Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Monday, August 8, 2016.
- 3,000-Calorie Burger Voted America's Unhealthiest Dish
The Whole Hog Burger is a monstrosity of human-beefy invention: piled high with five different meats (over a pound in all) and four different cheeses, it weighs in at 2,850 calories, 9,800 milligrams of sodium, and 62 grams of saturated fat. This over-the-top burger, served in locations of the Boston-based Uno Pizzeria & Grill around the country, is spotlighted in the Center for Science in the Public Interest's 2016 Xtreme Eating Awards. The USDA recommends daily calorie intakes of 1,600 to 2,400 calories a day for women and 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day for men. Enjoy that burger, fellas, then fast for the next 24 hours.
Bronx Restaurateur Indicted as Part of Mob Enterprise
Any New Yorker worth his oregano can tell you that the real Little Italy isn’t on Mulberry Street in the heart of Manhattan — it’s on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. There, great eateries abound, and the good food makes it easier to ignore the Mafioso types always walking in and out of restaurants or quietly puffing cigars in the back room. That’ll be harder to do now that Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello, owner of Arthur Avenue standby Pasquale’s Rigoletto, has been charged with arson, extortion, firearms trafficking, assault, operating illegal gambling businesses, and more by the FBI. He was indicted along with associates Anthony “Tony the Cripple” Cassetta, John “Tugboat” Tognino, and Nicholas “Nicky the Wig” Vuolo. Forty-six people, from Massachusetts to Florida, were charged in the case,
with 39 were hauled into custody last week.
75 Percent of Americans Think They’re Healthy — Spoiler Alert: They’re Wrong
If you had to rate the overall healthfulness of your diet, where do you think you’d stand? Apparently, most of us think we're doing pretty well. According to a recent NPR survey of 3,000 U.S. adults, 75 percent of Americans rated their health as good, very good, or excellent. This optimism directly contradicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics showing that 80 percent of us don’t eat enough vegetables and 36 percent of Americans are obese.
Forget Rainbow Drinks; Pokémon Go Frappuccinos Are Here
This summer, Starbucks has made headlines for its rainbow drinks; Instagrammers everywhere have delighted in posing with orange, pink, and other beautifully colored concoctions that don’t appear on the regular Starbucks menu. Now, a new secret menu creation is making waves, with the summer’s hottest app — Pokémon Go — inspiring a new line of Frappuccinos. It started in New Zealand, where one barista created a Poké Ball-themed Frappuccino. Only time will tell if these drinks make it to the rest of the world, but as any secret menu master will tell you, just because it isn’t on the menu doesn’t mean you can’t order it.
Italy Passes Law to Fight Food Waste
Forty percent of all food sold, enough to feed 200 million people, is wasted in Europe. In Italy, where food waste costs businesses and households more than $13.4 billion a year, lawmakers have set out to fight the problem. A new law was enacted to try to reduce the vast quantities of food waste in Italy by encouraging donation of foods past their sell-by dates, allowing farmers to donate unsold produce, and encouraging diners to take home uneaten food from restaurants.
That’s today’s daily dish, thanks for watching. Stop by tomorrow for another helping.