Horrible: Bancon prices surging uncontrollably
Forget about the recession, housing market horrors and job losses. There is another, sinister crisis no one is talking about- a bacon price surge.
Prices for the delicious pork product hit a high of $4.77 a barrel a pound in May, and some bacon fans have reported prices of $6 a pound- a price point that could become more commonplace in the next few months. The cost increase has been put down to higher corn prices, which have affected the price of pig food.
According to CNBC, the “bacon community” is “outraged,” and the financial site spoke to bacon blogger Jason Mosley, who said:
“It’s going to be pretty tragic when you have your fresh ripe tomatoes and can’t have bacon for your BLT… Everyone is kind of freaking out about it.”
Mosley said the time may come when bacon lovers are forced to make some tough decision due to the looming bacon crisis:
“I think they’ll make cutbacks other places — stop buying other things so they can afford bacon,” Mosley said. He personally said he’s willing to cut back on some fresh fruits and vegetables — things like bananas. “Get some good tomatoes and lettuce and forget the other stuff,” he said.
More Sonic, Burger King and Starbucks locations to sell alcohol
Not everywhere, but the trend of combining alcohol with fast food is on a steady increase.
Some locations of Sonic, Burger King and even Starbucks are getting in on the concept, shilling beer and wine alongside their value combos, coffees and lattes. One restaurant consultant familiar with dining trends and patterns says the push helps fast food joints compete with the “casual dining” sector that is becoming rapidly popular:
In a tough economy, the move towards alcohol is a way to compete with casual dining — and can help boost typically slow evening business, says Ron Paul, president at Technomic, a restaurant consulting firm. “For consumers, it’s basically about having it your way — even if it’s having a beer with your burger.”
Two locations of Sonic in Florida- Miami and Fort Lauderdale- are adding extensive beer options to their menu. Burger King’s Whopper Bar locations serve beer as well, and four Seattle locations of Starbucks offer beer and wine with a fifth being added soon.
Chinese scientists genetically modify cows to produce human breast milk
Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years.
The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety and has the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China’s Agricultural University in Beijing say.
The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows.
The technology was similar to that used to produce Dolly the sheep.
The milk is still undergoing safety tests but with government permission it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than cow’s milk.
Workers at the university’s dairy farm have already tasted the milk, and say it is sweeter and stronger than the usual bovine variety.
“It’s good,” said worker Jiang Yao. “It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.”
The scientists have also produced animals that are resistant to mad cow disease, as well as beef cattle that are genetically modified to produce more nutritious meat.
The director of the research project, Professor Li Ning, says Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are misplaced.
“There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat,” he said. “It’s our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back.
“We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.”
In contrast to Europe, China has eagerly embraced genetically modified food.
GM cooking oil, papayas, tomatoes and potatoes are already widely available.
Insect-resistant rice and corn modified to help pigs absorb more nutrients were both recently approved by the government.
McDonald’s chicken: Good-bye Italy, hello France!
Say bonjour to a whole new McDonald’s chicken sandwich!
The fast food giant is ditching its Italian-flavored chicken breast in favor of a French-flavored one in its grilled chicken sandwiches, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
The move is part of a bid to embrace a “more neutral flavor profile.” The new seasoning, mirepoix, is made from salt, pepper, onions, carrots, and celery, with perhaps a bit of garlic and herb tossed in, says McDonald’s menu director.
And the chicken-related changes don’t stop there. Coming soon to a drive-thru near you:
- New buns for the chicken sandwiches that are rounder and have whole grains and cracked wheat
- The mirepoix-flavored chicken will now top the Asian salad
- “More buttermilk flavor” in the ranch dressing
- A Thai-inspired McNuggets dipping sauce: hot buffalo and sweet chili
Slider Nirvana: Now you can order White Castle online!
Internet junkies and agoraphobics rejoice! White Castle has added online ordering for all locations.
In a press release, White Castle corporate relations VP Jamie Richardson explains the impetus behind the move toward the new ordering protocol:
“Slider nirvana” is just a click away for White Castle’s die-hard Cravers because orders are now ready when they are. The service is especially beneficial for those with large orders.
Richardson added that more people prefer to order their food online. “It’s a matter of accessibility,” he said. “Our customers are on the go and they need their Crave satiated quickly.”
Feel like a tiny, moist, onion-laden burger or four? You can place an online White Castle order here. The process of online ordering is pretty easy and it has an easy to use “no this” and “add this” system that makes it even more enjoyable.
Panda Express branching out to… China?
Panda Express is weighing an expansion to China—but it could be tough sell for the Chinese food chain, given that American-style Chinese food here is “very alien” in China, writer Jennifer 8. Lee tells NPR.
Indeed, American-Chinese food is a cuisine all its own, she notes. Take General Tso’s chicken: “I actually went to the home town of General Tso,” says writer Lee. “I showed them pictures of General Tso’s chicken,” and “they were like, ‘Huh, we’ve never seen this!’”
American-Chinese food veered off from traditional Chinese fare around 1900, when chop suey “took off like wildfire” in the US, says the curator of the “Sweet & Sour” exhibit at the National Museum of American History. Chop suey is seen as a US dish, but it’s similar to real Chinese food. The name roughly means “extra bits,” like leftovers, he says, and “who doesn’t have leftovers?” A tip for those seeking authentic Chinese taste: Stop by a restaurant serving jellyfish. “No fully American-Chinese restaurant would serve jellyfish,” Lee notes.
Win: Taco Bell pulls full page ad to demand apology (pic)
Apparently, dropping the beef-related lawsuit wasn’t quite enough to satisfy Taco Bell.
The taco giant put a full-page ad in today’s USA Today, asking for an apology from the law firm that filed the suit.
It says, in part, “As for the lawyers who brought this suit: You got it wrong, and you’re probably feeling pretty bad right about now. But you know what always helps? Saying to everyone, ‘I’m sorry.’ C’mon, You can do it!”
I would personally want to apologize to Taco Bell for not believing in their magical delicious meat.
Eww: Papa John’s “The Wills & Kate Commemorative Pie” (pic)
In the Royal-wedding-tacky-souvenirs contest Papa John’s have just taken the lead with this horrible creation:
The pizza makers bring us The Wills & Kate Commemorative Pie. Company brass commissioned a food artist in the UK to create a unique mosaic pizza portrait of the prince and his bride-to-be in celebration of their upcoming wedding at London’s Westminster Abbey. Kate’s veil is made from mushrooms and her dress from cheese, while William’s morning suit consists of salami and peppers.
“Royal Wedding fever is sweeping the world so we couldn’t resist having some fun and creating our very own pizza portrait of Kate and William to celebrate their forthcoming marriage. Like our original crust pizza, our royal portrait is made from 100 percent fresh dough and quality ingredients, so it tastes as good as it looks,” says Andrew Vargas, Chief Marketing Officer for Papa John’s.
I don’t know is Mr. Vargas is blind but this looks fucking disgusting.