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The Strange History of ‘Mad Honey’

The Strange History of ‘Mad Honey’ The dark, reddish, “mad honey,” known as deli bal in Turkey, contains an ingredient from rhododendron nectar called grayanotoxin — a natural neurotoxin that, even in small quantities, brings on light-headedness and sometimes, hallucinations. In the 1700s, the Black Sea region traded this potent produce with Europe, where the […]

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Tunneling KFC to Gazans Craving the World Outside

Tunneling KFC to Gazans Craving the World Outside The French fries arrive soggy, the chicken having long since lost its crunch. A 12-piece bucket goes for about $27 here — more than twice the $11.50 it costs just across the border in Egypt. The situation in Gaza is absurd. The smuggling of fried chicken via […]

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What Problem Are DC’s New Food Truck Regulations Trying To Solve?

What Problem Are DC’s New Food Truck Regulations Trying To Solve? I know some people of a market urbanist persuasion take the view that trucks’ very existence is a sign of the failure of zoning codes and regulations, but I actually think trucks are an important lunch solution on the merits. I would not be […]

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Recipe for Homemade Twinkies

Recipe for Homemade Twinkies

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A Pop-Up Paris Picnic Is Coming to New York

For the first time, New York will have its own Dîner en Blanc, on Aug. 25, rain or shine. A thousand people — half invited, the others drawn from an online waiting list (newyork.dinerenblanc.info) — will participate in this refined flash-mob feast, at an as-yet undisclosed location in Manhattan. From NYT Interesting.

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HFCS Leads To Much More Weight Gain In Rats Than Sugar

“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels […]

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Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs

Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be restless, impulsive, inattentive and difficult to handle. Many are treated with drugs, but a new study suggests that food may be the key. The study’s author says a very restrictive diet can significantly reduce symptoms. From Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs : NPR

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Finger Limes

Food Trend Prediction: Finger Limes We’d never heard of finger limes before a few months ago, but now we’re seeing them pop up all over the place. Which seems appropriate since they’re also known as “citrus pop rocks”! The pulp inside these skinny citrus fruits is made of hundreds of tiny balls of juice, edible […]

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13 Health Foods That Aren’t

It’s easy to be swayed by claims like “Fat-free,” “A full serving of vegetables in every ounce,” or the mere suggestion of fruit on a label. But many foods positioned as “healthy” are no more healthy than their “unhealthy” cousins we often label “junk food.” From The Sweet Beet: 13 “Health Foods” That Aren’t

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Subway Says Your Sandwich Is “Cheating”

Chet and his wife routinely split Subway footlongs. Chet is more partial to roast beef. His wife is more partial to turkey. So when they ordered a Subway Club recently, they asked for all the roast beef to be put on one side, turkey on the other, ham evenly distributed across, and it cut in […]