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Can We Blame Fat on a Free Market?

The Vend Natural machines are full of the same stuff as normal vending machines. Having the overabundance of fat and calories coming from organic produce doesn't suddenly transmute them from health to junk food.

Jul 11, 2011
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Toxins Are the Evil Spirits of Our Times

Yeah, but master cleanse sounds so much better than anorexia.

Jul 16, 2010
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Do Pricey Food Trucks Suck?

I like them. But I think more importantly they speak to city planning. Food trucks are generally where people are. They can roll right up to the sidewalk and hand out food. Restaurants thanks to our current planning generally are tucked away from people in strip malls. I think this is just a trend that is circumventing poor city planning.

Another thing that food carts have (at least in Austin) is often shared dining space. So you have multiple "restaurants" that people can choose from without each one having to have their own distinct "dining room". Which when you think about it makes a lot of sense.

The real question is whether someone smart will take this idea and start creating upscale indoor/outdoor food courts.

Jul 07, 2010
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Must-Have Spices

Mmm.. thanks for reminding me I need more dried mustard.

I'm a huge fan of smoked paprika. It and salt make a fantastic rub for pretty much any meat or vegetable on the grill.

Jun 25, 2010
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In Defense of Cheap Tippers

I'm totally cool with having this discussion once wait-staff make minimum wage. Until then we're just making up for the ueber-cheapness of restaurant managers.

Mar 05, 2010
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Foods That Might Kill You, If Stupidity Doesn't Kill You First

You also insinuated that Chicken McNuggest are dangerous, when in actuality they're probably one of the best things you can order on any fast food menu (even when compared to a McDonalds salad).
Obviously this list is trickier than it sounds.

Feb 25, 2010
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Cooked-to-Order Baby Goo

If it takes 45 minutes sludge is probably an apt term.

Jan 26, 2010
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The Gullible Consumer Gets Milked

We already have this. Our store brand has "natural" chicken. From what anyone can tell this identical to their normal chicken, but with more attractive packaging.

Jul 15, 2009
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America's Fountain of Health: Walmart

Not too surprising. The quality of supermarkets in poor parts of town and the number of people in the US who rely on gas station convenience stores for their main grocery shopping is staggering.

May 20, 2009
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The Everyday Tragedy of McDonald's

I see it as McDonalds having a really humane attitude towards the homeless. Kind of refreshing.

May 15, 2009
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Farewell to a Loyal, Vibrating Friend?

I second that comment that this is probably more of a phone number harvesting scheme than an actual replacement of the pagers. Do you really want your reservation system based upon every patron having a working cellphone?
This is a very interesting project and I think we'll see it take off. I doubt we'll see the death of the pager until carriers start charging what text messages actually cost (thousands of pennies). Too many cheap and/or cell phoneless people out there.

Mar 29, 2009
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Burn Dinner, Destroy the Earth

Probably not unless you're grilling your pop-tart over charcoal every morning.

Jan 27, 2009
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Immortality on a Bun

McDonalds advertises their burgers as 100% beef, and they are under intense scrutiny so I have no reason to doubt the nutritional content they print on their menus. The nutritional info also explains why the hamburger lasts so long. It's this newfangled chemical called - "salt". 520mg of it. Also keeping it in a cool dry container helps a lot. These techniques have been used by armies and explorers since time immemorial to preserve meat for long journeys.

Sensationalism is not the same thing as a science experiment.

Sep 29, 2008
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One Nation Under Added Fats

On the actual topic of this article - I find it interesting that this also coincides with the growth of gourmet cooking in America. If you look at a cookbook from the sixties a lot of the food was either boiled or roasted (of course they also larded food, but I wonder how often that was done in practice). If you look at the amount of olive oil you use to sautee vegetables, grill roasts, and make that nice fresh salad it adds up to a lot of extra fat in a week.

I'm sure fast food contributes too, but I think our whole culinary culture began changing in the 70s.

Aug 13, 2008
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One Nation Under Added Fats

I believe actually Obama was saying that other countries were going to tell us what to eat if you must be literal:

The quote is this:
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.


It's so annoying when partisans post snarky comments when they can't even bother to read the whole sentence.

Aug 13, 2008
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The Rise of the Gastrosexual

I didn't develop my love for cooking until after I got married. And now I'm obligated to do it every night. I think cooking is one of those things that requires enough coordination that someone has to do it every night. It's very difficult to just hand off back and forth like laundry.
But to say, "For women, it's still an obligation, along with the rest of the housework." is just ridiculous. Stand up for yourself, or find a new man. We don't live in the 50s anymore.

Jul 30, 2008
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Pee-Wee Pairings

Horrible idea. Do we need more reasons for our kids to get beat up?

And giving kids seven types of grape juice seems like a great way to get them hooked on the sugar.

Jul 18, 2008
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Fresh Apple Fries Versus French Fries

Uh. McDonalds has had this exact menu item for quite a while. And my daughter at least eats the apple slices. The 4-piece nugget meal with apple slices, and plain milk is perhaps the healthiest thing on McDonalds menu.
I haven't looked at Burger King's.

Jul 14, 2008
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That Price Isn't Right

My wife and I have definitely been seeing this. A lot of the mid-range restaurants in Austin have inched up to where hamburgers and sandwiches are just below $10. Which makes $15-20 a plate for fine dining seem downright reasonable.

Jul 11, 2008
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Palate Pleasers

She's right on target with the list of 10 ways to get your kid to eat. I've been using the smell, then lick, then decide if you want to eat it method with my daughter and she'll normally end up eating what she initially wrinkled her nose at.
I also give her pieces of whatever I'm chopping and now she demands them. This makes me wrinkle my nose when she insists on big chunks of raw garlic and onions, but it gets her eating.

Jun 12, 2008
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Sugar-Free Life

You said refined sugar, but she actually gave up sugar. It's plenty easy to cook well without refined sugar. I can't remember the last time I touched the stuff in my cooking.
Giving up sugar entirely is another matter, and is probably not healthy in the long run. As Mr. Moderation above points out.

Apr 03, 2008
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Small Diners, Expansive Tastes

No one has pointed out that in cities like San Francisco and New York, finding kid friendly places is very difficult. Restaurants nearly always trend upscale because they have to pay their rent. I don't think you can compare taking kids to a $20/plate restaurant in New York City and taking kids to a $20/plate restaurant in suburban Dallas.

Mar 28, 2008
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Two Great Tastes

We have Freebird's burritos in Texas that are wrapper like Chipotle burriots in foil, but tighter. You can stand them up vertically and chow while you read. They work just fine.

And they think popcorn is bad? Just because they haven't mastered using a few fingers for picking up popcorn and different fingers for turning pages...

Mar 10, 2008
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Cheap Eats Get a Little Less Cheap

Good thing they don't track the price of food or oil when tracking inflation, or one might think there was a problem.

Mar 04, 2008
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Man, anyone who's had fresh made butter can tell you that it's worlds away from the stuff you buy in the store.

Feb 22, 2008
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They Think We Are Stupid!

Does he go into the commercials that keep repeating that American Football is the most popular sport in the world? And their beer is the most popular beer in the world?

I'm still trying to figure out how they get away with that one. By saying something so patently false, are they hoping no one thinks about the second statement?

Feb 14, 2008
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Fountain of Youth?

Yeah my unscientific survey is the exact opposite showing how accurate this sort of thing is. All the vegans I know are pretty sallow looking and roly poly because they drink too much beer and eat too much fake cheese and meat. Basically the exact same diet that makes most omnivorous americans fat and unhealthy.

Feb 14, 2008
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Runaway Beef

They say I should eat 7oz of meat or beans a day.

Jan 29, 2008
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A Tuna Mercury Roll, Please

I'm sure due to budget cuts there's probably only one guy there in charge of "fish". And he's probably a Red Lobster guy. So more than likely his yuppie kids took him out for a sushi dinner for his birthday a couple months ago and introduced him to bluefish tuna. And so he did just find out about it a few months ago.

Jan 24, 2008
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A Word from the Sponsor

Freudian slip?

Dec 03, 2007
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