Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Thursday, September 22, 2016.
The Obamas Dine at Enrique Olvera’s Cosme
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined at Enrique Olvera’s Cosme in Manhattan’s Flatiron District on Monday night, arriving with a 13-car motorcade. They ate tuna tostadas with yuzu and avocado, lobster with ginger mojo, and duck carnitas, a dish for which Olvera is famous. Eater reported the president attended a Hillary Clinton fundraiser at Danny Meyer’s home on Sunday evening. The president is currently in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly.
Researchers Figure Out the Scientific Explanation for Beer Goggles
Scientists have discovered the neurochemical explanation behind “beer goggles”. Recent research suggests that drinking alcohol affects our ability to perceive other people’s emotions and allows people — and especially women — to view sexually explicit material in a more positive light. In the study, 50 percent of the test group was given half a beer and the rest received a whole one. The researchers recorded facial recognition, empathy, and sexual arousal. Subjects who drank an entire beer were able to recognize happy faces faster, and female subjects were able to view sexually explicit content more comfortably than usual. The conclusion is something we’ve suspected all along: “Alcohol is a social lubricant and moderate use makes people happier,” Professor Wim van den Brink said.
Shacktoberfest Returns This Friday, Sept. 23
Shacktoberfest returns to Shake Shack for its 11th year beginning this Friday, Sept. 23 and lasting until Oct. 2. The fast-casual chain will be offering an “Oktoberfest-inspired menu,” including a Bavarian-style soft pretzel and the Brat Burger, a “hamburger topped with a flat-top griddled Usinger's cheddar-stuffed bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots, and ShackSauce.” An Apfelstrudel and Black Forest shake round out the lineup. Customers can also purchase a 25-ounce Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10, filled with Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest or ShackMeister Ale. Refills only cost $7.69. The special menu will be available at all U.S. shacks with a few exceptions.
This Giant Fried Shrimp Costume is a Must for Halloween
After a long night of Halloween hijinks, when you just want to sleep without bothering to remove your clever, food-themed costume, nothing could be better than this giant fried shrimp outfit. According to Rocket News 24, the Fried Prawn Wearable Sleeping Bag, a combination Halloween costume and sleeping bag from Felissimo, goes on sale in October for $83. The life-like exterior is a crispy texture and the inside is lined in a soft, smooth blanket material for optimal cuddliness. With a pair of warm red socks that resemble the tail of a shrimp, this just might be the most comfortable Halloween costume ever.
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Man Sets Appalachian Trail Record While Drinking Beer and Eating Candy
Karl Meltzer, 48, set a new record for completing the Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. Meltzer’s regimen couldn’t have been more different from that of Scott Jurek, the former record-holder who sustained himself on a vegan diet, The New York Times reported. Consuming energy drinks every 10 miles, Meltzer “capped each night with one or two beers and left from rest stops with rainbow-colored Spree candy, Three Musketeers chocolate bars, and bacon in his pockets.” Upon completing the trek, Meltzer rewarded himself with a pepperoni pizza and a beer.