips of bacon, writes Sarah Halzack at The Washington Post

August 28, 2014

"Why Are Rotisserie Chickens So Cheap?"

The answer sounds right, if a bit . . . icky.

August 16, 2014

"Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World"

I don't drink beer, so this is purely a service for my readers. (Could Belgian monks really be #1?)

August 12, 2014

"The Future of Iced Coffee"

So it seems like coffee--soon even iced coffee--is going the way of beer, some clothes, and other items. For a while, big companies, mass production, and low prices dominate. Then, almost as soon as critics decry the loss of quality and craftsmanship as one of the horrors--horrors!--of the free market, the market produces . . . quality.

August 07, 2014

"What food cravings tell you about yourself"

"While some cravings are based on a nutritional need, most cravings stem from other factors."

August 05, 2014

One of the most effective propaganda campaigns ever

I speak of the alleged harm of saturated fat. The harm I refer to is not that fat is, ounce for ounce, more caloric than either carbohydrates or protein. I mean the allegation virtually all Americans seem to believe--really, really believe--that saturated fat does terrible things to your circulatory system. How many times have you heard people say, or have you read someone writing, that a dish like a chili cheeseburger with bacon is an "artery-clogger" or is "a heart attack on a plate"?

As Milton Friedman used to ask so energetically: How do you know?

The original research was, apparently, very dubious. (See also this.) And informed opinion currently rejects the claim. Related: the advice we got to eat a lot of bread wasn't so good, either.

Bottom line: too many calories seems to be bad for you and fat has more than twice as many calories per gram as carbs and protein. But beyond that, enjoy your fat, saturated or otherwise. (Except, of course, for transfat. But that's another post.)

 

July 17, 2014

"We Tried The 4 New Lay's Potato Chip Flavors — Here's The Verdict"

Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese "received unanimously positive reviews" but that was only good enought for second.

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