Bits and pieces: Caffeine insanity, Bluegrass obesity and other food news from the web, 7.12.10

  • I’m an avid lover of good burgers, and I have lived in the right city for my obsession. Washington, D.C., has recently become a mecca for pilgrims in search of some good ground beef, according to an Associated Press article in the Washington Post. The D.C. area is home to such burger joints as celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s Bobby’s Burger Place and Ray’s Hell Burger, which made headlines last month as the meal spot for President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. I’m more of a Five Guys type of gal, another D.C. burger staple.


  • Caffeine can sometimes make me a bit crazy, but can the substance drive a man to kill his wife? A lawyer for Woody Smith claims Smith, of northern Kentucky, was full of the energy drink No Fear and diet pills when he strangled his wife with an extension cord in 2009, according to an article in the Courier-Journal. The article states that  “psychologist Robert Noelker of Williamstown said Smith suffered from a brief psychotic disorder based on lack of sleep caused by consumption of high levels of caffeine, Ephedra or amphetamine-type substances.”


  • In more (unpleasant) news out of Kentucky, the Washington Post profiles Manchester and Clay County, the unhealthiest county in the state. The article (which is a very good read) explores why obesity rates are so high in this county in wake of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiatives to make our country healthier. This article makes me want to ease up on the burgers.


  • The milkman is making a comeback. The Los Angeles Times profiles Jim Pastor, who owns a Santa Ana-based delivery service that delivers milk, cheese, eggs, and other items from one of the largest family-owned dairies in Southern California to homes all over the area. From the article:

Gone are the nostalgic milk bottles — they’re too heavy, too dangerous and too costly. And today’s milkman (and he’s almost always a man) doesn’t wear a uniform suit, squeaky black shoes and a spiffy cap — he’s more than likely to wear shorts, running shoes and a ball cap.

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