Bits and pieces: Carnival Splendor Spam, Martha Stewart and other food news from the web, 11.15.10

  • It’s been a few days since the Carnival Splendor cruise ship stuck at sea was towed into San Diego. But did the cruise line offer Spam to its stranded passengers? The company says no, but passengers disagree, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Whatever the case, lots of cruise guests were peeved during their 72 hours stranded off the coast of Mexico following a fire in the ship’s engine room. Some passengers reported waiting in food lines for two hours for delicacies such as hot dog salad, green bean sandwiches and Pop-Tarts.


  • A nutrition professor at Kansas State University ate only convenience food items for two months – and lost 27 pounds in the process, according a piece by NPR. Mark Haub limited his intake to 1,800 calories a day, which is why he lost weight despite downing a diet of Doritos, Twinkies and Little Debbie Snacks. From NPR:

“I kind of took the stance that … let’s say we reduce obesity, reduce body weight, move somebody — me — from overweight to healthy weight, but we do that with foods that aren’t recommended,” (Haub) says. “Is that healthy?”


  • The hottest class at Harvard this semester is Science of the Physical Universe 27, also known as Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science, according to an article in the Boston Globe. According to the newspaper, the class “uses the culinary arts as a way to explore phases of matter, electrostatics, and other scientific concepts” and is taught by Harvard professors and renowned chefs. I know I’ve graduated, and I’ve never applied to go to Harvard, but can I take this class via satellite?


  • Martha Stewart slaughters her own turkeys for Thanksgiving – but she gets the birds sauced on mini bottles of alcohol first. Check out this clip of Her Majesty Stewart cuttin’ it up with Stephen Colbert during a segment on The Colbert Report.

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