Bits and pieces: Bacon vodka, picky eaters and other food news from the web, 7.8.10

The entire process of moving has quickly taken the top spot on my List of Things I Loathe. That collection includes:

  • When my socks get wet inside my tennis shoes
  • Adam Sandler in dramatic roles
  • Squash (the food, not the sport)

I’m still unpacking my new Old Louisville apartment, but my return to my hometown is complete, and the Internet is up and running. So, onward with the news.

  • Just what competitive eating needed — a bitter former champ led away in handcuffs. Takeru Kobayashi, a six-time winner of Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, crashed the stage of the competition moments after his biggest rival, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, won the challenge, according to a story in the Guardian. Kobayashi was subsequently arrested.
  • Has your Starbucks barista ever forgotten to put a protective sleeve on your drink? It happened to New York mom Villona Maryash and now she’s suing the super-chain after she accidentally burned her 5-month-old son, according to the New York Post. Maryash ordered tea, picked up the cup and dropped it because it was so hot, which made the beverage spill on her son, causing “serious injuries,” the article says.
  • I love bacon as much as the next gal, but this is a bit much — a company in Seattle has created a bacon-flavored vodka, according to the Chicago Tribune. Unlike its porky counterpart, this beverage is vegan AND fat-free. That statement was almost worthy of an exclamation mark.
  • Picky eating could be more than a quirky trait, according to some mental health specialists. To learn more about adults who are picky eaters, researchers at Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh have launched the first national public registry of picky eating that allows people to log in and report on their unusual eating preferences and habits, according to the Wall Street Journal. Doctors also hope the effort will prompt the development of improved treatment techniques for adult picky eaters. According to the article:

A taskforce studying how to categorize eating disorders for the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, due out in 2013, is considering recognizing for the first time a disorder to be called “selective eating” that could apply to adults as well as children.

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