Weekly Media Mix: 2-Year-Old (Edible) Sandwiches; the 'Fast-Food Bandit'; and Beer Candy

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.

• Shanghai opened the World Chocolate Wonderland theme park, with 200 art pieces made out of chocolate. These include a life-sized car, china-like vases, and Transformers robots. [Daily Mail]

• How do you make candy more manly? Add beer. [WSJ]

• Over at Gradisca Restaurant, the head chef flies in his mother from Italy to help make "tortellini that come out light enough to charm a table of carb-dodging dieters and small enough to serve as tricorner hats for an army of toy soldiers." [NYT]

Shame of the Week
• The 'Fast-Food Bandit' who has robbed some 28 restaurants around Washington state was finally caught. [The News Tribune]

• A small-scale study found that alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing, explaining every bad decision you've ever made at a club. [NZ Herald]

• The Army has invented a way to make a sandwich last two years by adding "oxygen scavengers," or "iron filings, to absorb the oxygen so that it's not available to bacteria, yeast, and mold." [NPR]

• What happens when berry pie gets dropped on a priceless White House rug at a holiday party? "Three black-clad staffers materialized immediately, armed with spray bottles and towels to mitigate the damage. The mess was gone in an instant." [Obama Foodorama]

• A man balances 50 spoons on his body to break a Guinness World Record; he's touted as having a "magnetic body." [Reuters]

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