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News to Chew | 2009 | April

News to Chew

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Archive for April, 2009

Amuse bouche: the frozen Marie Callendar meat loaf dinner.

April 30, 2009 By: admin Category: Amuse Bouche

Amuse bouche: the frozen Marie Callendar meat loaf dinner tastes very close to the restaurant version. I don’t know if that’s good or bad?

Portion Control, Japanese Style

April 28, 2009 By: admin Category: Food News

OK, sometimes you want to buy some groceries, but you only need one of something. Well, leave it to the Japanese and their penchant for micro-packaging to come up with a way to do so. Call it innovative, clever or, yes, as we are wont to ponder, “Now, that’s really stupid.”

As posted on Tokyo Damage Report, single-serve packaging has become quite literal. We at News to Chew call it the anti-Costco merchandising approach. Instead of huge bunch of bananas, you can buy one – nicely packaged, at that. Don’t need a flat of eggs? Just buy one – yes, one egg. Don’t need five pounds of sliced ham? Well, how about one slice. (Notice that the pictures show these items are found in the Japanese 7-Elevens).

But then again, maybe this isn’t really so stupid. Think about it: America’s obesity can be traced to our Costco mentality to food. “But this #10 can of mayo is such a good deal. We’ll just slop it on everything we eat!” Maybe a hermetically sealed single pancake isn’t such a bad idea after all.

We’re just waiting for the individually packaged potato chip.

Just some news to chew on.

Do the Math: Chewing Gum Makes You Smart

April 23, 2009 By: admin Category: Food News

The world is filled with “scientific” studies that come up with eyebrow-raising conclusions, especially ones that involve food. And they are a big reason why News to Chew came into existence. So, when we read in the LA Times about a recent study involving chewing gum, we thought, “Now, that’s really stupid.”

But then again, if actually true, it could completely blow out of the water one of the essential reasons for being a teacher: to make their students spit out their gum. Because researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have recently conducted a study showing that chewing gum boosts academic performance. The results were presented at the Annual Meeting of Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans on April 22.

OK, so the study had 108 students, ages 13 to 16, assigned to either chew sugar-free gum during math class, while doing math homework and during math tests or to no chew gum. After 14 weeks, the students’ took a math test and their grades were assessed.

The researchers found:

Those who chewed gum had a 3% increase in standardized math test scores and had final math grades that were significantly better than the other students. Teachers observed that those who chewed gum seemed to require fewer breaks, sustain attention longer and remain quieter.

So there you go. No more excuses. All these years of lesson plans, outside consultants, and enduring the cries of “I can’t do math,” and it seems all our teachers have had to do is pass around a bowl of Chiclets before algebra. And we’re sure no child wouldn’t be left behind. Would chewing a big wad of Bubble Yum raise the scores even higher? Why not?

Oh, did we mention that the study was funded by the Wrigley Science Institute? Oh, hmmm, we get it. So, what’s next? Eating Slim Jims will raise your science aptitude? Drinking Mountain Dew will help you compose a coherent sentence? It all depends on who funds the study, we guess.

Just some news to chew on.

I need my puffer! Le Whiff dispenses chocolate via…inhaler?

April 20, 2009 By: admin Category: Now, that's really stupid

OK, in what might be the holy grail for chocoholic weight watchers, or just a candidate for our “Now, That’s  Really Stupid” category, you gotta give props for the ingenuity. But a Harvard professor has come up with a way to consume and satisfy your chocolate urge without eating it. Yup, like a breathing impaired asthmatic, you can now get your fix by inhaling chocolate vapors with a dispenser called Le Whif.

According to David Edwards, lead inventor of Le Whif:

Over the centuries we’ve been eating smaller and smaller quantities at shorter and shorter intervals.  It seemed to us that eating was tending toward breathing, so, with a mix of culinary art and aerosol science, we’ve helped move eating habits to their logical conclusion. We call it whiffing.

So, how do you whif Le Whif chocolate? Whiffing, with Le Whif, means to place Le Whif between your lips and inhale, through your mouth.  Fine chocolate powder leaves Le Whif, enters your mouth, and remains there. The particles of chocolate in Le Whif are much larger than 10 microns in size, so they cannot enter your lungs

Oh, yeah, and the company claims you can finally consume chocolate for no calories. Well, sort of: the total mass of chocolate powder in Le Whif is about 200 milligrams.  This amounts to less than 1 calorie of chocolate.

So, is this the holy grail? Hmm…nah, just a really stupid idea if you ask us. The product goes on sale worldwide on April 29. Boy, we can’t wait.

Just some news to chew on.

April 15: File your taxes, fill your tummy.

April 15, 2009 By: admin Category: Food News

So, you’ve gone through the toil and duty of filing your taxes like the good citizen you are. Now, you deserve a reward, don’t you? Well, like other milestone days in America, April 15 has become an opportunity for restaurants to try and bump up sales, or in some cases, freebies.

As USAToday says, tax day has become a big promotional day over recent years for brands from beer to bagels. More than ever this year, restaurants hope to get some relief for themselves by doling out freebies, promotions and discounts. Some examples:

McCormick & Schmick’s, which is offering its seventh tax-day promotion. Wednesday diners will get a $10.40 certificate for future use. There’ll be $15 to $20 entrees discounted to $10.40. And bar patrons can choose themed drinks, such as a pint of Samuel Adams Deduction Draft.

The P.F. Chang’s chain is keeping it simple with a 15% discount for folks who dine at its 193 restaurants on Wednesday.

In addition, several food purveyors are offering freebies:

Free ice cream. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery will give away single-scoop servings to customers at 200 stores in what it calls an “e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package.”

•Free sweets. Snack chain Cinnabon will give out Tax Day Bites, free bite-size cinnamon rolls usually known as Classic Bites, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its 700 outlets on tax day.

•Free tacos. At its 275 restaurants in the West, Taco Del Mar will run a promotion: “Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t.” People can register at the Taco Del Mar website for an e-mailed coupon for a free tax day taco.

•Free gift cards. T.G.I. Friday’s will give Wednesday customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25. Members of the 1,000-outlet chain’s frequent-customer program also will get double points.

So, go out and reward yourself. Especially if you owe money to the IRS.

Just some news to chew on.

So, why the sudden resurgence …

April 11, 2009 By: admin Category: Amuse Bouche

So, why the sudden resurgence of yogurt shops? They are everywhere in San Diego (News to Chew headquarters). It’s retro…so…1990s!

Placenta panini, anyone? Mom cooks – then eats – afterbirth after birth

April 09, 2009 By: admin Category: Now, that's really stupid

Man, I can’t even come up with anything snarky, it just speaks for itself. As posted on momlogic.com:

After Chrissy Schilling had her first baby over the weekend, her twin sister Kathy cooked up the placenta and they had a feast. They put it on pasta and on a sandwich. They even put pictures of the meal on Facebook!

The posting goes on (and on) in more culinary detail – with pictures, too (which I will spare you here)! And it makes eating testicles sound not-so-gross after all.


Just some news to, um, chew on.

New blog post: Placenta Panini…

April 09, 2009 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

New blog post: Placenta Panini, Anyone? Mom Cooks – and Eats – Afterbirth After Birth. http://newstochew.com/?p=204

Cereal box typo offers up sexy earful surprise

April 03, 2009 By: admin Category: Food News

Remember back in the day as a kid when you had mom buy you the cereal with a free prize inside the box? Never mind if you didn’t like the cereal – it was the prize you wanted. Well, Peace Cereal brought back that feeling of excitement in a very adult way when a typo found its way on some of its boxes.

Customers who called the company phone number on the side of the box where greeted by a sultry female voice saying, “Do you love sex? … Isn’t that why you called?” Later, the caller is warned, “if you’re under 18, you must hang up now.” Callers later are told what they can do if they have a credit card.

Peace Cereal said it was made aware of the mistake and blamed the misprint on a proofreading error. The all-natural cereal line was introduced by Oregon-bassed Golden Temple in 1997 “as a way to support a more loving planet.”

Loving planet, indeed. So, what other typos might crop up on Peace Cereal’s packaging? Piece Cereal? Made with au naturale ingredients? All orgasmic corn flakes? Oh, we can go on and on…

Just some news to chew on.

New blog post: Cereal Box Typo…

April 03, 2009 By: admin Category: Uncategorized

New blog post: Cereal Box Typo Offers Up Sexy Earful Surprise http://newstochew.com/?p=195