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China: Musty Meat at McDonald’s?

July 21, 2014

China: Musty Meat at McDonald's?

McDonald’s in China has stopped using meat from a local supplier after Shanghai authorities halted the firm’s operations over food safety concerns. The meat processor is suspected of supplying meat well past its due date and mislabeling it. KFC and Pizza Hut in China have also stopped using products from the supplier, Shanghai Husi, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois.

More:

“Yum, McDonald’s in Shanghai food safety investigation,” Engen Tham and Adam Jourdan, Reuters

“KFC, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s are hit with a new China food scandal: expired meat products,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“China’s latest fast food scandal: McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut sold expired meat,” Lindsay Abrams, Salon

“China food scandal spreads to Japan as Burger King, Starbucks admit using tainted supplier,” Reuters via South China Post

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Germany: Wurst Crime Ever

July 20, 2014

Germany: Wurst Crime Ever

Germany’s anti-trust agency (Bundeskartellamt) has fined 21 sausage manufacturers and 33 individuals $460 million for illegal price-fixing over two decades.  Gott im Himmel!

The ring is alleged to have met in Hamburg’s luxurious Hotel Atlantic. Wonder what they ate?

Sausages are central to the German identity, second only to beer. In related German crime news, thieves in the city of Krefeld broke into a warehouse and stole 300,000 liters (80,000 gallons) of beer. Ten truckloads. Worth $3 million. Right before Germany’s big World Cup celebration party.

More:

“German sausage makers in meaty fine over price-fixing,” BBC News

“Bundeskartellamt imposes fines on sausage manufacturers,” press release

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Cupcakes: Over

July 10, 2014

Cupcakes: Over

Way back in 2004 or so, gourmet cupcake shops began to infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend rose with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The first inkling came in April with the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” said the Wall Street Journal.

Now the bakery ovens have grown stone cold. Crumbs is closing all its 48 stores in cities across America.

More:

“The rise and fall of Crumbs, America’s first public cupcake company,” Roberto A. Ferdman, Washington Post

“The standard bearer of America’s cupcake boom just ran out of dough,” Adam Pasick, Quartz

“Is the fad over? Cupcake firm Crumbs crumbles and shuts 48 stores,” Noel Young, The Medium

“Downfall of Crumbs Shows Limits of American Cupcake Addiction,” Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Selina Wang and Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg News

“Why I hate cupcakes,” Meghan DeMaria, The Week

Dissenting opinions:

“Cupcakes not dead!” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

“Crumbs’s Fate Aside, the Cupcake Still Isn’t Dead,” Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

UPDATE:

“Crumbs Bake Shop nears lifeline from investor group,” Katie Little, CNBC

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Best New York Pizza?

July 7, 2014

Best New York Pizza?

Di Fara Pizza, located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, might just be New York City’s best pizza. It’s been praised by Anthony Bourdain and named the best pizza in New York by Zagat, the Village Voice, and even New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.”

– “Is This New York City’s Best Pizza?” Melanie Dunea, Yahoo Travel

Pizza is serious stuff in the Big Apple, and opinions differ; Google gives 135,000 million results for Best+NYC+Pizza. Some family pizzerias are being documented by the New York Pizza Project.

More:

“Take a Trip Down Pizza Memory Lane With the New York Pizza Project,” Zachary Feldman, Village Voice

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Nutella at 50

July 5, 2014

Nutella at 50
Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor. Yum. Nutella turns 50 this year.

More: 

“Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread,” Dany Mitzman, BBC Magazine

“Spreading the Nutella wealth: Italy’s sweet success at 50,” Philippe Ridet, The Guardian

“Mom ‘shocked’ that Nutella isn’t healthy, wins lawsuit,” Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network

“8 Things You May Not Know About Nutella,” Jessica Bloustein Marshall, Mental Floss

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The 4th of July. Hot Dog!

July 4, 2014

The 4th of July. Hot Dog!
Many Americans will celebrate this Independence Day by ingesting a batter-like slurry of pork and/or beef meat taken off the bone by advanced meat recovery machinery (AMM) and mixed with potassium lactate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, corn maltodextrin, sodium nitrate, and paprika extract, then forced into tubes for processing.

Patriotic citizens will heat the slurry-filled tubes over glowing little pillows of carbonized sawdust and petroleum distillates, place them in enriched flour buns moistened with a paste of ground yellow mustard seeds mixed with acetic acid and turmeric, and garnish them with many tiny cubes of chemically preserved cucumber dyed an improbable green with FD&C Yellow #5. Then they’ll eat them.

Yum!

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council says Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs this summer, 150 million of them on Independence Day. So enjoy our National Food, and have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Read more:

“What’s in Your Wiener? Hot Dog Ingredients Explained,” Katherine Harmon, Scientific American

“Why Americans Are Eating Fewer Hot Dogs,” Paul Lukas,Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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Competitive Eaters

June 23, 2014

Competitive Eaters

“The history of competitive eating dates back to the 13th century. According to Norse myths, the god Loki and his servant participated in an eating competition that was only won after the servant ate his plate. Roman emperor Vitellius once served more than 7,000 birds at a feast. American railroad tycoon ‘Diamond’ Jim Brady was known for regularly chasing a typical dinner of seven lobsters with two pounds of bonbons for dessert. And then there was Eddie ‘Bozo’ Miller, considered by some to be the greatest eater ever. According to his obituary in the Wall Street Journal, in his heyday, Miller existed on a daily diet of 25,000 calories, and in 1963, reportedly ate 27 two-pound chickens in one sitting. Organized competitive eating, however, is a relatively new phenomenon.”

– “Why would someone eat 50 hot dogs?” Robert Pursell, PBS Newshour

UPDATE:

“Appetite for Destruction: Megatoad Is the Future of Competitive Eating,” James Montgomery, Rolling Stone

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Knishes

June 4, 2014

Knishes

“When Laura Silver‘s favorite knish shop in New York closed it doors, she started to investigate why it shut down. And that led to a years-long research project ….

Her book Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food explores the history of the baked delicacy filled with meat or vegetables and what it means to the people who love it.”

– “The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History,” NPR

Knishes are big in New York of course, but also in other places with large Ashkenazi (Central- and Eastern-European Jewish) populations, like Argentina:

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What’s In Hot Dogs?

May 29, 2014

What's In Dot Dogs?

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Burnt Offerings

May 24, 2014

Burnt Offerings
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, traffic jams, parades of children and pets, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

This weekend will fatten U.S. meat sales and heat up the economy. Citizens who do not eat meat grill veggies; religious Jews grill kosher meat. It might be said that burger burning, bargain-hunting Americans are celebrating the values our fallen heroes were defending, but only if gluttony and consumerism are mistaken for expressions of freedom.

Anyway, have a thoughtful weekend. Observe the traditional moment of silence on Monday at 3:00 PM. And try to avoid the traditional outbreak of Memorial Day motor accidentsboating mishapshouse fires, and food poisoning.

Related:

“National WWII Museum Poll Shows 80 percent of Americans Unfamiliar with Memorial Day’s Real Meaning” (Press Release).

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