Weekly Media Mix: France's 'Cola Tax'; Panda Express Dry Cleaners; and Drunk Shopping

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

Weekly Media Mix

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

• Panda Express owners want to become the McDonald's of dry cleaners — they plan to open 200 Tide Dry Cleaners in the next five years. [LA Times]

Shame of the Week
• Here's that annual list of America's drunkest cities. Boston comes in at number one. [The Daily Beast]

• Rachael Ray chats with the A.V. Club about Bourdain, her new show with Guy Fieri, and music. [A.V. Club]

• Speaking of Anthony Bourdain, here he is, griping about how the Travel Channel hid his weird, creepy, awesome holiday special. [Big Gay Ice Cream]

• Just in time for New Year's celebrations: A new study suggests beer and martinis may help you live longer. (Don't go overboard, though). [OC Weekly]

• Drunk shopping is apparently a thing now, with more and more customers buying too much online after dinner, and some spending up to $8,000 by midnight. [The Week]

• Is France also implementing a fat tax? The French "Cola Tax" charges an extra euro cent per soda container starting Jan. 1. [AFP]

• Scary stats from Mark Bittman: When consuming supermarket pre-ground meat, there's a "25 percent chance you’ll consume a potentially fatal bacteria that doesn’t respond to commonly prescribed drugs." [NYT]

• Jamie Oliver's cookbook makes an "Unhealthiest Cookbooks" list, with a meatball sandwich recipe that has twice the calories of a Big Mac. [Baltimore Sun]

• Meet a woman who traps her dinner in her front yard: "risotto di rodentia — Eastern gray squirrel braised in Lopez Island white wine with mushrooms and Italian-style rice." [Seattle Times]

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