Here’s a secret from my time as a server: bread has a very specific and very manipulative purpose.
At an Italian restaurant I worked at, we had to have the bread at the table within two minutes of their arrival. We had to calculate the amount (one loaf per three people), brush them with oil and sprinkle them with salt.
After taking their order, we needed to check on the bread and bring refills within five minutes of them finishing the bread, until their meal came.
Because customers are pains in the ass when they’re waiting.
Bread is a distraction mechanism. When you’re waiting at the table, everything feels like it’s taking longer. As soon as you have some bread to occupy yourself with, you’re not going to be bothering me for entertainment and demands while I take care of my other tables. You’ll experience time in a much shorter, less intrusive way, and you won’t be complaining to me that your food is taking forever to come out, when really it’s only been ten minutes, and the kitchen is busy.
So, to recap: bread is offered to you because you are impatient.
The American Fat Salvage Committee was created to urge housewives to save all the excess fat rendered from cooking and donate it to the army to produce explosives. As explained to Minnie Mouse and Pluto in one wartime video, fats are used to make glycerin, and glycerin is used to make things blow up.
One pound of fat supposedly contained enough glycerin to make about a pound of explosives. Patriotism aside, many American housewives were not enticed. Only about half donated their excess cooking fats. Saturated fats were of little health concern at the time and cooking grease was hard to come by, especially once rations were imposed.
And schlepping a pound of grease across town to the collection point probably wasn’t all that much fun.
Still, the program started out with high hopes:
Mass-produced butter and lard were not readily available in stores, vegetable oils were expensive, and everything only became pricier during the war. At the start of the fat salvage program, a study found that almost three-quarters of households saved cooking fats for reuse (Southerners were the biggest fat savers). Doctors and dieticians at the time were more concerned with vitamin deficiencies caused by wartime diets than the consumption of excess fat or salt. Collecting the fat after frying up some bacon or roasting some beef was a practical and economical way to run a household. And there was a lot of leftover fat because Americans ate a lot of meat.
Until rationing kicked in, and they didn’t eat so much.
Nitroglycerin is a dense, colorless, oily, explosive liquid most commonly produced by nitrating glycerol with white fuming nitric acid under conditions appropriate to the formation of the nitric acid ester. Chemically, the substance is an organic nitrate compound rather than a nitro compound, yet the traditional name is often retained. Invented in 1847, nitroglycerin has been used as an active ingredient in the manufacture of explosives, mostly dynamite, and as such it is employed in the construction, demolition, and mining industries. Since the 1880s, it has been used by the military as an active ingredient, and a gelatinizer for nitrocellulose, in some solid propellants, such as cordite and ballistite.
Far as I know, this is the only song that mentions the stuff:
If this is your argument, it’s well past time for you to shut the hell up:
I already said you shouldn’t critique someone’s diet without their medical charts and test results in front of you. You did exactly that. You know absolutely nothing about me and yet you decided to tell me to eat spinach and beans. 😒 https://t.co/2EhmOJ2oDx
For more than a century, Sweethearts have helped romantics express their softer sides. The pastel-colored, heart-shaped candies are stamped with cutesy phrases: “Be Mine,” “Me & You,” “Love Me,” “Marry Me.” Sure, it’s not poetry, but it certainly gets the point across. And the treats have become a confectionary tradition, particularly on Valentine’s Day.
Except in, um, 2019:
The New England Confectionery Company (Necco), one of the oldest candy companies in America, had been making Sweethearts since the turn of the 20th century. But Necco, recently beset by financial woes, abruptly shut down in July after being purchased from a bankruptcy auction by Round Hill Investments, reports Clair Robins of Candystore.com. In September, Round Hill sold the SweetHearts brand to the Spangler Candy Company, but not in time for Spangler to produce enough candies for Valentine’s Day.
There have only been two varieties of dessert banana sold in the U.S. and each one was essentially a cloned plant. The Gros Michel was gone by the end of the 1950s, all but eliminated by Panama disease. It was replaced by the Cavendish and if you’re under 50 years old and haven’t traveled, Cavendish may be the only dessert banana you have ever tasted. Panama disease is going after Cavendish bananas now; there’s a disease-resistance Gros Michel under development but you might bear in mind that the old song, “Yes, We Have No Bananas” refers to some of the earliest banana crop shortfalls in the 1920s — and, perhaps, to the power of positive thinking!
Artificial banana flavor, the sort you find in dollar-store pudding cups, tastes very little like any actual bananas, so don’t expect the chemists to save you.
Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory isn’t the only place to house a river of chocolate.
A section of Interstate 40 near Flagstaff, Arizona, was covered in the cocoa confection after a tanker trailer carrying more than 40,000 pounds of the liquid overturned Monday morning around 9 a.m., Arizona Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Bart Graves told ABC News.
The truck originated in Ontario, Canada, and was headed to Henderson, Nevada, Graves said. Authorities believe the tanker overturned after the latch between truck and the trailer became unsecured and the trailer became separated from the truck, Graves said.
If you’re headed that way, bring your graham crackers.
Loverboy was a film released in 1989 that starred Patrick Dempsey as a college-aged pizza delivery driver, moonlighting on the side as a gigolo. To request Dempsey’s dating services, all female customers had to do was order a large Loco pizza with extra anchovies. Loverboy may have been the first time I actually saw a pizza with anchovies on it. I certainly had never seen one in person. I understand that anchovies were one of the traditional Italian ingredients served on pizzas; that being said, nobody ever accused any of the pizza joints I worked for of serving traditional Italian cuisine.
The man who called Pizza Inn that evening wasn’t looking for gigolo services (at least I hope not). The guy was legitimately curious to know if we could serve anchovies on our pizzas. My boss must have heard me repeating the request back the caller — I may have even been laughing at the time. Before I had a chance to say another word, my manager had literally snatched the phone’s receiver from my grasp and taken over. After apologizing for my ineptitude, my manager told the customer we would gladly put anchovies on his pizza.
After finishing the order, my manager turned to me, and I’ll never forget what he said.
“Never tell a customer we can’t do something.”
Then he handed me five bucks and told me to get my ass to the nearest supermarket and buy a can of anchovies.
Fine Land Corp is recalling its 12 ounce (340 g) Meiqili Durian Candy in plastic bag with clear window because it contains undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.
The recalled “Meiqili Durian Candy” was distributed in retail supermarkets throughout the East Coast in Connecticut, New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maryland and Boston. The product is packaged in a 12 oz.(340 g) plastic bag with a clear window. It is labeled as a product of China and has a UPC code of 4-897055-795465-0.
No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.
To my amazement, I tested out with what was listed as a Vitamin D deficiency a few years back, and began taking a supplement in relatively small doses, having heard that too much Vitamin D can cause constipation, something I have no desire to get.
A recall for dog foods that potentially contain too much vitamin D has been expanded to include other brands.
The recall initially included several brands produced by Sunshine Mills, including Evolve Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride Large Breed Puppy, and Triumph Chicken and Rice Dog Food.
However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the recall has been expanded to include several brands from other companies as well, including Nutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products and ELM Pet Foods, Inc. among others.
Dogs ingesting elevated levels of vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling, and weight loss. Vitamin D, when consumed at very high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction and even death.
Consumers are urged to stop feeding the foods to their dogs immediately and throw it away or return it for a full refund.
How true is this…. that’s why I eat whatever I want, within reason of course. Eat whatever you love people! It’s all in the mind! Life is too short to conform to diets that change as fast as the climate lately.🤓 pic.twitter.com/mWTY7Dgonl
Above the 49th parallel, in the Great White Stoned North, Oh Henry! has a candy bar for you:
I’m guessing this is a Canada-only variation, because (1) it’s all bilingual on the package and (2) US rights to the Oh Henry! trademark are held by Nestlé, which hasn’t been known for its sense of humor (or humour) since Farfel worked for them.
[T]he crown, or top of the bun, is usually thicker than the bottom, or heel. The thicker, top part of the burger bun, food experts say, can better withstand all the meat and vegetable juices and condiments than the thinner bottom of the bun that gets soggier more quickly.
“The crown will then hold the weight of everything else, and there is less likelihood of it falling apart in your hands,” Simon Dukes, founder of the Burger Lad blog told Business Insider Friday. “A true burger connoisseur should always eat their burgers upside down.”
Then again, if you’re as clumsy as I am, turning the burger over will result in much of the middle winding up on your wrist.
The evolutionary function of disgust is to help us avoid disease and unsafe food. Disgust is one of the six fundamental human emotions. While the emotion is universal, the foods that we find disgusting are not. What is delicious to one person can be revolting to another. Disgusting Food Museum invites visitors to explore the world of food and challenge their notions of what is and what isn’t edible. Could changing our ideas of disgust help us embrace the environmentally sustainable foods of the future?
Of course, if something is sustainable because it’s disgusting — well, let’s not go there. But the Disgusting Food Museum, in beautiful downtown Malmö, Sweden, might deserve a place on your bucket list, especially if it’s a bucket of swill.
At least one person thought that Oreo’s Most Stuf didn’t look appetizing, and this was the result:
Last night when I felt sort of hungry I thought I might snack for a bit I opened the bag full of cookies They were all stuck together with Shaving cream Be nice and clean Shave every day and you'll always look keen.