Food & Food Culture

7:38am

Thu September 13, 2012
The Salt

Freedom Soda: New York's Ban On Big Sodas Hits Us Where We're Human

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:46 pm

Under New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban, soda sizes at the movies and elsewhere would have to shrink, and so would the fun, some people say.
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UPDATE: 11:37 a.m. As expected, the New York Board of Health passed a rule banning sugary drinks like soda in sizes 16 oz. or larger at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries in an effort to combat obesity today. The ban is expected to take effect in March, but according to the Wall Street Journal, opponents are already considering a legal challenge to prevent that. It passed 8-0.

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5:29am

Thu September 13, 2012

3:45am

Thu September 13, 2012
NPR Story

A $17 Million Vegas Buffet

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business takes us to the faux Roman Empire that stands for everything that is the opposite of austerity. We are, of course, talking about Caesars Palace in Vegas, baby.

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1:18pm

Wed September 12, 2012
The Salt

Have Lobster, Will Travel — And Race The Clock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:47 pm

An overabundance of lobsters in Maine due to early shedding of shells has driven down prices to record lows. That's good for consumers.
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This summer in Maine, I ate more lobster than at any other time I've been there – twice in one day on a couple of occasions. We lobster lovers had the glut of soft-shells, which started in June as the lobsters began to shed earlier and faster than usual, to thank for the more affordable market price of around $4 or less a pound.

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10:29am

Wed September 12, 2012
The Salt

McDonald's Adds Calorie Counts And Maybe Grilled McNuggets To Menu

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:47 pm

The iconic Big Mac is still 550 calories.
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If you didn't know that a Big Mac has 550 calories, or the Southwest Chicken Salad has 290, those numbers will be hard to miss the next time you visit McDonald's.

That's because the fast-food giant announced today that it will begin posting calories on its menu boards right above customers heads in the restaurant, and at the drive-thru starting next week.

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