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Happy Birthday! The Oreo Cookie Turns 100

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it: The Oreo cookie is now a hundred years old! Shoot, I barely remember the day it was first sold. (Memory’s hard to retain at my age.) I think I have some of the originals stashed around here, somewhere. Although I’ve […]

Sexual Chocolate: Are Beer Names Going Too Far?

I’ve noticed quite a Brew-haha (Get it? Man, I crack me up…) stirring on the Web these days around Foothills Brewing’s seasonal Sexual Chocolate Stout. Seems there’s some concern about racism, and maybe racy titles. The beer seems like it’d be tasty, though not to my liking; I don’t care for chocolate in my ale. […]

The End of Civilization: No More Twinkies??

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Imagine a world without Ho Hos. Ding Dongs. CupCakes, Donettes, all gone. No more Sno Balls, Suzy Q’s or Zingers. And most depressing, no Twinkies.

Pretty scary, isn’t it.

Well, it may happen. Hostess Brands, who makes all of those popular snacks and more, is filing for Chapter […]

“Healthy” on the Package Doesn’t Guarantee It’s Good for You

Of course the headline’s true. We’re none of us so naïve as to believe differently. However, with almost every box, tin, can,  or bottle of food we buy there are messages that tell us, loudly or in a whisper, that this one’s the Real Deal, oh so healthy and good for you. From “fat […]

Scattering to the Winds: California Pizza Kitchen, then Home

By early this morning, the Symposium gang had scattered to their respective bases. Some had to get up in the middle of the night, as they had early flights from LAX. I can sympathize with wanting to get home, but most of them were complaining the night before that they were going back into […]

The Best Symposium Ever at ACS, and Celebrating at Buca di Beppo's

A tradition of sorts continued today as we all gathered at Molly’s for a filling breakfast. Anil, another of the Symposium speakers, was in attendance already, and he joined us after he finished up with his other friends. We talked around the table about any last-minute details, then we scattered; some to visit the […]

Fraternizing with the Enemy at Morton's Steakhouse

Monday started out smoothly enough. We got to sleep in, due to the two time zone change westward. We met up in the lobby, the three Mousketeers (Dr. C, the other Dr. C, and me) and chose not to leave the hotel for grub. Molly’s Kitchen is the hotel’s breakfast and lunch joint, and […]

What's for Dinner Gets Automated, In a Weird Sort of Way

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

The Jetsons Age is closer than you think! Kraft Foods and Intel have teamed up to produce a novel solution to a problem you really didn’t know you had: How to get ideas for dinner.

Oh, it’s an age-old question, for sure. (Or maybe Old Age?) […]