[Bits and pieces] The Cinnamon Challenge, Starbucks and other food news from the web, 3.19.12

Cinnamon sticks. Tasty, but not by the spoonful. Photo courtesy of ::nany mata via Flickr.
  • Wait a minute. People are swallowing spoonfuls of cinnamon for kicks now? And videotaping it? Excuse me while I bang my head against my dining room table and weep for humanity. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Starbucks continues to march toward world domination with the opening of its new Evolution Fresh juice store. That sounds delightfully refreshing. (USA Today)
  • Move over, Burger King. Wendy’s is now the second biggest hamburger chain in the United States. It makes since. I only know of two Burger Kings in my general vicinity, but I can find a Wendy’s pretty easily. (Huffington Post)

[Bits and pieces] PETA, Louisville food trucks and other food news from the web, 11.28.11

Some representatives of PETA nation. Photo courtesy david_shankbone via Flickr.
  • Starbucks is raising coffee prices, yet another reason to buy local coffee. Unless, however, you just HAVE to have your daily fix and a Starbucks is the only thing available. Caffeine addiction is a powerful thing. (Business First of Louisville)
  • Tea + panda poop = world’s most expensive brew. Discuss. (Jezebel)
  • Words like “diet” and “low-calorie” are out for consumers. Instead, folks seem to like less loaded words that tell more about what the product contains, such as “zero” or “smart.” Is this why I love Cherry Coke Zero so much? (New York Daily News)
  • A food truck amendment that will make operating these mobile eateries easier was passed by Louisville metro council. *begins happy dance* (Business First of Louisville)

Bits and pieces: Starbucks thefts, celebrity cookbooks and other food news from the web, 5.3.11

Whoa, guys. This has been a busy few days, and it’s just going to get worse.

A prince got married. Obama delivered some good zingers at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. A bad guy got killed.

And this week, the Kentucky Derby will cap off three weeks of celebrations in just two minutes. Mother’s Day is creeping up, and I don’t have a present. And between all this, I’m in a hurricane of wedding crafts from which I will not emerge until October.

So here’s some fun food news to keep us all entertained and maybe a little distracted.

Ahhh, Starbucks. Hold onto your wallets, folks. Photo courtesy of re_ality via Flickr.
  • Starbucks coffee shops across New York City (and no doubt the rest of the world) are hot spots for thieves. People let their guards down, leave their stuff at a table while they buy a latte, and boom — no more laptop. (New York Times)
  • The hot new celebrity trend? Cookbooks. Here’s a rundown of five actors, reality stars and singers who have ventured into cookbooks. (Washington Post)
  • Want to toast to the death of aforementioned bad guy? Here’s a list of places across the country with Osama bin Laden related drink specials. (Eater)

Bits and pieces: Starbucks’ Trenta, Flavor Flav and other food news from the web, 2.7.11

Put this in your cup and drink it. Photo courtesy of DieselDemon via Flickr.
  • Starbucks recently introduced a 31-ounce Trenta size for iced coffee. Not only is the mega-cup larger than the average human stomach, but you can fit a whole bottle of wine in there. (Eater)

 

  • There’s a big stink going on in Maine – and it’s all about whoopie pies. Some people want to make the whoopie pie the state’s official dessert. Others think it’s a bad idea to such a title to a dish whose main ingredient is lard, especially when obesity is prevalent throughout the state and country, and want the blueberry pie to reign. Oh, the things that divide our nation. (Boston Globe)

 

  • Flavor Flav is opening a fried chicken restaurant in Iowa. Ummm … yeah. (Eater)

 

  • Celebrity chef and author Jeff Henderson of Food Network‘s The Chef Jeff Project has written a “community cookbook” called America I Am: Pass It Down Cookbook that chronicles African-American history through cuisine. Excuse me while I add this book to my wish list. (NPR)

Bits and pieces: Starbucks, honey buns and other food news from the web, 1.10.11

 

This is worth gold – at least in jail. Photo courtesy of Collin Anderson via Flickr.
  • You can always count on the St. Petersburg Times for a great story, but I never expected to find such a gripping narrative about honey buns. In the prison system, honey buns are a substitute for addictions, an effective bartering tool and, in some cases, a motive for murder.

 

  • Paul Mason, who was once the world’s heaviest man, has filed a lawsuit against Britain’s health system for sending him to dietitians who did not diagnose his eating disorder, according to an article from the New York Daily News.

 

  • I love sushi, but I’m not shelling out 250,000 pounds for a tuna fish like this wholesaler did at a recent Toyko auction.

 

  • Residents of the Highlands in Louisville will be welcoming a new neighbor soon. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will erect a 5-foot 6-inch tall crippled chicken statue at 1578 Bardstown Road, according to an article in LEO Weekly. Here’s what PETA Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement:

Our chicken statue will remind Louisville residents that KFC’s suppliers break chickens’ bones and often scald birds to death as a result of KFC’s refusal to implement the animal welfare standards recommended by members of its own advisory council

 

  • Words – who needs them? Starbucks is streamlining its logo by eliminating the company’s name and the word “coffee,” according to Reuters. Check out the logo here. What do you think?

Bits and pieces: Magical pomegranate, Starbucks and other food news from the web, 9.27.10

  • Starbucks will join a host of other companies as it raises the prices of certain coffee drinks, according to an article in Business First of Louisville. The increased prices come as a response to the soaring costs of coffee beans, the article states. Other companies that have raised coffee prices include J.M. Smucker Co., the parent company of Folger’s and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, and Kraft Foods Inc., which includes Maxwell House coffee.
  • This is kind of a bummer – Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will remove its “all natural” label from some of its frozen treats after debate about the validity of that claim. According to NPR:
  • The flavors containing alkalized cocoa, corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated soybean oil particularly irked the folks over at the Center for the Science in the Public Interest, who had asked the company to stop using “all natural” claims last month in a letter to parent company Unilever.

  • Don’t like eating at that restaurant that got a B grade on the health inspection? Well, their kitchen is probably cleaner than yours. The Los Angeles County health department conducted a study on home kitchens that showed that one in seven home kitchens would not pass the standard restaurant home inspection, according to the Poynter Institute.
  • The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against the makers of POM Wonderful for “false and unsubstantiated” claims that pomegranate can prevent and treat everything from “heart disease to erectile dysfunction,” according to an article from the Chicago Tribune. I don’t know if the company’s advertising is true, but that POM juice makes a heckuva smoothie ingredient.