Weekly Media Mix: Zagat's Fat Price; Ruth Bourdain's Cell Number; and the Making of the McRib

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Some of the week's biggest food and drink stories
Media Mix

Arthur Bovino

Media Mix

The Daily Byte's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.

Health
• Men are binge eating and women are binge drinking in a reverse of genders. [NPR/NYDN]
• Teens who drink more soda also get into more fights and carry more weapons. [Discovery News]

Restaurants
• The McRib has returned, and Chicago Mag looks at the invention of the non-rib sandwich. It's actually not that gross. [Chicago Mag]

Entertainment
• Chris Hanmer won Top Chef: Just Desserts with a chocolate chip cookie-inspired dish. [Bravo]

Industry
• Google paid Zagat about $151 million in cash. The Zagats must be happy. [Eater]

Shame of the Week
• An Orange County doctor was arrested on charges of illegally prescribing painkillers at various Starbucks. [LA Times]
• A man who has stolen more than 1,000 pounds of avocados is now banned from owning more than 10 avocados at a time. [The Weird Bit]

Science
• Scientists have developed a plate to detect radiation levels in food. [Daily Mail]

Media
• Anonymous Tweeter/critic/parody Ruth Bourdain releases an email and cellphone number: (772) 257-4501. [Twitter/@RuthBourdain]

Video
• A mother investigates McDonald's play areas and finds some pretty disgusting things you don't want your kids near. [YouTube/almoststrikegently]

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