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Food and Drink

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.

July 10, 2014

"How You Can Recreate 36 World Cuisines Using 3 Spices"

Interesting. And it's why the cuisines of Greece, Hungry, Louisiana, and "European Jewish" rule.

June 26, 2014

"Russ & Rye: [Re]Building the Jewish Bakery Tradition"

Authentic Jewish baking is making a comeback. (Link courtesy of my older daughter.)

June 24, 2014

"All the Bubbles! Polar Seltzer's Rebranding"

I found this interesting for two reasons. One, it's a story of a company apparently successfully repositioning its product.

And two, I'm an enthusiastic user of said product. Zero calories, zero sodium, excellent taste. The blackberry flavor and the lemonade flavor both have antioxidants and green tea extract added, and the lemonade has some caffieine, too. They're sweetened with sucralose, which used to disagree with me, but apparently I've built up a tolerance to it and it's fine, now. 

June 15, 2014

"Scientists Say You’re Eating Your Burger Wrong"

I can't tell you how glad I am that we have scientists working on this profound problem.

May 31, 2014

"The Definitive Ranking Of Free Restaurant Bread"

They missed Bonefish Grill, but otherwise it's a pretty good list

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