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