Taco Bell Is 50 Years Old and More News

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In today's Weekly Media Mix, Chevys may be the new Chipotle, plus Grant Achatz settles dental suit
Media Mix
Arthur Bovino

Media Mix

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

Industry
• Taco Bell turned 50 this week — it started off with a "fried-to-order shell" and made its way to Doritos Locos Tacos. Here's to 50 more years of 2 a.m. drunk burrito fests. [OC Register]

• How are pop-ups more popular (and profitable) than regular old storefronts? [WSJ]

Restaurants
• Smashburger has introduced a new burger called the Fresh Mex Burger, a beef patty topped with avocado, cilantro, onions, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and a spicy chipotle mayo on a Mexican roll. [Marketwatch]

Environment
• McDonald's is trying out paper cups instead of those weird Styrofoam-y ones for their coffee. They'll also have to invest in cup sleeves, we imagine. [MSNBC]

Chefs
• Grant Achatz has settled for an undisclosed amount in a lawsuit against a dental clinic who failed to identify his tongue cancer. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Travel
• Delta is introducing a slew of fancy-schmancy food stops to New York's LaGuardia Airport, bringing in chefs like Michael White, Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Carmellini, Anne Burrell, and Aarón Sanchez. Traveling just got a little bit better. [PR Newswire/Marketwatch]

Food
• How to pair food and flavors using science, and does it really work. [PopSci]

Shame of the Week
• A middle school food fight turned into a full-fledged brawl. You kids are doing something wrong. [Buzzfeed]