Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
The Dead Rabbit
New York City’s The Dead Rabbit Named the Best Bar in the World
New York City’s The Dead Rabbit has been named the best bar in the world, taking the No. 1 slot for the first time after earning second place for two consecutive years. Representatives of some of the best bars in the world and other renowned industry figures gathered in London on Oct. 6 for the eighth annual edition of The World’s 50 Best Bar Awards. The Dead Rabbit was among four New York City bars in the top 10 (the others were NoMad Bar, Attaboy, and Employees Only). Though London earned the most awards for a single city (with nine bars on the list), the U.S. as a whole had more than any other country — 14 bars in all.
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Genes Might Explain Affinity to Fat or Sugar, Study Finds
Turns out biology might be to blame for fat and sugar preferences, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge in England. They found that “a central molecular pathway may show significance in macronutrient preference in humans,” and in identifying this pathway, they can establish a direct link between specific genetic variants and food preferences, FoodNavigator reported. In studies done on mice, disruption to the MC4R receptor led them to eat more fat and, strangely enough, less sugar, which also held true in the human study that included 14 adults with a loss of function in the MC4R gene. This research could help to explain how people make choices about food and have “potential implications for a deeper understanding of obesity.”
James Beard Committee Cancels Raleigh Meeting Because of Anti-LGBT Law
The James Beard Foundation has made its stance on North Carolina’s HB2 law clear in announcing that its committee’s annual meeting in January will not be held in Raleigh, as previously planned. The HB2, also called House Bill 2 or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which was passed in North Carolina in March of this year, is a controversial anti-LGBT statute that prevents transgender persons from using the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify. In a statement, the committee said, “The law's provisions are contrary to the values of the James Beard Foundation,” the News & Observer quoted. The committee has not announced where it will hold its meeting in place of Raleigh.
Could Moderate Drinking Reduce the Risk for Prostate Cancer?
Two new reports suggest that moderate drinkers have a lower risk for prostate cancer than those who drink heavily or avoid alcohol entirely, Wine Spectator reported. A 30-year study of thousands of pairs of Finnish twins found that heavy drinkers (those who consume more than 14 drinks per week) had a higher risk of prostate cancer than light drinkers, but that there was also a higher risk to those who did not consume alcohol at all. Though the findings are interesting, one critic pointed out two important details that were left out: type of beverage consumed and food intake of the participants. “In our experience… the effect of alcohol intake (even moderately) on cancer varies depending on the dietary pattern of the consumers (healthy diets, i.e. Mediterranean diet, vs. unhealthy diets, i.e. Western dietary pattern),” said Ramon Estruch, associate professor of medicine at the University of Barcelona in Spain.
Colorado Brewery Creates Cannabis-Infused Beer
Dad & Dudes Breweria, based out of Aurora, Colorado, has invented the first-ever line of cannabis-infused beer, made with cannabis sativa extracts, called “General Washington’s Secret Stash” in a nod to the hemp crops our first president grew on his plantation. Although this product sounds like it could save you a whole lot of money on party supplies, the beer is made with non-psychoactive cannabinoids, according to International Business Times. This means it contains no THC, and therefore has zero chance of making the imbiber feel any different than he or she would while drinking a normal beer. So why create it? To raise awareness of the usefulness of the cannabis plant, the Dad & Dudes co-founders said.