The Daily Byte's Weekly Media Mix rounds up the week's big food stories.
• Olive Garden's field tests reveal that gnocchi, pesto, and capers never fare well with their clientele because they are unfamiliar. [WSJ]
• Ladurée of macaron fame is now launching a makeup line in February, releasing blush lines first in Japan, then Europe, then America. [WWD]
• Russian chefs rolled a sushi roll more than a mile and a half long, taking 60 chefs and 15 hours to complete. [Eater]
• Rubing cheese from the Yunnan province of China proves that the country can do dairy. [Food Republic]
• Italian researchers reported that eating less could potentially keep brains young. [NYDN]
• A global flavor map shows that North American cuisines combine chemically similar flavors (milk, cocoa, vanilla) while East Asian chefs combine chemically different ingredients (shrimp, soy, ginger, lemon). [NPR]
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