Food & Food Culture

4:56pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Salt

Yes, The New Pope Cooks, But He's No Foodie

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 10:13 am

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

As the white smoke cleared from the skies above the Vatican on Wednesday, one of the first widely reported personal tidbits to emerge about the newly selected pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is that the Argentine cooks for himself. But the new pontiff, who will now be known as Francis, is hardly a foodie, it seems.

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3:13pm

Wed March 13, 2013
The Salt

Sorry, But Bananas Won't Calm Your Caffeine Jitters

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 7:43 am

Some baristas swear that bananas can cure your coffee jitters, but the science just doesn't add up.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

It happens to the best of us. You drink one too many cups of coffee and, for the next few hours, you end up acting like a hyper preschooler who just can't sit still.

Which can be pretty inconvenient if it's, say, noon and you're at the office, or if it's midnight and you can't fall asleep.

Wouldn't it be nice if there were something quick and easy that you could take to combat the effects of over-caffeination? Something like ... a banana?

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11:09am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Two-Way

The Ale That Men Brew: Iron Maiden Serves Up A Beer

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 2:12 pm

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson samples his band's latest offering, Trooper ale, made with what he calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe."
Iron Maiden Beer

Three decades after giving the world The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden is poised to release its latest work — and it's a beer. That's the latest from the Metal Injection website, whose "Bands and Booze" section makes it uniquely qualified to present such news.

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6:58am

Wed March 13, 2013
The Salt

How To Find A Food Desert Near You

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 11:30 am

Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii.
USDA

Want to know where you can't buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.

The feds' new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it's difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.

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4:15pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Salt

Can Dunkin' Donuts Really Turn Its Palm Oil Green?

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:13 pm

Dunkin' Donuts plans to go green by committing to purchasing all of its palm oil from sustainable sources.
Andrew Huff/via Flickr

Dunkin' Donuts is changing its recipes — though you may not notice much difference the next time you bite into a cruller. In response to pressure from one of New York's top elected officials, the company recently announced that it will set a goal of using only 100 percent sustainable palm oil in making its donuts.

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