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Singalong! Beer, Beer, Beer, Beer…

Ben Franklin may have missed his chance for beer immortality by never saying the quote that beer lovers everywhere claim for him in his absence. Beer has been a staple for many centuries, and has prevented disease for untold millions over the millennia. Useful stuff, in so many ways. And now there’s evidence beer makes […]

Coffee, Coffee, and More Coffee: Odds and Ends About Our Caffeine Cravings

We love our coffee hot. Oh, I know there are folks who like iced coffee; but I think they’re both Yankees or something. One of the big reasons appears to be the flavor: Cool coffee tastes bad to most people. I can stand it warm, but once it’s down to room temp I have to […]

Old News Is Sometimes Good News: Beer, Whiskey & Pork Fat are Good for You

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while now because I didn’t want to be the reason the country exploded into uncontrollable riots. However, it all seems to be true, so I can reveal the news far and wide: Beer, whiskey and pork fat are now health foods! Says so right here. (Hey, it’s […]

Meat is Macho, and Organic Food Causes Behavior Failures

Welcome to this special edition of Friday Follies, and only a single day late! Today we’ll explore both proteinoids and vegetables…

Eating healthy is a global movement these days, but one group is conspicuously absent: Real Men. Seems they’re sticking by their favorite foods, including anything that’s deep-fried and served on a stick. Their diet includes […]

New Vodka Flavor Astounds the Market; a Danger to Youngsters?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

As we reported earlier, there’s a real shift under way in the market for distilled spirits. People are buying more, and higher up the scale, than ever before. The drive, though, isn’t about snoot factor: It’s flavor. Folks are looking for stronger essences, and lots and […]

Bourbon Makes a Comeback…

We may be in a recession, but spirit sales rose 3-4% last year, according to Discus. A goodly chunk of that increase came in the bourbon category, which has been languishing for a long while. More small-batch and premium bourbons are in the shops, and consumers are trying a variety of them. Apparently the American […]

Slow Cookers for Pets, and The Blob Strikes Again

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

There are times I simply have to shake my head and say, “Only in a free America.” Today’s Follies examines two items that indicate crossing trends. At the moment, these trends strongly indicate we’re taking better care of our pets’ nutrition than we are our children’s. […]

What Do Glazed Donuts, Lebron James and Tasty Pork Have in Common?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

If you already knew that the answer is Dunkin’ Donuts, then a) you’re extremely well-informed, b) almost as good-looking as the Underground’s Chief Elf, and c) you need to get a life. Really.

Dunkin’ Donuts? Yes, THAT Dunkin’. The one that sells more coffee than Starbucks. They’re […]